Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel was thinking on this Sabbath?
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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2015 May 30
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20150530.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, He has been bringing to my attention, lately, the matter of one person's controlling another!
As I drive along in the car that my beloved sons bought for me some years ago, I praise Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) for its faithful controls - specifically, its accelerator, which makes it move; its brakes, which make it stop; and its steering wheel, which directs where it goes, when it is going. My car's failure to function right in any one of these controls would bring difficulty, if not disaster, to me and to anyone else I had in the car or who might become involved with it.
So "control" is a good thing, while lack of control brings undesirable results!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), the Creator and King over all of which we are a part, knew the importance of control; so He not only created heavenly bodies, He set them in motions that He controls according to His will! And, having made plants and animals, He controls what they do, through ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruakh (Spirit), by Whom He does all things perfectly!
But, when Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) made His children "in the image of God" (Genesis 1:27), the matter of controlling them changed, from one of forced compliance, as with plants and animals, to one of voluntary compliance, since anyone created in "the image of God", Who is the Controller of all things He has created, is, necessarily, a controller also, His having given His children a "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Genesis 1:28)
Amazingly, that "dominion" or intrinsic right to control "every living thing that moveth upon the Earth", which is inherent in every child of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's), is backed by the same Kodesh (Holy) Ruach (Spirit) Who put the galaxies into their places! For, when His child speaks to a "mountain" (Mark 11:23), saying "Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith!"
Obviously, the person using his or her dominion in this way is not the One Who moves the mountain! Ha Kodesh (The Holy) Ruach (Spirit) moves it, which within the jurisdiction that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given His children, "over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth", is an amazing capability! And we are talking, here, about the ability to control so great an object as a "mountain", which fact about our nature, I am sure, was what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wanted to show us, in having Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ tell His disciples about that privilege!
But with so great an ability comes a great responsibility! And, as one reads through Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Torah through Moses, one characteristic of His stands out above all others: He is a "no-nonsense" God! He has zero tolerance for children who, knowing what He wants them to do, do something else! He knew control would be needed, with millions of controllers like Himself running around loose, controlling or failing to control what they are supposed to control and trying to control what they have no business controlling, because it lies beyond their jurisdiction in that which is His!
At the same time Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is a God "showing mercy unto thousands of them who love Me and keep My commandments"! (Exodus 20:6) In other words, for those who "keep" or put a value on His "commandments", even though they mistakenly "shall break one of these least commandments and shall teach men so" (Matthew 5:19), He does not bar them from His kingdom! He simply calls them "the least in the kingdom of Heaven" (Verse 19), from which position in His kingdom they may learn how to use their dominion within the boundaries set for it by their King, which leave for them a marvelous range of creativity that can keep them busy for an eternity!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), His "First and Great Commandment" (Matthew 22:38), which is to love Him, and "the second ... like unto it" (Verse 39) to love our neighbor! Those two commandments effectively remove hate from His list of acceptable motivations for control! Our control of circumstances affecting Him and our neighbors must be driven by "love" or a desire for His good and that of our neighbors!
But we see, in the world, efforts to control others that are motivated by hate or the desire to rob neighbors of their rights and possessions so that they can be controlled and possessed by the wicked hateful in the world. The latest effort to do that of which I have been apprised is the possession by the wealthy wicked of the world of the companies providing electrical power for people in their homes and industries!
Years ago this possession of the sources of electrical power in the world was seen, by the wicked, as an effective way by which to control virtually every aspect of their victims' lives! And people have finally waked up to this extremely pervasive and destructive control, which has taken the form of all power companies in the world quietly replacing normal electric meters with "smart meters", which are also transmitters, providing information to the power companies about everything going on in the household or industry being monitored by the meter while injuring the bodies of everyone within range of the powerful electromagnetic frequencies or "EMF" being sent out by the meters!
Efforts to resist this insidious affront to people everywhere have been ignored! And the violence being committed against them goes on, the eventual goal of the power people being to force people's compliance to their wishes by shutting off their power, if they do not comply!
