Honor To Whom Honor Part 10

Honor To Whom Honor Part 10


First Samuel two, are you there? We’ve been on this series for
some weeks now. It’s called Honor To Whom Honor. And this is one of our main
texts. We saw that Eli and his sons
were the ministers over the house of God. And his boys in particular had
done bad things. They had stolen the offerings,
they were having immoral relationships with the people
that came. They were just treating the
things of God and the services with contempt. And He warned them to not do
that. He warned Eli to stop them, and
he did not. And the Bible said in 1 Samuel
two, “You have honored your sons above Me.” You have honored your sons above
God. You know, if you know something
is wrong, and people are doing things wrong that are under you
and it’s in your control and you let it go, you’re responsible. Verse thirty, “Wherefore the
Lord God of Israel said, I said indeed that your house, and the
house of your father, should walk before Me forever: but now
the Lord said, Be it far from Me; For them that honor Me I
will honor, and they that despise Me shall be lightly
esteemed.” Say that last phrase out loud
with me please. Together: Them that honor Me I
will honor, and they that despise Me shall be lightly
esteemed. So, despising is the exact
opposite of honoring. And He gives us a definition of
the word despise; lightly esteemed. Do we want the Lord to honor us? Are we interested in this? You should be. You should be. When other people are losing
their cars, and their homes, and their investments, and not only
do you not lose yours but you paid everything off and you’re
doing better than you ever have, that’s the Lord honoring you. When other people die
prematurely, and struggle with disease, and accidents, and your
babies are healed, and your kids are kept, and you live a long
life, and you’re not destroyed by accident, that’s the Lord
honoring you. Did you know that? And who does He honor? Help me out. He honors those who honor Him. What if you honored Him more? Well, He would honor you more. What if you honored Him a lot
more? What if you just came up to a
whole other level of honoring God in your life? Well then, He would bring you up
to a whole other level of things in your life of Him honoring
you, taking care of you, promoting you, protecting you,
blessing you. And it would be a witness to
people round about you. When good things happen for you
that didn’t happen for them and they want to say, “What did you
do?” and try to give the credit to
you, you go no, the Lord is just good to me. “The Lord? Oh, I don’t care about all that
religion stuff.” Well, do without. No. We are very interested in His
honoring us and thereby we should be very interested in us
learning how to honor Him even more. One of the greatest ways He
honors us is with His presence. Thank You Lord. You know, we use that in secular
things. Somebody say so- and-so, the
president of the company, or the governor, or whoever honored us
with his presence. They came to our party, came to
our event. Well, when God shows up at your
event you’ve been honored. Right? He’s everywhere but He’s not in
manifestation to the same degree everywhere. Is it possible that we can
initiate a greater manifestation of the presence of God in our
presence, in our midst, I should say? Well, if we honor Him more what
is He going to do? He’s going to honor us more. Go to Romans thirteen, please. Romans 13:7 says, “Render
therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due;
custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.” Give honor to those to whom
honor is due. The God’s Word translation says
it like this. “Pay everyone whatever you owe
them. If you owe taxes pay them. If you owe tolls pay them. If you owe someone respect,
respect that person. If you owe someone honor, honor
that person.” Here he compares giving honor
and respect to paying taxes or paying a bill or a toll that you
owe. What should you do if you owe
taxes and bills? Pay them. And what should you do with
honor and respect? We use that term “pay your
respects.” Well, you should. And why should you pay your
respects? Because you owe it. You owe it. Now this is a different
mentality than the world and people influenced by worldly
thinking. When you talk about respect so
many times people immediately think about yeah, you should
show me respect. And demand respect. “You will respect me in my
house. You will respect me in my place
of business.” Demanding respect. That doesn’t work. The Lord never told us to do
that. “You have to respect me.” No, they don’t have to respect
you. They never have to respect you. You see criminal sometimes say,
“I’ll put my pistol in your face and you’ll show me some
respect.” That’s not respect. Maybe fear. You might make them do something
for fear of losing your life, but it’s got nothing to do with
them respecting you or honoring you. Don’t demand respect,
demonstrate respect. Pay respect. Give respect. If you give the respect, pay the
respect that you owe, then you also reap the respect that you
sowed. Can you see this? And then also when it comes to
giving respect, people even in the church sometimes they think
well, “They haven’t earned my respect. You have to earned my respect.” Well no, that’s ungodly
thinking. The Bible says you owe certain
people respect and that’s irrespective of what you feel
about it or what you think about it. And they don’t have to do
anything to earn and merit it. If God says you owe it to them,
you owe it to them. Now, you may not be able to
appreciate everything that a person over you in some capacity
says or does, but you must respect the place or else wise
you disrespect the God Who created the place and put the
person in the place. What did the Bible say about
your respect and your honor? Pay respect to those who you are
supposed to respect. Pay and give honor to those to
whom honor is due. We got on this a little bit in
the first service, I think it’ll bear repetition. The verse started out by saying
if you owe taxes pay them. If you owe tolls pay them. If you owe money, if you owe
bills, what did the Bible say? Let me go over this again real
slow. If you owe somebody some money,
what did the Bible say you were supposed to do? Pay them what you owe. A lot of times people started
with, “Yeah, but… yeah this… yeah that… they did shabby work… and then they had to redo it… and then this and then that and
then the other…” Well, take responsibility for
your own decisions. Did anybody make you go over
there and do business with them? Did anybody make you hire them
or enter into contract with them? Huh? Well, now you got involved and
maybe it’s gone sour, and maybe it’s cost you extra money, but
you need to be a man, you need to be a woman, you need to be a
person of God and take responsibility and realize if I
would have prayed better, if I would’ve been better led, I
might not even have gone to this person to start with, not even
got involved. But I did, so it’s as much my
fault as it is theirs. Because I could’ve prayed, I
could’ve been led. So now, no matter what they did
wrong, the Bible tells me to pay my obligations. Even if it costs me money, even
if the job still isn’t done, what do you need to do? Repent for you missing God. Ask God for mercy to give you
the money to clear it up and get right, because at this point
