Summary: A mother's day sermon challenging and encouraging mothers to do all that they can to bring their children up in a way that is pleasing unto the Lord.
CENTRAL ZION BAPTIST CHURCH
SUNDAY May 12, 2013
“The Impact of a Godly Mother”
Exodus 1:15-22; 2:1-10
Series - The Family that God Builds
Welcome Visitors - especially all of our ladies and more particularly – those whom God has blessed with the gift of motherhood. Happy Mothers Day.
When I refer to the word mother I am using it in the broadest sense possible. Today I am here to speak to all of the ladies, all of the mothers, be it a biological, adoptive, step-mother – mother-in-law – married mother – single mother – a mother who is widowed – an expectant mother and all those women who have been mothers to so many who didn’t have mothers of their own – those of you who have stepped in and taken up the slack to help a struggling mother or someone who just couldn’t do it on their own – this message is for you today.
But before I get into the meat of this sermon, I am mindful that mother’s day is not the happiest day for some people, some of whom maybe in here today.
For some mothers day is a reminder of the recent loss of a loving mother – for others it probably reinforces the reality and struggles of wanting to become a mother, and there may be a few in here who don’t have a good relationship with their own mothers – maybe not even speaking to them because of past hurts and conflicts - I want you to know that you are not alone today and we are praying for you –
Prayer for mothers.
Say: But as I look around this sanctuary today, I get this deep sense of satisfaction because I know that I am in the company of so many mothers who really love and care for their children. Children you are blessed to have godly mothers like those I know at this church - please help me affirm them today.
Today however, for a few minutes, I just want to highlight and encourage some qualities that I already see in most if not all of you.
Todays sermon is - “The Power of a Godly Mother?” – Exodus Ch.1:15-22;2:1-10. –
Based on the sermon Series – “The Family that God Builds?”
The sermon today centers around a mother who when faced with a difficult life threatening situation took matters into her own hands to save her family.
Jacob and his twelve sons are now dead, but their descendants have multiplied greatly, so much that it frightened the king of Egypt who reasoned that if the Children of Israel continue to have children at the rate they are going, they would eventually outnumber the Egyptians and take the country from them so he devised a scheme, which mandated that the mid-wives (ones who were responsible to deliver the babies) were to kill all of the male children during child birth - ch. 1:15ff.
However – the midwives defied the king’s order and did otherwise.
As godly mothers as most if not all of you are in here today – I want to say to you first and foremost -
1. BE SENSITIVE TO THE SPIRIT OF GOD.
This is not any new revelation for you but it worth rehearsing it into your hearing. To continue on the godly path that you have been on for a while, it calls for much sensitivity to the leading and direction of the Holy Spirit.
As a mother, how are you to make the right decision if you are not directed by the Spirit of God. Proverbs 3:3-5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart…lean not….in all your ways ack…and he will direct your path.
Look at this text – as a godly mother – wife – woman – what are you going to do when your superior ask you to do something that you know is wrong, but to not do it may result in the loss of that good paying job you have been waiting on for so long –
To disobey may mean being bypassed for the next promotion on the job – it may mean a smaller pay increase or none the next time –
Many mothers, particularly single mothers are faced with these challenges everyday in the workplace – to get ahead, they are given the option to sleep with their ungodly, unscrupulous bosses but here we see two women who themselves were mothers refused to obey the king not because they were unruly, but because they feared God and I said before and I must say again,
When the Government - the church – your boss – your husband – whomever he or she is, when anyone of them commands what God forbids or forbids what God commands, you must chose to follow God for it is better to please God than to please men.