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Becoming People of Realized Potential: Honoring Mother and Father

The honoring of mother and father precedes, is necessary for and included in realizing one’s fullest potential in Christ.

 

For this presentation we are looking at each of us as the child of our mother and father.

 

Although you may or may not be a mother or father, you are definitely the child of your mother and father.

 

What happens in my heart and through my hands in my relationship with my mother?

 

First and foremost, honor is to be in my heart and lived out through my hands to my mother.

 

  • Honor is a decision and not a response.
  • Honor is truthful and not fake.
  • Honor is system-wide and not compartmentalized.

 

Let us consider honor through the lens of Deuteronomy 5:6-22.

 

We know, based upon Deuteronomy 5:22, God wrote the Ten Commandments on two tablets.

 

Then he wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me. Deuteronomy 5:22

 

We don’t know which directives were on which tablet, but almost everyone agrees that on the first tablet God wrote guidance for relationship with Him and on the second tablet He wrote guidance for people’s relationship with each  other.

 

In some ways all ten commandments are about honor.

 

Most students of the Bible see the Ten Commandments written as follows:

 

Table One Table Two
Honor God – No other gods before Him Honor your father and mother
Do not make graven images and worship them Do not murder
Do not take the Lord’s name in vain Do not commit adultery
Remember the sabbath and keep it holy Do not steal
  Do not bear false witness
  Do not covet

 

The Hebrew word God selected for honor in Deuteronomy 5 carries the meaning of recognizing and giving proper weightiness.

 

Table One teaches us to recognize and give proper weightiness to God.

 

Table Two teaches us to recognize and give proper weightiness to God by recognizing and giving proper weightiness to mother and father.

 

Upon what authority do we make the opening claim of today’s message?

 

“The honoring of mother and father precedes, is necessary for and included in realizing one’s fullest potential in Christ.”

 

The fifth commandment makes it very clear that life being lengthy and going well is directly connected to honoring father and mother.

 

16 “‘Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. Deuteronomy 5:16

 

This commandment might be stated a different way.  “Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, or your days may be shortened, and it may not go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”

 

Historically it seems the opposite of honor is not dis-honor, but shame.

 

This commandment might now be stated in even another way, “Shame your father and mother, in opposition to what the Lord your God commanded you, and your days will be shortened and it will not go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”

With none of us being exempt from the shameful, we equally stand in shame before God.

 

The cross was the most shameful death in the history of the world.  Crosses weren’t designed primarily to kill.  Crosses were intentionally prepared to bring great humiliation and shame to the crucified.

 

Jesus died shamefully on Calvary’s cross.

 

“looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:2

 

Good News Alert!  Good News Alert!  Good News Alert!

 

There never was, is or will be something shameful about Jesus.  He is shameless and perfect in every way.

 

Jesus took my shame and destroyed it on the cross.

 

Jesus took my shame and gave me His honor on the cross.

 

With my shame gone and His honor now mine, I am free to honor every human being by recognizing and giving them proper weightiness.

 

My Dearest Mother,

 

You are designed by God.  I honor you.

You were created by God.  I honor you.

You gave me life.  I honor you.

Mom, I honor you.

 

According to Psalm 8: 4b-5 you are created by God and in His image and He “crowned you with glory and honor.”

 

what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings[b]
and crowned him with glory and honor.

MCA Church LIFE GROUP Homework

Listen – My Story

  • Do you have a favorite memory of your mother that sharing with the group today will honor her?
  • What is your favorite thing you have done to honor your mother?

 

Learn – Digging Deeper

  • Please read Deuteronomy 5:6-22. Which of the first four commandments are growth areas for you, MCA Church and our nation?  Which commandment is the easiest for you to obey consistently?
  • How important do you see these commandments for your personal honoring of God?
  • Which of the final six commandments are growth areas for you, MCA Church and our nation?
  • How important do you see these commandments for your personal honoring of your mother and father?
  • What are your favorite ways you honor God?

 

Lift – Prayer

  • How would you like your Life Group to pray for you today?
  • Is there someone you have difficulty honoring? Please pray for God’s grace to help you grow.
  • Are you still carrying shame that Jesus took from you long ago? Pray to experience His honor.
  • Please pray for your mother.

 

 

Life – Taking it Home

  • What is the Holy Spirit asking you to add, delete or recalibrate in your life?
  • Is there something you should do ASAP to honor your mother?
Posted on 11th May 2019 in Mother, Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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Yield Your Song to the Lord

I (Kent) have become convinced of the following:

  • Singing produces a different effect than speaking
  • The tone (song) is at least as important as the words (speech)
  • The power is in singing the song that God is singing through you.
  • We often move into God’s song when the song others have written ends

Consider the following Bible concepts:

  • Psalm 33:3, Psalm 96:1, Psalm 98:1
  • Colossians 3:16
    • The word of Christ dwell in you richly
    • Teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom
    • Singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
    • With thankfulness in your heart to God

Miriam’s Song    Ex. 15:21

Sing to the Lord,

He has triumphed gloriously;

The horse and his rider He has  thrown into the sea.

Hannah’s Song   1 Sam. 2:1-10

My heart exults in the Lord; My horn is exalted in the Lord, there is none holy like the Lord: for there is none besides you.

Mary’s Song  Luke 1:46-55

My soul magnifies the Lord, My spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

He has looked upon the humble estate of his servant.

Singing from the depths (1 Corinthians 2:10) of God’s work in your life is enhanced by:

  • No fear of performance
  • Regular examination and evaluation of your heart
  • Boldness to yield your song to the Lord

Imagine the day that God, Himself, releases His song over you! Zephaniah 3:17

Posted on 13th May 2017 in Mother, Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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The Tipping Point

Years ago a teenage girl said, “Pastor Kent, I can’t control my lustful thoughts and the Bible says that if you lust you have committed adultery already.  Since I lust for my boy friend, I have sex with him too.”

