Dear Friends, Family and Saints of Abundant Harvest Fellowship Philippine, To Our Partner Church; GGCF and Abundant Harvest Ministries Fl,
I would like to greet you a Happy New Year, a dawning of new hope; new peace. The beginning of a brighter day; the advent of hope in our walk and breakthrough in our stead. There is much to be thankful for as we look back and see God’s great faithfulness unfold in our lives, how His blessing made manifest and His tender mercies shined on us all. The year 2011 was indeed a time of God’s great favor as He blessed us with AHF’s first year anniversary, strengthened ministries, changed lives and touched many hearts. 2011 presented the formation of the Armor Bearers, the augmented movement of the Harvest Groups, The growth of the youth ministry and the music ministry, and finally the amazing events like retreats and initiatives that God drove to empower His people.
It has been a great year, a year that stands as testament to God’s great faithfulness as He empowers His saints to proclaim His name and draw people to Him. I stand here grateful, thankful, praising God for His great faithfulness in my life, in the planting of the church, in blessing in my family; in all and everything.
2011 is the year when it was impressed upon my heart to stand up to the call that God has placed in my family’s heart that could be found in Luke 1:17 –
“17 It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord”
There is much to do in this ever changing world, as self dependence is brought up and God dependence is taken out of the equation. We live in dark times, when the focus of man lies on pleasure, seeking the path of hedonism to drown the hardships of life instead of focusing on the Savior, the One who can truly satisfy the longing in each heart. We live in an age where faith is forgotten, people have traded the peace the Psalmist often wrote about for the empty boastings of the humanistic mind. There is much we can do, much we ought to do.
In the age of information, technology at our finger tips- mankind has never been so ignorant. Yet this infirmity in today’s society can be remedied. Today there is a call to be the rarity, be the one who thinks differently. Be a light to those who lost all touch to the King of Kings.
I believe that 2011 is just the advent to the breakthrough we are about to experience in 2012; I see revival coming through; as people seek the Lord. The day is coming when people would turn away from all wickedness and seek God’s light and peace. The question I would like to pose is: Where are we at this breakthrough? Friend, God wants to use you, God wants to use us all. It is time to let go of every wickedness, wear the armor of God and seek His face alone that we may stand as beacons of His light to the lost. This 2012 is the time when we ought to take a pledge to never be the same, never fall back, move forward, move focused. God driven, God dependent, God empowered.
It is time to begin this Faith revolution even in the comfort of our own homes to the world we face each day, to turn the Hearts of the Fathers back to their children and the disobedient to the Wisdom of the righteous.
It is time for Father’s to take up the mantle, this is the moment when Mother’s need to stand and be the gentle reminder in each home. For the children to focus on God and direct their path to Him alone. Today is the day when the ignorant stand filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, when the disobedient state: “Enough is enough! We ought to take a stand, we stand obedient to His calling, obedient to God’s wisdom and purpose.” This is the time to seek God’s face, seek His righteousness, seek His goodness.
Friends, 2012 is the time when every believer ought to unite, when every Christian ought to break down the walls that divide us, stand for church union and take a stand against the wave of uncertainty that the world throws at us. This is the time to stand in our purpose, to become the people who God has called us to be that we may share the ministry of reconciliation, be a helping hand to those who have fallen astray and prepare a people for the coming of the Lord.
Thus as New Creations as stated in 2 Corinthians 5:17–
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”
May we take this time to bring ourselves to God’s presence, may we seek Him and set aside the merriment for awhile and feast in the Spirit. Remember that we are from this world but not of this world, we already stand as New Creations. We stand not as the people who think only of pleasure, only of self but people who start to think differently; people who are are God focused, God driven, God dependent. May we stand to empty our hearts to Him and ask for His fresh anointing that we may stand equipped for the days to come. May He grant us power, strength, patience and perseverance to shine His light to this darkened world, as we stand willing instruments to His calling. May this day become the beginning of a new day for us; that we become the People God has called us to be- not by might, not by power but by the Spirit of God.
Friend, I greet you and your family a Happy, Blessed and Joyous New Year. May God’s blessing shine on you in all that you and I end my greetings with a blessing found in Number 6: 24-26
“24 The Lord bless you, and keep you; 25 The Lord make His face shine on you,And be gracious to you; 26 The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace”
In The name of our Lord Jesus Christ who by His sacrifice we are healed and made whole, who by His grace are we freed and redeemed, In JESUS NAME AMEN!
Pastor Lyle Lopez and Family