Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel was thinking on this Sabbath?
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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2014 November 8
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20141108.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 said, to Adam and Eve: "Have dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth!" (Genesis 1:28) And, when Yahuah sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to become a man and teach their children His truth, He instructed, through Yeshua, His disciples on how that dominion works, saying:
Why do you suppose Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) focused on a mountain, in that instruction?
If you are trying to get from one place to another and you encounter a mountain, it would be standing between you and where you want to be, right?
I believe that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) knew that a mountain could well represent any obstacle to something Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s children might desire! In fact, He used the word desire, when He said, "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them." (Mark 11:24)
A mountain is, also, something that you or I would not be likely to remove ourselves, which requires the intervention or help of a power beyond ourselves; and that is an important part of our dominion! It is backed by the power of ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Spirit, which is the same Spirit that flung the galaxies into their places and is continuiong to keep them there, not to mention Earth, which is a part of our galaxy, and everything on Earth, including you and me!
To say to a mountain or anything else something that you know will be carried out by ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Spirit, is to command the thing you want moved with all the confidence of a king expecting that what he has said will come to pass! And for those who can accept their dominion as a reliable part of the powerful rights given them by Yahuah, the One Who is giving them the breath of life each moment of their lives, this has tremendous implications! For it leaves no part of their life, however discouraging it may be, without a remedy that can simply be spoken and received as done in the Spirit until they see it become a reality in the physical part of their existence!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) practices, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), what He preaches! And, while He was ministering through Yeshua to the Samaritan woman at "Jacob's well" (John 4:6), He said, to her:
Please notice that, although "the hour cometh" (John 4:23), He also said that it "now is"! (Verse 23)" How can that be?
This statement of both a future event ("cometh") and a present event ("now is") occuring simultaneously can be true only if one understands that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was talking through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) of two different dimensions of existence - (1) "in spirit" (John 4:23), where "the hour" (Verse 23) is taking place "now" (Verse 23) and (2) the physical realm, where "the hour cometh" (Verse 23), when these things will be seen eventually as actual manifestations or the fulfillment of what Yahuah had spoken through Yeshua!
Actually, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s giving us our dominion is the heart of what prayer is about! It waits on us to speak it into existence, which then becomes a reality in His Spirit, until He can arrange for its fulfillment in the physical! For instance, the mountain spoken to that it be removed and be cast into the sea may have had a hundred people living on it, whom Yahuah Hayah would want removed to safer ground before His moving the mountain to accommodate the user of his dominion! And that undoubtedly would take many years, during which, if the king having used his dominion loses confidence in its effectiveness, the whole process is stopped; because the king has come to say and to believe something contrary to what he originally commanded!
Our dominion applies to "every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! And that includes you and me! So, as we know is true of prayer, one's dominion can be directed toward moving us into better circumstances, a better life and even a better life after death! I had an elderly couple who prayed for me each night for thirty years and lived to see me share with them my awakening to all Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s truth and starting a new life, due in part to their use of their dominion in my behalf! But it took thirty years to accomplish their desire; because all that time I had been using my dominion to give all the reasons why I believed that God could not be known, which is the position of the "agnostic"!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) 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) With a young man convinced that he had life all figured out, the desire of the elderly couple that I be saved was impossible! But by the permission given Him by their prayer in my behalf, Yahuah brought circumstances to bear upon my life that brought with them a strong sense of need in my life and at the same time used a young couple who were acquainted with a healing ministry to bring relief to my hurting back and an awareness that Yahuah can be known after all!
In praying for Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s relief for the suffering of mankind at large - particularly, in the abuses of evil people who are able to bring heavy oppression to others by the use of their great wealth - the unlikelihood of success is far greater! And, in using one's dominion for that purpose, one is sorely tried in the requirement that one "not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things that he saith shall come to pass"! (Mark 11:23) For, pray as you will, nothing seems to change; and the task of intercession seems all but hopeless!
The help I receive in that regard is in seeing things take place in my own life that do respond favorably to my prayer; and my reasoning is, if my dominion works wonders in my more immediate circumstances, surely it must be working in those of humanity, even though my prayer might be like throwing a bucket of water into the ocean! At least, I feel blessed to believe that I am a part of the answer to what ails my race rather than be a part of the cause!
