Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2016 November 5

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2016 November 5

Having Faith in God

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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 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, I have been finding, lately, that the pressure among people I know to abandon my faith has been mounting, which has caused the maintaining of my faith to become a real fight, not within myself but with respect to straightening out the people around me who keep finding reasons not to believe in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), in His Holy Bible as His way of communicating with us, His beloved children, or in Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), His precious "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son", Who is our Brother, Friend, King, Savior and Redeemer! (John 3:16)

On top of that has been a slowness to see results in prayer that has exasperated the best among the members of our fellowship, causing them to believe that they need, as did Yeshua's apostles, to ask Him "Increase our faith!" (Luke 17:5)

I say the "fight" is not within myself, who am as settled as I can imagine in relation to my faith, for the simple reason that I know that I cannot create a single particle of the amazing and wonderful life that abounds around and in me and that the One Who did create it and continues to maintain it created me, as well, loves me and continues to keep my life in perfect order, with all things in it working together in the perfection that is typical of my beloved Creator and King!

Interestingly, this "settled" condition in my own spiritual life deals well with both those who are giving me an hard time trying to justify my faith and those who believe their "faith" is insufficient! And I will get to both of those issues, as we make our way along, today.

This "settled condition" of my faith is in stark contrast to the way my life was prior to committing myself to serving Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), which way was chaotic and destructive, to say the least!

The "fight for the faith" in which I find myself is born of my love for Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children or, I should say, His love for them as it pours forth through me, which causes my spirit to grieve terribly, when I find His children willing to embrace every reason under the sun for disbelieving the One Who is giving them the breath of life by which to be so arrogant and ungrateful!

It absolutely amazes me, when a particular friend of mine refuses to acknowledge the almighty presence of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) in his life and finds so many reasons to question His righteousness! The reasons are there! I grant you; but, with their being measured against the fact of His creation, I find no contest in those reasons; for they cannot override the overwhelming demonstration of His power and creativity, which I find Him abundantly showing in every part of His creation!

Yes, the "evildoers" (Psalm 37:1) are there! But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has advised us, His beloved children, not to "fret" (Verse 1) over them; "For they shall soon be cut down, like the grass, and wither, as the green herb!" (Verse 2)

"The judgments of Yahuah are true and righteous altogether" (Psalm 19:9) He has said, through His psalmist; but to judge anything, He has had to allow conduct by His children, which then gives Him something to judge; and that involves the time in which He permits the conduct, either good or bad!

Since Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is eternal, as are we, whom He has made "in His own image" (Genesis 1:27), the time He permits for the behavior of His children seems interminable, to us, whose time on Earth is no more than a tiny fraction of eternity; and we are tempted to fault Him for taking so long to judge the behavior of the evildoers!

Evildoers hurt their neighbors! And Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has promised that He will curse those who "wilt not hearken unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments"! (Deuteronomy 28:15) So the evildoers are useful to Him in implementing that cursing, so long as we, His beloved children, continue to ignore His voice and use our voices to judge Him for not taking the evildoers to task!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has told, in His Holy Bible, of judging His children harshly at times; and I hear the question repeatedly, "So why does He not do it now, together with the clear and visible showing of it that characterizes situations of which we read in His "Holy Bible"?" I do not know the answer to that question; for I am not He nor privy to all that He is in the midst of doing with us, His beloved children!

While we are on such questions, how about the miracles recorded in the bible? Where are they today?

I do not know where the miracles of the bible are today; and, yes, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "He who believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also! And greater works than these shall he do." (John 14:12)

I, too, am disappointed by the lack of such "miracles" in my own life; but that disappointment does not override the amazement that I continue to feel over the miracle of life in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) creation, a single particle of which I am personally unable to duplicate!

Yes, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) seldom speaks to us "mouth to mouth" (Numbers 12:8), as He did with Moses! But He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "I am with you always, even unto the end of the world!" (Matthew 28:20)

When Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) does speak to us, rather than the cumbersome use of words on which we depend, He uses the language of Heaven, which conveys to us in an instant the full range of sights and sounds that His thought entails, the problem being that, if we have learned to ignore those vital impressions, we miss the most valuable Source of wisdom and direction that is available to anyone!

So in these various problems, questions and observations I recognize the opportunity of choice concerning what we do about them; Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "Choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live!" (Deuteronomy 30:19) And that choice involves faith! For who chooses that in which he does not believe?

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) explained to what that "life" relates! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "46 Set your hearts unto all the words that I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law! 47 For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life!" (Deuteronomy 32:46 and 47)

By the authority of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) word through Moses we, His beloved children, are to choose "all the words of this law" in our choosing of His "life"! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life!" (John 6:63)

The words of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) may be "spirit" and "life"; but how many of us, His beloved children, believe them, to where we will "choose life" in choosing "all the words of this law"? He commanded, through Yeshua:

Have faith in God! (Mark 11:22)

When the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the Earth? (Luke 18:8)

So why is this matter of faith so important?

