Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2016 February 20

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2016 February 20

The Power of Caring

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20160220.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, a dear friend of mine told me that he "did'nt care any more". That abandonment of hope both grieved me and challenged me to use my "faith in God" (Mark 11:22) to help my friend come out of such a depressed state of mind and enter into the caring that characterizes Yahuah and His beloved Son, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) cared enough about Himself to create for Himself all things and cause them to perform according to His will! He wrote, through His faithful apostle John:

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, honor and power! For Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created! (Revelation 4:11)

But, in the process of that creation He made children who had the right to displease Him if they wanted to. But why would He do that?

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His faithful apostle: "God is love!" (1st John 4:8) That means that He is, in the nature of His person, the essence of love; and, by that same nature, everything He does expresses the love that drives it; so, obviously, He gives love!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Give; and it shall be given unto you." (Luke 6:38) But without any created beings, who would be there to receive and then return Yahuah's love?

Furthermore, how could Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) consider Himself loved, if He compelled His created beings to love Him? Could such a forced behavior even qualify as a love of any kind?

Obviously, it would not! So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had to create through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) beings who could love Him or hate Him, if that is what they wanted to do!

One cannot imagine why created beings would want to hate their Creator and King; but, amazingly, some of them do! And a lot of those who enter into that hatefulness express it by becoming careless, which, as I pointed out, is contrary to the way Yahuah is!

Having entered into carelessness, including whether one lives or dies, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children become indifferent to Him and what He cares about; and that frees them, they believe, from having to keep the commandments of His torah or law through Moses!

But such people are in for a rude awakening; for one's failing to "hearken unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:15) results in His displeasure, to where "all these curses shall come, upon thee, and overtake thee." (Verse 15)

I can attest to the fact that "curses" hurt! They are painful! And, when they "come upon" you, you begin to care; for you care that the hurt be removed!

Declaring that one does not care is foolishly revealing that either one does not know about Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) curses or, knowing, has become tired of trying to avoid them and is, simply, resigned to whatever comes, however painful!

This is a sad state of affairs for anyone to be in; because Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

28 Come, unto Me, all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest! 29 Take my yoke, upon you, and learn of Me! For I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls! 30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light! (Matthew 11:28 to 30)

The trouble with my friend is that, when I go to quote something like that to him, he simply shrugs his shoulders and says, "So what? The bible is full of promises; but they don't mean anything; they never come true!"

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "According to your faith be it unto you." (Matthew 9:29)

Blessed are they who have not seen and yet have believed! (John 20:29)

How can one "believe" that which he has not seen?

The apostle Paul got it right, when he wrote: "Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God!" (Romans 10:17) And that takes us back, to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) fundamental offer in His torah through Moses:

1 If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments ... 2 ... all these blessings shall come, on thee, and overtake thee. (Deuteronomy 28:1 and 2)

What voice can that be other than the "still, small voice" (1st Kings 19:12) of ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (Spirit), Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "Spirit of Truth"! (John 14:17; 16:13) Yahuah wrote, through His psalmist:

Thy law is the truth (Psalm 119:142); and

all Thy commandments are truth. (Psalm 119:151)

The problem with someone who says he does not care is that his not caring creates the very circumstances for him that support his notion that nothing exists that is worth caring about! For carelessness brings calamity; and calamity assures the unwary that his lack of caring is the only state of mind left to be in!

This state of mind then brings further difficulty to the indifferent person, which continues to reenforce the very thing about which he is so bitter or disillusioned! It is a vicious spiral down to destruction, if something or some one does not come along to help remedy the situation. It is a syndrome of complications that drags its victim farther and farther away from the awareness of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) goodness, love and willingness to help supernaturally any child of His who trusts Him for it; He wrote, through His psalmist:

3 Trust in Yahuah and do good! So shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed! 4 Delight thyself also in Yahuah; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart! 5 Commit thy way unto Yahuah! Trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass! (Psalm 37:3 to 5)

Again, we see more promises, which are meaningless to the person who has been convinced that they are all lies and so not worthy of being believed or cared about; so what do we do with such persons?

