Honor To Whom Honor Part 5

Honor To Whom Honor Part 5


First Samuel two, we’ve been on
this a few weeks now a series that we’re calling Honor
to Whom Honor. And our first text here is in 1
Samuel the second chapterand the thirtieth verse. And this had to do with Eli, who
was high priest over the house of God. His sons had done evil things
and he did not stop them, he let them continue. He had been warned by the Lord
but they just kept on and finally the Lord said to him in
1 Samuel 2:29, He said, “You have honored your sons above
Me…” And in verse thirty, “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,” now I want you to notice,
something had changed. God had given them a position,
and a privilege, and the call, and now He’s saying — and He
gave it to them, to Eli, to his boys and to their sons and to
their family in perpetuity, and now He said no, it’s not going
to be that way. Why? Even though God has given you
something precious, can you lose it if you disrespect it and
dishonor it? Obviously you can. He said I had said that your
house and the house of your father would 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.” Do you remember God chose Saul
and made him king? But then He removed him from
being king. You know, Saul and his
descendants should have been the rulership. But then Saul was removed and
David was put in his place. Why? Because Saul disrespected the
Lord. You know, he didn’t do what the
Lord told him to do, he changed up the directions and plans. He was rude to the man of God. He just dishonored God and he
was removed. And then the Lord said I have
found a man after my own heart. And we talked about that at
length. If you want to learn some things
about honor, study David. Study his life, and what he did,
and how he conducted himself and responded to people. You’ll see the honor of God in
those passages. And you know, when you’re
reading the Bible you’re not just reading history. The substance of these things
are in these words, and reading about that honor in the life of
David, if your heart is open to it, can come right out of these
words and get in you, and become a part of who and what you are. Do you understand this is a
living word? This is not just a Book with ink
and paper, this is a living word. God’s words are alive. And so He went on to say, “For
them that honor Me I will honor, and they that despise Me shall
be lightly esteemed.” I want you to stay that last
phrase with me two or three times. Together: “Them that honor Me I
will honor.” Say that again. Together: “Them that honor Me I
will honor.” One more time. Together: “Them that honor Me I
will honor.” Now the rest of it is just as
true. “They that despise Me,” that’s
the opposite of honoring Him, “shall be lightly esteemed.” Now, lightly esteemed really is
the definition of despise. The word honor, the Hebrew word,
literally means heavy. Weighty. What’s the opposite of heavy? Light. And the understanding is, in
fact the same word is translated glory. God is the God of glory. Saying He’s the God of honor is
the same thing. God’s glory is so amazing, the
environment around Him is filled with the manifestation of it in
light and smoke like a cloud. That’s not just water vapor,
that’s glory, which is on the inside of Him. There have been numerous times
in times far past and in recent times, that God has manifested
Himself on the Earth and His glory has been seen and
experienced. Seen with the eye, experienced
many times by the Spirit. And what’s the good news in that
verse? “Them that honor Me I will
honor.” Are you hungry to experience
more of the presence of God? More of the glory of God? Then you need to be hungry to
learn about honor. Honor. I’ve had some small experience
in this. I remember one night I was
walking behind Brother Hagin in a ministry line helping him, and
I could not see. It was so bright. It was like sun shining on snow. I’m happy though. I really didn’t care if I could
see anything or not. Couldn’t see the people, I could
hardly see the line. The glory of God is real. And there’s been many times that
I didn’t see it, but I experienced it. You could sense it. And even the definition of the
word heavy. Somebody said, “Boy the presence
of the Lord was strong.” A lot of times you sense it,
it’s like weight. Makes you want to kind of slide
down in your chair and go, “Whoa.” God is heavy with every good
thing. Heavy with every rich and right
thing. Hallelujah. So, honor is that which is
significant, substantial, weighty. And to despise is to treat
something as unimportant. Trivial. Insignificant. All over this country there are
people that ought to be in church this morning. They’re not. Because it’s not important
enough for them to get out of bed and go. Things of God, the word of God,
the church of God, the kingdom, it’s not important enough for
them to pray, or to read their Bible, or to put any offerings
in, or working on a team or anything. There’s a catch phrase that was
popularized by teenagers a few years ago and it really
describes a lot of this generation. “Whatever.” What does that mean? Whatever. Isn’t that a description of
despising? It is. You ought not talk like that,
