Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2013 October 5

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2013 October 5

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(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20131005.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, His "blessings" (Deuteronomy 28:2), which include His "eternal life" (Matthew 19:16), He gives to those who "hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:1) Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said:

Other sheep I have, who are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice! (John 10:16)

Every one who is of the truth heareth My voice! (John 18:37)

That people "of the truth" hear Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s voice is not surprising, in that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "I am the way, the truth and the life! No man cometh unto the Father but by Me!" (John 14:6)

Since Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) speaks for the Father (John 12:49) or for Yahuah Hayah the Father, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) actually is the truth of which He spoke; and being "of" that truth would cause one to hear His voice! And that is a blessing; because He gives His "blessings (Deuteronomy 28:2) to those who do that. (Verse 1)

Then we are obliged to conclude that being "of" Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s truth is to know it, accept it and practice it in one's daily affairs, praying "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven!" (Matthew 6:10) Yahuah wrote, through His psalmist:

142 Thy law is the truth; and 151 All Thy commandments are truth. (Psalm 119:142 and 151)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

Thy word is truth. (John 17:17)

But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave us a will of our own! He said, to the first man and woman: "Have dominion over ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth!" (Genesis 1:28)

"Dominion" is the King James translation of a word meaning "to tread down, i.e. subjugate"! (Strong: Hebrew: 7287) So we can even "tread down" or "subjegate" the will of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) on Earth, where our dominion is in effect! And many of us who pray "Thy will be done" are guilty of overriding His will even as we pray otherwise! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

21 Not every one who saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven but he who doeth the will of My Father Who is in Heaven! 22 Many 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? 23 And then will I profess, unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye who work iniquity! (Matthew 7:21 to 23)

Such people will have professed doing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s will, which requires hearing His voice, while doing their own will in certain ways; because they only listened to the part of His voice that did not interfere with their own agenda! And, of course, He will judge them for that selectivity; He wrote, through His psalmist:

The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous, altogether! (Psalm 19:9)

The reasons for turning a deaf ear to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s voice at certain times or with respect to certain issues are as many as the people who populate Earth! And I can mention only a few here; but I pray that what I do mention helps you to let down your guard while hearing Yahuah and trust Him all the way! He wrote, through Solomon:

Trust in Yahuah with all thine heart! And lean not unto thine own understanding! (Proverbs 3:5)

When I was a young fellow not yet graduated from high school, having heard my father preach from the bible for most of my life, I read through at least the New Testament, underlining things that were of interest to me!

But that was the trouble! I was looking only for what was "of interest to me" rather than what was of interest to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), the Author of His Holy Bible, in relation to me, His son, for whom He had created all things and was giving me the breath of life each moment of my day!

So why did I exercise that selectivity?

It is the typical malady of virtually all young people; and it was the problem of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, to Adam:

16 Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat! 17 But of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die! (Genesis 2:16 and 17)

The deterrent "word" here was "thou shalt surely die"! But, if one has never experienced death or seen its effect on others, why should one fear it? Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His psalmist: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom!" (Psalm 111:10)

Lack of experience with respect to the object or activity warned against is a classic reason for disregarding the warning! So, when "the Serpent" (Genesis 3:1) confronted Eve in the garden, all he needed to do was to give her a reason or two why Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s warning to her husband was presumably false to tempt her to eat the forbidden fruit! And rather than listen to her husband's voice, who had heard Yahuah's voice, both of them chose to listen to the Serpent's voice and then suffered the terrible consequence of that shift of allegiance!

Adam's "allegiance" to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was not based upon "faith", which is the conclusion one reaches for having experienced much concerning the object of his faith; rather, it was based upon the first thing that had come along, without any experience to verify it or reject it, for how it matched what one's experience has shown him is true or false!

Since my father's sermons on the bible offered it to me as "the first thing that came along", I read it, to see what was of interest to me! So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) let me flounder for thirty years, learning the rewards or punishments of everything under the sun that was not Him; and then He brought me home, ready to pray with all my heart: "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil!" (Matthew 6:13) And that deliverance came through my reading His Holy Bible again, this time to learn what was of interest to Him in relation to me, His much humbled son!

Selectivity is not all bad! Failure to be selective can put pig slop on our supper table! So the acquiring of experience by which to evaluate what one is considering is fundamental to all of us acquiring the wisdom we must have concerning Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and His will, to where we pray "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in Earth, as it is in Heaven" (Matthew 6:10) and really mean it, so that Yahuah can indeed bless us for having listened to His voice in the confidence that He knows what He is talking about.

