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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2014 February 1
Sifted as Wheat
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20140201.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, the 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, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, to His beloved disciple Peter: "31 Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat! 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not! And, when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren!" (Luke 22:31 and 32)
This is what Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said during the last meal He would eat with His disciples, "until the kingdom of God shall come"! (Luke 22:18) So we know that He had said previously to Peter: "Blessed art thou, Simon Bar–jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it, unto thee, but My Father Who is in Heaven!" (Matthew 16:17) and "Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto Me: for thou savorest not the things that be of God but those that be of men!" (Verse 23)
Within the space of a few minutes Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s regard for Peter had shifted from his being "blessed" to his being a servant of "Satan"! Does that not sound familiar? Within every one of us lies the potential for pleasing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Whose "commandment" (John 12:49) Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) always spoke, or not pleasing Him, the difference being to receive either one or the other of His "life and death, blessing and cursing" (Deuteronomy 30:19), His hope always being that we will "choose life"! (Verse 19)
From the above statements by Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) we learn that He certainly acknowledged the existence and active presence of Satan, the archangel who, as "a liar and the father of it" (John 8:44) "deceiveth the whole world" (Revelation 12:9) and who, as "the Devourer" (Malachi 3:11) and "Destroyer" (Psalm 17:4), wreaks havoc in the life of anyone not enjoying Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "shield and ... exceedingly great reward"! (Genesis 15:1)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) promised that "shield" and "reward", to Abraham; because "Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My law"! (Genesis 26:5)
A farmer would understand to what being "sifted as wheat" relates, being what farmers of old used to do in throwing shovels of wheat into the air, so that the wind could blow the much lighter "chaff" aside to be burned, leaving the heavier wheat to fall directly down to the ground to be harvested as the people's greatly needed food!
In another parable, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) referred to "seed" (Luke 8:11) as "the word of God" (Verse 11), which needs to take root in our hearts, "some an hundredfold"! (Matthew 13:8) And, when Yeshua's prayer for Peter had shown its good results, to where he had been "converted", he was to "strengthen thy brethren" with exactly such words! And, from the bible's historical accounts, we know Peter did that well! (Acts 2:14 to 36)
I cannot imagine anyone who has not been "sifted" or tried by Satan as "wheat", to see whether he would fall with the weight of his spiritual substance and nourish his brethren or be blown aside as the chaff, which has little substance and is worthy only of being burned! So I know of no one who does not need the prayer of a saint to where he or she will be "converted" and so be able to "strengthen" his or her "brethren" or sisters as the case may be!
Furthermore, I know of no one who does not need that strengthening by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s words, whether through Moses, a prophet, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), Who was the Prophet of prophets among other things, or whether such words be of Yahuah's faithful apostles, pastors or teachers! But "strengthened" to what end?
What is this all about? Why are we going through all these motions relating merely to "words" or to the sounds we say or write?
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His recorder: "God said, Let there be light! And there was light." (Genesis 1:3)
Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "13 When He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak! And He will show you things to come! 14 He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine and shall show it unto you. 15All things that the Father hath are Mine! Therefore said I, that He shall take of Mine and shall show it unto you." (John 16:13 to 15)
In Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s story of His creation, when "God said, Let there be light", Yahuah "the Word" (John 1:1) or Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said "Let there be light." He said, "Before Abraham was, I AM!" (John 8:58) And Yahuah wrote, through His faithful apostle: "All things were made by Him!" (John 1:3)
That is, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) had His vital part to play in all creation. He said: "All things that the Father hath are Mine!" (John 16:15) Was the Father's "light" part of what Yeshua had? Certainly, He had the image of that light; for ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah Hayah's "Spirit of truth" had not yet moved so that "there was light" (Genesis 1:3) But when Yeshua said, "Let there be light" (Verse 3), ha Kodesh Ruach took what was His and showed it to all who would live from that time onward! (John 16:13) "Therefore said I, that He shall take of Mine and shall show it unto you." (Verse 15)
Then, when Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) "created man in his own image" (Genesis 1:27), He "said, unto them, ... have dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Verse 28) And, when He sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) into the world, to walk among and teach His children, He taught them how that dominion works! He said:
When Neela Sekhar, our beloved Evangelist of Yahuah Hayah sends pictures of our activities in India, some of them are labeled, "Our Little Flock Praying with Mourning" or "Crying Out to God"! I feel their pain! For as a people, the Indians are the poorest of the poor, some fifty of their rupees being required to buy a single U.S. dollar!
But, somehow or another, these dear friends of ours must be shown that, when one believes that he receives the answer to his prayer, his heart must be converted to rejoicing that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has indeed, by faith, put the answer into His Spirit, to be shown in His physical realm when He knows the time is right while considering all the things He must keep in His magnificent mind while providing His answers to His children's prayers. For only in this way, can the one praying "have" (Mark 11:24) that for which he has prayed.
In this sermon, I have strayed far from the sifting of wheat - or have I? One's ability to receive as done that which he has spoken to his "mountain" (Mark 11:23) will be the spiritual substance - the "faith of God" (Verse 22), if you will - that will cause him to be saved for the nourishment of the people - the "strengthening of the brethren"! (Luke 22:32), without which "fruit" one has an awful time; Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said:
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!
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.
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