They were hand-picked by God to be the vessels that brought us to life! It’s truly amazing when you stop and think about it, how much would never happen or exist without them. They labored a long time to bring us to Earth, not to mention the nine long months they carried us in their bodies while we did nothing but cause them sickness, aches, and pains that they didn’t even know they could experience and made them stretch everywhere in ways they never could have imagined. And they still wanted us in spite of everything they had to endure, which didn’t stop when they finally were free of our kicking and tumbling and keeping them awake, and limiting them in every way. Then there was the crying and filling diapers, and constantly demanding something in our tummies. Wow, it’s amazing that they have their sanity…. With all of this being said, it’s no wonder why so many have written so much in dedication to their mothers or about the wonder and amazing gift of motherhood.
I believe this Sunday is around my 50th Mother’s day message, so I should be getting the hang of this by now… Let me start out with some woman power humor.
There were 6 people hanging onto a rope that came down from a helicopter. five were men and one was a woman who were being rescued. The chopper informed them that one person would have to let go, because if they didn't, the rope would break and everyone would die. No one could decide who should go. Finally the woman gave a really touching speech on how she would give up her life to save the others, because women were used to giving up things for their husbands and their families and sacrificing for their men was nothing new to them. The men were so touched by the speech, they all started clapping. (OOPS)
Don’t try to outsmart these ladies, and don’t underestimate Woman Power!
So, my message today is “Woman Power”
In cars and engines you need horse power, manpower is needed on any project to complete it, brainpower gives us the ability to make intelligent, reasonable and logical decisions, Woman power is the force which nurtures, guides, shapes and equips the home and the family to connect with one another and the world around us …. Genesis 1:27 “So God created human beings in His own image, in the image of God He created them, male and female He created them”.
The phrase “In His own image” means that just like God, they are one of a kind, unique, and special. God had need of nothing or no one, yet He chose to create human beings to partner with Him in the earth. To work with Him in doing His will and fulfilling His plan.
Psalm 8:4 “What is man, that You pay attention to him? and the son of man, that You visit him? v5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and crowned him with glory and honor. v6 You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands and You have put all things under his feet.” I’m convinced that the most influential people on planet Earth are mothers. Not presidents or queens or CEO’s. Just plain ‘ole moms. Yes, that’s right, women just like your mom and mine.
Women reproduce the likeness of God, which He placed within the first man and woman. She partners with God in a supernatural event that takes place in her womb. That amazing moment when something that has been growing within her receives the spark of life from God, just like the first human He created. And she births an eternal being, that will never die, with a soul and a spirit whose purpose is to also partner with God in the earth.
They are constantly changing the world and from the generation they are part of, they send forth those who will shape generations in the future. Look at just a few examples which we are given from the scriptures….
Of course, Eve was the first mother and the mother of all living. Wouldn’t want to take her family out for Mother’s day dinner!!! She was instructed personally by God in matters of motherhood. Since Jesus is the physical form of God in the Old Testament, that means she and Adam had a personal relationship with the same Jesus we follow today. Scripture tells us that He walked with them in the cool of the garden and gave them instructions….
Jochebed married her nephew and was his aunt as well as his wife. She was the mother of Moses, Miriam and Aaron. She produced the liberator of the Jewish people, the first High priest, and a recognized prophetess and leader of the women…
Abraham is called the father of the faith. Scripture says that believers are grafted into the covenant through the seed of Abraham. His mom was Amsalai, the daughter of a Horite priest who worshiped idols. Yet God used this man, her son, to raise up a nation of people who would be stewards of the scripture which would find it’s fulfillment in Christ.
I think of the mother of King David, her name was Nitzevet. Here’s some information under things you never knew…. There was a time when David’s father Jesse, who was head of the Sanhedrin, separated himself from her after she had born him 7 sons. Jesse had arranged to have a relationship with her handmaid, who secretly informed her, and Nitzevet, switched places with the handmaid in the bedroom in the darkness. Well, Nitzevet got pregnant, and since all 7 sons knew of their father’s separation, they concluded that she was an adulterer and the son was illegitimate. She took a vow of silence and all David’s life growing up, hewas treated with disdain by his brothers and father. He was treated more like a servant than a son by Jesse. It was not until he was anointed by Samuel, who passed up all the brothers, that David was finally confirmed as a rightful heir by God. David is called the son of Jesse, but he was more the son of Nitzevet in those years of scorn. It was a mother’s love that encouraged, guided and kept him on the right path.
