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June 10, 2021 8:00 am
Are you the parent. We would child use a word of advice from Adrian Rogers of your mom or dad.
You've got away with teenager, a rebellious child. He prayed all prayed.
If you persist in God will surely as well. And prayer will enable God's will in your heart and in your life but if God gives you children.
You must persist in prayer for those children and you never, never cease trying to welcome to monthly finding featuring timeless truth the messages of Adrian Rogers as well been said that the head of the home. The husband at the heart of the home. Mother perhaps the most powerful and influential class of people in the world today are moms first Samuel one tells the story of Hannah barren woman wanted more than anything else to have a son. After much prayer God gave him a son named Samuel who was considered one of the greatest prophets of the Old Testament.
If you have your Bible turn to first Samuel chapter 1 is Adrian Rogers reveals five powerful principles on how to raise godly children. What we learned from Hannah in this passage of Scripture were going to look at what I want to call five powerful principles for raising godly children of your mom or dad want to be a mom or dad.
I want you to tune into what Hannah did, because what happened to Hannah and what Hannah did is a great idea and a great instruction for us today. First of all, the first of these principles is what I want to call the principal and the power of proper priority.
The principle of a proper priority. Look, if you will hear in first Samuel chapter wanting you can find out that in verse two it says that Hannah had no children and then look if you will, in verse 10 and she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed him to the Lord and wept sore now.
Why was she so heartbroken. Why was she so bitter, why was she so broken because she wanted a baby.
She wanted God to bless her with the child. Why was this because Hannah had a God-given instinct to be a mother. Did you know that is an instinct from God and the children are a blessing from God. So the very first thing in rearing godly children is the principal of proper priority. She wanted children. Secondly, there is the principle and the power of prayer of prayer not only a priority but of prayer. Now look again in verse 10 that she was in bitterness of soul, and she prayed unto the Lord, she prayed unto the Lord. Now here's a principal listen to the time to began to raise godly children is before they're born. And even before they can see before they're born. And even before they are conceived. You should began to pray for your children. Have you thought how the world is been blessed by these babies who came in answer to prayer. Now let me just turn that around and we thought about why doesn't God send the cure for cancer. Why doesn't God give us an answer to the AIDS epidemic, why doesn't God do something to help the nations to live together. Why doesn't God raise up a statesman, why doesn't God raise up a leader who is the person's going to take Billy Graham's place, where are these people. Why aren't they surfacing. Have you ever thought that maybe we've already killed him in the mother's womb.
Thought about that. Maybe there was a little child that had the answer to cancer, but we kill. Maybe it was someone who would have been a mighty deliverer and we destroy that child. Thank God for the babies that were born in answer to prayer and thank God for the babies that were preserved in their mothers who what is the first principle is the principle of priority children are blessing of the Lord.
What is the second principle is the principle of prayer, you begin to raise godly children even before they can see and before they are born, he began to pray for these children know what is the third principle, my friend, is the principal and the power of purpose of purpose look in verse 11, and she vowed a vow and said, oh Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of fine handmade and remember me and not forget fine handmade, but will give a divine handmade, a man child I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, she said, Lord, if you give me a child I will give him back to you. What was her purpose in prayer. Why did she want a child that her child would glorify the Lord.
That's what she wanted. She said God if the child is a gift from you, but I'm a steward of the idea and therefore I must give this child back to you. Now that is one of the principles and having godly children is to see your child is a gift from God.
And because your child is a gift from God. You give that child that to God, so water principles by our prayer, purpose, and yet here's a big one for assistance, persistence, look in verse 12 and it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord met Eli Martin that is, he noticed her mouth and now Hannah. She spake in her heart.
Only her lips move but her voice was not heard.
Therefore Eli thought that she had been broken and Eli said to her.
How long will now be drunken away thy wine from the and Hannah answered and said no, my Lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have brought me the wine. The strong bring, but have poured out my soul before the Lord cannot divine handmade for daughter of DeLisle for of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken Heather to and Eli answered and said go in peace, and the God of Israel grant me the hypertension God has desired of him that is the prophet of God said to Hannah, because you have persisted in prayer. God is heard your prayer. She knew how to get hold of God and not let God go. I've seen Joyce pray our children through so many heartaches so many tears so many difficulties so many problems.
