Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2014 July 12

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2014 July 12

When All Seems Lost

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20140712.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, situations seem hopeless, at times; and, to hear the world's people talk, life on Earth seems hopeless, with one thing after another being shown as "out of hand" and beyond remedy!

When things appear to be difficult in matters of our health and when one doctor throws up his hands and confesses to be without any further remedy, the practice often is to "seek another opinion"! And in spiritual matters, which are behind all other matters in existence, "another opinion" has always been available: it is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s opinion; and, His having created everything in the first place, His knowledge of what is really going on is so far beyond mere "opinion" that it does not even qualify as "opinion": it is "the way it is"! Period!

For one to seek knowledge of "the way it is" yields the best possible results! And in His infinite wisdom concerning the needs of His children, He has put that knowledge within their reach, first through His words to them in their hearts and then through His Holy Bible, in which He has caused prophets and apostles to record "the way it is".

"The way it is" - Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s truth, if you will - is helpful beyond measure! An enemy's army had surrounded the house of the prophet Elisha; and his servant was fearful of their lives! So Elisha prayed, "Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see!" (2nd Kings 6:17)

And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw! And, behold, the mountain was full, of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. (2nd Kings 6:17)

Each and every one of us has needed to have his or her eyes opened to "the way it is", which is the most glorious vision of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s relationship to us as "our Father Who art in Heaven" (Matthew 6:9), His protection over us and His loving care of us each moment of our lives!

Only with this knowledge of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) are we able to enter into His "peace"! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), to His disciples, as Yeshua was about to be arrested and taken from them: "My peace I give, unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid!" (John 14:27)

The peace that the world gives is a mere temporary cessation of hostilities! But the peace that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gives us is the assurance that we are in the hands of the One Who made us, understands us and is able, by the awesome and sovereign power at His disposal to accommodate us beyond our wildest imaginations! And all He asks for that accommodation is our loving response to His love of us! He wrote, through His faithful apostle:

We love Him, because He first loved us! (1st John 4:19)

I once was in a relationship with a woman who had been abused by other men! Our relationship fell apart! And she sought the advice of a wise woman she had come to know, who told her: "If you love him, you will never leave him." And then she told me: "I guess I don't know how to love."

That is the plight of many of us who have been abused by the world, in one way or another; but "the world" is not Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)! It is what many of His children have done with their lives apart from Him! And so they are, indeed, abusive! So their victims lose the power to love or the gratitude in their hearts that they felt toward Yahuah, as they entered into this life as "one of these little ones who believe in Me"! (Matthew 18:6)

Coming back to remembering and understanding that loving gratitude toward the One Who has made us and continues to look after us is the great need of all who have been abused by the world in one way or another, even as the woman I loved needed to return to the love she once felt for a man as a young and innocent woman, who naturally looked for all that a woman needs and wants from a man.

But Satan is "alive and well", if you can call his tortured existence "well"; at least he is, for the time being, highly functional, in his hatred toward Yahuah Hayah and toward us Yahuah Hayah's children! And what he does he does very well, which is to overcome Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s children with lies about Yahuah, so that we will mistakenly blame Him for the abuses we have suffered in the world and so miss the opportuunity that Yahuah has given every one of us, His beloved children, to live with the power of His Spirit and the direction of His wisdom at our disposal, to be put to work accommodating us in the ways in which we want to be accommodated!

But, like any bank account, the amazing inheritance Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has for every one of us is only so good as we can remember its availability! I have had nightmares, in which I had money in various bank accounts but could not remember the names of the banks or where they were located!

In His infinite wisdom, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) anticipated our vulnerability to "the Serpent" (Genesis 3:1), whom Yahuah called through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) "a liar, and the father of it" (John 8:44), who comes "to steal, to kill and to destroy"! (John 10:10) So He has always had Yeshua, "the Word" (John 1:1), to speak to us the words by which to know Him and return to Him. He said, through Yeshua:

I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly! (John 10:10)

To illustrate that return, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), the analogy of the shepherd watching over his sheep!

12 If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? 13 And, if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father Who is in Heaven, that one of these little ones should perish! (Matthew 18:12 to 14)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "1 If 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)

Later, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing! Therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live!" (Deuteronomy 30:19)

Then, when Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) into the world to walk among and teach His children, He said, through Yeshua: "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17) He made that statement in answer to the question: "What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?"

So we know that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s commandments through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and through Moses are not only "for our good always" (Deuteronomy 6:24) in the sense of "good so long as we are alive" but that they were and are for our eternal welfare! So, we are not surprised, when we read Yeshua's saying of Moses: "If ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?" (John 5:47)

Believing Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s words are critically important! because Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Him: "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life!" (John 3:16)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "giving" Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) is, of course, His commanding Him to "lay down" His "life" (John 10:17) or submit to the hands of His wicked "elders, chief priests and scribes" (Matthew 16:21), who would turn Him over to the Romans, insisting that He be crucified! And the debate over why He did that has raged for the two thousand years that has passed since then.

The answer is simple! And it is in the statement Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) made through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) that I quoted above: "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life!" (John 3:16)

The word "that" as it is used in this statement gives, in the words that follow, the purpose of the words that preceded it. In other words, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) "gave His only begotten Son" - commanded Him to lay down His life - that believing Him because of that amazing sacrifice of Himself we "should not perish but have everlasting life"!

We can see, then, why Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, of "the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life"! (John 6:63) They are the words that, when we listen to them, believe them and follow them, bring us the everlasting and amazingly powerful accommodation for us, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s beloved children, that He has always had for us but which, by the worlds abuses and lies about them, is lost to us as the way He has always provided for us. He defined "the children of Israel" (Deuteronomy 29:1), by saying: "Yahuah shall establish thee an holy people unto Himself, as He hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of Yahuiah, thy God, and walk in His ways!" (Deuteronomy 28:9)

The word "keep" is a King James translation of a word meaning "guard" (Strong: Hebrew: 8104) or put a value on, which is what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has wanted from His children above all other obedience! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses, that He is a God "showing mercy unto thousands of them who love Me and keep My commandments"! (Exodus 20:6)

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 availability and eagerness to accommodate them so wonderfully!

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 the way You protect, provide for and glorify them through all the trials that life can raise up against 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.

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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