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Bring forth fruit

  He expects you to bring forth good grapes! " What more could have been done to My vineyard That I have not done in it? Why then, when I expected it to bring forth good grapes, Did it bring forth wild grapes? " Isaiah 5:4. The church is the Lord’s vineyard, He has planted it on a very fruitful hill, where it is well looked after, and you’re the choicest vine, the planting of the Lord. He expects you to bring forth fruits of holiness, righteousness, justice, or " to bring forth good grapes ," Isaiah 5:2. He’ll be disappointed if went don’t produce good fruit. He asked, " What more could have been done to My vineyard That I have not done in it? " That when I  expected it to bring forth good grapes, that it has brought forth wild grapes? For this reason Jesus came, for in the days of the Lord, " in that day the Branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious; And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing For those of Israel who have esc

The word that I saw

The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem , Isaiah 2:1.  Isaiah saw a word, while others were filled with eastern ways, or were influenced with the things of this world; with idolatry, soothsaying, politics, with fear of men and the pride of life. Isaiah instead chose to look upon the word of God, and behold it took him in the distant future where he saw the day of the Lord. He said, " it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the LORD's house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem, " Isaiah 2:2-3. Now,  my friend, are you walking in His paths? What are you seeing? The Word of

Build your house on the rock

Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock , Matthew 7:24 NKJV. God isn’t looking for hearers only my friend. He is looking for doers of the word, for those who hear and do. He wants us to " hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred. " Mark 4:20. Hearers only, are those who when they hear the word, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts, or those who immediately receive the Word with gladness; but because they don’t practice what they hear, they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word's sake, immediately they stumble, and some of course are those who hear the word, but the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enters in to choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful in them.  But He

The ways of the Gentiles

Thus says the LORD: "Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, For the Gentiles are dismayed at them , Jeremiah 10:2 NKJV. Gentiles are the people of this world; are people who care for the things of this life, who glory in flesh and blood, but sit in darkness and the shadow of death.  The LORD said, first, " Do not learn the way of the Gentiles, " second, do not listen to their foolish predictions, and thirdly, Jesus sending His disciples said," Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. " Matthew 10:5. Why? Because their ways are futile and foolish. This world is their portion, but us Christians, as Jesus was so are we in this world - strangers and pilgrims, for we are of God. All the wealth that you see around is the world's goods, but our treasure is above, and our help comes from there too. 1 John 3:14-15 says, " We know that we have passed from death to life, because w

Wise men from the East

After Jesus was born, wise men from the East came  to worship him bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh with them. Many people came to  worship him; shepherds, kings, and angels also. Shepherds came to a manger but these wise men came to the house where Mary were with the child. They came from the East to Jerusalem, asking, "Where is He who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East, and have come to worship him." When King Herod heard this, he was frightened and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.  They told him, " In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel. ’”  Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when th

Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also, Matthew 6:19-21 NKJV. Treasure is anything much loved or highly valued by a person. It is that you cherish, esteem, adore, idolise, highly appreciate or worship. For some people it’s wealth such as money, jewels, or precious metals and others, and people such as family and friends, politicians, prophets or celebrities. Take this as a fact my friend, whatever it is you gather on Earth,  you will one day lose it or be disappointed regardless. But the treasure in heaven, no one would be able to take that from you. Jesus said to Martha, " I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live, "John 11:25. He said, " He who loves his life w

Pray to your Father in heaven

When you pray, especially yourself my friend, pray to your Father in heaven. Remember that God is in heaven, He’s your Heavenly Father; He’s not a man, He does not see as man sees, but He looks at the heart, He weighs the spirit.  So when you pray to him, you should not be like hypocrites who love to pray standing in the synagogues, on the street corners, screaming on top of their voices and making long prayers even on social media to be seen of men. No matter the effort, they get it wrong anyway. Don’t pray the way heathens do, those who practice necromancy, enchantment and divination, for they think they will be heard for their many words. If that’s what you do my friend, no wonder some prayers are ignored, and some efforts vain.  " Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him ," Matthew 6:8. Your Father is in heaven, that’s His secret place, far far away. Remember also that,  " God is Spirit, and those who worship

The serpent Leviathan!

