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Opinions of Friday, 27 November 2015

Columnist: Dag Heward-Mills

A leader identifies dangerous enemies by their lies

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The Art of Leadership

Do you realise that a leader must watch out for signs of deception and traces of lies in those around him? Do not be deceived by innocent faces and nice presentations of people. Do not be deceived by the looks of a good liar. Be more conscious of whether someone has told the truth and whether he always tells the truth. A good leader identifies enemies and marks them out by their lying and deceiving ways!

Rescue me, O Lord, from liars and from all deceitful people. O deceptive tongue, what will God do to you? How will he increase your punishment? You will be pierced with sharp arrows and burned with glowing coals.

Psalm 120:2-4 (NLT)

The Bible has no kind remarks for deceivers of any sort. King David prayed that he would be rescued from liars!

Joshua’s Greatest Mistake

And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai, they did work willingly, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine bottles, old, and rent, and bound up; And old shoes and clouted upon their feet, and old garments upon them; and all the bread of their provision was dry and mouldy. And they went to Joshua unto the camp at Gilgal, and said unto him, and to the men of Israel, we be come from a far country: now therefore make ye a league with us.

Joshua 9:3-6

The greatest mistake of Joshua was made when he fell for the lies and deception of his enemy. He was dealing with his enemy, someone he should have destroyed; but they deceived him into thinking they were friends. Joshua was deceived because he did not investigate whether the people were liars or not. You must investigate whether people around you are liars or not. Many people around leaders do not tell the truth. Everyone wants to rise up and be favoured by the leader. Because of this, leaders are often surrounded by clever deceivers. This is why heads of state often do the wrong thing. There are liars around the leader. But you must not accept deceivers in your cabinet. Identify them and stop them. Their deception will eventually feed back against you!

The Lies of a Head of State

The lies of Adolf Hitler were the greatest revelation of whom he really was. The lies he told in his speeches revealed the presence of a strong satanic force. Wherever there are lies and deception, you can be assured you are dealing with an evil presence. It is worth investigating, asking questions, searching and querying until you are sure you are not being told any kind of lies.

Adolf Hitler said one thing in public and a completely different thing in private. The lies he told revealed that a great evil was preparing to manifest itself to the world. If you are sensitive to lying and deception you may save yourself from accepting the wrong people in your life.

Great liars are also great murderers. Adolf Hitler is a classic example of the fact that, “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it.” Through Hitler’s lies he caused the deaths of fifty million people. A dangerous enemy is identified by his lies and deception. Your deadly enemy must be noticed by his lies and deception. The liar in your life is the person you must learn to mark as your deadly enemy.

Although most people tell lies effortlessly, lies remain the significant sign of the presence of Satan. Jesus said, “He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44). This Scripture reveals that Satan is actually a killer and a murderer who tells lies. Satan wants to kill you and destroy you. The sign of the presence of the devil is always some kind of deception, lying or covering up of something.

If you are a leader, do not tell lies or say things, which are not true. Do not make promises that you will not fulfil. Each time you do that, you reveal that there is some infiltration of demons in your life and that lying and deception are a part of your life.

Mind you, good liars are impressive! Do not think that a liar cannot look you straight in the eye and tell a lie. Expert liars can lie to you without blinking. They can act the part and pretend to be anything they are not. Expert liars can undergo interrogation and even torture without ever changing their story. Years will pass by as they maintain their lying stories. Always remember; when you are dealing with a liar, you are dealing with a dangerous person!

By Dag Heward-Mills