Where Is The Zeal? Deacon/Lay Leader Joshua Justice 10 July 2016
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artist: Joshua Justice
title: Where Is The Zeal?         10 July 2016
album: Joshua Justice
year: 2016
genre: Sermon (id None)
   I find in the church a great deal of knowledge, a moderate amount of faith and a disturbing lack of zeal. Christians everywhere profess that they leave everything in God’s hands, that they are doing the best that they know how; but they never seem to leave the simple path of seeking truth (which is good) to pass through the gate of truth and actually walk the straight and narrow path of action (which is better). 
   I seek out those whose enthusiasm and passion outshine my own so as to inspire me to greater heights. I try to encourage and exhort those around me, to bear their burdens. Yet all too often what I see is a fallback on the familiar idol of the mind. We have a church of men whose faith makes sense - it is ultimately reasonable, instead of those who reason on the basis of their faith. 
   What poor Christians we then are! When the moderate Muslim has more passion for prayer than you, when the average Mormon has a greater zeal for witnessing, can you truly say that you seek God with all your heart? Or is it really that you seek him with your mind instead? 
   I have long asked the question “Lord, where is the power?” Where indeed is the power of the church? The answer is much simpler than you may think. The power is in the passion. When you have a clinical faith, you have an empty one. Your Holy Ghost is an answer to a test question, your cross an idol, your Jesus is quantified and relegated to the theoretical. You think you do not limit God because you can answer with the simple ‘not my will but thine’, you think you are exempt from this problem of the church. 
	1 Cor 10:12 - Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. .   
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