particularly not when it comes to the things of God. There ought not to be a
whatever. Some things should be a big
deal. Right? It’s important, you get up, if
you have to get up early, you get up early. You get ready, you get
everything lined up. Why? Because it’s a big deal. You put everything you got into
it, you do the best you know how and believe God to do it better. Right? And in doing so you are honoring
the God of honor. And tell me the good news. What’s the good news? He said if you do that and I’m
going to honor you. Oh, glory to God. You do realize that’s why I had
them put these words up over the platform here. Every good thing that we have
enjoyed is God honoring us. The chairs you’re sitting in. This building. This land. The properties. The cameras, the Internet. All the stuff. That’s God honoring us. Blessing us. Isn’t it? The greatest honor is His
presence. Him showing up, Him manifesting
Himself. That’s the greatest honor. Well, is it within our power to
initiate an increase? An increase of these things? It absolutely is. He said if you honor Me I’ll
honor you. What if we honor Him more? He’s going to honor us more. What if we honor Him much more? Then we ought to be hungry for
this. We ought to be all ears and all
eyes and heart after this. Would you say it again, “Lord,
teach me about Your honor.” He went on to say, “Those that
despise Me will be lightly esteemed.” People who have no time for God
and His things and whatever, no big deal, well that’s the way
their stuff is going to be treated by Him. Their life, their family, their
business, their money is going to be no big deal. I know people don’t shout over
that, but that’s just as true as the first phrase, isn’t it? So what’s the solution? Does anybody know the solution? “Well, I don’t like that.” Then honor God and you won’t
have to think about it. Go to Romans thirteenth, please. Romans thirteen. Romans 13:7 it 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.” That’s the King James. The God’s Word translation says
it like this. “Pay everyone whatever you owe
them. If you owe taxes pay them… If you owe someone respect,
respect that person. If you owe someone honor, honor
that person.” Now, this is a different mindset
than so many have, especially in the world, but also in the
church. The Bible reveals that you and I
owe certain people respect. We owe it just like you would
owe taxes or owe money or owe a bill. You owe it to them. Now that’s not how a lot of
people think. A lot of people when they think
about respect, they mostly think about you respecting me. And actually a lot of people
demand respect, and they talk like that, and they slap their
hand on the table and they stomp their foot and go, “You will
respect me! You will respect me in my
house!” And they demand respect. That’s wrong. You can’t make anybody respect
you. You can yell, you can scream and
demand, you cannot make somebody. “Well they have to respect me.” They never have to respect you. It’s not true. You can’t make somebody respect
you or honor you. Sometimes criminal say, “I’ll
pull out my forty-five and we’ll see, you’ll show me some
respect.” That’s not respect. Maybe fear, that’s not respect. And so people are wrong in that
way. Don’t demand respect,
demonstrate respect. Everybody say that out loud,
“Don’t demand respect, demonstrate respect.” Then also when people, so many
when thinking about giving respect they ask themselves a
question. “Have they earned my respect? Have they merited my respect?” And so they’re judging and got
all this criteria that these people have to do this, this,
this, and that, to see if they have earned – – and so everybody
is on trial in their mind to see if they’re worthy enough for me
show them some respect. That’s not right. That’s not Godly, that’s not the
Bible. The Bible tells you certain
people you owe them respect. “Now I just don’t feel like I
do.” That’s got nothing to do with
it. If you owe taxes you can’t write
the IRS and say I just don’t feel like I owe this. You got a bill and you say I
just don’t feel like I owe this bill. You either own or you don’t. It’s got nothing to do with how
you feel. So what did the Bible say? Pay the respect, if you owe
someone respect, respect that person. If you owe someone honor, honor
that person. So we are believing God for
revelation and light to learn how to do this and to do with
the Bible told us to do. It’s an integral part of the
next part of God’s plan for us. Do we want more of His presence? Do we want more opportunity and
resources to be used of Him? That’s Him honoring us. His honoring us is directly
connected to what? Us honoring Him. Come on, do have a heart? Are you hungry? Do you want to honor Him more
than you ever have in your life? The Bible said you were bought
with a price, so glorify God in your body and in your Spirit
which are God’s. Do you want every part of your
life to glorify God? You, your life, your kids, your
family, your stuff, your business, do you want Lord to be
glorified? Wouldn’t it please you for
people to look at you, and your life, and your family, and your
kids, and your house, and your stuff, and just go glory to God. Glory to God. They just don’t see you, but
