“Owning Up To Kingdom Mentality” – Pastor Lyle Lopez

As Abundant harvest Fellowship Philippines continues its series entitled: Keep Calm and Focus on God, Pastor Lyle Lopez exhorts the every believer to focus on God and plow forward; never looking back to things of this world, the temporal pleasures set forth by the system of this world concentrate our hearts and minds for the eternal reward which is Christ Jesus our Lord with his message: “Owning Up to Kingdom Mentality” In this message, he exhorts each believer to plow forward in the faith thus developing Kingdom Mindset.

Luke 9:62 states: Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

A plow is a tool used in farming to cultivate the land and enrich the soil that when the seed is cast; the soil readily accepts each seed and quickens the growth of the plant for harvest. To put one’s hand to a plow is a proverbial expression to signify undertaking any business. In order that a plowman may accomplish his work, it is necessary to look onward – to be intent on his employment, on his task- not to be looking back with regret that he undertook it. So in our faith, when we enters Christianity and service- we must live and accomplish what we are called to do with our whole heart, those who cannot die to self, purge their passions for the world, who cannot “wholly” forsake this things cannot, will not and will never be or can be called a Christian nor are they fit to enter the Kingdom of God since they are corrupted or drawn by this world. In order to have a Kingdom mindset; we ought to low forward by forgetting what lies behind and set our hearts on the ultimate prize: Christ our Lord.

Kingdom Mentality means the discipline of knowing and understanding that we are bond-servant of Christ and subjects under the reign of the Most High God thus all we were, all we are and all we will ever be, our will, our strength, our passion and all aspects of our being is only present because of the tremendous grace of our King and the great faithfulness He has manifested in our lives. Christians have royal blood flowing through our veins by the grace of God; Romans 8:17 states that we are “heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.” Revelation 1:6 says that Jesus “has made us kings and priests to His God and Father.” Thus by God’s power & grace, we have been given authority, but kingdom authority does not happen by default. There are certain things we can do (or not do) that can hinder us from exercising that authority and receiving the benefits of our heirship. Plainly when we start loosing focus on God, when we put our work, studies, hobbies and passions before God, before reading His word- if our desire for His presence, for His truth flickers- then our hearts have lost its first love and we loose purpose as we wander aimlessly in this life.Then we wonder why we lack that fire for God that we once had, why we have lost boldness to preach the gospel, why reading God’s word becomes a chore instead of a privilege. Why our service lacks anointing- why we have difficulty waking up in the morning to face a new dawn. Because we have lost love for God, we have turned loveless. Our mentality focuses not on God’s kingdom but on the world we should have turned our backs to. Luke 9:57-62 we see the cost of following Christ; understand that the true requirement of righteousness is a direct focus on God, investing all we are; our time, passion and resources to His call. Yet many Christians omit such factors since their brand of Christianity dictates that they would praise God only when it is convenient and that usually is a Sunday; that they would help out, make a difference and impact others if it does not discomfort them or cost them nothing. It time to change our mindset, let go of our old self and focus on Kingdom Mentality as we shine God’s light through all aspects of our lives; in Jesus name Amen

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Light Talk: Peace and Joy

John 10:10The Thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Peace and joy comes from God alone, when you are confronted with a situation that will rob off your joy and peace, pray for spiritual eyes to see clearly and be wary of the devil’s snares since believe it or not, he has slowly entered your domain. Be above the situation and take authority over it with the power of the Holy Spirit. The Devil has “Set you up” for you to be “Upset.” Snap out and PRAY to Jesus Christ for you to claim back and restore your Joy and Peace! Don’t give anyone legal authority to mess up your countenance and steal your sober spirit. It is a choice to dwell in God’s presence of peace and joy! God desires for us peace, thus He leads us to “Quiet Waters”

Psalm 23:2-3He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, [3] he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

So next time you are about to loose your peace “PRAY” ask God to restore your peace. Don’t let a baby’s sweet slumber be disturbed and awakened to fret and crying. Stand for Peace and Hold your Peace!

Have a Peaceful and Blessed weekend to all

Light Talk: No Israelite Actually Returned Back to Egypt after the Exodus

No Israelite Actually Returned Back to Egypt after the Exodus

“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.”Exodus 6:6

Though Pharaoh’s heart was hardened to let go of the Israelites, God’s purpose through moses is to bring the israelites to the promise land. To free them from slavery and oppression. The great exodus was a fulfillment of God’s promise to those who are obedient, devoid of rebellion.

