Posted by: berencamlost | 2007 October 31

Burnt Tongues

“The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” James 3:6

Well, tonight I was doing the necessary cleaning before the great room rearrangement this weekend when Tracy began screaming for me to come downstairs. With full foreknowledge of the mischievous nature of my children, I went downstairs dreading what I would find.

Surprisingly, what I found was actually not what I expected ( I expected something destroyed, colored on, food sprayed on walls, pentagrams etched on the floor, etc.) Instead, I found my daughter Katelyn with her tongue in a cup of water and crying. My wife had been baking pumpkin seeds earlier in the evening and left the pan of seeds on the counter to cool, and, for whatever reason, Katelyn thought it would be a good idea to put her tongue on this 400 degree pan. Maybe it looked tasty or something.

We replaced the water on her tongue with ice and gave her some ibuprofen after a good 15 minutes of icing the hellfire. She kept the ice on her tongue all evening until bedtime. Fortunately, there were no blisters. Katelyn did take the time to let us know we could use this as an object lesson for her younger siblings. “Don’t do what Katelyn did!”, she exclaimed.

Though her tongue tonight wasn’t set on fire by hell, the foolishness that prompted her to do that act was no doubt the manifestation of hell brought out by her flesh. Her uncontrolled fleshly desires that caused her to do something so foolish are those same desires believers need to always fight against and put to death. Our fleshly desires need to be put to death by the Holy Spirit.

Hell has three weapons it uses against us: the world, our flesh, and direct assault from the evil one. The world can be brought into perspective and it’s lie exposed, the devil can be resisted, but that darned flesh is a pesky little bugger. The scriptures encourages us to put to death the deeds of the flesh, and we are told that we are no longer slaves to the flesh. But like the Israelites in the wilderness, we keep looking back to Egypt and falsely thinking it was better back then. Having been a believer these past 18 years, I know from personal experience it is NOT better back there, but occasionally those fleshly pangs resurface and I find myself wondering again what the weather is like on the Nile.

But, it does seem like the longer I fight and put to death these stupid lying deeds of the flesh, the less appealing they become. I don’t know if it’s just age or maybe a bit of wisdom, but the longings of the flesh aren’t as appealing to me. And that gives me hope. Hope of a life lived by the spirit, of living to love the Lord, and saving myself from the pain of sin, guilt, despair and burnt tongues.
“For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:8


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  1. But like the Israelites in the wilderness, we keep looking back to Egypt and falsely thinking it was better back then. Having been a believer these past 18 years, I know from personal experience it is NOT better back there, but occasionally those fleshly pangs resurface and I find myself wondering again what the weather is like on the Nile.

    Great observation! It is exactly like that, too . . . wondering what the weather is like . . . Nicely put, brother.

  2. Very well said and I feel bad about Katelyn’s pain but you can tell her in years to come how entertaining I said this story is and what a great lesson it brought out to share with us. I will include you all in prayers.

    BTW, it’s wisdom, not age!! 🙂

    God Bless You and Yours.


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