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Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd talks about
Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2015 December 12
Dealing with Threatening Conditions
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20151212.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, as well as reverberating to positive and constructive vibrations that emanate from His children, we also reverberate to the powerful destructive vibrations of thoughts projected by those who are in the service of Satan, "the Devourer"! (Malachi 3:11)
But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has promised, through His prophet, that He will "rebuke the Devourer" (Verse 11), for those who will "bring ... all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house, and prove Me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of Heaven and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." (Verse 10)
This is not a sermon on tithing; but the example given by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) for obedience to that one commandment of His is typical of His promise of "blessings" (Deuteronomy 28:2) for those who will "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments"! (Verse 1)
With that positive note on which to get started, let me revert to the negative and tell you about the emails I keep getting from members of our fellowship who like to follow websites that keep track of developments nationally and worldwide that threaten our well being! I do not subscribe to such websites - They are so depressing! - finding it much more gratifying to stay working with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) words through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) of "spirit ... and life" (John 6:63) from out of His Holy Bible!
But these dear friends of mine know that I appreciate knowing occasionally what the Devil is up to of late; so they will send me emails with the links to various videos that tell of frightful things going on near and far; but such presentations are short on telling us what to do about the dire news they are bringing!
In His Holy Bible, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has told us, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), His beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son" (John 3:16), two things we can do about threatening conditions: 1) Do what He requires to be individually shielded and rewarded (Genesis 15:1; 26:5), and (2) do what He requires to be ready for Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) return, when He will smite the nations and ... rule them with a rod of iron!"! (Revelation 19:15)
The second remedy is, of course, the more desirable; we always love to watch someone else fix our problems; and in one church I know, that is all I hear about; but, until the much-hoped-for divine intervention happens, we must continue to live in the world we have created for ourselves; so I like the first remedy, for its immediacy and reachability, Yahuah Hayah's requiring only that we keep or put the highest possible value on the commandments of His toraw or law! (Exodus 20:6)
Thoughout His Holy Bible, whenever Yahuah Hayah has spoken of His desire that His children obey the commandments of His toraw or law, He has used the word "keep" (Exodus 20:6; John 14:15) or "observe" (Deuteronomy 6:25; Matthew 23:3); because they both mean to "guard" (Strong: Hebrew: 8104; 5083) And we "guard" whatever we put a value on.
So to put a value on the commandments of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) toraw or law is all that He really has ever asked of His children. He, of all persons, knows that we cannot perfectly obey all that He has asked; and He deals with that variance from His will through His "judgments" (Psalms 19:9), which are "true and righteous" (Verse 9) - that is, He judges us fairly according to exactly what we have done or failed to do.
But a third way that Yahuah Hayah has given us by which to deal with needs or threatening conditions depends not upon what we do so much as upon what we say and believe! I speak of the "dominion" (Genesis 1:28) that He has given us "over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Verse 28) And He told us, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), how to use that "dominion":
Now, anyone can speak to a mountain; we speak to things all the time! When our car battery is low, we say, "Come on, baby! Don't give up on me!" And, when we have a cake in the oven, we say, "Don't you dare go flat on me." But to not doubt in our heart that a mountain will be "removed and ... cast into the sea" (Mark 11:23), believing that "those things that he saith shall come to pass" (Verse 23)? That is quite another matter!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) choice of illustration through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) could not have been more effective! For He knew, perfectly well, that moving mountains is not His children's favorite pastime, with spoons, shovels or even tractors and dirt-haulers! So the clear implication is that, if "he shall have whatsoever he saith" (Mark 11:23), even to seeing a mountain "removed and ... cast into the sea" (Verse 23), Yahuah would have to be the One to do it; and the way He does anything is "not by might nor by power but by My spirit, saith Yahuah of hosts"! (Zechariah 4:6)
So we know that our using the dominion that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given all the sons and daughters of Adam (Genesis 1:28) is backed up by the power of ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (Spirit)! And, if we can believe that amazing provision, even to the moving of a mountain, we can speak to any thing that is in our way, command that it be removed or dealt with as we choose and watch the Spirit of our Almighty God go to work to fulfill whatever we have asked! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), "Every one who asketh receiveth!" (Matthew 7:8)
Have you any idea what I have been talking about?
Right after speaking of moving the mountain, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) called it "prayer"! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." (Mark 11:24) There is that "believing" thing again.
