Honor To Whom Honor Part 16

Honor To Whom Honor Part 16


In 1 Samuel the second chapter,
Eli and his sons were the priests, were the ministers in
the house of God, and the things of God. But they had, his sons in
particular, had been doing some evil and wicked things. And He had warned them and they
had not corrected it or changed it and now judgment has come. And I first Samuel 2:29 He said,
“Wherefore kick ye at My sacrifice and at Mine offering,
which I have commanded in My habitation; and honoureth thy
sons above Me.” He’s talking to Eli. “To make yourselves fat with the
chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people? Wherefore the Lord God of Israel
saith, I said indeed that your house, and the house of your
father, should walk before Me forever: but now the Lord says,
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 part of that verse
out loud with me please. Together: For them that honor Me
I will honor and they that despise Me shall be lightly
esteemed. Say it again. Together: For them that honor Me
I will honor and they that despise Me shall be lightly
esteemed. Who is the Lord going to honor? Those that honor Him. And what about those who don’t? Well, if you despise Him and His
things then you and your things will be despised or be esteemed
lightly. The word honor means to value,
to treat is important, significant, precious. To despise something is to
trivialize and ignore it and treat it like – you know is a
common phrase among some is “whatever”, “no biggie”, or to
even treat it with contempt. And that’s what Eli’s sons had
been doing. I want us to go back into the
chapter, the second chapter, back up a few verses. I believe the twelfth verse or
so and look at some detail of to exactly what they were doing and
how it was going. The Bible said in verse twelve,
“Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial,” that’s the name for
the devil, “they knew not the Lord.” Now, He’s talking about the
ministers, the preachers. They were sons of the devil and
didn’t know the Lord. Isn’t that something? No wonder the things would be in
such a mess in the church if the preachers are sons of the devil
and don’t know the Lord. You know, you can have all kinds
of education and you can be all kinds of religious and not know
God. At all. So he goes on to describe what
they were doing and of course you can see that this is true by
the way that they were living and acting. In verse thirteen, “And the
priests’ custom with the people was, that, when any man offered
sacrifice, the priest’s servant came, while the flesh was in
seething, with a fleshhook of three teeth in his hand; And he
struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all
that the fleshhook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all
the Israelites that came thither. Also before they burnt the fat,
the priest’s servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed,
Give flesh to roast for the priest; for he will not have
sodden flesh of thee, but raw.” And they weren’t supposed to do
this, this is not the way the sacrifices were to be offered to
the Lord. And in verse sixteen, “And if
any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat
presently,” the Lord had commanded that the fat be burned
before the Lord, but they’re just taking it and ignoring the
instructions of the Lord. And somebody that was bringing
their sacrifices, make sure they do that before they take it,
then he would say let them burn the fat and then take whatever
you want, “No; but you shall give it me now: and if not, I
will take it by force. Wherefore the sin of the young
men was very great before the Lord: for men abhorred the
offering of the Lord.” Because of the way these
ministers were handling and abusing the offerings, the
people got to where they abhorred offering time. You can see that can’t you? And they didn’t want to be
involved in the offerings. You know, the Bible said as
priests, as people. So much of what is in people’s
minds in the church or in whatever ministry group there
is, it’s a reflection of the leadership. And if the leaders don’t respect
the things of God, then that will affect the minds and
perceptions of the people following. It went on to say in verse
twenty-two, “Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did
to all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at
the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.” So they’re having physical
relations with different ones that are coming. And they’re stealing the
offerings. They’re just acting like God is
not real, aren’t they? They’re acting like who is going
to see, who’s to know? They’re just doing all kinds of
stuff. They’re not doing what He told
to do, they’re stealing, they’re breaking the laws and
commandments, acting like there is no God. But there is a God. I said, there is a God and He
does see and He does hear everything all the time. He had warned them and warned
them and they did not listen, they just continued in their
course of action. And that’s how it culminates
down there in verse twenty-nine and thirty, our text that we
read so often, where He said I had said to you — the
priesthood, I’m paraphrasing, would continue through you and
your descendants after you, but now I’m saying no. Because those who honor Me are
the ones I’m going to honor. Now I want you to think about
this friends. In just a few days after this,
just like the word of the Lord had said, both of Eli’s two
oldest boys that are in the ministry, they died in the same