Part of what I believe to be that cause is people's ignorance about how their dominion works, to where they open up to the temptation to think, say and believe bad things about their circumstances - the presumed hopelessness of their lives, for instance, and the seemingly impenetrable entrenchment of their oppressors - to where they ill-advisedly use their dominion to undermine themselves and give free reign to those who are using their dominions against them.
I tried ministering to a family in our fellowship where the father had so badly damaged the self esteem of his sons and daughters by saying negative things about them that they had become dysfunctional! They simply did not want to do anything that he rightly wanted them to do and was desperate to have them do; because he was not getting any younger; his work was becoming heavier; the needs of his family were growing; and he was not receiving any help under that crushing load!
My ministry to the young people in that family was that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) blesses those who obey His commandment to "love your enemies"! (Matthew 5:44) I had ministered to them along that line many times; but I was trying to get them to see that loving someone, even one's "enemy", means to help him in specific ways, particularly in things for which he has asked! I had to repeat that point several times; because, each time I did, the sons and daughters would rehearse, to me, all the faults of their father, which in their minds were reasons why they did not want to help him.
A stepmother to the young people was listening to the discussion; and, later, we learned that, in its aftermath, she had delivered an ultimatum to the father that she would be leaving and taking a new child between them with her, if the father did not make his other children leave the home!
While I was praying about this sad development, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) showed me what had happened! The father had used his dominion in relation to his children! He had told them things like, "You're no good! You haven't done anything around here. If you do that again I am going to throw you out of my house!" By the nature of our dominion, these things were self-fulfilling prophesies! What one says, believing, Yahuah's Spirit makes come to pass! (Mark 11:22 to 24)
As I had ministered to the young people and as they had rehearsed over and over what they had not liked about their father's behavior, they, too, were using their dominion, which was making all the more true for them what they already did not like about him!
The stepmother's hearing all that criticism of the man into whose hands she had entrusted her life had caused that dismal picture to become a new reality for her concerning her husband! And, not liking what she believed was the source of the problem - the dislike of her husband's children toward him - she moved to fix the problem as she understood it and tried to force her husband to get rid of the young people who thought so poorly of him.
Needless to say, I used my dominion to speak to that family and command that they begin enjoying the loving functionality that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has intended for his children; and I am happy to report that the situation for this family has again stabilized and life for them is going on!
We do not need to accept a past record of dissapointing conduct on the part of other people as "the last word on the subject". We can speak, to them, "in the Spirit", expressing the conduct that we want from them and watch, with wonder, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Spirit make that joyous state of affairs the new reality for that situation!
But that fulfillment of your prayer for others might take years! And one dare not open up to the idea and speak it, believing, that the prayer said in behalf of troubled neighbors "is not working"! That would be using your dominion to reverse what you prayed for originally; and that would nullify the whole creative process!
Knowing how I feel about such matters, a dear friend of mine told me once that he does not feel humanity's plight under the abuses of evil people has anything to do with one's dominion; but that makes me sad; because that simply reveals, to me, that my friend is one more of those who know little about the power of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) to fulfill the dominion He gave to His children, to where it has no effect on them. And that is really strange, to me; because I have heard that friend tell me how he has determinedly kept positive thoughts through many dreary hours, when fatigue would otherwise have overwhelmed him.
My friend's low opinion concerning the effectiveness of one's dominion of course immediately nullifies its benefit for him, his not believing that it has any effect in his behalf in matters where the evil of others is threatening to his own welfare, which, as with all the others whom I believe suffer ignorance about their privileges under Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), is leaving him without the benefit of Yahuah's Kodesh Ruach or Holy Spirit in those particular challenges! For, necessarily, Yahuah's Spirit has to be what moves so much as a mountain and casts it into the sea! (Mark 11:23)
Even worse is the presumption that my friend has had to embrace in order to make such a negative assessment of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s dominiion, that he, like Yahuah, "knoweth the hearts" (Acts 15:8) and is able to say that he knows people have been correctly using their dominion yet are being oppressed anyway!
How my friend could possibly know that ineffectiveness to be true of mankind's dominion is open to serious question and should be questioned; because that presumption implies that the information in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible about His giving His children their dominion and His instruction through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) on how to use it are lies!