In that day the LORD with His severe sword, great and strong, Will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan that twisted serpent; And He will slay the reptile that is in the sea, Isaiah 27:1. The devil is that large and powerful serpent, the same old dragon; him and his angels have been on the run fleeing.  Jesus said, " I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning! " Luke 10:18.  There was war in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels.  Leviathan was defeated and " was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him, " Revelation 12:9. Christ saw them defeated, and no place was found for them in heaven any longer.  He defeated him on Earth too, and this time for you and me who believe in him and said; " Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power

A lion, my Lord!

One night Isaiah had a distressing vision; he was dismayed by what he saw for  the night for which he longed had turned into fear. It’s common with most of us these days, that on a normal day you feel like danger, fear,  anxiety or harm is entering your house. Isaiah said I was distressed when I heard it. So he woke up and advised the princes to; " Prepare the table, Set a watchman in the tower, Eat and drink. Arise, you princes, Anoint the shield! For thus has the Lord said to me: "Go, set a watchman, Let him declare what he sees. " Isaiah 21:5-6. So a watchman was set, and at night he listened, and day he looked with great care, and what he was seeing was each time increasing his fear. " He saw a chariot with a pair of horsemen, A chariot of donkeys, and a chariot of camels, And he listened earnestly with great care. Then he cried, "A lion, my Lord!" Isaiah 21:7-8. " And look, here comes a chariot of men with a pair of horsemen!" Then he answer

Such is our expectation!

Isaiah said a message came to me, (from chapter 15 through to 20) concerning Moab, Syria, Ethiopia, Egypt and even Israel. It wasn’t an ordinary message but a burden affecting many generations.  He saw what life was like before Christ, it was unbearable; all people were gripped by fear, and because they had no respect for God they would helplessly sorrow and mourn to their idols, but no matter how much they prayed to these other gods/idols they " would not prevail ," Isaiah 16:12. God wasn’t hearing them either. Everyone would wail bitterly because of their troubles, life itself was intolerable and burdensome.  But Isaiah 16:5 says only " in mercy the throne will be established; And One will sit on it in truth, in the tabernacle of David, Judging and seeking justice and hastening righteousness ." So when Jesus came he became man’s saviour, and in his days onwards, man again began looking to his Maker, and once again his eyes had "respect for the Holy One of Isr

I have also called My mighty ones!

Isaiah saw in the spirit the end of times, he saw our days and said; " Behold, the day of the LORD comes, Cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, To lay the land desolate; And He will destroy its sinners from it, " Isaiah 13:9. But before it is the end, the Lord will muster an army for battle, and that battle is on my friend.  First he wants you to be part of that army who will " Lift up a banner on the high mountain, Raise your voice to them; Wave your hand, that they may enter the gates of the nobles, " Isaiah 13:2.  That banner is the good news of Jesus Christ that you and me have to bring to the nations.  He wants you to; Lift up a banner on the high mountain , i.e., to let our light so shine before all men. Raise our voice , i.e., preach, teach, proclaim the glad tiding of the kingdom of God to them. Wave our hands , i.e., direct people to salvation. It is a command my friend, actually He said, " I have commanded My sanctified ones; I have also called My

Permit it to be so now

Reverend Muzembi  Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me? Matthew 3:13-14. This reminds me of some fellowships where a senior pastor would rather stay at home than to attend a service of a junior pastor, but tell you what my friend, we are all sons of light and sons of the day, we sharpen each other. Anyone should be able to baptise you, preach to you, or lay hands on you in the name of the Lord; whether it’s Peter, Paul or Apollos. Jesus said, " Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. " Matthew 3:15. Will you be kind enough to baptise me also my friend?  Especially today when it’s my birthday, that you look at me and bless or pray me?  Anyway, Jesus once said to his disciples; " You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise aut

