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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

"Mother's God"

Mother's God
“My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.”

Proverbs 1:8,9


          When Robert Ingersoll, the outspoken athiest, was in his heyday, two college students went to hear him lecture. As they walked down the street after the lecture, one said to the other, “Well, I guess he knocked the props out from under Christianity, didn’t he?” The other said, “No, I don’t think he did.  Ingersoll did not explain my mother’s life, and until he can explain my mother’s life I will stand by my mother’s God.”
          Very little could replace the importance of “mother’s God.”  How important is it that mothers have such a faith in God that even the most educated skeptic could not shake it from her children’s hearts?  The righteous law of a godly mother will be as chains about her children’s necks.  Those chains are designed to keep a child from wandering into danger and death.  A mother’s law will chain a child’s heart to God.
          Oh, that we had mothers today that would bind their children with a godly law.  How much tragedy and sorrow would be avoided in the lives of our children if there were a mother that could absolutely convince her children that there is a God, and He has a righteous law to live by?
          May I offer a suggestion to our moms?  Establish a set of laws that will bind your children’s hearts to God.  Susanna Wesley, mother of 19, many of which God used greatly, laid out her “mother’s law” to her children, and it did chain their hearts to her God.

Susannah Wesley's Rules for Raising Children:
1.    Subdue self-will in a child and thus work together with God to save his  
2.    Teach him to pray as soon as he can speak.
3.    Give him nothing he cries for and only what is good for him if he asks
        for it politely.
4.    To prevent lying, punish no fault which is freely confessed, but never
       allow a rebellious, sinful act to go unnoticed.
5.    Commend and reward good behavior.
6.    Strictly observe all promises you have made to your child.

Study verses:  Deut. 8:2,16; II Chron. 7:14; Ps 9:12; Prov. 6:3; 16:19; 29:23; Isa. 57:15; Matt. 23:12; James 4:6, 10; I Peter 5:6

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Previous devotions

"Walk Humbly" - April 27, 2011
"Walking In Truth" - April 20, 2011
"Revealed By Pressure" - April 13, 2011
"God's Saving Communication" - April 6, 2011
"Integrity" - March 30, 2011
"The Entertainment Shepherd" - March 23, 2011
"Striving With God" - March 16, 2011
"The Simple Things" - March 9, 2011
"A 'Yes' Face" - March 2, 2011
"Praying for the Laborers" - February 23, 2011
"The Blessing of Burdens" - February 16, 2011
"Living In Death" - February 9, 2011
"A Loving Church" - February 2, 2011
"Unnecessary Burdens" - January 26, 2011
"A Greater Love" - January 19, 2011
"Investing In Time" - January 12, 2011
"Making It Right" - January 7, 2011
"Forever Faithful" - December 29, 2010
"Pondering the Christmas Miracle" - December 22, 2010
"The First Christmas Carol" - December 15, 2010
"An Unspeakable Gift" - December 8, 2010
"The Big News" - December 1, 2010


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