they realize God had to do something for them. “I know them. They’re not that smart. God had to do something. I know where they came from. God had to do something there.” That’s why the weak things and
the foolish things God shows up so good in because people are
looking at them going, “That’s got to be God.” And we do want Him to get the
glory. And that’s how it ought to be. Now the thing that you’ll keep
coming across is that people like to imagine that they are
very respectful of God and yet they’re rude with people. And this cannot be. This just is not so. People like to imagine, “Oh, I’m
so reverent of God. I’m so honoring of God.” But then they’re very
disrespectful of people round about them. That cannot be. Your respect for people reveals
your respect for God. It’s just a fact. John 5:23. He said, “That all men should
honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honoureth not the Son
honoureth not the Father which has sent Him.” Now we look at Jesus as the Son
of God and as our Savior and Redeemer, Head of the Church,
and He is, but at that point these people He’s talking to
they see Him as a Man. Right? And so they’re saying, “We honor
God, but not You. We honor Moses, but not You.” They despised Jesus and didn’t
realize in so doing they were despising God. Can you see the principle? If you don’t respect the One God
sent, you don’t respect Him. You know, I’ve had people that
had invited me for conferences or to be in churches and this
kind of thing, and more than once they got, not too often,
but more than once in these past several years, people have
called — because I wasn’t able to do it, and just demanded and
chewed on my secretary, or chewed on Phyllis. Like I’m going to hear them chew
out my guys and then they go, “Oh yeah, I’m coming now.” What have they shown me? That we made the right decision
not to come. Because if they don’t respect my
people, they’re not going to respect me. Now see they would argue with
you. They go, “No, no, no, no. We’d respect you.” No, can’t be. It’s just not true. It’s not true. You can’t say, “I respect God
but then I don’t respect people.” If you’re this way with people,
you are this way with God even though you don’t realize it,
because you’re just that way. That’s the way you are. And you don’t just flip a switch
and turn into somebody else when you hold up your hands to pray. You may like to think that you
do, but you’re not. Ever how you are with people,
that’s how you are with God. It’s just a fact. Do you remember He said this
about love too, didn’t He? If a man says he loves God and
doesn’t love his brother, hates his brother, he’s a liar. Because if you love your brother
whom you have seen, how can you love God Whom you have not seen? Do you see the principle? So do not separate it in your
mind and say, “I honor God but maybe I have trouble with
people.” It’s the same. It is the same. Did you go to Proverbs? Last week we talked about the
beginning of disrespect. Where disrespect and dishonor
began, and we looked in Genesis. And we saw that God created Adam
and Eve and there was no disrespect in the original
creation. How many believe that Adam and
Eve never said anything rude or disrespectful to God before the
fall, or to each other? God didn’t make them that way,
they sure didn’t learn rudeness and disrespect from God. Did they? No. He’s the God of honor and glory. But we see when the devil came
in on the scene, as soon as he starts talking, disrespect. Questioning God. We saw was it, four things? The first one he said, “Did God
say if you eat the fruit you won’t die? Did God say…,” that’s not a
question wanting to be taught, that’s disrespect. Isn’t it? And after that we saw
contradiction. She said, “Yeah, God said don’t
eat of the fruit of the tree, you’ll die.” He said, “No. You won’t die.” Is that disrespectful? Contradiction. What else did we see? Does anybody remember? Ignoring. Let’s skip that because we’re
going to come back to it in just a minute. And the last one, do you
remember it? Deflecting. He asked them a question, “Where
are you? Did you eat of the fruit?” And instead of answering the
question they started explaining and going around the world and
blaming each other. That’s disrespectful. If somebody over you asks you a
question, you should answer that question. Don’t dance around it, answer
the question. It takes humility, but do it. And then if you want to tell
them more, ask them do they want to know more. Or they can ask you if they want
to know more. But when God says, “Where are
you?” Tell me what the answer is. “Here. I’m right here.” Is that what he said? No. He starts talking about all this
other stuff. “Did you eat of the fruit that I
told you not to eat?” What is the answer? “Yes, I did.” No, He didn’t say that. “Well, the woman… that you…” See, this is disrespectful. Disrespectful. Now, something that has come up
over and over again and it is the Lord – – I minister to you
in the church by faith. Let me explain. I study, I pray, but, I’m
believing God for the things I don’t see and know and you don’t
see and know to come out. So I start with what I know. And I’m believing God for
