Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2015 March 28

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2015 March 28

Spiritual Jurisdiction

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20150328.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 (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM'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 most important institution outside of His church is His family! Formed by the union of a man and a woman and enlarged by their having children, the family is the primary social organization through which He works to develop and enrich the lives of all His children!

I say "Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) works"; and He certainly does that, in His moment-by-moment maintaining of the amazing creation that He has created! But, with respect to the affairs of His children, He works through them, including them in His amazing creativity; and His working through parents is a wonder to behold! For, in looking after their children, they are a type of Him; or at least they should be.

But sometimes Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) parental children are not a type of Him, having become, in some ways, a type of Satan, who is the enemy of us all! The pitiful part of it is where parents yielded to the wrong spirit are convinced that they are doing God a favor, in carrying out some of Satan's wishes to destroy Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) by destroying His children!

Obviously, Satan cannot destroy Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) directly; because Satan was created by Him, not as the Devil he became but as a beautiful archangel, whom He called "Lucifer" (Isaiah 14:12), or "morning star"! (Strong: Hebrew: 1966)

So, in all things that Satan does, he must have Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) permission, as strange as that may seem! But, when it is given, that permission has a purpose!

In His Torah or law, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) speaks of cursing in every way imaginable those who "wilt not hearken unto the voice of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), thy God, to observe to do all His commandments"! (Deuteronomy 28:15) And giving Satan permission to do the evil things he wants to do with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children is one of the ways in which He administers those curses!

Fascinatingly, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given, to His children, a "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Genesis 1:28) That "dominion" is a form of "jurisdiction"; and it covers a lot of territory! For He, you and I are living things moving "upon the Earth", which means that, not only do we have a jurisdiction over Him and each of our neighbors, each of them, also, has the same jurisdiction over us! In other words, what we do or say affects everyone around us, in the same way in which what a king does or says affects each of his subjects!

Like it or not, by the nature of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) creation, all of us are interinvolved! And recognizing this fact about His creation helps us to understand and appreciate the significance of His commandments that we love Him and our neighbor! For, if we do understand, the things we do or say, which unavoidably affect Him and our neighbors, is loving and uplifting, whereas, if we feel hate or resentment toward them, what we do or say has a destructive effect upon them; and He holds us accountable to Him for that detrimental effect!

A special thing that we need to notice about "dominion" or "jurisdiction" is that, with the exception of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "dominion" or "jurisdiction" over us, His beloved children, which He administers rightly in relation to what we do or say, our "dominion" or "jurisdiction" over Him and our neighbors has nothing to do with "justice" or their deserving the effect we have upon them. What we do about them, including Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) Himself, is what it is! And they enjoy or suffer it, regardless of any "fairness" in the situation!

This state of affairs may not seem fair; but it is "the way it is"! And wisdom dictates that we take it to heart, in all that we do or say; for of whatever that consists, it comes right back on us! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Give; and it shall be given unto you." (Luke 6:38)

One can run to the farthest corners of Earth; but he can never escape Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's ) Judgment of Return! It is the way He works and is expressed by the world's axiom: "What goes around comes around." and by their movies, in which the villain always gets what is coming to him. And nothing you or I can do will ever change that certain result of our words and actions! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

Whosoever ... shall break one of these least commandments and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of Heaven! But whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 5:19)

Then Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through Yahuashua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through His faithful apostle John:

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth! Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors! And their works do follow them. (Revelation 14:13)

Upon realizing this truth about Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and His creation, one can well ask: What about His forgiveness? Does that not alter what He does in relation to us because of our "works"?

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) answered that question, in His story through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) of the highly indebted servant! (Matthew 18:23 to 35) Although the king forgave his highly indebted servant, which permitted him to remain in his lord's kingdom, when he imprisoned a fellow servant for owing a debt to him, the king called his debt and put him in prison.

The king could not have "called" his servants debt had his forgiveness included absolving him of the debt; so we must recognize that his forgivenss only related to allowing the servant to continue walking freely in his kingdom while he worked to repay the debt; for the debt itself is never removed, until it is paid by the one who owes it.

"Jurisdiction" or "dominion" over one another's being a fact of our existence, it applies to each of the kinds of relationship that exist among us, according to the various activities in which we engage! The first and foremost of those relationships is the one we have with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)! What He has done has surely affected us; and He is "good"! He said, through Yeshua ha Mawshiyach: "There is none good but One, that is, God!" (Matthew 19:17)

Likewise, what we do affects Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)!

The "jurisdiction" parents have over their children is a powerful influence in the lives of their children; in other words, what they say concerning their children is "the law" or the way things are going to be in relation to their children; and, like it or not, this fact in the relationship of parents to their children determines any number of consequences either beneficial of destructive!

When parents hearken to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) voice, to observe to do all His commandments, thus bringing upon themselves His blessings, their children are blessed by virtue of being in that blessed household! But, when parents yield themselves to the wrong spirit and thus become a type of Satan, their children suffer, unavoidably, "the reward of the wicked" (Psalm 91:8) right along with their parents!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Moses: "5 I, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them who hate Me 6 and showing mercy unto thousands of them who love Me and keep My commandments!" (Exodus 20:5 and 6)

The expression "visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them who hate Me" is difficult to understand, especially in view of the fairness of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) commandment that "every man shall be put to death for his own sin"! (Deuteronomy 24:16) So, the best I have been able to do with that "visiting" is to realize that He is simply recognizing a process that goes on within families, according to what "the fathers" have been doing in their leadership of the family.