day, they were killed. And then when he heard the news
he fell off of his chair and broke his neck and he died. And I mean, their family was
just brought to nothing just like that. Did this affect their
generations after them? Think about this now. A seed of Eli in the third and
fourth and fifth and six generation after this, what are
they doing? They’re in some other
occupation, maybe born to people that are living in sin and
having a hard life, maybe a broken home, maybe lack and all
kind of things, and people rise up and go why did God cause me
to be born into this? And into a life like this? He didn’t. Are y’all listening to me,
saints? He didn’t. What if their forefathers, their
great grandparents had obeyed God? Now see, this is what people are
willingly ignorant off. It’s just easy to blame God for
everything. Oh friend, when you’re used of
God and then your children come up in the nurture and admonition
of the Lord, and they honor their Lord, and they honor their
parents, and it goes well with them in life. And they live long on the Earth. That’s the Lord honoring them. And then when they honor the
Lord and they bring their children up to honor the Lord,
it goes well with them. And they live long. Can you see this? But what about those that
despise Him and act like this? Well, it affects their children. And it affects their children’s
children. And generations after them. And that’s why people look up
shaking a fist at God going why did you cause me to be born in
such a terrible situation? He didn’t. What if your parents and
grandparents and great grandparents had obeyed God? Well, we can’t change that, but
we can set our future generations up. Can’t we? We can serve God with all our
hearts and minds. We can honor Him and He will
honor us. And one of the great ways —
listen to this parents. Listen to this parents. One of the great ways He honors
you is by doing things for your children, even after you’re
gone. Did you hear me friends? I know — you start listening to
different ones lives, individuals that God is using
and doing things with, you may not know the details, but I
guarantee you their mothers, their fathers, their
grandfathers, their grandmothers, maybe not all of
them, but some of them, served God somewhere and honored Him
somewhere. And He keeps covenant and shows
mercy to generations afterwards. Just like the sins of people
affect their descendants in following generations, well, the
obedience of people affects their generations. So don’t blame God for hard
times. Don’t blame God for broken
families. Don’t blame God for poverty and
lack and destruction. No. When the door is open to the
destroyer it’s because people open the door. And sometimes it has happened in
previous generations. Somebody said, “I need to get
the curse off of me.” No, you’re thinking wrong. The biggest thing you need to
get fixed up is thinking like they did and living like they
did. Did you hear me? People want somebody to come and
cast it all out of them and speak at all over them, but no,
if you do the same thing they did, you’re going to get the
same results they got, or lack thereof. No, thank God you and I can
honor Him, and one of the best things you ever did was set your
children an example. Don’t just tell them to honor
Him, show them how. Right? Show them how by honoring the
Lord. Every time it’s time to go to
church, honoring the Lord. Every time it’s time to read
your chapter, honoring the Lord, with your offerings in your
tithes, honoring the Lord. Pray out loud right front of
them. Praise God, give thanks right in
front of your kids, right out loud. Right in front of them. Daddies, daddies, you are to
lead this. “Well, my wife is the prayer.” She can’t do your praying for
you. You are to lead this. You stand up for Jesus right out
in the front. You lead in the Bible reading. You lead in the praying. You lead in us getting up and
going to church. You lead. This is you honoring the Lord. And what is going to happen if
you do that? He’s going to honor you. Your children are going to learn
to honor Him. It’s going to cause it to go
well with them. And they won’t be cut off in
midlife, they’ll live long and prosper and be blessed. Somebody say thank You Lord. Go with me to Malachi if you
would, the Book of Malachi. It’s obvious that the actions of
these men terribly affected their following generations. Think about it. Third and fourth and fifth
generations of any of Eli’s seed — I don’t know what they’d be
doing, but they should’ve been in ministry. And they should’ve been honoring
and serving God. And they’ve lost that because of
what grandpa and them did. Well, God is merciful God and I
don’t care where you’ve wound up at or what your forefathers have
done, if you look up, you can look up from the darkest slum,
you can look up from the worst most abject conditions and say
Lord, I love You. I want to honor You. I want to serve You. And the Bible said that He will
take you from the garbage pile and He will set you with
princes. Even the princes of His people. Somebody say thank You Lord. If you’ll honor Him, He will
honor you. Can you say praise the Lord? Now in Malachi we saw this
earlier. In Malachi the second chapter,
why God chose who He chose. Why He chose Moses. Why He chose Aaron. Why He chose Abraham. In this case, why He chose Levi. We see why He removed Eli and
his boys because of their disrespect and dishonoring, and
in the Book of Malachi we read it, the priests and ministers
and people were disrespecting and dishonoring God in His
