God With Us – Dead To Sin, Alive In Christ

Romans 5:2-21 – Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord

Are You Saved? A blunt question to begin mind you but imperative for us to answer through carefully examining our faith- so are we save? If our answer is yes, the next question is – How so? Remember the sincerity is not an assurance of salvation, nor the hogwash peddled by many churches today as to the one saved always saved idealism. Just knowing it, feeling or even claiming it is not an answer; nor does it stand as an assurance of salvation- so how do we know if we are truly saved; if we are numbered with the elect?

If we are Dead To Sin, Alive in Christ.

Understand that our salvation comes as a gift if God’s grace, but it can only be appropriated by the human response of Faith. So to understand salvation, understand the set soteriology to which we bide to- we must understand two word; 1st being Faith and 2nd; Grace. When we talk about Faith; we speak of saving faith in Jesus Christ which is the only condition God requires for salvation. Note though that many fail to understand that faith is not only a profession about Christ being Lord and Savior for anyone can say that they believe; but it seeks action- that is the activity coming from the heart of a true believer who seek to follow Christ; that means to walk in obedience, to walk in righteousness as proclaim Him as Lord and Savior of our lives. Matthew 16:24-25; the call of Christ to come and follow Him in faith calls for a denial of self- being set-apart from the world; separated from our former ignorance, Dead to sin and alive in Christ. Walking in the way of the Master requires us to carry our cross and press on through;the narrow path of righteousness which we can follow by the grace of God and faith in Jesus Christ. Easy enough; many people says it so- all we have to do is exude faith which is defined as complete trust. What many don’t realize is that the New Testaments concept of faith includes 4 main elements that make it Saving Faith.

The 1st is; Faith Means firmly believing and trusting in the crucified and risen Christ as our Personal Lord and Savior; It involves believing with all our hearts and completely yielding our will and committing our total selves to Jesus Christ. Romans 6:17-18 sets the understanding that once we were slaves to sin yet by the grace of God and power of Christ; we stand obedient thus being being set free from sin and becoming slaves unto righteousness, bound to Christ. This means that our will, our desires are bound to the King.

No longer I as found in Galatians 2:20; but Christ who lives in me. This means that all our actions, decisions are motivated not by our wants, but by our faith in Christ- we desire God above all else; thus in our desiring of the Lord; we live and are purpose to please and glorify our King.

The 2nd is; Faith Exudes Repentance which was a key point in the study of the book of Ezra. Repentance is two-fold; that being the confession of sin and restitution which is to be set-apart; separated and completely turned away from sin- thus turning to God through Christ. Saving faith is always repentant faith. Thus true believers will always stand repentant upon reproach or rebuke for their true desire is to glorify God with their lives; thus in the heart of sanctification- rebuke is welcomed which then produces Godly grief that produces repentance that leads to salvation – 2 Corinthians 7:9-10, Acts 2:37-38

The 3rd is; Faith includes heartfelt devotion and attachment to Jesus Christ that expresses itself in trust, love, gratitude & loyalty. Faith in an ultimate sense cannot be properly distinguished from love since it stands as a personal activity of sacrifice, self giving directed to Christ. 1 Peter 1:8-9; Faith means that we are singularly devoted to Christ above all else; nothing fills us with hope, with joy save to glorify Christ as we fellowship with the brethren; being of one heart & one mind.

The 4th is; Faith in Jesus as Lord & Savior is the act of a continuing attitude that must grow and strengthen. Because we have faith in Christ who died for our sin; our faith should become greater. Trust and Obedience develop into Loyalty and Devotion which then develops to intense love for Jesus Christ as we glorify Him by enjoying His presence in our lives. This faith in Christ brings us into a new relationship with God as the price of sin has been paid in full and through this we walk dead to sin; never going back to our ignorances but being transformed by the renewal of our mind in Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Now, our life is dependent on the grace of God. In the Old Testament God revealed Himself as the God of grace and mercy; in NT- the grace of God has been revealed through Christ in which we as believers in the hope of not misconstruing nor abusing such grace need to understand that; 1- God gives a measure of grace as a gift as found in 1 Corinthians 1:4-9. 2- God gives grace to believers to set free from sin; Many professing christians state that the grace of God is a limitless start over, clean slate protocol that as sin abounds; thus grace abounds but look at Romans 6:20-22; we have been given grace thus we are set free from Sin; thus sin has no power over us- we are slaves of God; which means that we are slaves to righteousness- we who are renewed, holy, pure and true will not submit to the call of carnality, to the pressures of sin- why sin, ourselves no longer stand as our master; the mastery of ourselves is in Christ. Grace must be diligently desired and sought; that stands as number 3; Hebrews 4:16- how do we come near to the throne of grace; by studying scripture, hearing the proclamation of the gospel, praying, fasting, worshiping God and being sensitive to the Holy Spirit.