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is our Creator and King! He knows exactly how we are made, what works with us and what does not work; so we who do care can agree with our caring God that the person caught up in carelessness be delivered from it; and He is faithful to fulfill the prayer of faith in behalf of the faithless!

That is the way it works! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has made it so that all of us are dependent upon each other! Bringing all of us, His beloved children, into the caring and believing that gets things done, as He has gotten the creation of all things done, is His amazing plan! And one enters into His favor, when that one cares enough to cooperate with His plan!

So caring is an important part of living! And, with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and His beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son" Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), I recommend it highly!

I not only recommend caring but must show you that it is fundamental to entering the kingdom of God! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

31 When the Son of man shall come in His glory and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory! 32 And before Him shall be gathered all nations! And He shall separate them, one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats! 33 And he shall set the sheep on His right hand but the goats on the left! 34 Then shall the King say, unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world! 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me meat! I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink! I was a stranger, and ye took Me in, 36 naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came unto Me. 37Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred and fed thee? or thirsty and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick or in prison and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say, unto them, Verily I say, unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, My brethren, ye have done it unto Me! 41 Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels! 42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me no meat! I was thirsty, and ye gave Me no drink! 43 I was a stranger, and ye took Me not in, naked, and ye clothed Me not, sick and in prison and ye visited Me not. 44 Then shall they also answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred or athirst or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and did not minister unto Thee? 45 Then shall He answer them, saying, Verily I say, unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to Me! 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment but the righteous into life eternal! (Matthew 25:31 to 46)

On the basis of this passage spoken by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), the measure of those worthy to "inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world" will be caring enough to look after the needs of neighbors, whom in His torah or law through Moses He has commanded His children to love! (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39)

Having failed to care for one's neighbor will result in being told, "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels!"

That is an unthinkably terrible end to face! And Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) knows that; but by His loving nature He must, at some point, reject those who refuse to love as He loves.

So, before "the foundation of the world" (Revelation 13:8), Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) cared enough even for the rebellious among His children to ask His "Word" (John 1:1), Who eventually would become known as "Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)", will you go to Earth as my Son and allow our children to torture and kill you, so that they can see what their sinning does to Me and be brought "to repentance"? (Matthew 9:13)

The Word's answer was: "Thy will be done!" (Matthew 26:41)

An account of that arrangement cannot be found in the bible; but it is my best understanding of what bits and pieces of scripture tell us about Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) loving "the world" so much "that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life"! (John 3:16)

As I have pointed out, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) cares about us, His beloved children; and He did the unthinkable to try and save us from our spiritual density and willfulness! Even "the centurion and they who were with him, watching Jesus" who were in charge of crucifying Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah or Christ) could not stand what they saw, exclaiming: "Truly this was the Son of God!" (Matthew 27:54)

Over the centuries since then, even those who see servants of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) give themselves into the hands of their enemies are affected similarly, which explains why Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said to His disciples:

As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you! (John 20:21)

Only those who by their harmony with ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (Spirit) have cared for their lost neighbors as Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) cares for them, His beloved children, make living sacrifices of themselves, to "call ... sinners to repentance" (Matthew 9:13) as did their beloved "Master and Lord" (John 13:13), Who washed their feet, to show them the caring and serving conduct of any disciple of His! He said:

What I do thou knowest not now! But thou shalt know hereafter! (John 13:7)

Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple! (Luke 14:27)

No wonder why people shy away from caring as Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) cares; but we owe Him our life and the saving of it on top of that! Is any sacrifice sufficient to compensate Him for those amazing gifts?

Hope awaits my friend! For over the years he has seen me give of myself, even to those who have hurt me in one way or another! And he has on occasion admitted that my reflecting in my conduct the faith proclaimed by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) in His Holy Bible has been a real challenge to his carelessness!

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, understanding and desire to care about You for the fulfillment of Your magnificent will for them.

Father, 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; and I believe I "receive" (Mark 11:24) a family of brothers and sisters who are rejoicing over the wonderful blessings that caring brings upon anyone who does care as You have cared for them!

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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