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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2016 October 22
Yahuah Hayah's Mercy
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at enterhiscovenant.com/Sabbath20161022.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, He wrote, through His psalmist: "Praise ye Yahuah. O give thanks unto Yahuah; for He is good! For His mercy endureth for ever!" (Psalm 106:1)
I always wondered what happened to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) everlasting mercy, when His children have landed in Hell, from where, presumably, no one ever came out! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
But from Brother Howard Storm's marvelous testimony we have learned that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) mercy indeed does endure "for ever", in that Brother Howard himself was delivered from Hell and he quoted from things told Him about Hell by Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and the angels He had invited to talk with Brother Howard:
So, being the ultimate demonstration of His mercy, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) salvation is available even for those who having rejected it and Him on Earth finally come to accept it and Him in Hell! But far from taking a relaxed or careless attitude from that precious information, we must never forget the warning that was imbedded in the midst of it: "The terrible truth is that the deeper people sink into degradation, the less willing they are to seek salvation."
While on Earth people are praying for Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "lost sheep" (Matthew 15:24); in Hell no one is praying, except those few people who, like Brother Howard, have the presence of mind to pray for their own salvation.
The "presence of mind" that saved Brother Howard was an absolute miracle, after his going through all the years of his adult life as an atheist! It was based on one little child's song that he had learned in church school when he was very young! But compared to the shocking attack he had experienced only moments before by the kind of vicious and depraved people who inhabit Hell, the idea that "Jesus loves me" sounded infinitely desirable! And, with those words having returned to him after all those years, he "yelled out, into the darkness, 'Jesus, save me'" (32210200 Howard Storm's Gospel, an except from My Descent into Death - A Second Chance at Life - His Page 25, My Page 5); and He did!
What people fail to appreciate about one's asking Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to save him is that doing so fulfills all of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) requirements for one's being saved: it puts one on record that he understands
One cries out for help only when hurting! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His psalmist: "They cried, unto Yahuah, in their trouble; and He delivered them, out of their distresses!" (Psalm 107:6)
So that hurt is part of the process by which we are saved! And Hell is the ultimate hurt that one can ever experience, the hurts we feel now being only fractions of those of which Hell is capable of delivering for the rebellious among Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children!
As Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, Hell is an "everlasting punishment" (Matthew 25:46), in that it or its successor, "the Lake of Fire" (Revelation 20:14) will always be there; but, as we have seen from Brother Howard's experience and testimony, one's experiencing of it need not be "everlasting".
From time to time I have reported conversations I have had with an atheist friend of mine; and, interestingly, this very topic arose, recently, with his asking me, "If I were to die and find myself in Hell, would it be possible for me to admit 'My bad!' and be saved at that point?"
Of course, I was delighted to learn that with all the super intelligence with which this young man had dazzled me with one astounding argument after another discounting the possibility of "proving God", he was concerned, from the uneasiness he felt in his spirit, about what his chances were should he find in the real "proving" of it all, in dying, that he had been wrong despite all his impressive rationalizations!
Because of what I now knew from Brother Howard's gospel, I was able to answer my atheist friend in the affirmative; but my pleasure in that helpfulness was lost in the sadness I felt that, should he wait that long to deal rightly with his Creator and King, he would have missed the glorious experience right here on Earth of walking daily with the best friend any of us can possibly have!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has made promises, in His Holy Bible, for those who "shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments"! (Deuteronomy 28:1)
From having tried my best over several months to deal with the atheist's plight, I believe I know what the main hangup is that Satan's lie creates in the atheist's mind, which is usually accommodated by his being unusually intelligent and able to handle lots of details about life - the wrong one's, of course, that seem to discount Yahuah's role in the creation He made for us to experience!
In accepting "the scientific method" as the only way by which to "prove" anything, the atheist refuses to grant that God can be proved, believing that "the scientific method" is superior to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) method of establishing the truth He would like His children to accept and use as their wisdom for living effectively - for fulfilling themselves fully in all that He had in mind for them in creating them.
The "scientific method" of proving things of course deals with things that can be controlled and watched "under laboratory conditions"! But the problem with that method is that so much of the life of every one of us cannot be controlled and watched "under laboratory conditions". Although we physically entrapped mortals cannot usually see into Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) spirit realm, there is a spiritual side of life with which we deal every day in our spirits!