offerings and things in there, and He reminds them of how a
priesthood even came to be, and how Levi was chosen of Him to
lead it. In Malachi 2:4, “And you shall
know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my
covenant might be with Levi, saith the Lord of hosts. My covenant was with him of life
and peace; and I gave them to him,” why did you give it to him
Lord? Why him? I gave it to him, “For the fear
wherewith he feared Me, and was afraid before my name.” Holman’s translation said, “I
gave these to him; it called for reverence, and he revered Me and
stood in awe of My name.” Why of all the men on the Earth
at that time, why Levi? Why did God pick him? It tells you exactly why. Because of the reverence he had
for God, the honor, the respect, the awe and reverence he had for
God. Friend, we must understand that
with God, talent does not qualify. Skill does not qualify. Experience does not qualify. We need mind renewal in these
areas. I’ve had people tell me, “I’m
the only one that knows anything about that. You need me.” And they didn’t know but that
was the wrong thing to say because, no. These are the holy things of
God. I don’t care how good you are at
it, that alone does not qualify you. What qualifies somebody for
handling the holy things of God and being involved with His
things? Those who value them. Who treasure them. Who honor Him. Because for Him to use you is
Him honoring you. For Him to let you have a part
is Him honoring you. I know looking back over our
ministry, when I was first getting started, this would’ve
been about ’80 and ’81, in ministry that is, Brother Hagin,
Kenneth Hagin and his ministry, they were opening up a prayer
and healing center. They were building the building. And he announced that they were
going to train people to minister healing. And I was sitting on the front
row. And when I heard that I thought
oh wow. Wouldn’t that be just the most
amazing thing? I thought that — oh. And I turned around and looked
and there were hundreds of people sitting all over the
place and I thought probably everybody in here feels the same
way as me. And who am I? Anyhow, Lord it would be great. I would really like it. And that’s all that was said. And when they finished it in the
Spring, they picked two people. They picked a lady and me. And I got to be involved in it
from the beginning. Years later in a time of prayer
and waiting on the Lord, the Lord prompted me about that and
did I remember that. Well yeah, I was sitting in the
front row right there when he announced that. And I thought oh glory to God,
wouldn’t it be amazing. And I looked around and thought
probably everybody in here would like to be too. And He said, “Wrong. Wrong, that’s not true. They didn’t all feel like you.” A lot of them half heard what
was said. And they were like whatever. I hope this is over soon, I have
to get out of here. I have stuff to do this
afternoon. And others were like ah, okay. Whatever. And it was not true that
everybody felt that way. Of course, it was part of the
call in our life and God’s plan, but a big part of what would
qualify you for it is that to you it’s a big deal. Come on, can you see this
friend? I esteemed it and still do to
this day. To me it was just — and we
worked full hour weeks at no pay for years, and was glad to do
it. And had more money than they
used to have. How do you explain that? The Lord brought it in. And of course one thing led to
the next and led to the next, but doesn’t that just make sense
that you don’t want to give your precious things to people who
are ho-hum about it, do you? You’re special and precious and
wonderful opportunities to people who are like, “Yeah, I’ll
do it. If I have time. I’ll try to work it in.” I don’t care how talented and
skilled and experienced they are, that kind of heart would
disqualify them from being used. And that’s why so many times it
confuses people looking on from the outside — why did they use
that guy? Why did they use that woman? Look at them. They’re not educated. They don’t know this and they
don’t present well. Why did God use him? Why? Well, you don’t see the heart. I said, you don’t see the heart. And to the Lord that is the
important thing. Man looks and judges after the
outward and external appearance, but God sees the heart. And what kind of hear would
qualify you for His wonderful things? A heart that treasures Him. A heart that values Him. A heart that hears about His
things and just oohs and ahhs and goes oh man, glory to God. Oh yes! Yes! I want to be a part of that. I’d like to be a part of that. Well, you’re already qualifying
just desiring it and wanting it that way because He can add to
you the ability, the skill, the talent, the anointing. He could put it on you. He can teach you. Can you say amen? Thank You Lord. In the third chapter of Malachi
while you’re here I want you to notice this. This is a precious passage of
Scripture right here. Malachi three. This whole Book of Malachi is
dealing with the subject we’ve been on about honor and
despising. A lot of the people were
dishonoring Him in this Book but there were still some that
honored Him. And He talks about them in this
verse, in verse sixteen and seventeen. “Then they that feared the Lord
spoke often one to another,” they that fear the Lord, those
who reverenced and honored Him spoke not just occasionally,
often, one to another. What are they talking about? Well, they’re talking about Him. And notice this. They that feared the Lord spoke
often one to another, “And the Lord hearkened, and heard it,”