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "According to your faith be it unto you." (Matthew 9:29)

What is "unto" you and me is a very comprehensive statement! For "unto" us Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gives us our life, both the physical life, which we take for granted, and the spiritual life, which is the delight of those who have chosen it.

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Let the dead bury their dead!" (Matthew 8:22) So doing such things as burying bodies is possible while being virtually dead oneself, in the sense, I must assume, of being spiritually "dead" or without the "life" that comes in believing and living by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) words!

The friend of mine who continually works to challenge my faith in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has this condescending way of granting anyone's right to believe that which "makes him feel better", which infuriates me, in my reverence for Him Who said through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life!" (John 14:6)

For me, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) being through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) "the Way, the Truth and the Life" is the fixed and concrete reality without which I believe His creation would collapse or simply not exist, which is far from being no more than a "placebo" which believed in makes one "feel better"!

One's "faith in God" (Mark 11:22) is the difference between fulfilling or failing to fulfill the amazing and wonderful person that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has had in mind for every one of us, His beloved children! And reducing Him and His effort to communicate His essence and reality to us to being no more than a "placebo" for the gullible is, in my view, the height of the arrogance that I believe fully comprises the unfaithful!

For many years my unbelieving friend supposed that he was a "believer" and conducted his life according to what is expected of such a person; but then all the arguments that he uses on me got the better of him; and he gave me notice that he would no longer be living the lie that he believed his former faith had been, at which I told him that, should he walk in that contempt for God, he would under the influence of devils turn against his family!

The observation is made that many "fine" people in the world do not believe in God; and my friend is one of them, being in behalf of his family "generous to a fault" or oftentimes beyond what he reasonably could be expected to give in relation to his own needs; and he prides himself in doing that for "the right reason" or because it pleases him to be helpful toward others, not to fulfill some biblical God's requirement for one to "get to Heaven", which he believes does not exist!

That position of course makes a liar of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Who said through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of Heaven!" (Matthew 5:20)

To support his denial of Heaven or Hell, my friend has been obliged to relegate all people who have claimed that they have been to Heaven or to Hell as "deluded" by the conditions that accompany the "clinical death" that usually accompanies such illusions of travel! But, since he cannot "prove" that they were deluded or merely suffered an illusion, he has no more right to that position than I have to accept such accounts and revel in the fascinating details that some of them include about presentday conversations with Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)!

I have the written accounts of both Richard Eby and Howard Storm, both of whom reported having been taken to Heaven and talked with Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)! And the enrichment of spiritual matters that both of those testimonies have provided for me is something for which I am very grateful!

If one is expected to dismiss as "delusional" everyone who has a report with which one does not agree, the entire population can well be dismissed as living in a dream, which makes a mockery of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) saying through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established!" (Matthew 18:16)

Indeed, if all who believe are delusional, from where can "two or three witnesses" be found, to establish "every word"?

The only ones left would be the unbelievers; and, since they are living a lie, how can they be used to establish the truth?

My unbelieving friend, although "generous to a fault" has become, without realizing it and in exact accord with my prediction, the worst enemy his loved ones could be, in being the advocate for unbelief that he is, when according to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Holy Bible, belief or unbelief is the difference between Heaven or Hell for each person who dies! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to "the Pharisees" (John 8:13):

I go My way, and ye shall seek Me, and shall die in your sins! Whither I go, ye cannot come! (John 8:21)

To those who have ministered to the practical needs of their neighbors Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) will say: "Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world!" (Matthew 25:34) To those who have not helped or loved their neighbors, He will say: "Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels!" (Verse 41) And He sums up those judgments, by saying: "These shall go away into everlasting punishment but the righteous into life eternal!" (Verse 46)

That is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "Holy Bible"! And the question of whether one should believe it or not drives us back to being or not being one of those who "shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments"! (Deuteronomy 28:1)

"These little ones who believe in Me" (Matthew 18:6), as Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), can be "offended" or tempted to believe and do the wrong things! Where each of us stands in relation to such matters is a personal thing between us and the One Who has created us. Having said all I know to say on "fighting for the faith", I must leave it there!

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!

Father, by my "faith in God"! (Mark 11:22) I "speak" (Mark 11:23), to your children, and command that they be given the knowledge and understanding of You and the power within their spirit by which to believe You.

Father, I rejoice (John 15:11) that You are faithful to fulfill your children's powerful use of their "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Genesis 1:28) I know you answered this prayer, in ha Kodesh Ruach, your Holy Spirit, the moment I said it; and I believe I "receive" (Mark 11:24) a family of brothers and sisters who are rejoicing over their faith in Your word as the Way and the Truth to the wonderful Life that awaits those who believe You.

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.

Amen! Alleluia!

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