Forgive us our debts

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses , Matthew 6:14-15. After what God has done for us we will forever be indebted to him, we owe Him a debt of gratitude for what Christ Jesus accomplished for us through His death on the cross.  Deliverance is not based on our good deeds; it is based on God’s plan of salvation for us, the act of propitiation, redemption, justification, reconciliation and righteousness through Christ and of our faith in him. God is or was angry with mankind, and appeasing his wrath will cause us to be reconciled to him.  Now God Himself has provided for us the only means through which His wrath can be appeased and that we sinful men can be reconciled to Him. There is no service, sacrifice, or gift that man can offer that will appease the wrath of God or satisfy His perfect justice. The only satisfaction, or propitiation, that c

When you do charitable deeds

Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven, Matthew 6:1. My friend do good, only to please God, not men, and when you do this, your reward will come from Him alone. But to do good to be seen of men means, God will not reward you in any way or form.  Jesus said, " Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do ..."  What do hypocrites do? Let me be blunt here, they like to give in churches, and have notable registered charities, " that they may have glory from men. " Judas Iscariot wanted to do it,  not because he loved the poor, but because he was a thief. Jesus said " your charitable deed must be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly, " Matthew 6:4. Choose then whose reward you want, that of God or men? Proverbs 31:29 says, " many daughters have done virtuously, but th

A threshing floor

John the Baptist said, " I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire ." Matthew 3:11-12. A threshing floor is often a piece of ground, where after harvest farmers would use oxen to tread on the grain to loosen the chaff from it, then afterwards use sticks to beat on the grain to separate it from the husks.  I remember doing that with my parents in Zimbabwe when I was young.  After treading on the grain, we would throw it into the air with the fork-like sticks and the wind would carry the chaff away while the precious kernel would remain, thus, separating the grain from the husks. The threshing floor in Scripture is a symbol of the judgement; where chuff is se

Your fellowship in the gospel

As we fellowship with each other as believers, remember that our fellowship is only in the gospel. We love the brotherhood with the affection of Jesus Christ only, nothing more. Apostle Paul says, " And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God ," Philippians 1:9-11. So, as you fellowship with other believers, always remember that your job as a Christian is to ensure the progress of others and joy of faith, and to defend the gospel. The Apostle says, " Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so...that you may stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel ." Philippians 1:27. Be like-minded; help each other, work together with one heart, be

Be filled with all the fullness of God

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ ,Ephesians 1:3. Did you know, that He chose us in Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will, and made us accepted in the Beloved? And " predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself ," Ephesians 1:5. Now because we’re sons, He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places. You don’t find that anywhere my friend, except in Christ. Now, my prayer for you is that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you also the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, that you may understand the mystery of His will, the mystery of Christ, that He purposed in himself to gather together in one all things in Christ, He has put all things under His feet, both which are in heaven and which are on earth, and we ourselves also have our redemption through His blood.  We were gent

The lamp of the body is the eye

The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!, Matthew 6:22-23. We all know that our eyes can be deceptive sometimes. We sometimes see what we want to see until someone points us towards the truth. This reminds me of the story of " the serpent and the woman, " in Genesis chapter 3. The serpent said to the woman, " You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. " So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. The serpent’s eye was bad, so was Eve’s and Adam’s too. The whole body was full of darkness because what t

The Lord’s Supper - Do this in remembrance of Me

Jesus prepared for the passover with his disciples, and then " He said to them, "With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God. " Luke 22:15-16 He would no longer eat of it because He’s the Fulfilment of the Passover. The Passover lamb was prepared/ killed a day before The Passover Feast, a day Jews commemorate their deliverance from slavery in Egypt. On Passover, Jews also celebrate the birth of the Jewish nation after being freed by God from captivity. Jesus is the fulfilment of the Passover. He is the Lamb of God, sacrificed to set us free from bondage to sin (John 1:29; Psalm 22; Isaiah 53). The blood of Jesus covers and protects us, and his body was broken to free us from eternal death (1 Corinthians 5:7). In the Jewish tradition, a hymn of praise known as the Hallel is sung during the Passover Seder. In it is Psalm 118:22, speaking of the Mes

The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age

So they asked Him, saying, "Teacher, but when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place? , Luke 21:7 NKJV. First of all my friend, take heed that you are not deceived - meaning beware of the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders of the church  who teach that the kingdom of God will appear immediately. But to show that it’s not immediate, Jesus told the parable of the talents and said: " A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, 'Do business till I come. ' Luke 19:12-13. Same with the Lord; he went far my friend, to receive for himself a kingdom, but He will obviously come back soon.  In the parable of the wicked vinedressers, we know that He " went into a far country for a long time " Luke 20:9. He won’t come back until He has given you and me chance to do busines

