Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel was thinking on this Sabbath?
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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2016 April 2
My Core Belief
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterhiscovenant.com/Sabbath20160402.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, one of the surest ways to have one's faith quenched is to have someone point out strange irregularities in the bible, which immediately raises the question as to whether it is "the word of God" and challenges one to decide what he or she intends to do about these problems.
I have a friend who is presently going through Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Holy Bible with me and consistently making these observations, leaving me with no choice but to concede that in the light of scientific understanding and of common sense the account we are reading is certainly flawed!
For instance, in the creation story in Genesis, the writer states that "God created the Heaven and the Earth"! (Genesis 1:1) Trying to visualize a single planet with its atmosphere or "heaven" around it without the myriad of galaxies filled with their stars and the planets that orbit them, which we know exist in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) amazing creation, takes a bizarre imagination devoid of the understanding that most of us have from the sophisticated equipment and knowledge of astronomy that we presently have!
But then we learn from the creation writer that, although created, "the Earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep!" How does a planet exist "without form"? Surely it had some kind of shape, presumably round, as our telescopes and fly-by satellites have shown them to be.
And then we have the problem of Earth's being in "darkness", when "the formation of planetary systems is thought to be a natural result of star formation. A Sun-like star usually takes approximately 1 million years to form, with the protoplanetary disk evolving into a planetary system over the next 10–100 million years" (Wikipedia: "planet formation")
Surely Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) would know exactly how He made His creation; and, if He had been the author of the account we read in Genesis, why would it not have reflected these things that appear to our scientists to be the most logical explanation? Yahuah wrote, through His prophet: "Come, now, and let us reason together, saith Yahuah!" (Isaiah 1:18)
Still, the bible is waved in the air, by the religious zealots among us, declaring "This is the word of God, from cover to cover!"
Going to another place in Genesis, we find Cain having killed his brother Abel and having been judged by "Yahuah"! Of which Cain complained: "It shall come to pass, that every one who findeth me shall slay me." So far as the biblical record is concerned Eve, the mother of all mankind, had only had two sons, Cain and Abel, with Cain having killed Abel! So who is "every one" who might find Cain?
Such problems go on; and, if one is the slightest bit wary, he will have no trouble finding them throughout the bible, while the religious zealots continue to insist that all of it is "the word of God"!
Having believed a long time ago that the God I love, worship and serve did not give me a logical mind and then ask me to check it at the door of spiritual investigation, I have had to live with such problems yet continue to walk, I believe, in His will for me, with His loving me and caring for me, sovereignly and with the same power with which He created all the amazing things we behold throughout His creation!
Worse than that is the responsibility I bear for having believed myself called by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) to teach others His truth, so that they, too, can experience the joy and effectiveness of walking in that truth!
Yet the problems in the biblical account to which I have barely alluded above require that we ask, with Pilate: "What is truth?" (John 18:38) He was responding to Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) having said: "To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth!"
Interestingly, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "I am the way, the truth and the life! No man cometh unto the Father but by Me!" So, being "the express image" (Hebrews 1:3) of "the Father", Yeshua is, in His being, the expression of the truth about His Father in Heaven! And we do well to hear Him.
Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life!" (John 6:63) When we hear Yeshua's words, ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Spirit of Truth, causes our spirit to see the truth that is behind the words, unless we have somehow become convinced that His words are not the truth, in which case we set up a filter in our spirit by which to block as useless any words that come from Him, in which we miss the "life" that His words convey along with the "way" that He provides by which to arrive at the "life" that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has for us, His beloved children!
The other side of that "coin" is the death that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wants for no child of His; He said, through Moses:
When Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) into the world, He had Yeshua make clear that the "life" to which He alluded in His Torah or law through Moses was "eternal life" (Matthew 19:16); Yeshua said: "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Verse 17)
When you love someone, you cannot do enough to please him or her! And, obeying the commandment to love Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), one naturally tries to please Him; and keeping His commandments is, assuredly, the way to do that; and, since "eternal life" is His reward for a child's keeping His commandments, blessed is the child of God who does love Him - eternally blessed.
But, getting back to the irksome irregulatities one finds in various parts of the bible, some people use such problems to justify ignoring the bible along with God, Whom they charge with being the Author of that confusion; and, whenever I find some adversary throwing such problems at me, I am forced to scramble for some way by which to answer them; and I confess that I am not very good at verbal debate, when I must quickly pull my thoughts together along with scriptures that might be helpful and come up with something at all convincing for the person seeking these answers!
But in the hours of the night, such challenges bother me; and I find myself seeking Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) help with them; and I have found to be helpful Brother Howard Storm's testimony of talking with Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and seven angels about such things; for before He was delivered by Yeshua, He was sent to Hell for the erroneous conclusions to which he had been led while he was growing up in the world.
Brother Storm's book, My Descent into Death - a Second Chance at Life, contains a detailed account of a conversation he had with Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and seven angels; and the truth it contains about Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) concerns for us, His beloved children, is so comprehensive and true to His scriptures that I have come to regard Brother Storm's testimony as Yahuah's "Latest Testament" and a "Gospel" no less helpful than any we have in His Holy Bible!
In recognition of Brother Storm's amazing testimony, I have extracted, from his book, his detailed account of his conversation with Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and have put that extraction on our website as one of the ebooklets we offer free of charge! (32214000 Howard Storm's Gospel)
In that gospel Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) addresses the problem of things not making sense in parts of His Holy Bible by saying, through Brother Storm: "God has sent teachers and prophets into the world to show us the way to heaven. There have been thousands of teachers all over the world. There have been many prophets all over the world. These have been men and women sent and inspired by God's Spirit to show us the way. People have ignored the teachers and prophets and perverted their message."
From that word we learn that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has made many attempts to communicate His truth but that it soon suffers being "perverted"! So I am thrust back to the importance of Yahuah's word through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses, that His blessings are for those who "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments"! (Deuteronomy 28:1)
What we hear directly from Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) voice in our spirits has not been tampered with, unless we choose to pervert it ourselves, in which case we bear the responsibility of that sin! And here is what I believe I hear Him saying to me:
Whatever truth has come through the biblical writings that we have, I know certain things regardless of what has been written; and that is what I cling to as "my core belief"!
I and many other people live on a planet that is only a tiny part of a vast and amazing creation! The infinite intricacies and amazing order that have gone into that creation demand that I recognize its Creator, Whose voice I believe I hear in my spirit!
I believe what I hear is the voice of my loving Creator; because, when I do what He tells me, through images, impressions and what sounds like my own voice, things work together perfectly, to fulfill my need of the hour!
I and the people around me are persons with the ability to think and to express themselves with words! This demands that I recognize the Person of the One Who made us, from Whom we get our personness and Who is giving each of us the breath of life, each moment of our lives!
From what we have been told about Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) in four separate gospels together with Brother Storm's account of seeing and talking with Him, I am obliged to recognize that He is, indeed, the "express image" (Hebrews 1:3) of His Father in Heaven and our way to know the Father.
To know the Father is to know His love, which permeates His entire creation! And, when I walk in that love, it comes back to me in ways that make my life a constant delight!
This is what I believe, come what may! And it yields to no mischief from those who have tried to misrepresent their Creator and His Son! It sustains me through the worst of doctrinal controversies; and I praise Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) for it.
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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