Beauty In Truth: Turn Your What If to Even If

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Habbakuk 3:17-185 – ““17 Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls—
18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”

When a plant or a flower dies because of the weather conditions or the lack of nutrients, and there’ll be no more fruition in your field, will you still be able to rejoice? If the sun had buried itself down for the moon to rise up, will you still look at its light with the bright, glinting stars shining through the skies despite of the darkness that surrounds you? When the cumulus cloud turned into a nimbus one, would you choose to love the sound of the rain falling before your face like tears streaming down from your eyes? “Even if” means that regardless of the bad, heavy weather, you still have the positive outlook on your mind to look after the brightness of the rainbow. Whether the situation may be good or bad, you still come to the point of enacting genuine joy through little things. That no matter how life could knock you down; striking you with melancholic events and sorrowful memories, your whole being shall stand up and fight for victory with bullet holes in lungs because you are a soldier. You know that no one had finished the race without feeling tired. You know that no one had won the battle without wounds for those remarks became proofs of striving and winning. You do these things in spite of the toilsome works because you express actions of perseverance for God. You are a soldier of Christ, the Lord. The peace of God and the peace with God are with you every single day. Knowing that Jesus had died upon the cross to save us sinners is a sign of peace for we all are forgiven from our transgressions against Him. Our lives are firmly secure in the hands of the Mighty One. So when the trials come our way, we are silent and still. The promises of God are what we are constantly holding on to. Peace does not mean that there is an absence of troubles but instead there is a never-ending, never-fleeting series of happiness and trust toward God. We are never helpless nor hopeless because we are provided with serenity. Let us let the current situation be as it is then make the best of it. Never think of too much what ifs because it gives us doubtful hope and regrets, leaving us drained with only anxiety for tomorrow and the next days. The reason why our happiness is fleeting because of what ifs that lead us to sorrow and pain. It is because we didn’t ask for the Lord’s wisdom to help us distinguish the right and wrong things. Sadly, we had only followed our hearts’ desires and the call of our fleshes. When someone causes us pain, we feel our hearts breaking as the twinge of pain slowly increases. Emptiness leads us to destruction until depression catches us. Then sooner or later, our faith will be abandoned to block us from what is good. Romans 8:37-39 states: “37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Remember these verses, keep them in mind so when we can’t hold on to sorrow any longer, we’ll be reminded of God’s love which will carry us through worst occurrences. It will give us hope in the future. Decide to not bind your happiness towards the people and the things around you. Choose to give the responsibility of your cheerfulness in God so we will never be broken in the end. He is the real definition of peace. You can never pursue peace in drugs, fame, fortune, pleasure, hobbies, dun, entertainment, alcohol, and many more just to escape from the tragic reality. It is the false belief of tranquility. So choose to be unmovable, never blaming the flower for dying due to the bad soil, believing that the darkest nights can still produce the brightest stars, dancing in the rain while waiting for the storm to over, and filling yourself with much hope in God, humble enough for not tending to bind trust by your own ability and accomplishment but relying on God’s powerful strength.

Sis. Ashly Mañosca is a youth minister under the Amor 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.

Excerpts, Points and Material taken from Pastor L.A. Lopez’s Message – Even If: Exude Joy Amidst Sorrow.

Cultivate Intentional Contentment by Pastor L.A. Lopez

Pastor L.A. Lopez of Abundant Harvest Fellowship International preaches on the importance of being intentional in Cultivating to contentment.

Hebrews 13:5-7
5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” 6 so that we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.What will man do to me?” 7 Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the [a]result of their conduct, imitate their faith.

Pastor L.A. states –

“cultivate intentional contentment by being intentional, by destroying greed at the root and building your life in Jesus Christ. Good success, true success can only be achieved by cleaving to the King, by defining your purpose and understanding why you do what you do”

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 Grace of Repentance in The Age of Rebellion by Pastor L.A. Lopez

Pastor L.A. Lopez of Abundant Harvest Fellowship International preaches on the call of God to repentance and the grace He bestows to those who walk in righteousness despite the rebellion of many against His word. The call to life, to a hope and a future is not lost to those who seek the Lord and repent.

Deuteronomy 29:18-20
18 Make sure there is no man or woman, clan or tribe among you today whose heart turns away from the Lord our God to go and worship the gods of those nations; make sure there is no root among you that produces such bitter poison.
19 When such a person hears the words of this oath and they invoke a blessing on themselves, thinking, “I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way,” they will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry. 20 The Lord will never be willing to forgive them; his wrath and zeal will burn against them. All the curses written in this book will fall on them, and the Lord will blot out their names from under heaven.

Pastor L.A. states –

“No amount of reading, pleading, praying can supersede the Word of God

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.

