Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2013 Feb 23

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2013 February 23

Power over Devils

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20130223.htm)

Hi! I'm Pastor Floyd! I wish I had a photograph of you, too, so that I could visualize to whom I am talking! But Yahuah Hayah, the Self-Existent, Eternal I AM, Creator of the universe and King over it, knows who you are; and that's all that matters!

At this point in your participation in the service, I recommend that you go to Sabbath Ritual and participate in the prayer in which we like to engage each week, as I do each morning, to avail ourselves of Yahuah Hayah's "Power of Agreement" (Matthew 18:19) for the basic things that all of us must have each day of our lives! Although repetitious and time-consuming, doing that will bless you, the fellowship and all of His children in the universe! It is what some people call "getting prayed up"!

As for the thoughts that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave me for this Sabbath, He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), to His disciples: "Rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but, rather, rejoice; because your names are written in Heaven!" (Luke 10:20)

We certainly want to be rejoicing; and our "names ... written in Heaven" is, certainly, something to rejoice about! But, for this sermon's topic, "the spirits" being "subject" to us is of particular interest, which power in His disciples Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) took for granted, advising that the disciples take that for granted, as well, as something that was or, at least, should be a part of their daily experience!

I have found "Devils" mentioned 4 times in the Old Testament and 44 times in the New! "Devil", in the singular, I have found mentioned 23 times in the New Testament, particularly as that name applies to Satan!

I have found that the word "spirits" is mentioned once in the Old Testament, when it related to evil spirits, and have counted 11 instances of it in the New! I have found the word "spirit" mentioned 21 times in the Old Testament when it relates to an evil spirit and 18 times in the New!

So, if Yahuah Hayah's Holy Bible is, in fact, His words through prophets or apostles, except where His book has been corrupted, we are obliged to take seriously the matter of "devils" and how to deal with them.

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s handling of devils is instructive; because He said, "He who believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also!" (John 14:12) So, with His being our example, we should learn something from how He dealt with them.

From one incident with Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and "devils" (Matthew 8:28), we learn that people are "possessed with devils" (Verse 28) and that, being so possessed, one should not be surprised to find such victims "coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce" (Verse 28), to where "no man might pass by that way"! (Verse 28) Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, of Yeshua, through His apostle:

When He went forth to land, there met Him, out of the city, a certain man who had devils a long time! He wore no clothes, neither abode in any house but in the tombs! (Luke 8:27)

We also learn that, when they are confronted by someone who has ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Spirit, working in him, the spirits in possession of the victim will cry out (Matthew 8:29), saying things with which they are concerned! In the incident we are looking at, we find that the spirits in possession knew Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and knew what Yahuah had in store for them. (Matthew 8:29) He wrote, through His apostle, of Yeshua's ministry: "Devils also came out of many, crying out and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God! And, rebuking them, He suffered them not to speak! For they knew that He was Christ!" (Luke 4:41)

In another place, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His apostle: "He ... cast out many devils! And He suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew Him.. (Mark 1:34)

In Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s spirit realm, no secrets exist! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Nothing is secret that shall not be made manifest neither any thing hid that shall not be known and come abroad! (Luke 8:17)

When devils saw Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), they knew, instantly, who He was and communicated, with Him, by their knowledge of His place in the Godhead! But He would not permit them to speak beyond that; because, being fallen angels, they had violated Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s trust in them to be His messengers by speaking His words!

In studying this incident, we learn one exception to that rule; Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His apostle: "Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. (Luk3 8:30)

People who work in deliverance ministries believe Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s interest in the devil's name helped Him to direct His command more specifically to it and therefore more effectively!

From this particular incident, we also learn that spirits possess animals, particularly "swine" (Matthew 8:31), which in Yahuah Hayah's Torah, law and covenant He speaks of as being "unclean"! (Leviticus 11:7) And, when that becomes the case, one can expect destruction of the animals, as happened to the pigs in this story, which "ran violently down a steep place, into the sea, and perished in the waters"! (Matthew 8:32)

But in this story the important thing to notice is that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s command for the devils to "go" (Matthew 8:32) was all that it took to free the victim from them.

If and when you become involved with delivering a victim of possession by a devil, you undoubtedly will attract some attention! For, in this situation, "the whole city came out to meet Jesus". (Matthew 8:34) Yahuah Hayah wrote, through His apostle, of the herders of the swine:

34When they who fed them saw what was done, they fled and ... told it in the city and in the country. 35Then they went out, to see what was done, and came, to Jesus, and found the man out of whom the devils were departed sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind! And they were afraid! 36They also who saw it told them by what means he who was possessed of the devils was healed! 37Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought Him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear! (Luke 8:34 to 37)

From that account we learn what a radical and immediate difference one's deliverance from possession by a devil makes, which confirms that the victim's difficult behavior was, in fact, effected by the presence and control of another being, which, when it has been removed, leaves the victim "in his right mind"!

