Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel was thinking on this Sabbath?
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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2016 May 28
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20160528.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, one of my agnostic friends challenged me to send him an email on "proving God"; and this was my reply:
In any attempt to "prove God", if that be possible, the first thing I believe I need to address is why one should bother to do that; for having a reason to believe that God is and that He does what He does is strongly influenced by the benefit that such a belief has for the believer, if one can believe that! It is why followers of God are called "believers"; they and what they believe God does for them are, virtually, two sides of the same coin!
God, Whose Hebrew name is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "28 Believe ye that I am able to do this? 29 According to your faith be it unto you." (Matthew 9:28 and 29)
Because of this benefit to us, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has me spend a lot of time talking about one thing or another in relation to Him, in each of the sermons that I have put on this websight! For, if in such talking about what He is or what He does for His children, one does not release for the reader or listener something of significant value for him or her, the trouble of talking about God or listening to such talks will soon be abandoned by the most enterprising among us.
Another agnostic friend of mine and I got into a discussion about the advantage of believing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM); and this friend's having known me both before and after my coming to believe in God, he was convinced that no difference could be seen in the circumstances through which I was obliged to move both before my converting and after it.
I had to concede that my agnostic friend's observation of the events involved had been accurate! I did experience them, with all their ups and downs, both before and after my conversion! But what I saw in them became radically different, when I had committed myself to serving Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)! Seeing things with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) guidance and understanding is a far cry from seeing them with a dozen devils cackling in one's head while whispering the worst possible scenarios!
Having opened myself up to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) word in His Holy Bible, I became aware that His "judgments are true and righteous, altogether" (Psalm 19:9), that our "ups and downs" are based upon His meticulously fair keeping of His promises that right behavior brings His reward while wrong behavior brings His punishment! And I had thirty years of contemptuous behavior to live down, even though I had entered into His glorious freedom from His cursing into the light and joy of His blessing!
Furthermore, when we finally do see and believe Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), we still are in need of years of His guidance and retraining, to cause us to make wise decisions in preference to the foolish ones we had been deceived into making for so long! So judging the effectiveness of one's conversion to finally seeing and believing Him by what happens in the way of His reward or punishment is simply to show one's worldly ignorance of the truth of how He functions!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) warned His children through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Judge not, that ye be not judged!" (Matthew 7:1) We simply are not qualified to do that; we simply do not see and recognize with His eyes the multiplicity of causes and effects that determine the quality of our lives!
With my friend's not having walked in my shoes or lived within my spirit during the before and after periods he had observed, I have not been able to communicate to him the confidence I felt as I was experiencing those ups and downs, those rewards and punishments, in the light of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) word, which had assured me that, "though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me" (Psalm 23:4)
In other words, though one continues to take his lumps right along with all his brothers and sisters, the child who has chosen to see and believe His beloved Creator is not destroyed in the vicissitudes that plague all of us because of our human inability to walk perfectly according to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) will for each one of us; but the people who have chosen not to see and believe the Creator in His creation are destroyed in the vicissitudes that come.
Paul had it right when he wrote: "We walk by faith, not by sight!" (2nd Corinthians 5:7) What we see with our physical eyes is much too confusing to be a source for one's belief; yet in that fact lies a tremendous pitfall, into which Paul himself fell, his teachings thus becoming the worst pitfall ever to be seen on Earth, dragging untold millions of Christians into a contempt for Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) torah through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses, of which Yahuah said: "It is your life!"! (Deuteronomy 32:47)
Paul wrote, in that same letter, "Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light!" (2nd Corinthians 11:14) And that is the most ironic thing of which I know, in that the "Jesus Christ" (Galatians 1:12) from which he took his false doctrine was exactly that kind of angel, teaching Paul to teach that "Ye are not under the law" (Romans 6:14; Galatians 5:18) along with other blasphemies of the law (Acts 13:39; Romans 3:21 and 28; 7:4 and 6; Galatians 5:2 to 4; Philippians 3:6 to 8; Colossians 2:13 and 14), in fulfillment of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) prophecy through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
Another factor to consider in what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) believing children experience is found where His recorder wrote, of Moses, that he "was very meek, above all the men who were upon the face of the Earth"! (Numbers 12:3) Yet he was obliged to walk through the wilderness and suffer its depravations with his entire nation for forty years, because of their sins!
So the sins of our neighbors make a difference in what we go through as well, although He does assure us that though 7 "a thousand shall fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand ... it shall not come nigh thee! 8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked! 9 Because thou hast made Yahuah, Who is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation, 10 no evil shall befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling (Psalm 91:7 to 10)
My judmental agnostic friend had to take my word for how confident I felt in all that continued in my life and that of our family under Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) new management! And I have learned that taking anyone's word for anything is anathema to the agnostic, who is sold on the "scientific method" as the only method available by which to "prove" anything or present it as an attractive way to go in making one's decisions!
