The Best Sermons Come From the Heart and Mind of YaHavah
By Mary E. Lewis, copyright, June 2017
Although I am a legally ordained minister, I probably will never preach from a pulpit. My books and articles are the only preaching I am comfortable with. I am better at encouraging others to seek the heart and mind of YaHavah. And that is what the Shepherds of YaHavah's people must do to deliver the very best sermons to his flock.
When I read the Scriptures, my thoughts always pinpoint on Psalm 23, Deuteronomy 6, Matthew 6, Psalm 32, and Isaiah 1:18-20. Then I am filled to the brim, sometimes to the point of tears. I suppose that could be viewed as a cup running over. My mind races through so many remembrances, but these, in this document, remind me that YaHavah is there and here at the same time by the presence of his omnipresent Spirit; his Holy Spirit.
YaHavah is one; he is the only “God” in all of his creation of heaven and earth. His Spirit fills the heavens and the earth. He knows all and sees all. He is our Shepherd. We can only approach him from where we are with open hearts to his love and open minds to his wisdom. And we can only be in his presence through his son, Jesus Christ, wrapped in our love for both.
In preparation for this writing, I learned that YaHavah often sees humans as cities with walls and gates. Hearts and minds are the double gates to each city. Many years ago, he spoke these audible words to me, “Open your heart and know my great love, and open your mind and know my great wisdom.” The Psalms often speak of double gates to the city in metaphor for the human gates of heart and mind.
The Scriptures quoted here, is what resting in the Lord is all about. It is moment to moment life in his kingdom, before and after Jesus returns.
- .Psalm 23:1-6 1—YHVH [is] my shepherd; I shall not want. 2—He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters. 3—He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his names sake. 4—Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you [are] with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. 5—You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. 6—Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of YHVH forever.
The first line of this Psalm says it all, for all time, and for all who come to YaHavah with hearts full of love for him.
The Lord’s Prayer: an affirmation that we understand his care
(Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4)
- .9— Therefore, pray after this manner: Our Father who is in heaven, Holy is your name.
- .10—Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth, as [it is] in heaven.
- .11—Give us this day our daily bread.
- .12—And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
- .13—[You] lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil: for yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) and Jesus’ explanation of it (in verses 14-34), says everything Psalm 23 is saying, and more.
- .On forgiveness: 14—For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15—but if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
- .On fasting: 16—Moreover, when you fast, do not be as the hypocrites with a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to fast. In truth, I say to you, They have their reward. 17—But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face; 18—that you appear not to men to fast, but to your Father which is in secret: and your Father, which sees in secret, shall reward you openly.
- .On treasures: 19—Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust corrupts, and where thieves break through and steal: 20—but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust corrupts, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21—for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
- .On serving two masters: 22—The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body shall be full of light. 23—But if your eye is evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore, the light that is in you is darkness, how great [is] that darkness! 24—No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve YHVH and mammon.
- .Be anxious for nothing: 25—Therefore I say to you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26—Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they? 27—Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature? 28—And why take you thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29—and yet I say to you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
- 30—Wherefore, if YHVH so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, [shall he] not much more [clothe] you, O you of little faith? 31—Therefore, take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32—[For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:] for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. 33—But seek first the kingdom of YHVH, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. .34—Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient to the day [is] the evil thereof.
YHVH’s Acceptance and Anointing of all Who Turn to Him in Love
- .1—Blessed [is he whose] transgression [is] forgiven, [whose] sin [is] covered. 2—Blessed [is] the man to whom YHVH imputes not iniquity, and in whose spirit [there is] no guile.
- .3—When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. 4—For day and night your hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah (pause).
- .5—I acknowledged my sin to you, and my iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions to YHVH; and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah (pause). 6—For this shall every one that is godly pray to you in a time when you may be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh to him.
- .7—You [are] my hiding place; you shall preserve me from trouble; you shall compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah (pause).
- .8—I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go: I will guide you with My eye. 9—Be not as the horse, [or] as the mule, [which] have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, or they will not come near to you. 10—Many sorrows [shall be] to the wicked: but he that trusts in YHVH, mercy shall compass him about. 11—Be glad in YHVH, and rejoice, you righteous: and shout for joy, all [you that are] upright in heart.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Obey YHVH And Prosper:
- .4—Hear, O Israel: YHVH our Elohim [is] one YHVH: .5—and you shall love YHVH your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.
- .6—And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart: .7—and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.
- .8—And you shall bind them for a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. .9—And you shall write them upon the posts of your house, and on your gates.
YHVH pleads his case by reminding Judah of their choices. It is a reminder for us, too.
- .Isaiah 1:18-20 18—Come now and let us reason together, said YHVH: though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19—If you be willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land: 20—but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of YHVH has spoken [it].
Looking forward to the Great Day of YaHavah, after sin and sinner is destroyed, we can rest assured that his anointed will be blessed with his peace, righteousness, salvation, and praise. In YaHavah there is no violence. What he does that looks like violence to the bystander, is his love, like a father admonishing his son for wrong doing. Sometimes, strong willful disobedience calls for strong measures of correction for all to see through the ages.
In the Great City after the White Throne Judgment, the gates will never close.