We also are reminded of the sad fact that people suffer "great fear" when they meet so strange a phenomenon as someone's deliverance from possession by a devil!

When a person is delivered from being possessed by a devil, he can experience a great measure of gratitude, so much so that he would follow the one who delivered him; Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His apostle:

"38Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought Him that he might be with Him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39Return, to thine own house, and show how great things God hath done unto thee. So he went his way and published, throughout the whole city, what great things Jesus had done unto him. (Luke 8:38 and 39)

When Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) was talking with "the Pharisees" (Matthew 12:24), He revealed what the power was that He had over devils; He said, "If I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you." (Matthew 12:28)

If we want "the Spirit of God", we are well advised to hear Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Words through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

15If ye love Me, keep My commandments! 16And I will pray the Father; and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever, 17even the Spirit of truth!(John 14:15 to 17)

Having kept Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s commandments through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), we walk under the power of ha Kodesh Ruach, His Holy Spirit, Who not only "will guide you into all truth (John 16:13) but will be "the finger of God (Luke 16:20) by which to "cast out devils (Verse 20) in your behalf, in which case you can be assured that "the kingdom of God is come upon you". (Verse 20) Yahuah wrote, through His prophet

I will rebuke the Devourer for your sakes! (Malachi 3:11)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) spoke in an even more direct manner of His casting out devils, saying: "If I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you". (Matthew 12:28) So no question remains, as to what He meant by "the finger of God"! (Luke 16:20)

An interesting look at others' casting out devils came of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s disciples having seen "one casting out devils" (Mark 9:38) in His name, even though, as they reported, "he followeth not us"! (Verse 38) Based on that estrangement, they said, "We forbad him". (Verse 38) But Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) replied:

Forbid him not! For there is no man who shall do a miracle in My name, who can lightly speak evil of Me. (Mark 9:39)

In another place, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) reported, through His apostle, that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s answer was both different and interesting:

Forbid him not: for he who is not against us is for us. (Luke 9:49)

Both versions contain an element of truth; but that is not the end of that story! Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "22Many will say, to Me, in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works? 23Then will I profess, unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye who work iniquity!" (Matthew 7:22 and 23)

We learn, from that teaching of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), that, although casting out devils can be a good work, it can be done for the wrong reasons and thereby "work iniquity" (Matthew 7:23), for which kind of work Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has no tolerance! Doing anything in one's love for a neighbor is, assuredly, in the center of Yahuah's will! (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39) But anyone's doing it to draw attention or wealth to himself is highly questionable! Yahuah said, through Yeshua:

Whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he who shall humble himself shall be exalted! (Matthew 23:12)

At one point in His ministry, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) sent out seventy disciples to extend His work to other parts of the land of Israel! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His apostle: "17 The seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through Thy name! 18 And he said, unto them, I beheld Satan, as lightning, fall from Heaven! 19 Behold, I give, unto you, power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy! And nothing shall by any means hurt you." (Luke 10:17 to 19)

Since "God is no respecter of persons" (Acts 10:34), that promise belongs to all who walk in the obedience to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) that characterized His seventy disciples, as confirmed by His assurance elsewhere that "He who believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also!" (John 14:12)

In dealing with devils, one should keep in mind what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote through His apostle: "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well! The devils also believe and tremble!" (James 2:19)

Our knowledge of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) resides deep down inside all of us; and such knowledge works in two ways: 1) If we are obedient to Him, that knowledge blesses us. 2) But, if we are in rebellion against Him, what we know about Yahuah will indeed cause us to tremble! For it either assures His children of their life and blessing in Him or of His impending judgment upon the disobedient among them!

I pray that this information I have given you is true in Yahuah Hayah's sight, that it can be stored in your spirit for great and beneficial use to you as the days go by and that we might hear from you now and then as you find it working its wonders in your life!

Father, by my "faith in God"! (Mark 11:22) I "speak" (Mark 11:23), to your children, and command that they be given the knowledge and understanding that relates to casting out devils!

I rejoice (John 15:11) that you are faithful to fulfill your children's powerful use of their "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Genesis 1:28) I know you answered this prayer, in ha Kodesh Ruach, your Holy Spirit, the moment I said it; and I believe I "receive" (Mark 11:24) a family of brothers and sisters who are rejoicing over the wonderful power they possess even to castING out devils!.

I pray that Yahuah Hayah shall bless you mightily, throughout the coming week, and that you will realize in your heart how important you are to the ministry that He has given to Faith Harvest Israel to see that His truth is learned, believed and carried out by all His children throughout the world, so many of whom are in such desperate need of it, not to mention our ministry of practical helps for the disadvantaged!

Amen! Alleluia!

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