Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel was thinking on this Sabbath?
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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2016 January 30
The Power of Believing
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterhiscovenant.com/Sabbath20160130.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, do you know why the thoughts that we believe and the words and actions to which they lead are so powerful?
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through Solomon, "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he." (Proverbs 23:7) I would refine that, to say, As he believeth in his heart, so is he; and I will tell you why that is so:
Some of the thoughts that we think are only observations of things that other people say; and we can reject them as untrue or unworthy to be believed. But, if we have no reason to doubt what we are hearing, as is true of "these little children who believe in Me" (Matthew 18:6), as Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, we can and often do accept what we hear as something to consider! And such words become a part of the tremendous programing of our spirit or "conscience" (Hebrews 9:9 and 14) that the world calls our "subconscious mind", the same as they call ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah Hayah's Holy Spirit or "Spirit of truth" (John 14:17; 16:13), our "superconscious mind"!
The thing about spiritual programing is that our spirit or conscience is a dynamic part of our being, which does far more than merely receive the information that we have accepted as truth! For one thing, it plays that information back, to us, whenever an occasion reminds us of it; and, at that moment, it becomes again a part of our conscious thinking and the basis upon which we make decisions to do one thing or another, either to our benefit or to our detriment!
Both Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and the world calls what our spirits give us as the basis for actions our "conscience"! He wrote, through His author, that the ritualistic sacrifices of His Torah or law are "a figure for the time then present ... that could not make him who did the service perfect as pertaining to the conscience!" (Hebrews 9:9)
Then, after Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) had come to Earth and laid down His life, by submitting to the vicious hands of His murderers, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His author: "How much more shall the blood of Christ ... purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:14)
Please notice that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) regards our "conscience" as being in need of purging! In other words, the information we have received as truth for lack of any reason to doubt it can be false! And misinformation can cause us to think or do things that are detrimental to our health and well being!
The reason that false information is dangerous is that our body's response to it may not be appropriate to what we actually are facing! For not only does our spirit play back to us stored information any number of times, it uses that information to tell our bodies whether to regard the source of that information as beneficial to us and useful for our growth or detrimental to us and something we should be avoiding or from which we should be protecting ourselves.
What our bodies do about such conditions is immediate! And, if it is often repeated, it is a basis for our bodies to remake themselves to adapt to the environment that presumably is around them according to the information we have received as true!
Furthermore, if the information locked into our spirit speaks to our bodies of longstanding conditions in our environment that we believe to to be harmful, three adjustments that our bodies make to such a threat shut down our growth processes, our immune system and our intelligence, to direct blood to the protective mechanisms that our bodies have, which adjustments, if they are sustained very long, lead to breakdowns of our organs, disease and death!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), "Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies!" (Matthew 15:19) And one can easily surmise that to do any of such things one would have to believe that they are necessary to his welfare or survival! Obviously, that is an incorrect belief; but it is a belief nevertheless! Every criminal has a rationale for why he does what he does!
The same can be said for good thoughts or beliefs, that they proceed from "out of the heart"! (Matthew 15:19) and Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) also said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh" (Matthew 12:34), which speech usually consists of what we believe, unless we are lying and thus deliberately becoming a part of the network of misinformation that is so detrimental to people of the world!
Believers in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and in Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), His "Word" (John 1:1) and "Son" (Luke 1:35), have the benefit of His Spirit's working in and through them; He said, through Yeshua: "When He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth!" (John 16:13)
But people of the world, who no longer believe Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) as they once did as children (Matthew 18:6), are continually open to falsehood and therefore continually experience the maladustments in their bodies and circumstances that plague those who have no basis upon which to correctly assess the information that is fed to them.
So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) instructed His children, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things that he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith!" (Mark 11:23)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) preceded that amazing statement, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), by commanding:"Have faith in God!" (Mark 11:22) And He followed that priceless information by saying, "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." (Verse 24)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) would not ask His children to believe something that does not exist! He is our God of "truth"! (John 14:6) So, when you have spoken to your mountain, realize that He has immediately moved it in His Spirit and that only a matter of time remains for you to see the physical mountain removed, if indeed you have believed that you "receive"! (Mark 11:24)
Do not be impatient! An hundred people might be living on that mountain, all of whom Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) would have to relocate before moving your mountain; but, if you do not change what you have said to that mountain, Yahuah will indeed move it, as He has promised; and He "is not a man that He can lie"! (Numbers 23:19)
So what we say believing has the backing of ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (Spirit) of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), the Creator of all and King over it, Who takes our faithful thought and carries it out to the fullest degree imaginable, both within our bodies and in the behavior of people who contact us! And, since that Spirit is the same One Who flung the galaxies into their places and keeps them manifesting perfectly even now, He is not short of the power by which to accommodate 'lil ol' you or me!
Scientists have learned about the processes in our bodies by which ha Kodesh (the Holyi) Ruach (Spirit) does the amazing things that He does; but, not being students either of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) voice or His bible, they do not have a clue as to Who is doing it or why He does it; so they simply label the processes that they see going on in response to our information or misinformation and continue to miss His blessed intervention in their behalf, even though thy have painstakingly, some of them for lifetimes, devoted themselves to studying these processes.