Despite the miracles, blessings God lavished the Israelites on the way to their promised land; they became stiffened necks and hardened of heart- rebellious to follow God’s moral law and design. But, nothing in the Bible mentioned that some Israelites who were hardened of heart and stiffened of neck actually returned back to Egypt. God dealt with their rebellious heart as they journeyed thus failing to reach their promised land. What was suppose to be an 11 day journey became a 40 year ordeal for their hearts were not turned to God, nor their minds renewed that they may stand for holiness and obedience. They feared rebuke, they feared correction; more so they decided not to live under God’s hedge of protection for they did not want to live by God’s moral standard. Babblers and Grumblers are destined to be destroyed; their lack of faith and trust in God and to Moses whom God has ordained as both leader and spiritual guide led them to their agony and pit to destruction.

We can learn from the stubborn example of the Israelites as we walk the path God has called us to take. When we are moved by God to transfer to another place of worship of a church, Let us trust Him. It is for a greater calling that He did so, He does not want us to stagnate and allow moral & spiritual decay to manifest in our spiritual walk thus even Abraham was moved by God to move on and up.

There were many stories in the Bible that show how those who looked back and returned back to their “OLD” ways was instantly destroyed. This was indeed the case of Lot’s wife who viewed Sodom and Gomorrah, the wicked towns of old as her “Original and Real” Home. Another concrete example is our reformation to become a new creation, that once we have received true salvation- it is impossible, even unthinkable to RETURN BACK to our old self. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit comes once in every person’s life.

When we are clean, we don’t go back to the the mud nor do we partake of our own vomit: 2 Peter 2:22 states: “They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”

So be the fool who commits the same mistake as stated in Proverbs 26:11“As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.”

Viewpoints: Moving On

“15 On the day the tabernacle, the tent of the covenant law, was set up, the cloud covered it. From evening till morning the cloud above the tabernacle looked like fire. 16That is how it continued to be; the cloud covered it, and at night it looked like fire. 17Whenever the cloud lifted from above the tent, the Israelites set out; wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped. 18At the Lord’s command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they remained in camp. 19When the cloud remained over the tabernacle a long time, the Israelites obeyed the Lord’s order and did not set out. 20Sometimes the cloud was over the tabernacle only a few days; at the Lord’s command they would encamp, and then at his command they would set out. 21Sometimes the cloud stayed only from evening till morning, and when it lifted in the morning, they set out. Whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud lifted, they set out. 22Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for two days or a month or a year, the Israelites would remain in camp and not set out; but when it lifted, they would set out. 23At the Lord’s command they encamped, and at the Lord’s command they set out. They obeyed the Lord’s order, in accordance with his command through Moses.”Numbers 9:15-23

We are reminded to remain in the hands of the Lord no matter what may happen. Numbers 9:23 states, “At the Lord’s command they encamped, and at the Lord’s command they set out. They obeyed the Lord’s order, in accordance with his command through Moses.” The Israelites continued to be obedient and faithful to the Lord. As Scripture says, whenever the clouds move, we move; wherever the clouds settle, we settle. The clouds represent God, thus, regardless of the possible events that may happen, rain or shine, we should obey and follow God’s will that we may live an abundant life with Him. There are times when we fail to be alert that the clouds have moved and we are still unconscious of it. Relating this to Pastor Lyle’s teachings about the dangers of complacency, we ought to be watchful over ourselves not to fall into complacency. This is a common problem that we have to avoid or resolve at once – being too comfortable in the way we live that we unconsciously lose grasp on the Word; being proud of our attainments and God is set aside where in the first place, God should be the first. We must check with ourselves: “Am I in the will of God? Am I doing the things which are pleasing to God? Or am I complacent enough to lead myself away from God?” As what Pastor Erick has said, the most dangerous place is outside the will of God, we may choose to stay or to move on. By staying, we remain the same and may not grow in the light of the Lord but if we choose to move on and remain in the presence of the Lord, we are assured that our destination which God has prepared for us is better than the past. Although there are challenges, stressful events in our journey toward our goal, it strengthens our faith in God alone. He won’t allow His people to suffer from harm, indeed, He remains faithful to His people. May we encourage each other to stay under the cloud, to remain faithful in God’s Holy Word, to be always obedient and to abide by His commandments in Jesus’ name, Amen!

To God be all the glory, honor and praise!

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Delighting in God: Voice of Truth

“Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son” – 2 John 8-9

When we received salvation and became New Creations by the Blood of Christ, we have already took off the old self, our old nature as we were washed by the blood of Jesus, cleansed from our iniquity and empowered to face sanctification. Yet at times, we who know the truth still wallow in the lies of the world and allow deceit to move in our midst as our hardened hearts against God leads us to darkness of understanding, ignorance thus following the father of lies instead of the Voice of Truth.

