Thursday, July 30, 2009

Fix your eyes on Jesus!

"Consider the postage stamp; its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing until it gets there." Josh Billings

The stamp, when affixed to the envelope or parcel denotes that the cost of the transportation (postage) has been paid to the carrier (Post and Telegraph dedpartment). Because the 'postage stamp' remains on the envelope or parcel and bears a seal of the office of the Post & Telegraph, it is delivered to the destination, not by you or me but by the postal department.

Similarly, the cost of taking you back to the Heavenly Father has been paid by Jesus Christ by His own blood. And God the Father has sealed us with His Holy Spirit that we are now His sons. We cannot get to Him by our own efforts - "not by might nor by power but by my Holy Spirit" Zac.4:6

Just trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. His plans are to prosper you and not to harm you, and faithful is He who has promised and He will do it.

Blessings on you in Jesus' Name!

Noel Pentony

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

"Little girl, I say to you, get up!"

Enough we have been sleeping. Enough have we been lulled into complacency. Enough have we been dead in our sins. Jesus is telling you and me to get up!

For years the church has been sleeping. Lulled into complacency of accomplishments and making a name for themselves. We call ourselves Christians but we have no concern for the people around us. We think that by giving arms to the beggars, we are being charitable, we think that by paying our tithes, church building fund, giving to missions and to other charities our duty as a Christian is over.

We, who have been called by the Name of God have failed in our duty to pray for the nations. We are satisfied in singing "I love you Lord" and "God is good" who we do not see; and forget to love our neighbours whom we see.

Whether we like it or not, "the knowledge of God is going to fill the earth as the water covers the sea". No church is ever going to be big enough to hold that number of people. What should we do them? Just do what Jesus said to do "Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men".

Ecclesiastes 12:13 says "Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man." That's it! Nothing more, nothing less. Let us do just that. If Jesus said "Come follow me..." then let us do just that. How did Jesus start his day. In Mark 1:35 "Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed." Don't you think that it is about time, that we who call ourselves as believers, beging to follow Jesus just as He said. Enough have we slept. Enough have we been dead to the needs of the people around us. However, we will think about others when we begin to feed upon the Word of God.

As long as we do not feed upon the Word of God, we will still have a hunger for the things of the world and we will die with the world. But, if we feed upon the Word of God, we will not hunger nor will we thirst. When we are not hungry or thirsty, we will then lift our eyes to see those who are still hungry and famished for the Word of God and take it to them. Just as Jesus did.

After the young girl arose, Jesus said give her something to eat. Let us come out of our stupor and Rise up! my brothers and sisters. Feed upon the word of God, and meditate upon it day and night and do according to what it says. By this we will make our way prosperous.

Rise up and eat my brothers and sisters, we have a long way to go!

Your servant in Christ Jesus!

Noel Pentony
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Blessed are the meek...

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,

We read in Mathew 5:5 "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."
As I meditated upon this scripture I was directed to another scripture which says "Be still and know that I am God". And I realised that the meek will inherit the earth by just being available to the command of the Lord God of heaven and earth.

In 2 Chronicles 7:14 it says "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." Therefore, our part as God's people, who are called by His name is to humble ourselves, pray, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways. Mathew 6:33 "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." The things that are mentioned are food , clothing and shelter. That is God's part to provide all our needs from His riches in glory. "In Zachariah 6:4 it says "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty."

We see that God, who delivered the Israelites from Egypt, kept His word and provided manna, quail and water for forty years while they wandered through the wilderness. Their sandals did not wear out, their clothes did not wear out, their feet did not swell up nor was there any one feeble amongst them. That was for six hundred thousand men plus women and children and cattle. If God provided for them, will He not provide for us. He has not changed, He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Hence, in these last days, it is not by man's abilities or skills or power but by man being in total submission to the will of God; according to the vision given to Zerubbabel of the seven lampstands which stood in its place to receive the continuous infilling of the oil from the olive trees.

We must also stand still and be filled by the word of God which will be taught to us continuously by the Holy Spirit only when we submit to Him. If we keep running around trying to win souls by our own efforts it will not work. That is what the word of God says. "Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit".

God will bring to pass His gracious purposes concerning His church, without any art or labour of man. This is represented by the abundance of Divine Grace, for the enlightening and making holy the ministers and members of the church, and which cannot be procured or prevented by any human power.

Christ is our Zerubbabel. And no mountain of human traditions, or customs will stand up against him. Micah 2:13 says "The breaker shall go before them .." Yes! Christ shall go before us and break up every obstruction that is in the path of the church, the bride of Christ. In 2 Chronicles 7:16 we read "I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there." The edifices or church buildings will not stand forever, because the earth and the heavens will destroyed. But you and I, who are the church of Jesus Christ will live with Him for ever and ever.

In Hebrews 8:10-12 "This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."

Therefore, my dear meek brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, remember this when you are tempted to tell off your neighbour, or your boss or someone who swerves in front of you on your way to work or to church - "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth". Submit to God and do what He says, that is the secret to our future. We are co-heirs with Jesus Christ and we shall rule with Him if we obey Him and do as He commands.

Looking forward to seeing you with all the saints in the kingdom of God, as we all submit to being lead by His Holy Spirit. Amen

Your servant in Christ Jesus,

Noel Pentony