there’s something more important than the money. Your witness. Did you hear me? Your witness is more important
than the money. And you have a big God. It’s sad, so many Christians
dragging everybody to court, and doing all kinds of stuff, and
blaming, they didn’t do this and they didn’t do that. What about you? Did anybody make you get into
business with them? Did they make you sign that
contract? No. No. You could have prayed. You could’ve been led and
possibly avoided the entire situation. So, take responsibility for your
own decisions, for your own goings and doings. And even if you’re in a bad
situation it’s not time to quit and act like a heathen and pitch
a fit and blame everybody, it’s time to believe God for His
mercy to get you out, and to get you out with your witness
intact. Come on now, are you with me? So money is not everything. People act like it is, but it’s
not. There’s a lot of things more
important than money. You know on one occasion one of
the kings in the Old Testament, he hired a neighboring army to
come and fight with him. You can imagine one nation
hiring another nation’s military to come help them? What would that be by today’s
money? Billions I guess. And anyway, the prophet came to
him and said you missed it. You should not have hired them. If they go with you, you’ll be
disputed. And the king said what am I
going to do? What about the money that I
spent? And this was his answer. He said the Lord is able to give
you much more than this. In other words, you missed it,
it’s gone, forget about it. Believe for some more. Let me go over that again real
slow. You missed it. It’s gone. Forget about it. Believe for some more. Let me try these people over
here. You missed it. It’s gone. Forget about it. And what? Believe for some more. There’s a lot more where that
came from. He said God is able to give you
much more than this. I’m quoting Scripture, friends. That was worth you combing your
hair and coming down here this morning. Right? Let’s grow up. Let’s grow up. Quit blaming everybody for
everything. You know from the time you get
up in the morning from the time you lay your head on the pillow,
you’re responsible for where you go, and what you’re doing, and
who you’re involved with, talking to, and making
decisions. You’re responsible. And so many Christians they
don’t pray, they never check their heart, they’re not led,
and then they mess everything up and they get in situations where
they’re taken advantage of and don’t realize it’s at least as
much their responsibility as it is anybody’s that the open
themself up and made them so vulnerable to it to start with. Do you believe that if you would
follow the Lord’s leading every hour of every day He would keep
you? He would protect you. You’d be at the right place at
the right time with the right people and the right situations
would unfold. Do you believe this? We’re much more responsible for
our own lives than people like to admit. If you owe something, what did
the Bible say? Help me out. Pay it. Pay it. Quit making excuses, just
believe God and He’ll be merciful to you. How many can raise a hand and
say there have been some situations you messed up on and
the Lord helped you get out of it? He helped bring the money in. You should’ve done it, they
should’ve done it, it was a mess but He cleared you up. I can lift up both hands and a
foot. God is good. He’s merciful. Merciful. Merciful and gracious. We’ve covered a lot of ground
already in this series on Honor to Whom Honor, and if you
haven’t been with us let me encourage you. Go back in the Word Supply and
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Word Supply. No charge. What does no charge means? No excuse for not getting it. So get it. We’ve covered a lot of ground
but let me review again briefly. We went back to Genesis and we
saw the origin of dishonor and disrespect. And we saw that it didn’t come
from God and there was no dishonor and disrespect between
God and Adam and Eve in the original creation. But when the devil came on the
scene immediately he starts questioning God with a
disrespectful tone. “Yea, has God said…” We can’t cover every little
detail of how somebody could be disrespectful, but you can hear
the spirit of it, can’t you? You can discern the tone and the
Spirit, the demeanor of its It’s something you don’t want to
have any part of. Do you want to identify all
disrespect and dishonor in your life and get it out? Do you? Are you hungry for this? You should be. Because it’s devilish, it’s the
very nature of the enemy. And then he was questioning and
then went eve told him what God had said about not eating of the
fruit of that tree, he contradicted God and said, “No,
you won’t really die.” So disrespectful. And then they let that
disrespect influence and infect them and they totally ignored
what God told them to do and just went on and ate of the
fruit. Ignoring is disrespectful. And then we saw that when He
questioned them have you eaten the fruit that I told you not
to, instead of just repenting and saying, yeah, I did, I was
stupid, Adam tried to blame it on his wife Eve. And he reminded God that He gave
her to him. Being defensive and deflective
it off of himself under somebody else. Somebody over you asks you a
question, don’t start defending yourself. Don’t start explaining. Answer the question. Right? Show respect. And so the Lord has been
emphasizing to us that a whole lot of showing respect and honor
is what you don’t say and what you don’t do. Many times one of the most
respectful things you can do is just not say a word. Keep your mouth shut and don’t
do anything. It’s not your place, nobody
asked you, right? Some of the most respectful
honoring things have to do with what you don’t say and what you
don’t do. Now, we’ve been covering five
I’s of disrespect. Five words that start with I. And let’s review a little bit
more. Does anybody remember the first
one? We’ve already talked about it. Ignoring. Ignoring. Remember He said those that
despise Me will be lightly esteemed? There’s a catch word that’s
popular today, particularly was popular a few years back with
teenagers “whatever.” Have you heard that before? Whatever. Well, whatever. Whatever. This is disrespect, isn’t it? Here’s two simple words. What does it mean to honor? There’s a number of words that
are used from the original language, but I’ve come on this
one word the more I look at it, value. To honor something or someone
means you value them. You esteem them. And when you say whatever, what
does that mean? No big deal. No value. “It doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t matter.” Well yeah, some things matter. And we live in a society that is
suffering from the rebellion sown in the fifties and sixties. And now we’ve got sometimes
third-generation that have grown up with no honor, no respect,
understanding in these areas. And just say and do the most
disrespectful stuff and act like they don’t even see it. Nothing is important. Nothing is to be valued and
honored. But it’s not true. God should be honored. His things should be honored. His word should be honored. His Spirit, His people should be
held in the highest esteem. We should make a very big deal
out of His things. You know, the Lord has honored
us here at this church. We’re a relatively young church,
but we’re blessed. And we have some strength. And we’ve been able to do some
