Sunday, June 17, 2012
Loving Father, Loving God, thank You for loving us, for being our Father in heaven, for being our Savior and Friend, for giving Christ Jesus to us, for sending the Holy Spirit to us, for the saving gospel of Jesus Christ, for Thy Word which is truth, for Thy truth which sets us free, for all the blessings we receive daily from You: love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, mercy and forgiveness. Help us to make every day matter by living for You and to Your glory and honor. We are Your temple and our fellowship is Your Body, so help us to make every day “our best” for You. This we ask and pray in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen!
Sunday, June 17, 2012
MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 6/17/2012
JOCHEBED: A PORTRAIT OF A GODLY MOTHER, Lesson 3c
V. 9-10 WE SEE HER CHARITY (This refers to the wonderful way in which she gave out of her life).
V. 2-3, 9-10 She Gave Of Her Self - She poured out her life into the life of her son. Isn't that what every good mother does for her children? It is important that children give their mother's the honor they deserve, ( Ex. 20:12). In a very real spiritual sense this is what the heavenly Father has done for each of us! God gave His Own darling Son to save sinful man. God gave Heaven's best for earth's worse! He did that simply because He loves you!
V. 10 She Gave Her Son - Very literally, Jochebed was raising her son to give him to the Lord. She gave up her son to save her nation, even though she didn't realize all that she was doing. According to the Bible, God gave His son for us! When He did, God knew exactly what He was doing. In fact, when Jesus came and died for our sins at Calvary, that was the greatest expression of love the world would ever see, (Rom. 5:8). Jochebed gave her son for Israel. God gave His Son for the world, (John 3:16, 2 Cor. 5:15) - He died for all! He died for you!
V. WE SEE HER COMPENSATION
Her son became a great man of God. He was the one man whom God had chosen to be the deliverer of the people of God and the one who was destined to be known as the Great Lawgiver Of Israel. I would imagine that Jochebed never realized his potential when he was a baby. I suppose that she lived the remainder of her life and never knew what God did with the life of Moses. In her own way, Jochebed rises as high as any mother in the Bible. I am sure that her reward in Heaven will be great. This mother's love and sacrifice were vindicated in the way God greatly used her son!
Parents, you never know who you are raising, for example, Hannah, Mary! Therefore, give them the best you have while you have them and turn out God fearing, God following young men and women who will live for the glory of the Lord! Young adults whom God can use for His glory out into the future. Young people who will instill that same values in their children that you have placed in them.
Often parents think they have been successful when a child finishes college, or when they make lots of money in some prestigious position. However, true success cannot be gaged on such a worldly scale. When we see our children living for and in love with the Lord, then we have truly been successful. I would rather raise a child who would have none of this world's goods or success, but who knew Jesus than to raise a multi-millionaire who would die and go to Hell!
Conc: Jochebed stands, even after all these years, as a true portrait of a godly mother. I wonder how we parents stack up against her witness this morning? Perhaps there have been those who have heard this morning that have had their hearts stirred by the Lord. Maybe He has spoken to you about your soul and you know you ought to come and be saved this morning. Maybe He has spoken to you about your relationship with Him and how things aren't like they used to be or like they should be, and you want to come and do something about it. Maybe He has spoken to you as a parent and has shown you areas in your life that are less than what they ought to be and you want to come and determine today that you are going to strive to be all God wants you to be. Maybe you just need to come and pray for your children. Maybe there are some children here who would like to come and pray for your parents. You know they have tried, but you haven't tried like you could have. Today would be a great day for lives and families to be touched and brought to the place God wants them to be. As the Lord speaks right now, won't you come and do what you need to do?
“ Oh, To Be Like Thee” By T. O. Chisholm (1897)
O to be like Thee! blessed Redeemer;
This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I'll forfeit all of earth's treasures,
Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.
Refrain:O to be like Thee! O to be like Thee!
Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.
O to be like Thee! full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wand'ring sinners to find.
O to be like Thee! lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer, others to save.
O to be like Thee! Lord, I am coming,
Now to receive th' anointing divine;
All that I am and have I am bringing;
Lord, from this moment all shall be Thine.
O to be like Thee! While I am pleading
Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love.
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
Fit for a life which Thou wouldst approve.
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Saturday, June 16, 2012
Most Holy Father, Righteous and Just God, Often we hesitate to take an opportunity to serve that You make available to us because of our weaknesses. We are grateful, Father, that You are a God who can use imperfect people….ordinary, weak and imperfect people, like us. You call us to serve in love; You empower us and enable us to serve; You provide the opportunity and even open the door of opportunity for us. All we have to do is believe, trust You and walk through the door. Father, we acknowledge our weakness and shortcomings before Your throne of grace. Help us in our weakness and shortcomings by filling our heart with the faith, trust and courage we need to do Your will. Remind us that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. It is in His name that we pray. Amen!
Saturday, June 16, 2012
MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 6/16/2012
JOCHEBED: A PORTRAIT OF A GODLY MOTHER, Lesson 3b
V. 3, 9-10 WE SEE HER CONFIDENCE
By confidence, I am referring to faith. Jochebed was a woman motivated by a strong faith in the will of a Sovereign God! Her faith was so strong that she was named, along with her husband, to God's Hall of the Faithful in Hebrews 11:23. She needed this kind of faith to accomplish what she did for the Lord and for her son. She needed faith to:
V. 2 Resist The World - The world was crying out for the death of her son, but this mother stood strong in the face of this attack and placed her son above the will of the world! So it is today! The world demands that parents hand over their children and allow them to be trained and taught the ways of the world. But, our children need and deserve better than that! We need some parents who will teach their children the ways of God and steer them clear of the world and its devises, ( Pro. 6:22; Deut. 6:4-9). It takes faith to go against the grain and raise your children for the Lord, but God will bless you, and them, for it!
