Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2016 April 23

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2016 April 23

Spiritual Life

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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 Hayah'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, He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "The thief cometh not but for to steal, to kill and to destroy! I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly!" (John 10:10)

In that warning followed by Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) comforting statement of the purpose of His coming, the "life" to which He referred certainly related to "spiritual life"; in fact He said: "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life!" (John 6:63), which are the two aspects of the sermon I am beginning to write!

In His awesome statement Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), also, dealt with two things, comparing His abundant life with the thievery, murder and destruction of "the thief", which we can readily surmise is a direct reference to "that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan which deceiveth the whole world"! (Revelation 12:9)

In that deception Satan tempts us, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) beloved children, to "steal" from, to "kill" and to "destroy" each other! And that misconduct brings His promise to bear that what we "give" (Luke 6:38) will assuredly be returned to us!

In thinking about "spiritual life" I am not focusing so much on all the various activities and phenomena that we normally associate with "spiritual things"; rather, I am dealing with the spiritual life that is the total of which our spirit is comprised in contrast to the "dead thing" that we become, if our experience has somehow hardened our heart to reject the Source of our life and suppose that we can "live" apart from Him or in denial of His existence, which is to enter into an helpless state of being He refuses to call "life"; He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

Follow Me; and let the dead bury their dead. (Matthew 8:22)

If "the dead" are capable of burying anything, the death about which Yahuah (Self-Existent ,Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was speaking there through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) is not the physical death we normally think of, which quite disrupts all activity associated with a "living" person!

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, to Brother Richard Eby: "Dick, you're dead!" (52210000 An Apostle of the Recent Past) Well, obviously, if Yeshua was speaking to a so-called "dead" person, He was alluding to that person's physical death on Earth, his spiritual life having continued in Heaven, where this conversation took place!

But before that "death" takes place, we walk the Earth in one of two conditions: We are either spiritually alive and enjoying the abundance that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said He came to facilitate; or we are among the walking dead, who, although we may still be walking physically, may as well be "dead" so far as our amazing privileges as children of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) are concerned; because they become inoperative, when people "offend" (Matthew 18:6) us or tempted us to stop believing the Giver of those privileges and we cease to be "one of these little ones who believe in Me" (Verse 6), as Yeshua referred to them.

Yahuah (Self-Existent,Eternal) Hayah (I AM) made reference, through His prophet, to this difference, by writing: "I will give them one heart! I will put a new spirit within them; and I will take the stony heart, out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh!" (Ezekiel 11:19)

Please notice that the "spirit within them" is what makes their spirit or "heart" either "stony" or with the characteristics of "flesh"! The ability to feel or the lack of it is the main difference between the two; stones do not "feel", while hearts of flesh do! And in matters of the spirit, these feelings include happiness or sadness, joy or grief!

Tragically, diabetics reach a point where they do not feel anything in their feet! But when one soaks such feet in Ellis Water, it causes oxygen to penetrate into the almost "dead" tissues; and the feet of patients treated in that special way have become alive again, the behavior characterizing that aliveness being their ability to feel!

When one is "offended" or tempted to stop believing in Yahuah (Self-Existent,Eternal) Hayah (I AM), his Creator and King, he stops feeling the part of human experience that Yahuah calls "life"! (Deuteronomy 30:19) He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "Choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live!" (Verse 19)

One makes that choice by hearkening "diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments"! (Deuteronomy 28:1) He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses:

46 Set your hearts unto all the words that I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law! 47 For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life! (Deuteronomy 32:46 and 47)

Then, when Yahuah (Self-Existent,Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) into the world to teach His children personally, Yeshua said: "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17) He was answering the question: "What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" (Verse 16)

So the "spiritual life" on which I am dwelling in this sermon is not only "spiritual", it is "eternal"! And one is well advised to consider it seriously; for the "death" that is its opposite is, also, eternal; He will say, to those who have ignored their neighbors' needs: "Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!" (Matthew 25:41)

"God created man in His own image", He wrote, through His recorder; and part of that "image" is His ability to live for ever! So whatever state of being we choose to proceed in, whether of the abundantly living or of the walking dead, that becomes an everlasting state, when we lose our physical body!

We have learned, from Brother Howard Storm, that "Hell" or the state in which a person enters upon dying physically while walking contrary to Yahuah (Self-Existent,Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is not necessarily "for ever"; because Brother Howard himself was saved from Hell by the tiniest spark of knowledge concerning "Jesus" that had lain in his spirit since he had been sent to a church school as a young child!

But, according to the amazing account Brother Howard gave of a conversation he had with "Jesus" and seven angels, multitudes of people exist in Hell without a clue as to how they can be saved, some of them pleading for extinction to rid themselves of the torment that Hell imposes on anyone who dies while rejecting the Source of his or her life!

My meditation upon that phenomenon amused me, for the irony in it; for who are such tormented ones addressing in their plea for extinction? In the final condition of the lost, they are driven to acknowledge that some One is in charge of Hell and that He and He alone has the power to take life as well as to give it.

Yahuah (Self-Existent,Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through His daughter Hannah: "Yahuah killeth and maketh alive! He bringeth down to the grave and bringeth up!" (1st Samuel 2:6)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, of His own impending death: "17 Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again! 18 No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself! I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again!" (John 10:17 and 18)

So the question arises, Why did not the person asking for extinction acknowledge and rely on that all powerful One in the first place?