In the meanwhile, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) people, without knowing all the "whys and wherefores", have had the benefit of His intervention, simply because as "little children" (Matthew 18:3) they have believed Him, as He has spoken to them through the "still small voice" (1st Kings 19:12) of ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (Spirit), or through the writings of His prophets or apostles, which we have gathered together and now call His "Holy Bible"! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven!" (Matthew 18:3)
One church I know of is so focused on Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) information about His kingdom of the future that they miss and woefully misinterpret what He said through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) about that kingdom; He said: "Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:2)
Comparing that truth from Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) with the findings of biological scientists, we can see how ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (Spirit), Yahuah's Holy Spirit, can rearrange even the way our cellular structure is used to rebuild our bodies! And He can affect how people react to us, to shape our circustances in ways that fulfill Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) marvelous will for us, as citizens of His kingdom - as people whose "names are written in Heaven" (Luke 10:20), even though they are still on Earth prior to the establishment of that kingdom on Earth according to Yahuah's prophecies in His Holy Bible!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is the God of "now"! The present time is all any one of us has in which to accomplish anything! He said, througfh Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Take ... no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself! Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof!" (Matthew 6:34)
I have a dear friend who sincerely and with all his heart believes that, outside the claims of His Holy Bible, God leaves His children without any contact with Him or encouragement from Him, their prayers consistently remaining without any observable result, their belief in Him being a vain exercise unsupported by anything going on around them.
My heart goes out to my friend, in that I, too, unavoidably share the frustration of praying to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) without seeing immediate or dramatic answers to what I ask of Him, as the stories in His Holy Bible would have us believe! Indeed, having done amazing "miracles" or things not normally seen, all the way from changing water to wine to raising the dead, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said:
The book of Acts tells of apostles performing miracles; but as for events in our own time, one healing ministry after another has been "proved" to be fraudulent, by people who have followed up on the receivers of presumed miracles, finding that, when the glow of the excited conditions created by the healing minister has worn off and the presumably healed people have gone home, not one instance has been reported where someone has truly been relieved of his suffering!
On the other hand, I have heard or read of people who have been healed and have claimed that their doctors have been amazed to see their patients so well relieved! So one gets conflicting reports!
After receiving the attention of a healing minister myself, I went to work with a tree removal service, where I had to lift heavy chunks of tree trunk up onto a truck, when only a few days before such use of my ailing back would have put me on my knees!
Still, after a few weeks, the pain in my back returned; and I ended up having two back operations, to correct the problem medically! So what was I to think?
The temporary healing got my attention, along with the healing of others who had been affected by the ministry I was attending, along with the spirit-stirring worship of the people singing praises to this God Who heals and saves! So I put my foot on the bottom rung of the ladder of faith; and I have been climbing it ever since!
For me the most impressive change in my life at that time was the fact that during the year leading up to my conversion, everything went wrong in my circumstances that could go wrong; but after I made my commitment to serve "Jesus", as I knew Him then, my circumstances began coming together! And I began to recognize my Creator's hand in virtually every aspect of my life, including my eyes having been opened as Job's were, to the fact that life itself is a miracle, not one particle of which Job, my disbelieving friend, I or anyone else has the power to create!
According to the bible's Book of Job, he believed that, if he could only stand before God and explain himself, God would understand how unfair He had been in allowing Job to suffer as he had and presumably would relieve Job from his ordeal! As it turned out, God asked Him, "Where wast thou, when I laid the foundations of the Earth? " (Job 37:4) And it was only after Job said: " I abhor myself and repent, in dust and ashes" (Job 42:6) that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) "turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also Yahuah gave Job twice as much as he had before!" (Verse 10)
Ever since I read that part of Job, that question by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) to His bewildered son became the foundation for my own belief, miracles or no miracles, the "foundations" of Earth and of every other part of the amazing creation of which we, Yahuah's beloved children, find ourselves a part having been laid by means of a creativity above and beyond anything I or anyone else can even begin to comprehend!
So I have had to ask myself, if our experience with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was instant response to each thing we ask, including our entrance into Heaven and its wonders as reported by the bible and people who have been there, what would be left to see develop in the fashion that is so beautiful throughout all of the part of His creation that we call "nature"?
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) preference has seemed to be that His children participate in the development of His creation from one thing to another! And many things in our lives seem to bear this out! We, including Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), start as babies in our mothers wombs; we come into the world as helpless children, gaining strength and skill as we grow, until we are functioning adults faced with the challenges of a bewildering world - that is, for those of us who have not learned to rely upon the loving heavenly Father to Whom Yeshua continually referred in His passionate teaching!
One cannot dispute the fact that for the most part and for most of us Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) preference has been that we wait upon His "natural" order of things, which for those of us who have asked it of Him, takes on a wonderfully orderly and satisfying sequence of rewarding events! But, even as my disbelieving friend was arguing that God is not interested in His children, his own circumstances were crumbling around him, one thing after another going wrong to vex him and embitter him all the more!
I am no genius, as one of my sons and one of my grandsons are; but even I, in all of my spiritual density, can recognize the difference in these approaches either to trusting Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) or to doubting Him and His love for us, His children, His being, as He said through His beloved apostle, even the personification of love; for John wrote: "God is love!" (1st John 4:9) In fact, I learned, only this morning, from a beloved Christian minister of mine, that in verses of the bible's psalms one can find, in 43 places, where the psalmist worshipfully declares: "His love endures forever!"
I have been conscious of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) love, ever since committing myself to serving Him, having been caused by whatever means to believe Him and the word He has given us in His Holy Bible, which I immediately began to read, interested to learn more about the Creator to Whom I had been introduced by whatever means!
I have come to realize that, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) having created all things in the first place, He knows exactly what He is doing, that He is sovereignly able to do anything to please His children and that He does so amazingly, even while holding to His "natural order" of things, reserving His so-called "miracles" or unnatural occurences for very special occasions, when they can serve an unusual purpose He has in mind!
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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