V. 3b Release The Child - It took faith to place the child in the river. This was the same instrument which was being used to destroy the other babies, (Ex. 1:22). It took faith for this mother to take her hands off the life of this child and leave him to the will of God. It takes faith for us to let our children go, but that day is coming. Some parents live in denial and try to hold on to their children far too long, but the day is coming, sooner or later, when that child must be allowed to become an adult. It takes faith to just leave them in the hand of God, but the child who has a praying mother, a past filled with the Bible and training in the way of the Lord, has the advantage, and the child will do well.
When I talk about giving them up to be adults, I do not mean that we are to stop praying for them and that we are to turn on them. There are too many parents who can't wait for the day when they won't have to put up with their children anymore! I found a story that shows a godly mother's heart - "Once a very poor girl from a small town went to the big city to earn some money to support her old mother. Soon after her arrival, she realized that an attractive girl can earn more money without working than by honest work.
"Recognizing her own assets, she became all too successful.
She pleased men and soon had money, jewels, and a life of revelry. Her mother was forgotten. What does a mother count when one dances to popular tunes?
"Years passed by. One day she was stricken with remorse and asked herself, `I wonder how my mother is. I have neglected her completely.'
"She took the first train to her village, arriving late at night. To her
amazement, she found the gate of her house wide open. She knew her mother was always careful to lock it at night. Then she saw a light burning in the window of her mother's bedroom. A lamp burning so late? Mother usually went to bed early. Might she be sick?
"When she crossed the threshold, she heard her mother's voice: `Joan, is that you?'
"`Yes, Mother,' she replied. `But how is it the gate is wide open so late at night?'
"`Since you left, the gate has not been closed.'"
"`But why is the light burning so late? Why aren't you asleep?'
"`Since you left, it has never been extinguished. A loving mother's heart waited for you.'
"You can be sure that when you desire to knock at the gate of heaven, it will be wide open to receive you."
V. 9-10 Raise The Child - After Moses had been found by Pharaoh's daughter, Miriam and Jochebed were able to work things out to where Jochebed became the nurse for her own son. It took great faith for her to raise this child under those conditions. However, she was given the opportunity to teach Moses about Jehovah, about true worship and about right living. She had the opportunity to do her best by her son. We are required to do the same thing! All we can do is our best by our children. May I say that they need love, acceptance, Bible teaching, preaching, church, godly examples to emulate and especially, they need a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ! If you give your children to God and then give them all the God you can, you have done your best. They then have a foundation from which they can grow and mature into healthy saints of God.
How To Be A Stupid Parent
1. Discipline your children only when you lose your temper. Let them get away with anything until you're fed up; then, in a spirit of hostility and anger, let 'em have it! Blow your top, holler, get wild, clobber them, and really make a brawl out of it. The children will get a bang out of you.
2. Don't make yourself approachable, you might have to listen and reason with them. If you get too chummy, they'll want to talk things over with you. And who's got time to waste with kids? You've got more important things to do.
3. If they've done wrong, never let them forget it. Keep rubbing it in; they'll loathe you for it.
4. Give your child all the spending money he wants; don't make him earn it. Money in large quantities is an acceptable substitute for love. After awhile he'll want only your money and couldn't care less about you. It's something like starving him on cream puffs.
5. Compare your child with someone else to make him smarten up. Use that beautiful expression, "Why can't you be like Johnny?" He'll despise you and Johnny both!
6. Mother and father should disagree in regard to the rules for their youngsters. Children will then learn to play one parent against the other.
7. Never let the kids think for themselves. They haven't the equipment. (The reason may be in their heredity or environment.) Make all the decisions for them so they'll never be able to handle life.
8. Treat them with suspicion. Never trust the sneaky little characters.
If they turn out well, it won't be your fault. IT'LL BE A MIRACLE OF THE HIGHEST ORDER!
“ Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord” By Mansell Ramsey (1919)
Teach me Thy way, O Lord, teach me Thy way!
Thy guiding grace afford, teach me Thy way!
Help me to walk aright, more by faith, less by sight;
Lead me with heav’nly light, teach me Thy way!
When I am sad at heart, teach me Thy way!
When earthly joys depart, teach me Thy way!
In hours of loneliness, in times of dire distress,
In failure or success, teach me Thy way!
When doubts and fears arise, teach me Thy way!
When storms o’erspread the skies, teach me Thy way!
Shine through the cloud and rain, through sorrow, toil and pain;
Make Thou my pathway plain, teach me Thy way!
Long as my life shall last, teach me Thy way!
Where’er my lot be cast, teach me Thy way!
Until the race is run, until the journey’s done,
Until the crown is won, teach me Thy way!
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Friday, June 15, 2012
Holy Father, Divine God, we pray we will always inquire of You first before we take action. We do not want to assume that because You instructed us in a certain way before, that You will instruct us in the same way each time we are faced with a similar situation. Help us to understand that Your thoughts are higher than ours and Your ways are higher than ours. Help us not to make the same mistake by thinking we have all the answers when only You have all the answers for our life. Father, we invite Your presence into our life. Help us to be a Holy place for Your Spirit to dwell. Cleanse our hearts from all unrighteousness. This we ask and pray in Jesus’ glorious name. Amen!
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