Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Zeal of the Young

Something i dug up, that I wrote many years ago ( wow, I sound like an old guy), but has seemed to bless many people, so I hope this too may bless you.

The Zeal of the Young

Throughout time there has always been a remnant of people that are stirred by the call of the Lord. People who take the call of the Lord seriously, people that have eyes open to the battle going on, people who trust that God can do amazing things. This people are God’s remnant, a distinct few, they are the ones that have changed history, yet not the history we read but in a book of remembrance kept by the Lord. These people don’t usually have the spotlight and if they do they don’t keep it, they’re not attracted to the light so they don’t get much exposure. This remnant are watchman, who have this strong urge to sound a trumpet, they feel like alarm clocks set to awake the sleeping church. They are the prophets of today, not of those who predict the future but of those who speak God’s heart to the very problems of today, a call to arms, a call to repentance, a call to revival.
They are propelled by a zeal in God, they see God as the one who does the impossible. This zeal cries out “THERE HAS TO BE MORE” their zeal isn’t satisfied with HEARING stories, they want to see God move today. This remnant is detached from the norm, they aren’t too interested in the things of this world, they could care less of hobbies and entertainments.

A.W. Tozer writes:
Any man with fair pulpit gifts can get on with the average congregation if he just “feeds” them and lets them alone. Give them plenty of objective truth and never hint that they are wrong and should be set right, and they will be content. On the other hand, the man who preaches truth and applies it to the lives of his hearers will feel the nails and the thorns. He will lead a hard life, but a glorious one.

That’s exactly what we need today, that is the remnant. Today sermons are so broad that anyone within the congregation can exclude themselves. The sermons filled with history and new discoveries have become just interesting, the thirst for knowledge has been quenched. The thirst to feel like they have learned something no one else knows is satisfied, yet they don’t grow except in data. If that be the case then let us retire our bibles and just teach math, certainly God is not concerned about such nonsense. Sundays have become substitutes for what the body of Christ should have been doing throughout the week, there should be a sense of urgency and desire for the things of God, when we leave church. The man of God should be able to pour into those that come in, he should have this aroma on him that rubs off, this passion for God that is to be desired, not just a biblical professor. Now are the days that the church comes hungry and broken and leave still hungry and broken! The remnant sees this and leave frustrated, furious at the lack of seriousness in the church.

Yet this remnant is under major attack their zeal is trying to be quenched by those that should be cheering them on. Most of their leaders, their family, their church give such faithless advice, they put road blocks in front of them and tell them all the reasons why this or that can’t work. The remnant is left battered and only finds refreshment in the presence of the Lord. Listen up remnant God wants to use you, but you must keep your eyes open, you must walk worthy of the calling set before you. Your zeal is not enough, your zeal can cause you to make irrational decisions.
God does not leave us without direction; His word contains such help, in fact there are such men in the scriptures some who failed while others succeeded. The men that we will look at begin together, yet end in different ways, these men were rescued by the Lord in such a miraculous way that it has yet to be repeated. These men are Moses, Aaron, and Joshua. These men and others will instruct us in many things regarding the zeal of the Lord.
First Aaron the oldest, he is three years older than his brother Moses. God first appeared to Moses to tell him that he would be used by God to deliver His people; Moses declined God’s first decision to use Moses alone. So God chose Aaron to be Moses’ spokesperson, what is fascinating about Aaron is that he doesn’t object in any way, he accepts the job. It is Aaron who speaks to Pharaoh (Ex 7:1) and does these amazing signs, Moses directed him. So Aaron had to be a man of courage, a man zealous to see God get the victory. Aaron played the role of assistant, It was Aaron’s rod, Aaron was the one who kept the manna in a jar, Aaron was holding up Moses arm in Israel’s first battle. Aaron had to be a humble man in order to do all these things, especially since he was the older brother. Aaron not only saw the mighty miracles but also had a close encounter with God on the mountain.

Exodus 24:9,10
9 Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, 10 and they saw the God of Israel; and there was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness.

