A MOTHER’S INFLUENCE My mother taught me about STAMINA - "You'll sit there 'til all that Selected texts spinach is finished." Introduction My mother taught me about WEATHER - "It looks as if a tornado swept through your room." On this Mother’s Day Sunday, I want to take a small diversion from finishing John’s gospel which we will do next week, and My mother taught me how to solve PHYSICS PROBLEMS - "If I yelled spend a little time considering the power of a mother’s because I saw a meteor coming toward you; would you listen then?" influence. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY - "If I've told you once, I've told you a million times - Don't exaggerate!!!" And once we have established that, I trust that we will be able to consider how time is the key ingredient on your side in the My mother taught me THE CIRCLE OF LIFE -"I brought you into this development of character. world, and I can take you out." My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION - "Stop Then finally we want to show how to use that time to your best acting like your father!" advantage. Now a little more seriously: I came across a list of things entitled: What My Mother Taught Me John Newton is the author of one of the most beloved songs of the Christian faith -- Amazing Grace. He was born in London July 24, My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE - "If you're going to kill each other, do it outside - I just finished cleaning!" 1725, to a pious Christian woman and the commander of a merchant ship which sailed the Mediterranean. My mother taught me RELIGION - "You better pray that will come out of the carpet!" In July of 1732, thirteen days before his seventh birthday, death took his saintly mother who had, since his third birthday, been his My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL: "If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!" teacher and friend. He was left with only the memory of a godly mother and her Christian teaching. My mother taught me LOGIC: "Because I said so, that's why." When he was eleven, John went to sea and it was not long before My mother taught me FORESIGHT - "Make sure you wear clean he was wholly involved in the ungodly vices of seamen. As one underwear, in case you're in an accident." author put it, "he became a dissipated sailor." My mother taught me IRONY - "Keep laughing and I'll give you something to cry about." He followed this ungodly path for many years, but finally, the memory of his mother brought him to himself. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS - "Shut your mouth and eat your supper!" He remembered her Christian teaching and her godly life, and considered his ungodly lifestyle and his wretched life. The My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM -"Will you look recollection of his mother prompted him to again seek Christ. at the dirt on the back of your neck!" He searched the slave ship for a Bible or some other book about He became a powerful English statesman and through his efforts Christ and found Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. This slavery was ultimately abolished England. book sowed the seeds of his conversion. Wilberforce was a dedicated Christian as well. He wrote, A On May 10, 1748 when the ship nearly sunk in a violent storm he Practical View of The Prevailing Religious System of Professed trusted Christ as his personal Savior. Christians…Contrasted With Real Christianity. This book was instrumental in bringing Legh Richmond to Christ. Rev. Legh As a result of his mother’s influence a stream of boundless Richmond is the author of the once popular Christian children’s influence flowed forward throughout the world. book, The Dairyman’s Daughter. Between 1813 and 1820 there were 22 editions of this book printed in America. The book was John Newton became a preacher of the Gospel. One of the used of the Lord to bring about the salvation of thousands. people he lead to Christ was Claudius Birchman. Birchman went as a missionary to India. Undergirding this chain of events stands the influence of John Newton’s godly mother. (Source Information: No doubt, no one has ever heard of Claudius Birchman. But, God Golden Links in the Chain that Connects Mother Home and Heaven edited by Mrs. J. P. Newman, mightily used a book this Englishman wrote, The Star in the East, 1890, p. 56-57; Moody Monthly, August 1931, pp. 594, 595; The Dairyman’s Daughter by Rev. Legh Richmond, M.A., published in 1800’s by American Tract Society, pp. 11-12) to motive an American to become the pioneer of American foreign missions. The man this book motivated was Adoniram The Power of A Mother’s Influence Illustrated Judson, who became a missionary to Burma. Judson was the first American foreign missionary. Mothers have a powerful influence on children and therefore must use that influence to the glory of God. Newton also led Thomas Scott to Christ. Scott became a preacher and the author of Scott’s Commentary on the Bible. Rev. Scott The early life of Moses reveals the powerful influence of a pointed despondent attorney and harp player, William Cowper, mother in the life of her child as well as the vital value of early to the Christ of the Bible and through reading Romans 3:25 childhood training. Cowper was saved. He says, "I saw the sufficiency of the atonement He had made, my pardon sealed in His blood, and all the fullness and Turn in your Bibles to Genesis 41. I want to refresh your memory completeness of His justification." Not long after his conversion he as to how the children of Israel came to be in Egypt. penned one of the great songs of the Faith, There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood. There was a famine in Canaan where Jacob and his family lived. William Cowper was used of the Lord to write many great Jacob, who was renamed Israel by God, sent 10 of his 11 living Christian hymns but he also wrote other poetry, including The sons to Egypt. Their mission was to find food, buy it, and then Negro's Complaint, an anti-slavery work, which had a mighty return home. When they got to Egypt, they were directed to the impact on a short and sickly little Englishman named William