utterance. And as things unfold, I’m
learning while I’m talking. Do you understand? It’s by faith. You know in our recent series, a
few weeks into it, I changed the title. Why? Revelation is progressive. We got clarity on which way it
needed to go. The same thing happens every
series. If you’re watching closely,
you’ll see it. Most every time after the
service, I go back home and change clothes and before I do
anything else, I sit down and change my notes from what I
preached. I note the difference between
what I planned and what happened. Do you understand what I’m
saying? Because again and again I had an
idea, but then the Lord showed me, so I need to go back and
correct that and move this here or change this here or
eliminate. And begin to see what He’s
emphasizing. Not what I thought, but what His
hand is on. And something He has told us in
this series already is that a big part of showing honoring
showing respect is what you don’t say and what you don’t do. Do you remember hearing this
more than once? This is a word from the Lord. It’s what we don’t say and what
we don’t do. And in the last few days I can
almost see these big words flashing – STOP THE DISRESPECT. Stop the disrespect. People say, “How do I show
respect?” No, the Lord is calling us stop
the disrespect. And in doing that you’ll be
showing honor. Can you see this? You know people all over the
place are on crusades and campaigns to save this and to
stamp this out and to stop that, Faith Life Church should be
right now on a crusade to stop the disrespect. Everybody say it out loud, “Stop
the disrespect.” Say it out loud, “Stop the
disrespect.” One more time. “Stop the disrespect.” Stop it. That means it’s going on. We need to stop it. Like we’ve said, we’re now into
second and third generations who were contaminated by the
rebellion of the sixties. And now children and their
children and even beyond have not been taught things
concerning respect and honor, and it’s been lost. And people are rude and
disrespectful and dishonoring, and don’t even see it, don’t
even acknowledge it. And we don’t want to be like
that. We’re in the world, but we’re
not of the world. We need our minds renewed so
that we’re transformed. Not conformed to this world, but
transformed so that we see things like the Lord does. Are you willing for this? Are you ready for this? Well, the Lord give me some more
things. Are you ready to hear them? He gave me five I’s, the letter
of the alphabet, I, five I’s of disrespect. Not the only five, it’s the five
I know right now. Five I’s of disrespect. Do you want to know them? Why should you know them? Why do you need to know them? So you can stop doing it. So I can stop doing it. The first one we’ve already
touched on last week was ignoring. The first I of disrespect,
ignoring. To not even acknowledge that
somebody’s there, to not even acknowledge and act like they
said anything or did anything, can you see this is tremendous
disrespect? And is this what Adam and Eve
did with God when they ate of the fruit? When the devil asked them, “Did
God say you shall not eat of the fruit?” Eve very clearly said, “Yes, God
said don’t eat the fruit. You’ll die.” And the Bible said Adam wasn’t
even deceived concerning the whole thing. And yet, the Bible said right
after this they go and she takes the fruit, she eats is, she
gives it to him, he eats it, can you see they had to totally
ignore what God told them and what they knew He told them. They had to act like He wasn’t
even there, didn’t they, to do that. Tremendous disrespect in
ignoring. Somebody say, “Ignoring.” Now we’re talking about respect. This is not an indiscriminate
thing. There’s a certain amount of
respect you ought to show to everybody. But yet, the Bible talks about
those that you owe honor to and respect you, those that He has
pointed out, those that are over you in different capacities. And it’s not the same person to
person. Some people you should show more
honor to than others. Some people if they demand that
you acknowledge them, why? You ought to treat them like a
human being, like they have some value. You know, a few years ago there
were some people that decided they were apostles. There are apostles in the body
of Christ, but they decided they were apostles and they’d go into
churches where people didn’t even know them and tell the
pastors, “You have to do what I say because I’m an apostle and
you’re just a pastor.” Well, you ought to ignore those
folks. Just because they think they’re
an apostle, that doesn’t mean they’re an apostle to you. There are different measures of
grace. Apostles are used to lay
foundations and to build works. And like brother Hagin used to
say, a lot of these folks never even built a chicken coop much
less a church. And they’ve never done anything
and they’re going to come in and tell you how to run things? No. No. You ought to ignore those folks. But then there are those that
are over you, you ought to acknowledge them and remember
what they said, and particularly God, let’s never ignore Him and
what He told us to do. I’m going to come back to that
one in little bit but let’s get into the next one. The next one is, the next I is
