Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel was thinking on this Sabbath?
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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2016 May 21
Choosing to Believe
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterhiscovenant.com/Sabbath20160521.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 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, when we are born into the world and begin our journey on Earth, we naturally believe what we are told! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) made reference, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), to "these little ones who believe in Me"! (Matthew 18:6) He wrote, through His psalmist:
From these passages we get the impression that each one of us is naturally disposed to believe Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM); and why not? Are we not made "in the image of God "? (Genesis 1:27) So why would we not readily hear the voice of our Creator?
But in the same verse Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) speaks, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), of "whoso shall offend one of these little ones who believe in me" (Matthew 18:6); and, when we look up the word translated "offend", we find that it means to "entice to sin"! (Strong: Greek: 4624); and Yahuah wrote, through His faithful apostle: "Sin is the transgression of the law!" (1st John 3:4)
Such transgression would be a form of disbelief; because one cannot "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe [or put a value on] to do all His commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:1) and deliberately break them at the same time!
So, when the servants of "the Devil" (John 8:44), who "is a liar and the father of it" (Verse 44), "offend one of these little ones who believe in Me" or in Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), Who is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "Express Image" (Hebrews 1:3), they are speaking lies to "these little ones" to cause them to believe something other than they have been told by Yahuah!
In "the Garden of Eden" (Genesis 2:15), "the Serpent" (Genesis 3:1) said, to Eve: "Ye shall not surely die" (Verse 4), when Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had warned Adam: "16 Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat! 17 But of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die!" (Genesis 2:16 and 17)
When the little one thus affected believes the lie, he or she is choosing to do so; for, when we are born "in the image of God", each of us is given a "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Genesis 1:28) In other words, as with any king over a "domain", what we say is law or that which is carried out! And that could not be the case, unless Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), the Creator of each child or image of Himself, had committed His Kodesh (Holy) Ruach (Spirit) to use His power to carry out the will of each such child!
In view of this tremendous spiritual power that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has put into the service of each child of His, one can see why He spoke through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) of the offender of any child of His as He did, saying: "Whoso shall offend one of these little ones who believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea!" (Matthew 18:6)
That is the depth of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) grief over seeing one of His precious children tempted to sin! because the sin begins with what the child says; and the child says what he or she has chosen to believe! And that ill-conceived word not only transgresses Yahuah's Torah through Moses, so that "all these curses shall come upon thee and overtake thee" (Deuteronomy 28:15) but it activates ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (Spirit) to fulfill the sin with His power, which goes far beyond what the child can do within his or her own strength, being the power by which Yahuah created and maintains through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) His entire creation!
So, needless to say, our "choosing to believe" is like putting a semi truck and trailer in the hands of a toddler! Its effects ripple the farthest reaches of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) creation! And that is no exaggeration of the degree to which Yahuah desires His children's participation in His creation.
So, if one sees the results of a child's choice of belief and the words that express it staying within the restraints of the "natural processes" at work around us as opposed to instantaneous or "miraculous" departures from those normal restraints, it is small wonder that such limitation remains upon us, to keep the results of ill advised uses of our dominion from virtually destroying Yahuah's creation! In other words, for a time, He limits our participation in His creation to works that do not shake its foundations!
Still, we have learned, from Howard Storm's amazing testimony of his time in Heaven (My Descent into Death - A Second Chance at Life) that the ultimate expression of creativity through Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children is to create and manage entire worlds! He wrote:
Do you believe that such amazing creativity only relates to "angels" and not to "saints" or to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Earth-born children in Heaven? Guess again! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "In the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage but are as the angels of God in Heaven!" (Matthew 22:30) Does not "as" include doing what angels do?
If you are getting a bit dizzy trying to absorb any of this, you have my utmost sympathy! These considerations blew my mind, when Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) showed them to me; but they do explain why He has started us out on Earth from "Day One" with a "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Genesis 1:28)
That amazing participation in the management of things on Earth is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) will for each one of us, which is why He gives to each one of us this amazing privilige of "choosing to believe" what we want to believe; because belief is the driving force behind all of Yahuah's creative activity! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
But, lest we get too cocky over our having such power in our lips, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) has issued us a stern warning, saying: "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 Then will I profess, unto them, I never knew you: depart, from Me, ye who work iniquity!" (Matthew 7:21 to 23)
By the authority of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) words through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), we can see that use of our dominion is without regard to its being according to Yahuah's will for us; so long as the child using it "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)
Then the user of his or her dominion is responsible for the results of the saying and believing that activated it, which, if it is not according to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) will, can result in being rejected by Him.
So what we are choosing to believe and to speak into existence is a serious matter with far reaching consequences; and we had better approach its use "with fear and trembling"! (Philippians 2:12)
An agnostic I know believes that prayer results in no answer, that it is completely ineffective! And my heart sinks, when I hear him speak of good things from out of his spirit that he would like to accomplish! because I know that with his having chosen such disbelief he has about as much chance to see those things fulfilled as a does a snowball in Hell!
My agnostic friend's disbelief in the dominion that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given each child of His by birth has cut him off from using it and left him at the mercy of every force that exists to destroy him; and, since that disbelief has been by his choice, he is completely responsible for having made it and must suffer the consequences for it for so long as he persists in living by it.
So I beg, of you: choose what you believe with great care! For that choice will bless or curse you; and it will do so with exponential effects! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) takes a dim view of children who fling their awesomely powerful dominion back in His face or try to use it contrary to what He wants of them.
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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