Romans 5:20-21 – By Christ and His righteousness, we were redeemed; but not to walk in sin because grace abounds; but to embrace the grace of God as we strive to faithfully walk in holiness and purity. The law was there to make us realize the unrighteousness within ourselves; in this knowledge- we who are convicted and elected would respond in godly grief as we stand repentant of our sins and embrace the grace of God not to erase our faults and continue walking in sinfulness the next day but to once and for all by the grace of God walk circumspectly- pressing on in the narrow path as we seek righteousness in all that we do. Many have misconstrued this passage time and time again as they justify unlimited grace to unlimited sin; 2 Peter 2:21 states that it would have been better if they had not known the way of righteousness. Why? Because Hebrews 10:26 states that under deliberate sinning; that means sin that abounds after receiving the knowledge of truth has dire consequences awaiting.

Romans 6:1-15; verse 7 highlights that we are freed from Sin; Verse 10 highlights that though Christ was sinless; he suffered from and was humiliated by the power of sin for our sake; in His death, he died to sin’s influence; in his resurrection; he triumphed over its power- likewise though who are one with Him in death are freed from Sin this count yourselves dead to sin because you are alive in Christ; the old self is gone- we die to sin daily as we live a new life in obedience to God. Verse 12-14 calls us not to let sin reign nor allow it to regain control over us; we have to deny it; resist it- by walking in righteousness; by filling our days with scripture; never idling by but pressing on to saturate ourselves in the word of God; always communing with the King as we are reminded that we are not bound by the law but we live in God’s grace which has fulfilled the law in which we ourselves may stand to faithfully obey the law since we Christ empowers us to do.

Finally comes the question- if we are under grace then; do we sin? Verse 15 states – by no means. The answer of Paul explains that every believer must continually reaffirm and implement his or her decision to resist sin and follow Christ. Those who have not committed to Christ’s Lordship and have not completely opposed sin’s dominion in their personal lives have no right whatsoever to speak of Christ as Lord and Savior for no one can serve two masters- you cannot state that you are for Christ yet your life exudes the world thus I stand to ask you as I end;

Are you truly saved?

God With Us is the weekly publication of Abundant Harvest Fellowship International that features the message bestowed the previous week. It is a Christ centered devotional that aims to augment the quiet time and bible study time of every believer who truly seeks to focus on God, grow deeper in His word and walk in the Newness of life in Christ Jesus. Reproduction, printing and sharing of the said work is encouraged but kindly refrain from changing, editing the said piece since it might misconstrue the original message being shared.

God With Us – How Sensitive Are We Of The Holy Spirit’s Conviction?

