by Samuel Burgess

When the Cutting Edge Is Lost
Sammy Burgess
2 Kings 6:1-7

{Vance Havner said it best when he described the Church this way…} "Many of the Lord's workmen today have lost the 'ax-head' of power. They have lost the joy of Salvation; they have not the upholding of God's Spirit. The loss of the 'ax-head' of the Spirit's unction has fallen into the (waters of worldliness) - (the ponds of indifference) - (the swamps of sluggishness). They have ability, training, sincerity, earnestness, but they are chopping with the handle. They stand before a demonized world powerless, and it must be said of them, as it was said of the disciples before the demon possessed boy, {Mark 9:18}- "and they could not". This is the pitiful tragedy of the lost ax-heads in the Church today."

As you look at the Church; then look within the doors of the Church at the fellow believers in Church; and then go back and study the Book of Acts and look at the early Church - you are forced to admit that the Church today has lost something. It is just too evident to argue.

You cannot help but realize that the Church in some way is powerless. And it should not be that way. You are now watching Christians beating trees, spiritually speaking, with ax-handles. *There is a great sound of work; there is the noise of people chopping trees, but there are very few trees falling. There are many that are becoming increasingly suspicious that this is not getting the job done.

There is (movement without might) - (energy without effectiveness) - there is (much doing but very little dynamic). There is very little to show for all the work that has been done. *The only thing that most Churches have to show for all their work are {tired bodies} - {bruised hands} - and {wounded trees}. May I say again that it is too evident that something is missing.

Some have come up with the idea that since something is definitely missing - they are trying to come up with some kind of strategy to make ...

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