“Three Kinds of People” By Pastor L.A. Lopez

As Abundant Harvest Fellowship International continues its series entitled: Battling Unbelief, Pastor L.A. Lopez discusses 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 which is the scripture text for his message- What Have I Done To You?

1 Corinthians 2:14-16
But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 15 But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. 16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.

The apostle Paul states the basic division of all humans which is set to two classes; the first division is the Natural man/ woman, and the second is the spiritual man/ woman. Now these are the basic divisions. Those of the world, who seek the world and those who are for God and seek God. The third we can glean from this text is the inability of those without the mind of Christ, without the spirit of God to understand the things of God for they are foolishness, for the Holy Spirit is not with him. Now, what is the Natural man? The word for “natural man” or “psuchikos” is used one other time in the New Testament to refer to people, namely, in Jude 19, which says, “It is these who set up divisions, worldly people (i.e., natural people), devoid of the Spirit.” Natural people are defined here as people who do not have God’s Spirit. They are simply ordinary people whose hearts and minds are not touched with the renewing work of the Holy Spirit. They are further identified as the unregenerated people, who are governed by their natural instincts as found in 2 Peter 2:12, they are under Satan’s dominion for they are enslaved to their bodies and their passions. They belong to the world and their sympathy lies with it as found in James 4:4. These people cannot understand the ways of God thus they rely on human reasoning & emotion. 1 Corinthians 2:14 – “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.” The opposite of the “natural man” is the “spiritual man” or Pneumatikos—a person whose mind and heart are renewed by the Spirit, or is identified as a regenerated person. 1 Corinthians 2:12 confirms this. “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.” This person is spiritually minded and thinks the thoughts of God. He lives by the spirit of God, Such an individual believes in Jesus Christ, strives to follow the leading of the indwelling Spirit and resists sensual desires and sin’s dominion. Romans 8:13-14 states – “For if you are living according to the flesh, you [f]must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” One becomes a spiritual man/woman by putting to death the deeds of the flesh, being born again, renewed completely thus becoming a new creation. Regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” The third type of person is called, the worldly christian. Paul notes this in 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 – “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, 3 for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking [a]like mere men?” Now don’t be confused when I use this term. The term Christian does not make them true believers, but those with questionable faith; we are speaking of those who want the best of both worlds, double minded people – adulterers; who desire the world and desire God. They want the best of two, compromising righteousness to obtain the good of the world by delving briefly in the bad. They desire the world and find pleasure in sin; but still desire to be counted as part of God’s people.

Pastor L.A. states –

“The end point to this is simple, if you desire eternity; don’t mix your faith up. If you want Christ; abandon the world and kill sin in your life.If you want to stand in the faith; one must purify themselves. 2 Corinthians 7:1- Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Dear saints, only one of the three kinds can have the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, ergo only one can ascertain the word of God and truly embrace it as power; taking hold of salvation as most precious, only one has the mind of Christ – my question today is; which one are you of the three? Which one do you exude?”

Abundant Harvest Fellowship International is an outreach church under the umbrella of Abundant Harvest Crescent City, USA. Senior Pastor Waid Hobbs has Ordained Pastor Lyle Areanne Lopez as Senior Pastor of Abundant Harvest International and Missionary to the Philippines. Abundant Harvest Fellowship is Partnered with the Church Of God Of Prophecy.

The Beauty In Truth: Do You Want God To Save Your Family?

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Joshua 24:14-15 – “14 Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that wereon the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Here are some divine requirements for you and your family to be saved.

1.) SERVE THE LORD
God notices and cares for those who fear and serve Him in spite of hardships. Serving God is a distinguishing mark of the righteous person, whereas not serving God marks the wicked, who live for themselves. There are two, and only two, groups here. Either you have don’t have your service for Christ and you live only for yourself, or you have been justified by faith in Christ and now you live to serve Him with all your heart, because you love him. It is a lie to say that a person can be saved and continue to sin.

2.) FEAR THE LORD
If we are true believers, we will embrace God’s and say, “The LORD commands it; therefore I will obey it with pleasure. Because of what my covenant Lord has done for me. The LORD is my shepherd I shall lack nothing.”

3.) CHOOSE WHOM YOU WILL SERVE
While saying that it is vain to serve God, they were calling the arrogant blessed. From all that they could see, there was no reward for following God, and there were many rewards for defying God and seeking your own prosperity. Whenever we start thinking that way, we have lost God’s eternal perspective and adopted the world’s temporal perspective. We must decide either to serve the LORD or the devil, BLESSINGS or CURSES. But I encourage everyone of you to serve God with gladness. Never grumble when meltdowns happen, because God is giving us lessons for a purpose. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord, forever.

Sis. Ashly Mañosca is the current head of House Holiness of the Armor Bearers and a resource writer for the AHFi Official website. She is currently pursuing her studies and stands focused to glorify God in all her endeavors.

The Beauty In Truth: Are You Connected?

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Matthew 7:21-23 – 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that daymany will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you;depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

We can obviously identify that Jesus was the one who uttered those words from our key verse. He revealed that there will be fake Christians who will sound religious but don’t really have personal relationship with him. It will never be enough to own Christ as our master, only in word and tongue. It is significant that we believe in Christ, that we repent of sin, that we live a holy life, that we love one another.

