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A Fire In My Belly

When a person states that they have " a fire down in their belly that drives them to witness" do we as Christians understand what they're talking about?

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 ---mima on 3/1/06
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Mima, Sounds like Indigestion.

Take a Tablespoon of Mylanta and see your doctor.
---John on 12/20/10

I had a dream that it was the end of the world, and I said Lord I am ready, all of a sudden a bolt of fire came down from heaven and into my belly, any thoughts on this?
---melody on 12/20/10

Thank you, Mima, for your response. Now I am learning more English from this site. I hope to learn more of Christian ways in this site.
---Linda6546 on 3/28/06

It would be a burning desire to share your faith with others, so that they too can have the same burning desire to go share with others. Would to God that all Christians have this drive to witness to others. If we would all be stirring up this gift inside us, as like when we fist got saved and wanted to tell the whole world, then this world would be a much better place. C'mon, let's keep Jesus' commission and go tell someone today about the Lord and his saving grace.
---Eloy on 3/26/06

To Linda: in using the expression," fire down in their belly" I am describing some people's strong constant desire to be about witnessing for the Lord. Some people say it is the spirit of evangelism. Which seems reasonable to me.
---mima on 3/26/06

Well I do. I have felt this Holy Ghost fire burning inside of me. It is God leading me to say something, do something. Not everyone believes this, as I can see.
---Rebecca_D on 3/5/06

Here's another one from a song:

"Fire in my heart, fire in my belly too
Got a heart and a mind and a fire inside
And Im crazy about you..."

I guess this one had my attention first.

Anyway, it is dangerous to be using idiomatic expressions especially if we don't belong to the same culture. Now, I am interested to know the idea of the one posting this question. Mima, what can you say?
---Linda6546 on 3/4/06

I got the following from a boxing article:
"...This theory refers to the thing they call "Fire in the belly". Some people call it hunger, but to me there is something more to it than mere satisfaction of a need that hunger connotes. It is the confluence of courage, hunger, redemption and respect, honor, dignity and thirst for glory."
---Linda6546 on 3/4/06

If you put the phrase in a search engine, you will indeed find that common usage to day has a sexual connotation. That may not be the way you and I understand it, nor the way the person saying it intended it but it is the reality of the use of the phrase in the common vernacular today.
---Bruce5656 on 3/3/06

It is better to marry than to burn. The church is a bride adorned for her husband. God is a consuming fire. His servants are flames of fire. Put these together and it is make the church your wife and maybe that is the church would be 'Eve.'
---gregg on 3/3/06

Gregg ... Please expand and explain your logic a bit further.
---alan8869_of_UK on 3/3/06

Jesus said,'Out of your belly will flow rivers of living water.' John the Baptist said, 'He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.' Jesus said 'I am come to send fire on the earth, and what will I if it already be kindled?' In Hebrews it says 'Our God is a consuming fire.' Put it all together aand I guess it means that 'If I don't get this fire out of my belly it will consume me.' And 'It is better to marry than to burn.'
---gregg on 3/2/06

There's always Tums... :o) Yes, had to go there.
---daphn8897 on 3/2/06

WHAT in the WORLD?! I highly doubt anyone who has ever made this statement was having lewd thoughts while saying it. If they did, they're derranged and need the devil cast out of them. I believe it was Jeremiah who said that (paraphrased) he tried to keep quiet, but could not, because it was like fire shut up in his bones.
---NEWjohn on 3/2/06

In this context, it is simply an expression of zeal or strong desire. Nothing sexual. However, in researching this I see that there can be a sexual overtone or overt meaning to it as well. Good point.
---Bruce5656 on 3/1/06

Correct me if I am wrong but the "fire in my belly" has some sexual connotation. I am not an English speaker, so please, correct me if my understanding is wrong. Thank you.
---Linda6546 on 3/1/06

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