projects and do some things. He’s given us a fine facility
and a bunch of land and cameras and equipment and aircraft. I mean, all kinds of stuff. But, I’m convinced one of the
reasons is — has He honored us? Well, obviously He was able to
help us to honor Him to some degree. Because He honors those that
honor Him. And I know one of the things is
to me, to Phyllis, to our staff and then a lot of you have been
with us for some time and others that are coming into this, the
things of God are very important to us. This is not a side thing with
us. The word of God is not just
another Book. Right? Service time is not just
something else on our weekly calendar. Praising God is not just another
song. We don’t tithe and give
offerings like paying another bill. And can we come to a whole other
level in this? Can God bring us to a whole
other level that we so value, and so esteem, the word of God
and everything that God would say to us, and the Holy Spirit,
and everything that He would do in our midst, and we value each
other, and we value every day God gives us to live. And we value every opportunity. We become people of honor and we
conduct ourselves by treating these things with the
appropriate values. And what will happen? Tell me what will happen. God will treat us and our time
like it’s important. I know twenty some years ago, I
was in a little tight place praying one day, I won’t give
you any more detail. But I didn’t have resources, no
money, no invitations, no opportunities. This was about thirty years ago
I guess. And I thought man, if I had some
money or a way of traveling, if I had to do something more and I
thought that’s what I need. I need resources and I need
opportunities. And the Lord spoke to my heart. I don’t mean I heard a voice but
He said, “No, that’s not what you need. I have all that.” Does He? He said, “Without lifting my
finger I can give you more places to preach than you can
get to in a lifetime. I can give you more money, more
equipment, more people to help you without waving my hand.” Is it true or not? He said, “That’s not what you
need.” I thought that’s surely what I
thought I needed. But He’s right. And this is what He said to me. He said, “If your time becomes
important to Me, I will help you redeem it.” What does that mean? When I get up in the morning my
time is doing His stuff. My mind, my time — I esteem His
kingdom, His gospel, His people, His things to be the most
important thing going on, on the planet today and in my life
today, and my time and my planning and my thinking and my
physical energy goes for that, then He’s saying I’ll get
involved with you. Because you and your thinking
and your time has become important to me. Oh come on, can you see this? And right after that, He gave me
some computers, and He gave me some resources, and He gave me
some partners. And I thought okay, alright. I’ve got to become more
important at what I’m doing, to Him. I’m getting funny looks all
across the room. Is this not our text? What happens if you think,
concerning the kingdom of God the church and the Gospel
“whatever,” then you despising His things. And what about your things? They are going to be lightly
esteemed. Your stuff is going to be
treated as trivial, and insignificant, and unimportant. Well unimportant stuff doesn’t
need to be supported. Doesn’t need money, doesn’t need
help. Why do you need millions of
dollars to lay on the couch and watch TV? Why do you need cameras and
buildings and aircraft to be a couch potato? You don’t. Why should God quicken you, and
heal you, and fill you full of ideas and energy and bring
thousands of people to help you, to sin? So you can sin. But if your time becomes
important to Him, when you want what He wants, when you want
what He wants for the same reasons He wants it, you become
unstoppable. God is with you. And if He’s with you, who can be
against you? Who can stop you? Who can hold you back? Who can shut you down? Looks like we need to camp on
this some more, doesn’t it? We may not like to think about
it, but a whole lot of people what they’re doing is just not
very important to God, to His things. It just really doesn’t matter. So why do they need all this
help and resource? But every one of us is put here
for a purpose. Every one of us, we talked about
this for months didn’t we? Graces and Places. Every one of us have graces and
anointings and gifts. Whether we develop them or not,
whether we acknowledge them or not, they’re there and there are
opportunities. And I’m telling you friend, you,
you not somebody else, you, your life can become much more
significant to the kingdom than it is right now. If you’re willing to leave some
old stuff behind and to step out by faith into the unknown. It’s kind of exciting. Leaving your security blanket
and stepping out into where, what, how are we going to do it? Hey, that is the most exciting
thing you’ll ever do. It’s called walking by faith. You ought to check it out. And it is how God will bring you
into a place where you become much greater and more than you
have ever been, and your life matters more than it ever has. And God is using you to help
Him. And you don’t have to be a
preacher now. You don’t have to be a preacher,
you don’t have to be a pastor. There are a myriad of places all
of the body of Christ, and you have something in you already,
that if you’ll just yield to God, He will use it to help
people. And the more important your time
becomes — come on, think about it now. Think about it. Could God pay all your stuff off
so that you’re not having to work for a living? And then you have all kind of
time freed up now. Could He give you equipment and
resources and opportunities? If your time became important
enough to Him, He’ll do that. What did I just get through
saying? If you honor Him He’ll honor
you. I didn’t intend to get in that
this morning, but we did. I can testify, Phyllis and I,
little country people with no education, no background, nobody
that we knew that had any money or resources or political or
religious influence at all. And we stepped out basically
with the clothes on our back and God had mercy on us, and I’m
talking about praying even before that day. When I saw that I thought okay,
I’m not waiting on God. He told me if my focus became
important to Him, He would help me. He would give me all the
equipment and money and everything I’ve ever need if
what I’m doing becomes important enough to Him. And I’m telling you He did. He brought me up, He delivered
us where we didn’t have to work multiple secular jobs just to
pay our bills, and then He added this to us, then He added that
to us. And now I’m preaching one time
this morning, well twice, but one time this one time, but it
is the multiple. You know that you heard these
countries Vietnam, Afghanistan, this is going live into maybe
eighty countries right now, right now, up to that much. And then also people will
download this. Glory to God. Has the Lord helped me to get
more done. Well, obviously we were able to
make some changes. Do you know He’s no respecter of
persons? He’s no respecter of persons. If your time and your life and
your efforts become significant to Him by honoring Him, what’s
He going to do? Help me out. He’s going to honor you by
giving you opportunities you’ve never had. Oh come on now. By raising up people to help you