do you believe this? What does that mean? That means you and them got
excited — now He’s not talking about some trivial nothing junk,
that’s not what He’s talking about. They that feared the Lord, they
that referenced Him and loved Him, talking about Him and the
Bible said He does this. It’s talking about you and Him
in the backyard in Ozark or Harrison. Do you know what I’m talking
about? Is this true or not? He’s listening. Why? Because you’re talking about
Him. And you’re all excited, He likes
to hear that because faith pleases Him and one of the
sure ways to tell people are in faith, they get excited. And that’s not the end. He’s listening to it and He
goes, “Write that down. Write that down.” Am I reading this right? “And a book of remembrance was
written before Him,” that’s right in front of Him there,
“for them,” them who? Them, “That feared the Lord, and
that thought upon His name.” Now this is not talking about
people that never think about Him and never get excited about
His things, these are people that fear the Lord and are
thinking about Him and talking about Him. It reminds me of mommas. “What do you mean?” Mom has showed me all kinds of
things. She said that your little hand
right there and you write your name and you’re this or that. It reminds me of this. I can see where in days to come
you and I will be with the Father and He’ll say, “Come on,
let me show you this. Look here. You were there and y’all were
that home fellowships and you said this about Me. I liked it so much I wrote it
down. Do you want Me to read it to you
again?” He really does love you. He really does care about you. Well, you know if He keeps up
with the number of hairs on your head, why wouldn’t He keep up
with this? Out of your heart, you’re
talking about how much you love Him and how wonderful His things
are and how precious they are. He hears it, He listens to it,
He has it written down and recorded. Thank You Lord. That’s not the end. Look at the next verse. What did the next verse say? Verse seventeen, “And they shall
be Mine,” who? These ones that reverenced Him
and respected and honored Him and spoke often of Him. They shall be Mine, “Saith the
Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up My jewels,” jewels. Glory to God. How many like the idea of being
a jewel? I don’t know exactly what that
means, but I know I want to be one. Don’t you? I make up my jewels, “And I will
spare them, as a man spares his own son that serves him.” Can you see there’s going to be
a place, a special place with Him concerning those that
honored Him. Can you see He’s going to honor
those who honored Him? What qualifies us for promotion? If you’ll remember and you were
here when we first begin this series, we were talking about
promotion. And actually what this whole
thing has been a part of is preparation for promotion. Say it out loud, “Preparation
for promotion.” The Lord would promote us. What does that mean? He would add to us. He would increase us. He would make us of greater
influence and impact. He would give us more
revelation, He would give us more anointing, He would give us
more resources and more open doors. He would honor us and use us. Who qualifies? Who’s going to get used in
greater ways? Who’s going to get promoted? Those who honor Him. Let’s say you have ten people up
here and you have two positions that you need to be filled in
the things of God. Well, think like He does. How do you select which two out
of those ten get used in that? It’s not the one who has the
greatest skill. It’s not the one who has the
greatest talent. It’s not the one who has the
most experience. Are you with me friends? How do you pick which one? According to Him you pick the
one that’s got the greatest heart for it, that treasures it. That it means the most to them. And if you’re faithful in the
small, you’d be faithful in more. If you’re not excited about what
He’s offered you now, you don’t qualify for the next. Somebody said, “Well, if God
would give me something big, I would get excited.” No. No. Just not true. Not true. When He offers you something
even though it might seem trivial and insignificant to
many, you need to get excited. You need to treasure it. If it’s got to do with the
things of the Lord, it’s worth something. Are you thankful for all the
people that serve on the teams around here? You do know a lot of things had
to happen before the doors opened this morning. Right? You might not imagine how much,
but there are people working and serving and a lot of them you
don’t see and you may not know and see, but they are serving,
and they’re cleaning, and they’re working, and they’re
grooming, and they’re taking care of your kids, and they’re
washing out sinks, cleaning sippy cups. And they’re parking your cars
and standing out in the wind and the rain. Do you respect this? Does this mean anything to you? Well, if you get offered such an
opportunity, should you treat it as important? See, so many do not. And then they wonder why that
they’re so talented and they’re so skilled and they have so much
experience and why aren’t they using me. Well, you’ve already passed up
three things. Phyllis and I were talking the
other day, there were some people in particular and they
were wanting to be used, be used. We both looked at each other. They’ve had three or four
opportunities, didn’t take any of them. Because it wasn’t big enough. Are you listening, saints? Wasn’t important enough. Wasn’t big enough. I’ve had several people tell me,
