Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX
Sunday, May 8, 2022
Just as Hannah, the mother of Samuel, dedicated her son to the Lord (1 Samuel 1) and Mary presented Jesus to God (Luke 1:21-38), we encourage our families to commit their children to God and to commit to raising them with His help.
WHY DEDICATION? BECAUSE THERE COMES A TIME WHEN YOU (Sanctify) MAKE YOUR MARK FOR REMEMBRANCE THAT THIS BELONGS TO THE LORD.
“By this you will know scriptures” or “by this you will remember scriptures.”
“They piled up stones and marked it on their calendar.”
WHY DEDICATION? BECAUSE NOTHING IN THE KINGDOM HAPPENS WITHOUT PROCLAMATION.
THE POWER OF PROCLAMATION IS ONE OF THE GREATEST WEAPONS GOD GIVES US TO BE OVERCOMERS. Everything God does, He does through declaring it to be so and then making the world line up and bow down to His declaration.
One of the greatest ways we see heaven invade earth is when we speak and declare a word over a life or over a situation that was once only in the heart. Put there by the Holy Spirit Himself, we bring that word out into this realm and onto these lives by the word we speak.
Psalms 127:1 – Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain
MOTHER’S DAY: About 50 years ago, president Woodrow Wilson decided that we should all honor our moms and the holiday we know as Mother’s Day was put into affect right here in the USA.
About 3500 years before that on the other side of the world, a man named Moses came down from a mountain with two tablets of stone hewn out by the hand of God himself.
There were 10 Commandments that all the people of Israel had to keep.
The top 10 of 613 laws according to priority, and it’s mind-blowing that in a day when women were treated like cattle or common property throughout the cultures of the world,
that this Kingdom culture was established that the 5th most important rule or commandment was that we should honor our mother and our father.
In the Kingdom, women are honored.
In the Kingdom, you don’t leave the lady out.
God loves to include women in his promises.
Even our own culture dismissed the notion that motherhood is a big deal.
Even though the cultures of the world have historically dismissed such foolishness
YOU DON’T NEED WOMEN FOR THINGS TO WORK OUT RIGHT (WHAT EVER).
We battle that notion from the top of corporate structures all the way down to the cartoons we watch as kids.
Nemo doesn’t have a mom.
Pinochio, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Peter Pan, Cinderella,
Arial the little mermaid, Pocahontas, Bell from beauty and the beast–none of these have a mama.
Jasmin from Aladdin, Mouglie from the Jungle Book,
Jane in Tarzan–They don’t have a mama.
Lilo from Lilo and Stitch doesn’t have a mama.
Boo, the little girl in “Monsters Incorporated,” doesn’t have a mama.
The idea is that kids turn out just fine without a mama and the role of mom is really not that big of deal–that’s in this culture right here, right now.
As I said, Even though the cultures of the world have historically dismissed such foolishness, while the world loves to leave moms out, God loves to include women in everything he does.
FAITH POINT #1: Moms are supernaturally anointed to make a powerful impact on their child’s life.
By the time a child reaches 18, a mother has had to handle some extra 18,000 hours of child-generated work. In fact, women who never have children enjoy the equivalent of an extra three months a year in leisure time!
The impact that a mother has on her child is just as significant in one season as it is in another because a big role of mom is to be the healer. When we don’t feel good, we go to mom.
“Who loved me when I fell? Kissed my hurt and made it well, and then would some nice story tell?” My mama.
The power in the punch that a mama carries that nobody else in the world can carry is the power of influence from season to season within a child’s life.
When a mama has a right mind, she is there to influence and to participate in every season within a child’s life.
MARY WHEN GABRIEL ANNOUNCED THAT JESUS WOULD BE BORN
WHEN JESUS WAS BORN
WHEN THEY FLED TO EGYPT
WHEN HE CONFRONTED THE PHARISEES AT THE AGE OF 12
WHEN HE DID HIS VERY FIRST MIRACLE AT THE AGE OF THIRTY
MARY WAS THERE WHEN JESUS WAS ON THE CROSS
Acts 1:14 – They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
FAITH POINT #2: Mothers are supernaturally anointed to bring healing in every season.
MAMA, YOUR PRAYERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
God has a plan for your CHILD’S life, and He wants to heal you everywhere you hurt. John 10:10 says that Jesus came to give us abundant life, and part of that abundant life is making sure you are healthy and whole—physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
FAITH POINT #3: Mothers are supernaturally anointed for timing
(The Boy Jesus Amazes the Scholars) Luke 2:41-52 – His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. 43 When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; 44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. 46 Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. 48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” 49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” 50 But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them. 51 Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
Moms handle these kinds of things a whole lot better than dads do. Moms are better at timing than dads.
LET’S LOOK AT ANOTHER
John 2:1-5 – On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”
4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
I want to applaud you mothers who take the task seriously of making a spiritual impact in the lives of your children. As Proverbs 31:28 says, “Her children arise and call her blessed…” We stand up this morning and call you blessed thanks for pouring your lives into ours.
We celebrate your selfless heart
Family is extreme business
You can blame the insanity of your family on your family, but you can blame the obsession of your family on God
God made it so that family occupies your mind twenty four- seven because
God is obsessed with family
THAT’S WHY YOU BRING YOUR FAMILY TO CHURCH WHERE YOU CAN EXPERIENCE REAL LIFE BECAUSE YOU ARE MAKING AN INVESTMENT.
THAT’S WHY YOU SEND YOUR KIDS ON A MISSION TRIP OR TO CHRISTIAN SUMMER CAMP BECAUSE YOU ARE MAKING AN INVESTMENT.
THAT’S WHY YOU GET A DEER STAND, DAD, BECAUSE YOU’RE MAKING AN INVESTMENT.
THAT’S WHY YOU TAKE YOUR DAUGHTER OUT ON DATES, DAD, BECAUSE YOUR MAKING AN INVESTMENT.
THAT’S WHY YOU GO TO THE BALL GAMES, MOM, BECAUSE YOU’RE MAKING AN INVESTMENT.
THE PAYOFF IS NOT IMMEDIATE. THE PAYOFF IS LONG TERM AND IT LEAVES A LEGACY. IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO START IN YOUR INVESTMENT!
WE SERVE A GOD WHO REWARDS INVESTMENT
Sowing and Reaping