Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2013 April 13

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2013 April 13

Personal Responsibility

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20130413.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 pled, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses, with the children of Israel: "Choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live!" (Deuteronomy 30:19) In making that plea, Yahuah showed, through His Torah, law and covenant, that the responsibility for living well in His creation is squarely upon the shoulders of each person He has created!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s children must choose between "life and death, blessing and cursing" (Deuteronomy 30:19); and whichever condition he or she chooses by either hearkening or not hearkening to "the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all His commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:1), that will be what he or she experiences, either that "all these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee" (Verse 2) or "that all these curses shall come upon thee and overtake thee". (Verse 15)

In addition to the above-shown truth, not many people understand the fact that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave, to each of us, a "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Genesis 1:28) And "dominion" is the authority that a king enjoys to rule over the land that has been given him, his word being the law of that land!

Does a king complain about what is going on in his land? Why should he? With his word being the law of the land, with which each subject in the land must comply, what is left to do other than make another commandment in his law to remedy whatever seems to be wrong!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) explained, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), how our "dominion" works, by saying: "Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that those things that he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith!" (Mark 11:23)

Obviously, the power of ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah Hayah's Holy Spirit, would have to be the One moving so great a thing as a mountain; and that is the amazing power that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has committed to fulfilling whatever we, His belpved children, command to be done to "every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Genesis 1:28)

So, with that kind of power, the kind that flung the galaxies into their places and keeps them there, moment by moment, who can go around saying, It is that person's fault or that government's fault or that God's fault that I am suffering so many pains and frustrations in my life, when all along he or she has had the right and the privilege of commanding that kind of power to shape, correct or improve the circumstances of his life?

As this fellowship well knows, I have my problems with the writings of Paul! But he was, certainly, right on one thing, when he wrote, "19 That which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shown it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse; 21 because, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful, but became vain, in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened!" (Romans 1:19 to 21)

One of the virtues that shirking personal responsibility compromises is the humility by which to listen when people try to tell you something. Always blaming someone or something else for one's problems keeps the accuser from supposing that any need exists for his listening to anyone! Presumably being the guilty ones, the others in one's life are the ones who should be listening to advice, the accuser believes, not he, who believes he can do no wrong!

To watch the stubborn resistance to correction of a person convinced of his own rightness is pathetic! But, again, if one does not like that fault in a neighbor, he or she can always use his dominion to speak to the stubborn one in the Spirit and command that he be delivered of that deception; so we observers who are so smart are "without excuse" as well, having the ability by our "faith in God" (Mark 11:22) to make a difference in the accuser's life!

Being an "accuser" in one situation after another is serving "that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world"! (Revelation 12:9) For he was called, by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through His faithful apostle John, "the Accuser of our Brethren"! (Revelation 12:10) And those who serve him can always be counted upon to be "the accuser of our brethren" as well!

Instead of taking on himself the responsibility for having chosen between Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "life and death, blessing and cursing" (Deuteronomy 30:19), the accuser imagines that others are the ones making the wrong choice and supposes that the error of the others is what is thrusting upon him the intolerable conditions of his own life! And, so long as that mistaken notion continues to determine such conditions for him, he will continue to suffer their unwillingness to depart from him, no matter what he does to get the presumably faulty ones around him to straighten out!

Anger is another typical part of the accuser's sad experience! Because he believes himself to be the helpless victim of those around him, he is forever exasperated by what he believes to be their impositions upon him; and he continually expresses that exasperation, by getting in the face of the presumably faulty ones around him, angrily expressing his displeasure with what he believes to have been their irresponsibility, carelessness, indifference, lack of love or whatever else he deems to be their "nature", himself resigned to their continuing affrontery toward him; because he, too, does not know the power of his dominion or, having been told of it, does not believe it is powerful and therefore lets it lie impotent without his faithful use of it to correct what he deems to be the problems of others around him.

Depression is another typical part of the accuser's sad experience, depression's being simply an internalized anger! When a person permits himself or herself to get angry enough times with no knowledge of a true remedy in sight, he or she blocks it from his or her conscious mind and lets his or her spirit, "conscience" or "subconscious mind" do with it as he wills! And what a person's spirit wills whose idea of right and wrong has been badly corrupted is a badly managed behavior, which then determines, by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s certain response to it, badly arranged circumstances in his or her life!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) curses the circumstances of the accuser's life; and science blames that problem on what they call "the sub-conscious mind"! And why does Yahuah curse the circumstances of the accuser? It is because He has said that is what He will do if His children fail to "choose life" (Deuteronomy 30:19), by choosing not to "hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all His commandments"! (Deuteronomy 30:19)

The accuser is not listening to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s voice nor is the accuser observing to do the commandments of Yahuah's Torah, law and covenant! No one likes to have someone speak evil of him to his face or behind his back! And to be accused of being the cause of another's chronic ailments is evil, indeed, especially when one knows that each of us must stand before Yahuah and account for each thing he has done or failed to do; indeed, He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment!! (Matthew 12:36)

If no "idle word" gets by Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s Recorder, Who is ha Kodesh Ruach, His "Spirit of truth" (John 14:17), what of the sinful deeds that His children commit, in violation of His commandments? And what is obedient about refusing to "choose life" (Dueteronomy 30:19), when Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has offered it for one's merely observing or putting a value on His commandments?

But to "choose life" (Dueteronomy 30:19) one must take responsibility for that choice; he must realize that it was his choice, that he made it and that no one made it for him. I"m all in favor of taking responsibility; aren't you?

The ramifications of this truth are tremendous! I am besieged with videos people send me of terrible things being done against their neighbors by the wicked wealthy people of the world; but I am shielded against the deadly implications of that wickedness, that I am due for hardship and suffering because of it. I am comforted in knowing that none of that abomination relates to me, so long as I have Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "shield and ... exceedingly great reward" (Genesis 15:1) working in my behalf!

That assurance does not mean that I am to ignore the terrible things going on around me; loving my neighbor is part of the obedience on my part that keeps Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s shield and reward in place for me. So I use my dominion to speak blessing, perfection and a place in Yahuah's kingdom for each child of His throughout His creation, even as we have done in the worship part of this convocation!

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, understanding and desire to take personal responsibility for their actions for the fulfillment of your magnificent will for them.

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 blessings and eternal life in your awesome presence that taking personal responsibility brings upon them!

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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