“If something opens up on the platform, let me know.” Is that right? “Well, there an amazing
player… there an amazing singer…” That ain’t enough for the work
of God. Are you with me? It’s not enough. Your heart has got to be there. And if your heart is there, you
treasure it. It’s one thing to move a broom,
it’s another thing to move it for the Lord. Come on now, are y’all with me? Oh, yeah. Can you imagine being on the
streets of gold, if they had any dust up there, I don’t think
they do, but if they did and the Lord handed you a broom and
said, “Would you sweep that off for Me? I don’t like that. Would you sweep that off for
Me?” And you looked at Him and go,
“Lord, that’s not my ministry really. Would you do that? Well, if you wouldn’t do it
there, why would you do it here? Friend, don’t pass up your
opportunities for service. Time is short. Years are passing. What are you doing to serve the
kingdom and the people of God? What are you doing? Don’t be doing nothing. Don’t be waiting for something
big. Do what your hand can find and
do it with all your might, and be faithful in the small, and
you’ll qualify for more. Can you say amen? Look with me in the Book of
Proverbs. Actually, let’s go to two
places. Go to Job five and Proverbs one. If you reverence the Lord, you
esteem His things, all of His things — say, “All of His
things.” If it is His, you esteem it. All of His things. In Job five, we’ll see for the
next few minutes now, one of the greatest tests of whether
someone honors the Lord or not. This really reveals peoples
insides and whether the honor is there or it’s not. In Job 5:17, “Behold, happy is
the man whom God corrects: therefore,” what? Therefore what? No, who is going to get lightly
esteemed? Those that despise. So he’s telling you very
straightly — and this verse is found in some form in the Old
Testament and the New Testament a half-dozen times at least. Happy is the man — somebody
say, “Happy.” Happy when you’re getting
corrected? Happy? Happy is the man whom God
corrects. Why? Because skipping ahead we know
that whom the Lord loves He chastens and corrects. It’s His love that has Him
correcting you. Do you know everything? Have you arrived, are you right
about everything that you know and that you’re doing? Then if you’re not right about
everything, that means there are some things that you’re wrong
about. And on those things that you’re
wrong about, what do you need and what do I need? We need to be corrected because
we’re wrong. When is the last time you were
wrong? I think it’s sooner than you
think, more recently I should say, than you think. Well, if you’re wrong, what do
you need? You need to be corrected. Who is it among us that doesn’t
need to be corrected? Do you hear how weak that was? Are any of us going to get to
the place in this life where we no longer need correction? We have arrived at total Christ
like perfection in knowledge and function and are no longer in
need of any correction? That’s not going to happen to
you, to me, in this life. So that means we will need
correction. Oh, but you talk about something
that is not popular and not well received is correction. And what folks don’t realize is
that in despising correction you are despising the Lord, you are
failing to honor Him and you are disqualifying yourself. I know looking back over my own
life, and Phyllis’ and my life just in the past thirty years,
every juncture where something was coming up and there was a
big move and a big step, there were tests to be passed. And often times it involved
correction. And that’s hard on your flesh. And when you get corrected,
especially if it’s strongly, you can go one of two directions. You can either harden your heart
and resist it, or you can humble yourself and receive it. That’s everybody’s choice. Now if you harden yourself and
resist, that’s pride, that’s failing to honor, and God
resists the proud. It will put you in a bad place,
won’t it? If you’ll humble yourself and
receive it and repent, what does God do with the humble? He gives grace to the humble. And my friend with enough grace,
you can overcome anything. With enough grace you can come
through, you can receive, anything. With enough grace you can get
through anything. But who gets the grace? And what you see a big part of
honoring the Lord is humbling yourself. To honor Him means to give Him a
place above you. If you’re honoring yourself and
resisting Him, you’re certainly not honoring Him. If He’s trying to correct you
and help you and you get mad and upset and you won’t receive it
and you reject it, is that respecting Him? Is that honoring Him? That’s dishonoring Him. So a person that has some
understanding and who really does respect the Lord, they also
respect His correction and His reproof. When I was ten years old my dad
put me in a school of martial arts. It was old school. We practiced on concrete floor
with no pads. It was good for me though. I didn’t quite realize it at the
time, but it was. And the instructors were heavily
influenced by the founder of the art back in Okinawa. And they’d walk around and tell
you to straighten that stance, do this, do that. And if you didn’t respond to
verbal instruction, there were other things to motivate you. And so the second or third time
you wouldn’t hear anything, you’d just feel something. You’d feel a foot, and your legs
would be swept out from under you and boom! You’d bounce off that concrete
floor. And the proper response is to
say, “Thank you sir.” Why don’t you try that out. Thank you sir. Why? Because your form is all wrong