interrupting. Interrupting. Five I’s of disrespect. What’s the first one? Ignoring. What’s the second one? Interrupting. Did you find Proverbs? Weren’t you hold in a place
there? Proverbs 18:13 let’s read that. He said, “He that answers a
matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.” Today’s English version says,
“Listen before you answer.” Everybody say that out loud. Together: Listen before you
answer. Hold your place right there and
go to James. Go to James the first chapter. James 1:19 says, “Wherefore, my
beloved brethren, let every man,” how many of us? Every man be what? “Swift to hear,” swift which
means what? Quick. Fast. Quick, fast to do what? To hear. How many quick hearers do I have
in here? Let me see. People are going, “Huh?” You’re a quick hearer. Anything comes up and you go… Quick, swift to hear and, “Slow
to speak, slow to wrath…” Now millions are practicing this
verse. In reverse. Aren’t they? Aren’t they? They are hotheaded, quick, get
mad and upset. And they are quick to speak. A lot of times got their mouth
in gear before their mind is even awake. And their mind is going what is
He talking about? I don’t know. He’s ahead of me. And they are slow to speak. Is this the word of God? Should we pay attention to it? Should we live according to the
direction? Then should we be quick to get
mad? Should we be quick to speak? Tell me what you should be. Quick to hear. Are many people slow to hear? Oh. So many people, they’re just
undisciplined, and if they stopped long enough for somebody
else to say something, they’re loading their guns behind her
back about what they’re going to say as soon as they can break
out again. They’re not good hearers at all. A good listener, a good hearer
is a tremendous thing. Parents, let me encourage you
concerning your children. Practice this with them. We’re going to talk about some
of other things in just a moment, but you just be a good
hearer when it comes to your sons and daughters. A lot of parents are very
foolish in this area. They won’t listen to the child. They won’t hear them out. And it’s treating the childlike
there dumb and ignorant and unimportant. My dad, who is in heaven now,
blessed me in this area. He’d listen to me. You know, particularly as boys
get older they need to be able to talk to their moms and their
dads, but particularly their dads, they’re going to be a man;
that’s their example. Daughters should be able to talk
to their mothers especially and have involved conversations. And we had a giant oak tree at
our house that’s still there, huge thing. And a big swing. You know, it’s the South. And I’d sit up there with my dad
for hours at a time and him just listening to me. He’d listen to me for an hour at
a time and not say a word. Just listen. It did something for me. I mean, I never had a lot of the
insecurities that some folks struggle with. And I know it’s because of
things like this — God helping me through mom and dad and
things like this. They treated me, he treated me
like I was important. Like I was intelligent. Like I might have something to
say. I wasn’t always right, and
needed correcting. But a lot of parents — you
know, we see it with their children here and in other
places another churches. The kids have something to say
and they won’t listen. They won’t hear. Very foolish. Besides that, it’s sinning
against the word of God. The Bible told you to be what? Quick to do what? Quick to hear, quick to hear. What else? Not quick to talk. Don’t be quick to talk. Be slow to talk. People miss it most the time by
moving too fast and speaking too soon. You’ve done it, I’ve done it. Let’s change though. Let’s grow up. Let’s learn to do what’s first? Listen. And then wait about what? Wait about speaking and surely
wait about getting upset. So many folks because they’re so
faithless, they hear any inkling of a problem and they just freak
out. They just go ballistic. And I’ve had people look at me
in amazement because they could tell I wasn’t getting upset and
they’d say, “Brother Keith?” And I’d say, “We don’t even know
what’s going on yet.” And again and again have you
ever found out again and again it wasn’t half like what they
were trying to tell you or acting like. So why get all worked up first? Have some wisdom and find out
what’s going on before you even know what you have to deal with. Faith is the rest. Isn’t it? Don’t be quick to get upset. The Bible told you to be slow
about that. And even if you get mad, you can
be angry but don’t sin. Right? And be slow about talking. That means you smile and go… and all kinds of thoughts are in
your mind about what to say, but you have enough sense to go it’s
not time to speak yet, keep listening. Watch. Is this how most the world
operates? Oh. Remember we were talking about
this earlier — is God answering our prayers? He’s showing us what changes to
make and how to do them. Okay now, are we going to do it? This is the deal. Because a lot of people will
hear some of these things and go, “Yeah, that’s good, that’s
interesting.” And then three months from now
they’ll say, “I know I shouldn’t be doing this but… And maybe this sound like