Judgment day is approaching. People will be lovers of themselves and will look out for their own interests. Ignatius in A.D. 110 said, “Be not deceived, my brethren: if anyone follows a maker of schism, he does not inherit the kingdom of God.” A Christian who practice division isn’t a true Christian at all. We must learn to identify between the holy and profane so we will not be deceived by the maker of schism. If we love God, we must have an undivided and clean heart. To worship God is to worship Him in spirit and in truth. The book of Revelations tells us that every living persons will be split into 2 groups; the servants of God will bear His seal; which is the law in their foreheads. God clearly states that He gave the Sabbath as a sign of His power to create and sanctify, thus receiving God’s seal is obtained by keeping His law. We must keep his seal if we are truly his obedient servants. I pray that we will not be included in those people who receive the mark of the beast. But we can remind our brethren to draw near to God. But if they reject you in the second time, have nothing to do with them. God will be the one to handle everything and they will pay their sins especially on Judgment.

Sis. Ashly Mañosca is the current head of House Holiness of the Armor Bearers and a resource writer for the AHFi Official website. She is currently pursuing her studies and stands focused to glorify God in all her endeavors.

“What Have I Done To You?” By Pastor L.A. Lopez

As Abundant Harvest Fellowship International continues its series entitled: Battling Unbelief, Pastor L.A. Lopez discusses Micah 6:3-5 which is the scripture text for his message- What Have I Done To You?

Micah 6:3-5
“O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me. For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the Lord.”

The prophet Micah speaks for the Lord as he utters in verse 3 of Chapter 6 the word of the King to his people: “My people, what have I done to you, And how have I wearied you? Answer Me.” This is the question of our God who has given everything His people can hope for, salvation, deliverance, blessing, life but time and time again; the people of the Lord stood unfaithful to the King, disloyal to the One who gave them life, hope and a future. Studying the text, the historical situation is entirely not clear- though we can ascertain that; this query could have been given during the reign of King Hezekiah in the late eighth century. At the same time, hints of exilic and postexilic periods (e.g., rebuilding city walls; restoring national boundaries) may reflect expansions of the text over the years in view of new community situations. Now the passage indicates several things, first off; there is controversy between God and Israel, the language of a “Covenant Lawsuit” is sometimes used in this text as though God has called the nation of Israel, His people to lay on the table their grievances, lay on the table their reasoning for their adultery against Him. It is an emotional question, a question that painfully lingers as it is toned with exasperation. In tagalog; Ano ba ang ginawa ko sa yo? What have I done to deserve your ire, your hateful attitude, your adultery and disloyalty? The question is rhetorical yet unlike some who would use this, God does not use this accusingly but poses the question with immense hurt, immense pain & sorrow. As a father who has done all he can to ensure his children’s safety, success and wellness; yet is met with rebellion, met with disdain, with hate.

Pastor L.A. states –

“All that God has done is for us to give us a hope and future, to ensure our greatest good by sending forth His only begotten Son to be nailed on that cross, to carry our sin and rise up a sacrifice that our lives be spared from judgement. Yet how do we answer Him? How do we respond to such goodness, to His amazing love? Thus what God requires of us is simply put; Grateful Law Keeping. We who have been saved by grace are called to live a life of grateful law keeping, humbling each day for the rest of our lives before Him with godly fear and reverence which is our way of saying thank you Lord for all you have done.”

Abundant Harvest Fellowship International is an outreach church under the umbrella of Abundant Harvest Crescent City, USA. Senior Pastor Waid Hobbs has Ordained Pastor Lyle Areanne Lopez as Senior Pastor of Abundant Harvest International and Missionary to the Philippines. Abundant Harvest Fellowship is Partnered with the Church Of God Of Prophecy.

The Importance of Being Grateful

In this day and age, we see a decline in faith, a decline in gratitude and the crumbling of our humanity. Occasions and holidays are but dates where we get a silent reprieve from the everyday humdrum of life itself. Thus comes the question many in this age would ask- why celebrate thanksgiving; what have I to thank for?

Life my friend, we have life. If there is anything to be grateful for, it is the life bestowed upon us by God, our everyday; our family and friends and above all else- the hope and future to which every believer holds onto: Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Yet some of us may yet be aware of the origins of this holiday and the overall message that we ought to apply in our everyday life in regards to shining a thankful heart. Thus, we’d like to give you a brief history on the subject thus ending it with a greeting from our Senior Pastor as we here in AHFI stand to give thanks for all and everything. For in victory or defeat, in harvest or drought, in sadness or joy- we ought to give thanks.

Habakkuk 3:17-18 – “Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.”

A Brief History of Thanksgiving

Almost every culture in the world has held celebrations of thanks for a plentiful harvest. The American Thanksgiving holiday began as a feast of thanksgiving in the early days of the American colonies almost four hundred years ago.