and you weren’t getting it and you needed something to get your
attention. And they’re helping you out. So, thank you sir. Now we live in a namby-pamby,
whiny baby generation. Oh! Where you can’t even say
anything corrective without half the folks hollering, “Verbal
abuse, they’re verbally abusing me.” That’s called correction. Oh, this is going over big,
isn’t it? “There is verbal abuse Brother
Keith.” Yeah, but what do you mean by
that? What do you mean by that? People throw these terms around. “They abused me.” Don’t just take them and let
them cry your shoulder, ask them what they did. What did they do? Because a lot of people have
learned to throw these around and just excuse all kinds of
ungodly, love commandment breaking things. Now certainly, there are people
that have railed against folks, cussed them and demeaned them
and done everything they could to hurt them with their words,
we know that’s wrong. But there’s also correction and
it doesn’t have to be done in soft tones and prefaced with
compliments. And in fact, you need some that
is not because it will check you out, it will check how much
flesh and pride is still in you. I was praying about this one day
and I’d heard so much about verbal abuse, and the Lord
prompted me in a time of prayer and said, “If I had lived in
your day, I would have been accused of verbal abuse.” Jesus? I thought no, and He brought me
back passage to where some things He told people, He said,
“You brood of snakes! You bunch of vipers! How are you going to miss hell?” Did He say it or not? He said, “You scour the world
over and then when you find somebody, you make them a
convert, you make him twice a child of hell that you are.” I’m quoting Jesus. Is it because He’s mean? No. It because they are far off. They are off the deep end. They need something to snatch
them right out of hell. They are in a terrible, bad way. And He reminded me of what
happened with Peter and those guys. He’s walking on the water,
remember it? Peter said, “Lord, if that’s
You, tell me to come.” He said, “Come on. Come.” He gets out of the boat. And he’s walking on the water. And he gets to looking at the
wind, and the waves, start sinking. Cries out, “Help me Jesus.” He grabbed his hand and pulls
him up and said, “Where’s your faith boy? Why did you doubt?” Now that would’ve been a lot of
people they would have been with their therapist the next day
crying, “I just don’t… I’ve had it. I’ve had it. I mean, I left everything for
Him. I had a good business, people
knew our business. I walked away from it. For Him. I left everything. I’m with Him night and day. Did anybody else say ask me to
come? Or can I come to you? Did anybody else get out of the
boat? No. I don’t think so. I was the only one, the only
one… I’m walking on the water. I’m walking on the water. Does He say good job? No. He just says where’s your
faith?” People have bought into the
ungodly stuff of the world, they’ve read too many books and
ignored and rejected the Bible. I’m not advocating being mean
and hard, but I’m telling you, if you can’t take some
correction, you’re going to miss your qualification. I know from experience there’s
been time after time after time I didn’t see it coming, but
something came up, I was challenged, I was corrected, and
it’s tough on your flesh. Your flesh and your pride want
to jump up and go, “Hey, hey! I hear from God too. Hey! I pray too. Hey! I don’t have to take this.” Maybe you do. If you’re going to follow the
plan of God for your life, maybe you do. And you can jump, and you can
quit, and you can go do something else, and be like
Eli’s boys and be out of the will of God, and then your kids
will be out of the will of God, and then their kids will be out
of the will of God. Are you seeing how serious this
is? There are times for you bite
your lip and keep your mouth shut and say yes sir. Yes ma’am, I’ll do it. I’ll correct it. I’ll fix it. I’ll do it. When your flesh is screaming I
can’t take this, you say yes you do, shut up. And it’s time to crucify your
flesh. “I’ll just quit.” You better ask your Lord. See people are quitting. They’re quitting families,
they’re quitting relationships, they’re quitting jobs, they’re
quitting churches, they are writing their own orders. And they are disqualifying
themselves. One of the greatest things you
receive from your elders and people that are over you is
correction. It’s a treasure, it’s a benefit. But most folks don’t see it that
way. There are two things that your
elders have that you don’t have. Number one is the anointing to
be in that place over you. And that anointing and that
grace will cause them to say and do things they don’t even know
they’re doing to help you. Do you see this friends? But then also there is the
experience of having walked with the Lord and having learned to
distinguish and to discern. And it’s easy enough to sit in
service and hear teaching and learn principles, but then there
is the applying of it. Oh, are y’all listening to me,
saints? There is the applying, the being
a doer of it. And some of the greatest help
that I’ve received from my elders in the faith is when they
were able to stop and say wait, wait, why are you doing that? And you’re just like I’m just
doing it. And you realize that thing that
you were taught on not to do, you’re doing it. But you weren’t putting it
together, and they’re calling it your attention and say no,
that’s what that is. That’s what that it was talking
about. That’s what that means. Do you understand what I’m