second most powerful political leader in all of Egypt, Wilberforce. Zaphnathpaaneah (Zaf-nath-pay-knee-ah) (Genesis 41:40-43 & 45). In fact, this was their long lost brother Joseph, whom their father, Israel, thought was dead. To make a long story short Genesis 46:27 tells us that the 70 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe relatives of Joseph accepted the invitation to come and live in wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children. Exodus 2:6 Egypt. That’s how Israel got into Egypt in the first place. It just so happened that Moses’ sister comes on the scene and Now, we jump ahead several centuries to the text read this offers to find someone to nurse the baby. Pharaoh’s daughter morning from Exodus 1:7-11 thinks that’s great and even pays the woman, who is Moses’ mother, to nurse and care for him (Exodus 2:7-10). By now there are more than 2 million Israelites. Israelites greatly outnumber the Egyptians and the powers that be fear that they Listen carefully folks. Here’s why I am rehearsing the Bible’s will rebel and take over their nation so, they take action to be sure account of Moses to you. Moses stayed with his mother until he that does not happen. was weaned. According to Bible scholars, in those days mothers would nurse children until they were 4 or 5 years old. They did The Israelites are enslaved and put to forced labor. But that is not not have formula or baby cereal in those days. Nursing was not all all. that took place during those early years. The mother of Moses "redeemed the time" and surely taught her son diligently. The An infanticide decree is enacted which demands that all baby training he received from his mother and father before he was boys born to Israeli women be put to death (Exodus 1:16). five years old shaped his character. But … the midwives charged with carrying out this heinous Despite the fact that that from 5 years old he was reared in luxury, decree "feared God" and would not carry out the kings command exposed to paganism and given opportunity to pursue sensuality, (Exodus 1: 17). his early training paid off. So Pharaoh took his decree to the nation. Exodus 1:22 says, Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the How do I know? Turn to Hebrews 11:24-27 24 By faith Moses, when he river, and every daughter ye shall save alive. was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater Next, we come to Exodus 2. A woman of the tribe of Levi gives wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. 27 By birth to a baby boy and hides him for three months (Exodus 2:2). faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. But you cannot hide a baby forever when every Egyptian citizen is on the look-out for boy babies. So, the baby’s mother makes a I like the way Dr. John Stormer puts it. He says, "Really little ark or boat for the child, puts him in it and sets the little boat examine this passage. See all that it reveals. As a loaded with baby in the reeds at the edge of the river and then result of the few early years of training that Moses positions the baby’s older sister at a distance to see what happens had before he was five years old, when he grew up, (Exodus 2:3-4). Along comes Pharaoh’s daughter to take a bath. She sees the little He: basket-boat in the reeds and sends one of her servants to get the it, --- knew who the people of God were Titus 2:5 puts it this way…keepers at home. That is one word in --- knew that while sin offers pleasure it only lasts the Greek and that word is oikouros (oy-koo-ros'; 3626) which literally means a stayer at home. ‘for a season’ --- knew and believed about the coming Messhia It is clear from verse 4 that married women with children are in (Christ) focus here. They are to be "stay at home mom’s" bringing up their --- correctly evaluated that heavenly rewards are of children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. greater value than earthly treasures --- knew that the invisible God could protect him How To Use Your Time To The Best Advantage from the anger of an all-powerful earthly king Take time to talk to your children – The average child watches --- and had the character to do what was right no 4,000 hours of TV before they start school. While TV may keep a matter what it cost him." child occupied it is an inadequate substitute for a loving mother or father. Moses did all these things by faith. And we know that faith cometh by hearing…the Word of God (Romans 10:17). The only TV is only one way communication. Children must learn two way opportunity Moses had to be taught God’s word was during communication. They need to learn how to relate to people the few years his mother was nursing him. Moses’ early properly. training paid off BIG TIME. Take time to read and sing to your children – Today, many This true story is a dramatic illustration that Proverbs 22:6 is children are neither read to nor sung to! true… Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. It is a testimony to the Take time to teach your children – Character is essential influence of a godly mother who diligently trains her children regardless of how intelligent or talented your children are. early. The Bible says in Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright shall guide TIME: A Key Ingredient Necessary For A Godly Influence them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. On Children The following are a listing of 14 character traits that should be Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. formed in a child before that child starts to school – Attentiveness Cautiousness Contentment Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to Faith Forgiveness Gratefulness himself bringeth his mother to shame. Honesty Meekness Neatness Obedience Patience Reverence Sense of Security Truthfulness Rearing children biblically takes time, lots of time! What Canadian children need is godly mothers who will take the That is why the Bible teaches that women with children are to be time to exert their influence early upon their children. It will make what has been called "stay at home mom’s." a difference!
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