disrespect and I’m not trying to be disrespectful but…” Well, you’re condemning your own
self because you’re saying you know better and you’re just
choosing not to do it. Let’s put these things into
practice, what do you think? Do you think it would make a
difference in our lives, in our families, in our relationships? Tremendous, tremendous
difference. Be quick to hear, slow to speak,
slow to get angry. Say it out loud, “Quick to
hear.” Is that you? No matter how you have been in
times past I want to make a good confession right now. Say it out loud, “I am quick to
hear.” You’re quick to listen, you’re
quick. You know how to hush and push a
thing out and pay attention and listen. You’re quick to do it. You ought to get good at it. Good at listening. Good at hearing. You know piloting has help me
with that even more. If they say heading 3-5-0 and
you’re thinking they said 3-2-0, that might be a mountain instead
of empty airspace. Descend to six thousand feet and
you thought they said three thousand, that could be a house
top. It pays to listen and pay
attention. Not imagine, not fill in the
blanks, not change. And how many think the word of
God is so important you ought to pay close attention to what He
told you? Be quick to hear. Slow to speak. Slow to get angry. Go back to Proverbs please. What is the second I of
disrespect? Interrupting. I know we live in a society that
practices stepping all over each other. I mean you look at the news, you
look at talk shows, and people are yelling at each other,
talking over each other. And some people think, “I’m
so-and-so background, that’s how we grew up. We’re all talking at the same
time.” Well it’s okay if multiple
conversations are happening in the room, but it’s not okay to
be interrupting the person you’re talking to, or for them
to be interrupting you. That is not okay. I don’t care what culture or
background that you’re from, or who did it, or if momma and them
did it, or if grandpa and them did it, it’s wrong. Look at this verse again. “He that answers a matter before
he hears it,” what is it? It’s, “Folly and it’s shame.” Listen to Today’s English
version. “Listen before you answer. If you don’t, you are being
stupid and insulting.” Easy to Read translation words
it like this. “Let people finish speaking
before you try to answer them. That way you will not embarrass
yourself and look foolish.” I’ve seen people get all upset
and almost cuss people out and carry on because they started to
say something and they went off on this tangent because they
thought they were letting them go, or they thought they were
going to shut this down, or change this, and when they got
through and the person said, “I wasn’t going to say that. I was going to say that you get
to stay and we’re going to give you a raise but… I’ll have to think about that
again.” Did you know these things
happened over and over that God was moving on people to give
them favor and it was already in motion, and in this person came
and opened their mouth and shut it off and messed up the favor
that God had already had going in their life. Let people finish speaking
before you try to answer them. Interrupting is one of the most
disrespectful things that you can do. I know Phyllis, some years ago,
she and I were going out to a meeting and this was before we
were able to provide our own travel arrangements. We had flown in commercially and
then we had to drive quite a distance and the pastor was
driving us and I was riding up in front with him and Phyllis
was in the back. And it was a pretty long drive. And when we got to the place,
I’m going into put my mic on and fix my hair a little bit and get
ready for the service. And he’s talking to her and he
said, “You know brother Keith doesn’t say much. He doesn’t say much at all.” And without thinking she said,
“Well, he rarely interrupts people.” And then she thought uh oh. But that was the case. He was just nonstop the whole
time. You know I was able to spend
time with Brother Kenneth Hagin Sr. numerous times. And they were times when people
wanted to see him, and of course he was so well known and so many
people knew him, that on occasion he would take time to
see somebody individually on a situation. And sometimes he’d let me stay. I’d get to go in and he’d say,
“No, you just stay.” And so many times I remember,
more than once, people came in and they’re telling him about
all their problems and about all their stuff and goes into five
minutes and ten minutes. And I’m sitting there thinking
you should be quiet. Am looking at him and I know how
he is. He’s got something, I can see it
in his eyes. He’s got something to tell them. I’ve seen people sit there and
talk to him for twenty minutes and then him get up and say,
“Well, it was nice meeting you. I have to go prepare for my
service,” and just walk out the door and never say anything
else. And it’s their own fault. Why? Somebody said, “Well, I don’t
think somebody ought to be that way.” Did you know your God is that
way? I said, did you know that your
God is that way? Why do you think He told you to
be still and know that He is God? And to wait on Him? You have to show Him respect. You have to show the Holy Spirit