Quoting Paul for anything pains me, his having blasphemed Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Torah through Moses as greatly as he has (Acts 13:39; Romans 3:21 and 28; 6:14; 7:4 and 6; Galatians 5:2 to 4 and 18; Philippians 3:6 to 8; Colossians 2:13 and 14); but he had it right, when he quoted: "It is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God!" (Romans 14:11) and "10 At the name of Jesus every knee should bow 11 and ... every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father!" (Philippians 2:10 and 11)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "I am the way, the truth, and the life!" (John 14:6) He not only gives life; He is the essence of the life He gives! In other words, when He gives life, He gives Himself!

So, when one is tempted to divorce himself from Yahuah "in the spirit" or in what one chooses to say or visualize, denying His existence or at least finding fault with Him, one has cut himself off from the life without which he "can do nothing"! (John 15:5)

Such a lifeless person can "bury the dead" (Matthew 8:22), if one wishes to call that "something"; but the shovel he uses to do it will likely fall apart from a rotten handle! And so go the frustrating experiences of the walking dead; nothing goes right; and everything goes wrong, until ultimately they are destroyed!

So went my experiences toward the last years of my walking death; and the contrast between that ceaseless frustration and the amazing accommodations that began helping me and filling me with joy when I dedicated myself to serving "Jesus" was remarkable and worthy of my everlasting praise and gratitude! At that time I had not yet learned that Jesus' Hebrew name is Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)!

I have talked to people who argue that they have never seen a miracle and doubt that such a thing exists! In the days following an evangelist's healing of my back, I helped a tree worker lift chunks of tree trunk onto his truck, which a few days before would have sent me to my knees with severe pain! That got my attention! And I responded by devoting my life to the God Who would do such a wonderful thing for me.

I have seen exceptional responses to prayer since then but not the kind that people usually regard as "miraculous" or those that seem to leap over life's usual boundaries! But that has not bothered me. Seeing things with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) eyes, I have recognized all of life as being a miracle beyond anything I can understand or accomplish on my own! And I have been quite content to be accommodated well by "natural" means rather than bitterly frustrated through "natural" means.

To accomplish certain things Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) allows temporary exceptions to that rule of accommodation for those who love Him and trust Him for them; so He warned, through His psalmist: "1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity! 2 For they shall soon be cut down, like the grass, and wither, as the green herb! 3 Trust in Yahuah and do good! So shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed! (Psalm 37:1 to 3)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) also warned, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), that people doing "miracles" can be out of His will and therefore subject to serious judgment! Yahuah said, through Yeshua:

21 Not every one who saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven but he who doeth the will of My Father Who is in Heaven! 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess, unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye who work iniquity! (Matthew 7:21 to 23)

In contrast to that stigma on "wonderful works", Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works’ sake." (John 14:11) So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) does recognize the effect that unusual "works" or that which we regard as "miraculous" has on us, His beloved children! But He has warned that such works can be accomplished by people having no regard for Him or His will!

I know a brother who attends a church who attract much attention by their causing miracles to happen in their services; but, since they worship on the first day of the week rather than on Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Sabbath, which is the seventh day; and, since they, too, embrace Paul's writings as part of "the Word of God", including Paul's blaspheming Yahuah's Torah or law through Moses, I have to wonder what "spirit" is involved in the miracles for which they do pray so effectively; and, when I observe the questionable conduct of that church's members, who harshly judge one another, I have even more concern about what "spirit", indeed, is involved in the walk they believe is pleasing to God!

The "dominion" (Genesis 1:28) that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given us "over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth" (Verse 28) works for anyone who "shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that those things that he saith shall come to pass"! (Mark 11:23) It has nothing to do with whether or not "those things that he saith" have been according to Yahuah's will!

Favorable results, even to one's moving a "mountain" (Mark 11:23), are possible with such belief without regard to whether or not the "miracle" is or is not the will of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)! So one can use his dominion for good or evil! And "miracles" are no guarantee that the miracle worker is serving or frustrating Yahuah in his remarkable use of his dominion!

The "Spiritual life" I have been trying to define is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "life"; it is the one He offers to any who will "keep [or put a value on] the commandments" (Matthew 19:17) of His Toraw! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

15 If ye love Me, keep My commandments! 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever, 17 even the Spirit of Truth! (John 14:15 to 17)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Kodesh (Holy) Ruach (Spirit) is His "Spirit of Truth"; and, if He is the One who is guiding one to pray for an unusual thing, one can count on its being in Yahuah's will! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "It is not the will of your Father Who is in Heaven, that one of these little ones should perish!" (Matthew 18:14) Yeshua will say, to those who have looked after the practical needs of their neighbors or "the least of these, My brethren" (Matthew 25:40): "Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world!" (Verse 34)

So this loving care for others in one's prayers is a safe way to be assured that one is using his or her dominion in a way that is pleasing to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), our marvelous and amazing Creator and King!

"Jesus" told Brother Howard Storm, "You can save the world!" (32214000 Howard Storm's Gospel- Page 35)

Brother Howard had doubts, asking "How could I save the world?"

To which "Jesus" replied: "When you love a person, they will love the next person they meet, and they will love the next person they meet, and so on.

Such love is one's obedience to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) commandment to love one's neighbor, which Yahuah said through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) is "like unto" (Matthew 22:39) "the First and Great Commandment" (Verse 38), which is to love Him (Verse 37), upon which "two commandments hang all the law and the prophets"! (Verse 40)

So, by Howard Storm's Gospel, we find that fulfilling "the law and the prophets" through such love is, indeed, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) will and His way to salvation or to His "Spiritual Life", even "eternal life", the wonder of which was beyond Brother Howard's ability to describe!

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 for Your life!

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 that Your life is both spiritual and eternal - a glorious experience for which to be ever grateful!

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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