Christmas Dawnwatch: “The Advent of Our Salvation”

Christmas Dawnwatch Devotion 003- “The Advent of Our Salvation”

1 John 3:8 – “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil”

Christmas time is meant to be celebrated since it is the advent of our salvation, a reminder of our justification and the key to glory. The enemy works tirelessly each day, creating new ways to ensnares and enslave many to his will through sin. Sin is Satan’s business because he hates the light and beauty and purity and glory of God. Nothing pleases him more than when creatures distrust and disobey their Maker. Therefore, Christmas is good news for us all!

“The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15).

“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).

That’s good news for. Christmas is good news for God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to destroy Satan and smite sin, the root cause of decay and corruption. He has marched right into the enemy’s camp and have raised the standard for the faithful. He has called for Christian solidarity this Christmas; a call to leave the bastion of the enemy. No negotiations, no bargaining. Just single-minded, unswerving opposition to the workings of wickedness. Unyielding till sin is completely destroyed by the power of our King. The call has been given, the trumpet has sounded as Christ has raised the standard. May this Christmas be a reminder of that call, that as Christian soldiers- we must go onward; fighting this war of faith! Knowing that the strike to the enemy’s greatest power has been done; today is the advent that satan’s fall, our sin’s fall, the world’s fall is assurred since Christ reigns supreme and we who walk circumspectly-rally to His call.

Christmas Dawnwatch: “Do Not Be Fragmented in Your Focus, Be Singular Be Whole”

Christmas Dawnwatch Devotion 002- “Do Not Be Fragmented in Your Focus, Be Singular Be Whole”

2 Timothy 2:4 – “No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.”

Paul calls the saints; soldiers in verse 3 of the same chapter yet he was very particular as to whom these soldiers pledge their allegiance to. Understand that there are soldiers that are classified as mercenaries, soldiers of fortune- men who strive for money, fame, adulation and then there are the few who live for a higher purpose, strive for a greater call- who lay down their life for the good of others; these are the soldiers Paul wanted us to envision; those who live in honor- who serve not themselves, not frazzeled pursuits but stand for a singular goal; to serve, honor and glorify the one who enlisted them- Jesus Christ, our Lord. Paul calls out in our key text to Timothy not to get entangled in multiple pursuits that would muddle his calling and purpose but to be singular in His pursuit, to remember His purpose and stick to it; success in all other aspects shall follow. If we’re going to successfully run the race of faith with endurance (Hebrews 12:1) and finish our course and the ministry we receive from the Lord Jesus (Acts 20:24), we must learn to do less. Why less? I don’t mean to be unproductive; I mean to focus on essentials, don’t water down your focus on what matters; being all over the place. Mark Forster had it right when he said;

“We tend to think unsuccessful people are unsuccessful because they sit around doing nothing. But it’s often for quite the opposite reason: they take on far too much—all sorts of wonderful projects at the same time—and never bring any of them to fruition. (Do It Tomorrow, 18)

Having a fragmented focus means you lose sight of what matters. Taking on too much has impeded your ability to bring what does matter to maturity; and to fruition thus don’t lose sight of your priority, of what actually matters. Our work, our schooling, the cares of the day and the circumstance we face including every responsibility we ought to bear carries no eternal value; only one does – and that is our call in Christ. Thus muddle not the call of Jesus in your life; serve singularly- focus wholly on your service for who we are called to please is not ourselves, nor the world- but as soldiers of Christ, we are called to serve, glorify and please Jesus Christ. Do that you have assurred blessing in your life since you stand one with His will.

Have a blessed day dear saint; and I pray that we all focus up on our Lord and Savior- Jesus Christ. In Jesus name Amen!

Beauty In Truth: Suffering Brings Us Closer to God

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Isaiah 55:615 – “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:”