Amazing, Nadab and Abihu are sons of Aaron, so they too enjoyed the presence of the Lord. After that Moses went alone to the top of the mountain to receive from God the law. Moses left Aaron and Hur in charge, while on the mountain God reveals His decision that Aaron will be the first High Priest, this servant of yours will become a servant of Mine and will minister to Me. While on the ground the people became impatient (nothing new for them) and they turned to their leader Aaron, the zealous servant:

Exodus 32:1-5
When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” 2 Aaron said to them, “Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took off the gold rings from their ears, and brought them to Aaron. 4 He took the gold from them, formed it in a mold, and cast an image of a calf; and they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” 5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a festival to the Lord.”

Aaron could take orders perfectly, but when put to the test, when his faithfulness should have been revealed, he buckled. Aaron was persuaded by his peers, the very people Aaron should have been leading, were leading him. His zeal became extinguished over time, Aaron had to wait and too became impatient, Aaron easily forgot what God had done. Those like Aaron are too quick to make decisions, Aaron feared the multitude, Aaron was moved by the multitudes. There will always be those who will try to persuade God’s holy remnant, the church, a vast majority of it will sadly lead a shepherd in the wrong direction. Aaron was cool as long as the action was in front of him, as long as faith was visible, but when put on the waiting list, when put to the test of endurance, Aaron acted; we will always fail when we step outside of faith, never should we move without direction. Not only did Aaron agree with, but he lead the rebellion, those that are zealous will always lead but to whom?! When Moses comes down and confronts Aaron, Aaron puts the blame on the people and excludes himself from any willful choice to rebel. Let’s look at how Aaron lies to his brother

Exodus 32:24
So I said to them, ‘Whoever has gold, take it off’; so they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf!”

It’s a little different from the account we just read, Aaron tells of this calf that just pops out of the fire, while the record shows that he “carved” a calf and that he “made” an altar; Aaron left out those details, but of course none are fooled because later it says

Exodus 32:25
When Moses saw that the people were running wild (for Aaron had let them run wild, to the derision of their enemies)

The bible puts blame on Aaron for this foolish choice; Aaron did nothing to stop those straying from the faith. After this Moses called for people to make a decision, between who would follow the Lord or not. Well Aaron did the right thing here and it could be looked at as repentance, then Aaron became the High Priest. Unfortunately Aaron’s weak leadership rubbed off on his children, we read that his sons were also very rash in their zeal, they to acted when it was time to wait and they were killed for that (Lev 10:1-2). Aaron gradually became prideful with his being used of God as a spokesperson, Aaron in his characteristic rash zeal speaks out against Moses with his sister Miriam

Numbers 12:2
2 and they said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also?” And the Lord heard it.

The Lord quickly jumps in this conversation and Miriam became a leper, when Aaron saw this he quickly asked for forgiveness. Aaron dies in the wilderness, short of the promise land because of his rebellion (Numbers 20). Aaron had a family line filled with zeal, thank God that all did not misuse it; the cycle broke with Phinehas, Aaron’s grandson. The children of Israel again got caught up in immorality, and after they were found guilty they wept, but one of the head men did it again in front of everyone. Phinehas saw this and in his zeal put a stop to this rebellion. God commends Phinehas for this:

Numbers 25:10-13
10 And the Lord said to Moses, 11 “Phinehas the son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, has turned back my wrath from the people of Israel, in that he was jealous with my jealousy among them, so that I did not consume the people of Israel in my jealousy. 12 Therefore say, ‘Behold, I give to him my covenant of peace; 13 and it shall be to him, and to his descendants after him, the covenant of a perpetual priesthood, because he was jealous for his God, and made atonement for the people of Israel.’”

Phinehas was lead by a zeal for the holiness of God; he was a leader who reacted according to God’s will. Phinehas wasn’t trying to prove anything, he saw a fire being started and Phinehas put it out, for this God makes a covenant of peace with him.

Now let’s examine Moses and learn from this patriarch of the faith. These are our founding forefathers not political men, let’s return to the biblical examples, not those history want to exalt. Men were Godly and way more Godly long time before the USA ever existed. Moses a prophet of the Lord was a humble man. God calls him humble, Moses talked with God directly, and he had an awesome communication with God. Moses dealt with fear but he put that fear in God’s hand and God used him mightily. Moses like many of us have a past of failure, but God uses failures to do great things. Moses was zealous for his people when he killed an Egyptian, although this was more of an earthly zeal. There are many today that share the problems God’s people are going through and they take sides, they overlook many of the issues going on and they make incredibly foolish decisions. They come off harsh and the people don’t respond to it, but thank God, people can change. Moses was changed and used of God at an old age, although Moses felt like his mission had failed and was over. So Moses accepts the call, to lead, Moses always led the people back to the Lord. Moses was quick in his zeal for God’s holiness and to turn to God for direction and insight. Step by step was the walk Moses had with the Lord. Moses was an intercessor, not just for the people’s sin but for God’s holiness:

