- Honour (Part 1): The Kingdom Currency to Open Your Gates
- Honour (Part 2): The Language of Promotion
- Honour (Part 3): The Golden Key for a Daniel Generation
- Honour (Part 4): 3 Keys to Turn the HEART of your KING
Here is Part Four of our 4 Part Series on Honour. If you wish to read the first two parts, click on the links, Part One: The Kingdom Currency to Open your Gates, Part Two: The Language of Promotion and Part Three: 3 Keys to Turn the HEART of your KING. Please share with your friends. Subscribe to receive this blog straight to your mailbox!
As believers, we must practice reverence and respect for authorities. New drivers may encounter this principle quite abruptly if a police car stops them on the road for speeding! Yet lack of honour can have serious consequences. You may lose your job if you dishonour your boss or fellow employees. Divorce is the bitter fruit of dishonour in marriage. Loss of your faith community is often the result when you dishonour church leadership.
Honour is heaven’s language, the protocol God established for life on earth.
When God sees honour, He will lift you up. The Bible says when you honour, you will have long life in the land (Exodus 20:12). Should you dishonour, your life will be compromised. Honour brings life yet dishonour brings death, crushing relationships, capacity, even our purpose.
In life, gates will open or shut to you, depending on whether you learn the language of honour. The devil will tempt you, provoke you by mocking you, cause those whom you honour to disappoint you, in order to slam doors shut in your life through your dishonour.
The devil knows what to do to make you dishonour. He will cause your heart to get upset and then, pow!, dishonour flows freely from your lips, often, very loudly! When protocol is in place, and you fight it, you disrespect your leaders. You even tell your friends how you would do it better! When you dishonour, gates slam shut to you that God desired to be open. Gossip, slander, these are fingerprints of satan. Walk away from anything that brings dishonour.
Are you going to guard the grace of God in your life by your response?
If you live in honour before God and man, your justice will come before our Lord Jesus and doors will open that no man can shut!
Easy or hard, be a man or woman of honour. When you honour your government, though unjustly taxed, it is not the government who blesses you, it is God who blesses. God will see your humility and come down and bless you!
Consider Joseph’s life once more. In Gen 40: 23 we read Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer, forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought and Joseph remained in the prison another two years.
You cannot get upset with someone forgetting to help you: this is a sign of immaturity. God will use people to help you. When God lifts you up to help you, He will send people. But if no help is found, do not become embittered. Submit to the God who loves you and trust His mighty hand.
For Joseph, this was a test. Joseph said to the cupbearer when he was leaving prison, “When you get to the palace, please remember me”. Mistake No.1: Putting your trust in man instead of the Lord.
Perhaps, like Joseph, you become bitter angry because someone didn’t help you. Why are you angry that you have been forgotten, when God has caused them not to remember? Your help doesn’t come from a human being. It comes from the Lord.
King Solomon penned in Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. KJV
The Lord keeps a king’s heart in His hands.
Do not be upset when a king in your life has not given you favour, for a king’s heart is in the hands of the Lord. The heart of every king, every boss, every governing leader, every parent, every pastor, is in the hands of our God and He turns it like a stream wherever He pleases.
The devil would love to make you offended with the authorities God has placed in your life.
Learn the art of royalty, the language of greatness: Honour authority and trust your God that He may turn the heart of the king towards you!
Here are three keys to turn the heart of the kings in your life:
1. Ask: why is this stream flowing in this direction? Are there boulders and resistance for this stream to flow away from you?
Research what the stones are in your life that stops the stream from flowing in your direction. Determine what you can do to shift favour towards you. Daniel fasted to understand what needed to be done, 21 days just for understanding. Nehemiah did the same. Once understanding come, shift those boulders that have stopped the stream of favor in your life!
2. Dig the ground that the water may flow towards you.
Water will only flow to a low level area. Humility is essential. The day you feel you are entitled for a promotion is the day you are not ready for it. Humble yourself, and start digging to create the groundwork, that the stream of favour will automatically flow towards you. 1 Peter 5:6 says humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.
3. Live in purity, for whoever loves a pure heart will have the king as their friend.
King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 22:11, He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend. Are you so busy looking at the hand of the king, that you have forgotten to look on the face of the king? With gracious speech and a pure heart, your king will seek you as a friend. When God sees your pure heart, God will move the king’s heart towards you and the king, who hears your gracious speech will approve of you. Therefore, change your ways. Change your character. God will make things move towards you this week, if you honour the kings, with gracious speech and heart, whom God has placed over your life!
May this journey in honour be rich in blessing for your and those whom you share this message! Share this post from this series on Honour, Like us on Facebook and Give to Revive Nations that the message of honour may reach all whom the Lord calls!
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