May 14            “ A Woman’s Grit”    Luke 18:1 – 8

Most of us remember the movie “True Grit” in either its first or second release.  What we may not realize is that the movie “True Grit” is not about Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne or Jeff Bridges) but is about a 14 year old girl named Mattie Ross (Kim Darby or  Hailee Stanfield)!

Mattie is the one who picked Rooster to help her track down her father’s murderer.  There was absolutely NOTHING going to stop this stubborn and feisty young woman from her task!

 Grit is defined as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.”

  • God wants us to pray
    • Talking builds relationships
    • God wants us to TALK with Him
    • Even if we don’t say much – listen
  • God wants us to remain hopeful
    • We so quickly turn to the dark side – what is the WORST
    • We get all bound up in the “What Ifs”
    • We rarely think the best thing is happening
  • Hope is built in our heart
    • not our eyes, hands, minds, TV shows, etc.
  • To show us the right path God used a PERSISTENT women
    • She had been a wife and was probably a mom
    • God knows the love and strength of a woman’s heart
    • Especially for her family
  • A strong woman never gives up, gives in or gives out
    • She fights for her family
    • She pushes for what is right
  • Reality:
      • Dads is still sitting in his chair wondering what’s going on WHILE Momma already got it done!
      • IF Momma’s first attempt at getting it done meets RESISTANCE…..MOMMA IS GOING TO KEEP ON TRYING!
        • Ain’t no GIVE UP in Momma
    • Jerry Clower is famous for saying “WHATEVER MOMMA WANTS…..MOMMA GETS!”
    • It is not original with him though…it comes from this text in Holy Scriptures!
  • She nagged him
    • she never let up or relented or LOST HOPE
    • even though the temptation to quit must have been there after so many attempts and so many failures
      • but she persisted
  • Because of her persistence the Judge relented
    • He figured out that if he didn’t do something she would keep coming
    • He knew she needed justice,
      • but he evidently didn’t want to be bothered.
      • Maybe heartless or maybe lazy or perhaps he didn’t see the value of wasting time on her.
      • But because she persisted he relented and helped
  • God is different than this Judge
    • God Loves You
    • God is THE Righteous Judge
    • He wants to help
    • God is on your side
    • God is OK with your continual prayers
    • NAG God all you want – BE PERSISTENT
  • Here is the question for us this text poses:
    • When the Son of Man returns WILL HE FIND ANY FAITH ON EARTH?
      • Will He find a people like the widow who perceived in faith
        • True faith continues to pray
        • With a FERVENT HOPE
        • True faith keeps its heart toward God
        • Trusting
      • Will He find people who simply gave up
        • Turned to the comforts of the world
        • Turned to the evil lies of our enemy
        • Lost hearts
  • NEVER give up on God!
  • He certainly NEVER gives up on you

Mothers Day 2014

John 19:26 – 27 “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!”  Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.”

  1. I poses a question a few days ago that asked “Did Jesus love His Mother?”
    1. A question based on Luke 8:19-21 “Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.” But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”   ESV
  2. So the question, “Did Jesus TRULY love His Mother?”
    1. Of course He did, that is a silly question!
    2. In Context, Jesus was talking about the Family of God

i.     About being good soil, witnessing and faithfulness

ii.     Jesus was talking about doing the Word of God

  1. And few doubt that Mary did the Word and Work of God
  1. Yes, Jesus loved His Mother
    1. The first command with a promise is  “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),  “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”   Ephesians 6:1 – 3
  2. Jesus would never leave His mother standing alone
    1. He made sure she was taken care of physically, He was already caring for her Spiritually
    2. He gave here purpose – To care for John
  3. Jesus will never leave you standing alone either
    1. He loves you
    2. He is providing for you Physically and Spiritually
    3. He has a purpose for you
  4. On Mount Calvary Jesus proved His love for His Mommy
    1. There, at the same place He proved how much He loved you and I as well.
  5. Stand with your Momma!
    1. After what she went through for you!?

i.     40 weeks of carrying you inside

ii.     2 years of carrying you outside

iii.     And, lets be real….18 years OR MORE of carrying you along life’s roads

  1. Don’t disrespect her

i.     Care for her

  1. Don’t talk back to her

i.     ENCOURAGE her

  1. Don’t ignore her

i.     Spend time with her

  1. I know many of us bought cards, flowers, candy, etc for our moms today

i.     And they appreciate these tokens I am sure

ii.     BUT, they would most likely enjoy spending time with you FAR MORE than those gifts

iii.     Take care of your Mom

  1. While there is still the Opportunity
  2. Jesus’ time on earth as human was over
    1. He made sure His Momma was taken care of
  3. YOU take care of your Momma NOW!
    1. Don’t you let her stand alone!