Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel was thinking on this Sabbath?
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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2015 February 21
Faith to Overcome
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20150221.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, the apostle Paul wrote of God's sending "strong delusion" (2nd Thessalonians 2:11) upon "them who perish because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved, that they should believe a lie"! (Verse 10)
But this sermon is not about Paul; rather, it is about the kind of faith that one must have to overcome Satan's delusion, which is, by far, the most pernicious delusion with which humananity has ever had to deal, which is that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s death on the cross was in the place of the "death" (Deuteronomy 30:19) that was due Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s beloved children who did not "choose life that both thou and thy seed may live"! (Verse 19)
In commanding His Son to lay down His life, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) did not violate His own Torah or law! And in it He commanded: "The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin." (Deuteronomy 24:16)
Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "I am ... come to call ... sinners to repentance!" (Matthew 9:13) "Sin is the transgression of the law!" (1st John 3:4) But what is the point of repenting, if one's "sin" is going to be paid for by another?
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His author: "How much more shall the blood of Christ ... purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:14) That was the purpose of Yahuah's commandment that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) lay down His life - to "purge your conscience", not to die in place of Yahuah's beloved children.
In giving me the adjective "pernicious" to describe the delusion we are talking about, Yahuah Hayah did well! (as if He could do otherwise) because my online Merriam-Webster dictionary defines "pernicious" as "causing great harm or damage often in a way that is not easily seen or noticed ... highly injurious or destructive: deadly"!
If such a thing exists within the human realm, one would have to have "strong faith" to overcome it; and let me explain why that would be so:
The word "delusion" is defined, by my dictionary, as "something that is falsely or delusively believed or propagated; a persistent false psychotic belief regarding the self or persons or objects outside the self that is maintained despite indisputable evidence to the contrary"! In other words, it is "insanity"!
The delusion "propagated" by Satan concerning Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s suffering and death is exactly that! The "faith in His blood" (Romans 3:25) or in the shed blood of Yeshua that Paul taught as necessary for one's salvation is a derailment of one's spirit to have faith in a material substance rather than in Yahuah Hayah, the Self-Existent, Eternal I AM, Who created it through Yeshua ha Mawshiyach, His beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son"!
To be the insanity we are now considering, the false idea being held would have to be "maintained despite indisputable evidence to the contrary"! And so the "evidence" we need by which to "overcome" the delusion that Satan sent into the world through Paul would need to qualify as evidence; and, again, I turn to my dictionary, for the world's idea of evidence:
Notice, please, how within this definition "evidence" relies on "testimony" or "witness"! In Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible, He wrote, through His author that "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen"! (Hebrews 11:1); and that begins the chapter in which this author wrote of many things that "faith" has accomplished through mankind, which returns us to my title for this sermon: "Faith to Overcome"! And, by now, we understand that the specific faith on which I am focusing is the faith to overcome "strong delusion", which would have to be a strong faith indeed! And now we find that Yahuah regards faith as both "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen"!
But - Wait a minute! - the kind of "evidence" used by scientists, agnostics and atheists is what is called "empirical" evidence, which my dictionary defines as:
"1: originating in or based on observation or experience
To be based upon "observation or experience", one's "evidence" would have to be something that one has seen, heard or experienced through one of his senses! But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "faith" requires "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen"! (Hebrews 11:1) And that embraces what one observes or experiences inwardly! We "hope" inwardly and things we have not seen physically or outwardly are things we necessarily have had to see inwardly; or we would not be conscious of them; and they would have no relevance to us of which we are aware!
When we let go of an object or see something moved from its place without anything to support it, it always falls toward the ground or the surface of the planet we call Earth! We call that "gravity"! And no one has any problem believing in gravity! It is a dependable part of our environment, the effects of which we continually see or experience, which experience reenforces our faith in gravity or our belief that it is there, even though we cannot see it.
So, to include "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" as that upon which one can have "faith" is to put inwardly experienced things within the realm that we regard as Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "reality"! In other words, what we see inwardly is part of what He has created, except that we have not seen it shown physically!
But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has assured us, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), that what we have seen inwardly and then spoken believing will come to pass to where we can see it physically! He said, through Yeshua: "He shall have whatsoever he saith!" (Mark 11:23) And one does not say what he has not seen at least inwardly, in his or her spirit!
So, on the basis of these observations, we can perhaps see the importance of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s careful language in His Torah, where He promises that "all these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God"! (Deuteronomy 28:2)
People have the hardest time trying to figure out of what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "voice" consists! And He has been showing me, lately, that His "voice" is the complete gamut of things seen, heard or experienced within our spirits, including the "voice" we hear within our spirit, on the basis of which we continually "say" (Mark 11:23), what we believe!
Having said what he believes because he has heard, seen or experienced it within his spirit, the believing speaker then is given, by the working of ha Kodesh Ruakh, Yahuah Hayah's amazing and wonderful Holy Spirit, "whatsoever he saith" (Mark 11:23), thus fulfilling his part in being one of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s children, whom He "created .. in His own image"! (Genesis 1:27)
Since Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is our Creator, the people He has created "in His own image" can certainly be expected to participate in creating as well - specifically the part that has always been played by Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), Whom He called through His apostle, "the Word"! (John 1:1 and 14) In other words, His children can well be referred to as His "little words", who, when they speak believing, He fulfills in amazing and wonderful ways!
Believe me, when I say that these fascinating interrelationships of things within Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s wonderful creation are being revealed to me as I write this; and I am as surprised, by them, as perhaps you are.
The people who have accepted Satan's "strong delusion" - and untold millions of "Christians" have done this - have done so despite Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s voice through Moses, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and through His voice in the spirits of those who are not so deluded, by which He shows them the "evidence" or "witness" in His Holy Bible by which He consistently fulfilled His prophecy:
So a religious insanity has been at work in the world for the past two millennia, which has served the deadly interest of Satan! And that has required a faith in or reliance on the "evidence" or "witness" provided by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) that is sufficiently strong to overcome that insanity.
Thus far, that kind of faith has not been seen except in the spirits of isolated individuals! And those people are fiercely resisted by the teachers of Paul's "gospel" (Galatians 1:11), who are in the service of spirits that have fought viciously to defend the spiritual insanity they know has compromised millions of believers in whom they have thought was God and His Christ but who has been the Devil taking advantage of Paul's openness to error!
Paul was seen in Heaven by an evangelist who was taken there and then returned to us; so Paul's heart had to be in the right place; but Peter wrote, of Paul's: "epistles ... in which are some things hard to be understood"! (2nd Peter 3:15 and 16) What makes something "hard to be understood" except that it speaks of things that are contrary to other things that have proven themselves to be reliable? And that is exactly the problem we have with some of the things that Paul wrote!
That kind of deception has certainly qualified as "strong delusion", which to this day cries out for the faith in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s truth through Moses and Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) that is sufficiently strong to overcome it; and, in view of that urgent need, we can begin to understand why He considered strong incentives to be appropriate and why He offered through His beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son" (John 3:16) and through His faithful apostle John, these amazing promises for "him who overcomes":
Yahuah Hayah's seventh promise through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through His faithful apostle John to those who overcome gives us His idea of what this highly rewarded overcoming must consist: "as I also overcame"; and we find the clearest example of how Yeshua overcame in how He responded to the temptations of "the Devil"! (Matthew 4:1)
With each new temptation, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) answered: "It is written"! (Matthew 4:4, 6, 7 and 10) And then He would quote some part of His Father's word through Himself that had then been spoken by some prophet, which was "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1) and the strong "faith" He needed by which to overcome Satan's most enticing offer!
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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