Why would a teenage girl even talk to me about lust and sex?  Because she was wanting my opinion about the abortion she had just scheduled.

Is lust a sin? YES!

Is fornication a sin? YES!

Is abortion a sin? YES!

My teenage friend’s huge theological error was in thinking that lust, fornication, and abortion are the same sin.

What kind of fair Judge would punish the sin of lust with the same sentence as abortion?  God certainly doesn’t.

Speaking of sexual sin and the abortions that follow; It’s election time in the USA.

When you gather up all the sin of the United States of America and her people into a basket and place it on the right side of God’s moral scale, you discover the vast weightiness of our personal and corporate sin.  Truly the United States of America and we the people of this nation are catastrophically sinful before God.

Now pull from the dregs of this basket the sin of abortion and place it on the left side of God’s moral scale.  The sin of abortion outweighs all other national sins combined.

This is gigantic.  Our nation and we the people have gargantuan sin almost too enormous to fathom. Sometimes it feels like we are the most sinful group ever to live on the planet simply because we have experienced the goodness of God and we know better.  Intentional, methodical, and consistent sin is as bad as it gets.

My theology and understanding of God requires me to vote for life.

My vote for life is a personal repentance for the world’s greatest sin. It is a personal apology to the millions of humans who were never given an opportunity to breathe one breath.

My vote for life is in hope of replacing the wicked and sinful judges (for the Christian there is nothing Supreme about the top court in the USA) who have voted to approve and stand idly by, officially giving protection and oversight to the slaughter.

My vote for life is a vote for God.  “For God so loved….that none (especially babies) should perish.”

My vote for life is a vote against Satan. “The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy.”

My vote for life is a vote for Jesus. “I have come that you may have life and that more abundantly.”

My vote for life is a vote for self-preservation.  It is just a matter of time before the killing machine decides that Bible based Christians can not live.

In the end, I must stand before God with personal responsibility for my vote.  Should the Lord tarry and give me strength, I plan to vote for the candidate that I hope has the greatest likelihood of being guided by the Holy Spirit to give life.

With enough of us voting, we can tip the scale!

Posted on 10th October 2016 in Evangelism, Fasting and Prayer, LIFE Groups, Mother, Politics  •  Comments are off for this post
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Mom, It’s About Life!

God breathed into man the breath of life and from then on bringing the breath of life into the world is the domain of motherhood.

This is one of the glorious God Capacities He has shared with women.  Women alone are the human carriers of God’s breath of life.

We esteem you beyond words for your sacred honor of being God’s chosen breath bearer.  Of Jesus it is said, “In Him was life!”  Mom, this is true of you too.  In you was life!

Today’s message includes some thoughts regarding those to whom you have given the breath of life through the lens of an Old Testament Patriarch, Job.

Women, you would be on the right track if what is stated of Job can be truthfully said of you (Job 1:1):  A. Blameless.    B. Upright.  C. Feared God.  D.  Turned away from evil.

God and the fullness of His ways are far beyond human understanding.  Many of our God questions will only be completely revealed in eternity.  Isaiah 55:8-9

Until then, Job’s approach to his children is well worth our consideration.  Job 1:5

  • Job would “make arrangements for them to be purified.”
  • Early in the morning Job would sacrifice burnt offerings for each of his children.
  • Job was thinking, “Perhaps (It may be) my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.”
  • This was Job’s regular custom.

Mom, along with Job, there are many “It may be…” situations in life that are within the reach of your personal ministry, on behalf of your family, before the Lord.

  • The effects of a family heritage that hates God. Exodus 20:5
  • The inherited genetic Colossians 2:14
  • The impact of your belief in the Lord Jesus on your family. Acts 16:31

“1, 2, 3, It May Be”

  1. I make arrangements for my family’s total well-being, especially spiritually.
  2. I pray on behalf of my family every
  3. “1, 2, 3, It May Be” is my regular custom.

Listen – My Story

  1. Please complete the following sentence, “Mom, because you carried the breath of God and imparted it to me, I thank you for …..
  2. Please complete the following sentence, “Mom, because you carried the breath of God and imparted it to me, I will honor you by….

Lift – Prayer

  • Please pray for huge encouragement for every woman in your Life Group.
  • Please pray for the many new and growing Jesus followers at MCA Church(142 people).
  • Please pray for a special visitation of the Holy Spirit next Sunday, Pentecost Sunday.

Learn – Digging Deeper

  1. It is said of Job (Job 1:1) that he was blameless. Wow!  That seems impossible for us to attain.  However, David shows a way to live blameless.  Consider the two aspects of blamelessness in Psalm 19:13.

 

  1. Job also shunned (persistently avoided) evil. According to Romans 6:11-14, God has provided a way for us to shun evil in our lives today.

 

  1. In what ways can we “make arrangements” for our family to be purified (Job 1:5)? In 1 John 2:16 we see three portals for sin.  How might you make arrangements against these three for your family?  Is Hebrews 10:25 applicable to “make arrangements?”

 

  1. Job made sacrifices for his family. We connect this to prayer.  Please pray the following verses over your family (out loud in your group). Joshua 24:15, Joshua 1:8

 

  1. Job made this his regular custom. Is there a place for regular customs in the Christian home?  Luke 4:16, Luke 22:39

 

Life – Taking it Home

  1. What is God saying to you through this lesson?
  2. What could you do this week to practice 1, 2, 3, It May Be?
  3. What is your next step in response to this teaching?
Posted on 9th May 2016 in Mother, Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post