Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel was thinking on this Sabbath?
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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2016 August 20
The Truth about Free Will
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at enterhiscovenant.com/Sabbath20160820.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 Hayah gave me for this Sabbath, exactly how free is a person's "free will"?
In this sermon I am going to show you that the will Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given us to exercise relates only to one issue in our life, which is whether we will love Him or hate Him; for all other conditions and behavior in our life are determined by Him! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) also said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses:
If you love someone, you do what you can to please him or her; is that not true? And, if you hate him or her - which we are not supposed to do, by the way (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39) - you cannot think of enough bad things to do to that person, doing what he or she wants being the last thing on Earth that you would want to do.
So "love" and "hate" translate into obedience or disobedience; and whether to love or hate Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), the awesome and wonderful Creator of all and King over it, the One Who gives you and me the breath of life by which to live and make decisions to do anything, is the one fundamental issue before every one of us, which we cannot avoid! Whether we like it or not, we are doing one or the other of those things, each moment of our day!
Let me show you what I mean: Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses:
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) described one of those blessings in this way:
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) also said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses:
And Yahuah Hayah described one of those curses in this way:
The interesting thing about that particular blessing or curse is that the enemy, who Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) promises will either flee from you or not according to whether or not you are hearkening to His voice, is comprised of people exactly like you and me, who want success and the happiness that it brings and who also have had to decide whether to love or to hate Yahuah, the Creator Who made them and Who is giving them the breath of life and who, like you, have been given the same promises, whether they happen to be conscious of that fact or not!
So the enemy, too, has a right to expect Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) consideration on the battlefield! But, when their enemy happens to be you, who have loved and hearkened to Him and has His assurance of victory, He could not keep His promise to you without overriding the enemy's will to destroy you, making them flee "seven ways"! (Deuteronomy 28:7 and 25)!
I know that sounds a little complicated; and it is! But that is the truth about "free will"!
The "enemy" have had the right to choose whether they will love Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) or not! But they have no control over how they will react to a particular enemy on the battlefield! If their enemy is "righteous" or in right relationship to Yahuah, the enemy are invincible and had best be left alone! Or, if they are "unrighteous" and have no favorable relationship to Him, they are vulnerable to whatever you, their enemy, wants to do to them.
The wisdom I have shared with you above is the reason why David, virtually the greatest earthly king over Israel who ever lived, was so careful before going into battle! On one occasion "David enquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? Wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the Lord said, unto David, Go up! For I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand!" (2nd Samuel 5:19)
When faced with a rebellious and harmful action on the part of one of their tribes, even the entire nation of Israel had the good sense to make a similar inquiry: "The children of Israel went up and wept, before the Lord, until even, and asked counsel of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up again to battle against the children of Benjamin, my brother? And the Lord said, Go up against him." (Judges 20:3)
By their knowledge of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Torah or law and how He deals with anyone according to his or her regard for Him, both David and the children of Israel knew that to engage in fighting with the wrong enemy or with anyone who had Yahuah's favor would bring a disasterous result! And you and I are well advised to move according to that same knowledge! Yahuah wrote, through His prophet:
When Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) finished speaking of His "covenant with the house of Israel" (Jeremiah 31:31) and its being "everlasting" (Psalm 105:10), He then wrote, through His psalmist, of the children of Israel, saying:
What would Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) do about such harm other than to judge the violator of His people frightfully!
Although I have focused on the example of enemies interacting in battle and how their relationship to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) determines how He will tip the scales in favor of one or the other, the application of the truth revealed in that example can be applied endlessly, to virtually every kind of interaction imaginable! But no contest exists for whether one will choose to love and obey Him or to hate and disobey Him; He pled, through Moses, with His children;
Through experiments and clinical studies scientists have concluded that what one believes affects not only how his body is functioning but also how people around him react to him. Based upon finding that all things consist of energy, the scientists believe their conclusion is reasonable! But they have no idea of why the reactions in others are so specific! I have shown, from out of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Holy Bible, exactly why such reactions are specific: He makes them so.
One can encounter Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) favor for another person and his or her desire in a certain matter - what that person may have prayed about, for instance; and nothing you can do will change the outcome of that arrangement, except to get that person to come against his own prayer!
One might ask: Well, what if two people are praying for opposite things to happen?
Please remember that one's "favor", right standing or "righteousness" is based upon hearkening to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "voice" (Deuteronomy 28:1) and observing "to do all these commandments"! (Deuteronomy 6:25) He does not express two wills for His children at the same time! He only has one will for each of His children and for each of the nations that are comprised of His children.
So two people praying for opposite things is only possible where one or both persons is not hearing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)! Otherwise, their prayers will be directed toward accomplishments that work harmoniously together for the good of all His children.
So where disharmony exists between the purposes and prayers of people, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) control over how they will behave in relation to the fulfillment of such purposes and prayers will always be for the one who is acting in accord with His will and against the one who is acting only in accord with his own will or that of people who are either foolish or interested in his or her destruction!
The practice of "voodoo" is known among some people, which is, simply, the practice of praying for the destruction of another! But that can only happen, if the intended victim of the curse is at cross purposes with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)! If he or she knows Yahuah and is hearkening to His voice, "to observe to do all His commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:1), His promises to bless, protect and provide for His obedient child will take precedence over the will of the voodoo practitioner; and what was intended for harm will only revert to the target's good!
This truth was resoundingly learned by Balak, the king of Moab, when he hired Balaam, a false prophet, to curse Israel, who were making startling advances against anyone who stood in the way of their taking the land that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had promised them. Balak begged Balaam three times, "Curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me." (Numbers 22:6); but each time Balaam tried to comply, Yahuah intervened and forced him to bless Israel instead!
So, if you have any idea of bucking the will of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), the Creator of all and King over it and the One Who is giving you the breath of life, I beg you to give it up and go with learning and cherishing His will! For it is the only one that counts! All else is an exercise in futility!
The question of course arises, If Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) judges for the obedient and against the disobedient, why are so many people in the world doing evil seemingly without anything stopping them? Yahuah wrote, through His psalmist:
I cannot emphasize enough how comforting that truth is to know, in a world seemingly gone made, with greed and power-crazed leaders thrusting untold violence upon people and the environment by virtue only of their wealth and no personal integrity! But consider this:
With so many people in the world disregarding Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) will and with His having promised cursing upon them for that disregard, can you not see that His permitting evil in the world is His way of implementing that cursing? Yet He promised, through His psalmist:
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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