THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date – 3-24-13
LESSON TITLE: “THE WOMAN’S PLACE AS A MOTHER.”
Paul once said to the churches of Galatia, “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” What do we boast in throughout daily life?
It is an honor and privilege to have you with us today for the Living Word Program. We are thankful you have chosen to join us as we commit this time to the things of God.
It is our hope and prayer this morning that we may each participate and do our part to make this time acceptable before Him and according to His Word. Now let’s begin by talking to God through prayer!
It’s time to join in our first song of the morning. But let me ask, “Wont it be grand to someday receive the great reward of Heaven?” Our first song of the day reminds us of this wonderful truth from God’s Word. So, won’t you do your part and sing aloud, as we praise God together with the hymn, “When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder.”
(SONG # 1)
I know you have heard it a hundred times before, but now you’re going to hear it again - we are so blessed in this country to have the many physical blessings which we do. I was again reminded of how great America is, as I had the opportunity a few months ago to visit with many of our brethren in some third world nations of Africa. Most who are living in extreme poverty situations, at least in comparison to what we have.
When you first arrive and begin seeing the situation your first response is how can I help these people get out of this situation. However, as you reason through the situation you soon realize that there is nothing you can really do to help millions upon millions improve there social standard of life. The task would just be to enormous and unachievable. Then you realize the most important need which all people have, which you can help with, that is, knowing Jesus Christ. The fact is, it would be impossible for me to bring the millions I passed on my journey, up to the social standard that we live at, but I have something better for them, that will insure them of eternal life! Again, that is Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
Remember what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:1-2, “and I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” Here we find the greatest possession that we can give to others in this world, that is, the knowledge that Jesus Christ died for all, that we might be saved.
You see helping those of this world in a physical way will only satisfy the physical for a short time. The problem is the physical vanishes away or will end! However, the spiritual knowledge of Jesus Christ and obedience to His will makes one blessed and immortal. How about that, would you like to live forever? Paul told Timothy, “but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,” 2Timothy 1:10. Jesus Christ and His will found in the gospel, gives life and immortality!
One final verse by Paul really brings our thoughts home this morning. In 1 Corinthians 2:9, notice what he told the brethren at Corinth, “eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love him.” You and I as humans can not even fathom the great things God has prepared for us, as we strive to be His faithful children. The promises and blessings are hard for us to even comprehend, but the fact is God is there, He does love us, and we will receive that which He has promised.
You see, this knowledge is the greatest gift or blessing I could give anyone in this life, no matter what their physical condition is. God loves them, He is there for them, and He will reward them if they choose to do His will.
Today we are happy to again have brother Jerry Sullins with us. Brother Jerry is the director of the Bible Institute of Missouri, we appreciate his willingness to be with us and we look forward to his message this morning.
As far as our main study, we will be continuing our series on the Christian Home! Our topic today is, “The Woman’s Place As Mother.” So, please continue with us this morning and in a few minutes brother Sullins will return with this study from God’s Word.
Now let’s join in our second song of the day. The name of the hymn is, “Will Your Anchor Hold.”
(SONG # 2)
By Jerry Sullins
I welcome you again to The Living Word broadcast. We are so thankful that you are taking this time this morning to be with us as we examine God’s word. It is certainly a privilege to be in your home every Sunday morning for we know that some of you are with us every Sunday morning you who are shut in and can’t get out. Other visit with us from time to time as our friends and we are so thankful that you are present this morning and that you are listening to this broadcast. We only hope that what is said will be a blessing to you as you and as we continue to learn what God’s will is for us and as we try to do something in this world, or in this life, to turn back the tide of all of the evil that is ever present in our society. As we well know it is permeating our homes for the last few weeks and in weeks continuing we are going to be discussing the Christian home as to the fact of what do people actually see in your home. Now that is a good question that you might ask yourself this morning. That is, if someone were to come to your home, and let’s say it is Jesus because that would be the most important person that could ever come to your home in fact He is there all the time anyway. But if He actually literally came in the flesh and He stood in your home what would He observe? That is such an important thing to consider since He is, as we have already mentioned, always with us, He is God, He is omnipresent, the Father is there observing what is going on in our homes. There is a design as you have seen throughout the past few weeks of God for His home. It is not our home it is His home, He is the one who has created us, He is the one who has ordained that we should become one flesh as a husband shall leave His father and mother and cling to his own wife and the two shall become one flesh. He is the one who has ordained that wonderful thing that we call a home and in deed there is no good place on this earth and there is no place like home if that home is being operated in tune with the word of God.
