HONOR “WORTH CONSIDERING” 11/25/20 From Ken Smith<><
.Today’s Scripture (Across my desk this morning from a church in Texas.)
“But on that day I will deal differently with the land of Goshen, where my people live; no swarms of flies will be there, so that you will know that I, the LORD, am in this land. I will make a distinction between my people and your people.” (Exodus 8:22–23, NIV)
What Makes You Different
When God sent plague after plague on Pharaoh and his people in order to free the Israelites from slavery, what’s interesting is that the Israelites lived right next door, but the plagues never touched them. Whether it was swarms of flies, hordes of frogs, or their livestock, the Israeli side was untouched. God put a distinction of favor and blessing upon His people. God has also put a distinct favor on you that causes you to be different from those who don’t honor God. The Scripture talks about how you’ve been called out, set apart as God’s people. It says that His face shines down on you and causes you to stand out. There’s a marked difference. You have an advantage. You’re not doing life by yourself. It’s not up to just your skill, your talent, your connections. There’s a force behind you breathing in your direction, protecting you, guiding you, favoring you. The Most High God has set you apart.
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that Your face is smiling down on me today, and I’m not doing life on my own. Thank You that You’ve put a distinction on my life that causes me to stand out. I believe that I will defy the odds that stand against me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
The Big Difference in blessing and cursing here has to do with HONOR. We use the word for lots of things like, Your Honor, for a judge. Honorarium, as a student being awarded with a scholarship.
But we often forget the primary use like in Honor your father and mother. Or the Honor of Jesus. Hallowed is a word that is very similar to Honor… Let’s take a look: Honor: noun 1. high respect; great esteem. “his portrait hangs in the place of honor” Similar: distinction privilege glory tribute kudos cachet prestige fame renown merit credit importance illustriousness notability respect esteem approbation hold in great respect hold in high esteem have a high regard for admire defer to look up to think highly of appreciate. 2.adherence to what is right or to a conventional standard of conduct. “I must as a matter of honor avoid any taint of dishonesty” (So seems this is rather transparent and straight forward.) So What does the Word of God teach: There are a minimum of 335 verses containing honor, 123 in the New Testament. So it would seem that the Holy Spirit would like to make sure we have an understanding about HONOR. John 5:22-23: “For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment [that is, the prerogative of judging] to the Son [placing it entirely into His hands], 23 so that all will give honor (reverence, homage) to the Son just as they give honor to the Father. [In fact] the one who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who has sent Him. John 8:48-50 “ The Jews answered Him, “Are we not right when we say You are a [a] Samaritan and [that You] have a demon [and are under its power]?” 49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon. On the contrary, I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. 50 However, I am not seeking glory for Myself. There is One who seeks [glory for Me] and judges [those who dishonor Me]. John 12:26, “If anyone serves Me, he must [continue to faithfully] follow Me [without hesitation, holding steadfastly to Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me]; and wherever I am [in heaven’s glory], there will My servant be also. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. And this is just a few verses. Do you see how that humility, obedience and honor are all locked together?
So if we honor Jesus Christ as our LORD according to the above definitions our Heavenly Father will Honor us. Dishonor comes from self centeredness, disobedience and pride. So if you want there to be a GOD FORCE, Supernatural push behind us it is because we have learned how and are bringing honor to the name of Jesus as LORD. Many powerless ministries bring honor only to their own ministry or denomination and they are dying all around us today.
If a wife or husband dishonors the other the marriage will fail. If the children learn to dishonor their parents they will not live for long on the land. So as we make Christ Jesus the reason for our existence we will enjoy the breath of God in support of our lives. If we choose to elevate self or ministry or others in 1st place in what we do, then it will fall apart and come to nothing. By now, I know this lesson well. I have been given some very successful ministries in the LORD in the past but when I began to take upon myself HIS Honor and run off with it, it all turned to mush and was soon gone. Jesus taught us that HE would build HIS Church in Victory. And it Rev. 12:11 it is HIS Church that ultimately boots lucifer and his minions out of the heavens In Rom.8, HE has given us the Victory. But in Eph. 4:11-16 HE must be lifted up to draw all unto HIM. Not drawn to an Elder, Ministry or Denomination but only to HONOR HIM….
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