saying with connecting the dots? Your elders can help you with
this if you are submissive enough and humble enough to
receive it. But if you get huffy and get
mad, you get to where folks can’t talk to you. A lot of times people get mad
and leave. Not only can’t they talk to you,
they can’t find you to talk to you. Read that verse out loud in Job
5:17. What does it say? Together: Happy is the man whom
God corrects. Why? You’re learning something. You’re making the connections. You’re seeing what fits where
and how to walk this out. How to do it. I know one of the first times
Brother Hagin called me up on the platform to give something
out by the Spirit and I did, afterwards him and mom, Phyllis
and I met them going out and mom was saying, “That was a good job
Keith. It was great.” And I said something dumb. I said I guess I’ll get to it
sooner or later, talking about trying to find it. And they both stopped and looked
at me and said, “It better be sooner.” Well, that miffed me a little
bit. I thought, wow. Was that really necessary to say
it better be sooner? But they had it right. I had a lackadaisical attitude
about the things of God that I could wander around, take a lot
of time to find it, and try this, and try this. They were letting me know, both
of them — they just looked me straight and said it better be
sooner. And in a few years after that I
was leaving singing and they’d call us up and Patsy Cameneti
now, Behrman at that time, she’d lead singing, I’d lead singing
some times, Brother Hagin called us up and we sat there for just
a minute and she said do you want to do it, and I said you
can. She said well you can, I don’t
care. You can lead. We did that for about five or
ten minutes. He still talking, he hadn’t
quite finished. And finally he just stopped and
looked over at us and said, “If I would’ve known it was going to
take you that long, I wouldn’t have even called you.” In front of the whole
congregation. Now see, a lot of people would
quit over that. And if they do, they’re not
qualified for the next thing, for the promotion. He was right. We had done this for months. We know the end of the service
is coming up. We know you need to be thinking
about what you’re going to sing, what’s going to happen. This is disrespectful for the
flow of the service to break while they’re waiting on us,
just because it wasn’t important enough for us to be thinking and
try to be ready. We need these kinds of
corrections from our leaders. But so many folks haven’t given
their leaders even any place in their life to correct them. We need a place for people to
draw attention to things in our life and go don’t you see that? And if you’re smart you’ll go
glory to God, the Lord is loving me right now. He loved me too much to leave me
in the dark. Here I was just dumb about this
thing and He’s bringing it to my attention and letting me see it,
He’s helping me to know it. I can get free in this area and
stay free the rest of my life. That’s why happy is the man,
happy is the person — can you see this? Proverbs 1:7. You don’t have to turn there,
just listen. Proverbs 1:7. It says, “The fear of the Lord
is the beginning of knowledge: but fools,” do what? They, “Despise wisdom and
instruction.” They don’t like anybody telling
them what to do. “I’m a grown man. This is America. You can’t tell me what to do. I’m free.” Yeah, free to be disqualified. Free to miss God. Proverbs 23:9 says this, “Speak
not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of
your words.” Now here we’re told in certain
cases even though people desperately need it, don’t tell
them. Because they will just despise
it. That’s one reason were talking
about this. You have to have a heart to a
certain degree of receptivity or else certain things won’t even
be brought up to you. I know there are people that
serve in this church in this ministry and I know — I get
something on my heart, I can tell them. Even if it strikes them the
wrong way, they’ll pray, they’ll get over it, they’ll be fine. Other folks I couldn’t even
bring it up. They would just leave. And they need it so badly. But it’s better if they’ll keep
coming and then maybe they’ll learn and maybe the process of
time they’ll grow to where they can hear. But I can’t help them. God has put me or put Phyllis or
put some of the staff in their life as a gift to them to help
them in these areas, but they’re not deriving the full benefit of
that help because they’re simply not open to it. They’d just get too upset. Didn’t the Bible said don’t cast
your pearls before swine? Don’t give that which is holy to
dogs. And just because a person said
oh brother if you ever get anything, anything at all, just
tell me. Doesn’t mean that it’s that way. You can say it, but there’s a
whole lot of things folks just don’t want to hear. They’re not ready to hear. Because the Lord knows
everything. He’ll put His finger on the
stuff folks don’t know. Won’t He? He’ll put His finger on the
things you haven’t looked at, you thought nobody knew, and
He’ll say things to you and show things to do if you would
receive it. Listen friends. Some of the things that would
annoy you, make you mad, make you upset as much as anything to
hear it, if you could receive it and had the humility and faith
to change and believe you could overcome, it would be the very
thing that would cause you to catapult you. It would cause you to grow the
quickest and qualify the fastest for the next good thing in your
life. Despise not the correction of
