Since the garden, our enemy has utilized a variety of tactics to further his strategy but none seems to be as effective in achieving his objectives as fake news.
Being himself the father of lies, all fake news would find its origin with him, his desire to deceive. When he speaks his native language,... he’s lying. Unfortunately he is quiet good at it, tho we have a better word and it’s better because it’s alive, it’s a person, and it’s true:)
Taking every thought captive making it obedient to Christ... we demolish strongholds (network of lies) and any pretense that sets itself up against the knowledge of Christ -
In the garden, we find the enemy attempting to usurp God as the “source” of information- once that was achieved with Eve, the serpent was then able to utilize this newly gained position to deploy his seductive language of lies in an attempt to convince Eve that God was lying to her... this only occurred after the “source” of information had changed from God Himself to a differing source that was not explicitly authorized by Him -
Similarly we find the crowds exclaiming, “Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest ! “ as Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey, being joyfully venerated only to be, 3 days later, sentenced to death by the same crowd of people!
The “source” of information shifted from the living spirit of God revealing their Christ, to local religious leaders (whom believed they were doing right) and government officials whom ultimately came into concordance and nailed Jesus to a cross.
Likewise their are many more examples of this tactic being deployed by the enemy throughout the scriptures as it’s apparently one of.his favorite tools -
Today is no different, as it’s is written “there is nothing new under the sun”
Anytime God begins to advance His plans, the enemy is there attempting to convert as many as possible to himself as the “source” of information, when once achieved, will deceive them into actually opposing and fighting against the will of the very God they believe they serve... just like with Jesus, Paul, Etc...
Today we find many whom will in one instance say we shouldn’t put our trust or faith in government, yet will turn right around and cite (argue even) and promote a social constraint by the sane government they had just told you not to believe in .... this level of confusion is the “fingerprint” of our common enemy. As we know “God is not the author of confusion”. The scriptures say, “Make straight the path of the Lord” and so we should :)
But God be praised! For He has made a way of escape for His people
And He does this in the most simple and easily achievable way,...
Turn to Him, make Him the “source” of all your information and in doing so you will not only be in communion with the living God, but will also have fellowship with the brethren that are likewise being led by the spirit. This is a way to be “taking thoughts captive” in real daily life :)
A way the Lord has equipped me to follow through on this in practice is to ask, “Who told you that?”
This simple question that I was to seek to ask sincerely (not to answer) allowing the Lord Himself to answer this by bearing witness in my conscience so as to be certain of the “source” of that information.
James 1:16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
So since EVERY good much less perfect gift comes down from God, then I only need know one thing... “who told you that?” And if it’s not from God, I don’t want it !
I don’t care how good or profitable it is, how useful and reasonable it seems, how pragmatic and popular it is viewed,... ITS A LIE !!! The devil is a liar! he has been lying from the beginning and he is better and more subtle with his lies than we are able (on our own) to defend it.
So when one looks at our world today, with all the misinformation and disinformation and the confusion caused by it, is their any doubt that this is a campaign of the enemy? Does it not bear his “fingerprint” ?
So take just a moment to look over the information you have been basing your decisions and perspectives on and ask yourself... “who told you that”?
His word is our life,... without it we will die of starvation,
Likewise if we feast on lies we are conformed unto the image of the one who authored them -
It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.