This morning we are going to cover a very special part of the home as it relates to the Christian mother. When we think about our mothers it is really a great thought for most of us. Now I realize that in some cases this would not be true with some people but if you want to get a fight started in the south, now maybe it’s not so much now as when I was a younger guy living in the Memphis, Tennessee area. If you wanted to start a fight then you say something to someone about his mother in a derogatory way. Now that may not be true today because as you well know is used in cursing tones and some people miss use that precious word mother that we have known to grow and to love because that is the person who actually bore us and brought us into this life. John said in John 16:21, he said or it is recorded for us, “A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born in to the world.” A human being born in the womb of a woman, a woman a we might emphasize. That is such a precious thing to be able to experience I’m sure. I have often wondered myself being a man, since I can bear no children, what it would actually be like for me to actually bear a child, to nurse that child, to love that child in such a way that no other human being can love that child. So we see on the expression of mother’s faces as we visit the hospital, or maybe the homes where those children are born and we see that mother looking into the eyes of that precious human being that God has given them the ability to bring into this world. What a precious thing for us to even think about when we remember what our mothers went through nine months of pain and agony so that we might be born into this world. Someone has said and rightfully so, in fact it was Abraham Lincoln, who said, “All that I am and have ever hoped to be, I get from my mother. God bless her.” No one deserves more credit for the way our world is going that is in a good way than our mothers. No one can get more credit or shouldn’t receive more credit than our mothers who are in the home, who are bringing up those children as they need to bring up, those precious souls that they have brought into this life because of the grace of God. So we honor our mothers and we understand the great responsibility that they have.
The apostle Paul said to Timothy in 1Timothy 5:14 that he was encouraging the younger women to marry and to bear children. That is a responsibility of woman only women can bear children and only women can be mothers. No one deserves more credit than our mothers. She is to what? Well the apostle Paul again said to Titus in Titus 2:4-5, that the older women of course were to speak and to teach the younger women. In verse 4 it says, “That they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers…” So it is as our mothers most of them being able, of course those of my age group, being able to live in the home and to nurture the children as they have nurtured their children. There is no precious responsibility, I’m telling you there is no greater work on the face of this earth than for a woman to bear that child, to stay at home, and to bring that child up, to nourish that child physically, to nourish that child mentally, spiritually, and every other way. That mother taking the responsibility that God has given her to really love her children. Most women who understand God’s will for them understand that need. Sometimes it is the men who push their wives who are their children’s mother out into the work force and leave those children to people who will not raise them properly, or present to them the wrong and terrible influence. I want to say this morning that I commend and I know God commends every woman who stays at home and who raises her children in the proper way that God wants them to raise their children. Now some might say well we just can’t live on one salary. Is that true? Or is it really the truth that you do not want to live on one salary. Is it necessary that you leave that most precious thing that God has given you and go into a place where you have no influence over that child for maybe one third of their lives while you may be at work for eight hours? It is a serious thing for us to consider today. Why are our homes falling apart? Because women have now left the homes and they have gone out into the market place to follow their careers and they leave their part and responsibility of raisin the children up to someone who is a complete or maybe even total stranger. Now I understand that some leave them with their parents or maybe their grandparents and maybe under some good influence, but that young precious child, that baby especially before two years of age in which they will develop all of their social characteristics of their life mentally and emotionally, that child needs to be with his or her mother. I don’t believe anyone would argue with that although we may do something that is different.