Exodus 32:9-13a
” 9And the Lord said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people! 10“Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation.”
11Then Moses pleaded with the Lord his God, and said: “Lord, why does Your wrath burn hot against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 12“Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, ‘He brought them out to harm them, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from Your fierce wrath, and relent from this harm to Your people. 13“Remember……….

Moses was not just saying, “hey God why not just let it go, it’s no big deal.” A true intercessor like Moses knew that sin was a big deal, but Moses pleaded for the mercy of God, Moses’ motive was God’s glory. Moses had a key ingredient for the holy remnant and that’s a passion for the lost, Moses cried out in his zeal for the people. In order to truly love the Lord, we must love people, we must see them as lost, blind, and broken, we must make a distinction between how we feel about sin and how we feel about the sinner. Charles Spurgeon, who said the words, "Have you no wish for others to be
saved? Then you are not saved yourself. Be sure of that."
Moses was zealous for God to be seen as great and mighty among the nations, Moses didn’t want God misunderstood by unbelievers, that’s zeal! What a man Moses was, and what an example, just a chapter later we see another awesome display of Moses zeal for God’s holiness:

Exodus 33:12-16
12Then Moses said to the Lord, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people.’ But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.’ 13“Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.” 14And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. 16“For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.”

Moses wanted distinction, he didn’t want just an answer to prayer, No! Moses wanted the Answerer of prayer. Moses knew that without God, there would be no distinction; Moses didn’t want to part ways with God, now more than ever Moses desired God. There are too many today that are content without having the presence of God, few have any personal experience of “waiting” on God, unless that means staying busy until God does something. I remember a quote but can’t recollect the author it said something along the lines of “If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the earth, a lot of churches would continue unaffected”. This quote would be comical if it wasn’t so true, many speak of prayer, yet few pray, many speak on faith, few walk it, many speak of holiness, few pursue it, the Apostle Paul would tell our churches today, “For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.” (I Corinthians 4:20) God agrees to go with Moses, to lead the way, but the remarkable thing about Moses is holy zeal. In his holy zeal, Moses goes even further with another request from God:

Exodus 33:17-19
17So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” 18And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” 19Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”

The zeal Moses had was a desire to know, to be intimate with the Lord. Moses was thirsty, Moses doesn’t ask for anything earthly, just more of the Lord.
There is a song that goes:
…or dry as an empty vase, fill me up to till it’s to the top
I’ll still need more, more, more
…I need more, more, more, Jesus more of You….
That’s the cry of the zealous. To be zealous without a passion for the Lord will lead to destruction, it will cause you to act out of God’s will, and you will follow the example of Aaron. I truly wish that it ended here, but Moses did fall short of God’s best, Moses let his guard down long enough for temptation to grab him.

Numbers 20:6-13
6So Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and they fell on their faces. And the glory of the Lord appeared to them. 7Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 8“Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” 9So Moses took the rod from before the Lord as He commanded him. 10And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” 11Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.
12Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” 13This was the water of Meribah, because the children of Israel contended with the Lord, and He was hallowed among them.

Moses reacted in the flesh, under the guise of zeal. Moses let his holy anger become sin by reacting to the people. This is very uncharacteristic of Moses, who usually cried out for the people, but this time he didn’t even think about God getting glory. Moses ignored God’s command and just did what worked last time; this disobedience God took personally, God was more concerned about obedience then if the water came out. Another thing to note is that God is not a God of methods; He’s a God that gives direction. It’s not uncommon for the enemy to twist our zeal, our irritation with compromise and cause us to focus too much on people. We not only begin to hate the sin but even the sinner, we become cold and bitter, perhaps just going through the motions without emotion. The devil will turn discernment into criticism, if we aren’t careful to stir our hearts to love, to be compassionate. Zeal will not glorify God if we lose our passion for the lost or His church. The minute we begin to decide that it’s no use that it’s all in vain to speak to the people because they’ll never change, is when we become ineffective.
Joshua however was a man that stands out significantly, truly a great example of holy zeal. The first time the bible mentions Joshua is in battle:

Exodus 17:9
9And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.”