The friend who had challenged me to write this "proof" explained, to me, how the "scientific method" requires that some part of creation be tested for its behavior in a laboratory; and, when its behavior remains constant and a pattern becomes clear, an "hypothesis" is formed concerning that behavior! Then, when others have tested the hypothesis and found the object's behavior to be consistent for them too, the "hypothesis" is then regarded as a reliable scientific theory!
The original researcher's hypothesis is a "witness" of sorts; articles in scientific journals ad infinitum have been written about such findings; but they are only accepted when they are "proved" by similar experiments in the laboratory!
Necessarily, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) does His "proving" or at least His convincing through witnesses! He said, through Moses: "One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity or for any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses or at the mouth of three witnesses shall the matter be established!" (Deuteronomy 19:15)
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, He said, through Yeshua: "If he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established!" (Matthew 18:16)
If two or more people collude and give false testimony to bring hurt upon someone they have hated, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) reliance on corroborating testimonies is corrupted, which is why He put a severe penalty into His torah or law through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses against the "false witness"! (Deuteronomy 19:16)
The reason why Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) needs "every word" to "be established" is that, according to His "Holy Bible" His children's "everlasting life" is for "whosoever believeth in Him " or in Yahuah's "only begotten Son"! (John 3:16) And that is only meaningful, when one hears and believes what Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) says!
In the Old Testament Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) word is established through several of His prophets! In the New Testament, what He said through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) is established through the work of four different gospel writers.
In "proving God", Who "is a spirit" (John 4:24), His children in physical bodies on Earth must rely on the testimony of those who have seen Him in "clinical death" or on the claims of the writers of His "Holy Bible", whose words relay His words; but that method of proof is rejected by those who accept only "scientific proof" or the demonstration of something's behavior in a laboratory!
For bigger considerations, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) creation can be seen is a "laboratory", in which certain things He does always happen in predictable ways. Drop anything; and it moves toward the ground, which phenomenon has been called "gravity"! The same phenomenon has been seen in things floating on water, which tend to cluster together!
Thus, when anything in "nature" behaves in a predictable way, mankind have recognized what they call a "law", such as "the law of gravity"! And, when such behavior is especially reliable, it is regarded as "axiomatic" or fundamentally reliable.
The part of science that deals with such matters is called "physics" and rightly so; for it deals with all of that which is physical!
But, then, the electron microscope was developed, which gives scientists the ability to see into extremely minute parts of the physical universe, such as the electrons that spin around the protons that constitute the nuclei of the atoms that constitute matter! This amazing microscope has revealed that these tiny elements of matter are only whirlpools of energy! And that revelation immediately raises the question, What or who in the spirit realm is causing these concentrations of energy to form and then behave in such amazing ways in the specific places in which they are found, to where such amazing order can be found in this awesome ocean of energy?
And if "spirit" is the source of that energy, is not "spirit" what even the presumably physical creation is about?
The person whose thinking is limited to physical things can well reply, Who cares what is causing matter to happen? It is happening; so let us simply enjoy it.
But now enters the factor with which "proving God" or at least bringing Him into the equation deals! And, again, it relates to the "benefit" of believing in Him: Some of us are not enjoying what our physical environment is giving us; and seeking why that frustration, pain and sorrow is happening to us plunges certain of us into the necessity of believing God, Who, although He avoids being proved, becomes an urgently sought part of our lives! And those who refuse to seek Him simply survive or do not survive the challenges to living that continually confront us without the benefit of believing anything!
Unless we have experienced "clinical death" as some have and have seen God's spiritual realm and, preferably, both Heaven and Hell, which both Richard Eby (52210000 An Apostle of the Recent Past) and Howard Storm (32214000 Howard Storm's Gospel) have both seen and felt, people telling us about such things is all we have to go on, except for one thing that most of us overlook - Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) voice in our spirits!
We normally assume that the voice we hear in our spirit is ours and controlled by us! But I have found that it sometimes speaks commandingly to me, as though to tell me something that the speaker wants of me; and I have come to regard that "speaker" as God or Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)! He said, through Moses:
That the bible has shown God inviting His children to "hearken" to His "voice" to receive His "blessings" has long fascinated me; and the key He gives to receiving those blessings is to "observe" [put a value on] doing all His commandments!
But we have this scripture, which speaks of the problem involved with that hearkening: "Without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he who cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6)
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!"
