Staying Victorious Through A Slander War
If you obey God, persecution, offense and slander wars will come. Jesus said they would, especially during the last days of this dispensation. Expect that everything you stand for will be tested. How real are your convictions?
All persecution, including slander comes with the purpose of causing you to withdraw from your position. We don’t believe in withdrawal or retreat; we only have charges. NO retreat allowed! Remember you are neither the first nor the last to be persecuted, just the next one. And you are in good company.
Matthew 5:12: “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Gossip spreads! All gossips are BOLD and travel in herds. Gossips network better than BT. Don’t be a receiver of gossip! Cut off the ‘phone lines’.
- You WILL hear what is being said, even though others may try to shield or protect you from it. It will come to you one way or another because it is aimed at you; to inflict emotional and spiritual pain upon you, to cause you to withdraw or become a wimp.
- Fear always accompanies gossip and slander. Fear and slander are cousins. King David experienced this.
Psalm 31:13: “For I hear the slander of man; fear is on every side; while they take counsel together against me, they scheme to take away my life.”
The shock factor of the gossip may cause fear to rise up; you just rise up and punch back at the spiritual source of it! The Bible says to resist fear and it will go from you.
The main fears you will experience during the slander war are:
- Fear of losing a good name
- Fear of losing financial security
- Fear of losing opportunity
LOSING A GOOD NAME
When you live right and refuse to compromise, even in the midst of persecution, you can count on having lifetime enemies. But If you remain fixed in your position, your fruit will prove you in the end. Fruit may take time to develop, but it will create a name that no man can take away. Good fruit will outlast every lie.
Samuel 18:30: “….David behaved more wisely than all the servants of Saul, so that His name became highly esteemed.”
LOSING FINANCIAL SECURITY
Fear of losing your name and reputation can lead to the fear of losing financial security; if you give in to this fear you will begin to pull back in your giving. If you are sowing seed into the Kingdom of God and working hard, you have no need to fear this loss. The laws of the harvest apply no matter what is being said about you.
The Word of God says to give and it will be given back to you: God will cause men to give into your bosom. If the people who give regularly to you turn from you during a slander war, keep on expecting to receive. God will call other men through whom He will bless you.
FEAR OF LOSING OPPORTUNITY
God will always open doors that no man or gossip can shut. There was a season in my life when fear of losing opportunity raised its head. When I refused to bend with popular opinion I had to deal with the fear of never preaching in the United States again.
If I had sought the false security that comes from pleasing man, I would have failed a test with God. But because I followed the knowing in my spirit, doors began to open and invitations to preach covered my desk.
GET BACK TO BASICS
Stick with what you know in your spirit. Don’t give place to wonderings when the fear of loss comes. When a slander assignment is set against you, go back to the absolutes, or what you know is sure.
- God is still on the throne. He hates wrongdoing and will expose, destroy and bring justice to the wrong that is against you if you will put your trust in Him.
- Remember who you are in Christ Jesus. Don’t let the words of others create a new identity for you, your church or your ministry. Stay who you are in Christ and how He called you and don’t budge! And don’t apologize for it!
- Remember that God answers prayer. In any war, especially a gossip or slander war, you don’t need to talk a lot; you need to pray a lot. When the accusations begin to fly, one of the greatest temptations is to move the battle out of the spiritual realm and into the natural or soul realm by talking about it. Don’t give voice to the lies. Prayer makes God’s power available for us in any situation. You can stop slander and gossip through prayer. Your security must remain in God. God is a good God and He will judge wrongdoing. Notice David’s response to a slander war:
Psalm 31:14: “But as for me, I trust in You O Lord; I say You are my God. My times are in Your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.”
Slander also comes to bring shame upon you, if you allow it; to make you ashamed of how God made you, how He called you, how God uses you and what future He has planned for you. Shame begins to create a felling of guilt in the victim of a slander war. Even if you are not guilty you begin to wonder if there is something wrong with you after listening to the accusation long enough. Don’t believe the lie! Drive it out! The Bible is full of admonition not to be ashamed of the Gospel, of your captivity to Christ, or of your testimony. God is not the author of shame. Don’t be ashamed! Don’t let the opinions of people who live and think carnally have so much influence over your life.
Psalm 31:17: “Do not let me be ashamed, O Lord, for I have called upon You; let the wicked be ashamed; let them be silent in the grace.”
Psalm 31:20: “You shall hide them in the secret place of your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.”
You can live in the pavilion of God’s love so that what is being said has no power or influence over you. God will hide you from the strife of tongues if you will stay in the Spirit and not be drawn into your soul (mind, will and emotions). From the pavilion of God’s presence you can locate the root of the situation and wipe it out without being distracted or withdrawing from the work of the Lord. Nehemiah had opportunity to be distracted from his work, but prayed and kept on building. When Nehemiah’s adversaries came to him to distract him and he refused to come down from the wall, lies and accusations were directed towards him. He discerned that this invitation to come down from the wall was not from God, but to distract him from his work. He did not take time away from his work to address the reports in the natural but prayed and kept on building.
Nehemiah 4:17: “Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon.”
Nehemiah had a great ability; he was able to build in the midst of resistance, persecution and the presence of danger. Safety and security is in obedience, not in withdrawing to make things seem easier. That’s how you build. That’s how you go through. You pray and you keep on building. Never back down. Keep on building in the midst of war. You aren’t alone. Realize that resistance is evidence that you are making headway in the work God has called you to do!
1 Peter 4:12: “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”