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 23
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20160723.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 throughout His creation! 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): "Judge not that ye be not judged!" (Matthew 7:1)
If one is not to "judge" others or try to decide what they are worthy of receiving in the way of rewards or punishments, then I believe he is to respect them, in the realization that they are fellow beings created "in the image of God" (Genesis 1:27) with complex lives truly understandable only by God, Whose unique understanding of His children makes Him solely qualified to reward or punish them. He commanded, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses:
That commandment is so important, being "like unto" (Matthew 22:39) "the First and Great Commandment" (Verse 38), which is to "love Yahuah, thy God" (Verse 37), that He signed it with His name! And, when He sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to teach His children personally, He said, through Yeshua: "On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets!" (Verse 40)
So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His psalmist: "The law of Yahuah is perfect, converting the soul!" (Psalm 19:7) More accurately, He could have said "converting the spirit"! because that is the "heart" or central part of us with which we think and manage our affairs, while "the soul" is only our spirit body or the part of us that functions as our body in Yahuah's spirit realm! And the two commandments comprising His "First and Great Commandment", on which "hang all the law and the prophets", are the primary reason why His "law is perfect"!
One cannot fault or surpass love! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His faithful apostle: "God is love!" (1st John 4:8) So Yahuah's being the essence of love in His person, His creation is the reflection of that love, so that any action on our part that does not agree with His love in its expression sets up reactions to correct that violence to His love; and we find ourselves being judged or punished for that violation!
For this reason, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) commandment through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Judge not that ye be not judged!" (Matthew 7:1) is close to His commandment that we "love one another" (John 13:34); because failing to be respectful of one another in that loving immediately nullifies its effect in bringing Yahuah's blessing upon us for at least having tried to love our neighbors.
If you are bewildered by this relationship between respecting and loving, welcome to the group! because failing to respect in the effort to love is the single most common source of difficulty throughout the history of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) people, who have been known as His "church" since His calling them that through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)! He said, through Yeshua:
Because "church" was a new name introduced by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), people try to make of it a new people unique to "the New Testament"! But Yahuah said, through His prophet, that His "New Covenant" would be "with the house of Israel"! (Jeremiah 31:31) And that fact has never changed, regardless of people's efforts to ignore it.
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, to Abraham: "In thy seed shall all the nations of the Earth be blessed!" (Genesis 22:18) And before ascending to be with His Father in Heaven, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) commanded His disciples: "19 Go ... and teach all nations ... 20 ... to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19 and 20), the point of that being that the obedience of "all nations" would bring upon them the blessing Yahuah promised for them to Abraham!
In turn, that obedience of "all nations" would fulfill the love that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) desired be expressed through them toward their neighbors, the highest expression of that love being to respect the neighbor.
Under the wrong spirit - in other words, under Satan's spirit or the "spirit of antichrist" (1st John 4:3) - efforts to love others can be pathetically corrupted by assuming that, because one has reached out to help another person or another whole people, he has earned the right to dictate what that person or nation believes he or they should be doing with their lives!
Stories abound how missionaries have gone into the midst of native people, bringing a few new amenities with them to make life easier for the natives, only to turn around and dictate every part of their lives, usually to "westernize" them or make them reflections of the culture from which the missionaries had come! And in the course of this alteration, much of the wisdom that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had given the native people through their hearing His voice in their spirits was lost, so intent were the missionaries in jamming their Pauline teachings, salt-ridden diet and Western diseases on the receipients of their "love"!
Yes, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) commandment through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) was "to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19 and 20) But a careful study of all that Yahuah has commanded His children through Yeshua or Moses does not include any detailed direction as to what each of His children should be doing with his or her life; and trying to dictate that kind of thing, when Yahuah did not command it is fulfilling His words through Yeshua:
Worship is the expression of one person's loving and adoring another out of a sense of wonder over the goodness that he has found in the other; it is the highest form of communication one can use in relating with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Who is our Creator of All and the King over it; so to become "vain" in one's effort to express such wonderment for having taught things that the Creator did not ask us to teach is a corruption of the entire purpose we exert ourselves so energentically to accomplish in reaching out to our God, which I and a few other people call "religion"!
The consequence of teaching what does not have Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) authority behind it is bad enough! But getting into demanding things of others because we have "stooped" to help them in some way, is the height of arrogant presumptuousness and brings upon one anything other than the blessing he undoubtedly supposed would be his for bending people's will to comply not with that of Yahuah but of the sadly mistaken benefactor's will!
Because the role of parents is that of benefiting their children while directing their activities before they have developed the good sense by which to direct them wisely on their own, the most common instance of failing to respect the person who is inside the body of the child being developed is found in parental presumptuousnes, where the responsibility of nurturing and guiding children is presumed to be the right to trample all over their sensibilities!
So simple a thing as eating can in time become a source of disturbed feelings and indigestion, when the parent constantly forces the child to eat what he does not want to eat or when he does not want to eat, which is when he is not hungry! And I have watched this gross parental misconduct in a family be merely "the tip of the iceberg" in relation to all kinds of parental extectancies for children to mirror what are their own preferences in life.
I have come to recognize such heavy-handed treatment of the children Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has put in the care of parents as the failure to include "respect" primarily of the feelings of the children in the "love" that is assumed should be the parents' driving force in the care of their children.
Other consistent violators of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) desire for a respectfully loving relationship between His children is the conduct of social services workers, who rip apart families and put them into foster care on the slightest excuse! The feelings people develop toward their siblings and parents, with all their faults, is precious to them and to the Creator Whose Spirit is in them; and violating their sensibilities while presumably "improving their conditions" is brutal in its consequences, both for the children violated and for the social workers who find Yahuah's judgments upon them for their crude mishandling of people's problems!
I continually find myself with opportunities to help the members of my large family, as they ask me to take them places or to help them over a money shortage; and that daily experience continues to bear me up joyously with the expressions of gratitude that continually are voiced to me by the people I have helped! And I believe that their pleasure in having been helped has warmed Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) heart, in His love for them, which exceeds anything of which you or I have any comprehension!
But all that marvelous fulfillment of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) commandment to love one aother would come to an ubrupt and shocking end were I to indulge myself in the presumption that because I had helped my family I had a right to control them or to demand their compliance with my wishes!
I do not always agree with what I see happening around me in my family; and, when the occasion seems right, I speak my piece about my reservations, especially when I believe others are violating each other and Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) in the process!
But to base my next response to a member's request for help on whether or not he had complied with my wishes would completely disrupt the free spirit in which my helpfulness has been conducted! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has commanded that we love our "enemies"! (Matthew 5:44) And "enemies" are not famous for doing what others want them to do. So that ends all discussion of whether or not my neighbor "deserves" my help.
I am commanded to "love", "bless", "do good to" and "pray for" my enemies; and I do believe the Giver of that commandment, my beloved Creator of All and King over it, the One Who gives me the breath of my life each moment of it, knows what He was doing in giving it. I believe He knew what that love does to the most deranged heart in a child who has gone astray!
Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "It is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish" (Matthew 18:14) And I believe that is true of the cruelest and most depraved among them.
So I implore you to love your neighbors, even the worst among them, and in that love to respect them as fellow beings whom Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) created "in His own image" (Genesis 1:27), with the ability inherent in them to seek, to know and to have His righteousness, holiness and perfection!
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, not to mention our ministry of practical helps for the disadvantaged!
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