Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day

I don't have a problem blessing mother's on a day the "world" wants to honor mother's. 

" And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women" Luke 1:28

One of the most Blessed Mother's of all time was the one who was found favored by the Creator of all, & chosen to bring forth the promised Savior of the World. God trusted her to be a handmade to the Lord: to nurture him in both spirit & body. God is a mystery. But He is not so mysterious that He is estranged from the feelings of our infirmities "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Hebrews4:15
The man born of a highly favored virgin was not just man but God also. He was not just God, but man enough to feel pain & sorrow, as we also feel pain & sorrow. Yeshua was the name Mary was instructed to call Him. The word Yeshua refers to salvation & His power to save. Save from what? Save us from making the same mistakes over & over again. He came to save us from willfully sinning (Yes, we have free will. The creator was wise enough to create us uniquely with free will & not as robots). He also came to save us from the power of death & the enemy of our soul.

Mary had her set of challenges raising the King of Glory. Though He was the first born of her womb He was yet a mystery to her. She sorrowed when he was a young teen & she lost sight of Him. "And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. ...  And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them." Luke 2:48 & 50
Mary was a woman born of man as we also are. God chose her to be a mother of the Great King. I was not there in her time so I can not tell you why He chose her; but I believe it had to do with this: "And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word." Luke 1:38
She responded in faith & meekness. She trusted that what the angel told her was the will of God & she did not contend or fight against it but meekly accepted it. This must have been a challenge. She was a virgin who was soon to be mysteriously pregnant. That was not a light matter in her time (and should not be in our time either). There would be much shame & false accusation for her to face. But God had ordained this for her; so she chose, by her own free will, to accept it. She bore the humiliation.
We too are faced with challenges in life as mother's, as women. The important & favorable thing for us to do is embrace what God has allowed in our life with meekness. I have been often reminded of meekness. Please refresh yourself with the post I did on meekness by clicking here. Meekness is something we all must earnestly strive to consistently have in our lives. I have had my days of failure; but I do believe practice makes perfect. We can be perfectly whole/complete with God. With God nothing is impossible ( "For with God nothing shall be impossible."-Luke 1:37 ) Many make an excuse for their falling short by saying that no one is perfect. But that is not what the Savior of the world said, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." -Mathew 5:48
  "Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me."-Mathew 19:21
"The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master."-Luke 6:40
"I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me."-John 17:23

Notice 3 out of 4 of writers of the Gospels specifically sighted Yeshua telling us, to either be perfect, or that we can be perfect. I point this out
because I believe that if we truly want to be perfect, we will endeavor by our free will, to practice it until we perfect it. Just like people do with non spiritual things: basketball stars & other athletes, amazing surgeons...
This is something people do not want to acknowledge because it makes them without excuse & accountable for their own failure. It really should put the fear of God in us, which is the beginning of wisdom. When we have a holy, clean fear of God we are motivated to labor for that perfection He requires of us. He is not requiring us to make a basket if we are asked to throw a basket ball, He is not requiring us to preform intricate brain surgery where a slip of the hand is life or death. I believe what He desires of us is a sincere & dedicated love. A love that will motivate us to keep laboring to respond without irritation, without fear, with out anger without malice, without selfishness & pride to the daily issues of life. A love that keeps us from being weary in well doing. A love that is perfected by dedicated practice. God have mercy & grant us the perfection of Holiness.
We believe Father, help our unbelief. Father, You are a rewarder of them that diligently seek You.
 "Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger."-Zephaniah 2:3

Mother's, be not weary in well doing. Consider Mary, the Mother most blessed among Mother's, who bore the promised One, raised Him up, & watched Him grow & do miracles, become a man & be stripped, mocked, spit upon & crucified of ignorant men. Follow her example of meekness, humility, trust, faith, hope & unfailing love.


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