Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2015 February 28

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2015 February 28

Unified Perceptions

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20150228.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 (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (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 (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM) "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, I wrote a sermon with a dear friend of mine in mind, to which he responded by complaining that nothing I said was the way things have actually been for him. This response had in it both a valid criticism and a classical example of the problem suffered by anyone having opened up to the "strong delusion" of which Satan is capable!

My friend's "valid criticism" came of the fact that, although I had written the sermon within a fictional framework, which I often do, to avoid publicizing the personal problems of an actual person, he knew exactly who I was talking about; because he was all too familiar with the problems I described for my fictional "friend", which shows that what I described was not so different from what he himself had experienced with his family; he simply did not agree with my interpretation of the facts - observations I had made concerning why certain things had turned out the way they did, from my "knowledge of God" (Hosea 6:6) and from members of my friend's family, including his father!

My friend's finding "that nothing I said was the way things have actually been for him" was completely true of the second part of my sermon, which is where I described not what had already happened to him but the glorious deliverance that I believed Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wanted him and his family to experience! And, for a man who has spent a good deal of his recreational time watching the movie industry's works, where things always turn out great for the hero and his girl, he completely missed the point of the scenario I created for the solution of his problems!

That part of my sermon was the spoken vision that I believed Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had given me for my friend and his family; and, having spoken it, I had by my "faith in God" (Mark 11:22) received it as done in ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Holy Spirit!

The matter lay dormant, then, for a year, when a review of my past sermons brought it to light exactly when it needed to be; and the fascinating thing is that, only a few days after I actually sent the link to my sermon to the friend for whom it was intended, which he dismissed as being "off the wall", events within his family precipitated the matter and brought it to a resolution similar to what I had described in the vision that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had given me for that family! Amen! Alleluia!

The oldest daughter of my friend had taken him up on his threat to drive her from the home and accepted the offer of an elderly man who needed a housekeeper! Sadly, my friend had retaliated, against her, by barring her from visiting with her siblings, some of whom had come of legal age and had every right to visit with anyone they chose! But my friend was using his daughter's desire to visit with the rest of her family as leverage by which to demand her submission to his will! And, for the longest time, nothing anyone said would change his mind!

At the same time my friend's daughter fell in love with a young man at church, who turned out to be wonderfully supportive of her; so during the year when my sermon on this matter lay dormant yet still on the burner of my faith for its resolution, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) wonderful restorative healing was brought to this young woman's battered emotions; and she finally felt strong enough to face her father, reading from a statement she had written giving her side of the story, which helpfully represented the experience and feelings of her siblings as well!

So, with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Spirit strong upon them, the entire family confronted my friend, one eventful night, in a family meeting, along with their older sister, during which they made it clear to him that they wanted a change! "It is a new year," they exclaimed; "and we don't want any more of the long lectures, angry tirades, dire threats and derogatory statements for which you have become infamous!"

An older woman friend of the family was present at the meeting, who by the leading of ha Kodesh Ruach, pled with my friend: "Your daughter is hurting! Take her to breakfast tomorrow morning, tell her you're sorry and assure her that you'll do everything you can to help her."

To his credit and Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) glory, my friend did that; and the spirit of enmity that had lain heavily upon the hearts of that family for years was broken and driven away! Amen! Alleluia!

The "strong delusion" suffered by a number of Satan's victims is the result of a long development in their lives, during which they are convinced by a lying spirit that things going wrong for them are the result of other people's failures and impositions on them rather than of their own mistakes, which faulty perception avoids the responsibility that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wants each one of His children to take upon himself or herself, if the child wishes to participate in the "life" and "blessing" (Deuteronomy 30:19) of His "everlasting covenant" (Psalm 105:10) "with the house of Israel! (Jeremiah 31:31)

In Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Torah through Moses, He pleads, with His children: "Choose life!" (Deuteronomy 30:19) He gives that choice to each one of us - whether to walk in His "path of righteousness" (Psalm 23:3) or in the "the way that leadeth to destruction"! (Matthew 7:13) And, sadly, "many there be who go in thereat"! (Verse 13)

As a young man my friend had chosen life, in the footsteps of his father, who had ministered faithfully to his family concerning Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) way from out of His Holy Bible! But, sadly, some people give Him mental assent while holding on to old habits and attitudes - to "perceptions", if you will - that work like an undertoe does in the ocean's surf, grabbing one's legs and pulling him under while he struggles to make his way to the shore!

