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The Responsibilities of Mothers

Rev. James R. Reynolds, Sr.

May 8, 2005 Mother's Day

Sunday Morning Service

Title: The Responsibilities of Mothers

Text: Proverbs 4:3

"For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother."

I.. Educate their Children

To Bring their Children to the Temple Gate. Mothers have an awesome responsibility. The children they give birth to are deformed. Every child born into this world is deformed. "In sin did my mother conceive me." It is the responsibility of the mother to find hope for that deformed child. Acts 3:2 No greater way to help your child than to bring them to the gate where they can meet God.

    A. The Sacrifice of the Education

    Mother's have a great responsibility to educate their children. Proverbs 1:8 Forsake not the law of thy mother. Intermingled with the wisdom that God gave Solomon was the wisdom and counsel of a godly mother.

    B. The Manner of the Education

    Bathsheba was the queen. She could have had the best educate Solomon, but she did not shirk her responsibility. The government today in their "education" only makes our children dumb and poor. Mother's should not only have such a responsibility to educate their children, but they need to feel this responsibility today. 

    1. More than anything else in life a child needs to have knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:6 "Son God can give you wisdom, and out of his mouth cometh knowledge."--Solomon's mom, perhaps

    2. Mother's prophesy over your children. Pr 31:1 "The words of king Lemuel, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">the prophecy that his mother taught him</span>." My mother brought me to the preacher as a baby and asked him to pray to make me a preacher. You say, "Their too little." GOD HEARS!

    3. The fear of God. Prov. 1:7

    4. The Love of God. Solomon you must fear God, but you can ENJOY GOD! "The joy of the Lord is your strength." Not just obliging themselves to God, but instruct your children in that they can enjoy God.  That they may know what Paul spoke about in Galatians 2:20

    5. That in the center of the storms of life there is a calm and peace to be found.

    C. The Motive of the Education

    		"...tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother."		

    		Love does a whole lot more than the rod, but if you love your child you 		will not spare correction. Solomon appreciated his mother for her 		correction. George Washington said, "Al that I am my angel 		mother made me." John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, D.L. Moody, 		President McKinley all assessed their success in great part to 		their mothers.

II. Pray for their Children

Do not give up on your children when everyone else does. The influence of a mother's prayers can make the difference of success or failure in a child's life. John Newton the drunkard sailor became John Newton the Preacher and author of Amazing Grace through the prayers of his mother. John Newton won John Scott to Christ. Mr. Culper was wont to Christ by John Scott who wrote, "There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel's veins.

Susannah Wesley had 17 children. Mothers today with 2 or 3 say, "I am just so busy!" She found herself a place of prayer everyday to pray for each one of those 17 children by name. John and Charles Wesley spurred revival in their country while France was bloodied by revolution. This was the result of a mother's prayers.

John 19:25-

Mothers have a great influence on their children.

John 19:25—Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

The kings of Judah had both good and bad kings. Much of the kings’ influence was from their mothers.

2 Chronicles 13:1,2—Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam began Abijah to reign over Judah. 2 He reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Michaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. And there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.

Michaiah who is like God?

2 Chronicles 22:3,4—3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his mother was his counsellor to do wickedly. 4 Wherefore he did evil in the sight of the LORD like the house of Ahab: for they were his counsellors after the death of his father to his destruction.

2 Chronicles 24:1—1 Joash was seven years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Zibiah of Beersheba. 2 And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.

2Ch 25:1—Amaziah was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem. 2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.

Jehoaddan—delight in God

You have to have a personal relationship with God. Amaziah was fine as long as he had his mother.

2 Chr. 26:1—Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah. 3 Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Jecoliah of Jerusalem.4 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah did.

JECOLIAH: Jehovah will enable