that you’ve never had. By giving new equipment and
money and things that will redeem your time that you can
accomplish the same in a half a day that usually would take you
a month. Are you listening now Saints? Do you believe this or not? Tell me what it is tied to? You learning how to honor Him
more than you ever have before. Are you hungry to learn more
then? The Lord gave us five I’s of
disrespect. I didn’t say these were the five
I’s or the only five I’s, it’s the five I’s I know about right
now. What were they? Help me out. Remind me. Ignoring we’ve already talked
about. What was the second one? Interrupting. The Bible said don’t answer a
matter before you hear it. It’s foolish. One translation says you
embarrass yourself. Surely you can let somebody
finish their sentence, finish their thought. Show respect. Don’t interrupt. And that’s not just interrupting
conversations, there’s lots of ways to interrupt. What was the third one? Intruding. The Bible said don’t put
yourself forth. Wait until you’re invited. Don’t take the best and highest
seat and presume. Wait until you’re invited. And situation after situation we
should ask ourselves, who invited us? Who asked us in? You know, it’s a haughty and
proud to think that everybody, of course, wants my input. “Well sure, everybody wants my
advice. Everybody wants me involved. Believe me.” Well, are you? Who are you that everybody is
just going to be thrilled to have your input? It just ain’t so. Let’s get some mind renewal. Not everybody is ready for you. Did you know this? No. No. There are people that absolutely
don’t want you to open your mouth. And they’re not just saying it,
they really mean it. They don’t want to hear what you
have to say. “Well, they need to hear it, so
they’re going to hear it because I know they need it whether not
they have enough sense to know that they need it or not, so I’m
going to tell them.” You’re not like the Lord. You are different from Him. Because He’s not that way. He said, “Behold I stand at the
door and knock. If any man will open to Me, I’ll
come in.” What if you don’t open to Him? He won’t. If anybody had a right to push
in on somebody and make them receive something, it is the
Lord. Right? And certainly He knows that
people need to be saved. And if He’s going to do
anything, He’s going to question and say look, I know you don’t
want it now but later and you’re going to thank Me, because you
need this. You’ll be lost. But even with something that
serious, He respects that person’s right to choose to
reject Him or to not ask Him in. And that is your example. That is my example. No matter what you see or what
you know, how much people need what you know and what you can
do, that is not all that matters. Did they invite you? Did they ask you in? If they haven’t given you place,
then you’re not to just push in. What is the fourth one? Does anybody remember? Interfering. A lot of times people intrude
and then they stay to interfere. Interfering. Again, who asked you to get
involved? You know, we hear the term
respect people’s privacy; how do you do that? What does that mean? Well, it means there are lines
you don’t cross. There’s that which is their
space, their life, their area. You know, not everybody likes
for you to talk to them with your nose two inches from their
face. Respect their personal space. You go into their house, don’t
start moving of furniture. Don’t straighten their pictures. I don’t care how crooked they
are. It’s not your picture. “Yeah, but it’s got some dust on
it.” Keep your hand off of it. It’s not yours. Don’t you go in the kitchen and
start pulling other stuff and doing things. “Yeah, but you know I’ve been
doing this for thirty years, forty years, fifty years.” Well, whoop-de-do. This isn’t your house. This is not your stuff. I don’t care if you’ve written
nine cookbooks and got your own cooking show. This is not your kitchen. Show some respect. If you’re not asked, stay out. Do you remember Peter talking to
Jesus and Jesus telling him how he was going to glorify God in
his death and then Peter looks over and says, “What about John? What’s going to happen to him?” And Jesus looked at him and
said, “If I want him to live until I come back –” now think
about what He’s saying. Peter asked the wrong question,
didn’t he? He messed up. Jesus said, “If I want him to
stay until I come back, what is that to you? You follow Me.” We need to realize Saints,
there’s a whole lot of stuff in this world and in this life that
is just nothing to us. It is nothing to us. We ought to stay out of it,
we’re not to offer our opinion, we’re not to jump and get
involved, it is nothing to us. And in doing so, we will show
respect. And I think you’ll find a lot of
times if you’re respectful like that, people will so appreciate
it, they’ll ask you to get involved. I found that to be the case many
times because I didn’t jump in when somebody else did, they
didn’t want them in and they came and asked me would I. What is the fifth one? Does anybody remember? Turn with me to 2 Timothy. Second Timothy three. You know if the Lord is feeding
you something besides just milk, that ought to excite you a
little bit. It means that you’ve grown some. That you can take some other
things. The thing about meat is you have
to chew on it. Don’t you? I know some of these things
we’re touching on now you don’t just swallow it. If you do you might choke. You might have to chew on it a
little bit. But the more you chew the more
flavor you get out of it. Right? And it’s this solid food that
really gives you some the greatest strength and does
something for you, doesn’t it? In 2 Timothy the third chapter
and the first verse. This is the God’s Word
translation. It says, “You must understand
this: In the last days there will be violent periods of time. People will be selfish and love
money. They will brag, be arrogant, and
use abusive language.” Now this fifth one we’re saying
is showing disrespect is insulting. And this is part of the
insulting, using abusive language. “They will curse their parents,”
curse their parents, “show no gratitude,” let’s just stop
right here. Why would a child curse their
parents? Parents can do some bad stuff,
they’re human beings. But this is one of those cases
where you owe them respect. Not by right of what they have
merited or earned, by right of the fact that God chose them out
of all the billions on the planet to be your mom or dad. And you owe them. Everybody say, “Owe them.” No matter how they act, you owe
them respect and honor. You may not be able to
appreciate everything they say or do, but you owe them respect. And how many understand that
respect would include never cursing them no matter what
happened or they said or did. “They’ll curse their parents,
they’ll show no gratitude and have no respect for what is
holy,” can you see a recurring theme through this? Now what this is is the
influence of the devil. God is the God of honor. He is the God of glory. Those two words are used
interchangeably sometimes. The God of glory, the God of
honor. What is honor? It is valuing. God is the God of valuing. Well, by contrast the devil is
the devaluer. He’s the demeanor, the debaser. That’s why he’s involved in such
language and cursing and no respect. Keep reading. They will, “Lack normal
affection for their families. They will refuse to make peace
with anyone. They will be slanderous,”
