Ever increasingly, American Christians are experiencing what the majority of Christians in the world encounter on a daily basis— discrimination and persecution. As a result, many in the Church are quiet when it comes to their faith. Foolishly believing remaining in the shadows is safe and wise. Never imagining that the “big lie” would be used to minimize Christians’ influence.
The “big lie” has been used for eons by the powerful. By controlling anyone whose dissent interferes or contradicts their agenda, their leadership is assured.
As a Christian what can you do to combat the “big lie”?
Put to death the fear of man.
Jesus must be Lord and Master of your life.
“If any of you wants to be My follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow Me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for My sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.
What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?
If anyone is ashamed of Me and My message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when He returns in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:34-38
If you have heard Jesus and have been taught by Him according to the truth that is in Him. Then you know to take off your former way of life, your crumpled old self. That dark blot of a soul corrupted by deceitful desire and lust. Take a fresh breath and let God renew your attitude and spirit.
Then you are ready to put on your new self. Modeled after the very likeness of God, truthful, righteous, and holy.
So put away your lies and speak the truth to one another because we are all part of one another.
When you are angry. Don’t let it carry you into sin. Don’t let the sun set with anger in your heart or give the devil room to work.
If you have been stealing, stop. Thieves must go to work like everyone else and work honestly with their hands so that they can share with anyone who has a need.
Don’t let even one rotten word seep out of your mouths. Instead, offer only fresh words that build others up when they need it most. That way your good words will communicate grace to those who hear them.
It’s time to stop bringing grief to God’s Holy Spirit. You have been sealed with the Spirit. Marked as His own for the day of rescue.
Banish bitterness, rage and anger, shouting and slander and any and all malicious thoughts. These are poison. Instead, be kind and compassionate. Graciously forgive one another just as God has forgiven you through the Anointed, our Liberating King. Ephesians 4:21-32
Obey Papa’s wisdom.
Jesus told His disciples, “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves. But beware! For you will be handed over to the courts and will be flogged with whips in the synagogues. You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are My followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about Me. When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. For it is not you who will be speaking— it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” Matthew 10:16-20
Daily you must…
Deny your selfish interests.
Be willing to endure whatever may come.
Believe in Jesus.
Conform to Christ’s image in your life.
If need be, suffer or perhaps die because of faith in Jesus.
No longer can you be passive in the battle with the “big lie”. Join Papa’s army. You won’t regret it, and one day Papa will thank you for your service.