If that leadership has been based upon a "righteousness" (Deuteronomy 6:25) in the fathers for their having observed "to do all these commandments before Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), our God" (Verse 25), which is certainly loving Him and keeping His commandments, His "goodness and mercy shall follow" the members of their families all the days of their lives! (Psalm 23:6)

But, if that leadership has reflected varying degrees of wickedness, the children of such "fathers" will emulate that wickedness, if that is all they have seen, and they will necessarily suffer "the iniquity of the fathers" or the results of that iniquity "unto the third and fourth generation of them who hate Me"; because hating Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is what causes one to ignore His voice and not "observe to do all His commandments"!

Have you noticed the remarkable difference between the conduct of workers in one company and that of workers in another? Sometimes it is as different as day is from night! It comes from the top! And the spirit that prevails at the top determines everythingf that happens down the line, from the CEO at the top to the doorman and cleaning lady at the bottom!

Exceptions to that rule exist, of course; because the spirit that prevails in individuals either supports or undermines the spirit setting the spiritual climate of the company! And that altering spirit can be either good or bad! If the spirit at the top is that of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), workers in the company can be either supportive of His guidance and accommodations or detract from it, being a spiritual undertoe working to undermine the company.

Righteous organizations work to solve that kind of problem by advancing into management people who appear to be supportive of the company's goals and leaving others to do the menial work, who appear to have little more than their own interests at heart. But wicked organizations do exactly the opposite, advancing people whose interests in self are aggressive and hurtful to others around them and leaving for the unpleasant tasks those who have the welfare of all in mind.

One wonders what keeps such companies of the world going! But they have parts to play in the welfare of a nation, while Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) interest is, still, in preserving it; He wrote, through His psalmist:

1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity! 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb! 3 Trust in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and do good! So shalt thou dwell in the land; and, verily, thou shalt be fed! (Psalm 37:1 to 3)

The question of how "soon" that cutting down of "evildoers" will take place looms larger, as the years drag on, with offenses to the sensibilities and health of people becoming more outlandish, until one wonders what is to become of the planet, let alone Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children on it; and one is forced to acknowledge, despite appearances to the contrary, that He knows what He is doing and has His hand on the affairs of His children, regardless of the insanity of their wickedness!

For, after all, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) jurisdiction is the supreme one, with all the variances from it on the part of His children being little more than the burbles and swirls that one sees on the edges of a river most certainly making its way down a mountain to the sea! He has allowed these contrary eddies to exist to give His children the opportunity to choose the appropriate response to so amazing a Creator and King!

From the viewpoint of a child of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) who has come to love, worship and praise Him with inexpressible gratitude in his heart for all that he or she senses or sees is the loving magnificence of that Creator and King, the failure to respond appropriately to Him on the part of people in the world is an absolute wonder!

But too many of us have been a part of that strange indifference to or even hostility toward Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), at one time in our lives; so, having "been there done that", we are understanding toward the workers of iniquity and quicker in our obedience to His commandment that we love our enemies - blessing, doing good to and praying for them - in the hope of their coming home to Him in their hearts as well!

The ministry of intercession for "the lost" relies on "spiritual jurisdiction" as well! We who know better do have our dominion, which we can exercise in behalf of those who have been blinded by Satan's lies! And that use of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Kodesh (Holy) Ruach (Spirit) is the only truly effective means we have by which to free them to their salvation!

If Satan's lies as "the liar" (John 8:44) "which deceiveth the whole world" (Revelation 12:9) are what encumbers Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children with the yoke of bondage to sin, the remedy for that falsehood is truth! And the Spirit we employ in our intercession for the lost is His "Spirit of truth"! (John 14:17; 16:13)

All the false notions one can imagine cannot resist the clear insight into Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) truth that is given by His Kodesh (Holy) Ruach (Spirit) of truth, when we command Him to show that truth even to our enemies! And the greatest truth of all time was shown by Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) having laid down His life by submitting to the cruel hands of His enemies, who promptly murdered Him.

We can forever point to that senseless violation of the good and innocent Son of God as the proof of how depraved mankind is capable of being and how terrible sin can be! And convinced of that truth about ourselves, we "sinners" (Matthew 9:13) can respond to Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) "call" (Verse 13) of "sinners to repentance"! (Verse 13)

With loud crying we can pray "Our Father Who art in Heaven" (Matthew 6:9), "forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors"! (Verse 12) And we know that "our Father" does that; because Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) prayed while He hung on His cross: "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do!" (Luke 23:34), which is the other vital truth that He revealed, as He fulfilled His prayer to the Father: "For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth!" (John 17:19) and His Father's word 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)

Actually, the prayer of intercession for the salvation of another is one's bringing his or her dominion into agreement with Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and His prayer from the cross: "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do!" (Luke 23:34)" For "the lost" are those in the world who by their heartless greed and oppression have those of us who know our privileges in Him hanging on our crosses and crying out for the Father's forgiveness of those who have nailed us there.

I am talking about those of us who, by the clear insight given us by ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (Spirit) see what is actually happening and can bring our privilege of prayer to its crowning achievement in behalf of those who have tragically lost their knowing of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) as they once knew Him as "these little ones who believe in Me"! (Matthew 18:6) And that, dear friends, is the highest use of one's "spritual jurisdiction" that I know anything about!

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 You and of the life you have given them by which to enjoy the power of their dominion in behalf of their neighbors - even the worst of them.

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 certainty of their intercession to save the lost from their course into the spiritual calamity that awaits those who have turned their backs on You!

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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