Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2014 March 1

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2014 March 1

The Hook in Temptation

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20140301.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, Satan "is a liar" (John 8:44) and "deceiveth the whole world"! (Revelation 12:9) And he does very well what he does!

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) 1 said, to men whom He wanted for His disciples: "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men!" (Matthew 4:19)

Satan, too, is a "fisher of men"; and, exactly as one fishes for fish, he uses bait on an hook!

The "bait" is any number of things he knows people like; and, for that reason, some of his enticements can sound very noble and righteous! But in the midst of his bait, Satan always puts a nasty hook, which snares the one who accepts or believes the "bait", denying them, if possible, their salvation in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)!

In His Torah, law or "everlasting covenant" (Psalm 105:10) "with the house of Israel" (Jeremiah 31:31), Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) does not use the term "salvation", as He does in the New Testament; "the angel of the Lord " (Matthew 1:20) said, to Joseph, of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins!" (Verse 21)

What does that mean?

How would Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) "save His people from their sins"?

During His ministry, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "I am not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance!" To "repent" (Matthew 4:17) is to "think differently"! (Strong: Greek: 3340) "Sin is the transgression of the law!" (1st John 3:4) So Yeshua came to call sinners to think differently about keeping the commandments of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah!

Since "sinners" were sinners by transgressing or breaking the commandments of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah, their thinking differently would have to be a determination to keep or put a value on those commandments, which brings them back to qualifying for His blessings! He said, through Moses:

1 If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments ... 2 ... all these blessings shall come, on thee, and overtake thee. (Deuteronomy 28:1 and 2)

When Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to Earth, He said, through Him: "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17) He was talking about "eternal life"! (Verse 16) So we know that Yahuah's blessings include eternal life, into which one enters by keeping the commandments of Yahuah's Torah!

So how would Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) "call ... sinners to repentance" (Matthew 9:13) or to thinking differently about breaking the commandments of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah?

The best verse I have yet found for explaining the purpose of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s commanding Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to lay down His life (John 10:17 and 18) is where He wrote through His author: "How much more shall the blood of Christ ... purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:14)

"How much more" than what?

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His author, that the sacrifices of the atonement of His Torah were "a figure for the time then present ... that could not make him who did the service perfect as pertaining to the conscience!" (Hebrews 9:9)

There, again, is that word "conscience"! It means "moral consciousness" (Strong: Greek: 4893), which relates to our sense of right and wrong! So the violence unto death that was done to the innocent "lamb" (Numbers 15:27) and to "the Lamb of God" (John 1:29) in the atonement of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah was to show the violence that sin does to Yahuah, Whose spirit is in the victim of sin and in the one who dies spiritually because of having sinned.

But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is a God "showing mercy unto thousands of them who love Me and keep My commandments"! (Exodus 20:6) He wrote, through David: "A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise!" (Psalm 51:17)

So the sacrifices of the atonement of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah, including that of His Son, were His effort to "call ... sinners to repentance" (Matthew 9:13) or to "think differently" (Strong: Greek: 3340) about breaking the commandments of His Torah!

I have explained Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s purpose for sending Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to His death so that I can now show you the most insidious and damaging temptation of Satan with its terrible "hook" about which I know! So think, with me, for a moment: If you were Satan and wanted to destroy Yahuah's children, what would be the most effective way to do that?

Would such a devilish strategy not be to lie about Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s way of making His children "perfect as pertaining to the conscience"? (Hebrews 9:9) or of purging their "conscience from dead works to serve" (Verse 14) Him?

If any merit lies in that possibility, consider what Paul's "false" (Matthew 24:24) "Jesus Christ" (Galatians 1:12) had him write about Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s salvation: "By grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God!" (Ephesians 2:8)

What is a "gift"? Does the giver of a "gift" attach, to it, any requirement? It is, simply, given, right? Paul confirms this, in saying "not of yourselves"! So in the "gospel" of his false Christ salvation is "the gift of God" having nothing whatsoever to do with anything that we do!

