Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel was thinking on this Sabbath?
Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd talks about
Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2015 November 21
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20151121.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, 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 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 I call "getting prayed up"!
As for the thoughts that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave me for this Sabbath, He directed me to the place where He said through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
We surmise that by His reference to being "lifted up" Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) was anticipating the day He would be nailed to His cross and "lifted up" to die the terrible death of the Roman convict!
The other day a member of our fellowship was lamenting the lack of interest in our website, saying: "You have gone to all the trouble of writing what you have; and, so far as I can see, what you have written has been an accurate reflection of Yahuah Hayah's truth as He has presented it in His Holy Bible! At the same time, the world is full of people floundering in falsehood and needing that truth in the worst way, yet the number of visiters to our website seems to be pitifully few! So where is that "drawing" of which He spoke through Yeshua? Why is He not causing His suffering children to flock to so helpful a website as I believe ours is?
Immediately Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) reminded me of what Neela Sekhar, our beloved Evangelist in India does, which is to go to our website, read and study the sermons that he finds there for each Sabbath, translates them into his native language and then preaches them to the twelve villages in which he has established churches and in which are so many of our ministry's friends!
Knowing that Evangelist Neela has been faithffully doing this for some ten years has been a blessing to me beyond describing! Yet, I, too, have lamented the lack of interest that our website has suffered otherwise at the same time! So my heart went out to this brother of mine who had taken note of the same sad condition! And his question piqued me: "Where is this drawing to Himself of which Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) spoke?"
As I understood it, the crux of my troubled brother's question lay in the heart of his question, in which I see this question: "Why is He (God) not causing His suffering children to flock to so helpful a website?" And in Evangelist Neela's faithful use of the website's contents I saw Yahuah Hayah's answer!
Although He can "cause" anything He wants to cause, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) chooses to rely on His children to do those things that He has intended will benefit them; He has wonderfully wanted them to participate in His marvelously creative work and thereby share in its glory! Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) prayed:
Yeshua's giving us, His beloved children, the same "glory" that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave Him had a purpose! It was that the world know that the Father sent Yeshua and loved them as He loves Yeshua!
The gift of the glory that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had given Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and that in turn He has given us was that of ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (Spirit)! He is the Person of the Godhead Who shows Yahuah Hayah's glory.
At the same time ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (Spirit) is Yahuah Hayah's Communicator or "Spirit of truth"! (John 14:17; 16:13), Who "will guide you into all truth". (John 16:13)
By knowing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "truth", His children become "perfect in one" (John 17:23) - the oneness that anyone's knowing the truth of life provides! And that "truth" includes the fact that Yahuah sent His beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son" (John 3:16) into the world, to witness to His Father's love not only of Him but of us, His beloved children!
The most impressive part of Yahuah Hayah's truth is how He suffers each time a child of His sins or breaks one of His commandments, thereby violating a neighbor or Him directly! He had shown that suffering in the suffering of the animals He had commanded be sacrificed as a part of His "atonement" (Numbers 15:28) and by even commanding that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) lay down His life, as well, to "purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God"! (Hebrews 9:14)
With everyone's conscience being thus purged from all excuses they may have entertained for sinning, their obedience to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) would be "perfect in one" and they would be the receivers of His "blessings" (Deuteronomy 28:2) "for our good always"! (Deuteronomy 6:24)
All of that "truth" is wrapped up in Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) being sent to Earth; and the obtaining of that truth is the purpose of His saying: "I will draw all men unto Me"; and how He would proceed to draw all men to Him we find in His telling His disciples:
Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) Father sent Him to lay down His life! So He also said, to His disciples: "Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after Me, cannot be My disciple!" (Luke 14:27)
So, the lack of interest in this ministry's website, can easily be explained by the price to be paid by paying attention to the truth about which I have written on the website; Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
Indeed, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) way is not for the faint of heart! Why, then, have so many millions of believers given up their lives rather than give in to their tormentors, who, in service to Satan have tried to coerce them into abandoning their faith?
Indeed, they were "drawn" by Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) having been "lifted up"; and the key to understanding that drawing lies in the purpose Yeshua gave for His being "lifted up": "that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have eternal life"! (John 3:14 and 15)
But of what does believing in Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) consist? Does that not mean listening to and doing what He said? He said, of Moses: "if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?" (John 5:47)
Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "I am ... come to call ... sinners to repentance!" (Matthew 9:13) To "repent" (Matthew 4:17) means to "think differently"! (Strong: Greek: 3340) and "sin is the transgression of the law!" (1st John 3:4)
When Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) was "lifted up" and was hanging on His cross, dying, He prayed: "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do!" (Luke 23:34) That was the forgiveness of the Father that comes when His children "repent", when their consciences are purged "from dead works to serve the living God"! (Hebrews 9:14) It is the forgiveness that comes when "if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness"! (1st John 1:9)
Furthermore, those who find themselves being so drawn need to understand that "eternal life" begins now! Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) spoke of one's entering "into the kingdom of Heaven"! (Matthew 5:20) But He also said: "The kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:21), which is why He prayed through His psalmist:
Yes, many believers in Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) have laid down their lives rather than forfeit their faith in His eternal life! But short of that supreme sacrifice, which He does ask of some in special circumstances, one is blessed to know and to have His "shield and exceedingly great reward"! (Genesis 15:1)
But how will Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children in the world know about these amazing things unless someone tells them about it? He wrote, through His prophet:
Yes, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) was, indeed, raised up; and He is, indeed, drawing all men to Him; but He is doing so through those to whom He said: "As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you!" (John 20:21)
Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) came to Earth and continually taught, as He prayed, "that Thou hast sent Me and hast loved them as Thou hast loved Me"! (John 17:23) And we are now obliged to go where He sends us and teach exactly the same thing - that He has sent us and loves our friends as He has loved us!
That is the central message I have tried to teach on our ministry's website! But only Brother Neela over in India has seen fit to take its message to our friends in the villages! And he will continue to be the only evidence in our ministry of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) drawing all men to Himself, until people here in California or elsewhere see sufficient value in our website to teach its contents to their friends. Yeshua said:
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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