the Lord. Say it out loud, “I won’t
despise it.” Even if your flesh doesn’t like
to hear it, your unrenewed mind kind of chafes at it, get a hold
of yourself. Bite your lip, get hold of
yourself and just say – remind yourself of me bouncing off the
concrete floor as a teenager. What do you say? Thank you sir. You need to try that out another
time. Thank you sir. You get corrected, I mean you
get corrected strongly and what do you say? Thank you sir. Your flesh wants to say
something else but you don’t say that. What do you say? Thank you sir. Thank you ma’am. Thank you. And it will cause you – every
time that that kind of thing has happened in my life and it has
happened numerous times over the years, it was not easy and they
just had to get a hold of yourself. And later on you realize they
could’ve said it better. Maybe they could have. But that’s not the real issue. Is it true that you need to hear
it? They didn’t have to say it like
that. You’re just looking for an
excuse to reject it. Is it true? Did you need to hear it? Then just be thankful that you
got it at all. And if you think they should’ve
delivered it a little better, then you show them how to do it
next time. When God is dealing with you to
somebody, you do it the way you think it ought to be done and I
think you’ll find out it’s not so easy as just watching
somebody else. We don’t want to be too hard, we
don’t want to be too soft either where they won’t notice it. Didn’t even pay it any
attention. You need to be led. Period. And if you love people, they
know it. Somebody say thank You Lord. Go with me if you would to
Timothy please, in closing. Who’s going to be promoted? Who’s going to be used in a
greater way? Who is going to get the precious
opportunities? We’ve already studied where
people lost precious things. Eli and his sons, they lost
things that affected the generations and the kids after
them. What about Esau? He despised his birthright. He thought what is this
birthright, what good is it going to do me? Yeah, I’m starving. Give me a plate — the Bible
said he sold his birthright for a plate of food. But then later on he decided he
wanted it. Remember that? But he couldn’t get it back. Some things and some situations
and opportunities are lifetime opportunities. And if you despise them and
treat them like they’re nothing you won’t get that opportunity
again. Doesn’t mean that God couldn’t
use you, but that particular opportunity, somebody else will
get it and they’ll get the reward for it. That includes eternal the
reward. Life is short. These things are important. Time is passing. Soon and very soon all of us
will be out of here. You do know this right? We need to be alert and aware at
the opportunities that are in front of us. And if it’s got anything to do
with the kingdom of God, it ought to be big in our eyes,
nothing too little, nothing too insignificant or trivial. And we ought to do it with all
the might our hand finds to do and do it with all our heart as
unto the Lord and not to men. And He said if you do and are
the faithful in the small, you’d be faithful in much. You’d qualify for more. Looked at this and we’ll close. First Timothy one. If you say, “Brother Keith I
haven’t been very respectful, I haven’t been the example I
should’ve been.” Well, you’re not alone. Here’s a man who was as
disrespectful as you could be. But notice how he wound up. First Timothy 1:12. Paul by the Spirit of God said,
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that He
counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry,” is that an
honor? Did God honor Paul? He did. He said He counted me faithful
putting me into the ministry. Read the next verse though. “Who was before a blasphemer,
and a persecutor, and injurious,” you talk about
disrespectful of Jesus. He was an enemy of the church
number one. He pursued people, he drug them
out of their houses just because they were believers in Jesus. He drug them out of their
houses, took them to jail. He was involved in people being
stoned and killed. And he met Jesus on the road to
Damascus. And he said, “Lord, who are
You?” He didn’t know Who He was but he
knew He was Lord. He said, “I’m Jesus whom you are
persecuting.” I think it hit him like a wall. I think it hit him and He’s
thinking no. You got to think about all the
stuff he’s been doing. But he fell on his face and got
born-again. and the one who had been the
most disrespectful, as dishonoring as you could be to
Jesus and His word and His Gospel and His people, now turns
all the way around and honors Him with all of his heart and
soul and preaches the Gospel to the known world. He said, “I obtained mercy,
because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.” And think about it today in
Branson 2010, we’re talking about Paul, right? God is honoring him today. Isn’t He? And how many think he’s got a
high place in heaven and in the kingdom to come? Why? And yet he started out being a
blasphemer, as dishonoring as you could be. Friend, no matter where you’ve
been, what you’ve lacked or what you’ve come short in, is it true
you could turn totally around? In a day you can turn around. And you could become one of the
most honoring, respecting of God men or woman that there is in
the church, in the state, on the planet. And if you honor Him, tell me
what’s going to happen? What’s going to happen? He’s going to honor you. Will it affect your kids, and
your grandkids? Oh, oh, my. It will. Stand on your feet everybody.

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