Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel was thinking on this Sabbath?
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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2018 February 10
Delusion of Faith
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20180210.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 (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), the Creator and King over all the universe, 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, one of the favorite lies that Satan spreads through his servants, the Atheists, is that faith in Yahuah is a "delusion" kept alive by insecure people to give them a false assurance that "everything is alright" and that they have no need to worry! Pursuant to this allegation, scoffers see faith in one's Creator and King as anything from a "security blanket" to a "placebo", which they insist is used by the "weak" as an emotional crutch!
My online Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "delusion" as:
This vendetta against faith in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), which faith relies primarily on knowledge of His Holy Bible, is supported by allegations that the bible is the work of a human priesthood determined to control people by claiming that their dictates are the "commandments of God", which are enforced by stories of the Hell that awaits the disobedient!
I am one of those who loves, worships and serves Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) under the "delusion", if you will, that such a walk is accompanied by confidence in Him as the One Who created all things and us as a part of that creation, that His creation is a vital ongoing phenomenon, as is attested by the breath He gives us each moment of our day! And, if it is a "delusion"; please don't wake me up! For I am ecstatic over the joy that knowledge of Him gives me, to know how completely and utterly competent He is to cover all aspects of my being!
The "reality" to which the unbelievers cling, which I am convinced is their "delusion", is a daily experience full of frustrations, fears of every possible thing going wrong and a sense of helplessness in the face of them, life being in their view nothing more than a "grab bag" full of undesirable alternatives over which they have no control!
So the "delusion" in us believers, which the unbelievers tirelessly ridicule, is so "real" to us, so orderly and controlled in the best possible sense that the scoffing we find directed at us is like rain off a duck's back; having no basis within our own experience, it is, simply, what we see as being the pastime of people terribly deceived into believing that tlheir nightmare is the way things are supposed to be!
I am an authority on that "nightmare", having lived it for thirty years of my adult life before being brought by a series of life-saving events that helped me out of it and into the light, love and marvelous care of Him Who created me in the first place with every intention of my being wonderfully fulfilled in every way imaginable, as is true of every person drawing the breath of life on Earth!
So what goes wrong with "these little ones who believe in Me" (Matthew 18:6), as Yeshua described them?
They are "offended" (Matthew 18:6), He explained, or "enticed to sin" (Strong: Greek: 4624); and He had a very stern warning for those who do that to little children:
That's being true, why, then, does Yahuah Hayah allow His "little ones" to be offended? Why not simply keep them sheltered from such destructive practices?
Those questions pry at Yahuah Hayah's purpose in creating His children as He has, with "free will" or the freedom to choose that hangs shame on them, if they choose wrongly, but gives them, through their "overcoming" a glory similar to His own that would not have been possible were their "righteousness" simply the result of His manipulating their lives! Yeshua prayed:
What more could we ask for?
The "glory" that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had given Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) was none other than Yahuah's empowering Yeshua to speak His word and watch as an entire creation unfolded before Him with all its wonders and incomprehensible detail! And that same incomprehensibly amazing power He has given to us, once we ever come to realizing its potential and have developed the faith by which to expect its fulfillment in our behalf! To introduce His description of this glorious capability, Yeshua said: "Have faith in God!" (Mark 11:22), which is a simple statement; but entire worlds hang upon what we do about it - the worlds that await our creativity through the same faith that moved Yeshua to say:
So we are not surprised that the children of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) who have somehow lost track of their own potential as His children go around laughing at those who exercise their potential; because their own ability to exercise it went "bye bye" somewhere in their experience, leaving them powerless to affect anything and victims of whatever then comes along to please or vex them as the case may be!
Is it not "human nature" to ridicule that to which one cannot attain, to remove or at least minimize its making one look ridiculously compromised in relation to it?
Yeshua said, in one situation after another: "Be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole!" (Matthew 9:22)
Correctly enough, we think of that "wholeness" as one's being "healed" or made well from some affliction! But that falls woefully short of what it can relate to when it is applied to one's full potential as a child of God, His children in Heaven having been privileged to help put entire universes together in fulfillment of their pleasure in being co-creators with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)!
Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "With men this is impossible! But with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26) He was commenting on the prospect of a rich man's being saved, having said: "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God!"
So, undoubtedly, being rich has its challenges! But all people having gone to Hell have not necessarily been rich! It is possible for Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s children to be plagued with all kinds of spiritual problems that do not relate to how much money they happen to have had. Failing to love Yahuah and His children is far more to the point of our fatal failing in life; and this failing comes of all kinds of flaws in our thinking; for the lies of Satan are myriad, while Yahuah's truth is uniquely singular in its coverage of all aspects of the life that He gives us.
By "uniquely singular" I am talking about the truth of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) as being simple and uncomplicated! He is here, all around and in us, immediately accessible by the slightest attention we children of His give Him and immediately full of the most amazing fulfillment of all desires; yet the hardest to comprehend! Why? Because of "time"!
We dispair of ever seeing the minutest part of our potential for one reason alone; and that is the time it takes for Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) to bring to pass what we have requested of Him. Our being locked physically into a timeframe in which it takes a certain time for anything to take place makes us prone to expect only those eventualities which can fit within that familiar timeframe! But, if we can release ourselves from that expectancy and wait upon our fulfillments as taking place over eons of time, we can watch, with awe, those fulfillments take place over the course not of our physical lives but of the spiriutal, which suffer none of the limitations to which our physical circumstances are subject!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) "is a spirit"! (John 4:24) and is therefore eternal! And inside of ourselves is the same spirit; so we, too, are eternal; but we tend to judge things by the limitations of our physical bodies, which live in and are subject to a physical world! So, to really enjoy the full scope of our capabilities, we must adjust our thinking to the eternal aspect of ourselves and leave our physical limitations to issues that relate only to our physical lives! Yeshua said:
In line with the point I am trying to make here, I would submit that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s word through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) makes you free from your physical limitations! But to avail yourself of that freedom, you must expand your thinking to include all He has for you throughout eternity! For instance, He has made reference to laying up "treasure in Heaven"! (Matthew 6:20) And, obviously, that requires the eternal view of things. He said:
In that analogy, "all that he hath" was not worth the treasure representing "the kingdom of Heaven", which his worldly possessions were used to buy! And that helps us get a handle on the relative worth of physical values over spiritual ones. Following along the same line are Yeshua's words:
In following Yeshua, were He here to follow, we would certainly find our physical needs met! But, while following His teaching with His being in Heaven, we obviously must do some practical things to maintain ourselves while in this physical framework! So selling "that thou hast" to "give to the poor" should take into account having something to sell! And that necessarily requires having a means of income! And most of us trying to comprehend and follow such teachings as these must hold in reserve the means by which to subsist while doing all these things for the poor.
So I believe that getting us to think in terms of sharing all that we do not immediately need from day to day is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s object in having Yeshua teach the generosity that He did! And exercising such generosity is, certainly, a part of the "delusion" that unbelievers think we are guilty of, their having no faith in such sayings as "give, and it shall be given unto you" (Luke 6:38), which is another part of the eternal economy that works in our favor, when, by His word, we begin to comprehend and practice it.
I pray that this information I have given you is true in Yahuah'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 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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