But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s blessings and life are not given free of any requirement! He makes some specific demands of those who would enjoy His blessings and life; He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses:

1If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all His commandments ... 2 ... all these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee. (Deuteronomy 28:1 and 2)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) likened His "blessing" (Deuteronomy 30:19) to His "life"! (Verse 19) And then He commanded: "Choose life!" (Verse 19) But what "choice" is there, when someone simply gives another person a "gift"?

Of course a person can choose between two or more gifts! And a person can choose between two or more requirements for a reward! But where one "gift" only is being considered, such as Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s salvation, according to Paul no requirement is in the picture! And that is, exactly, what Satan has wanted Yahuah's children to believe concerning His "life" - that He requires nothing for it, which is a terrible lie! And anyone who believes it can go to Hell for failing to "choose" Yahuah's life and do what He said is His requirement for receiving it; He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments! (Matthew 19:17)

Does that sound like a "gift" to you? Does keeping or putting a value on the commandments of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah amount to nothing? No, it is a lifelong commitment! And "he who shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved"! (Matthew 24:13) Is it not enduring "when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake"? (Matthew 5:11)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), the One for Whose sake we endure such persecution said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "2 The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do!" (Matthew 23:2 and 3) and "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint, anise and cummin and have omitted the weightier matters of the law - judgment, mercy and faith! These ought ye to have done and not to leave the other undone!" (Verse 23)

Yes, to be "saved by grace" as "a gift" (Ephesians 2:8) sounds wonderfully accommodating! But the "hook" in it is its being a lie, which to believe and follow, ignoring "the commandments" (Matthew 19:17) that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said we must "keep" (Verse 17) is a deadly choice!

The best example of this truth that I have ever run across is the testimony of Howard Storm, who, being an atheist, was sent to Hell upon dying of an excruciatingly painful hole in his stomach! There he encountered the spirits of savage people, who found great delight in the agony of his affliction and who actually fed on the spiritual substance that pain generates!

By his own admission, brother Storm had not loved anyone while on Earth, in his rebellion against Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM); and Yahuah made clear, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), that loving Him and one's neighbor was "the First and Great Commandment" (Matthew 22:38), upon which "two commandments hang all the law and the prophets"! (Verse 40)

So for brother Storm to find himself in Hell upon dying was not surprising! What is surprising is that, while lying in the darkness of Hell, exhausted from battling the savage spirits who had accosted, cursed and taunted him mercilessly, a voice from within him said, "Pray to God!"

But brother Storm did not know how to pray. His entire life had passed since he had been taken to Sunday school, where he had been taught a few simple things about God. From that recollection a song came to his lips; and he found himself singing, as an innocent child, "Jesus loves me, this I know, for the bible tells me so." And, from that precious assurance, it was only a small leap of faith to cry out, with every ounce of sincerity he possessed: "Jesus save me!"

Immediately, brother Storm saw a pinpoint of light appear far above him, which got larger, as it approached him; and of course it proved to be the Jesus on Whom he had called, Who then took Him far up, into Heaven, where he experienced marvelous things before being sent back to Earth, to fulfill the purpose for which Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had made him and put him on Earth, part of which was to write the story of his experience in both Hell and Heaven - "My Descent into Death - a Second Chance at Life" by Howard Storm (Doubleday)! It can be found on the Internet! And, so far as I am concerned, it is Yahuah's written word for this generation of His beloved children!

Upon first glance, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s bringing brother Storm from Hell to Heaven appeared, to me, to confirm Paul's claim that "by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God"! (Ephesians 2:8) As an hateful unbelieving atheist he certainly had not kept the commandments of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah; and what he did to bring Yeshua to him certainly involved a "faith", which was rekindled from way back when he was a child attending Sunday school; and Yeshua's taking him out of the darkness, anguish and frightfulness of Hell into the brilliance, beauty, love and ecstacy of Heaven certainly appeared to be a "gift" to him, who certainly had not earned it by anything he had done while alive!

