Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2017 December 24

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2016 December 24

Yahuah Hayah's Joy

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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, the 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 I call "getting prayed up"!

As for the thoughts that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave me for this Sabbath, Since tomorrow the world celebrates the birthday of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), which traditionally is a time of great joy, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about Yahuah's joy. He wrote, through His prophet: "The joy of Yahuah is your strength!" (Nehemiah 8:10) He said, through Yeshua ha Mawshiyach:

These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full! (John 15:11) And

Now come I to thee! And these things I speak, in the world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves! (John 17:13)

The words translated "joy" in John's gospel mean "cheerfulness, i.e. calm delight"! (Strong: Greek: 5479) And, if you are not feeling "calm delight" in your life right now, you are somehow missing the point of life as Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), your Creator of All and King over it, has intended it to be for you.

When I see people claiming to have some kind of faith in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) "all bent out of shape", as the saying goes, I suspect that they are missing what knowing and walking in obedience to Him is about! For their sadness or anger indicates that they do not know what He is capable of doing in their lives!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) entire creation is a miracle of creativity beyond the understanding of any one of us; we cannot create a single atom or cell of which His creation is comprised! Yet He has put His Spirit at our command, to be as creative in our behalf as we would like Him to be and can believe that He will be (Mark 11:22 to 24); and to know the power of that "dominion" He has given us "over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth" (Genesis 1:28) is, indeed, cause for our rejoicing!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) being "omniscient" or all-knowing, He knows what works best for Him; so He is always on top of things, from His point of view! And that fact, I believe, is why His joy is great!

So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) communicating what works best for us is how His joy becomes ours, which is why He is a covenant God: He speaks to us not only that we might know what is best for us through the commandments of His Torah, law and "everlasting covenant" (Psalm 105:10) "with the house of Israel" (Jeremiah 31:31) but He also works to bring us into agreement or "covenant" with Him, so that we will be committed to doing what is best for us, which brings us the results in our lives that make us joyful!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through Solomon: "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine! But a broken spirit drieth the bones!" (Proverbs 17:22) The thing about Yahuah's Holy Bible is that it contains observations about life, its Creator and us that are both true and a basis for understanding what is helpful! Scientists continue to research the behavior of our bodies, behind which is the behavior of our spirits, which determine what our bodies do! And they have found that the information we or things around us have given our spirits causes them to react in predictable ways!

"The merry heart" or spirit is one that has been assured that all is well, that the circumstances of our life are comforting, reassuring and a cause for rejoicing! That works "like a medicine", the purpose of medicine being to restore one from a disease to the good health that brings one pleasure!

The tendency of husbands to keep their wives and children feeling good about things is born of their knowing how women and children react to both good or bad news! If the husbands have the benefit of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) words in their spirits, they will project onto the members of their families the confidence and joy that His words bring! But, if the husbands do not know Yahuah or His joy, they project the distress, fear, anger and discontent that the absence of Yahuah's words and the presence of Satan's evil words bring to one's spirit, which then causes it virtually to shut down the bodies of those who are believing such upsetting news!

So not only is joy a pleasantly preferred state of being; it is, also, a vitally important and determining factor in one's life, which Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Who created us, knows quite well, including joy as one of the benefits that His words bring His children!

I personally am very grateful for the joy that my knowledge of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has brought me and for the healthy regard it has caused me to hold for all that He has revealed to me about His truth, love and power and their availablity to me and to all His sons and daughters!

All of that being so, how do we handle news of the constant tragedies being suffered in the world with which we are surrounded? Some people believe that a terrible typhoon that hit the Philipines recently took the lives of as many as twenty thousand people!

When He came upon Jerusalem for the last time, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) "wept" (Luke 19:41), saying "42 If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things that belong unto thy peace! But now they are hid from thine eyes! 43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench, about thee, and compass thee round and keep thee in on every side 44 and shall lay thee even with the ground and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave, in thee, one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation!" (Luke 19:42 to 44)

As "God" (John 1:1), Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) knew the tragic future that was in store for the people of Jerusalem because they would reject and kill Him! Yet I do not believe that knowledge deprived Him of His joy in knowing all that is right about Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and His creation! So having Yahuah's joy and knowing about those who do not know it and are therefore subject to conditions that bring overwhelming sadness can, seemingly, both be present, at the same time, in our consciousness or in the awareness that determines our spirit's functioning in our bodies!

