Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2016 January 23

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2016 January 23

Trusting Yahuah Hayah

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20160123.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 (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, a dear friend of mine told me, recently, that because he had not seen our ministry draw people to it through its website, he could not believe that God cares about His children! He of course had overlooked Brother Neela Sekhar, our beloved Evangelist of Yahuah Hayah in India, and his having come to us eight years ago through our website, his having faithfully preached to the people of twelve villages sermons that Yahuah has given me and that I have put on the website!

My friend has this idea that Yahuah Hayah put "laws" into motion, by which all His creation functions, and then went off to other interests, leaving His creation to do whatever it decided to do! This idea grants the existance of God as the Creator but divests Him of any ongoing activity to be what He has written through His psalmist:

1 The Lord is my shepherd! I shall not want! 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures! He leadeth me beside the still waters! 3 He restoreth my soul! He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake! (Psalm 23:1)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) teaching ministry focused much on Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) love for His children and His eagerness to help all who trust Him for it; Yeshua said:

9 What man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? (Matthew 7:9 to 11)

Instead, my friend's idea relegates, to a mindless machine running on "laws", the shepherding of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children, if we can call that kind of self-directing activity a "shepherding" of any kind!

My friend believes that his idea is confirmed by his never having seen a prayer answered! And for that sad observation I must conclude that he has never walked with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), seeing in virtually everything happening around him either a gift from Yahuah or an answer to something for which His child has asked of Him; He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Every one who asketh receiveth!" (Matthew 7:8)

Is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) a liar? He said, through a false prophet: "God is not a man, that He should lie! neither the son of man, that He should repent! Hath He said, and shall He not do it? Or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?" (Numbers 23:19)

The promise that "every one who asketh receiveth" is encouraging! But more helpful is this one: "All things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive!" (Matthew 21:22) Here Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) includes, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), the qualification of believing; and therein lies, I believe, the key to my friend's problem!

For the longest time my friend would not so much as admit to a Creator, relying on the "Big Bang" theory of creation, until He found that the Anunaki, advanced beings from another planet who are written about by Sumerian recorders, believed in a "Creator of All"! But, then, we find that the same astonishing refusal to concede a Creator continued in another form, as my friend's doubt that this Creator, if we must concede that He exists, cares about His children!

In the first place, it is an arrogance beyond imagining, in my view, to suppose that any of us created beings can judge the handling of us - the shepherding of us, if you will, or the lack of it - when not one of us can create one molecule of rock or one living cell, the creativity in the universe around us being an astounding phenomenon above and beyond our comprehension!

We organize and handle the affairs of people in our community, to keep order and some semblance of progress; and from where do you suppose we get that skill? Did the Creator bestow upon us talents of which He thinks so little that He does not exercise them Himself in relation to us?

On the contrary! Each thing we do mirrors what Yahuah Hayah does, except that our meager efforts pale in significance against the magnificent things that He does in and through His children, when they allow Him to. In fact, the major emphasis of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) teaching about His Father in Heaven is how much He cares for us and all that He will do for us, when we give Him a chance!

But what do I mean, when I say "give Him a chance"?

Knowing its importance, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) constantly stressed that aspect of the relationship between Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and us, His children! He began that education of Yahuah's children, when as Yahuah "the Word" (John 1:1), Who was "in the beginning ... with God and ... was God" (Verse 1), by giving Yahuah's torah or law to Moses, to be written down for all to see, appreciate and follow!

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "Before Abraham was, I AM!" (John 8:58) And of Moses, He said: "He wrote of Me!" (John 5:46) It was the law that Yeshua had given him that Moses wrote down! So it is no wonder, then, that Yeshua went on to say: "If ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?" (Verse 47)

This matter of believing Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), Who has ever been Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Spokesman, is the critical element in answering the question, "What did I mean by "give Him a chance"?" Yeshua said:

God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life! (John 3:16)

That was not the statement of a new truth! It had been true clear back when Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) gave Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) torah or law to Moses and even before that; because Abraham kept that law; Yahuah told Isaac, Abraham's son:

4 I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of Heaven and will give, unto thy seed, all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the Earth be blessed, 5 because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My law! (Genesis 26:4 and 5)

From that statement we learn how far reaching and powerful the life of one man can be! When Howard Storm found himself in Hell, having spent his adult life as an atheist, he became quickly convinced that he was not where he wanted to be! For Hell was dark and had proved to be populated with angry and vicious people willing to attack him at the slightest provocation!

A voice from within Brother Howard said, "Pray to God!" Good Heavens! He did not know how! For years he had not considered that God even existed!

But, then, from within Brother Howard's spirit welled up a song that he was taught way back when his parents had sent him to church school: "Jesus loves me, this I know, for the bible tells me so."

Lying exhausted in Hell, where no love of any kind could be found, the idea that a supernatural being loved Brother Howard was overwhelming! So, with all the urgency of a person in desperate straights, he cried out: "Jesus, save me!"

