Learning to Discern

The Kingdom Hero Show – Episode 73

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Welcome to The Kingdom Hero Show, where CHRIST is KING and the TRUTH matters! Our mission: To advance the Kingdom of God by shining the Kingdom Light everywhere we go!

On today’s program, how to spot the phonies and liars that want to dupe you into giving them full control of your thinking. How can we know who is really trustworthy and who isn’t? Over the last few years, we’ve heard a lot of empty promises and seen a lot of shady people get away with hoodwinking the public. But even during all of this, there were those who tried to warn us about what was really happening. Unfortunately, those voices of truth were greatly drowned out by violence, censorship, and distraction. How did some see the truth when others failed to? We’ll talk about this today and look at some ways to train ourselves to see through the lies being thrown at us every day.

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– Open Tag: Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to Let the KINGDOM HEROICS Begin! –

Alright, as we begin the show, I’m often reminded of a scene from Tim Burton’s Batman movie in 1989. Jack Nicholson is playing a famous comic book villain called the Joker, and he’s on the streets of Gotham City with giant balloons and music and fanfare during Gotham’s 200th anniversary parade. He’s trying to portray himself as one of the good guys, instead of the evil character that he is. As he dances around and gets everyone’s attention, he and his crew begin tossing fistfuls of cash into the crowds of onlookers. Of course, they’re grabbing it up as fast as they can, right? Who doesn’t like free money? Soon after, he grabs a microphone and says this – here, listen…

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To put this scene in proper perspective, this is what’s known as “the carrot and the stick” – the carrot being the offer of so-called “free money.” And for those who are fully aware that the Joker is indeed a BAD GUY, they would automatically suspect that he’s up to no good. But to the greedy and unsuspecting masses, he’s a savior. Now, we’ve seen the carrot – but soon, we would see the stick

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This is when the Joker and his cronies release a toxic gas on the city which would have killed everyone. Of course, Batman swoops down in his Bat-plane and tows the balloons carrying the poison gas safely away from the citizens of Gotham City. But, are you following me here? Don’t we see the exact same kinds of villainous antics as the Joker uses, used by our own corrupt politicians, to appear good when their motives are actually bad? Frankly, I think this scene is a perfect analogy.

Along with many of you, I grew up being taught that “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” But we now have a couple or so generations of people who weren’t given that insight, so when they see someone in DC handing out free money, they don’t realize that it’s a scam. They see the carrot, but they don’t suspect the stick. And by the time it hits them, it’s too late. No, Batman isn’t gonna swoop down and save you.

Over the last few years, we saw many good companies get shut down to the point that they went out of business completely. I know, I lost a good job during the pandemic for this very reason. And during that time, people got depressed, many committed suicide, the general populous fell on hard times and became more dependent upon government subsidies and the like. While some thought the government was their savior for giving them “relief checks” to help them get by, most of us found that those checks helped very little in the short term and hardly at all in the long run because prices went up on necessities.

The corrupt politicians claimed the price increases were nothing more than “big corporations gouging” us and taking advantage of a bad situation. But the truth is that, whenever government – which produces nothing – “gives” currency away, it’s actually returning a teeny tiny portion of money it took from you in taxes. Usually, in order to offset the money it distributes, government will simply print more cash. After all, THEY aren’t going to take the loss. But by introducing more money into the economy without producing anything, inflation is the result. This is simple economics, and those who understand it and speak out about it get immediately silenced.

Whether it’s an offer of relief checks, free healthcare, or even student loan forgiveness, it’s all a sham. A government which produces nothing cannot give you anything for free. Period. Somewhere, somehow, the carrot is always followed by the stick. But after decades of what Rush Limbaugh used to call “the dumbing down of America,” the fundamental basics that we used to learn in high school economics is completely alien to the masses who keep electing these crooks and never questioning the fact that they’re always blaming others for the messes they keep making.

