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Don't Hold It In

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“The Mighty Angel with the Little Book” — that’s the subtitle in my Bible in Revelation, chapter 10. It’s catchy enough to be a movie title but it’s not fictitious. It’s prophecy. 

John saw what he described as an “extremely powerful angel coming out of heaven, robed in a cloud. There was a halo over his head like a rainbow; his face shined bright like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire” ( TPT).

The angel had one foot on the sea and one foot on land. 

We can only imagine the sight of such a powerful (and intimidating) angelic creature. But I’m grateful God has given us a glimpse of these things through His Word. Unlike the porcelain cherubs people collect and set out in their home as “cute” — the angels of God are mighty. In fact, David described them as those “who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His Word” ( NKJV).

These are not miniature beings with wings flitting about with bows and arrows. The angels of God are powerful and radiant.

As John watched this mighty Angel descend, he noticed he had a tiny book in his hand. A voice from Heaven instructed him to take the book and eat it. I can’t help but picture the vast difference between this angel and a book that must have been the size of a cracker in his hand for John to be able to take and “eat” it. After he took the scroll, the angel said, “It will be sour in your stomach but sweet as honey in your mouth.” So John “took the little scroll from the hand of the mighty angel and ate it. Indeed, it was sweet as honey to taste, but after [he] had eaten it, [his] stomach turned bitter” ().

So I went to the angel and told him to give me the small scroll. "Yes, take it and eat it," he said. "It will be sweet as honey in your mouth, but it will turn sour in your stomach!" So I took the small scroll from the hand of the angel, and I ate it! It was sweet in my mouth, but when I swallowed it, it turned sour in my stomach.

This description of the tiny book seems contradictory — something that tastes sweet and then turns bitter. But without being too descriptive, I imagine you’ve eaten something delicious to the taste that, unfortunately, was later thrown up unexpectedly. I have. And although this imagery isn’t pretty, it’s quite accurate.

I have tasted God’s Word. It has been sweet to my soul — bringing comfort, joy, healing, and peace. But it couldn’t stay there. To hold it in would’ve been tormenting. It had to come out — I had to tell others. Jeremiah described it this way: “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts... But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not” ( and b NKJV).

Jeremiah couldn’t hold back what God had put in his heart. Neither could John. The angel said to him, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings” ( 1 NKJV).

In other words, John had to tell forth God’s message and proclaim His truth.

Jeremiah and John couldn’t hold back, but truth is, neither can you and I. 

In these last days, the Bible says God will pour out His Spirit on His sons and daughters, and they will prophesy. This means those who are sensitive to God can’t be any more quiet than the prophets and apostles of former times. But the good news is, God has made it easy for us — daily consume His Word, and it will naturally come out!

Keep eating. 

Keep partaking. 

Enjoy the sweetness of every bite. 

And don’t hold it in.

Copyright © 2020 Daphne Delay, used with permission.

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Daphne Delay is an author, speaker, and podcaster with a passion to help this generation discover who they are in Christ. She is the author of Facing the Mirror, Facing the Enemy, and Facing God. Daphne blogs nuggets of spiritual growth and encouragement every week at on the subjects of faith, purpose, and self. She knows first-hand what unworthiness, guilt, and condemnation can do to a believer. After an encounter with God at age 21, she discovered the truths of our righteousness in Christ — which she now teaches and ministers in a simple and easy-to-grasp-and-apply approach

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