Joshua was victorious in battle, this man knew how to take orders and follow through. Another remarkable thing is that Joshua is the only one who wasn’t down at the bottom of the mountain worshipping the golden calf (Ex 32:17); Joshua was an aid to Moses, he was set apart from the beginning. Not only did Joshua have to wait, but he had to wait alone on the mountain. A zealous man must learn to wait, there has to be that humble zeal that restrains you. Joshua patiently waited while God spoke to Moses. Joshua is put in the strangest places, he doesn’t get much exposure except that which is good.

Exodus 33:11
11So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.

Now look at that, Joshua was a man who was familiar with the presence of God, Joshua at an early age had a fascination with the Lord. Some think maybe he was guarding the tabernacle, but then again anyone could have guarded it: Joshua could have stayed by Moses side. Yet Joshua, if he was guarding probably volunteered himself, Joshua wanted to be close to God. Intimacy is another vital part of our walk with God. For out of it will be birthed power, God’s character rubs off onto us the more time we spend with Him.
Joshua looking up to Moses was also zealous for him as a leader, Joshua wasn’t threatened by Moses authority, and Joshua wasn’t looking for a position. Joshua tries to silence some men who were prophesying because they weren’t with Moses, but Moses corrects Joshua and tells him not to be zealous for his (Moses’) sake (Numbers 11:24-30)
The children of Israel come to the end of their journey, and are within reach of the Promised Land. Moses has men spy out the land in order to get form an offensive strategy. One man from each tribe, after they spy out the land they come back with a report: Numbers 13:27-32 : A bad one, they are scared of the people because they were giants, they were ready to forfeit and leave. But two men saw something different:

Numbers 14:4-11
4So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.” 5Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel. 6But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; 7and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. 8“If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ 9“Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” 10And all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Now the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of meeting before all the children of Israel.
11Then the Lord said to Moses: “How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them?

The people wanted to quit, they returned to their common suggestion, ‘let’s go back to Egypt”, they were discouraged and Moses and Aaron just move out of the way. Joshua however couldn’t take this, something was boiling up in Joshua, Joshua did not forget the works of the Lord. For Joshua it was simple “God did it before and God will do it again”. The zealous man doesn’t see the giant; those giants looked extremely small compared to an awesome God. Joshua saw that this was a time where he needed to speak up and he spoke with zeal, this time he was zealous for God, he was enforcing the truth that God is faithful that He will perform what He said. The people however didn’t want to hear that, they came against them as if they committed a crime, but quickly God intervenes and takes over. Oh there is so much to be learned, when we step out in faith, we better believe that people will try to quench that fire. The bible later tells us that the people suffered from unbelief (Hebrews 3:16-19). Those that won’t take God at His word, become angry that you will, they feel threatened and try to hold you back: they may have good intentions but they always play things safe, they don’t do anything that would require God to move. Another point to draw is that God is seeking for a zealous remnant to step out of the boat and to come against the multitude. When Joshua did this, God’s presence came immediately, God showed Himself strong on the behalf of Joshua and Caleb.
The people through their hardness and unbelief were judged:

Numbers 14:26-31
26And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 27“How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who complain against Me? I have heard the complaints which the children of Israel make against Me. 28“Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you: 29‘The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above. 30‘Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in. 31‘But your little ones, whom you said would be victims, I will bring in, and they shall know the land which you have despised.

It’s remarkable to think that out of millions, two made it! It could be said that is how it is still today, the remnant is small for they walk a narrow road. God later tells Moses to inaugurate Joshua in front of the people; Joshua would become the one to lead the people to the promise land. Joshua had the favor of God on his life, for a true man of God is called by God and not man. God has encouragement to give to the faithful remant, especially to those called to lead that remnant:

Deuteronomy 3:21
21“And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, ‘Your eyes have seen all that the Lord your God has done to these two kings; so will the Lord do to all the kingdoms through which you pass. 22‘You must not fear them, for the Lord your God Himself fights for you.’

