“Would you bring the devotional?”


As I prepared, I was somewhat nervous, knowing that I would be in the midst of some “missionary greats” of the world. As that day in Prague approached, I had spent as much time in prayer as I had dealing with the passage. 


I decided to use the Truths that the Father had spoken about our tongues and their tendency to ignite with Gehenna’s flame


After the devotional, many references were made about our tongue as fire. As a group, we were cautious of our words. Sometimes in jest and sometimes seriously, the theme sparked many of our discussions. 


And I watched my tongue most carefully. After all, I wanted to be able to have spoken with authority


But, then I got home.

There was


  • a pile of laundry, 
  • a mound of email 
  • and a stack of snail mail awaiting me. 


My family was coming, the house was a wreck, my throat was scratchy and I had jet lag


And to top it off,


Mark was beginning to really irritate me.


Now remember, just weeks earlier, I had delivered a stirring devotional about a tongue with the fire of hell.


As I shifted my own tongue within my mouth, it sizzled just a bit and I could almost smell the smoke


I’d better keep my mouth shut.” 

Yeah, that was the plan….


Instead – I incinerated him with a sudden outburst. 




Elijah was a man with a nature (Greek: “feelings or affections”) like ours…” James 5:17


Really? Did he have a problem with his tongue


Surely not. Wasn’t this the guy that not only called down fire from heaven, controlled the weather, and went to heaven in some kind of chariot


He was a spiritual giant, right?


Ummmm….maybe not – 


Remember when the prophets of Baal couldn’t get any fire from heaven? Elijah was on hand with a flaming wit and a smoking sarcasm:


Call a little louder – he is a god, after all. Maybe he’s off meditating somewhere or other, or maybe he’s gotten involved in a project, or maybe he’s on vacation. You don’t suppose he’s overslept, do you, and needs to be waked up?” (1 Kings 18:27 The Message)


Elijah was “the Tishbite (Hebrew: “captivity”), who was of the sojourners (Hebrew: “an emigrant, a stranger”) of Gilead (Hebrew: “a rocky region”), who had a tendency to fear  and despondency.


I don’t know about you, but that pretty much describes me


  • Former captive of sin….
  • Now Kingdom citizen wandering about the earth as a foreigner….
  • With a tendency to trip at every step…
  • With fear
  • Despair….
  • And ungodly speech….

Yet, this is the very kind of man that is considered righteous enough for prayers that work.


Kinda gives me hope. What about you?




4 Responses

  1. Kathie says:

    Reminds me of a story your mother told Mother and me, once.  She said that your dad was heading to McAdoo.  She was irritated because she wanted him to do something else.  She started to say, “John Burrow. In heaven you’re not going to be happy because you can’t go to McAdoo!”  She continued telling us, “The Holy Spirit told me, ‘Now Jewel, you just put those words back in your mouth’.”  She laughed. It was a great lesson for me.  I’ve tried to remember it before I say something to Bill that I shouldn’t say.  Doesn’t always work, but it has helped.

    • Kandy says:

      Hummmmm…..so this particular thing runs in the family….sigh. Thanks for this story, Kathie. It made me smile.

      • Susie Kuss says:

        Kandy, I can just see your sweet mama thinking that and then being obedient to Holy Spirit. She was a lovely lady, as was Bobbie. Love to you and Kathie.

  2. Kay Trull says:

    …what a blessing to ‘hear’ yours and the beloved voices of Jewel, Kathie and Bobbie. I heard Bobbie’s laughter in my mind, as, surely, they laughed with Jewel. May the Lord encourage you and allow other opportunities to bring devotionals. Thanks for taking courage, for sharing in Prague, then writing in Lubbock; it was read on the farm near McAdoo , and now has been read in New Mexico: this was a circuit of God’s blessing of eternal truth. Yes, this gives me hope from the work of Holy God in Elijah…..

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