Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2018 January 13

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2018 January 13

Yahuah Hayah's Selectivity

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20180113.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 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 reminded me of the psalm in which he had the psalmist declare:

7 A thousand shall fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand! But it shall not come nigh thee! 8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked! 9 Because thou hast made Yahuah, Who is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation, 10 there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling! 11 For He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways! 12 And they shall bear thee up, in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone! (Psalm 91:7 to 12)

In that psalm Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is speaking of being selective! His loving child is one in "a thousand" or even "ten thousand" whom He will protect and prosper! He said, to Abraham: "Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward!" (Genesis 15:1)

Is that fair, that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) singles out so few among His children to protect and prosper?

Actually, it is the other way around! It is we who single out ourselves! 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) The choice is ours, whether to live or die and experience every "blessing" or "cursing" (Verse 19) that is associated with one of those extremes!

We might ask why Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said to Abraham: "I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward". Yahuah told Isaac, Abraham's son: "Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My law! " (Genesis 26:5) That is what Yahuah meant by His invitation to "choose life"! It is to "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:1), in which case "all these blessings shall come, on thee, and overtake thee". (Verse 2)

So - Yes! - Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is "selective"; but His selectivity is in response to ours, when we have selected His ways! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "Yahuah shall establish thee an holy people unto Himself, as He hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of Yahuah, thy God, and walk in His ways!" (Deuteronomy 28:9) So His "selectivity" is always based upon ours!

Think of it: What we do determines what the Creator of all and the King over it does; He is that attuned to us and loves us that much! He has the power to continue creating and maintaining all things; yet He has put a measure of that power into the hands of us, His beloved children, making us co-creators with Him! What an amazing privilege comes with our having been created "in His own image"! (Genesis 1:27)

But with that "amazing privilege" comes an awesome responsibility! What we do with the power Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given us brings tremendous and sometimes frightening results! It can fulfill us gloriously or it can destroy us shamefully!

Truly, we are not up to handling well the amazing power that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given each of us; so we need help! We need sure guidance in our handling of it; and supposing that we do not need that guidance, to where we will not listen to His voice in our spirit, is the path to sure disaster! That is why Yahuah's blessings only come to those who "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments "! (Deuteronomy 28:1)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s commandments are "for our good always"! (Deuteronomy 6:24) He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "Yahuah commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear Yahuah, our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive!" (Verse 24)

Indeed, obedience to the voice of our Creator is, literally, a matter of life and death! And the reason for that is, in addition to what I have already shown, the fact that other voices have access to our spirits, which, if we hearken to them, we do indeed partake of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s death, with all the cursings that come with it. So attention to recognizing what voice belongs to whom is part of this "life or death" challenge that confronts every one of us.

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "1 He who entereth not by the door into the sheepfold but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber! 2 But he who entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep, by name, and leadeth them out! 4 And, when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice! 5 A stranger will they not follow but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers!" (John 10:1 to 5) So, knowing Yahuah's voice is a matter of being familiar with it.

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) spoke of "these little ones who believe in Me"! (Matthew 18:6) Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His psalmist: "9 Thou art He Who took me out of the womb! Thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts! 10 I was cast, upon Thee, from the womb! Thou art my God from my mother’s belly!" (Psalm 22:9 and 10) That is where we gain our initial familiarity with Yahuah's voice, to where we follow Him and no one else!

But Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) also spoke of those who "offend one of these little ones who believe in Me" (Matthew 18:6) And the word "offend" is translated from a word meaning to "entice to sin"! (Strong: Greek: 4624)

The initial reaction to that enticement is to be leery of it; it is not the familiar voice of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)! But, if the child continues to hear that other voice, its strangeness wears off! And the child begins to suffer confusion between Yahuah's voice and that of Satan, the "Devourer"! (Malachi 3:11) And the child begins to suffer the problem of being guided in two directions at the same time!