The spirit can know what is going wrong around one; but, if that spiritual awareness includes the certainty of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "shield and exceedingly great reward" for the one who has the awareness, his spirit remains functional for the sake of the good part of the awareness that relates to himself personally!

But, if one's awareness of present or future dangers does not include that of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) ability and willingness to shield and reward His believing children, that awareness of danger will seem to threaten him; and his spirit will react as though the danger is even upon him and destroying him.

I believe that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) extensive attention to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) loving care for His children relates to the medicinal "merry heart" (Proverbs 17:22) that He recommended through Solomon, knowing how important the awareness of one's spirit is in determining how well anyone is functioning for his good and that of everyone around him. He said:

Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on! Is not the life more than meat and the body than raiment? (Matthew 10:25)

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feedeth them! Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow! They toil not, neither do they spin! 29 Yet I say, unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these! 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? (Matthew 10:31)

A church I know has taken and made doctrine on words written by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) recorder in Genesis, that Yahuah made His children out of dust! They read:

The Lord God formed man, of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul! (Genesis 2:7)

Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return! (Genesis 3:19)

If one chooses to take that scripture alone and make it the basis of a church teaching, he can impose what to me is a very dismal thing to believe, which is that, one's being no more than "the dust of the ground", he is only physical in nature, so that, when he dies or loses his body, he loses everything, including his awareness of being alive! And, according to those who are teaching that doctrine, which is known as "soul sleep", a dead person presumably stays that way, until Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "Resurrection of Life", when the dead child's awareness of being alive will be returned, to him, and a new eternal body provided for him, as well!

Such teachers prefer that doctrine over what a story told by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) implies, which is that we are made of far more than merely our physical bodies and that loss of those bodies is not loss of life or of consciousness, one's spirit being taken on, into Yahuah's spirit realm. He told, through Yeshua, of "Lazarus" (Luke 16:20) and "a certain rich man" (Verse 19), each of whom "died and was buried" (Verse 22) - that is, their bodies were buried - while their spirits kept on living! Alleluia! I feel better already!

Spiritually, Lazarus, "the beggar ... was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom"! (Luke 16:22) But the rich man was handled quite differently! "In Hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom!"

From that story told by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), we learn that one necessarily has a spirit part of his being, which goes on, after death or the loss of his physical body, and experiences whatever Yahuah has in store for him, Who "judged every man according to their works"! (Revelation 20:13)

The "soul-sleep" doctrine teaches that we and thus our consciousness of being are no more than "dust" (Genesis 2:7; 3:19), which is temporary and losable, while Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) doctrine through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) teaches that we and thus our consciousness of being are spiritual, indestructible and therefore eternal! Take your choice! I happen to like the idea of living forever! I do not like the idea of only a brief life followed by a nothingness for God knows how long, until He gets around to returning one's life and consciousness.

All these things are in the bible! And one must decide which way he wants to believe! I choose the joyful prospect of living forever in "Abraham's bosom" (Luke 16:22) or whatever spiritual comfort in Heaven that implies!

Indeed, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) spoke, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) of the "righteousness" (Matthew 5:20) one must have to "enter into the kingdom of Heaven"! (Verse 20) And, since that "righteousness" (Deuteronomy 6:25) was offered, by Him, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses, for those who "observe to do all these commandments before Yahuah, our God" (Verse 25), which is another joyful prospect, I choose to "observe", which is to put a value on those commandments, to do them the best I know how!

Even more joyful is the prospect that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) kingdom is attainable now! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Behold, the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:21) Since "God is a spirit" (John 4:24), His kingdom is spiritual; and for that Spirit to be "within you", one's inner being must be spiritual, as well! Alleluia! I rejoice for that fact, as it has been revealed to me by Yahuah's words through Yeshua, the words by which He has"spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you and that your joy might be full!" (John 15:11)

Nothing has that effect more noticeably than the words declared when 8 "there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night!" 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid!(Luke 2:8)

"10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not! For, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people! 11 For unto you is born, this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, Who is Christ the Lord! 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was, with the angel, the heavenly host, praising God and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men!" (Luke 2:8 to 14)

Strangely, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) never commanded the children of Israel to celebrate Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) birth with "the heavenly host"; so the Catholic church decided to institute a "Christ mass" on the 25th day of December, which we now celebrate as "Christmas"!

