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2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (NIV)

"The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to make us like the Son of God. To become like Jesus, we must fill our lives with his Word.
- Warren


Friday, May 9, 2014

Quiet-Time Reflections

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Week of: May 5, 2014                            pmcrawford1@gmail.com
Sharing by: Pam Crawford

2 Timothy 1:5-7
I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and; I am persuaded now lives in you also. For this reason son I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline.

A GODLY INHERITANCE                                                                                                 
Sometimes as mothers we can get so down on ourselves for not doing everything right. It is important to remember that one cannot give what they do not have. From the moment a child is brought into this world we have opportunities to impart wisdom into their young lives. We get the privilege to guide them on their journey through life. Way too often we are so focused on providing for their material needs that we may miss out on teaching them about their spiritual needs. This is something that money can't buy and death can never take away. 

One of the things I tend to beat myself up in is that I really didn't understand what I really believed in as a young mother let alone teach my children things of a spiritual nature. Although I am grateful to my own mother for the introduction of God in my life as a little girl through taking me to church on Sunday's and putting me in religion classes; it really was not enough. What I ended up doing was repeating the cycle of religious experience.

My husband and I realize today that it was our responsibility as believers to help our daughters understand that there is more to our relationship with God than Sunday morning church routines or a weekly religion class. It would have been extremely valuable to start our girls off in the Bible more regularly so that we didn't have to try and play catch-up. Experiencing God in the context of the Holy Bible changed everything for me, but my experience was not without conflict.   

As you can imagine my girls who were already 14 and 18 at the time that I began to get serious about God questioned their mother's mental state. My husband was also questioning this new passion. Why were they now being asked to do this God stuff outside of Sunday morning mass? Wasn't praying at meals or at bedtime enough? Why was the Bible outside of the nightstand? And why was it opened all the time? What happened to the country music station on the car radio? Why were we listening to this thing called The Fish? And why were we leaving our pews to go visit churches where the music was different and they encouraged us to bring our Bibles and to open them?

What my family didn't understand at the time was something I pray many will get. Opening up your Bible for yourself does not bring you more religion. It ushers you into a personal relationship with the Creator of Heaven and earth (Genesis 1). It provides you with a means to read, study, explore, and apply God's inspired instructions for yourself (2 Timothy 3:16). It allows you to discover God's true character (1 John 4:8). It gives you a means to draw close to God in order to experience His presence in your everyday life (James 4:8). You don't have to wait for a church service or a ceremonial ritual to repent of sins and experience forgiveness. His Word tells us we have a mediator in Jesus Christ and you can bring your sins directly to Him (1 Timothy 2:5). When we do this He is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). We don't have to wait for man to interpret the Word of God for us. As a Christ follower you have the power of the Holy Spirit living on the inside of you to help you understand what God wants you to learn (John 14:16-17).  

In the Bible we are taught about two women Lois and Eunice who knew these truths. These women were an example of spiritual motherhood. The Life's Application commentary says "they were Christian converts, possibly through Paul's ministry in their home city of Lystra (Acts 16:1)." You can read about them in 2 Timothy 1. I encourage you to work at emulating their kind of faith early on. The Apostle Timothy was blessed to have both a mother and grandmother that gave him his foundation of faith. No doubt through their godly words and actions this young boy grew up to be a wonderful example as he lived out his godly inheritance. As a young boy his mother and grandmother shared their faith and knowledge of Scripture with him so when he was called into ministry he had something solid to share forward. 

This Mother's Day let us consider giving our children a strong spiritual foundation. Open the Word of God with them. Get in a solid Bible based church and teach them by example how to make Jesus the Lord of their life. It is my personal prayer to leave my children and my grandchildren something that will have a lasting impact on their lives. I want them to know Jesus as "the way, the truth and the life" (John 14:6). Friends, we will be reunited in Heaven by no other means. We cannot be good enough, or do enough good, to earn our way in. A teaching of that nature is false doctrine. Salvation comes by grace alone (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Although I cannot pass on salvation to my family, that's a personal choice each one of them has to make on their own; I can pass on my joy and the passion I have for the gift that I have received through spiritual rebirth in Christ (John 3:1-21). I hope that on my last day they will reflect on a woman who modeled a reverence for God's Word throughout her days on this earth. I want them to have a peace in knowing that God knew their mother (Matthew 7:21-23) and although I may be gone from this world, I am not lost. I want them to have a confident assurance and a mighty strength to live out their faith until the family reunion where all who have placed their faith in Jesus will gather to live with one another forever. 

As mothers we can help our children find their way home. We can help them listen for God's direction in their circumstances. We can show them a pattern of obedience. We can be faithful in times of trials. We can forgive others and demonstrate a life-style that is honoring to our self, God and others. We can show them a servant's heart. We can be generous with what we have been given in order to pour out our love into the lives of others. Unconditional love is demonstrated not by things we give others, but by making ourselves available to others. Be a blessing and leave a godly legacy to those you treasure.

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

In Christ by grace,
Pam


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