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Summary: Two dangers lurk in the church, ZEAL WITHOUT WISDOM or WISDOM WITHOUT ZEAL. Both are deadly.

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ZWW or WWZ

by Wade Martin Hughes, Sr

Kyfingers@aol.com

We need an Understanding of ZEAL.

What is zeal? An eargerness, passion, vigorously pursuing, aim high, fire in the bones.

ZWW or WWZ comes from a CM Ward thought.

Today I ponder two things that can kill a church,

WWZ and ZWW.

These letters identify a terrible disease that can

kill.

ZWW and WWZ can kill just like AIDS, STD’s, TB.

1. We need a proper diagnosis.

Disease usually has some signs and symptoms.

God, give us the back bone to investigate and

analyze our situations, and deal with the problems.

Where is the evaluation system within our hearts?

1 Peter 2:17, For the time is come that judgment

must begin at the house of God: if it first begin at

us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the

Gospel of God?

The earlier the diagnosis, the quicker the healing

process can begin, the better the prognosis.

God knows how to deliver! Let Him.

With the Word of God applied liberally to all

wounds, we can expect a full , speedy recovery.

2. LET US IDENTIFY ZWW AND WWZ.

Both of these terrible diseases can be deadly.

A. ZWW--- ZEAL WITHOUT WISDOM ---

Zeal and ignorance make a bad team.

Mark 14:47, And one of them that stood by, drew a

sword, and smote a servant of the High Priest, and

cut off his ear.

Peter moved in great zeal to start a revolution, but

Peter forgot some basic ideas,

--- one being: he that lives by the sword, dies by

the sword.

Peter loved Jesus, but Peter had not learned a

lesson.

Peter’s zealous activity was without counsel,

without thought, and without prayer.

Zeal without wisdom ignores all counsel.

This is what I want, God wants what I want,

therefore full steam ahead.

Proverbs 11:14 warns: Where no counsel is, the

people fall: but in the multitude of counsel there

is safety.

It is easy to seek counsel, then ignore it.

Where there is zeal and no wisdom, one can

misinterpret and see things how,

"I WANT TO SEE THEM."

Sure, Peter thought he was moving in a directive

ordained by God.

Zeal and ignorance can have some good plans.

Peter slept through a prayer meeting, woke up to

meeting Jesus, Moses, and Elijah ---

and in his excitement Peter said,

LET’S BUILD THREE CHURCHES HERE.

Never forget, you can’t build churches while sleeping

through prayer.

Good intentions are not enough.

Paul again identifies this ZWW disease,

Romans 10:2, For I bear them record, that they have

A ZEAL OF GOD, but not according to knowledge.

3. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness,

and going about to establish their own

righteousness,

HAVING NOT SUBMITTED THEMSELVES unto the

righteousness of God.

Beware of zeal that will not submit.

In great zeal, Samson prayed,

"God touch me one more time..."

We know victory comes, but Samson could have ruled

many years and had many victories.

He prayed in zeal, but with ignorance.

Samson’s failure dictated to his faith,

faith should dictate to all failure.

Zeal can even team God and gain and prosperity.

If you really love the Lord, you will never be sick,

have a boat, airplane, and bank account.

Preach this message in Haiti?

1 Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputing of men of corrupt


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Paul Howard

commented on Jul 20, 2007

As a bivocational pastor,all I can say is AMEN!!!!!

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