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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

The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

He also spoke this parable: " A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and 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?' But he answered and said to him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilise it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down. ' Luke 13:6-9. This parable is symbolic, in my opinion, we’re living on borrowed time. God came looking for fruit but the church would not give it. So he purposed to destroy it but Jesus who’s the keeper of his vineyard interceded and said " Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilise it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down. '" What’s Jesus doing is keep you, dig around you and fertilize you, and this he’s that you m

A spirit of infirmity

A certain woman had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years. It happened that one day she bent over but she failed to raise herself up again.  This sounds familiar I know, that on a normal day you find yourself not able to do that you were able to do before. All of a sudden you’ve a physical weakness, ailment or lack of strength in one part of your body, and this woman had this for 18 years. " But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity. " Luke 13:12. I don’t know what it is that’s holding you back, help is on the way. But you have to do something; first, allow Jesus to see you, and respond positively to his calling. When Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity. " And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God " Luke 13:13.  Tremendous, isn’t it, that her who Satan had bound for eighteen years with this s

Discern the time

Then He also said to the multitudes, "Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, 'A shower is coming'; and so it is. And when you see the south wind blow, you say, 'There will be hot weather'; and there is. Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time? ", Luke 12:54-56. We need to realise and recognise what kind of days we are living in the same way we also can discern the face of the sky and of the earth. When you discern, you should be able to see how this generation is an evil generation, the days are altogether evil, and evil all around -  the time is at hand, the end of the time! But while iniquity abounds, mockers also increases, this is so because the devil is come down to earth, having great wrath, for he knows that he has a short time, and so also it is time for the harvest of God, that you also should " Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come

Friend, go up higher!

Reverend Muzembi  This is a generation where many people feel like they have been called to preach, and as a result many have risen to become men of the cloth, and not settled for small titles, but the much bigger ones like clergyman and clergywoman, Bishop, Prophet, Pastor, Vicar, etc. I’m not suggesting they’ve not been called, but Jesus said, " When you are invited, by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honourable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, 'Give place to this man,' and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, 'Friend, go up higher.' Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you " Luke 14:8-10. We’ve all somehow accepted the invitation, but the problem some allocated to themselves best seats, and others

What’s that esteemed among men?

Reverend Muzembi  Jesus told his disciples the parable of the unjust steward; and said, " He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what is another man's, who will give you what is your own? "No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. "" Luke 16:10-13. " Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. " Luke 16:14. They derided, ridiculed or mocked him because they had not the love of God in them, but were instead lovers of money.  He said to them, " You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is hi

My peace I give to you

Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division , Luke 12:51 NKJV. Peace is freedom; tranquillity, calmness or quietness. People thought that He was going to end wars, establish law and order, and stop all violence, conflict and aggression of men. But in his own words Jesus said, " I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! " Luke 12:49. The world rejected him and those coming to him the world will also reject, but would be appointed and  " built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ " 1 Peter 2:4-5. By rejecting Him the world rejected the will of God for themselves, " But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. " John 1:12-13. We who believe

The Fear of God vs Fear of man

Jesus said, " And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I  say to you, fear Him! " Luke 12:4-5 NKJV " So we may boldly say: "The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me? " Hebrews 13:6. We’re triune beings, consisting of spirit, soul and body. What man can do to us is limited, he can only kill the body, but cannot touch your soul and spirit. Job said, " Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. " Job 7:11. These have different personalities; and only the word of God can divide soul from spirit, and body. I hear Job say I loathe my life; for my soul chooses strangling And death rather than my body, (ref: Job 7:15). But don’t worry my friend, only God can condemn y

Do you suppose these were worse sinners?

Reverend Muzembi  Some people informed Jesus about the Galilean Jews that Pilate had killed as they were sacrificing at the Temple in Jerusalem and he mingled their sacrifices  with their own blood. Jesus then asked those who told him, " Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? " Luke 13:2. When a Christian has trouble, is in need or sick beyond the average amount, we are not to interpret it that God is judging him, or that he is a greater sinner than others.  Do you remember the story of the rich man and Lazarus? Abraham said to the rich man, " 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. " He that had a good life here on Earth and had lived longer ended up in Hades, and lifting up his eyes and he saw Lazarus in paradise. Trouble does not always come to a person because of his sins, ne