One thing we embrace is the supremacy of God. We have a mission and that is to turn the hearts of the people back to God more so when we have experienced the calamity. That when suffering comes, we, as Christians will fulfill our mission to everyone who may hear. We need to prepare people for the Lord. Of course, no one wants to wake up in the morning, hoping to suffer but if we want to be more like him, then we too must suffer and persevere. Though no one wants to suffer, suffering is an ingredient in our life for a chance to mirror the life of Christ. Many people don’t see the positive in the calamity because they keep on focusing on the negativity. They start complaining to God, asking him why does he allow such things to occur. The reason why suffering brings us closer to the Lord our God is significant for us to know. It is because of his wake up call to bring back the people to him. We usually listen to his voice in times of trouble because we become more fervent in prayers when we are experiencing critical situations. It is more helpful because we intend to forget God during our happy days, especially when everything seems to work very well. We must know that time is fleeting and we have to walk in urgency when it comes to truly standing for God. When trouble comes, when suffering occurs, it is God’s mercy, telling the world today to come back to him. We need to claim to that truth. When problems come, there is an awakening of great spiritual problems. The enemy strikes every single day to take us away from him. He wants us to lose sight of what God has in-store for us. He wants to change our perspective But whatever may happen we must consider it pure joy. Despite the difficulties and tribulations, remember the goal. We need to persevere. It is a reminder to come back to the king. To move you back to him. Therefore, he is calling to all of us to seek him and be renewed. From our mourning, to our dancing. To truly build up perseverance and steadfastness. Thus, when suffering comes our ways, remember that this is your chance and opportunity to rise up and mirror Christ. And as we trust in the goodness of God, great things come. But whenever suffering comes our way, James told us to consider it pure joy. If we see the objectives of why God has allowed things to occur, then we have a hope and a future. Suffering is excellent at teaching us humility, that we must have a complete dependence on God. Ever since the fall of Adam and Eve, we keep forgetting that God created us to depend on Him and not on ourselves. We love to lean on our own understanding without seeking the wisdom from the Lord. We keep wanting to go our own way, pretending that we are God. Suffering is powerfully able to get us back on track. May we all turn back to our God and continuously serve him in any circumstance in life.

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.

Beauty In Truth: There Can Only Be Peace When There is Truth

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Ezekiel 13:10-115 – “Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter: “

Shalom is a Hebrew word meaning peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness and to be full. When we think of the word ‘peace’, we usually define it as the freedom from disturbance. Sadly, when we talk about peace today, it becomes a synonymous of cessation; a temporary solution. This isn’t supposed to be called as peace, because there’s no peace at all. People nowadays are having the same manner of what Israelites had- they hated their savior. They pretend that everything is becoming fine, that everything has no problem to deal with when in fact, they are just whitewashing or allowing the wickedness to flourish, engulf and cover up their sins. They don’t want to change because they are satisfied in regular programming. They just simply want to live the way they want to live in and depend on themselves. We must avoid such things because those who deceive will never inherit the kingdom of God. That isn’t true peace. True peace seeks righteousness. It should be an everlasting peace with God and receive all highest goods coming on our ways. Peace means we have to roll up our sleeves and get to work as we go beyond the call of duty instead of postponing something that is essential to be done. Peace will remain just as how we remain calm in times of pain, rejoicing and continuously being grateful of everything, knowing that God is your anchor, that he will never abandon you. By God’s righteousness, we will never ever be harmed. This real peace can only be achieved by seeking truth. We should walk in the truth for God, stay in his calling, be grounded in service and excel. May we not be counted with those who fall at false sense of peace. Let us not be fed with lies. Let us hate ignorance and embrace God’s holiness in order to obtain true peace.

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.

Christmas Dawnwatch: “The Eyes of Faith, Hope and Love”

Christmas Dawnmwatch Devotion 001 – “Eyes of Faith, Hope, and Love”

1 Corinthians 13:13 “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love”

One way to understand faith, hope, and love is to imagine that each one has a pair of eyes. And then to ask the questions: What does faith see? What does hope see? And what does love see?
Faith sees the cross. Faith is focused on that which the world calls as foolishness, it seeks not itself but the cross which to us who have been transformed is our delight, our hope and our future. It glorifies not itself but glorifies Jesus who bore our sins. Faith sees nothing else in all the world save the incarnate, innocent, crucified Son of God, Jesus, the Lord Christ. Faith sees in this One the full bloody payment for all sins. Faith is a constant gaze at Christ crucified, and especially in the hour of death. “Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes.”

Hope sees the resurrection. Hope is the resurrectiin Sunday morning moment when “the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed” (John 20:8). And hope then turns that moment into a lifetime. Hope sees through the present struggle and gory suffering to a glorious future. Hope sees nothing but the glorious risen Lord. Pressing on for the eternal weight of glory!

Love sees people. Love sees a world of people in need of love – and feels for them. Who are they in your world? They are near. They are your family. They are coming your way today, and you are going theirs. They need God’s love, and you have it to give. They are not always easy to love, but love these the most.

Now love is called the greatest. Why so? Three reasons can be given. (1) True Christian love implies the presence of faith and hope. Love therefore represents the greatest quantity. (2) Love is the one that makes us most like God who “so loved the world.” (3) And love is the only one that can lead others to faith, hope, and love.

Thus, love never fails! Today as we rise up as one to worship our King; I pray that God may empower each one to exude holiness, truth, obedience- may we preach love, exude love. Today we have exude love in action – seeking the greatest good for those who are drawn to Christ- who desire transformation; turning each heart to obedience to God in Jesus name amen!