But the requirement for experience that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has built into our lives is tricky! And "Satan, which deceiveth the whole world" (Revelation 12:9), knows it and works to bring us experiences and the interpretations of them that give us the wrong idea about what Yahuah's truth is and what it is not! So the effect of people who are influencial in the lives of young people growing up in their midst is crucial to how they turn out! Yahuah said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), of "these little ones who believe in Me" (Matthew 18:6) (who are in "the first thing that comes along" stage):

6Whoso shall offend one of these little ones who believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea! 7Woe unto the world because of offences! For it must needs be that offences come! But woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! (Matthew 18:6 and 7)

Why do you suppose Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), that "it must needs be that offences come"?

I believe that admission relates to the experience and interpretation of it that I have been talking about; it appears to be fundamental to the process by which we come into the wisdom concerning Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) that makes us the "friends" (John 15:14) He wanted in creating us; He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

14Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth! But I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you! (John 15:14 and 15)

Think of it, being "friends" with the Creator of all and King over it! But that Creator and King is also our "our Father Who art in Heaven"! (Matthew 6:9) And righteous fathers love their children, not being able to do enough for them.

But in His magnificent love for us, His children, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) limits His doing of anything for us to only what we ask of Him by speaking to our "mountain" (Mark 11:23); because with infinite wisdom He knows that doing anything else, even with our best interest in heart, would violate us; and that is the last thing He is willing to do, even if His desisting from that violence allows us to go straight to Hell!

Another reason why people are relunctant to trust Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s voice is that they do not understand how He communicates with His children. When I have had a challenging session with someone, where all kinds of considerations have been raised, which I have not been able to address in more than a casual way, my mind floods with all kinds of thoughts about the conversation and ways in which I might minister to it, when the occasion arises that I can! And I have recognized that flood of thoughts as being Yahuah's "voice"!

On the other hand, when I am going along, minding my own business, a "scenario" or "visionette" will appear, in which I see myself being violated by someone or in which I am having an accident or some other frightful thing; and I immediately reject that thought, knowing that it is Satan's temptation to fear it, accept it, speak it and believe it, thus bringing it down on me, by the use of my own dominion! (Mark 11:22 to 24)

I have even found that being prompted to look at the clock and finding it straight up, on the hour, is a way Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has by which to say, "Hi, Son!" And, immediately, I praise Him, cry out "Holy, holy holy art Thou!" and rejoice in that wonderful intimacy!

Yet another way to compromise Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s credibility is for Satan to attack, through His servants, the reliability of His word in His Holy Bible! Scholars who have spent years of their lives studying in the ancient languages the manuscripts on which the bible is based disturb seekers of its truth, with accounts of the discrepancies to be found in those manuscripts and the arduous labors that have been required, comparing each manuscript with the many others in existence, to determine, if at all possible, what the author of it may actually have written!

Yet all of that ignores the ongoing life and active interest of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) in the affairs of His children, by which He can and has encouraged the scribes of these thousands of manuscripts and the translators of them to come up with a bible that is amazingly consistent in its communication of certain truth, even though other parts of it appear to have serious corruptions of His truth. As in life itself, one is obliged, by relying again on Yahuah's voice in one"s spirit, to select that which rings true and reject that which appears to do it violence!

I am sorry to say that these things are not easy to sort out! But the words come to me, even as I write: "With men this is impossible! But with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)

One more thing that we are told by the amazing bible that has come through to us dispite the daunting challenges it has faced over the centuries is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s promise through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "When He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth!" (John 16:13) And for those who rely on the Author of that promise, He faithfully does exactly what He did promise; and an amazing life awaits him who does rely on it; Yahuah wrote, through His psalmist:

5 Commit thy way unto Yahuah! Trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass! 6 And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light and thy judgment as the noonday! 7 Rest in Yahuah and wait patiently for Him! Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not thyself, in any wise, to do evil! 9 For evildoers shall be cut off! But those who wait upon Yahuah, they shall inherit the Earth! (Psalm 37:5 to 9)

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 of Your truth by which to be wholehearted listeners to Your voice!

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; so I "believe" I "receive" (Mark 11:24), even now, a family of brothers and sisters who are rejoicing over the magnificent blessing of doing Your will for them, which is possible by listening to You without filters in place to keep them deaf to Your will!

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!

Amen! Alleluia!

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