Don’t you just hate it when all your best words are used up in the conversations you have with yourself?!
Reference: v. 5 If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. (NIV Bible)
Explore: Have you ever been shut down before? I know I have. This is when someone says something to you which is so blunt and harsh that it completely silences you. These are the conversations you replay over and over in your head. And you always come up with a great retort… long after the conversation is over. I can remember having a theological debate with a fellow student at college. While my classmate did not convince me of their point I was not able to succinctly put my point of view in to words. As I was driving home in the car, however, I came up with all the best come backs and clearly won the conversation in my head! Don’t you just hate it when all your best words are used up in the conversations you have with yourself?!
Application: Now, I don’t know whether the two witnesses mentioned in Revelation were literally able to shoot fire from their mouths or whether this was to symbolise someone who was able to put people in their place with their words. I’ve never experienced a fire-breathing witness but I have experienced someone who has put me in my place by what they have said. It’s not comfortable and my first response is to deny anything I could be perceived as doing as wrong, but often there is a truth revealed within me when someone is bold enough to pull me up on something. It would be good if we were more open to those who critique us and to be brave enough to confront others in areas where they can grow.
Prayer: Lord, we all have areas that need improvement. When these things are highlighted in our life we tend to deny or hide them from others. Nothing is hidden from you, O Lord. May we be open to your refining fire. Amen.
Is there an area in your life that you need refining?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.