In my view the bible does contain lies, particularly in the writings of Paul! But I have only been able to discern this variance because of their violence to the sound doctrine of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses and through Yeshua ha Mawshiyach in person, which has rung true in my heart, once I had opened up to His truth!
To allege that one's dominion does not work in one's defense against tyranny throws deadly confusion into people's minds concerning whether His Holy Bible is reliable in such things or not! For, if their faith in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s word has been thus compromised, they obviously will not work with the dominion they believe to have been falsely presented! And even more people than already are suffering disbelief in such things therefore will have forfeited Yahuah's free blessings of this kind in their behalf!
But, by my "faith in God" (Mark 11:22), I have spoken (Verse 23) to my friend and commanded that his eyes be opened to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s truth concerning the effectiveness of the dominion He has given us in all matters relating to us; and I have believed that I "receive" (Verse 24) in behalf of my friend that new knowledge of Yahuah's truth, to where he can join those of us who are walking in Yahuah's joy for the power that we know awaits no more than our word to direct it for the accomplishment of anything that we want to accomplish!
In all of this enthusiasm that I have tried to communicate about our use of the dominion that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has so amazingly given us, His children, I must give a word of caution, simply because He has given it; He said, through Yeshua ha Mawshiyach:
That is an instructive passage! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), of "the scribes and the Pharisees" (Matthew 23:2), "They say, and do not!" (Verse 3) So He called them "hypocrites" (Verse 13) and declared them worthy to "receive the greater damnation"! (Verse 14)
So merely calling Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) "Lord, Lord", when in one's heart he does not really regard Him as Lord, thereby failing to do as He has said, which was to do "the will of My Father Who is in Heaven" is a spiritually dangerous practice!
For mankind's dominion to work, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) did not specify, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), that the mountain spoken to be moved in accord with His will! He said, merely, that believing what one has said will cause the mountain to be moved.
So one can use his dominion to cause things to happen that are contrary to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s will! And we know what that will is by hearkening "unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments!" (Deuteronomy 28:1)
The written account of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s commandments that He gave the children of Israel through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses is helpful! But far more important is hearkening "unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God", Who knows His commandments and gives His direction for each child of His in accord with them. So the person who is conducting his affairs, moment by moment, in accord with what he is hearing Yahuah say to him is far more likely to be in the center of His will!
In working with these things, one learns what is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s voice and what is not! Other voices that intrude upon one's consciousness come with temptation to sin or to do things that one knows is contrary to Yahuah's way of doing things, which is to love Him and one's neighbor! Other voices try to get us to accept frightful images of disaster, speak them and believe them, thus making tragedy become a reality in one's life!
So with our dominion comes the responsibility of using it wisely! For failure to do that opens us up to numerous kinds of mishchief!
One final aspect of dominion that needs to be considered is the part that it plays in relation to the blessing or cursing that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) brings upon His children according to whether or not they are listening to His voice to keep His commandments! Those are His judgments upon us, which "are true and righteous, altogether" (Psalm 19:9), while our dominion is the right He has given us to judge ourselves and others as well, which judgments are not necessarily "true and righteous" and more often than not fail in that regard!
Within the framework of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible, "judgment" is the giving of reward or punishment! And one can use his dominion to do either! Yahuah said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
Notice, please, that when one has given to others, "men" will "give into your bosom". Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) uses His children to fulfill His promises concerning the behavior of others, which is their participating in His "judgment"!
But, when the wrong spirit is being obeyed, that process can go terribly wrong! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His prophet: "For three transgressions of Israel and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous, for silver, and the poor, for a pair of shoes!" (Amos 2:6)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment! Thou shalt not respect the person of the poor nor honor the person of the mighty! But in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour!" (Leviticus 19:15)
But one is safe in loving one's neighbor and even his "enemies"! (Matthew 5:44) For "it is not the will of your Father Who is in Heaven that one of these little ones should perish"! (Matthew 18:14)
So, when you "love", "bless", "do good to" and "pray for" even your "enemies" (Matthew 5:44), that simply obliges ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah Hayah's Holy Spirit, to bring upon them circumstances that will judge them in measures sufficiently harsh to bring them unto repentance, to where they can be blessed according to your prayer! I know that is the way it works; because it happened that way with me!
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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