The traditional explanation given is that, since the 25th day of December, which is "the winter solstice" or the shortest day of the year, had been used by Satan's people or "the heathen", as Yahuah called them, to do unthinkable things, such as to burn children as sacrifices to false gods, the leaders of the Catholic church felt that establishing that day as the "mass" or celebration of Christ's birth, might attract some of the heathen, who had been celebrating in their own way on that day.

From today's celebration of Christmas, we know that Satan is alive and well and that his people still do evil things on that day and on every other day, for that matter; but the world picked up on that day's celebration; and it has become, for good or evil, the remarkable mix of falsehood and truth that it has, all of it contributing to a joyful season loved by virtually all people throughout the world!

I do not condone the false side of Christmas; but I rejoice for the side of it that has come to glorify both Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Who sent Him, by the world's going out of their way to remember one another with gifts, decorate their homes with colorful lights and rejoice for the birth of Yeshua through some of the most beautiful music ever heard, whatever they do about Him the rest of the year.

And then there are what I call "the Christmas bashers", the people who serve a spirit that takes delight in robbing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children of their joy in celebrating Christmas, by pointing out the horrible things that Satan used to do on the winter solstice and the fact that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) never commanded His children to celebrate the birth of His Son.

But my answer to those objections is that what Satan has had his victims do on any day of the year has no bearing on what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children have every right to do; for Satan has no authority on Earth; Yahuah gave His children their "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth!" (Genesis 1:28) So where does that leave Satan or any of his servants? Yeshua's earthly brother wrote: "Resist the devil, and he will flee, from you." (James 4:7)

But the "Christmas bashers" come back, saying: "You are not resisting the Devil, when you celebrate the day on which he did much of his dirty work."

But I come back at that, insisting that Satan has no authority to take any day of the year and call it his own! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) commanded that we love Him and each other, declaring through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) that "On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets!" (Matthew 22:40) So what, pray tell, is displeasing to Him, when His children take one day of the year - I don't care what day it is - to celebrate His causing Mary to give birth on Earth to His Son?

To be sure, that day is not one of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) commanded feast days; but did He command His children not to love Him or His son on all the other days? So what is wrong with loving Him by celebrating His causing Mary to give birth on Earth to His Son, as did "the heavenly host", along with a million other wonderful things about Him? Some of the most beautiful music in the world has been created to help us in that celebration.

So I get righteously indignant - yes, downright mad - when one of these "Christmas bashers" gets around me and tries to throw a wet blanket over my joy in celebrating Christmas and the fact that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) did send His beloved Son to Earth to die for me, "that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly"! (John 10:10)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses, to those who insist on walking contrary to Him: "Then I will walk contrary unto you, also, in fury! And I, even I, will chastise you seven times, for your sins." (Leviticus 26:28)

Does that sound like "milk toast" to you?

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) made us "in His image"! (Genesis 1:27) So why would we not "walk contrary" to people who criticize godly practices, particularly those that bring such unutterable joy, such detractors offending God while they are at it! And why would we, too, not rise up "in fury" against such people?

There are certain things that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has commanded us not to do; He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Judge not, that ye be not judged!" (Matthew 7:1) But in becoming angry with the "Christmas basher", I was not judging her - that is, punishing her; I was, simply, letting her know that what she was saying against Yahuah's children celebrating His Son's birth on Earth was offensive to me and, I believe, to Yahuah! In fact, I was trying to get her to stop doing what I believed would bring His punishment upon her! But, when she accused me of serving a "spirit of anger" in my criticism of her, I simply walked away, praying for her to myself, that Yahuah deliver her from that horrible joy-quenching spirit!

It is one thing to disobey Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), which warrants helpful criticism from any caring brother or sister; but it is something else to criticize people's rejoicing over so amazing a thing as the birth on Earth as one of us of Him Who created us by the speaking of His word at the command of His Father in Heaven, the critic's believing that he is doing God a favor in the process! I absolutely cannot absorb the insanity of that conduct!

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 Your truth by which to rejoice in Your words!

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; so I "believe" I "receive" (Mark 11:24), even now, a family of brothers and sisters who are rejoicing over the words you have given us, giving us every reason to praise and worship You for ever!

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!

Amen! Alleluia!

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