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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2015 May 23
Fellowship in Yahuah Hayah
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20150523.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, if your heart is behind or in agreement with what you are being guided to say, 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, most of us have a general idea of what "fellowship" consists; when we go to church or a family gathering and are pleased by all the friends we have around us, we are enjoying "fellowship"!
But, if it we were not in good standing with our church or our family, the pleasure of such fellowship would not be possible! And looking at what gives us "good standing" with others is what this sermon is about!
Many years ago parents I knew had a son in whom they had the highest hopes for achievement by him and the pride that parents always enjoy in seeing their children do well! But, typical of all young people coming of age, this young man suffered the lack of wisdom that comes only of many years; and he made choices of friends and activities that were certain to bring him problems!
Along with such choices in young people is usually found a view of life contrary to the one required by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) for fellowship with him! And without that fellowship with the Creator and King Who has created us and is giving us the breath of life each moment of our lives, all other efforts to enjoy fellowship become exercises in futility!
In pursuing his poor choices of friends and activities and carrying with him the faulty view of life that often comes with such choices, the son of these hopeful parents unavoidably clashed with them, primarily in regard to their religion! And, having returned from one of his escapades, he wrote them letters, in which he expressed his low regard for their religion and asked numerous questions concerning it, hoping to embarrass them by what he felt certain was the impossibility of their answering such questions, such as "How do you prove that God exists" and so forth.
But that situation backfired on this son, in a way he could never have predicted! Instead of praying for him and addressing his questions as best they could, with the help of ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (Spirit), Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "Spirit of truth" (John 14:17; 16:13), his parents themselves made a wrong choice and took advantage of their state's program to experiment with "electroshock therapy", a method of dealing with mental illness that terribly violates the patient, by destroying the brain's ability to remember what his or her problem had been!
So these parents brought their son's writings to doctors in the local "county hospital", who were only too happy to bring him in for "observation"! And the next thing he knew sheriff's deputies were at his door with a warrant to bring him in for observation!
The observation was merely a technicality observed for legal reasons; and, having gone through the motions for three days, the county's judge declared the son to be "mentally incompetent" or presumably in need of the state's program of electroshock therapy! And he was taken to the nearest state hospital that had been converted to that use!
Sixteen sessions of such violence to his body indeed destroyed much of the son's ability to remember things; but they did not remove the fact that he had been committed to such violence by his parents! And so an hatred for them was born in his heart, which destroyed whatever fellowship they had enjoyed with him over the years of his growth and development! And that condition prevailed, until the prayers of saints who knew about the young man prevailed; and he was brought back home spiritually, to fellowship with his heavenly Father!
Responding to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) commandment through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) that we love even our enemies, the much wiser son reached out to his parents; and a measure of fellowship was restored; but it was far from what the family had once enjoyed and begged for improvement! Because the parents had never repented of their poor choice to let the world and its crude ways do the violence it had done to their son instead of their looking to their heavenly Father to resolve the difficulty!
Hearing the voice of his Father in Heaven, the young man wrote his parents again, begging them to look at what they did to him and at least show some sorrow over having done it; but, that was asking too much for the parents, who felt they had done the best they knew to do in the situation!
So the son's father wrote back, asking, "Where is the fellowship?" He had interpreted his son's request for justice in the situation as an interruption of the poor "fellowship" they had been having since the son had come back to them. So, sadly, both the parents went to Heaven with that situation with their son left unresolved!
I believe the parents went to Heaven; because they "loved the Lord" and looked to Him for their salvation! But I also believe they fell under the designation of persons referred to by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), when He said:
Those words from the Almighty show us that Heaven is not closed to children of His who break His commandments, if their hearts are right toward Him - in other words, if they want to obey His commandments: if they "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), thy God, to observe [to "guard" or put a value on (Strong: Hebrew: 8104)] to do all his commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:1) but simply do not understand them as they should, so that they obey them imperfectly!
The parents of this son had loved him greatly! And, as most parents do, they wanted the best for him; but they were simply not hearing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) voice perfectly as to how best to deal with their son's problems! Sound familiar?
Sadly, this kind of thing happens all the time, with all of us. We want to do the right thing; but, as Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote through His prophet: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge!" (Hosea 4:6)
Even though we love Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) dearly, We simply do not know the best way to deal with the problem we are facing; because we have not learned how He uses the voice He has given us in our spirits to direct our activities! Satan and his servants use that voice, as well, which often is expressed through "visionettes" or things we see in our spirits! Sometimes, we see "scenarios" of disturbing possibilities or false representations of events around us; so the trick in listening to the voice in our spirit is to sense the difference between when God is using it and when others are using it.
Under the joy and peace of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Kodesh (Holy) Ruach (Spirit), my wife and I have developed a wonderful friendship over the years; and that is what "fellowship" is about! But, when either of us yields to the temptation to speak an angry word to the other, we immediately feel the disruption in our fellowship that such a disturbance makes and cannot wait for "the dust to settle" and our usual sweet disposition toward each other be resumed!
Multiply that destructive activity immeasurably; and you have what the world suffers continually! And, as with most distructive influences, we become so hardened to hateful, disregard for one another that we lose track of the fact that anything else exists to be experienced! When one has enjoyed Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) goodness by behaving as He wants us to, it is extremely sad to see those who are enduring an existence without such goodness.
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) goodness and the fellowship of those who have tasted of it and cannot get enough of it is rewarding beyond anything else that I know! And I praise Him for it, constantly, as I enjoy each day of my life with Him!
All the above being true with respect to our fellowship with one another, the same is true in our fellowship with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)! And that is an extremely important consideration; because our fellowship with Him is forever, if we have qualified ourselves to participate in it. He said, through Moses:
Having "righteousness" is the qualification of which I speak! It is what He said through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) permits us to "enter into the kingdom of Heaven"! (Matthew 5:20)
We live in and Earth exists in an ocean of space where Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) kingdom is! He undoubtedly has a place where many of its activities are centered; but He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "The kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:21)
God said, through His Son: "If I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you." (Matthew 12:28) Tell me, please, if you can, where "the Spirit of God" is not!
The signal of a broadcast station covers a large area! But only if your radio is tuned to its frequency can you hear it. The same is true of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) kingdom, where His fellowship is enjoyed! It only shows itself, to you, when you are hearkening "diligently unto the voice of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments"! (Deuteronomy 28:1) And you see it "within you".
If Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) invitation is to listen to His voice, obviously, His voice would have to be there, in the spirit of each child of His, waiting to be heard. That is the one "broadcast", if you will, that is ever present! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
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!
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.
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