Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel will be thinking on this Sabbath?
Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd talks about
Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2014 March 8
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20140308.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 commanded, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "44 Love your enemies! Bless them who curse you; do good to them who hate you; and pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that ye may be the children of your Father Who is in Heaven! For He maketh His sun to rise, on the good and on the evil, and sendeth rain, on the just and on the unjust!" (Matthew 5:44 and 45)
That is an important commandment; because Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave it, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), as one more way by which to become His children! And being the child of someone important is usually an advantage, especially if that "someone" happens to be the Creator of all and the King over it.
For the purpose of this sermon on "helps", to "do good to" one's enemy, becomes the focus; and the challenge in that commandment is to understand of what doing good should consist, the point being easy to see that, if one is to do that for his or her "enemy", certainly it is appropriate for anyone else! The commandment to love one's "neighbor" (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39) is fulfilled in part by giving help to the neighbor.
In the first place, to "pray for" another is, certainly, an help to him or her, the more so as one understands the power of his or her dominion (Mark 11:22 to 24), which is the power underlying all prayer in whatever form it may be spoken, so long as the requirement of using one's dominion is met! Yahuah Hayah said, through Yeshua ha Mawshiyach:
Believing that what one has said "shall come to pass" requires that one "believe" you "receive" (Mark 11:24) "when ye pray"! (Verse 24) And that requires one not only to believe "that those things that he saith shall come to pass" but that by having "faith in God" (Mark 11:22) they are receivable immediately upon praying for them.
Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "The hour cometh and now is when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth!" (John 4:23) The only way one can understand something that both "cometh and now is" is by recognizing that two realms are being mentioned - the physical, in which something can be expected to come, and the spiritual, in which it has already happened, giving one the ability to say with confidence in relation to something for which he has prayed: It is done now! And that is one of the best ways by which to express one's believing that what he has said will indeed come to pass!
Such timing can be understood only if one accepts the idea that, when a person prays for something, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) immediately puts the answer to the prayer into His Spirit, to be carried out according to His perfect will, which may require any number of conditions in the physical realm, before the answer can be shown in that realm! For instance, if one has spoken to a mountain, that it be moved into the ocean, many people might be living on that mountain, whom Yahuah would have to move as well, to a safe place, before He could move the mountain in response to a child's faithful prayer that the move happen! And all that moving required by his prayer might take years!
With the need of one's neighbor having been answered by prayer, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) may choose to use the intercessor to facilitate that answer; He wrote, through His apostle: "15 If a brother or sister be naked and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say, unto them, Depart in peace! Be ye warmed and filled! notwithstanding ye give them not those things that are needful to the body, what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead!" (James 2:15 to 17)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Give, and it shall be given unto you." (Luke 6:38) I believe that was an opportunity that He has given us, not a burden to crush us. I have agonized over seeing homeless people and not known what to do about them other than to pray for them; simply because I have not had the resources to do hardly anything for them. But, if one has those resources and withholds them, he does have a problem! And that is why Yahuah said through Yeshua:
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) made that alarming statement through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), a rich young man had asked Him, "What lack I yet?" And He replied, "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast and give to the poor! And thou shalt have treasure in Heaven! Then come and follow Me!" (Matthew 19:21)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) knew that the young man's riches were a spiritual stublingblock to him; because a person cannot hold riches to himself and at the same time say that he loves his neighbor! If taken seriously, the demands of the poor among one's neighbors are so great that giving to them immediately exhausts his wealth, leaving him to rely on faith alongside his poor neighbors!
So, even in this area of service called "helps", one feels the impact of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s words through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after Me, cannot be My disciple!" (Luke 14:27)
One cannot call adverse judgments from Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) one's "cross"! Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, "Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again!" (John 10:17) Contrary to appearances, Yeshua's life was not taken from Him; He laid it down, because "this commandment have I received of My Father"! (Verse 18)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "Thou shalt remember Yahuah, thy God: for it is He Who giveth thee power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant!" (Deuteronomy 8:18)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "everlasting covenant" (Psalm 105:10) is His "Torah" or "law" (Verse 10); and loving the enemy is one of that law's commandments, one of which is to love one's neighbor (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39), which cannot be done seriously without one's giving to "the poor" (Matthew 19:21) whatever wealth comes to him.
So, if one is to give all he makes each pay period as an employee or each month as the owner of an enterprise, the accummulation of wealth is impossible in the economy of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s children and kingdom! And no better way by which to demonstrate His "covenant" exists than by so giving what He has given! So, if the purpose of His giving us "the power to get wealth" is to establish His covenant, passing one's wealth on to others is the sure way both to demonstrate and to establish His covenant and to secure that "power to get wealth" to one's self!
That has been the condition of our family and fellowship for years - adequacy without surplus! And I, for one, have no desire that this condition change! We simply pass on, to members of the family and to others whatever Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given us, taking "no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself! Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof!" (Matthew 6:34)
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!
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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