slanderous, “lack self-control, be brutal, and have no love for
what is good. They will be traitors. They will be reckless and
conceited. They will love pleasure rather
than God.” Now you notice three different
references to insulting, disrespectful language, cursing
and slander. Now every Christian basically
knows cussing is a bad thing, that Christians ought not cuss. But what’s wrong with it? What’s wrong with cussing? A lot of people are just
religious about it. They hear four letter words and
names and they think, “That’s so bad. That’s so bad. They ought not do that. That’s bad.” What’s wrong with it? What makes it bad? And a lot of times Christians
are cussing too. Just not in church. You know they hit their finger
with a hammer or stub their toe and boy some select words come
out. And go, “Oh, oh, I’m sorry.” You shouldn’t be sorry that
somebody heard you, you should be troubled that that was in you
to come out because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth
speaks. Now one thing we have to watch
is that the way you get full of something is by hearing it,
hearing it, seeing it, thinking it, talking it, but hearing it. You get full of the word by
hearing the word. Well, there’s cussing over the
place. Basically every TV show,
commercials. And some words you would have
never heard in public twenty or thirty years ago, it’s
commonplace now. People say these words like
they’re nothing. And then folk look at you like,
“What’s the big deal? It’s just the blankety-blank. It’s just words.” But see, this is an indication
of how people have fallen from the honor of God. Nothing is sacred, nothing is to
be referred to with value or respect. But what’s going on is that
people are making an effort to debase and devalue a thing or a
person. And it is the very nature and
language of the devil himself. Come on, think about it. A lot of the people get mad and
they get hurt and they get upset and they go into this rant. “You blankety-blank. You sorry… you’re the sorriest, lowest
blankety-blank, blankety-blank, blankety-blank.” What are they trying to do? They are making an intense
effort to do something. What? What are they trying to do? They are trying to devalue,
debase, demean — it’s the exact opposite of honor. It’s one of the most
disrespectful, dishonoring things you could ever do. The devil knows more than most
Christians do, the importance of words. God created everything with His
words. Didn’t He? The concept for all creation was
inside Him. And He chose words and filled
them with faith and life and said, “Light be.” And as He said it and released
it with His words, it came into existence. And the amazing thing is that
you and I have been created in His likeness and image and a big
part of that is we have been made speaking Spirits. Oh. It’s an awesome privilege. We can choose any words we want. No animal, no being on the
planet has this ability. I think there’s been a
disservice that’s been happening for some time and it’s
considered an innocent thing, but with the animated movies and
the cartoons and the storybooks, you have all these animals
talking. Somebody said, “What’s wrong
with that?” A lot. Animals don’t talk. And kids can imagine and
attribute human characteristics to animals, and then it’s a
short leap from there that we’re just an animal like a sheep or
goat. “If they could talk they would
say this…” You have no idea what your dog
is thinking. It’s probably about something to
eat 98% of the time. And all these people imagining
and giving all these human qualities to these animals, and
that they can speak and talk and do all this stuff, no. No. We are in a totally different
class of being. We’re made in the image and
likeness of God and we could choose words. Well, I’m getting ahead of
myself a little bit. Go to Proverbs. Proverbs the tenth chapter
please. Basically — it’s an interesting
thing. If you look up the word
profanity in the English dictionary it says that it is
irreverence. Irreverence, which is
disrespect. Dishonor. Cussing is basically disrespect. Proverbs 10:18. “He that hides hatred with lying
lips, and he that utters a slander, is a fool.” Slandering, reviling, cursing is
the language of fools. Are you a fool? And if you’re not, this stuff
will not be in your mouth. Right? This slandering, this language. Look at the twelfth chapter of
Proverbs, Proverbs 12:18. “There is that speaks like the
piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.” Should we get our minds renewed
to the importance and power of our words? Listen to some other
translations of this. The Basic English says, “There
are some whose uncontrolled talk,” everybody say,
“Uncontrolled.” Uncontrolled talk, “Is like the
wounds of a sword, but the tongue of the wise makes one
well again.” Complete Jewish Bible says,
“Idle talk…” And if you look up the word
idle, it means wreckless, thoughtless, rash. Now do you remember anything
being said about idle words in the New Testament? Jesus talking about idle words? This is what He’s talking about
right here. “… can pierce like a sword,” well,
what does a sword do? You take a blade, sharp sword,
and I stick it in Jim. It pierces into him. Cuts him. The Bible said words can do
that. True or not? Can words pierce like a sword? Words can kill and words can
make alive. Words can hurt and words can
heal. There’s been more than one
occasion the Bible where prophets prophesied and people
fell dead. He heard the words and they
died. There’s been other times when
words were spoken and people came right out of the coffin,
came right out of the tomb. Words. The world is oblivious to this,
and most of the church. But you don’t have to be. Say it out loud, “Life and death
is in the power of the tongue. My words matter.” Do they? Can you just talk recklessly and
thoughtlessly? No. People do and then they see the
aftermath and the damage and they’re like, “Oh, I’m sorry. I’m sorry.” Well that would be like me
getting a new sword, right? And I mean it’s razor-sharp. But I just get mad. I get so mad I don’t know what
I’m doing. And I just start wheeling that
thing around and I cut you and I cut you and I stick you. And I look up and I kind of come
to myself and come down a little bit and I go, “Oh…” You’re bleeding. You’re missing a finger. You’re missing an ear. Your face is cut open. “Oh, I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to.” Yeah, but you’re still cut. And it’s my fault. I’m the one swinging the blade. It is not okay for you or I ever
to go off into some mad, hurt rant and say it all manner of
demeaning and hurtful things and then go, “Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to. I’m sorry.” No. That’s what the Bible is saying. For every idle word you will
give and account. That’s what Jesus said. That’s what He’s talking about. Idle comes back right to be
these verses, the same words. Reckless, thoughtless, piercing
words. But think about this. “The tongue of the wise,” does
what? “Brings healing.” Now what is wisdom? Wisdom looks ahead and wisdom is
choosing words to accomplish a desired effect. Come on, can you see this? You’re not just talking and
ranting and raving, you’re speaking on purpose to
accomplish a definite thing. And the Bible said when you
speak words like that of life and wisdom, it can actually heal
people. Just like the other can hurt
people, this can heal people. Friend, this is a wonderful