Well, when we look at the responsibility of a woman what are those responsibilities? You might remember just a week or so ago, maybe it was two weeks ago I don’t really know when, that I was given the opportunity to speak on this program concerning the father and his responsibilities to his children. I want to go over somewhat the very same things because mothers you have a great responsibility in the raising of your children. Now how are you going to do that? Well, let me say first of all and remind you fathers that Ephesians 6:4 says, “And you, fathers, do not provoke you children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” You ultimately will be held responsible for the way that your children are trained. And when the day comes when you stand before the Lord Jesus Christ and your children have left the faith or have never known the faith of God, your children have lived in all types of riotous living, and you my brother or my friend will be held responsible for that ultimately. But mothers you have a great responsibility and I go over again, what is your responsibility. Well, what did Paul say to Titus? Teach the younger women you older women teach the younger women to love your children, love your children. Now I ask you the same question I asked the fathers several weeks ago, when’s the last time you told your child that you loved them? Wait just a second you say, ‘Well I believe more women do that than men.’ Well probably so but when was the last time you said to your child you actually love them. Well, you might have to think back for a long time. What is sad in deed I mentioned the illustration when I was speaking of the fathers and this is the illustration but it had to do more with a mother that I knew in past life. This mother as this child who was in her forties was crying over the fact that this mother had just passed away and this mother throughout her whole life, she could not remember when her mother told her that she actually loved her. Now did she show that she loved her? Well, in may ways yes. She cooked for her, she provided the clothing that that child needed, and she provided the things of this life that that child needed. But that child needed to hear those words form that mothers mouth and that is I love you. Now you cannot show that child that you love them unless you are with them and unless they understand that they are the most important part of your life other than God Himself and your father. You cannot do that. So what do you need to do? You have to spend time, you have to put effort, and you have to do everything in your life to show that child that you properly love that child.
Well, what about discipline? Do you understand that it is also your responsibility to discipline? Oh but I’m afraid I will lose the love of my child, I do not in any way want to discipline my child, I’m just going to let them grow and try in a positive way to point out how they should go. Listen, sometimes you need to tell the child when it is not doing what is right. They want that, they need that. There is a right and wrong in this world, those rights and wrongs are found in the book. There is a way that you need to lead your child in the discipline and training of the Lord. So therefore you need to teach that child to be kind, you need to teach that child to be thankful, you need to teach that child how to love and respect other people including yourself. You need to teach that child that yes when they do things that are wrong there is a consequence that they must pay. Discipline is necessary. In my own feeling, and I have lived a long time, I believe that it’s what not only children need, but it’s what they expect, and that is what they want. I remember my dad did not spare using whatever he could reach sometimes to discipline me if you know what I’m talking about. And I look back on my precious father as one who loved me so much that he was willing to discipline me and my mother also. In fact I feared my mother more than my dad because I knew that if Jerry did something that was wrong before my mother she didn’t always send me to my dad, she took care of business herself. You know there are no two people that I respect and love more than my parents, my father and my mother, because they loved me enough to discipline me. If parents do not discipline their children it shows a lack of true love for those children. You need to be that example. As the son is like the father, by the way, the daughter’s normally will be like the mothers.
So they look at you and they see how you act and you react, they see what you are doing or not doing in the home, they look at your life in every way and basically they pattern themselves after you. Now some will rise above how you have trained them and some will fall below how you have trained them. Some will go right and some will go wrong according to how you have trained them because that is their individual right to do that. They are free moral agents, they can decide whether or not they want to do right or wrong but the way they determine what is right is by the observation of their mother and the observation of their father. What about you reading the Bible and making sure that they have those nightly devotions? What about you teaching them how to pray, what about you teaching them how to be kind and loving, and what about you teaching them to be unselfish? All of these things are things that when they come from your mother are things that impress you so much that you will want to follow in the pathway of the teaching of your mother.
So this morning as we have honored our mothers let us continue to do so. The best way we can do it is by living the life that God wants us to live by the demonstration of following after our Godly mothers. Let’s not hesitate to do God’s will and let us never disrespect or dishonor those who have loved us, who have brought us into this world, who have loved us, trained us, and shown us the way of God. May God bless our mothers and may God bless you to live as you need to live.
(SONG # 3 - “When We All Get To Heaven!”)
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What a wonderful challenge women have from God’s Word to be proper Mothers. And when we get it right, remember that all those who obey God’s Will and faithful serve Him will be richly bless! Praise be to God!