how to be a lie detector online

It’s easy to shrink back and let “all those other people” gain ground and influence in social networks. Connecting consistently with people in cyberspace can “appear” complicated and at times useless. Then there’s the blanket rationale (accompanied with a flip of the wrist) that goes something like this: “What a waste of time, why do I want to know what Joe Snoozer had for dinner?”

But let’s get real: The last thing the enemy wants to see is Jesus and His tribe of twenty-first-century, Internet-savvy followers gaining ground online. So the destroyer turns up the volume, complicates the simple, and amplifies the clutter so we don’t know which way is up. He is the cultivator of fear, paranoia, and intimidation. He is the master of confusion and the king of anxiety. His goal is the same as it was in the garden. He exists to silence God’s message of hope and genuine relationship with His children.

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

I Peter 5:8 – ESV

Don’t pick up the lies the enemy is putting down. Can you relate to these lies?

  1. You’re in the minority in the online world.
  2. You’re outvoted, outnumbered, and outranked here on earth.
  3. Your faith is obsolete tradition rather than the God-breathed origin of humankind.
  4. Your voice isn’t relevant.
  5. No one is listening to you.
  6. Using social media is too hard, and you can’t make a difference.
  7. You’re living in end times, and the online world is too lost to change. So just fuhgeddaboudit!

What other lies has the enemy been telling you?  How to you discern what’s true and what’s not?


  • http://twitter.com/SandraHeskaKing SandraHeskaKing

    I think “sharing a meal” and occasional silliness is a fun way to connect in relationship. It’s the same thing we do face-to-face and makes it real. Kind of like serving the appetizer before the main dish. :)

    And besides–sometimes I get good ideas for feeding my own little flock at home.

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  • Toni

    I keep a list of God’s truths next to my computer and I make sure my circles are peppered with strong believers—stronger than myseld. The daily stream of digital images and content can bring fatigue and I don’t want that human fatigue be a reason to step out of my daily call to holiness online. It’s a daily struggle to keep my mind and heart fixed on Christ when so many different kinds of communications flood my eyes. It can be done though. Through Christ, it can be done. Every decision and communication matters.

  • http://thebridegroomscafe.com Kmac4him

    I agree! Great article! Saying that no one is listening to you and your voice is not relevant is just like saying God is not Omnipresent! God is in every breath we each take, so how can constant communication with Him and for Him not be relevant? It is as relevant as our next breath! So talk it up! Consistently-Constantly! Just Do It! You don’t understand how your computer gets an email from another country, yet you do it… Why? Because you know when you hit the send button, the person will receive it! God’s airwaves are miraculous, majestic and mysterious… so just believe and get in on this great adventure…. AWE-FAITH! Have a great day! Stay in a constant conversation with and about God today!! Enjoy!

  • Megmeeker

    Thank you, thank you for writing just to me this morning! The world is a rugged place for those who long to keep the beacon of truth and hope alive!

  • http://twitter.com/heartcures Melinda Lancaster

    Well, this post was not what I thought it would be, but it was definitely what I needed. It actually brings up one of the struggles that I deal with involving online ministry.
    I’ve been taken advantage of, on more than one occasion, online (and IRL), which is why I thought that this post would be on discernment–something I always feel that I need more of. Sometimes the enemy tries to keep me busy protecting myself when I know that is Jesus’ job.
    And I also know that God has given me discernment if only I’ll heed it.
    I’ve been building relationships, growing in the Lord, feeding and being fed, encouraging and being encouraged etc. and yet one of the lies that the enemy often tries to slip past me is that none of it is real. I know better but still needed this post as a reminder.
    Thank you!

  • Tami Heim

    Praise God that we know better and that our lives being connected is our testimony to it! Let’s hold tightly to what we know is true.

  • Tami Heim

    Meg –
    You have a tender heart and a great BIG God making the rugged way smooth. Praise Him – He is always with us and for us. Amazing things happen when our longings and His are one!

  • Tami Heim

    Amen! Kim – way to bring it!

  • Tami Heim

    Right there with you. I am grateful we are not alone.

  • Tami Heim

    There is something very sacramental about breaking bread with others. It builds and deepens relationships. We know how that works, don’t we my friend?