John 16:8-11 – And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged

The term Convict; is defined as to be found or proven guilty & to convince of error or sinfulness; but when we talk of the term Conviction; we study the biblical term that is rooted from in the Greek word Elencho (el-eng’-kho) which means to expose; to rebuke, refute, show fault; to convince. Chapter 16 of John speaks of the prophesied coming of the Holy Spirit as invoked by Christ in the hour of his death; the previous events prior to our key text sets the stage that the disciples upon hearing of Christ’s departure immediately were downcast, weakened and saddened in which Christ corrects them by stating that his departure stands advantageous to them for the helper; that is the Holy Spirit may come; The coming of the Holy Spirit at the day of Pentecost which is found in Acts 2:4 brings about conviction to the world; As found in John 16:8-11. The Holy Spirit comes to convict; to Elencho; that is to expose sin, to rebuke unrighteousness; to refute apostasy; to show fault and convince all of the need to repent, to make restitution; to strive for holiness, strive for purity as they are called to salvation in Christ. Understand that the coming of the Holy Spirit has never been or ever will be the coming of a impersonal force; for the Holy Spirit is a person as found in John 14:16; and the Holy Spirit is God as in Ephesians 4:4-6. Now the Holy Spirit’s ministry of conviction operates in three areas; the 1st being Sin. The Holy Spirit will expose sin and unbelief in order to awaken a consciousness of guilt and need for forgiveness. Conviction also makes clear the fearful result if the guilt persist in their sin. After conviction, a choice must be made. This will lead to repentance and a turning to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The 2nd is Righteousness; The Spirit convinces people that Jesus is the righteous son of God, resurrected, vindicated and now Lord of all. he makes them aware of God’s standard of righteousness in Christ, shows them what sin is and gives them power to overcome the world Finally, the 3rd is Judgement, The Spirit convinces people of Satan’s defeat at the cross; God’s judgement of the world and the future judgement of the entire human race- the Holy Spirit brings upon us wisdom, discernment, and a heart that is turned to God; transforming us as found in 2 Corinthians 3:16-18. The Spirit’s work and his manifestation in the life of a person stands as the winnowing fork that separates the true believer from the false; the wheat from the tares. The mark of a true believer is in fact evident in our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s conviction in our lives. The conviction that stands as evidence of the newness of life in Christ as we abhor sin, walk in righteousness and prepare ourselves for the coming judgement. A true believer who is filled with the Holy Spirit preaches the truth of God and stands to convict people of the truth; exposing sin and calling out repentance and righteousness- standing aside and coexisting with ungodly idealism, ungodly people and wickedness shows that the Holy Spirit is not in us; as such our salvation is questionable as our relationship with God is non-existent- now why can I say that? turn your bibles to 1 Corinthians 14:24-25 – in all accounts this verse states that God’s presence in a congregation is recognized by the exposure of the sin of unbelievers which would then convict them to stand repentant unto God and walk to salvation in Christ. A true believer, a true worshiper and one who is truly elected walks to convict our self and the people around us of their sin and the need to walk in righteousness since the Holy Spirit moves him/her into conviction; into exposing sin for you stand as the salt of the earth, the light in the hill; darkness will not obscure sin since you stand to expose all that is wrong as you stand for righteousness, for holiness and purity. Jesus; in his final prayer for his disciples- called that they be set-apart from the world; to be sanctified- John 17:17-21; To Sanctify means to make holy, to separate or set-apart. The evening before his crucifixion; Jesus prays that his disciples will be holy people, separated from the world and sin for the purpose of worshiping and serving God. They must be set apart in order to be near to God, to live for Him and to be like Him. This sanctification is accomplished by their devotion to the truth revealed to them by the Spirit of truth; this means that they should be sensitive to the conviction of the Holy Spirit each step of the way; examining and testing each word uttered, each action taken if it would truly glorify God, will it please Him; will it praise Him? How do we do that? by testing and examining our faith walk through the word of God; by comparing ourselves to scripture. Verse 19 speaks of Christ sanctifying himself by setting himself apart to do God’s will; to die on the cross. Jesus suffered on the cross to bear our sins in order that all who follow Him might be separated from the world and set apart for God – Hebrews 13:12. Verse 21 cries out- That all may be one. So in our conviction to the truth of the Holy Spirit, in our sanctification and being set- apart- there is unity to be had here; mind you though Christ’s prayer for unity was not organizational unity as though we had one big governing church, or a system of government as we inhabit a tower; or a mall sized structure- what He called forth here was spiritual unity based on Living in Christ, knowing and experiencing the love of the Father & the fellowship of Christ; being separated from the world; being sanctified in truth, being obedient to God’s word and a desire to bring salvation to the lost. Unless all of these things are realized; true unity as Christ prayed for cannot and will not exist. Christ did not ask that his followers “become one” but rather his statement was they may “Be One” The present subjunctive used here designates ongoing action- “Continually being one” through their common relationship with the Father and the Son on having the same basic attitude toward the world, the Word and the need for the lost, to sensitive to conviction; sensitive to God’s call. Any attempt to create an artificial unity by meetings, conferences or complex organization can result in a betrayal of the very unity Jesus prayed for. What Christ had in mind was Spiritual unity which comes with the unity we have in the Holy Spirit which is impossible unless we are sensitive to His conviction; to what we need to change in us in order that we may sanctify ourselves and prepare for glory. That coming to His word, to His church is not a cosmetic, superficial means of holiness; but a deep down renewal which is only evident in those who are truly elected Thus as we end; I ask you- how sensitive are we to the conviction of the Holy Spirit; do we stand to convict ourselves of sin, do we stand to convict those whom we love of sin, do we convict the world of sin and turn them to righteousness? Examine your hearts today and if you failed in being sensitive to the conviction of the Spirit of God; I call to you today to stand repentant; be set apart; saturate yourself in scripture and walk sanctified, holy, pure and true as we await our King.

