Hitler's big lie was, we are the chosen people, the Jews are keeping us down, oppressing us, It's all their fault, and we are supposed to be the master race. The big lie caused many to send sons to the Russian front to die for a lost cause. Sent unmarried women to bear blue eyed blond haired Aryan babies. And to stand by without objection to the brutal murder of Six Million Jews along with enforced euthanasia of their own relatives because they were old or flawed.
The big lie put my German brethren in chains...because they received it. The truth stared them in the face but they willingly received a lie.
In the Sioux Indian Culture there was the myth of the Ghost Shirt. They believed that if you did the Ghost Dance and if you wore the Ghost Shirt you would be invulnerable to the white man's bullets in warfare. It was a way the leaders of the tribe motivated people to go to war against overwhelming odds. The brave warriors went willingly trusting in the lie. They were killed mercilessly. The lie chained them to a certain death. The Big Lie from came from false Leaders.
Today in Islamic fundamentalist cultures the Big Lie behind blowing yourself and others up is that you will receive the gift of 72 virgins in heaven after you die this "noble" death. This big lie has put people, even families in chains that send their children out with bomb belts on. Martyrs are celebrated for their willingness to die for a lie. Mothers of Children willingly walk into crowds and destroy themselves for a lie. They are dragged in chains to death by a lie they received.
The lies we tell ourselves that put us in chains are lies rooted in victimization. The Hitler Lie about the Jews, The Ghost Shirt Lie about the white man's bullets, The 72 Virgin lie blaming the infidels is all about someone else is doing something to us. IF we buy into this lie it carries with it a set of chains. Chains that will lead to death or bondage equal to a mental invalidism. We wonder, how can otherwise sane people behave in such a manner. It's the lies we receive that bind us.
In the Bible a story of such a man who was bound by a lie is in the Fifth Chapter of John...
Notice this man's response to truth standing right in front of him (the way the truth the life).
Jesus Heals a Lame Man1 Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. 2 Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. 3 Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. 5 One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”
7 “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”
8 Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”9 Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking!
I have no one to put me (help me) (I'm unable to deal with this without help from others, I'm helpless)He had been in this place for 38 years. He was laying on the ground, bound in invisible chains forged of the lies he willingly displayed. His life was predictable but miserable. IF he were to break these chains his life would change. He might not have been prepared for the chain breaking he was about to experience.
Someone else always gets there ahead of me (I'm a victim of people's greed, oppression, others position)
The essence of these lies has held whole ethnic cultures in America in chains from time to time like the American Indians. I have lived and worked among them in North Dakota and Tahlequah Oklahoma (capital of the Cherokee nation). Many American Indians have become wealthy prosperous, able successful pillars of any community. They learned to shake off the chains of perceived oppression to take on life's challenges and succeed. I helped put one such to rest a few days ago. Her passing was a celebration of victory.
Others among whom I have worked are bound as if the invisible chains were cold black and tied tightly around their neck. They cannot shake off these invisible chains to escape a bondage of their own acceptance.
Charles Spurgeon said, "You might not always get what you want, but you always get what you expect. "The man at the Pool of Bethesda wasn't expecting much that day, he certainly wasn't expecting Jesus. He was expecting that until he died, no one would help him and that others would always beat him to the punch. It wasn't good, but he received it as truth and lay bound by the lie. It was a comfortable place even in discomfort. And he bore no personal responsibility.
The idea that we need Government or some charity to help us has put many in chains. It's a lie. It's a bondage. It keeps us inert. Disabled. Unwilling to see possibility beyond our misery. I think Haiti demonstrates this truth.
The idea that we are victims, that someone else always beats us to the punch, that we are disadvantaged for some reason outside of ourselves has put dark chains on our destiny and will keep us from achieving what we were placed on earth to do. We were not placed here to occupy space till He comes...we are here to occupy the space the enemy has stolen from us and others.
I spent time recently with a friend who said to me, "It seems like the sun shines on me, that everything I do seems to work, that I have more success at things than I deserve". I know why...he EXPECTS success to happen. He doesn't see his ethnic heritage as a barrier. He could be considered by some to be among an oppressed minority. Something the white man did to him or his ancestors. At one time evil white men put his people in chains and many died while bearing that burden. He should be a loser if the devil had his way. Instead he is a very successful fulfilled man. Who the SON seems to shine on. He is not receiving the lie.
I know many from the west and south sides of Chicago who are like my friend. The sun shines on them. Everything they touch seems to work. They live in positive expectation of success. Entertainment and business make empty the lie that ethnic heritage is a burden that is unable to be overcome. The Devil loves to tell this lie to make waste the heritage of young people murdering each other in gangs manifesting the hopelessness resulting from believing the lie.
Many who manifest this hopelessness live in the same areas as the victorious ones. They are bound in the chains of lies they received:
- The "Man" has done this to us.
- We are held down by the system.
- We are oppressed.
If these were outright lies of a devil in full visible regalia, horns on the head and a forked tail and a red suit, it would be bad enough and we would consider those who propagate these lies to be evil. But the lies that put many people in bondage often come from people with Reverend as a title; Minister or Pastor. They tell these people that the problem is the system is unfair. That the establishment has rallied against them. That they haven't got a chance because of racism. Then worse they divert attention from the real cause. The rallies against violence in the streets focuses on guns and not on those who shoot them. Straw man lies. Behind them you hear the Clanking of chains.
These leaders have become the new slave masters. I don't question their intentions in some cases. I do question the lies they have bought themselves and share their chains readily with their congregations. The lies that put people in chains are of the devil himself. He is the father of lies.
The same thing is true of people who receive the lie that there is some evil oppressor out there who is controlling them. That they are under the thumb of a world government or the Illuminati, or the Bilderburgers (it's a hotel) or some liberal government scheme. If they buy too much of this lie....chains.
At the other end of the spectrum are those who believe the world is in ecological free fall, that it's becoming hot, desolate, polluted beyond repair and hopeless. This kind of nihilism has made people refrain from having children and insist that everyone has to change their lifestyle to fit some imagined threat (read that lie). These kinds of lies have caused all manner of distortions in energy production and flawed policy. It's all a lie and when you buy it, you volunteer to be put in chains. Those who believe these things are bound and fettered by lies of the master of lies.
I am not a fan of the governance in power right now. I don't think they know what they are doing. I believe they believe they are doing the right things...but they are like the the ministers I mentioned...right motive wrong action. And driven by lies and agendas.
People need to be set free from this victim thinking...from the chains that bind...from the lies that hold them down and be set completely free. The mission of the Church must be to come against the lies of the enemy. Truth sets people free. Yet much of the Church hides it's head in the sand and avoids confronting the cultural lies all around us. Lies that murder and destroy destiny.
It's not about color, it's not about religion, it's not about ethnic origin. It's about receiving any lie that puts you in chains. It will cause you to lay crippled for 38 years wondering why good things keep passing you by.
Shake off the chains, those lies that bind.
God's purposes for YOU are beyond anything you can ask or think. It's beyond your understanding. IF we grasped this truth...we would have the SUN shine on us too. We could live like the Kings and Priests we are designed to be...not like slaves to a lie and living under oppression. It is a demon. It needs casting out. Casting this demon out without replacing the space left behind with pure truth will open the door for even bigger lies. We must come against this with all the force the Truth of God carries.
You were destined for greatness....who told you it wasn't true?