Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2014 December 13

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2014 December 13

The Ministry of Anguish

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20141213.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, the 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 Hayah gave me for this Sabbath, my beloved daughter-in-law Luz sent me a video in which a preacher was extolling the virtue of ministering in anguish, burdened by the sins of the world, to where one is consumed by the necessity to weep before Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and cry out for the salvation of His children in the world!

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) "wept" (Luke 19:41), saying:

42 If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things that belong unto thy peace! But now they are hid from thine eyes! 43 For the days shall come, upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench, about thee, and compass thee round and keep thee in on every side 44 and shall lay thee even with the ground and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave, in thee, one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation! (Luke 19:42 to 44)

At the same time, 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)

Is this confusion? Or did Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) swing from one mood to another? Or, better yet, was He capable of experiencing great joy even while grieving over the difficulties of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s lost children?

I believe the latter case is easier to understand! Diverse circumstances eliciting both joy and sorrow at the same time exist in the world; and the sensitive person or the one hearing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s voice is going to be keenly aware of both; because Yahuah is most certainly aware of both.

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s promise through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) is that ha Kodesh Ruach, His "Spirit of truth ... will guide you into all truth" (John 16:13); and both the joy of fulfilled children and the sorrow of afflicted ones are part of His truth!

Parents tell their children: "Be grateful you are not in a land where people do not know where their next meal is coming from." But, as sad and true as that may be, that does not prevent the children from enjoying the food that is set before them and from being quite happy that their tummies are full!

An elderly brother came up to me in church, this morning, saying: "I guess we all have problems of one sort or another!" And I responded, by saying, both kiddingly yet with a serious undertone: "What do you mean: we all have problems? I don't; I have prayed them all away!"

My brother walked away, remarking: "That is a pretty good way of looking at it"; and I thought, to myself: "You bet it is! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given us our dominion, which is backed by His Spirit, Who flung the galaxies into their places; so we have absolutely no excuse for moping around complaining about having problems, our neighbors having problems or the world having problems!"

So much for "the Ministry of Anguish"!

I was touched by that ministry, while I was a young boy! I would be required to stay on my knees for what seemed like hours, while my maternal grandmother and her friends would kneel in her living room and pray, weeping and carrying on about all the problems in their lives and in the world that they thought would get the Lord's attention, if they wept and carried on long enough and loud enough about them. It was as though they believed Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is hard of hearing or that He demands from His children dramatic shows of their deep sorrow before He will move to answer their prayers!

But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is He "Who knoweth the hearts"! (Acts 15:8) He wrote, through His psalmist:

1 O Lord, Thou hast searched me and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising! Thou understandest my thought afar off! 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down and art acquainted with all my ways! 4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether! (Psalm 139:1 to 4)

Furthermore, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "7 When ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking! 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him." (Matthew 6:7 and 8

Needless to say, those experiences in my grandmother's livingroom made me uncomfortable! I simply did not feel good as a boy, hearing supposedly grown-up men and women weeping and crying out about things that were bothering them; and here, decades later, I have come to find, from out of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible, that my discomfort was well founded, that such conduct on the part of these well meaning "intercessors" was not necessary and in fact counterproductive to the thing they were hoping to achieve!

Explaining the reason I can make that claim requires that I return to the "dominion" (Genesis 1:28) I mentioned, which Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave to Adam and Eve "over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Verse 28) "Dominion" is what a king has over his "domain"! His word is law! What he says is the way it is going to be!

But, if Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given us, His beloved children, such a powerful authority "over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth", He is, no matter how much He would like to, not going to turn around and interfere with it, by asserting His will over their affairs without their permission or without their using that amazing dominion! So He necessarily must await our use of it, before moving in our behalf! And that use of our dominion is what we have come to call "prayer"!

Our praying is, indeed, nothing more nor less than the use of our dominion, which, having given it to us, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) respects and dutifully moves to fulfill it, whenever we do use it and without waiting for ever to do it or requiring ridiculous groveling, crying out or beating of breasts! When Yahuah sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) into the world to walk among and teach His children, He instructed, through Yeshua, His disciples concerning one's use of that dominion or that powerful authority! He said, through Yeshua:

22 Have faith in God! 23 Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that those things that he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith! 24 Therefore, I say, unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. (Mark 11:22 to 24)

The "mountain" represents whatever problem we have encountered! And that vital instruction lets us know that we can speak to it, commanding that it be removed! Then, having done that or "when ye pray", we are to "believe" we "receive"!

Please notice that the key to receiving Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s answer to our prayer is not groveling, crying out or beating our breasts, although many of us do that, when we have been floundering in the darkness and pain of our ignorance about Him, ourselves and Satan, the enemy of us all! Rather, the key is in our believing that, when Yahuah did give us our dominion and when He did instruct us through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) concerning it, He meant exactly what He said and it requires that one "shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that those things that he saith shall come to pass"!

When Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) that one must "believe ye receive", what was He talking about? Receive what? What else but the removal of the mountain!

I do not believe that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), our Creator and King, instructs His children to believe they receive that which does not exist! So we must assume that He has put the removal of the commanded mountain into His Spirit immediately upon our praying for it.

That immediate and powerful accommodation has tremendous implications! For it is why I was able to claim to my brother that I have no problems! For, by having taken the "dominion" Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given me seriously, I have indeed spoken to every problem I have encountered and "prayed it away"!

I may be "fit to be tied" with things that are still bothering me in my daily circumstances; but, knowing that they have been taken care of in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Spirit keeps me from needing to be actually tied, to keep me from climbing the wall or whatever it is that perpetually frustrated and highly disturbed people do!

Furthermore, in Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s words about giving us His "joy", I have seen the connection between His instruction concerning our dominion and the joy He was talking about; because what can be more joyful than knowing one has the sovereign right to "pray away" every problem that exists in the world?

I see the same connection in Yeshua ha Mawshiyach's assurance: "These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace! In the world ye shall have tribulation! But be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

Please notice that "in the world ye shall have tribulation"; "in the world" is not "in Me" or in Yeshua ha Mawshiyach or in the Father Who sent Him and gave Him these wonderful and encouraging words to say! For in them one can have "peace", "cheer" and the joy of having overcome the world, exactly as He said He had.

I believe that, in His having been born into the world as one of us, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) was able to say He had "overcome the world" by His faithful use of the same dominion that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given us! He said: "I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done." (John 13:15)

Obviously, from the things we see around us, the world is still in a mess! But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and now through me or through you, if you wish, can rejoice for having by our "faith in God" overcome the world! Yeshua said: "To him who overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame and am set down with My Father in His throne" (Revelation 3:21)

So where is "the Ministry of Anguish"?

I dare say, no need for any such "ministry" exists! For those who have paid attention to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s words through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) are simply able, by His amazing accommodation, to overcome anything! And that precludes settling for one moment into any trough of despondency or presumed need to behave dramatically!

Feeling emotional is another matter! One can be bursting with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s joy in his heart, even while quietly and confidently proceeding with the way He has given us to fulfill our deepest desires! He said, through His psalmist: "Delight thyself ... in Yahuah; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart!" (Psalm 37:4)

In this sermon, I have shared, with you, what I believe is the way Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given us by which we can "delight" ourselves in Him; it is, my friend, by paying attention to His words and then acting on them! And that, I believe, is what He meant by commanding us, "Have faith in God!" (Mark 11:22)

Remember what Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) prophesied about those who "knewest not the time of thy visitation"? (Luke 19:44) It was not a pretty picture! But your picture can be as pretty as they come, if you will simply get the wax out of your ears; Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, to His prophet, concerning those who had refused to do that:

9 Go and tell this people, Hear ye indeed! But understand not! And see ye, indeed; but perceive not. 10 Make the heart of this people fat; make their ears heavy; and shut their eyes, lest they see, with their eyes, and hear, with their ears, and understand, with their heart, convert and be healed! (Isaiah 6:9 and 10)

That has always been a difficult passage for me to absorb; because Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "It is not the will of your Father Who is in Heaven, that one of these little ones should perish!" (Matthew 18:14) So the question arises, why did Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) order His prophet to "Make the heart of this people fat; make their ears heavy; and shut their eyes, lest they see, with their eyes, and hear, with their ears, and understand, with their heart, convert and be healed!" It comes across like a frustrated child, who, being ignored, curses the one who dared to show such indifference!

Still, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) quoted that passage, when His disciples asked Him: "Why speakest Thou, unto them, in parables?" (Matthew 13:10) But his version of the passage puts the onus on the people rather than on a frustrated God! And He answered:

13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because, seeing, they see not; and, hearing, they hear not, neither do they understand! 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive 15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see, with their eyes, and hear, with their ears, and should understand, with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear! 17 For verily I say, unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things that ye see and have not seen them and to hear those things that ye hear and have not heard them.(Matthew 13:13 to 17)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is, naturally, as our loving Creator, the One to know our hearts toward Him, whether we have been tempted by Satan to think we have a better idea or whether, by "the school of hard knocks" our arrogance has been trimmed down and our hearts opened to a better way, which of course can only be Yahuah's way: He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses:

Yahuah shall establish thee an holy people unto Himself, as He hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of Yahuah, thy God, and walk in His ways! (Deuteronomy 28:9)

I have come to believe Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s ways are awesome! How about you?

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 "overcome the world" and all the things in it that bother them, whether big or little!

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 in their freedom from supposing that they must put up with frustrations for lack of Your way by which to overcome 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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