Dear Saints of GGCF,
Peace be with you, I would like to praise God and congratulate you on your 4th year anniversary. It is on this day that we reflect and remember trials and tribulations, the victories and triumphs as God planted His church in the heart of Bulacan. By His grace GGCF has grown and has done in abundance that which God has called us to accomplish- to minister to the people and call forth reconciliation to the lost that everyone may know Our Risen Christ. My friends, God has inspired me to share a simple blessing and His message today as I write this letter of exhortation; that you may continue to shine God’s light in all you do and edify the brethren as we continue to encourage, instruct and enlighten.
I would like to share with you the words of Samuel in 1 Samuel 12:24 that states:
“But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.”
Friends, we are called to reverence, called to faithfully serve Him and stand pure and sanctified for His calling. The phrase: “Be Sure to fear the Lord” should have a stronger, more profound meaning to us all; this statement not only speaks to us about reverence but tell us to fear losing that connection to our King, losing the presence of God in our lives, in our walk and in all our endeavors. I speak to you now and exhort you to remain connected, remain in His presence and ask the Holy Spirit to fill you and empower you to remember the great joy when GGCF began. When the handful of the Lord’s faithful during a time of sorrow and much agitation rose to the call of the King of Kings to remember why we plant churches, why we are called to minister the gospel- not to have numerous followers, or to uphold a system that is created by man; but to be a beacon of hope to those who lost their way, to connect ourselves and the people to the King of Kings. Samuel tells us to serve God faithfully with all our heart. This is a call to be true to the Lord for the day is coming when many false teachers and prophets would come like wolves, hunting the flock and waiting for weakness that they may cause division through promises of peace and unity. My dear friends, unity can only be achieved by aligning ourselves to sound doctrine, aligning ourselves to the will of God and asking the Holy Spirit to move in our lives and transform us to the people God has called us to be. Unity can be achieved not by a system, a group, a person or ideology but remembering to stand and connect ourselves to God, seeking holiness in all that we do and ask the King of Kings for discernment and direction in each endeavor we begin.
Jeremiah states in Jeremiah 23: 21-22 –
“I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in My counsel, And had caused My people to hear My words, Then they would have turned them from their evil way & from the evil of their doings.”
Prophets, Teachers, Pastors ought to stand accountable to the Lord, to their members and to their church. We are not infallible, nor are we sinless or beyond reproach. Pastors like the members stand to be teachable, able to handle rebuke especially if we have moved away from sound theology and the Word of God. Notice the term counsel; each leader, each preacher, each speaker ought to listen to the counsel of God and move, act, speak only when we know that what we are about to state is God breathed and true. To focus on the word of God, not the call of man, the idealisms of a system or mere enthusiasm. For we ought to invoke the power of the Holy Spirit in all that we do; that what we state and accomplish be for God and our actions and countenance show the fruit of the Spirit that shines in our walk for we move to walk the talk. Jesus states in Matthew 17:6 “You will know them by their Fruit.” Thus brethren, I implore you to always stand firm and check for yourselves if what we are being taught is the truth by reading the Bible, standing in prayer as we seek God’s face and anchor our Hearts to Him.
Then Samuel ends with: “Consider the great things He has done for you.” Always remember the goodness of God, His great faithfulness at work and how God has shined His light, strengthened our walk and bound both our churches to stand firm in the Gospel, stand firm in this ministry of reconciliation. Four years indeed of God’s great faithfulness and we rejoice with you. We are blessed by you and we look forward to the great things God is doing through GGCF.
A word I would like to share with you is the term: Pristine. Pristine is defined as in its original condition, pure and unspoiled. That is my desire for Gracious God Community & Fellowship and Abundant Harvest Fellowship Philippines; that we remain pristine, remain pure in the gospel, pure by the power of the Holy Spirit. I pray and ask for blessing for all the leaders and pastors of this fine congregation. That you will not be drawn by the ways of others, but remain true to the path that God has entrusted to you. The mission you set forth to do: To Love, Live and Lead like Jesus, In Jesus Name Amen! We love you dearly, we stand to lift you up in prayer and cherish our fellowship greatly. God bless you always Dear Saints of Gracious God Community & Fellowship.
Pastor Lyle Lopez & Your Abundant Harvest Fellowship Philippines Family