God With Us is the weekly publication of Abundant Harvest Fellowship International that features the message bestowed the previous week. It is a Christ centered devotional that aims to augment the quiet time and bible study time of every believer who truly seeks to focus on God, grow deeper in His word and walk in the Newness of life in Christ Jesus. Reproduction, printing and sharing of the said work is encouraged but kindly refrain from changing, editing the said piece since it might misconstrue the original message being shared.

A God Focused Sunday, Short Video

An Abundant Harvest Fellowship International Video Short proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ in each aspect of our ministry and each living stone that builds up this church. Truly God is good as He blessed us with the dawning of a new year to proclaim His goodness, His mercy and His truth to this dying world. Praise God!

Video taken via iPhone 5c
Video Edited via iMovie Mobile
Music used with permission from Pastor Lyle “L.A.” Lopez’ album entitled “Faith, Hope And Love”
Song used: Agnus Dei
Location: AHFi Quezon City Main Campus and AHFi Taguig Upper Room

All Glory and Honor to the King of Kings!

The 2nd Love In Action Official AVP

The AHFI Love in Action Official Conclusion AVP is the official AVP for the successful Medical & Feeding Mission of Abundant Harvest Fellowship International at Napindan, Taguig on July 26, 2014. The video chronicles the 2nd Love In Action Mission work held recently and the lives we were able to impact, bless and change by the powerful hand of God and His Holy Spirit. We pray that we would stand this upcoming Saturday to once more impact lives and proclaim the Lordship of Christ through love in action. Glory to God!

Letter From The Senior Pastor: Is Jesus Truly The Lord of Your Life?

Dear Saint,

I’ve noticed a sudden influx of churches proclaiming Lordship; though it might sound wonderful at first; many of these actually stand for easy believism or free grace which is a far cry from sound doctrine; putting it plainly blatant heresy. Remember saints; it is easy to stamp lordship in a message, event or gathering but what really makes it Lordship is the fruit bore in church and in the lives of those who proclaim the Lordship of Christ. Radical Christianity does not mean a tattoo of a scripture verse you like in one arm while randomly proclaiming the gospel in your spare time. Radical Christianity and Lordship Salvation is founded in the newness of life in Christ, completely reformed; not cooperating but firmly submitting; standing as slaves to righteousness in Christ Jesus as we meditate on His word day and night; seeking His truth in all and everything. Lordship means we don’t expand by man made means; but we move forward with God’s hand adding to our number daily. Thus before we state we proclaim Lordship; check your bible reading, check your quiet time, check the preachers you listen to, the church you are part off and test the spirit. Lordship is not a trend, Lordship is simply standing by Bible founded truth. Lordship is when a person hit rock bottom, saw the error of his/her ways- REPENTED, saved through divine election to Sin no more since we stand regenerated by God’s Holy Spirit. Lordship is not a process, its instantaneous. Lordship is not just attending every Sunday or having a hulabaloo party of a youth ministry- Lordship is Serious since Lordship is Life! So before stamping Lordship; ask yourself- Is Jesus Truly The Lord of Your Life?

1 John 4:1-6 – 4 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. 4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Hope you are standing regenerated in all aspect of our existence, Truly proclaiming the Lordship of Christ. Have a blessed day – Pastor Lyle Lopez

AHFi Dawn Watch: Approaching God in the Morning

Psalm 5:1-3 – “Give ear to my words, O LORD, Consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God,For to You I will pray.My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD;In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.”

Last Sunday, December 8, 2013 AHFi had its first Dawn Watch service at the Upper Room Napindan Campus. Many of the saints came from both Napindan and the AHFi headquarters in Quezon city to come and worship the Lord in the dawning of a new day. Truly God is good, the praise and worship was led by the Armor Bearers Choir. Afterwards, Pastor Lyle Lopez; the Senior Pastor of Abundant Harvest Fellowship International shared the message entitled: “Approaching God in the Morning.” In this message, Pastor Lyle shares the importance of setting one’s priorities straight by approaching God first in the break of dawn. This stands clear with the statement of Charles Spurgeon in regard to morning prayer: “A prayer in the morning is worth two in the evening.” Pastor Lyle discussed Psalm 5:1-3 which was a prayer of David which shows the singular focus of the man after God;s own heart from Morning to evening: God alone.

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Pastor Lyle then discusses the importance of morning prayer and the focus to which one must abide in order to pray correctly. Directing ones prayer to God is a must. The idea behind direct is not “to aim” but “to order, to arrange.” “It is the word that is used for the laying in order of the wood and pieces of the victim upon the altar, and it is used also for the putting of the bread upon the table. It means just this: ‘I will arrange my prayer before you;’ I will lay it out upon the altar in the morning, just as the priest lays out the morning sacrifice.”