In 1620, a boat filled with more than one hundred people sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to settle in the New World. This religious group had begun to question the beliefs of the Church of England and they wanted to separate from it. The Pilgrims settled in what is now the state of Massachusetts. Their first winter in the New World was difficult. They had arrived too late to grow many crops, and without fresh food, half the colony died from disease. The following spring the Iroquois Indians taught them how to grow corn (maize), a new food for the colonists. They showed them other crops to grow in the unfamiliar soil and how to hunt and fish.

In the autumn of 1621, bountiful crops of corn, barley, beans and pumpkins were harvested. The colonists had much to be thankful for, so a feast was planned. They invited the local Indian chief and90 Indians. The Indians brought deer to roast with the turkeys and other wild game offered by the colonists. The colonists had learned how to cook cranberries and different kinds of corn and squash dishes from the Indians. To this first Thanksgiving, the Indians had even brought popcorn.

In following years, many of the original colonists celebrated the autumn harvest with a feast of thanks. After the United States became an independent country, Congress recommended one yearly day of thanksgiving for the whole nation to celebrate. George Washington suggested the date November 26 as Thanksgiving Day. Then in 1863, at the end of a long and bloody civil war, Abraham Lincoln asked all Americans to set aside the last Thursday in November as a day of thanksgiving.

Psalm 77:11 “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.”


A Message from The Head Pastor of Abundant Harvest Fellowship International

To My Dear Family and Friends, My brothers and sisters @ Abundant Harvest Fellowship International, I would like to greet everyone a Happy Thanks Giving, Truly we have so much to be thankful for as another year draws to a close and a New Year springs forth. God is so gracious as He moves in our lives to empower, enlighten, strengthen and guide each heart, mind, soul to His calling. From the breath of life we hold dear, the mornings that we enjoy; the friends who keeps us smiling, and the family we cherish dearly- we must be thankful, We should be Thankful.

Psalm 136:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.”

Indeed, it is His love that gave life to us all, His love that gave us purpose, His love the helps us endure and His love that gave us salvation. His faithfulness stands thus we Give Thanks for these blessings, having a heart of gratitude to celebrate was has been given, cherish our relationships and strengthen our bonds of fellowship as we cleave to Christ alone.

Lamentations 3:22-23 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

In this verse, it is explained how each morning is suppose to be filled with Thanksgiving, filled with gratefulness for man in all his subtleties have not wisdom; we think we hold our destiny, have command of each breath; captains of our fate- master’s of our soul yet we live in borrowed time; temporary as the dew in the morning yet God’s love upholds us, guides us and empowers us to reach the peak of our destiny; not by our might but by cleaving to His truth empowered by His grace. Thus Be Thankful, Be intentional in being grateful and celebrate this day and each day with a new found appreciation for this gift we call: Life by cleaving to His truth, turning away from Sin and proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ in each aspect of our existence.

In Jesus Name Amen! – Pastor Lyle “L.A.” Lopez and your AHFi Family

Letter From The Senior Pastor: Never Give Up

Dear Saints,

As a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have been through storms, moments of dryness and immense difficulty through various situations. I have understood that before every victory, we face mountains of disappointment, weakness in spirit and in the physical that threatens to take hold of us, pulling us to wallow in despair. The idealism of many that the christian life is not one of hardship is flawed and unscriptural for even the apostles in the early church faced insurmountable odds, even giving up their lives for the work to continue. Regardless of the difficulty, the exhortation is to consider it pure joy.

James 1:2-3 states – “2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”

Thus I stand in complete joy, not because I was told to change my outlook on it but because I see amidst the veil of calamity the silver lining to which our hope is placed. When everything falls apart, our call is to be still and trust in God. The psalmist once wrote in Psalm 42:5

“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation”

Yes we are cast down, yet each moment; those who walk in righteousness must take it upon themselves to preach to ones self that our hope is in God. Several years back, storms ravaged through my life especially in ministry. I stood in the midst of people I thought walked in righteousness, desired truth. I gave much, offering my life as a drink offering, standing with my family who gave so much as well to people who disdained the good we did. I saw friends go, enemies multiply. The good you do mocked and the the kindness you exude spat on. Heavy is the yoke a minister bears. You are called to sow yet the ground is rocky, irregular, infertile; and the birds fly around; stealing the word of God from the hearts of those who we gave our lives to impact and change. Despite the birds, the call is to sow, to plant; to preach the word in season and out of season. In all those times, even as I write this- one thing stood amidst the crashing waves of despair; my hope which is in God.

I look back on these things now as we have entered 6 years in church planting, I personally stand before each one of you; faithfully serving God for 14 years as a pastor and minister- not because of my strength and resolve. Like any person, I am but a frail, weak creature who seeks strength from the One who gave me life. We work and strive not for fame, glory, wealth or adulation; I stand to preach the word of God to see lives transformed, to answer the call of the King despite the people, despite the birds, despite the circumstance and situation. To this day, disappointment never ceases when we work in ministry, but regardless of that- I stand not to give up for my hope is in God. A song I heard one day that helped me through this path I take- Be still! Never giving up despite trouble. My life is given for the glory of God, in Him I place my hope- in Christ rises my victory!

Sincerely,

Pastor L.A. Lopez