Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2014 September 27

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2014 September 27

Being Functional

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20140927.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, this sermon arises from my having said, of the young Jewish man who is courting a member of our fellowship, that, if their relationship goes into marriage, the young woman could well find her new husband to be "dysfunctional"! She dutifully passed that observation on, to him, who of course was offended by it; so I am endeavoring, here, to bring some understanding to my young friends concerning the remark, which I believe to have been said 'advisedly" or based upon a valid reason!

The young man in question might be surprised to learn that my criticism was not based upon his being Jewish, although in my view that does pose some challenges! Rather, my critical remark was based upon the fact that he does not want to talk about his religion!

This is not to say that I do not understand the reason for this young man's reluctance to talk about his religion, in view of the fact that Jews have been persecuted for their religion for so long as there have been Jews, so far as I know!

Anyone naturally avoids that which is unpleasant! But therein lies the problem, as I see it, that to this young man religion has become, for whatever reason, an unpleasant consideration, whereas for me, religion is as vital as the air I breathe, my being certain that I would quickly expire, should I be deprived of it.

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17) This implies that Yeshua was talking to people He regarded as not having entered into life, which means that they necessarily would be, in His view, at least spiritually dead!

That assessment of people's conditions confirms another frank sentiment I expressed to the young woman in this situation: "Anyone who does not want to talk about religion is dead from the neck up!" She may or may not have passed this comment on, to her suitor; but he may as well know that such is my estimation of a person whose religious experience is so undeveloped or damaged that he does not want to talk about it.

One could suppose that I am insisting upon invading a highly sensitive personal area with this young man; and I am the first to allow that our relationship with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), our Creator and King, is the most personal part of our lives into which we will ever venture! But, interestingly, He holds a dim view of those who want to sit on that personal part of our lives, keeping it a deep dark secret!

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "Whosoever ... shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels!" (Mark 8:38) And why are people "ashamed" of Yeshua and His words? I dare say it is because of the persecution from Satan's servants that comes with being open about believing and following Yeshua's words!

That reluctance is understandable! And the decision not to be "ashamed" of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and His words is, again, a personal one that each of us must make! But the factors involved are reassuring, for anyone who comes into an understanding of them.

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "31 If ye continue in My Word, then are ye My disciples indeed! 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free!" (John 8:31 and 32) But He also said: "Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple." (Luke 14:27)

So bearing one's cross comes along with knowing the truth that "shall make you free"! Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said:

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven! 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad! For great is your reward in Heaven! For so persecuted they the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:10 to 12)

So this "religion" requires a courage in the face of much verbal abuse; and, where bearing one's cross comes into the picture, it can even mean physical abuse to the point of death, which Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) suffered, His apostle having written: "Hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps!" (1st Peter 2:21)

Indeed, following Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) is not for the faint in heart! And, were it not for the empowering guidance of ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah Hayah's Holy Spirit, entering such a path would be unlikely if not impossible!

But people do enter that path; and they have reason for doing so, having found, as have I, that living without its advantages is not really living, to where one would rather die than not be on good terms with the Almighty!

In fact, one does die who is not on good terms with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), which gets back to my remark that a husband who does not want to talk about Him, which is what "religion" is about, is bound to be "dysfunctional"! And one might well ask, Why is that so?

The answer lies in what one experiences when he is on good terms with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM); one is so full of His joy that one cannot contain it; and he must talk about it.

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you and that your joy might be full!" (John 15:11) So anyone who does not want to talk about his experience with "religion" simply has not heard Yeshua's words and therefore does not have His joy!

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, about His words: "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life!" (John 6:63) So the Jews, who do not believe that Yeshua is "the Son of God" (John 3:18) and who therefore do not listen to His words are the last people on Earth who can be expected to know His joy in their hearts!

So, to Jews, religion is something they can choose to talk about or not to talk about; and discussing religion with a follower of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), who supposedly is one of many who have persecuted the Jews over the centuries, is about the last thing a Jew wants to do! I know; for my attending a Jewish synagogue at one time in my life was a miserable failure! My having taken the circumcision meant nothing to them, while my holding on to my faith in Yeshua did! They would have nothing to do with me.

But how can one who is following Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), Who prayed for the Jews "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34) be expected, if one truly is a follower of Yeshua, to give any Jew an hard time?

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) has commanded His followers to love their "enemies"! (Matthew 5:44) So why would they persecute the Jews, whom their master forgave from the cross on which they had caused the Romans to nail Him?

So the people who have persecuted the Jews have been anything other than followers of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)!

I have gone out of my way to avoid mentioning "Christians", who are another matter entirely! For they do not follow Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ); they follow the apostle Paul, who taught a "gospel" given him by his "false" (Matthew 24:24) "Jesus Christ" (Galatians 1:12) in "Arabia" (Verse 17), which was anything other than Yeshua's words and therefore devoid of His Spirit and notorious for being without His joy! They are the most tearful people on Earth and downright nasty whenever crossed!

Paul taught: "Though we or an angel from Heaven preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed!" (Galatians 1:8) What happened to Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s "love your enemies", if Paul's "Jesus Christ" (Galatians 1:12) indeed was the true Mawshiach or Messiah?

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s Spirit was not in Paul; it was another spirit entirely -- the spirit behind wars and unthinkable brutality committed in the name of "Christianity"! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Ye shall know them by their fruits!" (Matthew 7:16)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel!" (Matthew 15:24) Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "new covenant" was to be "with the house of Israel"! (Jeremiah 31:31) And "the children of Israel" are the only people commanded by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) whom one can find in His entire Holy Bible! The name "Christian" was a nickname given the followers of Paul!

The young Jewish man who wants this member of our fellowship for his wife the rest of his life of course does not understand that fine distinction between two religions, no less, that have been made a part of the "Christian bible"! And that is one of the things I would love to share with him, should he ever overcome the hangups concerning religion that come with being Jewish. My heart aches to open his eyes to an entire panorama of life that he does not even know exists!

But, then, what else is new? That is the burden we carry for all the people of the world who languish in such ignorance of the excitement and sense of power and adequacy that being a child of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) entails! It is glorious but trying to convey that glory to people who are blind to it is a challenge that really only Yahuah is capable of engaging! He simply awaits our prayer to activate His Spirit for doing what to us is "impossible"! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

With men this is impossible! But, with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26)

Allelujia! Bless Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s precious and holy name!

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 know what lies within the amazing scope of considerations called "religion"!

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 because they know the glory and complete fulfillment of Your religion!

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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