I watched her as she has persisted in prayer and refused to let Satan have his way in the hearts and lives of our children.
Here's a principal listen to it, never waiver in your prayer no matter how dark the circumstances never waiver there is the principle of persistence. Just keep on keeping on. They wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. Psalm 27 verse 14 wait on the Lord, be of good courage parents.
There will be times when you will think that you failed. There were times when I thought were just not going to make. We are not going to make it.
Raising children special back in the 60s.
I was like riding a bucking bronco and all of the world the flesh and the devil was pulling at them but we continue to love and continue to pray over and there's the power of persistence. If you're a mom or dad here and you got a wayward teenager, a rebellious child key, praying key. Praying key.
All prayed as she prayed and did not put praying to God gave her child. You say will pastor if I don't have a baby and I want a baby and I pray like Hannah prayed and I just won't quit praying will God give me a baby and not necessarily, not necessarily that may not be God's plan for you but it was God's plan for Hannah if you persist in prayer.
God will show you his will and prayer will enable God's will to be done in your heart and in your life but God gives you children then you must persist in prayer for those children and you never, never cease praying for you children.
We never get me on praying five children that here's the fifth principle. Remember what they are. First of all there's priority and then there's prayer, then this purpose. And then this persistence and then the here's the fifth one and it's the power of persuasion, the power persuasion. What a great great influence of mother has on a child, a father has influence on the child, but he does not have influenced like a mother on mother makes the deepest impression on the child and specially during the early days.
I remember reading about Timothy in the New Testament. In second Timothy chapter 1 verse five the apostle Paul said when I called remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in the which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice and I am persuaded in the also so why did Timothy love the Lord because of his grandmamma and his mama now.
I think I have an influence on my children say pastor the sermons you freeze. That's what's influenced your kids the most isn't no I'd say that it's a bitter pill but no no not not the sermons I preached. I hope they've enjoyed my messages. I hope they have remembered one or two things I may have said over these low many years and thousands of sermons they had to endure for things. But that's not what is influence the children kill the thing that is influence our children is the life they seen Joyce and I live in our home. That's what's infrastructure, not the sermons I preached from this bulb is matter fact the sermons I preached from this pulpit would have a reverse effect on our kids if they weren't seeing he lived at home. It would turn them off. I would say something else, it's not primarily my influences Joyce's info. I want. I just stand back and all I have seen our children come to her in times of need. I I want to widely come to me. I know so much more than everybody widely come to me. Don't come to me. They go to her as matter fact I was reading a statistic about 23% of the boys said they had a problem they would go to the father and 77% said that they would go to the mother. All the influence of a mother and you see look, if you will.
In this passage. Here, the influence of Hannah look in verse 21 and the man alkane and all his house.
When the offer unto the Lord. The yearly sacrifice in his now Hannah went not for she said under her husband. I will not go up until the child between and then I will bring him that he may appear before the Lord in their abide forever. She said I'm not good leaving. I let somebody else have these precious years you can go with you all and that's a fine thing for you to go husband but I have responsibility.
I'm a mother I'm going to train my child. I'm going to be with my child and then when he's old enough to trap, then I will bring him to the house of the Lord in that wonderful moment.
That's the influence that she had to go on to read in the story that Hannah was the one who would win when Samuel went to stay with the property line that Hannah was the one who every year she sewed a special little code for an audit to them. Every stitch was stitched with love. That's the power, the power of a mother's influence.
I was thinking as I was getting ready to preach this message about the influence of my own dear mother in my life and how I thank God for her.
One of my earliest recollections is to see my mother down on her knees just like this mother used to wonder when I walk in the bedroom sometime in there would be mama down on her knees.
I cannot tell you the profound influence that had on my own heart. I think of the late great Dr. Robert G. Lee, the former pastor of this church would talk about the influence of his mama on his life and remember when he went away to Panama and came back and his mother made him look her in the eyes and tell her that he had been pure and clean the whole time he was away down there in Panama working.