Let us face it: what we imagine or see in our mind's eye is not a physically manifested thing! Yet it has a reality of its own that must be reckoned with; Yahuah said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses:
To actually take something "that is thy neighbor's" falls under the commandment "Thou shalt not steal!" (Exodus 20:15) But merely to "covet" is another matter not quite so obvious but every bit as serious! For the breaking of any commandment of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) brings one under His "curses" (Deuteronomy 28:15); and He pled, with His children: "Choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live!" (Deuteronomy 30:19)
The word "covet" is the translation of a word meaning "to delight in" (Strong: Hebrew: 2530) Merely looking at something affords small "delight"! But contemplating what it would be like to have it as one's own is another matter! And Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart!" (Matthew 5:28)
In this case, the key word is "lust", which is the translation of a word meaning "to set the heart upon, i.e. long for (rightfully or otherwise)" (Strong: Greek: 1937) So, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was still dealing, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), in this case, with His commandment concerning "coveting" but with His focus being upon the desirability of His daughters!
Being a man, I have contemplated the desirability of many a woman; but, knowing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) concern for them, I have been careful not to contemplate courting or marrying any woman who already belonged to a husband, which indeed would be a violation "in the spirit" of Yahuah's commandment forbidding "adultery"! (Exodus 20:14)
The importance of what one "covets" or "longs for" relates to the powerful dominion that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given each one of His children, wherein, "whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea; and 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)
One does not speak to a mountain that it be "removed and cast into the sea" without wanting that removal; and with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) guarantee through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) that what one says believing "shall come to pass", we are speaking, here, of prayer and its amazing power to deliver! It is the use of one's "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Genesis 1:28) It works; and, used wrongly, it can bring Yahuah's judgment of punishment upon the user!
Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "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 And then will I profess, unto them, I never knew you: depart, from Me, ye who work iniquity!" (Matthew 7:22 and 23
Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "God is a spirit!" (John 4:24) And, despite the objections of atheists, He is the "reality" of which the physical realm is only a manifestation! Remove the spirit that is moving the particles of energy that comprise the physical part of creation and you remove that physical manifestation! Creation as we know it would collapse and cease to exist!
But, since we physically-entrapped mortals cannot normally see into Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) spirit realm, some of us mistakenly believe and claim that it is not there! And believing it is not there, we rob ourselves of privileges that Yahuah gives His children to participate in the unseen, the use of one's dominion being a prime example of such privilege!
To say to a mountain, "Be removed and cast into the sea" (Mark 11:23) requires that one see, in his mind's eye, the mountain do what he is commanding that it do; and Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) guarantee through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) that the one speaking that prayer will have that removal, means that the spiritual basis of the mountain's location will have been moved, with the physical removal soon (or not so soon) to follow!
So to say to a woman "Be mine", when she is not free to be yours, obligates ha Kodesh Ruach to fulfill an adultery, which is, of course, a grievous situation, to say the least, and one that will invariably create a spiritual backlash that is not to be desired! For "the judgments of Yahuah are true and righteous altogether"! (Psalm 19:9)
These judgments relating to what one visualizes and then says all relate to the spirit realm and to the way in which Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) works in it; yet the atheist denies their validity!
As to what can be seen of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) spirit realm, we who normally cannot see it must rely on what members of the Godhead or people who have been there tell us about it; and the atheist refuses to grant validity to such accounts, because they are not the product of "the scientific method"! But we know of science's findings only through the reports of those who perform experiments in the laboratories. Who has enough lifetimes to run through each reported test for himself?
So even the atheist must rely on the accounts of witnesses for whatever "truth" he wants to base his decisions upon; and Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) attaching importance to the true witness (Deuteronomy 19:15; Matthew 18:16) and punishing false witness (Exodus 20:16; Deuteronomy 19:16 to 19) shows the importance He knows His witnesses play in helping His children make good decisions!
So I am here to witness for Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) that, when one walks in His way with "all these blessings" coming upon him, life becomes an endless joy, either here or in the life to come! He 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)
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 year, 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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