The resove of the swimmer is to reach the shore and the safety of solid land! But the devil responsible for the undertoe has something else in mind for him; and, insidiously, it works to pull its victim's resolve away from its original purpose, to where part of him is using back strokes while the rest of him is using forward strokes.

That is the best way I know to describe what goes on in a divided man's heart or spirit! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "No man can serve two masters! For either he will hate the one and love the other or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon!" (Matthew 6:24)

If that statement is true - and "God is not a man, that He should lie!" (Numbers 23:19) - one does not long compromise himself by serving both Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and Satan! If he still has any desire to serve the Devil, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) will let him do it, until he is hurting so badly that he is ready to pray to "our Father Who art in Heaven" (Matthew 6:9) with great urgency: "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil!" (Verse 13)

Since all of this activity and Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) reactions to it is dependent upon how His child sees things - his "perception" of them, if you will - and how the child's perception compares to the perceptions of his neighbors, Satan works to confuse those perceptions; Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), to "the Jews" (John 8:30):

Ye are of your father the Devil! And the lusts of your father ye will do! He was a murderer, from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own! For he is a liar and the father of it. (John 8:44)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) called, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through His faithful apostle John: "the Devil and Satan [the one] which deceiveth the whole world"! (Revelation 12:9) One of his favorite ways of deceiving Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) beloved children is to keep them divided by telling them lies about each other; and I believe one of the most important reasons for Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) commanding that His Sabbath be "an holy convocation" (Leviticus 23:3), which is a coming together of His children, is for them to visit, sharing their thoughts about everything that interests them, so that each knows what the other is thinking!

A saying exists that, unless one has walked in the shoes of his neighbor, he cannot appreciate or understand what he has been through! And so he is in no position to judge the neighbor; Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Judge not, that ye be not judged!" (Matthew 7:1) For we have not walked in each other's shoes and so are incompetent to judge them, as is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), "Who knoweth the hearts" (Acts 15:8), which is why His "judgments are true and righteousn altogether"! (Psalm 19:9)

But, while we cannot and should not judge one another, we must relate with one another; and to the degree that we have fulfilled the Spirit of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "Sabbath ... holy convocation" (Leviticus 23:3) in every way possible, through the habit of abundant, respectful and loving communication, we are able to relate favorably, by having at least a reasonable measure of knowledge and understanding about where our neighbor is coming from.

Out of consistent and loving exchanges of thought together with the guidance of ha Kodesh Ruakh, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Holy Spirit, Who knows what we are trying to say to one another, we can achieve the unified perceptions about life that are essential to social compatibility and the mutual achievements that it opens up to us.

I believe that the unified perceptions we must have by which to function effectively together is the primary reason why Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) prayed, to His Father: "The glory that Thou gavest Me I have given them, that they may be one, even as We are one." (John 17:22)

"The glory" of which Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) spoke is, obviously, that of ha Kodesh Ruakh, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Holy Spirit, Who is His "Spirit of truth" (John 16:13) and Who "will guide you into all truth" (Verse 13); and part of that "truth" is what one's neighbor is really thinking!

We need that "truth" about our neighbors; and, above all, we need Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) truth about Himself! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "I AM the way, the truth and the life!" So the ultimate "unified perception" is that which embraces Him as well as our neighbors! And "the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32) of the turmoil and confusion that Satan loves to create in us, by dividing our perceptions with lies about the thinking of our neighbors and especially about the thinking of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given us, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), His "Word" (John 1:1), the benefit of His perceptions concerning us, His beloved children, whom He has made "in His own image"! (Genesis 1:27) And we can no more live without that Word than we can live without the air He gives us to breath! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life! (John 6:63)

I pray that this information I have given you is true in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM'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 You and of the life you have given them by which to enjoy Your perceptions and those of their neighbors!

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 unified perceptions of You and of each other by which to live in the peace and harmony You desire for them.

I pray that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) 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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