This is an excerpt from Rev. Rick Doan’s book “Can You Stand?”
There is a mighty weapon of mass destruction that has destroyed more men and women, than any nuclear bomb, chemical weaponry, or any other advanced weapon of mass destruction ever has or will. That weapon is not made of metal, has no explosives inside, nor is it a “bunker buster.” This weapon that I speak of is made of flesh. As I’m sure you have guessed by now, I am talking about the tongue.
I have heard it said that a person’s words can open wounds in seconds that can take years to heal. Mere seconds, and but a few words, can destroy a person, and perhaps cause them to be lost for all of eternity. James 3:8–11 says, “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?” How often have you been sitting next to someone who has been emphatically worshiping God, and then in the next instant is equally emphatically gossiping about “so and so”? Is this how God wants us to be? James wrote “these things ought not so to be.”
Titus 3:4 says, “But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared . . .” Paul was telling us that Jesus is the kindness and love of God, extended from Heaven to Earth. This is an unconditional love! Jesus loved all of us equally, no sin greater than the other, and died for each one of us equally. To emphasize this, as Jesus was hanging on the cross, He prayed not for the righteous but for those who were crucifying Him saying, “forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). By this, He displayed the love that He taught about in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5). Jesus spent as much time with the harlot, the beggar and the drunkard, as He did with the righteous and “spiritual” leaders of that time. If only we could remember this in our churches today!
Jesus taught by this lesson. “But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth” (Luke 11:17). The devil knows this better than any of us! He has infiltrated our churches to the point that brother is against brother, sister against sister, and congregation against pastor. The devil loves nothing more than to sow jealousy, envy, strife, and backbiting in a congregation just hoping that it will “take root.” The tongue often is the fertilizer for these seeds, as all it takes is an informant telling a willing listener with the excuse of “so they can pray”, and the roots will take hold. At the very least, suspicious feelings have been formed, and Satan has been given place.
“Make no mistake my friend—the tongue is a mighty weapon, and Satan loves to hear you talk.”
Once Satan is given place, he is then free to work and sow more discord. Make no mistake my friend the tongue is a mighty weapon, and Satan loves to hear you talk. Go ahead, just tell that one person . . . As I mention earlier in this book, Satan loves a question. I’ve been taught that a question causes problems as no other method of Satan can. “Did you hear about Sally’s husband . . . ?” “Did you see the dress Susan had on . . . ?” “Did you know John had an alcohol problem . . . ?” “Do you think the pastor is running the church the way he should . . . ?” Do any of these sound like conversations you have had in church? If so, did they lead to a conversation which then found you talking about the person in depth? What good came out of those conversations? Questions start the biggest majority of discussion, and as we’ve said, it is how Satan first initiated conversation with Eve. “Did God say . . .?” The consequences were literally deadly!
Believe it or not, Satan does attend church. He will spend an entire service questioning everything from the song leader, the choice of songs, when the offering was taken, if the sermon was ‘appropriate’ or if it was too long, too short, too deep, too shallow, on and on; he is hoping and waiting that we ourselves will give place to those questions. Then begins discussion, and then begins trouble! We must always remember the power of the tongue and realize that the tongue can destroy lives, and break hearts to the point of no repair.
Always be cautious, and don’t allow Satan to do his work by your spoken words.
Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…”
*Rev. Ricky L. Doan published “Can You Stand” in 2006 after writing the book with the sole purpose of handing it out at church. God had other plans! Following God’s leading, his book was submitted to, and accepted by, the Tate Publishing company and the rest, as they say, is history.
Rev. Doan is currently attending North 27 Worship Center with his wife Christy and family. Having served as an associate pastor, youth pastor, evangelist and worship leader, Rev. Doan feels blessed to be a part of the North 27 worship center ministry and is excited about what God is going to do next!—Rev. Ricky Doan; 9-3-2013.
*Rev. Ricky L. Doan; was born March 1, 1971 and entered Heaven on July 24, 2018.