thing. I said, this is a wonderful
thing. Think about it. God can have His hand on you if
you’ll yield to this to such a degree, that you always have the
right word at the right time. Somebody could be down and they
could be hurting and God will give you words like apples of
gold in pitchers of silver. They are the perfect word for
the situation and you say with the right tone in faith – I’ve
had the Lord used me this way before with other ministers,
with my own people. And they were hurting and they
didn’t know what to do and they’re at the end of their
rope. I did know what to do, but the
Lord gave me the words. He gave them to me and I knew
what He gave them to me they were beyond me, they were bigger
than me. And I thought glory to God, this
will do it. Thank You Lord. And I shared it with them and I
could just see the pressure coming out of their face. I could just see instead of
crying they wiped their tears and even begin to laugh and
victory began to come back in them. Isn’t that better than piercing
like a sword? Can God give you words that will
build people up, that will make them strong, that will give them
love, joy, peace, long-suffering? All the fruit of the Spirit. Can God use your mouth? Let’s make up our mind. As a matter of fact, let’s say
it out loud, “I will not let my mouth, let my words be used by
the devil to slander people, to hurt people, to devalue people. But I say Lord, speak through
me. Give me words that will
encourage, that will strengthen, that will help, that will heal,
that will make strong and bring victory. Words of life.” Hallelujah. Glory to God. That’s who you are. You are a child of light. You’re a child of light, a child
of God. When He speaks, light comes. You are your Father’s child. When you speak life comes. Oh! Go to Matthew, how about it? The fifth chapter. Now we saw last week, if you
were here, we looked at two or three references to this
slanderous talk. And we saw that it can bring
judgment. Do you remember that we saw the
leader with his fifty come to get the prophet and said, “Man
of God, get down here!” And he said, “Well, if I’m a man
of God, let fire come down and consume you and your fifty.” Whew. Burned them up. And the second bunch, even more
irreverent and disrespectful. “You man of God, the king said
get down here now!” He said, “Well, if I’m a man of
God, let fire come down and burn you up and your fifty.” Did this really happen or not? It did. It’s in the Bible. How many know running your mouth
can cost you? The third one came and he knelt
down. There’s a hundred and two guys
burned up recently. Same spot he was standing in. He said, “Oh, man of God,” how
many think he said man of God in a different way than the
previous? “Oh, man of God, let my life and
the life of these men be valuable, precious in your
sight. And don’t let happen to us what
happened to these others.” An Angel the Lord told him to go
with them. And they were spared. This is such a perfect
illustration of our text. These others showed disrespect. Their lives were treated as
insignificant and burnt up in a moment. These men, this leader, he
showed respect and treated the man of God as important and
asked him to let their life have some importance in his eyes. And it did. When you show honor, you receive
honor. You treat with contempt, you’ll
be treated with contempt. I think the other side of this
is what people haven’t seen. If you treat things as
unimportant insignificant, your things are going to be treated
as insignificant and unimportant. And then we saw those youths
yelling at the man of God. “Old baldie! Old no hair! Get on out of here!” They’re talking about the man of
God that stands at the forefront of the prophets ministry in the
whole world. The Bible said two she bears
came out of the woods and tore forty-two of them, mauled
forty-two of them. Now, I didn’t notice that until
just recently, forty-two? There was a mob of insult
hurling adolescents out there. Forty-two? There must have been more than
forty-two. I guess there were some fifty
plus obscenity yelling youths. And the Lord just didn’t stand
for it. He didn’t allow for it. So, this kind of disrespect can
bring judgment. When Ananias and Sapphira stood
up and lied to Peter’s face, how many know that’s about as
disrespectful as you can be? That somebody would lie to him
and tried to deceive him? Well, they fell dead right on
the spot. That’s New Testament, isn’t it? And we talked about why don’t we
see more things like that today? Not that you want to. Why don’t we see fire falling
out of the sky and burning up people, people just falling out
dead? Did it really happen or not? It did. Why don’t we see more? The Bible said judgment must
first begin at the house of God. We made the comment if it did
come in full measure, how much of the church would we lose
before people got a handle on it? Well, I want us to be ready. How about you? I don’t want to lose much of my
church. I want the power of God to be
cranked way up in the Earth and I want us to have enough sense
to know how to speak reverently and to respond with proper honor
and respect so judgment does not come. Notice in Matthew five, are you
there? Matthew 5:22, Jesus said this. Jesus said, “Whosoever is angry
with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the
judgment…” Now, notice that. You’re angry with your brother
without a cause. There’s no reason for you to be
angry with your brother, and yet you are. Why would somebody be angry with
somebody else and there’s no cause? Well, there’s all kinds of
reasons. Have you ever seen somebody talk
bad to a person and show out in a situation because they were
embarrassed? Or because their pride was hurt
some way or another? And the other person hadn’t done
a thing. They just took it out on them
because they bad or embarrassed or insecure, whatever. And He said, “Whosoever shall
say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but
whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger,” didn’t say
he would go directly to hell, said he is in danger, “of hell
fire.” Now, this is very, very serious. What is He talking about? Listen to the Amplified, I think
it really brings out some light here. He said, “Whoever speaks
contemptuously and insultingly to his brother shall be liable
to and unable to escape the punishment imposed by the,”
Council, “and whoever says, You cursed fool! [You empty-headed idiot!] shall
be liable to and unable to escape the hell of fire.” This epitomizes what we’ve been
endeavoring to express all morning. Why would you say that your
brother? What are you trying to do? “You empty headed, good for
nothing, worthless piece of flesh. You blankety-blank.” What are you trying to do? What are you trying to do? Why would you say anything like
this to anybody? Especially a brother? Why? You’re endeavoring to demean
them. To devalue them. And you’re trying to convince
them that they are worthless and failures and idiots. And He said you’re in danger of
hell fire. Jesus the Master said this. Why? Because friend if you’re talking
like that, you are absolutely yielding to the devil. He’s talking through you. Did you hear this friends? Because there’s no way God wants
to try to convince one of His children that they’re worthless,
because they are not, they’re anything but worthless to Him. They are worth more than all the
