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Of seed, growth, fruit and firm foundation


As I write this, there are people that are hurting because they got into marriages, business ventures and other human endeavours that crumbled in spectacular and devastating fashion.

Sermon of the week with Pastor Erasmus Makarimayi

Many are regretting the investment they put into something that was so promising, but was soon blown away because the project was founded on pseudo-foundation.

It could only flatter to deceive for it lacked the quality seed that has the capacity to grow. All hope vanished like vapour as the dream of a bumper harvest was shattered in a split second. I don’t intend to add salt to your fresh wound, but rather instruct you on future course.

My prayer is that God will heal you if you reform and seek His way.

There are many principles of life that we should always follow. Today I will mention four of them; seed, growth, fruit and foundation.

These days people are dreaming, talking and aiming big which in itself is not wrong provided the fundamental pillars of wisdom are in place. There has to be seed to the dream or vision founded on sound principles.

Time for growth has to be allowed and a good fruit will come out. As long as there is seed you can start small and grow big.

Study the following Scriptures and allow God to speak to your inner being. Matthew 13:31-33 records Jesus’ teaching on this. He says, “(31) Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: (32) Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. (33) Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.”

Concerning growth, Jesus says in Mark 4:26-29, “(26) And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; (27) And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. (28) For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. “29” But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.” At the right time the harvest is inevitable.

Sometimes we delay or even destroy the harvest by interfering with the growth process. Just do the weeding and leave God in charge of the growth process.

As long as you do the right thing, favourable results are assured. Luke 6:43-45 says, “(43) For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. (44) For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.(45) A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”

Before you cry foul, please first make sure you did the right thing in the first place. Humble yourself and go back and make amends.

The kingdom of God always provides keys that you can always use for access to various domains. Adherence to God’s ways assures you of His promises. The Message Bible summarises clearly in Luke 6:46-49 with Jesus challenging us, “Why are you so polite with me, always saying ‘Yes, sir,’ and ‘That’s right, sir,’ but never doing a thing I tell you? These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living.

They are foundation words, words to build a life on. “If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last.

But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house, but skipped the foundation.

When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss.” All I can say is that those who have ears please hear for indeed you are going somewhere.

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