SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON ( MAY 9,2021 )

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

I never liked to preach or teach messages on special days just because it was seen as a special day by man. Holidays and things of that sort are created by man and not by God the Father, That even goes for Easter and Christmas. That doesn’t mean that I or, anyone else shouldn’t acknowledge those days but my point is that God’s Spirit still speaks and directs those that seek to follow his lead even on the days that men have set aside for special acassions.

With that being a fact about me, I do feel very impressed by the Lord to teach what I will be teaching today. If you remember last week, at the end of the lesson I pointed out the phrase ( REPENTANCE FROM DEAD WORKS ). It amazing to me how we can even tie that phrase or thought into what I well be teaching today.

One other thing and we’ll get started with today’s lesson. A whole week has gone by since last Sunday. God is forever churning in my heart and, I’ll add in every born again believer’s heart. What I might have thought to be ( Of God ) last week can change from day to day. While I don’t think we are going to leave the thought ( repentance from dead works ) the lesson will change on what I believe to be the direction of the Holy Spirit of God.

I’ll make this the title of this lesson:

WHAT DID MY MOTHER GO THROUGH TO BRING ME INTO THIS WORLD?

I’ll use this verse to bounce of off:

Jeremiah 22:23

O inhabitant of Lebanon, that makest thy nest in the cedars, how gracious shalt thou be when pangs come upon thee, the pain of a woman in travail!

If you remember last week I shared a story of a man and his wife that were truly desirious to have a child, God granted their prayer and, they are blessed with a child. My wife and I read this past week a story in ( 1 Samuel 1 ) about a lady named Hannah. This wife also desired to have a child. Her whole life revolved around that fact. Her prayer life was about that very thing. That prayer was answered and God gave her a son named Samuel.

Now, let me ask you something. If we compare these two women that became mothers that we see that I mentioned, seeing that they both truly desired to have a child. Do you think they were concerned about the pain they might feel with child birth or, only the pleasure they might feel within the act that takes place to bring about children between a man and his wife? If I answer that question I’d say no. Neither of these women were focused on those aspects but rather had a true desire for child birth.

Today, do we ever realize that ( that act ), the act of bearing children is an act only between a man and his wife? How many young women today truly desire to be a mother? How many look way beyond the pleasure or pain to comes along with child birth and are truly seeking the end product and for the express reason to be considered a mother? If you will read ( 1 Samuel 1 ) and beyond, not only did Hannah have a son but she totally gave that son to the Lord!

When you look at the two wives of Elkanah in ( 1 Samuel 1 ), Peninnah and hannah. Can you see two completely spiritual pictures of how we might look at ( the act of bearing children ) today! To one it was nothing very special about it and, to the other it was the most precious act that could ever be? Also, can you see how ( that very act ) can be seen as ( dead works ) while the other is all about bringing glory to God?

I realize that as I teach this ( Mother’s Day ) message today, I’m going to get very, very close to some people. However, I believe that we must seek God’s will in all that we do and say. We cannot fear man or what they might say but rather seek to bring all things into the of a solid relationship with God the father in all that we do.

The very fact of child birth if for a woman only. If we go back to:

( Genesis 3:16 )

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shalt be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

I used this verse in the former lesson I taught and, I also made this statement. I believe that a woman comes just as close to death during child birth as any person can come without actually dying. I also said this; for a woman that truly desires to be a mother, just as soon as her child is born and, she sees God’s gift to her, the pain is quickly forgotten.

I often wonder when I read this verse in ( Genesis 3:16 ) If a man had to actually go through the pain of child birth; would he he die because he couldn’t bear the pain? I think it’s very possible he would! There is not a way to prove that is it? Why? Because no man in his natural state will ever have a child, and, what if we add, if a man was actually ( transgendered ) into a woman that could have children, at that actual birth, being a natural man, would he die?

Friends, a mother that truly desires to be one is a very special person! As a matter of fact, her love is right next to the love of God and Child birth proves that point, even in a spiritual sense. We make a fun thing out of things that God never intended to be that way! Consider this: do you think any any person that commits fornication or adultery are seeking to have children while committing that act?

