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2018 March 17

When Satan Strikes

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20180317.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, the thing about a venomous snake is that, when it is approached, it usually coils up in preparation to strike its victim and can usually be depended upon to strike him at some point! That is a frightful state of affairs; but Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

These signs shall follow them who believe: In My name shall they cast out devils! They shall speak with new tongues! 18 They shall take up serpents! And, if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover! (Mark 16:17)

The question that immediately jumps into my mind is, Who goes around taking up serpents? And the answer immediately comes, from my beloved heavenly Father, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

I asked you to "love your enemies"! (Matthew 5:44) Loving another includes taking him up! And what makes him an enemy is that he has a devil on him that he obeys; and devils have the characteristics of their leader, who is Satan, whom I characterized through John as "that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world"! (Revelation 12:9) The reason why we characterize Satan as a "serpent" is that with the hate that he has acquired against Yahuah Hayah and all His children, his nature has become like that of a serpent, which cannot think of anything better to do than to strike a victim!

So, although Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has commanded us to love our enemies, that entails "taking them up", even embracing them; and one likes doing that like he would reaching down and picking up a venomous snake! So, as I never stop warning people, being a disciple of Yeshua is not for the faint in heart! But His Father's rewards for His disciples are superb, matchless and greatly to be desired, while refusing to be one opens the contrary one up to every painful abuse imaginable! So take your pick! It's your choice! Yahuah Hayah's wisdom created us with that choice; and He is to be worshiped and praised for it. It is a good choice; for nothing He does is not good, even His punishments are good, in the sense of their fulfilling His perfect justice, which is good, like it or not!

So the path of the faithful is strewn with venomous snakes, all of which we are obliged to love, embrace, help, encourage and so on; so being struck by these pathetic misbegot creatures is part of the discipleship we take on, in response to the teaching of Yeshua, our beloved Son of God, King, Friend and Constant Companion throughout all eternity! Praise His precious and holy name!

Interestingly, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said that the believer will "take up serpents"; and He does not say that we will not be struck by them; but His entire body of teaching assures us that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is there with His Kodesh Ruach or Holy Spirit, Whom He has called "another Comforter"! (John 14:16) And, when one realizes that life in the way of Yahuah occasionally includes being struck by Satan through his servants, "another Comforter", the one Who flung the galaxies into their places and is keeping them there, sounds like music to one's ears!

Yes, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) assures us, through His psalmist that "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!" (Psalm 91:7 and 8) But that is "the reward of the wicked" from which we are to be protected. It does not relate to the reward of the righteous, which is to be struck occasionally by the enemies that we voluntarily embrace in our loving them.

Yeshua was struck; He voluntarily let that happen! And He said, to His disciples: "As my Father hath sent Me, even so send I you!" (John 20:21) His apostle Peter wrote:

21 Hereunto were ye called: because Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps, 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth, 23 Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, he threatened not but committed Himself to Him Who judgeth righteously! (1st Peter 2:21 to 23)

For His having committed Himself "to Him Who judgeth righteously", Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) was gloriously resurrected and given His place "on the right hand of Power"! (Matthew 26:64) And Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has promised us the same, having said through Yeshua:

28 The hour is coming, in the which all who are in the graves shall hear His voice 29 and shall come forth - they who have done good, unto the Resurrection of Life, and they who have done evil, unto the Resurrection of Damnation! (John 5:28 and 29)

To him who overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame and am set down with My Father in His throne. (Revelation 3:21)

So how do we go about "overcoming"?

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, "I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you!" (John 13:15); and He said, to Satan: "It is written!" (Matthew 4:4) So, when "that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan" (Revelation 12:9) comes to you, be ready to say: "It is written!", which means that what you are doing right now in listening to this sermon is giving you what you can quote to "the great dragon" (Verse 9), when he comes slithering around, trying to undermine your eternal welfare! That, my dear friend, is being "him who overcometh"!

And I don't know how to say it any other way, letting Satan's vipers strike you once in a while is part of having "done good"! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Comforter heals you and brings you your magnificent reward! But suffering the pain of the Serpent's violence to you now and then is part of your service to Yahuah, to save, if possible, the child of His who for whatever reason is behaving as a viper! Yeshua said:

Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after Me, cannot be My disciple! (Luke 14:27)

In case you didn't happen to know it, crosses hurt! But Comforters comfort! And Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) Spirit is called "another Comforter"! So being abused and then comforted is part of life in Him! If you don't like that arrangement, you will have to discuss that with Him! I didn't wrote His Holy Bible; I only teach it. But while I am doing that, I can tell you what I believe is Yahuah's purpose in His ministry of the cross!

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "I am ... come to call ... sinners to repentance!" (Matthew 9:13) And, when He had suffered and died in obedience to His Father's "commandment" (John 10:18), Yahuah Hayah wrote, through His author: "How much more shall the blood of Christ ... purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:14)

I believe that this purging of one's conscience is what the entire necessity of suffering abuse and then being gloriously restored to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s reward is about! Howard Storm said that God loves His children "passionately"! And Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, of Yahuah: "It is not the will of your Father Who is in Heaven, that one of these little ones should perish!" (Matthew 18:14) Can anything be more evident?

Yeshua said: "17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy but to fulfill! 18 For verily I say unto you, Till Heaven and Earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." (Matthew 5:17 and 18)

"Heaven and Earth" are still here; and so is the need for Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah or law to "be fulfilled"! His "blessings" (Deuteronomy 28:2) are tied up with one's being among those who "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments"! (Verse 1) And, when He sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to Earth, to teach His children, Yeshua made it clear that Yahuah's blessings include "eternal life"! He said:

If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments! (Matthew 19:17)

And He was answering the question: "What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?"

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 be Your abused but comforted children!

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 faithfully suffering Your crosses and being raised up gloriously resurrected brings 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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