"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3

Motherly Love

“Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the LORD. –  Isaiah 54:1

A mother carries the most precious of God’s creation.  Eve was considered a mother to many.  Mother Teresa was a mother to many also, but never had any children of her own. She was a nun; however, she was that of a spiritual mother to many which is just as precious. I do believe there are spiritual fathers as well.  There are many men and women in the church that take on the roles of spiritual mothers and fathers, it’s a great calling.

A mother bears life in her womb for nine months and then sends a young man or woman into the world. She has the biggest calling of God, for out of her womb have come many men and women, leaders even.  There is no successful man without a woman behind it.  All of the major events in history if you think about it began with a woman.

The birth of Jesus was through the Virgin Mary, one of the greatest miracles to this day.  This event in history was a catalyst for many other great victories that are still talked about and celebrated to this day.

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”-  Genesis 3:15

 This verse is one of the most powerful verses in my opinion, one we often forget.  God is speaking to the serpent and telling the enemy his fate.  This verse is foreshadowing that the fall of man would be conquered by Christ first coming.  Some important points in this verse are that even though woman had sinned, Jesus Christ would be born of a woman’s seed through no sin, since she was a virgin, conceived by that of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus would then go on to conquer sin and death on the cross.   His suffering and death on the cross was symbolized in this verse when it says Satan would bruise the heel of Jesus.  The most common point a serpent will go for is the heel of man but Jesus stepped in. And that wasn’t the end, Satan had insulted woman in the Garden of Eden, but she would still have a fighting chance to triumph over him.  When Mary gave birth to the Jesus our Savior, Jesus went on to crush the head of the serpent, by conquering sin and death,  thereby giving us power to trample the devil as well.  A woman can be a very powerful force with God on her side!   That is one tough mother!

The church is like a mother.  She carries us and protects us as babes in Christ, heals our wounds when we need it, nurtures us by building our faith, encourages us with the word of God, fills us with the love of the holy spirit, picks us up when we fall, and guides and trains us up to be successful men and women (Proverbs 22:6)  Here’s to mothers!  Happy Mother’s Day!

  “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.” – Psalm 139:13

 “A man’s work is from sun to sun, but a mother’s work is never done” – Unknown.

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