Yes the truly zealous man will not have to fight, it’s our job to obey, God does the fighting. God was saying to Joshua and the rest that we must keep our eyes on Him, to not look into our own strength for our strength is in the Lord. When Joshua finally took the leadership he was encouraged with the phrase “be strong and courageous” this being said several times by Moses and three times by God. Now Joshua was a man of war, Joshua had no doubt in the power of God, so why the admonition? Joshua was a humble man that understood the responsibility of leading; Joshua was a man that trembled at God’s word. The remnant know that to speak for God is an solemn thing, and that it must be handled with care. Joshua saw many times God in His holiness judging people who mishandled His holiness. The thing that probably scared Joshua was the people, he watched previously how rebellious the people were with Moses. Joshua saw the people make promise after promise and saw them break them all, Joshua watched how easily they turned on Moses and on God. For this he needed encouragement, sometimes encouragement for those that want to step out in faith rarely comes from any source but the Lord. There is so much to counsel to gain from the life of Joshua, but we will venture now to end this lesson with a look at his finish; Oh the need for men that will finish the race. Joshua speaks to the people as he knows his time is short, Joshua does exactly what Moses did, he reminded the people of what God commanded. Even the Apostle Paul spent hours upon hours reminding the people before he was soon to be imprisoned. Joshua speaks to the people in chapter 23 to chapter 24, telling them of the promises and conditions of the Lord, but keep in mind that Joshua is zealous for the Lord and he clearly remembers the shallow promises the people made to Moses.

Joshua 24:14-18
14“Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! 15“And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” 16So the people answered and said: “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; 17“for the Lord our God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, who did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way that we went and among all the people through whom we passed. 18“And the Lord drove out from before us all the people, including the Amorites who dwelt in the land. We also will serve the Lord, for He is our God.”

Joshua was calling for distinction, in his zeal he knew that the people had to make a conscious decision to serve the Lord. Joshua made it clear that his mind was already set, that he would serve the Lord; Joshua was steadfast in his devotion. Perhaps Joshua was saying “Look you people need to make a decision now, who are you going to serve, but don’t confuse me with Aaron cause I’m not following anyone except the Lord.” In response the people made promises, they thought it ridiculous to even think of doing what their fathers did. Yet Joshua and any man who is walking that narrow road understands that too many hear but don’t do, and in his zeal Joshua replies:

Joshua 24:19-28
19But Joshua said to the people, “You cannot serve the Lord, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. 20“If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good.” 21And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the Lord!” 22So Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the Lord for yourselves, to serve Him.” And they said, “We are witnesses!” 23“Now therefore,” he said, “put away the foreign gods which are among you, and incline your heart to the Lord God of Israel.” 24And the people said to Joshua, “The Lord our God we will serve, and His voice we will obey!” 25So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made for them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem. 26Then Joshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of God. And he took a large stone, and set it up there under the oak that was by the sanctuary of the Lord. 27And Joshua said to all the people, “Behold, this stone shall be a witness to us, for it has heard all the words of the Lord which He spoke to us. It shall therefore be a witness to you, lest you deny your God.” 28So Joshua let the people depart, each to his own inheritance.

Joshua filled with zeal, reiterates God’s holiness to the people, he reminds the people of the consequences of forsaking the Lord. Joshua said that God is holy and Jealous, Joshua was saying “Don’t just make a promise, words aren’t enough, my God is holy and jealous His zeal will consume you if you turn on Him, if you’re not serious God won’t listen to you.” Joshua stressed who God was and how God did things, Joshua was examining the people for fruit, for true commitment. A true man of God, a man zealous for God isn’t interested in crowds, he doesn’t care about how many people “walk” to the altar, he’s concerned about whether they are serious, whether they understand the weight of the promises that they are making. Like Jesus, a man of zeal will act as a prophet; he will cut with a sword a clear distinction between followers and fakers. Joshua was such a man, Joshua allowed his zeal to be continually God centered, as we need to do. His legacy should challenge all of us:

Joshua 24:31
31Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had known all the works of the Lord which He had done for Israel.

There it is, what an awesome thing, truly our zeal must be directed, we must choose to allow God to work through us. We cannot allow our zeal to be lead by our flesh, we must act but only at the command of the master!



A word of encouragement: there will be a fulfillment of those things hoped for and they that wait upon the Lord do not wait in vain. There are a few of the Lord's people out here who can read and absorb into their hearts words of wisdom and truth. thank you.

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