As we step into this Holy Week, a week of remembering all that our Savior, Jesus endured for us, my greatest hope is that my children have a firm belief in Jesus and His sacrificial gift of salvation for them.
To believe in something is to accept something as true, to feel sure of something or to have faith, but not all of us praying Mama Bears have children who have chosen to believe by faith that Jesus is their Savior, yet.
They may be very young and have not made a choice at all, maybe they once believed and have now chosen not to, or have completely rejected the idea of Jesus as their Savior. Don’t grow weary dear Mama, yet, may be just around the corner.
Nothing breaks a Mama Bear’s heart more, and it can feel like we have been waiting and praying forever. The truth is, just as we by faith chose Jesus, so must they. As much as we would like to choose for them, I see all of you mama bears nodding your heads, sadly as much as we want to we cannot. The choice to believe is theirs alone.
Do not fret Mama Bear, at times it may not feel like it, but we have the greatest influence in our children’s lives . Our children big and small are watching us all of the time. We must purpose to reflect our belief in Jesus, in our attitudes, our words, how we live and how we pray.
Let’s take a look in to a man that many would have thought was a hopeless case, a guy who would have never accepted Jesus.
Paul not only started out as an unbeliever, he hunted down followers of Jesus and killed them. Even so, Jesus loved Paul too much to let him go on in life without Him. Jesus planned an encounter with Paul and Paul was never the same again.
If you are a Mama Bear and your child seems far from Jesus, maybe not in the Paul category, but still far, far away. Find comfort in this, Jesus loves your Baby Bear far too much to let he or she go on without Him, He is planning an encounter.
After Paul’s encounter with Jesus, he became a passionate Jesus Follower and these were his words to people who were struggling to believe.
If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10: 9-10
If you confess, declare, acknowledge with your mouth the Lord Jesus
And believe, accept as true, feel sure about,
have confidence in your heart, your soul, the central part of who you are
That God has raised, lifted out, pulled up Jesus from the dead
You will be saved, freed, released, rescued
For with the heart,
one believes, affirms, concludes and trusts
Is made right by justice through Jesus
And with your mouth confess, declare your faith, you are saved
Let us pray with a renewed power, passion and purpose the words of Paul, a passionate Jesus follower, over unbelieving children today.
Father, I ask that _______ confess with his/her mouth and believe in his/her heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. May ______ be reminded today that Jesus has saved, freed and rescued him/her. When __________ believes this with his/her heart he/she will be made right through the justice of Jesus and if _________will confess and declare his/her faith in Jesus, ___________ will know His salvation. Amen
A prayer for you, Mama Bear
Lord , I pray over this Mama Bear, that she confess with her mouth and believe in her heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. That she will be reminded today that Jesus has saved, freed and rescued her, that she will believe and trust in her heart that she has been made right through the justice of Jesus. I ask that she take every opportunity with her children to declare her faith in Jesus, that she and her family will know His salvation. Amen