For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities not powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord -Romans 8:38-39
Head: When we hear the word perish, we think of death. That's the definition right? Something either dies suddenly, untimely, or in a. violent way. It could also mean a slow perish like when our vegetables rotten. Still John 3:16 tell us "...should not perish..." where believers are concerned.
What we understand from our believers perspective is that every person alive now, has lived, or will live has an eternal soul that will live somewhere forever. Therefore, what does cease to exist is our physical self. As mothers, we tend to find ourselves so stuck in the here and now, it is a stretch to think about eternity. We grieve a time gone by when our babies are little, when they're little we worry about the world's affect on their innocence. As mother's we can be very short sighted concerning the world outside of our children, but they need us to keep an eternal perspective.
Heart: The word "perish" in John 3:16 is a reference to a soul situation, its condition. A sinner who does not recognize the sin condition, and how filthy it makes our soul, is blinded by the sin. When we reject God, reject His son, reject the very act of love that brings us all back together, we allow sin to continue its deadly work. Thing is, God doesn't leave a soul hanging in the unknown, it has a place.
"He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? - Romans 8:32
Momma, it is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen (vv34) who speaks on our behalf before our God Father. He intercedes on our behalf because we were not worthy to do so ourselves. He does so for you and me and our children. He stands up for us and says, "Father, she is without any blame, without any sin, without anything that keeps her from You. I've got all that covered." He ushers us to the One who holds all of creation in His hands...all because we believed. We get to live in the presence of that kind of grace and mercy forever.
Heart: Our love for our children can be reflection of Christ's love. We can pray for our children and intercede for them in prayer. From the moment you conceive or dream of your child, pray for your child. We must die to ourselves daily, praying for a day of salvation for our children, so that our children will come to know Christ. Not know of Him, but to know Him through a relationship with Him. Our children will one day either take a stand for Christ or they won't. They will have the opportunity to live an eternal life with Christ or they won't. Your prayers are important. The enemy is after our children and their innocence. The enemy is after our families. You have the weapons and armor to protect your family. Jesus has already disarmed the enemy. Your authority keeps the enemy in check. The name of Jesus spoken over your children is powerful beyond what you can ever imagine. To perish means to be aware of our loving God, but for eternity be separated from Him. We know that once our children receive Christ, nothing can separate them from Him, it is impossible. Pray for salvation, pray for belief, pray the enemy away from your child's reconciliation with God through Christ.
Here! Hold My Crown! Is a forthcoming devotional for mothers. Written by Aimee Larsen, a mother of 5 children. She walked through having a premie, infertility, miracles, foster care, and adoption.