Sunday, May 14, 2017
- Myth: There are perfect mothers out there and someday, somehow, I am going to be a part of that club.
Gospel of Luke / Author and audience / chapter one telling story of Jesus’ birth
TEXT: Luke 1:26-38 (779)
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”
- “The Lord is with you”
- What Mary was about to go through / lonely time
- Many moms feel alone
- God was promising that He would stay close to Mary
- “For God has said, ‘I will never fail you, I will never abandon you.” – Hebrews 13:5 (928)
- “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20 (760)
- Even when you can’t feel it – you can remember God’s promises and know it
29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!
- “Don’t be afraid”
- There are a lot of things that moms worry about / that’s what has kept many of us alive so we could be here today (poor choices slide)
- Worry about where you are, worry about what you’re doing, worry about what you’re going to say
- Worry about what other moms will think
- Worry about what will happen to their kids if they don’t get everything just right
- 366x the Bible says, “Fear not” or “Do not be afraid”.
- You are not alone – so don’t be afraid
31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel[f] forever; his Kingdom will never end!”
- “He will be very great”
- God: I have a plan for this child’s life
- Jesus wasn’t the only one (Jeremiah, Samson, Esther, David in Psalm 139)
- Over time, you have to transition from CONTROL to INFLUENCE
- It may be hard to believe, but God’s plan for your child is greater than your plan for your child
- Instead of trying to control, use your influence (model and mentor who Jesus is)
34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” 35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37 For the word of God will never fail.”
- Nothing is impossible with God” (NIV) – “The Word of God will never fail”
- When you think that you can’t handle it – nothing is impossible with God
10 Then Rizpah daughter of Aiah, the mother of two of the men, spread burlap on a rock and stayed there the entire harvest season. She prevented the scavenger birds from tearing at their bodies during the day and stopped wild animals from eating them at night. – 2 Samuel 21:10 (252)
- Sometimes you will be the only one still fighting for your kids – don’t give up – nothing is impossible with God
38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.
- “I am the Lord’s servant”
- Moms – God doesn’t expect you to be perfect. He just wants you to be surrendered to Him.
- “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”
- She didn’t understand, but she surrendered.
- You will make mistakes. You won’t get it all right, every time. But if your life is surrendered to God, you will pass that on to your kids.
- Moms – you are not alone
- The Lord is with you
- You don’t have to be afraid
- God has a great plan for your children
- Nothing is impossible with God
- Like Mary, maintain a surrendered heart