MOM - The Unsung Hero - May 8th 2016
May 08, 2016
Chuck Bernal, Lead Pastor - LifePointe Church - http://pointe.us/
This is Pastor Chuck Bernal's 2016 Mother's Day message titled, "MOM - The Unsung Hero". In this message Pastor Chuck discusses the definition of a superhero and how mothers exemplify that definition in three ways: By loving their kids, by protecting their kids and by investing in their kids. This message was delivered on Mother's Day, May 8, 2016 at LifePointe Church in Crowley, TX.
A mother's relentless love and unwavering prayers has saved more lives and done more good on earth than any other human activity in the history of the world.
So the Lord answers, “Can a woman forget her own baby and not love the child she bore? Even if a mother should forget her child, I will never forget you.” (Isaiah 49:15 – GNB)
Loving our children is not always natural, nor is it always easy. But it is absolutely essential. Good mothers always love their children. A mother's constant love becomes the bedrock of security for her children. Before they leave home, there will be many times in their lives when it will seem to them that no one else loves them. Though they might wish for someone else's love, their mother's love will provide a North Star of security and hope in the midst of difficult days. Yes, a mother must love. She gives that love in spite of her child's rebellion, in spite of her child's unresponsiveness, in spite of her own circumstances. And there are a thousand other "in spite ofs" that a mother must face in her lifetime as a mother. In them, she must find the ability to continue to love her child with the love that God gives. A mother's relationship with her child begins with love, continues with love, and ends one day on earth with love. God's plan is for His children to know deep, abiding, unending love from at least one human being in their life, and that person is Mother.
Unsung heroes ____________________ others sacrificially and unconditionally
“Cut the baby in half! That way each of you can have part of him.” “Please don’t kill my son,” the baby’s mother screamed. “Your Majesty, I love him very much, but give him to her. Just don’t kill him.” The other woman shouted, “Go ahead and cut him in half. Then neither of us will have the baby.” Solomon said, “Don’t kill the baby.” Then he pointed to the first woman, “She is his real mother. Give the baby to her.” (1 Kings 3:25-27 – CEV)
Unsung heroes _____________________________ others bravely and selflessly
Then Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, instructed the Hebrew midwives kill all Hebrew boys as soon as they were born, but to let the girls live. But the midwives feared God and didn’t obey the king—they let the boys live too . . . And God blessed the midwives because they were God-fearing women. So the people of Israel continued to multiply and to become a mighty nation . . . Then Pharaoh commanded all of his people to throw the newborn Hebrew boys into the Nile River . . . There were at this time a Hebrew fellow and girl of the tribe of Levi who married and had a family, and a baby son was born to them. When the baby’s mother saw that he was an unusually beautiful baby, she hid him at home for three months. Then, when she could no longer hide him, she made a little boat from papyrus reeds, waterproofed it with tar, put the baby in it, and laid it among the reeds along the river’s edge . . . A princess, one of Pharaoh’s daughters, came down to bathe in the river, and she spied the little boat among the reeds and sent one of the maids to bring it to her. When she opened it, there was a baby! And he was crying. This touched her heart. “He must be one of the Hebrew children!” she said. Then the baby’s sister approached the princess and asked her, “Shall I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” “Yes, do!” the princess replied. So the little girl rushed home and called her mother! “Take this child home and nurse him for me,” the princess instructed the baby’s mother, “and I will pay you well!” So she took him home and nursed him. Later, when he was older, she brought him back to the princess and he became her son. (Exodus 1:23 – 2:7 – LB)
Unsung heroes ______________________ in others spiritually and consistently
I remember your sincere and unqualified faith - the surrendering of your entire self to God with confident trust in His power, wisdom and goodness – it was a faith which first lived in the heart of your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am confident that it is in you as well. (2 Timothy 1:5 – Amp)
What a rich faith it is, handed down from your grandmother Lois to your mother Eunice, and now to you! (2 Timothy 1:5 – Msg)
Peter immediately rushed over to the home of a woman named Mary. (Mary’s son, John Mark, would eventually become an important associate of the apostles.) A large group had gathered there to pray for Peter and his safety. (Acts 12:12 – Voice)
AN UNSUNG HERO’S PRAYER
Lord, help me to love my children as You do. Help me to see them as You do, to understand their needs as You do, to feel what they are feeling as You do. I cannot love my children as they need to be loved on my own. My children need Your love. I ask You to love my children through me.
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