The mistake many people make is to pray at haphazard. There is too much random praying with us all. This idealism was then debunked by Pastor Lyle as He called all the saints to ask God for His Holy Spirit to guide us all in prayer. After this short yet striking devotion; a call to prayer was given. The saints devoted the remaining hour in prayer as each one stood to pray for their families, their church, their country and finally their personal walk.

It was truly a fruitful beginning since this was the first service set in the newly build Napindan Campus. It is the prayer of Pastor Lyle and every saint of AHFi that the newly built campus would stand as a house of prayer as each dawn watch would be a time of focused prayer as we call forth each saint to stand for holiness and purity in order to shine God’s light to the lost as the both churches of AHFi stand to proclaim the Lordship of Jesus Christ alone. In Jesus name amen!

“Let holy preparation link hands with patient expectation, and we shall have far larger answers to our prayers.” C.H. Spurgeon

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First Dawn Watch Service Today

Today, AHFI is truly blessed to announce the launch of our Sunday Morning Dawn Watch which will be held in the newly constructed AHFi Upper Room Napindan Campus. Truly God is good as He empowers us to shine His light, His goodness and His truth. Services will be held this morning at 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM. Worship will be led by the Armor Bearers Choir with a Morning devotion by Pastor Lyle Lopez. Regular services will be held at the Quezon City Campus at 3 PM this Sunday. Hope to see you there!

Give Thanks to The Lord: Happy Thanksgiving Dear Saints!

Give Thanks To the Lord for He is Good as we celebrate Thanksgiving. Yet maybe 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, Abundant Harvest Ministries; 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 states” “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 states: 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

Delighting in God: Fear the Lord and Serve Him

Joshua 24:14 – “Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.”

The question today is simple, do you serve the Lord sincerely and faithfully to a point that He is the first in our hearts and minds when we wake up and the last when we lie down? That we take such joy in serving Him, in reading His word and simply fellowshipping with Him? Do we stand to fear the Lord that in every aspect of our existence, we desire to please Him from our usage of the resources He bestowed on us to our time. How is our reading, is it continues; haphazardly placed or shaky? Such are the questions when we stand in service to the King, it might be so that the busyness of the day is the idol we worship thus it is time to choose. We can’t split our hearts in two; it is either we serve God or hunger to sate our carnality. Friend, now is the time to decide; but know this; if you choose one- you must stand for your choice to the end- you can’t swim in two streams: the Lord comes to us and desires that we singularly focus on Him since through Him is a life, a hope and a
Future. If you are truly regenerated, called and elected- then the choice is not so much a matter of making it but a matter of standing by it. But if you are still wondering on what to choose or have been problematic with your life in the Spirit; then it is time to check ones salvation.

Hope you standing regenerated in all aspect of our existence. Have a blessed day – Pastor Lyle Lopez

Spiritual Check Up: What Are Your High Places?

1 Kings 3:3 – “Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the instructions given him by his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.”

What are your High Places?

High Places: The opposition to the high places had many motives. When used for the worship of other gods their objectionable character is obvious, but even the worship of Yahweh in the high places was intermixed with heathen practices (Hosea 4:14, etc.). In Amos 5:21-24, etc., sacrifice in the high places is denounced because it is regarded as a substitute for righteousness in exactly the same way that sacrifice in the Temple is denounced in Jeremiah 7:21-24. Or, sacrifice in the high places may be denounced under the best of conditions, because in violation of the law of the one sanctuary (2 Chronicles 33:17, etc.).

Answer: High places, very simply, were places of worship on elevated pieces of ground or raised altars in low land such as a valley. High places were originally dedicated to idol worship (Numbers 33:52; Leviticus 26:30) especially among the Moabites (Isaiah 16:12). These shrines often included an altar and a sacred object such as a stone pillar or wooden pole in various shapes, identifying with the object of worship (animals, constellations, goddesses and fertility deities).

High Place: is the highest peak where you put up your idol above the rest.

Exodus 20:3-6 – “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

God wants us to worship Him in Truth and in Spirit, though we offer tangible offerings to God, He rather have us worship Him with our Obedience and undivided heart.Our Allegiance and Loyalty to Him alone is what God deserves.

1Samuel 15:22 – “But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”

Question: In your steadfast walk with God, how many times have you slipped away and realize that you are clinging back again to a particular desire, want, habit, sin , thought patterns, ambitions, plans that you know is getting into the way of your service to God? These are your carved idols that you subconsciously or consciously put above God, your so-called High Place.