gold, all the silver, all the mountains, all the oceans, all
the planets. Jesus didn’t die for the Earth. This green religion is a
substitute for the worship of God. It’s described in Romans, it is
worshiping the creation more than the Creator. There is no such thing as mother
nature. It doesn’t exist. Jesus didn’t die for the
mountains. Or the jungles. Or the oceans. Somebody said, “You don’t
believe in global warming?” I believe in global melting. I believe it more than they do. Melting. “You don’t believe in saving the
planet?” The planet cannot be saved. The planet is dying. Same thing that’s happening to
your body is happening to the planet. It’s just taking it longer. And this planet is not going to
be saved. The Bible said that the elements
are going to melt with fervent heat. Nothing on this planet is going
to survive. God is going to fix it, He’s
going to create a new heavens and a new earth. The Bible even tells us exactly
how it’s going to happen. Something is going to happen to
our Sun, it’s going to quit shining. And of course you know that
would be the end of the earth, right? And apparently when that
happens, I don’t know, supernova, whatever is going to
happen — enough heat is going to be generated that the very
surface is going to melt. I’m glad I’m saved. Anybody here glad you’re saved? I’m glad I’m saved. This is not a theory, what I
just described to you is in the Bible in a dozen places. It will happen. It’s just a matter of time. It’s happening. Jesus didn’t die for the planet,
He died for the people. You, me. Come on, can you say amen? Jesus gave His life, He shed His
blood for you, for me. So never would He be involved in
trying to convince you that you’re an empty headed,
worthless idiot. Who would do that? That’s the devil. The devaluer, the debaser. Now, go with me to 1
Thessalonians. No, 1 Timothy, excuse me. First Timothy four. First Timothy 4:12 says, “Let no
man despise your youth; but be an example of the believers, in
word, in conversation, in charity, in Spirit, in faith, in
purity.” Timothy obviously was a younger
individual. He was a youth, young. And the Spirit of God, not just
Paul but the Spirit of God through Paul said don’t let
anybody despise you because you’re young. Now how would that work? That would be somebody trying to
convince Timothy he could not do the job, he couldn’t be the
pastor, the leader. He couldn’t do the spiritual
work because he’s too young and too inexperienced and too
ignorant and too this and that. And the Spirit of God said don’t
let anybody do that to you. Titus 2:15 says it again, “Let
no man despise you.” And some years ago I thought
when I heard this, how can I keep somebody from despising me? If they want to think ill of me
and despise me, how can I keep them from doing that? And then I realized eventually
that’s not what he’s telling you. I can’t control what that other
person thinks or says about me, but I don’t have to receive
their valuation of me, for me. Come on, can you see this? Just because they think little
of me doesn’t mean I have to think little of me. Just because they call me a name
or slander me or demean me, doesn’t mean I have to see
myself through their eyes. I can still value myself even
though they don’t value me. That will make you secure. That will make you strong. That will make you usable. Can you see why the Spirit of
God is saying don’t let anybody do that? Somebody said, “You can’t do
this… you haven’t done this… you haven’t been to school… you haven’t been in the
ministry… you’re so young… you don’t know…” He said don’t let that get in
you. What should Timothy be saying? “I can do all things through
Christ who strengthens me. Greater is He that’s in me than
he that is in the world. My age has nothing to do with
it, God is bigger than all that and everything I need, He has
given me. And they made us look at me and
think young and wet behind the ears, but that’s not how God
sees me and it’s not how I see me.” Say it out loud, “Let no man
despise you.” You know, my dad and my
granddad, traders from the country. Oh man. Trading cars, trading tractors,
trading mules and horses and cows, and you name it. Traders. And oh brother. I mean a trade could last for
weeks. You’re offer the person low,
low, low price and then they scoff and holler and carry on. And then you tell them it’s not
worth this, you try to convince and it’s not worth any more than
that. They try to convince you it sure
is worth a whole lot more than that. And then when you get to the
place where they won’t come down on the price any more, then you
get them to throw something else in. And all the tricks of the trade. And I mean my granddad and my
dad were champion traders. And I picked up a lot. And finally the Lord had to deal
with me. I did get some amazing deals but
the Lord said, “Son, you have to care how the other fellow comes
out too.” I thought, wow, really? I have to care that they come
out good too in the deal? And one day I knew He did this
just to help me with this. I was doing business with a
brother and it was an expensive deal and was good bit of money
involved and the Lord dealt with me, “Go back and tell him you
want to pay him ten thousand dollars more than what he asked
you for that.” Really? And I did and he was on the
phone when he told him. He was just quiet. He said, “Brother Keith, nobody
has ever done that before.” And it was a witness to Him. But it helped break me from
trying to squeeze — it’s too quiet in here. From trying to squeeze the last
dollar or penny out of it. You should care about how the
other guy is coming out. Not just care about money. That’s another sermon, another
day. But, the reason I brought it up
is because the trading trick is to offer a ridiculously low
price and try to convince the person that it’s not worth any
more than that. But if you’re a good trader, you
don’t let that faze you at all and if they offer you two
dollars and fifty cents for your car you don’t go, “Oh, well, if
you say so.” You know your car is worth
twenty thousand, thirty thousand you’re not crazy. If they say I’ll give you ten
bucks for it right here right now, got the cash in my hand. That’s thirty thousand dollar
car. No. How many know if you have any
sense you don’t just take what they offer you and say, “Yeah,
but that’s what it’s worth. It’s not worth a dime more than
ten bucks.” It’s a two thousand five such
and such. “I don’t care. The economy and… and I got a guy here that
will…” what’s that word I was looking
for? “He can appraise it and here’s
the appraisal. He signed it and he said it’s
not worth a dime over ten bucks.” Are you a fool? Come on, help me out. Are you a fool? Do you have to take ten bucks
for your car? Well then why would you have to
take somebody’s distorted, perverted, ignorant estimation
of you just because they said that’s what you’re worth? Because they cussed you, because
they said you’re an empty headed idiot, because they said you’re
a failure and a mess up and you’ll never amount to
anything… that’s like telling you that
your hundred thousand dollar cars worth ten bucks. Do you have to accept it? Do you have to sell it for that? Do you ever have to sell it for
that? Is there any reason for you ever
to consider taking ten bucks for your hundred thousand dollar
car? Come on, help me out. Is there? No, no, absolutely no, never,
