In last week’s devotion we took note of a key word in I Corinthians 16: 13—watch. We learned that we Christian men should always keep our guard up because there is a devil that “walketh about seeking whom he may devour.” Over the next few devotions, I’d like to give you some specific areas in your life that the devil is trying to destroy.
The first thing that the devil wants to take away from you is your testimony (influence). As we learned previously, the devil wants nothing more than to destroy the very heart of God, and he attempts to do that by destroying what God loves most—YOU! As you know, this world looks at us Christians very closely to see if there really is a difference between us and the rest of the world. They take note of what we say, what we do, and who we hang around. Everything we say and do will impact others to move either closer to God or farther away from Him than they were before. This is the very reason that Satan wants to destroy your influence and ruin other’s view of God.
What is the one area of your life that the devil is most likely to use to ruin your testimony? Is it your words? James 3:5-6 tells us, “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” All guys are tempted to “trash talk” the other fellas at the gym because they dunked it on an 8-foot goal, or to beat their chests and tell their “clique” how awesome they are. But are those really the kind of things a man of God would say? Do your words bring others to Christ, or do they push others away from the God that died for them? This is why you must be careful what you put on social media. People take the things you post, and they attach them to all of Christianity. You lash out in a moment of frustration or put your feelings online, and now others don’t want anything to do with God, the Bible, or church—simply because of the things you said. Seems a little extreme, but that is truly the power of your words.
What have you said that has hurt the name of Christ? You can’t get those words back, but you can make a commitment today to watch the things that you say. Don’t let the devil use your tongue to destroy your testimony. My challenge to you today is to ask God to help you think before you speak, and to be a man of wise words. James 1:19 challenges us, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:” Choose your words carefully; the Father is listening.