So the question is, how do we put a spotlight on these con artists from the start? How can we not only know who to trust but who’s just blowing smoke? Well, I’m glad you asked. Let’s get into that. And since I’m approaching this from a Christian perspective, I’d say the first step is to…

1. Pray for Discernment.

Once again, prayer should never be just a last resort. It should be the first thing we do. In this case, we need to ask God to give us the ability to discern whether someone is being truthful or attempting to mislead us. Ask Him to help us to see the clues – the telltale signs – that indicate when a person is being less than honest. This may often come simply as a tug within our spirit, an intuition or divine knowledge that something isn’t right. But it’s also important to…

2. Read the Bible Daily.

What does reading God’s Word have to do with knowing who to trust or not? Regular intake of scripture feeds our spirit with the truth. Whether it’s a biblical account of one person trying to put a fast one over on someone else, or even just some affirmation of Christ as lord of our lives, this discipline is very beneficial in strengthening our minds with Godly knowledge. The more you do it, the better it will help build up your ability to live and think more heavenly minded.

3. Arm Yourself with Knowledge.

Similar to step 2, this involves pouring into yourself an accumulation of facts. For this, don’t just use one or two sources of news. Be careful of simply taking what one source tells you as truth. Most media outlets nowadays have their own agenda, so be aware of when they are giving you a specific take or side of a situation or story rather than an unbiased offering of facts. If they seem to be telling you what conclusions to make, they could be misleading you. Gather enough unadulterated facts to form your own opinion. Which leads us to…

4. Think for Yourself.

As stated in the last step, don’t take any one source as the God’s honest truth, unless it’s the Bible itself. Too often today, what sells itself as journalism is really one side’s opinion. Any news outlet that tells you what to think isn’t doing the job it’s supposed to do. Likewise, any politician who says it’s the government’s job to stop misinformation IS LYING TO YOU. That’s not the job of government, and it never has been. That person is effectively telling you that you’re not intelligent enough to think for yourself and determine when information is true or false. You have the capability, you just need to develop it, and only a corrupt individual would say otherwise.

When you practice these things, you will cultivate a keen insight within yourself and find it easier and easier to spot lies as soon as you hear them. In fact, I would submit to you that with the kind of spiritual discernment you can gain by doing these four things – when you are so close to God and filled with His Holy Spirit, armed with knowledge and facts – you can often spot liars before any words leave their lips. There are some people that, when you look at them, you just KNOW they can’t be trusted. I’m not talking about prejudging someone, but about having discernment and knowing that you know that you know.

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ…

Philippians 1:9-10

We are to seek out this kind of knowledge and discernment for our benefit and to remain pure and blameless. If you’re satisfied with simply feasting on whatever someone spoon-feeds you, then you’re not exercising wisdom. Such thinking is childish and immature.

13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

Hebrews 5:13-14

Without the meat of God’s Word and constant practice and training in how to tell good from evil, we cannot grow into adulthood as people of God. Furthermore, we will be easy prey for anyone who wants to lead us astray. Those who mislead aren’t the only ones to blame in that case, but also we who fail to move from milk to solid food – from the narrative that comes so easily to the real knowledge that must be attained through effort. In other words, we can’t afford to be intellectually lazy and let someone else do our thinking for us.

Stick around, folks. We’re gonna take a quick break and come right back with some truly fantastic video clips right after this…

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Okay, keeping with the theme of who should we trust and how do we spot those who can’t be trusted – I wanna share just a few video clips with you. Let me preface this first one by saying, when a government official frames everyone who disagrees with him as a “threat to America,” you really shouldn’t trust him. Watch this…

[Biden speech: “MAGA Republicans are a threat to democracy!”]

First, I have to point out the obvious evil overtones present in the optics of this speech. An American president in front of a dark backdrop with glowing red lighting just shouts fascism, communism, evil overlord, you name it. And believe me, those who put this event together are fully aware of how it would look and the psychological impact of it. Optics do matter, so don’t dismiss it.

Second, he clearly states here that all of us who believe in Making America Great Again – MAGA people who supported Trump – he says we’re a “threat” to the country. Uh, no. We may be a threat to the leftist narrative and the deep state, but we’re not a threat to America. That’s absurd. So absurd, in fact, that Biden later backtracked on this ridiculous assertion. Watch…

[Biden: people who voted for Trump aren’t a threat…]

Blah, blah, no, what I was REALLY saying was – Right, whatever. I don’t think I can trust what this man says for a number of reasons. Not the least of which is that he backtracked on what he had clearly asserted previously. This was a very divisive speech in which a sitting president called half the country a threat. So, let’s look at this reaction from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis…

[DeSantis: calls Biden a modern-day Nero]

He brings up a great point. Who do you think those 87,000 new IRS agents are going to target? Clearly, they represent yet another extension of the deep state’s power over the people. Especially when they want these 87,000 IRS agents to be ARMED. Why do you think an IRS agent needs to be armed?