Abraham Lincoln said all that I am and have never hope to be I owe to my angel mother.
I've had the privilege of having some face-to-face time with Pres. George Bush sitting in Pres. George Bush's library.
He looked in my face and I thought I saw tears come to his eyes when he spoke about his mother and how godly his mother was and he said if she's not in heaven. There's no one in heaven. They talked about his godly mother. I think about Augustine that great father of the faith. One of the church fathers. But what many people don't know about is that Augustine had a mother whose name was Monica.
And while Augustine was old wastrel in a profligate Monica was on her knees praying for her son Augustine to be saved and Augustine was saved as a result of those prayers, but I'm thinking about another boy. This boy was born to a cruel, selfish but domineering mother. She had no real time for him to matter fact she's been married three times and the second husband they divorced over this. It was abuse she was abusing him. That's why they got a divorce. This boy's mother said don't pester me don't bother me. Don't ever call me when I'm at work. I don't want to be bothered by you. He felt total rejection.
He had a good IQ drop out of high school did have a tray you know what to do.
He couldn't even get a drivers license. They went to a foreign country met a girl that married her, but after a while she got tired of him and left him. He persuaded her to come back. He was a total failure. That is about only one thing he knew how to do that was to shoot a rifle.
I got a rifle went to Dallas, Texas and got up in a repository and pointed that rifle out the window in 1962 shut all the world knew about Lee Harvey Oswald.
He finally had some attention did was a mother rejected mother who forgot them. A mother who had no time for him from mother said to this boy was a really smart boy pastor. The what is the weapon that a mother has in her arsenal. What is that weapon friend. That weapon is the power of persuasion, influence, I thank God for that power. If you take these five things if you take that priority.
If you take that prayer.
That purpose that persist is that persuasion together, I believe, by the grace of God, you raise godly children. Let me close with this parable a young mother said her feet on the pathway of life is the way long. She asked her to hide said yes and the way is hard and you will be old before you reach the end of it, but the end will be better than the beginning.
But the young mother was happy and would not believe that anything could be better than these years, so she played with her children gathered flowers for them. Along the way and bathe them in the clear Springs.
The sun shone on them and life was good, and the young mother cry. Nothing could be lovelier than this. In the 19 in the storm came in. The path was dark and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and covered them with her mantle and the children said mother were not afraid because you are near us and we know that no harm can come to us in the mother said this is better than the brightness of the day drive taught my children. In the morning came and there was a Hillhead and the children climbed and grew weary of the mother was weary to but all the time. She said to the children, a little patience and where there a little patience and where there so the children climbed and climbed and when they reached the top. They said mother.
We could've done it without you. And when the mother lay down to sleep that night. She said this day is better than the last. For my children have learned fortitude in the face of hardness. Yesterday, I gave them courage today. I gave them strength in the next day the strange clouds came clouds of war and hate and evil and the children groped and stumbled, but the mother said, look out.
Lift up your eyes to the light and the children looked up and saw above the clouds. The everlasting glory and guided them and brought them beyond the darkness and that night the mother said this is the best day of all.
For I have shown my children go in the days went on and the years and the mother grew old and she was little and then, but her children were strong and walk with courage and with the way it was hard. They helped their mother and when the way was rough. They lifted her, for she was light as a feather and at last they came to a hill and beyond the hill they could see a shining road and engages flung wide and the mother said, I have reached the end of my journey and I know that the end is better than the beginning for my children can walk alone and their children after them and the children said you will always walk with us mother even when you have gone through the gates, and they stood and watched as she went on alone in the gates closed after her and they said we cannot see her but she's with the still a mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence.
If you had a godly mother thanked God for her. And if you are mother would you pray God make me a godly mother.
If you're not yet a mother, but it may be God's plan for you to have children with you.
Pray God put the proper desire in my heart. Help me to be one day a godly mom father seal the message I break your heart. Thank you Lord for the power that you shown us here in the life of him in Jesus name, amen. Common. We would love to hear how the ministry in the messages of Adrian Rogers, if inspired you in your faith journey. Maybe today something was said in the broadcast turned on a light switch in your life if you can go online to LWF.org/my LWF story.
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