Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2014 November 29

Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel was thinking on this Sabbath?

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2014 November 29

Standing in the Gap

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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 wrote, through His prophet:

29 The people of the land have used oppression, exercised robbery and have vexed the poor and needy! Yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully! 30 And I sought for a man among them who should make up the hedge and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none! 31 Therefore have I poured out Mine indignation, upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath! Their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith Yahuah God! (Ezekiel 22:29 to 31)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) "sought for a man among them who should make up the hedge and stand in the gap"! This analogy relies on a farmer's familiarity with the kind of fences used in the prophet's day, which often were walls of rock, since rocks were plentiful in the land of Israel.

At any rate, the idea was of protection! And Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) knew that one man, using his dominion or sovereign authority under Him, could command the protection needed for His entire nation!

Sadly, in this instance, the "protection needed" was from Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "wrath" for the sins of His children! And the only thing that protects a sinner is his "repentance" (Matthew 9:13) or thinking differently (Strong: Greek: 3340) about committing sin! And Yahuah wrote, through His faithful apostle: "Sin is the transgression of the law!" (1st John 3:4)

Using one's dominion is what we call "prayer"! (Mark 11:24) The authority to command "every living thing that moveth upon the Earth" (Genesis 1:28) has been given the children of Adam and Eve, by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), along with the backing of His Kodesh Ruach or Holy Spirit, to give to those children's prayers the power that is keeping the galaxies in their places! (Verse 23)

Although the time of Ezekiel goes back to 600 B.C., the truth of the power of one man to "stand in the gap" is the same today! For Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), the Creator and King Who empowered His children then, is "eternal"! (Strong: Hebrew: 3068) And that makes Him every bit for us what He was for the children of Israel in Ezekiel's time.

The truth implied by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s seeking "one man" to "stand in the gap" makes every one of us amazingly important! And we can exercise that importance from our prayer "closet" (Matthew 6:6), receiving the reward that Yahuah has for anyone who is blessing his neighbor!

I am seeing this every day of my life, as I pray for every child of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) in His creation and then watch Him work among the members of our family and fellowship in wonderful ways that I could not have imagined had I worked at it a hundred years!

But what denied Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s children those rewards, even to the entire nation, also, is at work in our day, as well! And what it is that causes us to disregard His voice in our hearts is as mysterious as who murdered the latest victim in our streets! Some of us talk about the temptations of Satan; but the question is, why do some listen to him while others do not?

I tremble, when I think of the factors that could well have kept me in spiritual darkness to this day! And I am eternally grateful to the people who prayed or "stood in the gap" for me for many years, until Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) faithfully answered them and I was brought safely into the fold! Yahuah told, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) of the "Good Shepherd", saying:

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 who 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) has created, for us, His beloved children, an environment in which lay infinite possibilities! But what we do with them or why we do it remains the mystery of the ages! And, if nothing else does, that ought to keep life interesting for Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), not knowing which way His children will turn!

But, being infinitely creative and marvelously loving, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has the many ways in which He deals with us, all of them designed to bring us closer to Him, which is why He sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) into the world, commanding Him to lay down His life by submitting to the hands of His hateful enemies! And the question has haunted theologians for centuries: Why would Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) have wanted that from His Son?

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) Himself knew why, praying: "For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth!" (John 17:19) The truth He would show, by allowing men to brutalize and kill Him, was the same truth shown by all the sacrifices of innocent animals that had been commanded by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) over the centuries!

When men sin, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s innocence is violated! For His Spirit is in the victims of sin, communicating the pain of its violence to Him, Who is not worthy of such abuse.

Still, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) made His children able to violate their neighbors and Him, Whose Spirit is in the neighbors, if His children choose that "death" (Deuteronomy 30:19) in place of the "life" (Verse 19) one can "choose" (Verse 19), if he is wise enough to do so.

So how to become that wise is, really, the central issue that confronts every one of us, as we come into the world and make our way through all that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) brings to us over the years! He 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)

But, again, why some do and others don't remains a mystery that I personally do not expect to solve! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) rewards me for lending my prayer in behalf of His children's choosing rightly! But, from there, the ball is in their court; they must choose! And they will enjoy or suffer whatever that choice brings them.

Choose well, my friend; for I want to see you, when Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) takes us into His kingdom of Heaven!

What glory awaits those who do choose well!. Yahuah Hayah tells us about it, in His Holy Bible; and He has allowed countless thousands of His children among us today to see it yet return to tell of it. What more could He possibly have done?

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 be one of those children of Yours who are standing in the gap for all the rest of your children!

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 fact that oneone stood in the gap for 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.

Amen! Alleluia!

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