Beware of the Scribes

Reverend Muzembi  Then, in the hearing of all the people, He said to His disciples,  "Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation , Luke 20:45-47 NKJV. Who were these scribes, and what are they today? These were Jewish record keepers or, later, professional theologians and jurists. They’re easy to spot these days for they sometimes dress up in long robes, and they love to be addressed as doctors, professors, prophets and bishops, and also they love to have golden thrones in their churches, and best places at feasts and drive best cars. Also, they love to pray so they may appear spiritual. But something is wrong with their prayers; they’re well thought of prayers, long and choreographed which obviously is bait. Jesus said, " for a pretense [they] make long

How many shall be saved?

Then one said to Him, "Lord, are there few who are saved?  Luke 13:23. Make sure you are saved yourself my friend, but many will be saved who " will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God " Luke 13:29. They will come not only from Israel, but from all corners of the world. Many also, shall seek to enter, but shall not be allowed, " When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open for us,' and He will answer and say to you, 'I do not know you, where you are from " Luke 13:25. I said make sure you are saved my friend, to avoid pressing at the door. But when you find yourself standing outside knocking at the door, then know you have missed it, and more also when you see yourself on one side and the other is Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets, then know you have been thrust out of the k

Ask, and you will receive

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart , Luke 18:1 NKJV. Then the Lord said, hear what the unjust judge said; " He said within himself, 'Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. '" Luke 18:4-5. He said, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. You ought to pray for yourself and anything, whether it’s to get justice for yourself  from your adversary - pray persistently, do not lose heart. Jesus said, " Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. " John 16:23-24. Then the Lord said, " shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of

Increase our faith

And the apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith ." Luke 17:5 NKJV We need more faith don’t we? But do we know how faith is increased? It is increased when we simply do our duties, preparing our master a meal and then serve him supper before we can eat ourselves.  But we think faith is about us don’t we?  We think we deserve it, because we’ve come from the field, therefore we should sit down and eat or obtain promises. Faith isn’t increased to us that way my friend, but is increased because you do as you’re supposed to do.  " So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do. '" Luke 17:10. So then faith comes by hearing the word of God and obeying it. Ten men with leprosy stood at a distance crying out, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" Jesus said to them, "Go show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed of

What is this I hear about you?

Jesus told a story to his disciples: of a certain rich man who had a steward whom he heard that he was acting dishonestly. " So he called him and said to him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.' " Luke 16:2. We who serve are often called that we each give an account of our stewardship. The barren fig tree, a type of you and me, was also called, " he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, 'Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground? '" Luke 13:6-7. But this steward knew that the rumour was true, and he said within himself, " What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg. " So quickly he resolved what to do, that when he is put out of the stewardship the people will receive him. He did not ask

The Parable of the Great Supper

As Jesus was giving advice to sit down in the lowest place, so that you may feel honoured when he who invited you comes and gives you the best place, one man then said, " Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God! " Luke 14:15. People will not enter the kingdom of God because they’re blessed, if it were so then only Israel would be saved because of their election, and because the kingdom God was prepared for them. I hear Jesus say this to the woman of Samaria, " You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews, " John 4:22. However, here He says, " For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper. '" Luke 14:24. Why wouldn’t they? It’s because when they were invited, they began to make excuses, and each said I cannot come. So to make Israel jealous " the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city

Can faith save you?

Apostle James asked, " What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him ?" James 2:14. Certainly not, faith alone is dead, but only useful when working together with works.  The apostle said, " faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead, "James 2:17. One should be able to show he/she has faith through his/her own works. "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." James 2:26. My friend, these things ought not to be so, that one should boast about his/her faith. James 2:19 says, "You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-and tremble!" Sometimes all that believing is foolishness, or mere arrogance, and such boasting evil, and proof of an overflow of wickedness (the working of Satan) if one can’t demonstrate own works through their faith. This wisdom does not descend from above, that faith alone can save you, but is