never, no. So why should you get upset and
go get all bent out of shape and go, “Yeah, but they told me I
was worth ten bucks. Ten bucks. That’s all I’m worth is ten
bucks.” What are you crying about? Why? How would they know what you’re
worth? What makes them an expert on
your value? Why should you take it to heart
so much? “Yeah, but did you hear what
they called me? They called me an empty headed
idiot. An idiot. I’m not an idiot, I’m not an
idiot, I don’t think I’m an idiot. Why would they say I’m an idiot? Maybe I am an idiot.” You’re in trouble. The devil will come and he’ll
get on your shoulder and say, “No wonder they said you’re an
idiot. They’re not the only ones. Why do you think they said
you’re an idiot? They heard that from somebody
else. In fact everybody around you
thinks you’re an idiot, they’re just too nice to tell you.” No. “Yeah.” No. “Yeah. Yeah.” And then — the devil strictly
like this. He will deal with people to use
that very word and people that run their mouth all the time and
don’t even know what they’re saying, and they’ll say it and
you’ll hear it at the wrong place and the wrong time and the
devil say, “See there. Confirmation. I told you, everybody thinks
you’re an idiot. Everybody does.” And if you’re not smart, you go
pile up in the bed and cover your head and go, “Everybody
hates me. I don’t know why. I try to be a good person but I
guess I must be – if everybody thinks I’m an idiot, I guess I
am an idiot.” And you’re a slobbering, Kleenex
wasting mess. And it’s your own fault. Now it’s bad that they said it
and it’s bad that they yielded to it, but it’s your fault that
you let them tell you that your hundred thousand dollar car was
worth ten dollars and you believed it. And you’re going to sit down and
cry about it. What is something really worth,
actually worth? I don’t care whether you’re
talking about a pocket knife or rocket ship. It’s worth what somebody will
pay for it. That’s the bottom line. It’s worth what they’ll pay. “Well no, they only paid so much
for it. It’s worth a lot more than
that.” Not to them it’s not. “Yeah but they appraised it
for…” That doesn’t mean a thing. It’s only worth what somebody is
willing to pay for it. And you see this painting that
you can’t make heads or tails out of and somebody paid five
million dollars for and you say, “Ain’t no way that is worth five
million.” Obviously it was worth it to
them. They traded that five million
bucks for that piece of canvas. It was worth it to them. You can’t say it wasn’t worth
it. Maybe not worth it to you, but
it was worth it to them. What determines the value of
anything is what someone is willing to pay for it. What was paid for you? Come on, listen to me Saints. The devil has tried to convince
you since you were old enough to walk and talk and understand
anything that you are dumb, that you are fat, that you’re too
skinny, that you’re too ugly, your eyes are too far apart,
they’re too close together, your nose is too long, it’s too
short, it’s too flat, it’s too narrow, your hair is this, it’s
that, everything designed to devalue you in your own eyes. The way you carried yourself,
the way you talk. People, even kids and teenagers
say stupid things — they don’t even know why they said it just
came across their mind and they just said it and you took it to
heart. And you let it scar you and you
let it affect you and the bottom line is it makes you feel less. Less significant, less
important, and if you’ll listen to the devil he will convince
you that you are a waste of space. People would be better off if
you weren’t even around. You’re just a burden, and a
problem, and you just have nothing to offer, and you’re
just soaking up and wasting resources. You’re basically an empty
headed, worthless idiot, blankety-blank blank. But the next time any kind of a
measure of that kind of thought comes to you, you get up in the
devil’s face and you say, “Well I want to know if I’m so cheap
and worthless why did God, the Creator of the universe, pay the
highest price that’s ever been paid for anything for me?” I’m not talking about million
dollars, I’m not talking about a billion dollars, I’m not talking
about a trillion dollars, the Bible said gold and silver
wouldn’t buy you. There’s none of gold and silver,
there’s not enough money in all the planet or in all the planets
to buy one human soul, the Bible said the value of it ceases
forever. There’s not enough money. But there was one thing and one
thing only in all time and eternity in the universe that
was worth enough to buy human beings. It was and is the precious,
spotless blood of the lamb. Because He had not a human
Father, and the blood that flowed in His veins had the very
Zoe life of the Creator in it. Oh, hallelujah. And He paid every drop of it and
gave it for you, and for me, to purchase us, to buy us. It shows that our value in His
eyes exceeds every planet, every mountain, every ocean,
everything that’s ever made, we are the apple of His eye. We are the most precious thing
God Himself has. Is us. Glory to God. So the devil starts telling you
you’re cheap, and you don’t amount to anything, and you
don’t matter, just know he’s a liar. Why is he saying it? Because he’s the one that is
devalued. He’s the one — he had a place
and he lost it. And he’s the one that is on his
way to hell and he resents us. He envies us because we are the
very children of the most high. And we’re going to be with God
for ever and ever. And we’re the most precious
thing that He has. So no wonder he tries to cuss us
and despise us and tries to convince us of these lies. Somebody say, “I don’t believe
it. I don’t believe it. I won’t receive it. I won’t let anybody despise me,
devalue me. It doesn’t matter what they
think or what they say. I know what God gave for me. I know how He values me. That gives me my worth.” Hallelujah. Is not performance based. It’s not accomplishment based. It’s price already been paid for
based. Somebody say thank You Lord. Stand on your feet everybody. Glory, glory. Lift up your hands and thank
Him. Thank the Master for paying such
a price. For valuing you and me like He
has. Oh, thank You, Lord. Oh, thank You. Thank You. Close your eyes and pray this
out loud after me. Say it out loud: “Father God,
I worship You. You are my God . I love you with all my heart. Thank You for loving me,
creating me, letting me live, redeeming my life from
destruction, from hell. Thank You, Lord for loving me so
much. Paying so much for me. Causing me to know how you value
me. Forgive me for ever letting the
devil use my mouth, my tongue, my words to pierce anybody,
to hurt anybody, to curse, to devalue, to demean, to
debase. I judge all that. It’s sin, it’s ungodly, it’s
devilish. I want no part of it. I ask you to forgive me and set
a watch at the door of my mouth in the days to come. Check me, alert me, ever so
strongly lest I say a thing that is hurtful and demeaning
and not of You. And I ask You use me more than
in the past to speak words of life. A word, a good word in due
season to him or her that is weary or weak. Speak through me a word of love,
a word of encouraging, a word of comforting, a word of
strengthening, a word of life and joy and victory. I make myself available and I’ll
yield to you in this regard. Thank You for using me. Praise You, Lord.

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