Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel will be thinking on this Sabbath?
Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd talks about
Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2016 July 9
The Power of Commitment
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterhiscovenant.com/Sabbath20160709.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, the foundational offer that He made through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses to "the children of Israel" (Deuteronomy 29:1) in His Torah or law was:
A similar assurance was given, by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), when He came to teach Their children about Their "Father Who art in Heaven"! (Matthew 6:9) He said, through Yeshua: "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17)
The words "observe" (Deuteronomy 28:1) and "keep" (Matthew 19:17) are the translations of words both of which mean to "guard" (Strong: Hebrew: 8104; Greek: 5083), whether in the Old Testament's Hebrew or in the New Testament's Greek! And we "guard" that on which we put value!
So, whenever in His Holy Bible Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) refers to His desire for His children with respect to their relationship to Him, He speaks of their putting a value on the commandments of His Torah or law through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses!
One cannot put a value on something as a mere passing thought that might be true then but not later! It is based upon his belief that the thing has permanent value; and either it does or does not!
Of course we recognize varying degrees of value in things; we regard a life as having more worth than a car; and a car costs less than an home; so we must look further, to determine, if we can, how much value we should put on the commandments of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Torah or law!
Anyone's "commandments" are an expression of what he or she wants or does not want! And the value we place on a person's rules is the value we put on the ruler who wants us to abide by his or her will for us! So one of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) commandments deals with His children's loving Him; and He expressed it thusly:
So one would have to say that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wants His children to love Him greatly or to put the highest possible value on their relationship with Him; and, by the same token, that is the value He wants us to put on the commandments of His Torah or law!
The next step is to realize that something worthy of our putting the highest possible value on it is not something to be taken lightly or considered temporary, as one might regard the value of "grass" (Psalm 37:2), which shall "shall soon be cut down ... and wither as the green herb"! (Verse 2)
Rather, the value we are to put on our relationship to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and upon His Torah or law is the highest possible value; and, since the name "Yahuah" (Exodus 6:3) means "self-existent or eternal" (Strong: Hebrew: 3068), that relationship is intended to last longer than we have the capacity to appreciate!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, of His "covenant with the house of Israel" (Jeremiah 31:31), that it is an "everlasting covenant" (Psalm 105:10) that "He hath remembered ... for ever, the word that He commanded to a thousand generations"! (Verse 8)
A "covenant", which we call a "contract", is about relationships! It is an agreement between parties to perform in a certain way to receive certain benefits! And Yahuah's benefits are "exceedingly great" (Genesis 15:1) and "eternal"! (Matthew 19:16 and 17)
All this preparation is leading up to the idea of "commitment"! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) desire is that His children commit themselves for the rest of their lives to serving Him according to the commandments of His Torah or law hrough Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses!
For those who "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:1), He promised that "all these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee" (Verse 2), which obedience He later expressed through Moses as being "your life" (Deuteronomy 32:47) - yes, even your "eternal life". (Matthew 19:16 and 17)
So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is not interested in a "one night stand", as people say, about relationships between men and woman that are undertaken lightly with no thought of "commitment" or of remaining together and fulfilling in each other their highest dreams about what a marriage should be! In fact, the idea of half-hearted commitments is so abhorrent to Him that He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through His faithful apostle John:
The same is true of situations where people are needed to work together to achieve a common goal! This is typical of families or their enterprises, where, without the long-ranged determination of its members to make the goal of the family or their enterprise succeed, nothing significant can be accomplished! The greatest things that have ever been achieved by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) through His children have depended upon this lifelong commitment to making something worthwhile happen!
Where the parent or employer foolishly gets angry and harshly penalizes anyone who does not do as he wants him to do, angrily lecturing his captive audience for hours on end, degrading them for any reason, withholding compensation from them or even firing the poorly performing member of his team, the members remember that, about their tormentor!
Whether consciously or not, the abused members reason or merely react, within themselves, "This person is not committed to working with me come what may! I cannot trust him; He is an angry and hurtful person; so I will not work hard for him; I will give him the bare minimum that it takes to keep my job and no more!" In the extreme, the abused person simply quits on the abuser and refuses to do anything for him.
Except with wise members who know the blessing to be had from Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) in loving their enemy, whether the abusive parent or employer likes it or not, his anger and vindictive behavior will program the spirit, conscience or subconscious mind of his spiritually immature members to give him the least possible support! And his efforts, however desperate, to get the greatly needed cooperation of his members will fail!
Some people locked into abusive behavior naively suppose that their poorly functioning family or staff are the result merely of "bad attitudes" originating from other sources, which they are unfairly having to suffer, while their affairs crumble, under the weight of the dysfunctioning!
What abusive people do not understand is that, unless their subjects know Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and how He blesses those who reprogram their abused spirits to loving their enemies inspite of their problems, the spirits of their victims are negatively programed, the result being far deeper and more controlling of the victim's behavior than any attitude problem, sometimes without his even knowing why he reacts so badly to certain people, why he feels so tired and hopeless when he is around certain people and even why others react poorly to him at times.
Once planted and accepted as true or something to be believed, the negative or destructive program in one's spirit will replay that imagry; and, if the victim accepts those frightful scenarious as truth, his destructive programing is thus reenforced; and his personal affairs suffer increasing damage!
So the wise parent or employer will do everything in his power to encourage his or her members, rewarding them and commending them whenever possible and being careful not to degrade them or make them feel unappreciated or unneeded by the family or enterprise, least of all vindictively punish them or cast them out. which damages people's inner lives beyond imagining!
Some parents or employers make the mistake of using double standards! They learn to treat carefully and well a spouse or a client, since the spouse or client can retaliate and hurt them, while they believe they can be careless and hurtful toward those they believe are subject to them and helpless to harm them; but that is, merely, part of the delusion under which they function! It is a time-bomb waiting to go off!
The abusive person can be impeccably proper, insofar as his personal ethics are concerned; he can believe and most often does that he does God a favor when he gets up in the morning; and that personal sense of being "right" all the time, is part of his problem; because he absolutely will not listen to people who try to advise him concerning what they see going on between him and the people on whom he is so desperately depending!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) way of expressing His desired relationship to His children is by comparing it to marriage, with which most of us can relate, either as people in marriage or as members of a family, which necessarily must be based upon the successful marriage of the parents! He wrote, through His prophet, concerning the children of Israel: "I was an husband unto them" (Jeremiah 31:32); and He wrote, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through His faithful apostle John:
For those who have had a reasonably good marriage, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) choice of comparing His relationship with His children to a marriage is completely understandable! For, rightly experienced, the marriage relationship is beyond anything else with which one can be blessed!
The commitment typical of a good marriage is the only social condition under which anything truly significant can be accomplished! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "He who shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved!"! (Matthew 24:13) And, to illustrate the importance of "enduring", He gave, through Yeshua, the illustration of a man's building a tower!
When we speak to our "mountain" (Mark 11:23), commanding that it be "be ... removed and be ... cast into the sea" (Verse 23), an hundred people might be living on it, whom Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) might have to relocate before moving it; and, if in the meanwhile the one praying becomes disheartened and begins to "doubt in his heart" (Verse 23) and fails to "believe that those things that he saith shall come to pass; he shall" (Verse 23) not "have whatsoever he saith"! (Verse 23)
Getting what we want is that simple yet profound! It is all about believing until the dream is accomplished! No one is going to commit himself to something in which he does not believe! So one's "faith in God"! (Mark 11:22) is an important part of commitment! And without commitment we are, as Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
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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