respect. The Spirit of God is not a
coarser. He’s not going to grab you and
throw you on the floor and put His hand over your mouth and say
now shut up and listen to Me. You might need it, but He’s not
going to do it. Somebody said, “I wish He
would.” He’s not going to do it. That’s not how He is, that’s not
Who He is. And besides that if you don’t
respect it enough to show it some respect and defer to it,
then you wouldn’t know what to do with it if He gave it to you. A verse that we’re going to get
to eventually is where the Lord said don’t cast your pearls
before swine. Don’t give that which is holy to
the dogs. Until you learn a certain amount
of respect and honor, you don’t qualify for things. You wouldn’t know how to handle
them. You wouldn’t know what you had. You understand? And so this growing in honor
actually qualifies you to handle greater things and more precious
things of God. But if He sees you disrespecting
the things that are in front of you, He wouldn’t be a good
Steward of His resources to give you more. Can you see this? Interrupting, everybody say,
“Interrupting.” What we’re talking about now is
deference. To defer to. To defer means to give place to
or to wait on. You know, we live in the age of
interruption with our technology. Do I need to explain that? We’ve got beeping, buzzing,
ringing, don’t we? And it’s interrupting our lives
continuously night and day. And people have not only grown
accustomed to it, they’ve grown addicted to it. If they’re not buzzing and
beeping, they start having withdrawals. What’s wrong? What’s wrong? Why aren’t they calling me? Why isn’t this? Why isn’t that? I’ve been talking to people,
pastors, ministers, about important things, things about
the church, things about spiritual direction, and their
kids come in and interrupt us, and they just stop and talk with
them about Kool-Aid and nothing. And we lose the momentum and
flow. Their staff comes in and talks
about cutting the grass and this and that. And a lot of times just never
get back to it. This is foolish. Isn’t it? I’ve had people, ministers, they
came to me, we had just a few minutes of time and this is
precious time and important, and I’m trying to say something and
the phone rings, and they take the call. And they stand there and go,
“No, the blue one. Yeah, the blue one. How much was it? Well no, they got one over there
for twenty dollars less.” This is how fools act. Friend, just because somebody
calls doesn’t mean you have to answer. Just because somebody texts or
e-mails doesn’t mean you have to stop what you’re doing and
respond to that. If you do, now you’re text led
not Spirit led. You’re e-mail led, not Holy
Ghost led. You are phone led — how many
understand this has become a big problem all over the place? I have seen this repeatedly in
recent times. Parents are talking to their
children and the child is texting while the parent is
talking to them. If you do that, you’re foolish
because you’re misrepresenting God to them. They come away thinking God is
like that. And He is not like that. You’ve got better things to do
than to listen to Him, you won’t hear from Him. Did you hear me friends? Do we want the move of God in
our church? Do we want the presence of God
in our homes? Do we want our sons and
daughters to grow up godly, honorable young men and women
that know how to treat each other and their spouses and
train their children? If not going to happen
automatically and if not going to happen by us being so loose
and lacks that anything goes and everything is okay. I’m not talking about being
hard, but I’m talking about being consistent. Even your little ones, they come
and you’re talking to somebody and they interrupt you, don’t
let that go. Say, “No, honey. Shhh. Hush. Momma is talking.” Here’s the deal. Do it every time. You have to be consistent. Every time. Because you’re teaching them
volumes about God. You don’t have to be mean, don’t
yell, don’t scream. Just don’t change. And be consistent. Don’t let your electronic
devices guide the course of your day and your life. Learn how to be led by the
Spirit. You know people get upset
because they call you and you didn’t answer them. I’ll just tell you right now, I
don’t answer all calls. I don’t want you to be insulted,
but if I happen to be talking to the Most High God and you call,
you know He’s more important than you. Right? Or if there’s other situations. The thing about phones and all
this other stuff, it’s made it possible for people to be
intrusive at their whim with no knowledge of what’s going on, on
the other side, on the other end. I make it a habit that if I call
somebody — first of all before I call somebody, I check my
heart. I just don’t have thought run
across my mind and reach and grab. So much of our communication
could be reduced in half or to a third if we just stop and think
a little bit and we’d say let me get through this and then I’ll
know more about that and then I’ll send this. And you can send one e-mail
instead of ten. Going back and forth and all
this kind of stuff. And the time you would save. And the call. A lot of calls are frivolous and
unnecessary. And realize when you’re calling