I must include the virgin mother of Jesus, who yielded herself as a young teenager to be the vessel of God where the divine seed would be placed, which would change the world and the destiny of mankind. She endured being put away by Joseph, until the angel brought clarity to him of what God was doing. She endured the long trip to Bethlehem on the back of a donkey in her 9th month of pregnancy. She was the voice of guidance and the place of comfort and assurance until he was 12 years old and Joseph took over his training. As surely as Eve was the mother of all living, she was the mother of all who believe in Christ, but I don’t pray to her or through her.
John 14:6 records for our benefit, “Jesus said unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man can come unto the Father, but by me.”
These are just a few examples, of the partnership between God and moms, but if anyone has the power and the potential to change the hearts and minds of this world, it is the mothers who are chosen as the instruments of God through faith.
We don’t really need moms to be cool, cutting edge, outstanding in their field, or fantastic speakers or movers of masses, even though they may be all of those…. We just need them to be MOM!
A man walked into a library and asked the lady at the desk, “Do you have the book, “Woman, The Weaker Sex?” The lady said, “Yes, we certainly do”. Great, the man said, I’m doing a study on how the man was made to rule over the woman. What section is it in? Without batting an eye, the lady said, “It’s in the section with every other fantasy and superstition”.
How is it possible that a woman could transform age-old stereotypes, break down the ancient walls of bitterness, and mold a better world? It’s thePower of motherhood!
Ruth was a young woman from a godless Moabite culture. After the death of her Jewish husband, she left her home, her parents, her people, her culture, and with a barren womb, went to live in a tiny little village with Naomi who was a bitter mother-in-law. Not the best of circumstances, for sure. If there ever was a woman with a few strikes against her, Ruth would certainly qualify.
She was a Moabite taking up residence in a city full of Israelites. She was a widow who was despised because she had been married to a Jewish man who married outside of the faith. She was barren, so she was unable to give her husband any heirs. Her people worshiped the false deity Chemosh, who required child sacrifice. On top of all that, when God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, and Lot escaped with his two daughters. They got him drunk and had children by their father. The oldest daughter’s son was named Moab, the father of the Moabite nation.
NOT A GOOD BEGINNING! But Ruth believed SHE MATTERED and all that other stuff didn’t! She didn’t let her environment determine the content of her character. She didn’t allow her problems to outweigh her purpose.
She is just another proof that God has perfect timing. You see, after two months of gleaning in Boaz’s field, he married Ruth, who was barren. He was eighty and she was forty. Then, one day after Boaz and Ruth were married, he died, but she became pregnant with Jesse, the grandfather of King David!
What World Changers these mothers are!….Most of these mothers never preached a sermon, never performed a miracle, and never wrote book. They had no civic power, position, or great influence, and yet they quietly and generationally changed the history of the world!
God is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the author and finisher, and moms, are some of the main characters in His story!
Moms…you are more powerful than you could ever imagine. Don’t ever forget that.
Jesus elevated the role of women. They were part of His ministry as he went throughout the area teaching and preaching and women were a vital part.
Luke 8:1 Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, v2 and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, v3 and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance.
Paul declared that in the body of Christ we are all equal. That women should be able to serve and minister in any area that men do. There is no Holy Spirit for women and another for men. It’s the same Holy Spirit in men, women and children….
Galatians 3:26 For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. v27 Foras many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. v28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. v29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Kathryn Kuhlman, was the spiritual mother of Benny Hinn…. Joyce Meyer, has empowered multitudes of women… Gloria Copeland, co-founder, wife and partner with Ken Copeland ministries… Jan Crouch, co-founder of TBN which spreads the gospel around the globe….MotherTheresa, is called the mother of India….
The world has yet to see the influence which Moms will have on Historythrough those who are their heirs of promise!
Every woman can claim the covenant which God gave to Eve.
When God placed Adam and Eve in the garden, He commanded them….. Genesis 1:28 “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion” over all creation.” To emphasize how serious He was, time after time, God opened the womb of those women who were barren, in order that those He chose to be world changers, could partner with Him. Sarah the mother of Isaac, Rebecca the mother of Jacob, Rachel the mother of Joseph, Hannah (Samuel’s mother), Samson’s mother who is not named, and Elizabeth (John the Baptist’s mother), are all recorded as being barren. But God’s covenant was greater than their condition! Mothers are a powerful example of breaking the power of bareness in any and every area of life!
I believe what the bible says, that God is no respecter of persons, what He is willing to do for any one, He’s willing to do for anyone who will believe and receive.
