|Reverend LC Muzembi|
Moses said, thou shalt go there, "and worship before the Lord thy God" Deuteronomy 26:10.
You go to Church to worship the Lord, and to "rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thine house..." Deuteronomy 26:11. While there also you petition the Lord to bless you too.
Deuteronomy 26:16-19 says, "This day the Lord thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. Thou hast avouched the Lord this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice: And the Lord hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments; And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the Lord thy God, as he hath spoken."
That’s the reason why you go to church today, it’s because you’ve avouched yourself to worship the Lord in the place he has chosen for you to worship him in spirit and truth. If it’s otherwise then you shouldn’t go. The writer of the book of Hebrews says, "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another : and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching" Hebrews 10:22-25.
Now, Deuteronomy 25:1 says, ”If there be a controversy between men....then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked."
Always, you should be able to tell the difference, between what’s true and false; true prophets from false prophets, genuine churches from corrupted ones. Moses said, "If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the Lord thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee" Deuteronomy 13:1-5.
The problem there these days is believers hearken to every prophet whose sign or wonder comes to pass without giving thought. But as for you, love the Lord with all your heart and soul, and him only should you serve and cleave to.
But how on Earth do you do that? You keep his commandments, statutes and judgements. He has given instruction, "Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams" who misleads. Deuteronomy 12:3-6 says, "And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place...But unto the place which the Lord your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come: And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks."
It is not to every man, every place which you imagine in your dreams, that you bring your offerings to, but where he’s chosen to put his name. Moses said, "Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes" Deuteronomy 12:8.
What’s wrong with this generation, that every young person is a prophet, he has started church, and is collecting tithes and offerings from poor believers?
"But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the Lord your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety; Then there shall be a place which the Lord your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you...." Deuteronomy 12:10-11. But the things of God have been profaned because everyone is doing what they think is right in their hearts.
The place God wants to connect with you is not what false prophets have purportedly called church, for neither their worship is true.
Jesus said, "Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth" John 4:21-24.
True worshippers do not hearken to words of false prophets, or these filthy dreamers. They worship the father in spirit and truth. They’ve avouched themselves to serve him only.