How about homosexuals or transgenders, are they seeking to have children? The very act of having children is set as a part of married couples only. Can we agree with that? The pleasure and the fruit of that act is designed by God for a man and his wife, no one else! And when we use it in any other form it becomes a dead work. Remember the phrase ( repentance from dead works )?

I’m not hrere to be a judge of any person, I’ll leave that up to the Holy Spirit. However, I wonder, if you leave the ( sexual aspect ) out of the homosexual lifestyle in any form, would that still be ( as they are )?

When we look back at the text verse in ( Jeremiah ). He using the pain a mother goes through as an example of the judgment that mankind will face because of their lack of concern of seeking God’s will for their lives. Do you realize that the very things that you consider to be fun today, you do at you pleasure, one day when you stand before God, it will not be fun anymore?

I wnat you to look at two verses in closing:

( First ) ( Hebrews 13:4 )

Marriage is honourable, in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will Judge.

( Second ) ( Galatians 6:7-8 )

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. ( 8 ) For he that soweth to his flesh shall of his flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the spirit shall of the spirit reap life everlasting.

We see here that God honors marriage and, what a man and his wife do within the confines of their bed he doesn’t defile. We see this as two people, man and wife that are seeking to be pleasing to God the Father. We also see that everthing else is seen a worthy of judgement!, no exceptions! God made the sexual aspect of our lives to be enjoyed, pleasurable, a very special thing between a man and his wife. Because of this act wives become mothers and, husbands become fathers. We are made to enjoy one another and, to procreate, that’s God’s will.

In the next verse ( Galatians 6:7-8 ) we see that God doesn’t play with the things we like to play with. When we, outside the marriage relationship sow, we will always reap corruption because there is nothing within our flesh that will ever be pleasing to God.

A true mother is a person that takes every aspect of her life very responsibility. That includes motherhood! She understands from the very inset of every act that she must be the woman she needs to be, life, whether it be hers or one she helps to create is never seen as a game.

The spiritual equal to this is the Church and the possibility of new birth into God’s family. Those that are truly born again realize the importance of the preaching of truth and our reaponsibility of nurturing that new life just as a mother cares for a new born baby.

( Is it possible ) that we could ( coin a phrase ) here? ( the Homosexual Church )! That because the Church has no desire for new spiritual life but is perfectly content with just being socialable. one with another? The acts we do has nothing to do with the very spirit of God and truly being born again. ( God is not mocked ) what we sow, we will reap!

( Repentance from dead works )! If what we are doing in our lives is not keyed toward the development of new life it becomes ( dead works ). God offers us ( life more abundantly ). I’m an electrician by trade. I love doing that work. I love the fellowship with my brothers and sisters at Church, I love my wife, I enjoy many aspects of the life I live. However, within all of that I realize my responsibility of being mindful of God’s will for my life. The Spirit of God makes these aspects of my life more abundant, when we leave him out then, ever aspect of our lives is ( dead works ).

Since it’s Mother’s Day let’s consider the mother. My mother was one of the hardest working people I ever knew! However, I now realize that all her hard work revolved around her love for her family. It had nothing to be with simple pleasure for herself. Did she do things that she enjoyed? Sure she did but, her joy came from doing things for her family. She sought to make our family better, finanically, emotionally, physically and spiritually. To her, that was that abundant life.

Can we seek our own pleasure, satisfaction and be pleasing to God? I think not! It becomes all ( dead works ) and that to be repented of!

I pray that all I taught in this lesson can be seen as a spiritual thing. I’m the enemy of no person but sin is our enemy. There’s a great difference in confessing sin and repenting from that same sin. When we think we can simply confess sin but never turm from sin that becomes a spiritual problem! Our dead works is something we need to repent of and not just confess. We cannot continue to live in sin and be bleassing to God the Father.

Look at yourself! Are you filled with ( dead works ) toward God! Do we continue to ( confess ) our actions but, remain the same. That my friend is a mockery to God! Repent form your dead works and allow God’s Spirit to direct your path!

Marshall Clayton

2 Timothy 1:7

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