And how about the FBI? This government agency has become like the Nazi Gestapo, being utilized by the deep state to go after Donald Trump himself, as well as anyone and everyone who supported him. The latest being Mike Lindell of My Pillow…

[Lindell: FBI surrounded me at Hardee’s and took my phone.]

We hear you, Mike. And don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone either. It’s crazy what’s going on in this country, which is supposed to be a beacon of freedom for the world. So, if you don’t support the efforts of the current regime, if you disagree with the approved narrative, you’re the enemy. You’re the bad guy. Does this sound like it’s coming from people you can trust?

A reporter tried – and failed – to trip up Kari Lake, a former journalist herself who is currently running for Governor of Arizona. The question posed was an attempt to compare Biden’s dividing the nation with Trump doing the same. But Kari wasn’t buying it, and her response was golden…

[Lake: What’s divisive about asking questions about an election that obviously had some real problems and concerns?]

Nailed it. Now, this next clip is just insane. In it, Georgia congressman Hank Johnson first spouts a bunch of the false narrative regarding what happened on January 6th of 2021. They still claim it was an “insurrection” by a hoard of MAGA republicans converging on the capitol, when we’ve already seen video evidence of Antifa members dressed as Trump supporters organizing and executing the fake raid on the capitol.

But here is Hank, regurgitating the same old J6 lies – and THEN he speaks of the concerned parents who showed up at school board meetings to voice their concerns about CRT and other divisive garbage being taught to their kids, likening them to the J6 hoard, as though those parents were a bunch of MAGA insurrectionists themselves. It’s unreal…

[Johnson: likens concerned parents to J6 insurrectionists]

Okay, I just have to say that, if you believe anything that comes out of this man’s mouth, you truly need to exercise the 4 steps I spoke of earlier. Let us not forget that this is the same man who once expressed his fears that the island of Guam might tip over and capsize due to overpopulation. I mean, how is this guy even still holding public office?

I’m serious. He actually said Guam could flip upside down. Like the island is just floating out there like a ship or something. He said it. I’m not gonna just breeze by this because I know that there are still some people out there who are NOT armed with the facts and don’t believe me when I say that Hank Johnson made such an incredibly stupid assertion. Here’s the proof, see for yourself…

[Johnson: Guam capsize clip]

I know, it’s unbelievable that anyone so lacking in intelligence could make it into public office, let alone stay there for years and years. But back to my point. I’m sure I had one. Though I’m still distracted by the sheer idiocy on display there. Anyway, yes, my point. Pay attention to these people who try to deceive you. They quite often will show you very quickly how untrustworthy they are. And yes, sometimes they show you how unintelligent they are.

Once again, how can you know who to trust and who not to?

  • 1. Pray for Discernment. Ask God to equip you with spiritual insight.
  • 2. Read the Bible Daily. Consume truth from God’s Word to build up heavenly knowledge and wisdom, which will contribute to your own powers of discernment.
  • 3. Arm Yourself with Knowledge. Seek out multiple sources of facts rather than simply the spoon-fed narrative echoed by the mainstream media.
  • 4. Think for Yourself. Don’t let others do your thinking for you or tell you how you should think or what you should believe. Gather enough facts and biblical insight to make your own sound decisions. Anyone who treats you like you’re incapable of doing your own thinking is trying to deceive you.

And remember, once you realize you’re being lied to, you also must realize that those who do this are agents of evil. The Bible says that satan is the father of lies, and the truth is not in him. When he speaks lies, he is speaking his native tongue. So learn to discern. And always seek truth. I’m just sayin’.

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Author: stacemassengill

I am a blood-bought saint of God, saved by His amazing Grace! God called me to start Great Commission Ministries online in June of 2011, and that began as a video series called "The GC." After 7 seasons of that web-series, I felt led to expand the ministry to blogs as well as a new video series I called "67 seconds of Encouragement." Eventually, the blogs became a podcast. And the ministry continues to grow from that, currently in the form of The Kingdom Hero Show. My prayer is that this ministry brings hope and encouragement to everyone who finds it. Please share it with others and help spread the Good News of Christ!

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