But then Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) showed me the true interpretation of that testimony:

Before brother Storm did something, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was helpless to do anything for brother Storm! That something may not have seemed much to me, as I first reviewed brother Storm's testimony in my spirit! But it was the difference for him between "life and death, blessing and cursing"! (Deuteronomy 30:19) And, by the time he decided to do something, he was able, from the terrible pain of his cursing and the astonishing savagery of the spirits he had encountered in Hell, to fully appreciate at least the disadvantage of the way he had pursued!

The song that came to brother Storm as he lay exhausted and helpless in the darkness of Hell was a precious word from Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), which he had been given by a loving teacher in a church class for children! And it still lived in his spirit, helping him to know that the One Who had made him also loved him, which implied the willingness to help him, if and when he wanted that help.

Much information is transfered from one spirit to another that is not necessarily expressed through the awkward medium of words! One of the reasons why Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s children rebel against Him is their sensing in their spirit that complying with Him means a lifelong commitment to serving Him - to doing His will for them rather than their own will; and for those who have not learned the supreme advantage to them that fulfilling His will for them brings, their own way appears to be preferable; so they choose to go their own way!

Brother Storm had made that choice and pursued it for all the years that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) permitted him to live! And, although it promised certain rewards that he thought were desirable, his way was paved with bitterness, anger and turmoil! But, when Yahuah caused brother Storm to experience the extreme end of his own way in Hell, he was finally convinced that anything would be better than that; so he cried out for "Jesus" to save him.

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His psalmist: "This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles!" (Psalm 34:6)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) then showed me how brother Storm's cry to Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) qualified him to receive His "life" and "blessing"! (Deuteronomy 30:19) That qualification requires that one "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments"! (Deuteronomy 28:1) Brother Storm heard that voice in his spirit, saying, "Pray to God!" The song "Jesus loves me" was also Yahuah's voice in His spirit. And brother Storm knew, intuitively, in his spirit, that praying to God meant submitting to Him, which one does not do without understanding the advantage to him that lies in that submission.

Brother Storm had by then certainly found out, in Hell, the disadvange that his own way had brought him; and he was desperate to be rid of it; so "this poor man cried, and Yahuah heard him and saved him out of all his troubles!" (Psalm 34:6) He said, "Jesus save me!"; and Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) came, as a great, brilliant and marvelous light full of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s love for brother Storm and brought him to Heaven, where ecstasies beyond imagination are the normal experience of all who have been brought there.

One's keeping or putting a value on doing all Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s commandments (Matthew 19:17) is the basis upon which Yahuah blesses him or her with "eternal life"! (Verse 16) And brother Storm's qualifying for that blessing brought him to Heaven! But then, after a marvelous visit with Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and a number of the amazing spirits in Heaven, who wonderfully answered a number of fascinating questions he had for them, brother Storm was told that he must go back to Earth and deliver on his keeping or putting a value on the commandments of Yahuah's Torah; brother Storm must now live for Yahuah, Whom the spirits called "the One", which is close to the name "I AM" (Exodus 6:3), which he had given to Moses!

So Satan's temptation to believe that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s salvation is a "gift" (Ephesians 2:8) was wrong, after all! Brother Storm did do something to warrant Yahuah's saving him through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), making the salvation he received a "reward"! Brother Storm hearkened to "the voice" (Deuteronomy 28:1) of his God; and brother Storm's earnest cry for Yeshua to save him contained, in it, his submission to Yahuah, his observing or putting a value on the commandments of Yahuah's Torah (Deuteronomy 28:1), which now, today, he is fulfilling to the best of his knowledge, above all loving his neighbor (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39) as Yeshua had loved him! (John 13:34)

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 avoid Satan's bait and hook in every area of their lives!

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 their wisdom in avoiding Satan's deadly temptations!

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.

1 - Pastor Floyd talks about the names of God used on this website on His page entitled "The Names" of God"

Amen! Alleluia!

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