Galatians 4:26 But the heavenly Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. v27 For it is written: “Rejoice, O barren woman, who bears no children; break forth and cry aloud, you who have never travailed; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband.” …… That’s just another way of saying that “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.”
It declares that the spiritual covenant God has with His children, is greater than the way physical things may appear, as the heaven’s are above the earth and superior to physical things.
I said it last week, “We are blessed beyond the curse”…. Every form of barrenness is Satan’s attempt to stop what God has chosen. Just as abortion is Satan’s plan to keep world changers from being born, who can change history.
He wants to destroy pastors, evangelists, apostles, teachers and prophets, before they are born. He wants to kill Godly presidents, kings and rulers, congressmen, Christian media personnel, Godly movie producers, Christian teachers and college professors, Godly technicians, and mothers and fathers who will bring children up in Godly homes…..Before they are born…. A certain mom’s youngest son brought 4 ladies home to meet his mom. The reason was that he was in love and wanted to introduce his bride-to-be to his hyper-critical mother. But in order to get an unbiased opinion, he invited over three other friends as well who were sworn to secrecy, that they would not tell his mom which one he intended to marry. After a very enjoyable evening, the four women left, and he asked his mother, “Well, Mom, Can you guess which one I want to marry?” Immediately his mom said “The one with short hair.” “Wow mom! How did you know?” She winked and said “Because that’s the one I didn’t like.” (Mothers are very insightful and intuitive)
Every Mother is fulfilling the Great Commission. The Great Commission of Jesus is the spiritual renewal of the reproductive Mandate, which iscalling us to make Spiritual off-springs. Be fruitful and multiply. Just as God called Adam (and Israel) to reproduce and to rule, through the task of discipleship—by “baptizing” new believers and “teaching” them the commands of the Lord. Paul calls it the “Gospel beforehand”. Galatians 3:8 Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: "All nations will be blessed through you (Sarah included)." Children are a covenant blessing, and raising them “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” is one of the best ways for the church to produce disciples of Christ.
In this process, Moms are capable of incredible compassion and self sacrifice, not only to their own families, but beyond….
One mom had just finished taking a CPR class at a local college when she was outwith her daughter and saw a big crowd gathered around a still body. She took off running and yelling, “Everyone back! I know CPR!” Just as she threw herself next to the body and was about to begin, a pair of strong hands pulled her to her feet. “Ma’am,” said a police officer beside her, “this man is on the ground because we are in the process of arresting him.” That’s a mom for you, always ready to fix, to comfort, to rescue and to heal….
There’s power in a mother’s song, for she sings into the soul and spirit of her child. There’s power in a mother’s love. Every child learns love through their mother.
There’s power in a mother’s smile. It speaks of approval, it bathes her children in joy and happiness and gives a consistent reference point to their lives.
There’s power of a mother’s words. Her child learns to trust and to believe that promises will be fulfilled and words instruct, describe, and reveal wonderful things.
There’s power in a mother’s faith. Her child learns to believe what it cannot see, hear the inaudible and see the invisible.
I want to close with Matthew 15:21 Then Jesus went out from there and .departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a mother from Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” v23 But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” v24 But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” v25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”
v26 But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” v27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” v28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
Moms have a special place in God’s heart. We want to believe with our ladies today and come into agreement with what is on their hearts as they have believed God for the answer to the request they carry deep within them. Mothers not only birth our sons and daughters, but they give birth to the vision of the Lord, the desires of the Kingdom, and God plants in them the seeds of the God kind of faith to move mountains, break down barriers and send world changers out into the world….
Prayer…..Lord, we pray that You would lift the weary spirit and fill these moms with Your Divine rest, love and peace so that they may be restored and renewed in body and mind. Lord, pour your heavenly nourishment into their soul and give them the energy to sustain them in the vital role as a mother. Thank you for creating each mom with a unique combination of gifts and talents, as they guide and nurture their families as they grow towards and into adulthood. We thank you for the gift of their time, their perseverance, their vision for the famly’s future, and their devotion. We pray you grant to them strength, wisdom, and greater faith. We especially pray for single moms, that they would experience the Fatherhood of God in a special way. We also pray for mothers who never had the honor of bearing children, but whose love, compassion and care, extends to so many whose path brings them into these caring hearts. We honor, love and cherish the special women who have born us, who have nurtured us, and who have prayed for our well-being. May their days be filled with words of praise, affirmation, and encouragement from those who have received so much. Let their joy be contagious; let their passion be pure; and let their livesoverflow with all the blessing they deserve—on special days, and in every day of theirlives. In Jesus’s name, Amen