A point of light looking much like a star appeared overhead, which became Yeshua, Who lifted Brother Howard up out of Hell, into the glorious light and beauty of Heaven and into conversation with Himself and others whom He beckoned to join Him and Brother Howard; and the point I am making here is that, without a lowly church school teacher having dutifully taught his or her class that beautiful song for children, that salvation would not have happened! And, again, we learn how far reaching and powerful the life of one man or woman can be!

With that wonderful scripture and story in mind, perhaps you can appreciate why I do not take for granted anything that I believe Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wants me to say in these sermons and why I am so grateful to Brother Neela for taking these sermons and preaching them to our friends in the twelve villages to whom Neela faithfully ministers each Sabbath! One never knows how powerful and far reaching a single right thought can be, when it is planted in someone's spirit as a grain of wheat in fertile soil!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) told, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), this parable:

3 Behold, a sower went forth to sow! 4 And, when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up! 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth! And, forthwith, they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth! 6 And, when the sun was up, they were scorched; and, because they had no root, they withered away! 7 Some fell among thorns! And the thorns sprung up and choked them. 8 But other fell into good ground and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold and some thirtyfold! 9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear! (Matthew 13:3 to 9)

The sower did his part! The conditions of the various soils where his seed fell were the key to how well the seed did! Some soils gave the sower a chance, while others gave him little or no chance to make them fruitful! And, coming back to our relationship with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), the chance we give Him translates into the belief we have toward Him.

One does not believe in that which he or she does not trust! Is it so gut-wrenchingly difficult to trust the Creator Who made the universe and put us in it in the first place?

I will tell you what the "gut-wrenching difficulty" is, in the matter of trusting Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) If one trusts Him, one must accept the "terms and conditions" of His covenant, which is the agreement into which we must enter with Him to give Him the "chance" about which I have been talking!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) yearns to enable, empower and fulfill every one of us, His beloved children! But He cannot do that with each of us pulling off in separate directions, trying to fulfill our notions of what life is all about or the notions of people around us, which are invariably faulty!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) knew that His "Tree of the Knowleldge of Good and Evil" (Genesis 2:17) is deadly! So He warned Adam not to eat of it. But He knew that Adam would eat of it; so He provided a way for Adam to disgorge that foul food and return to his healthy eating the fruit of Yahuah's "Tree of Life"! (Verse 9) That "way" is called "repentance"!

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "I am ... come to call ... sinners to repentance!" (Matthew 9:13) "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17) He made that statement in answer to an inquirer's question: "What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" (Verse 16)

The commandments of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) torah or law have always been there to keep or put a value on; and so, also, has the eternal life that has been the reward of those who do "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments "! (Deuteronomy 28:1)

Some of the same ones who go around quoting "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, to day and for ever" (Hebrews 13:8) are the ones going around saying with their false teacher Paul: "The law is dead!"

After Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) had obeyed His Father and allowed His enemies to torture and kill Him, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) resurrected Him and had Him return and show Himself to His disciples, to help them believe what they had to believe to trust Him with their eternal lives!

But was that amazing demonstration of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) power necessary, considering what He had already done as our Creator of All? He asked Job, who thought he could argue his case before Yahuah: "Where wast thou, when I laid the foundations of the Earth?" (Job 38:4)

What more does Yahuah have to do to get us, whom He created, to believe that He did and that He can be trusted to see us through all that the life He gave us in that creation requires to be gloriously fulfilled?

One thing leads to another; and the next thing I heard from my disbelieving friend was a long recital of ministries that had been exposed as frauds followed by the statement that he was determined to pray no longer for anything and rely completely on what he could do on his own! And at that declaration my spirit rose up within me in an overwhelming sense of consternation! But it lasted only a moment: for I quickly spoke to my friend and commanded him to be shown the truth!

How, I asked myself, can any of us do anything "on our own", when we cannot so much as draw a breath of air without an amazing process within and around us making that breath possible?

My friend and all atheists with him must acknowledge the wonder of creation! But determined to keep themselves free of any obligation to obey its Creator, they argue His nonexistence or, at least, His carelessness and then expect things to go well with them, when the slightest acquaintance with His Holy Bible shows that He has worked through prophets and finally through His own Son to teach His children what He does require of them, if they want His blessings rather than His cursings!

Yes, that bible has been compromised, by being made to include the teaching of Paul, who directly refutes its central teaching by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), exactly as the world has been compromised, by His permitting Satan to go "to and fro in the Earth, ... walking up and down in it" (Job 1:7); and the only reason I have been able to surmise for that indulgence of Satan by Yahuah is that, if His children want to sin and destroy themselves, He has allowed the Tempter to be with them, tempting them to do their worst and experience the worst, getting that miserable process over with more quickly, so they can repent and get back to meeting His requirement of them; He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments! (Matthew 19:17)

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 Your truth by which to accept and believe it humbly!

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 peace that has become theirs for believing the love that You have for them and the eternal blessing of simply doing what You tell them to do!

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.

Amen! Alleluia!

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