"Little ones" implies naive ones, ones who accept what they are told until given a reason to believe otherwise! That is why, in the same verse, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
"Offend" is a translation of a word meaning "to entrap, i.e. trip up (figuratively, stumble (transitively) or entice to sin" (Strong: Greek: 4624)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), of "the Devil" (John 8:44), that "He is a liar and the father of it" (Verse 44) And through His faithful apostle John He wrote, of "that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan", that he "deceiveth the whole world"!" (Revelation 12:9)
So the "offense" comes as deceptive lies that "tempt" "these little ones" to "sin" or transgress "the law"! (1st John 3:4) And one of the forms that such "sin" takes is to stop being "one of these little ones who believe in" Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) or stop accepting His word, whether by His voice in their spirits or by His words through His prophets and apostles! And we have found that the "scientific method" of proof is the method able to catch the unbelievers when they fall to accepting the deception that declares God to be the liar rather than the other way around!
When the "offense" comes and is accepted, the child accepting it undergoes a radical change! because the description of these children that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gives through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) is remarkable! And for the child who accepts or believes the "offense", his or her remarkable status ceases to be true!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), of "these little ones who believe in Me":
To stop believing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) through His voice in one's spirit or through His prophets and apostles is "sin"; because one cannot love that which he or she has stopped believing! And He called, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), His commandment to "love" Him "with all thine heart, soul and might" (Deuteronomy 6:5) His "First and Great Commandment"! (Matthew 22:38)
"Gratitude" is akin to "love", in that we usually love that which, again, has been of benefit to us; and I keep asking my agnostic friends, with consternation and with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) confrontation to Job: "Where wast thou, when I laid the foundations of the Earth?" (Job 38:4)
If one has dismissed Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "Holy Bible" as a huge lie, the above question becomes irrelevant, in being simply one more lying misrepresentation of a God Who presumably does not exist!
But, if that bible has merit in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) saying over and over as a "signature" of sorts throughout its pages: "I am Yahuah!" (Genesis 15:7; 28:13; Exodus 6:2), He did lay "the foundations of the Earth"; and we have our lives on the Earth with all that they entail as an incentive to worship, praise and adore Him, Who has so graciously granted all that amazing life and experience!
So long as we continue enjoying such creations, we are obliged to thank their Creator or else insist that the entire creation including Earth suddenly popped up out of nowhere for no rhyme or reason and without any kind of guidance or direction, which in my view takes a "faith" in such an explanation or lack of one that overshadows and leaves, as the tiniest spark of a faith, any belief in a Maker, Guide or Director of creation!
In this sense, one's faith in God is what is left behind after dismissing every other possible explanation for creation and all it means or fails to mean to each one of us. It is the "default" faith, if you will, with which one is left, having beat his head on all the world's zany efforts to come up with an alternative to God.
I spoke of certain phenomena's being regarded as "axiomatic" or so obvious as to defy indifference or rejection! And I, for one, include faith in God as one of such "axioms"! I simply cannot fathom not enjoying the relationship I believe I have with the Creator of all, Who speaks to me constantly in my spirit and guides me in every way imaginable as I make my awkward and inept way through the challenges of life!
But then, that is, simply, one more "testimony" or word to be taken on its face value, laboratory or no laboratory; Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through His faithful apostle John:
Why by "the blood of the Lamb"?
I believe it is because what was done to the innocent, good and loving Son of God by the hands of men with the approval of women is so shameful that it "overcame" Satan by the abhorrence and resulting backlash of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children against the sin on their part that made such a stupendously wicked thing possible!
As for "the word of their testimony", there, again, is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) reliance on "testimony" or His children's taking each other's word for things, when some of them have experienced such joy they cannot contain it; Yahuah said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you and that your joy might be full!" (John 15:11)
If having heard so much misinformation and so many lies one is reluctant to accept anyone's "word of testimony", returning to hearing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) voice in one's spirit is a comforting assurance: He does witness for or against things being told us in relation to whether or not they reflect His truth!
Actually, I have no intention of "proving God"! He needs no "proving". He is axiomatic, being as evident as all of His creation attests, for those who want to see and believe it.
Those in their laboratories who have so confidently put a part of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) creation in their test tubes and observed its behavior, have not observed His Spirit at work in causing that behavior; yet they speak of having "proved" the behavior without regard for Him Who caused it.
Many do not want to see or believe Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) in His creation or in the parts of it that they set out to "prove"; for to see and believe Him means that one must submit to Him; and many do not want to submit to anyone! Being made "in the image of God", they have been deceived into believing that they are God and will allow for no other authority or will in their lives!
So, rather than try to prove what is marvelously evident to the seeing and believing, I am going to testify what seeing and believing God has meant for me, when the day finally came that I was willing to see and believe Him; and, as the unbelievers begin to experience their world closing in on them, as I did the year before I bowed my knee to Him [His name is "Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)"], they, too, will bow their knees.
My confidence in that eventuality lies in the fact that I have prayed to Him for "each child of Yours throughout Your creation" and said, to him or her, in the Spirit: "Be alive, loved, blessed, righteous, holy, perfect and in Yahuah's kingdom, for my sake!" So the salvation of my loved ones is done! And I do not need to worry my eighty-seven-year-old head about 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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