A MOTHER'S INFLUENCE Selected texts Introduction On this Mother's by langstonwalker


									                     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!"
                                                                              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,
                                                                       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
                                                                                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
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.
                                                                         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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