"Prayer" is, basically, as Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has shown us through , speaking to our mountains! And it requires that we believe He answers our prayers, faithfully or without fail, if we don't get discouraged and start saying things like, "Well, I guess it didn't work!", which reverses or undoes the very thing we spoke earlier, when we were praying!
These things are in our hands! We have our dominion! And we are free to use it whenever we want for whatever we want.
So stop the complaining, which is a negative use of that dominion, and start speaking up, not to our politicians but to our circumstances; and let the politicians, friends, relatives or whomever stand back and watch aghast at the way Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has of working things out through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) for those who trust Him; He said, through Yeshua, "With men this is impossible! But with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:24)
Do you see now why I do not morbidly hang on watching exposes of terrible developments more than to know what to direct my next prayer toward?
Try it; you'll love it; and you will grow to worship, praise, love and adore more each day Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), the Creator and King, Who not only made you but faithfully backs you up in all that you want done in your life.
Do we need to sit for hours meditating on these things, to get them to work for us? That is not what Yahuah Hayah has said, in His Holy Bible! He said, simply, to speak to your problem. Can anything be easier? He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
The "yoke" that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wants us to take upon ourselves is, simply, our guarding or putting a value on the commandments of His torah or law! And, of course, if we put a value on them, we will do them the best that we can! And that is all that He asks of us. Is that too hard?
Are some things in the life Yahuah Hayah has given you not to your liking? He has given you the right and the privilege to change that, if you like! Please excuse me, I can't wait to get back to my next prayer!
But, at the same time, some things that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wants of us are not pleasant and cannot be changed without disrupting our relationship with Him; He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
What is that all about?
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) loves us, His children; and He put us here, on Earth, with physical bodies, to give us the opportunity of enjoying with Him His physical creation! It is a marvelous and beautiful creation; and He wrote, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through His faithful apostle John, of "four and twenty elders" (Revelation 4:10) falling down before Him, saying:
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) may have made His creation for His "pleasure"; but one's pleasure in enjoying anything is greatly enhanced by being in the company of someone whom he or she loves! So one of the obvious reasons we can see for His having created us, whom He loves, is so that He could have our company in His pleasure in creating the universe!
But that hardly works when the company one has is a row of robots that only move when their maker makes them move or say whatever they say! We have had to be separate beings with a will of our own to exclaim, "Oh! What a beautiful sunset!" or "Aren't these flowers lovely?" or "Praise you, Father, for the beautiful friends you have given me to enjoy."
But, sadly and tragically, the independent will that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given us, His beloved children, by which to give Him the company that He has desired from us can go another way, in which we forget all about Him and start acting like He does not exist or does not care about us; and, then, with that disruption in our relationship with Him having taken its toll, everything begins to go wrong that can go wrong; and His desire for us is left painfully unfulfilled!
This deceived indifference to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) in so many of His children hurts Him deeply! But that is the price He was willing to pay to have separate and willful participants in the pleasure of His creation who would be capable of appreciating it and Him, as the One Who made it.
Some twenty years ago, Richard Eby was a modern-day apostle! And when Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was returning him to his body after his experiencing clinical death, He let Brother Richard feel, for only a few seconds, the pain of the cells in his decaying body! When Richard cried out, to Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), Who was arranging for Richard's return to Earth, He told His shocked and frightened son that He had wanted him to feel some of the pain that He and His Father feel all the time, because of the pain brought on by children of theirs walking in rebellion against them.
Strangely but effectively, the remedy for children in rebellion is to show them the pain that it brings, not to them, although that also is true, but to the One Who created them; and He showed that through the sacrifice of animals and finally through commanding Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to lay down His life, as well, by allowing His enemies to torture and kill Him. He then wrote, of that infamous event:
The fact that members of our race could so sorely abuse and murder the innocent and beautiful Son of God altered, for ever, our arrogant regard for ourselves and brought us the humility necessary to confess our sins! Our heavenly Father can then forgive us; and that restores us to Him, Who has done such amazing things to bring us back to Him.
Likewise, when servants of the Almighty Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) willingly lay down their lives in the same way, it has the same humbling effect! And His ministry of the cross has been continued, over the centuries, by those who heard Him, when He said through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
So - Yes! - we, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) beloved children, have His "shield and exceedingly great reward" (Genesis 15:1), when we want to avail ourselves of it by using our powerful dominion! But we are even more greatly rewarded, when we allow our enemies to have their way with us, showing them what their enmity does to beautiful people and to their Creator, this being the most effective way ever shown us by Him to restore even our enemies to the fellowship with Him that He has wanted since before "the foundation of the world"! (Revelation 13:8)
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 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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