As frightful as all this affrontery in the world may seem, it is no problem to those among Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children who have received His "shield and exceedingly great reward"! (Genesis 15:1) He told Abraham that is what He was for him; and, since "God is no respecter of persons" (Acts 10:34), He is the Protector and Provider in great abundance for those who, as did Abraham, "love Me and keep My commandments"! (Exodus 20:6)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) controls His children through His "judgements" (Psalm 19:9), which "are true and righteous altogether"! (Verse 9) Since we cannot be God, "Who knoweth the hearts" (Acts 15:8), our judgments are not "true and righteous", which is why He commanded us: " Judge not, that ye be not judged"! (Matthew 7:1)
An exception to that rule is the covering of children by their parents, where the children have not developed the wisdom by which to stay out of trouble! So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) completely supports the disciplining of children by their parents, writing through Solomon:
Another exception is where parties have entered into a contract with each other, in which case they are obligated by courts of law to keep the conditions written into the contract or suffer the penalties that also are written into it. Positions of employment, also, are governed by agreements between the employers and the employees and therefore involve the same obligation to keep the rules set by each other on pain of being suspended or their relationship even terminated!
Where parental control goes wrong is where the parent gets settled into the idea of controlling his children and fails to make the transition from dealing with them as children to dealing with them as adults! And adults who have never been given the opportunity to make choices for themselves cannot readily start doing that when the age of accountability for them has arrived!
I had a young man once tell me: "The first time I was taken to a restaurant apart from my family, I didn't know how to order! My father had always ordered for me."
Interestingly, this same father has had the problem of adjusting to his children's becoming adults! Especially with his daughters, he has supposed that, because they were women, he had the right to dictate their activities so long as they were under his roof!
With the oldest of his daughters, this father lashed back, terribly, when she took an elderly man's offer to be his housekeeper while he helped her through college! The father forbade the daughter to return to the home of her family even to visit them; and this became such a troublesome policy that the entire family rose up to complain about it; and even the father, who loved his daughter underneath it all, finally relented and promised to be supportive of her rather than vindictive!
Not wanting any part of what happened to her sister, this father's other daughter did not leave the home; and her father continued to dictate what she could and could not do, even though she was well over the age of accountability set by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), when He told Moses:
From this judgment we learn that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) regards His children "from twenty years old and upward" to be sufficiently mature to hold them accountable for what they do! And they cannot be so held, if someone is forcing them to do something else! Instead, the controller takes on the responsibility; and each of us has enough responsibility of his own on his hands without taking on the responsibilities that should be those of others!
The father's rationale for continuing his personal management of his daughter's affairs well beyond the age of twenty was that, being a woman, she needed protection and that he had the duty as her father to provide that protection! But, when God set the age above which He was going to judge the children of Israel, He did not make a difference between men and women; He said: "As ye have spoken in Mine ears, so will I do to you!"
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) protection is an expression of His "mercy"! (Exodus 20:6) But that "mercy" is conditional! It is only for "them who love Me and keep My commandments"! (Verse 6) It is part of His "judgment" (Psalm 19:9), which is "true and righteous" (Verse 9); because He is "God, Who knoweth the hearts"! (Acts 15:8) And much if not all of what we do originates in our heart; He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
The father of this family never rightly understood Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) commandment through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Judge not, that ye be not judged!" (Matthew 7:1)
The same inability to sense or accommodate the abused feelings in his daughters also showed in the father's treatment of his sons, when he would be consistently critical of them and even degrading in his comments concerning them, jumping on them for each thing he could find wrong in their conduct during any one day and showing contempt for their choices and preferences! He seemed to be unaware of the blessing to be had in comforting others and encouraging them, by noticing and commending them for what they do well!
Of great interest to me is the fact that while this father continued to abuse the members of his family in these various ways, I believe that he continued to be judged, by God, in their being sorely limited in their financial resources! With the promise of help seemingly around the corner, the help has continued to be stymied, for years, by the most bizarre circumstances I have ever seen! And being unable to move out of their house long after being asked to move by their landlord is only one of the complications that this embarrassing limitation has caused!
Another interesting thing about this father is that, in regard to dealing with his clients, he is extremely careful not to offend them and to be as respectful of them as he can, even when they are acting like jerks! This shows that he knows perfectly well what works and what does not in a relationship he considers to be "important", his problem being that he has never supposed that how he treated the members of his family was anywhere near as important as how he treated his clients!
But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), not one's clients, is the Source of our blessings; and loving, not offending, one's neighbor and Him Who is in the neighbor is part of "the First and Great Commandment" (Matthew 22:39) on which "two commandments hang all the law and the prophets"! (Verse 40)
Although I have tried to minister God's Word to the father concerning these matters, he simply has not been able to see the correlation between his spiritually disruptive behavior and the stymied financial help that has never come! So this is a "work in progress"! And you who are reading or hearing this sermon are most welcome to include along with me this father and his family in your prayers!
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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