As Abundant harvest Fellowship Philippines continues its series entitled: Keep Calm and Focus on God, Pastor Lyle Lopez exhorts the every believer to stand to be a building block to their fellow believers, their families and those who stand lost in the world with his message: “Don’t Let Them Stumble.” In this message, he courageously set forth to awaken the mighty men of God, the men of valor who forgotten their calling to become God’s representation to their families, who have forgotten who they are what they have been tasked to do not by his strength but by the power of the Holy Spirit. Pastor Lyle then focused on the word of the Prophet Isaiah:
Isaiah 29:13– “The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men..”
This verse focuses on the dangers when our worship become dead works, when all we do is worship God with our lips and not the drawing of our hearts; For God desires a true worshipper- one who will worship him in spirit and in truth. Pastor Lyle then focuses on what moving through the motion entails, what the by-product of a mere facade entails instead of a heart that is filled with the Spirit of God. Pastor Lyle then speaks on what the phrase stumbling block means.
The phrase Stumbling block is defined as any impediment or obstacle; It maybe a person or object that impedes our growth, delays our journey, prevents our breakthrough and hinders our calling. Yet what happens when the people who ought to stand by us, who are called to lead us tumble & fall? What happens when we become a stumbling block to others? To be a stumbling block means that Christ is not real to us, there is a difference between knowing God and Knowing of God- the difference is knowing our Redeemer intimately. Though we have head knowledge; we understand biblical principle and are learned in theology- if our heart’s are far from God; our worship is but dead works for we manifest no fruit through our walk. Isaiah pertains to such people who worship God only when there is need, who come to Him only with praises from the lips yet their hearts are not turned to Him. They profess to be Christians yet their life says otherwise and though they are learned; Theology is useless if we can’t transform our learning about God into doxology. These people lead many to stumble since they treat God as a genie, only praising when there is a need but has not transformed their hearts and minds to His calling. Friends, our hearts should be drawn to Him; not far from His presence; that means that our worship does not end Sunday night but it should be an everyday intentional desire- a reformation of the soul, a changed mindset and a desiring heart set to honor the King of Kings. Pastor Lyle then exhorts to the brethren to draw all our hearts to Him. By having such a heart, we stand not only in the path of righteousness but we usher in our families into the presence of our God; instructing them by the word of God and living a life of example that speaks that reality of God in our walk thus blessing your family and your brothers and sisters in Christ.