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2018 February 17

"Pushing Jesus"

(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, I was introduced, the other night, to a young man in the company of his girl friend, her having asked me to take her to go get him, from the truck he uses in his business! They then invited me to a restaurant! And, when the food was brought, I said, "Let us pray." And I proceeded to bless the food and thank Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) for it.

The young man was quite surprised, by my conduct in regard to the food; and, when I was done, he told me what he thought of "religious people". He said: "The problem I have with Christians is that, every time I get around one of them, he starts pushing Jesus Christ down my throat, making me understand that I was either one of His believers or a servant of the Devil, that there is nothing inbetween those two extremes!"

Needless to say, this young man was not a believer; so I said, "The most ridiculous things are done in the name of Jesus!"; and then I avoided talking about religion throughout our meal together; and, when I left the couple, I took his hand and that of his partner and said, "I pray that your relationship together will prove to be a wonderful lifelong adventure full of excitement and happiness!"; and the smiles on their faces told me that they appreciated my good wish in their behalf, even though its being presented as a prayer meant nothing to them.

I left the couple, wondering what I could do more than to pray for their salvation; and, for my seeking Yahuah Hayah's advice on that question, here is what He told me:

Unbelievers are, of course, enemies of Myself and of My beloved children; and you were quite right in showing your love for this couple; for I commanded, through Yeshua: "Love your enemies!" (Matthew 5:44) It also was well that you avoided "pushing Jesus" at them; for I did not say "Push Jesus Christ down your enemy's throats"! What I did say, through Yeshua was:

14 Ye are the light of the world! A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid! 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all who are in the house! 16 Let your light so shine, before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven! (Matthew 5:14 to 16)

The object, then, of letting "your light so shine before men" is for them to "see your good works", not what you believe! In time, your "good works" will affect them so well that they will want to know what you believe that makes you such a good person! And then is when you can talk about your believing Me and Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), My beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son" (John 3:16), through Whom My Kodesh (Holy) Ruach (Spirit) "will guide you into all truth" (John 16:13); "and the truth shall make you free"! (John 8:32)

The question arises: What is it that we want to be made free from?

Throughout life we want to be made free of all kinds of things that bother us; but, within the framework of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s primary concern for each of us, His beloved children, the freedom He wants for us is to be free of the death that curses us on Earth and separates us in Heaven from all that is good, light and glorious! And that place of separation He has called "Hell"! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

Fear not them who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him Who is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell! (Matthew 10:28)

I have the testimonies of two brothers whom Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) sent to Hell; and they did not speak of their souls and bodies being destroyed there; but the conditions they experienced were so terrible that being "destroyed" or sent into oblivion would have been a blessing compared to what they were experiencing! (Verse 24) In fact Howard Storm wrote: "Many desire annihilation, as relief from the torment of Hell." (Paragraph 162, Howard Storm's Gospel) an excerpt from his book: My Descent into Death - A Second Chance at Life, Doubleday

Yeshua told of a "a certain rich man" (Luke 16:19) who found himself in "Hell" (Verse 23); and all he could think of was to ask that someone "dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame"! (Verse 24) So that story must have been in a timeframe after "13 Death and Hell delivered up the dead who were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works! 14 And Death and Hell were cast into the Lake of Fire! This is the Second Death!" (Revelation 20:13 and 14)

The judgment above follows another, in which John wrote that he "saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the Book of Life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works!" (Revelation 20:12) So we have not yet seen those judgments, nor "the Lake of Fire" (Verse 14( in which the "rich man" wanted to cool his tongue!

The young man's adverse reaction to Christians' "pushing Jesus" is exactly why one cannot do that. Having been given "free will" or the ability to choose what we want in life, anyone's effort to force our choice simply makes us resist the choice that is being forced, whereas being consistently shown the advantages of a certain choice, eventually causes us to want it.

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) recommended a choice: He 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, when Yahuah sent Yeshua to Earth, Yeshua said: "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17) He was answering the question: "What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" (Verse 16)

So, if you want to "push Jesus", push the things that He taught us, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s beloved children, to do! For He spoke from out of Yahuah's wisdom! And His being our Creator and King, He certainly ought to know what He is doing!

For instance Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) taught us, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), to "love your enemies" (Matthew 5:44), which is about the last thing we want to do in our faulty "wisdom"! But He knows the beneficial effect that loving anyone has upon that person; and our "enemies" happen to be His beloved children, too! Yeshua said:

It is not the will of your Father Who is in Heaven, that one of these little ones should perish! (Matthew 18:14)

The path of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s church is littered with the corpses of people destroyed in the process of reclaiming territories "for Jesus" or straightening out "infidels" on the torture rack; and I wonder about the thoughts that went through their minds as they found themselves in Hell! We simply have not paid attention to what Yahuah said! And I pray that we quickly do that; for that is the the only way we know what His will is for us; and He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

21 Not every one who saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven but he who doeth the will of My Father Who is in Heaven! 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 then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart, from Me, ye who work iniquity! (Matthew 7:21 to 23)

One might well add, to Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s list, Have we not pushed Jesus?

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!

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, understanding and desire to faithfully perform what You have asked them to do and not be "pushy" about it.

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 blessings and eternal life in Your awesome presence that doing Your will for their enemies brings them, which does not include pushing You upon them.

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.

Amen! Alleluia!

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