Summary: We consider the dangers of life with no passion and zeal. Can the COLD kill us? Cold without? Cold within?
THE BATTLE OF BEING COLD (WITHOUT-- WITHIN)...
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert
cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue
thee out of my mouth.
Revelation 3:15 (NLT) “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold.
I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither
hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!
INTRODUCTION: ZWW VS WWZ?
I was a young man just starting out in the ministry.
There was this wonder old preacher that I loved to listen to on the radio.
His name was C.M. Ward and he was the speaker for REVIVAL TIME on the
radio. REVIVAL TIME was the Assemblies of God's official broadcast.
C.M. Ward spoke 25 years on this program and travel the world speaking.
I had the privilege of hear Brother Ward speak and have dinner with him several
One conversation really became a thought to ponder?
I was very young and was invited by Lorie Vannucci to sit at the table with
them. As they had fellowship, I listened to their wisdom.
The older preachers were discussing where the church world had been and where
they thought the church world was headed.
C.M. WARD opened the discussion with a line he called: WWZ vs ZWW...
Then Brother Ward was speaking near tears... He went on to explain...
WWZ was WISDOM WITHOUT ZEAL...
He stated this could be a terrible ENEMY and problem with established, long term
THEN HE DISCUSSED ZWW --- Zeal without wisdom ---
C.M. went on to discuss the terrible ENEMY of young people and ignorant people
of how THEY HAD GREAT ZEAL WITH LITTLE KNOWLEDGE AND NO REAL LIFE
EXPERIENCE and lose their BALANCE and MODERATION.
C.M. WARD THEN OPENED THE DISCUSSION WHICH IS THE MOST
DANGEROUS ENEMY OF THE CHURCH TODAY... Some at the table spoke
quickly of ZWW, and provided much discussion of words, teachings, and practice
of ministers with very little knowledge of the BALANCED WORD OF GOD...
Their teaching were based on emotions and feelings and SIGNS and WONDERS...
So the discussion was about the dangerous situation that ZWW posed to the cross.
Then the discussion CHANGED: WWZ could be very dangerous and let the
PENTECOSTAL FIRE compromise and weaken. The discussion was very powerful.
The older men at the table finally concluded: BOTH ZWW and WWZ was alive
and well in the church. ALL CONCLUDED ZWW and WWZ were enemies of each
other, and that all was a real enemy to a HEALTHY BALANCED MINDSET.
WE NEED TODAY WISDOM AND ZEAL...
WE STAND ON A PROMISE THAT IS CLEAR...
Matthew 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench,
till he send forth judgment unto victory.
We have a promise:
HE WILL NOT BREAK A BRUISED REED, NOR QUENCH THE SMOKING FLAX...
A reed is weak, helpless and insignificant...
YOU CAN NEVER MAKE A MUSICAL INSTRUTMENT OUT OF A BRUISED REED?
A REED IS WEAK, A BRUISED REED IS THE WEAKEST OF THE WEAKEST...
A SMOKING FLAX CAN NEVER GIVE OFF LIGHT...