In all of man’s subtleties, we lack wisdom- that is why there is such a thing as atheism, why there is such a thing as unbelief, why there is a Sunday morning/ afternoon Christian that snaps back to the darkness of this world; because though they profess to know the truth, or would like to know the truth- they honestly cannot handle the truth. They fear correction, accountability, reproach and rebuke.

Truth cannot stand without accountability, nor can it stand with a lack of moral decency. It is founded on morality, founded on purity, founded on righteousness thus it cannot thrive in a world festering with moral decay, with the constant truth twisting we see in popular media, the truth stretching we see even in news media. We live in dark times indeed when truth is separated from the gospel and is lightly defined to denote certain realities; but the Bible states different:In 2 John, we see John writing to the elect lady and her children, the term elect means those who believe the Gospel and follow Jesus Christ. Now many scholars have different viewpoints on this but the most common interpretation is that John is writing not to a person but to the church and its congregants as he implores them to walk in truth, shine love and gives out a warning against false teachers and the onslaught of deceit.

He writes to remind them of the commandment of Christ and that is to love one another and follow God’s commandments and walk in truth. Verse 7 states: “I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.”

We see in this verse a warning, John writes to the church of the coming age when deceit is readily practiced. He warns that people would one day reject the coming of our Lord since the world is filled with deceivers who’s hearts are turned from God. We see the movement of many who bear the christian name, profess to believe in Jesus Christ or think they do but refute the fact that Jesus is God incarnate, one with the triunity and King of all creation. These people refute the virgin birth, the miraculous signs and wonders and overall His resurrection.

Why would they? since their hearts are deceived by the call of society; they are deceived to a point of spiritual darkness, thinking they stand for what is right, thinking they are serving God yet in all their actions lead to the opposition of the one true Christ.
Then in Verse 8, it states: “Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.”

The warning is followed by an advice, an advice applicable to the church during his day as it is applicable to us now. It readily means; when the lies of the enemy come our way, we ought to guard and secure our own hearts in the truth of God.

When there is a coming enemy, our role is never to attack immediately but to man our fortresses, secure what is important, barricade the weak points of our heart and guard our faith walk for the truth is; even the strongest of Christians can easily fall into the darkness of this world.

John says: Do not be led to error, or lose what you have worked for. It easy to be desensitized or dulled by the world and lose the burning zeal we had when we began in our faith, John is telling us to hold fast the truth we have; don’t let go of the one glow of truth in this world of lies for to do so is to lose the reward we have been working for, the crown of life that is readily available to those who stand faithful, who stand in truth.

Verse 9 states: “Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.”

I would like you to remember a military command used to keep the soldier, mostly cavalry from overstepping their mandate; from going ahead of the rest of the army. This is a command set forth to move each person to a defensive measure.

This term is: “Hold the Line”, John is asking us to hold the line, do not waver nor go ahead but stay in the boundaries of truth; not move by our own imagination or idealism but connect ourselves to sound christian doctrine. To cleave to Christian truth and abide in Christ.

Don’t let them steer your life down the path of desperation and depression as they feed us their viewpoint of success; but ask for the power of the Holy Spirit that we may be led into the path of a full life as we continue on the road to sanctification.

For if we do not hold the line, saturate ourselves with the world of God and discontinue in the teachings of Christ- God does not abide in us; but if we walk in truth; meditate on His word and live a life of honest service to the King of Kings; then we are firmly planted in Christ Jesus and our rewards are stored up in heaven as we wait patiently for the day of our own glorification as we continue to glorify our Risen Lord.

Have a blessed day everyone! – Pastor Lyle Lopez

Delighting in God: Do Not Lose Heart

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

Today Dear Saints of Abundant Harvest Fellowship Philippines, I would like to share with you what God has continuously impressed in my heart this day: Do not lose heart. Do not fall and give up but steady yourself by God’s grace, move out of your comfort zone and seek His face. Many of us might be facing trials and tribulation; but if we are centered on God’s will, standing for righteousness- living a life of purity and holiness then we can be assured of victory over our circumstances.

Your situation may look bleak, or things may have gone ill and the problems and trials you face seem insurmountable but stand in faith and fix your eyes on what is unseen- fix your eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of our faith for He has gone before us to show us the path, that there are rewards for the each trials you win over- not by our might or power but by the Spirit of God.

I would like us all to take this time to reflect and know that our light and temporary trials are nothing compared to that eternal weight of Glory, the great reward of one day seeing our Father face to face, yes we may be pressed but we are not crushed- we maybe persecuted but not abandoned, struck down but not destroyed- and though we are hurting, if we fix our eyes on the eternal and stand in faith, fixing our eyes on Jesus- we will succeed and we will overcome, that the afflictions are but molding tool to prepare us for what God has in store, In Jesus Name Amen!

Have a blessed day everyone! – Pastor Lyle Lopez