That is the plight of the Christian, who is told that Paul's writing in the bible is also "the word of God"! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Who is God, offered, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), "eternal life" (Matthew 19:16) to those who "keep the commandments"! (Verse 17), only to have Paul come along and declare, to his followers: "Ye are not under the law" (Romans 6:14; Galatians 5:18), "Ye ... are become dead to the law." (Romans 7:4) and "We are delivered from the law" (Verse 6)

So it is not only "these little ones" who are "offended" by conflicting voices; it is the entire Christian world who are suffering that confusion; or they would stop calling themselves "Christians" (Acts 11:26), which is a nickname for the believers of Yeshua in "Antioch" (Verse 26), a city in which Paul worked! We of Faith Harvest Israel call ourselves "Israelites" because "the children of Israel" (Deuteronomy 29:1) are the only commanded people found in the bible, no matter in which "Testament" you want to look!

If "selectivity" is a part of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s life for us, His beloved children, I want my selections to be pleasing to Him, from Whom all my blessings come! And the only way I know what does please Him or offends Him is by what He tells me, which is why He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "31 If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed! 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free!" (John 8:31 and 32)

In view of what I have been discussing, I would say that to be "free" of the confusion that comes of hearing conflicting voices in our spirit is the freedom about which Yeshua was talking! If we have lost track of the sound of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s voice, hearing it again will refresh our memory of it; and we will again be "one of these little ones who believe in" (Matthew 18:6) Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), Who said:

49 I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father Who sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say and what I should speak! 50 And I know that His commandment is life everlasting! (John 12:49 and 50)

The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life! (John 6:63)

God is a Spirit! And they who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth! (John 4:24)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s creation is the work of Himself, "a spirit", causing the spirit energy that comprises Himself to become physical! So our work with the physical things around us has little or no effect on Yahuah, Who is "a spirit"! But, when the physical things we make, give or take affect His children, who inside of themselves are "a spirit" as He is, He blesses or curses according to whether our working with our physical things has blessed or cursed our neighbor!

So, although physical things are in themselves of no importance to a spiritual God, what we do with them to affect our spiritual neighbors is important! And knowing this is part of what we learn while listening to His voice in our spirits! The other voices that intrude upon us would have us violate others with our physical things and also with our spiritual things, which are the words that we speak and even the thoughts that we think, which is why Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given us such commandments as:

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house! Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife nor his manservant nor his maidservant nor his ox nor his ass nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s. (Exodus 20:17)

The word "covet" is a translation of a word meaning "to delight in ... desire ... lust" (Strong: Hebrew: 2530), which are all things we do in our spirit! There is nothing physical about them. But, if we act on them, taking possession of the physical things that we "covet", we immediately run into how that effects the owner of the things we have coveted; and we run afoul of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s pleasure, which is greatly affected by the pleasure or lack of it in the spirits of His beloved children!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His psalmist: "1 O Yahuah, Thou hast searched me and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising! Thou understandest my thought afar off! 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down and art acquainted with all my ways! 4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Yahuah, Thou knowest it altogether!" (Psalm 139:1 to 4)

All of that is "spirit" activity - what we do in our spirits - which is readily known by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Who is "a spirit"! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "In vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men!" (Matthew 15:9) Teaching is a spiritual activity! It is putting thoughts in the minds of students, which, if they are acted on, will affect the well being of the student, for better or for worse, according to the truth or falsehood of what was taught!

So "spirit" things are what affect physical things when they are carried out! And those physical things affect spirit beings, such as Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and ourselves! All of it is interrelated! And knowing how and why it does what it does is wisdom! And wisdom helps us to understand Yahuah's "selectivity"!

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 voice within their spirit and within the spirits of others like themselves by which to be wise concerning Your selectivity!

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 the wonderful life that awaits those who do listen to Your voice, either directly or through the words of those who hear you more clearly and heed what You constantly impart to them from one moment to the next about why You are so selective in what you do!

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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