Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel was thinking on this Sabbath?
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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2016 February 6
The Right Reason
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterhiscovenant.com/Sabbath20160206.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 that he believes "doing good" or doing something to benefit a neighbor to "go to Heaven" is doing it for the wrong reason! He believes that helping others should be only because one finds pleasure in their well being!
We are social beings! And those of us who have not been reprogramed by the heartless world feel sorry when others are suffering! And, if it is within our power, we try to do something about the problem; and, when people around us are enjoying good health or happy circumstances, our spirits are lifted by such blessing; and we rejoice with them.
So the basis on which my friend tries to help others, for the pleasure in it, is well supported, in the way most of us empathize with the circumstances of friends and neighbors, whether they are good or bad!
At the same time, one's being aware that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) blesses His children for helping others, which is how we love them in obedience to His commandment to do so, certainly is not seen as being wrong in His sight; in fact one of His blessings for obedience to Him is for the obedient, who therefore have His "righteousness", to "enter into the kingdom of Heaven"! (Matthew 5:20)
The issue behind my friend's problem with viewing Heaven and other blessings from Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) as part of our reward for doing good is that accepting such blessings requires that one believe as true His offering of "blessings" (Deuteronomy 28:2) for anyone who hearkens "unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments", and those blessings include Heaven as part of one's reward for doing good! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
In that saying, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) was answering the question of an inquirer who asked Him: "What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?"
"Eternal life" can only happen in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) spirit realm; so to have it one must "enter into the kingdom of Heaven" (Matthew 5:20)", which is sustained solely by His Spirit, without the physical aspect of His creation that we enjoy on Earth!
My view of my friend's idea about helping others is confirmed in his idea that the bible was written by religious leaders trying to control the behavior of the people around them. Certainly one sees, in the bible, a definite encouragement for people to behave in the way that pleases Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), in that the language ascribed to Him through His prophets by the bible offers His children reward for doing good and punishment for doing bad! And, sadly, my friend's interpretation of that prescription, that it is only the work of men wanting to control men, requires that the language ascribing to Yahuah the commandments requiring a certain way of life is a lie!
So why is my friend so determined not to believe the bible or Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Who is held by many parts of the bible to be the real Author behind its human writers?
The explanation for this unbelief in my friend has come out in a number of conversations that I have had with him, in which he has complained about the bible's claiming that God has spoken in clear language to certain of His children while speaking only in dreams or visions to others! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) recorder wrote:
There, in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) own words, is the seeming favoritism that bothers my friend! But we find the apostle Peter saying to the house of Cornelius: "God is no respecter of persons!" (Acts 10:34)
A careful look at Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) words shows how true that is! For, while He told of the special way in which He revealed Himself to Moses, He also gave the reason for that extraordinary treatment, by saying, of Moses, that he "is faithful in all Mine house"! So, from that I would have to conclude that, if one wishes to have Yahuah speak with him "mouth to mouth" and see His "similitude", the way to enjoy that intimacy with the One Who is giving him the breath of life is to be "faithful" in all His house!
That cuts me out from being among those who are faithful in all Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) house; for I have not seen His "similitude" or had Him speak to me "mouth to mouth"; but I do not fault Him for that; I fault myself for failing to qualify for the intimacy with Him that we all desire! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
I dare say that no human has ever achieved such perfection; but the goal is there, set forth by the words of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)! And He would not mock His children to command of them what they cannot possibly do!
Yet, by my "faith in God" (Mark 11:22) I am able to "speak" (Verse 23) to myself and say with Yahuah and Yeshua: "Be perfect!" And obedient to His Word, I can "believe" I "receive" (Verse 24) that perfection and walk in the joy that having received such an extraordinary blessing can provide! For Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
That assurance by God of infinite possibility is in addition to the fact that, when one uses his "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth" (Genesis 1:28) Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) promise through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) is that, if, having spoken to one's mountain, he "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)
So, if I have spoken to my own perfection and not doubted in my heart but have believed that what I have said will come to pass, the promise of Him Who is giving me the breath of life is that I shall have the perfection that I have spoken for myself!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) promise does not say when I will achieve the perfection for myself that He has commanded and that I seek; but He has said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), that I "shall have whatsoever" I have said; and, walking in the expectancy provided by my Creator and King, I am as happy as I can be!
My disbelieving friend allows in people around him for the bouyancy of the joy provided by such faith; but he condescends to it, believing that it is only a self disception provided by the bible that offers it, having a "placebo" effect upon them but no true benefit, since in his view it is only an illusion cast by the authors of the bible, who, again, in my friend's view, are trying to control others by deceiving them.
This view of the bible's presumably questionable authorship has now taken the form of a prevalent theory that the gospels of the New Testament were written by ruling families of Rome wanting the Jews to embrace the idea of a "Messiah" Who teaches them to love their enemies rather than fight tham, as the Jews were doing against the Romans all too successfully, with their persistent and effective hit-and-run tactics, which we have come to call "guerilla" tactics or "guerilla warfare"!
This allegation being spread abroad by certain people is no more than a "theory"; for, although they give all kinds of rationale to it, no proof of Rome's authorship of the gospels exists; and the teaching given by this presumably imagined "Jesus" is utterly contrary to the mindset of Roman leadership, they having been the manifestation of the "fourth beast" shown to the prophet Daniel in one of the visions given him by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)!
Daniel wrote, of this "fourth beast", that it was "dreadful, terrible and strong exceedingly" (Daniel 7:7), that "it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it. (Verse 7)
Rome was, indeed, all of that, being the vehicle of most vicious of all conquerors the world had ever seen, the spirit of which is with us, in the world, to this day, in the heartless cruelty we are seeing shown by those who presently rule the world by the force that their obscene wealth provides for them to do their best to surpass all others literally by killing all others.
So the idea being given that the loving, caring, amazing and wonderful "Jesus" or Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) of the New Testament, Who was "in the beginning ... with God and ... was God" (John 1:1), Whose name means "Salvation" and Who died that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children might be saved, was a figment of the imagination of those at the head of Rome's outrageous raping of the rest of their world is so absurd as to be laughable were the idea not so damaging to the faith of those who, like my friend, are looking for reasons not to take seriously Yahuah and His requirements upon His children if they wish to be fulfilled according to His will for them.
Indeed, as one views the efforts of Satan to destroy Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children, the forms that the Devil's lying desceptions take are amazing! And, if one does not watch his step, such tactics are effective in those who are holding on to any sin whatsoever, which deprives one of Yahuah's "Spirit of truth"! (John 14:17; 16:13) He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His faithful apostle, that "sin is the transgression of the law"! (1st John 3:4) So anyone who is failing to "keep" Yahuah's commandments is sinning and therefore does not have the special provision and truth that ha Kodesh Ruach's working in his behalf provides!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "Spirit of Truth" exists; He is the Spirit of Him Who has said through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life" (John 14:6); and the idea is amazingly absurd that our knowledge of such truth has come to us only by having read the fiction of heartless world leaders at the time of Rome's occupation of the world!
I praise Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) for the truth that He is, along with His being our loving, powerful and infinitely merciful Creator and King; and I speak His salvation and blessing upon those who would reduce Him to being only the figment of unthinkably wicked men!
The working of the answer to that prayer is reducing, for my sake, the wicked to being the humble and grateful children that Yahuah wants of us; and I rejoice to see that day, made possible in part by my having used my dominion for that exalted purpose! I pray, also, for your agreement in that prayer, so that Yahuah's desire for us, His beloved children, will be eventually fulfilled in all its glorious perfection!
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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