It has been some days that this Word is with me. Preachers of the
Gospel, are your tongues as flames of fire? If our words and lips were filled with the of
fire of God the people won't fall asleep under our preaching.
On the day of Pentecost all the apostles were present and as they
prayed the Holy Spirit came down.
Tongues of fire appeared on each of them. Jesus said He came to
bring fire on earth and this was the day that that fire was ignited.
Does this fire burn in you that when you speak people repent as at
Even the disciples didn't know how the Holy Spirit will come. They
didn't know what to expect. But when the Holy Spirit came they all knew what was taking
As all this happened and the mighty wind was heard, the people
drew near to see what was happening. Just as Moses drew near to the burning bush that was
not consumed and then God spoke to Him, "take off your shoes off your feet for the
ground you stand on is holy ground" (Ex 3:5).
When the apostles went out they spoke in different languages, the
languages of those that were gathered, and the people marvelled when they heard of the
mighty works of God. What mighty works? The greatest thing God had ever done, to come in
human flesh and die for His creation, rise again, so that we guilty sinners can find
forgiveness from our sins and be raised to new life by His power.
John said of Jesus, "I am not worthy to undo His shoelaces
for He shall baptise you with fire".
Many have been baptised with water but who has been baptised by
the fire of the Holy Spirit?
There is nothing greater than that He died for us. All other
things pale into insignificance compared to that event.
As the people heard the apostles many believed but others scoffed
that they were drunk. But Peter answered them that people aren't drunk at 9 in the
Those of you who are God's children, is God's fire in your life?
There are two types of fire we will look at.
There is another fire which James speak about, a fire from hell.
Is God's fire in your tongue or is it the fire ignited in hell?
From where is your tongue ignited, from heaven or hell? That fire
from hell includes gossip, speaking about others behind their back. Their tongue of fire
destroys, maims and kills. Examine yourself whether your tongue is ignited from heaven or
hell. The tongue is a small member but there is no member which does so much damage.
Sexual immorality is a huge problem in the world, even here in our province.
But the Bible says that the tongue is even worse. What is your
speech like? Is it filled with God's fire or hellish fire?.
If the devil's fire does so much damage, how much greater
shouldn't the power of good result from those ignited with God's fire?
Illustration 1: Thomas was a young boy but had a problem with his
tongue. He used to backchat his mom and say nasty things to his brother and sister. One
day he had a dream. He heard people groaning in agony and great pain. He went to the room
next door and saw there a terrible sight. Three people were lying on the ground in a pool
of blood, writhing in pain. He was shocked and angry at the person who had hurt them so
much. He thought about what an evil person that might be and how that person deserves
severe punishment. Then he saw a person standing across the room and he immediately asked
him if he was the one who had stabbed them. No, the person answered, you
did it! As he looked closely he realised that the people lying there included his mother,
brother and sister! The person across the room continued, "remember how you spoke
to your mother and so stabbed her in her heart with your cheekiness. When your sister and
brother came to you while you were busy, remember the harsh words you used and chased them
away". He was overcome with shame and awoke and repented.
Illustration 2: I remember an incident at the beginning of
Kwasizabantu. I had gone to fix the "ram gravitation pump" which was down in the
valley. A black man was with me. The pipe had to be held in a certain way lest the water
sprays in every direction while we were trying to fix it. The black man was not used to
this and held the pipe incorrectly. I rebuked him sharply and was angry in my heart. That
night I could not sleep. God convicted me of my sin of anger and the damage I had done
through my tongue. I rose from my bed and looked for the man who had helped me. I
apologised profusely for waking him up and confessed to him that I had sinned against him
with my angry words. I begged his forgiveness. Only then did I find peace.
Illustration 3: Cannibilism is a terrible thing for it destroys
human lives. In Papua New Guinea cannibals eat their victims and proclaim how wonderful
the meat tastes. As wicked as this is it is even worse when Christians use their tongues
to bite and devour each other. In a sense they are Christian cannibals.