somebody, you are interrupting them. That may be okay, it may not be
okay. But what I do is a common thing. First of all I check my heart
and I see if I should or not, but then if I do, one of the
first things I usually ask is are you in the middle of
something? Can you talk? If not, I’ll call you back
another time. Is that showing them some
respect in their life and what’s going on in it? Should we do that kind of thing? Interrupting is disrespectful. Do you want to change it? Be aware of doing things that
are interruptive to people. Coming into their situations,
coming into their homes, coming into their services, coming into
this and that; you want to show respect to their house, to their
place, to their space, to their privacy, right? Let’s don’t be crude and
ignorant like so much of the world is. Let’s let God restore honor in
our lives and in our church. Let’s let our children grow up
and learn how they ought to act and do. Do you know it will make a huge
difference with them in their life, and in their occupation,
and in the profession, if you have a CEO of a company and he
seeing somebody that doesn’t know how to shut up, and
interrupts him twelve times, and then your kid comes along and is
so respectful and got it all together, and when they talk it
mean something. Don’t you think it’s going to
make a difference as to who he picks to put in this spot? That’s where the Bible said
honor your father and your mother, why? It comes with a promise. It’s going to be well with you. And you’re going to live long. Is this important? It is so important. Let me go back to this in
closing. I haven’t forgotten about the
other I’s, but can you come back? I hope you can. What was the first one, anybody
remember? Ignoring. What was the second one? Interrupting. The first one ignoring, I shared
in first service an experience I’ll share with you again. Not necessarily because I want
to, but because I believe it will help you. When I first started working
with Brother Hagin Sr., I don’t know a year or so after I had
was working there, he came into my office one day. Just came in the door and sat
down in the chair, three feet from me across from my desk. I was on the phone. And I let him sit there while I
talked on the phone for fifteen minutes? Eventually he got up and walked
out. And to this day I don’t know
what he wanted to say to me. You might say, “How could you be
that ignorant?” You wonder. Some of the things that I’m
teaching you now, the Lord taught me, I learned, not all of
them the easy way. You know there’s different ways
to learn. One great way to learn is to
learn from other people’s mistakes. Don’t make them yourself. Learn from what they did. That’s a great way to learn. But let me explain to you my
reasoning and you might understand it a little better. I didn’t purpose to be
disrespectful and yet I was. Every time I think about it, it
just makes me cringe. It just makes me want to slap
myself. But, the Lord knew my heart and
of course we had a great many years after that fellowship with
the Hagins and the ministry. But, the person I was on the
phone with was a minister, well-known lady minister that
had told me she was praying for me and my ministry and had
gotten something she felt like in the Spirit and was telling me
about it. And in my ignorance and youth I
thought this is the Holy Ghost. And so the thought came to my
mind, who are you going to respect more, the Holy Ghost or
this man? Now did you hear the tone of
that? See, you should know by the tone
that’s not right. And so this person was going on
and on and on and of course you know your flesh likes to hear
about things about yourself. But I’ll just tell you, I missed
it. I missed it. I should’ve gotten off the phone
lickety-split. Because this is my elder, this
is his office one sitting in. His phone I was talking on. Are y’all with me? Do you understand this? “Why are you saying that Brother
Keith?” Because so many people they know
would be wrong to just say I’m not going to listen, I’m not
going to do it, so they say God told me. And God is doing, and God… so that gives them a blanket to
disrespect everybody and ignore everybody and just say God said. When God didn’t say. God is not in it. God is not in disrespect and
dishonor. I’ve had people that the Lord
spoke to me to share something with them and give me some
instruction and I’m trying to say it and they interrupt me and
say, “Yeah, but God told me so-and-so.” Well, what do I say now? What do I say? Am I going to say yeah God told
you this, but I’m going to tell you something else? See, their pride and their
disrespect has closed the door now to the help that they need. Because hey, you ought to do
what God told you to do. When they shouldn’t have said it
like that. And this is one of the benefits
you should get from your elders, helping you to discern what is
God and what is not God. And instead of making these
strong statements about God said this and God said that, you need
to talk more realistically and say , ” had an impression, and I
thought maybe it was the Lord. What do you think? I had an impression.” And be open, I’m talking about
your elders now. When it comes to elders and
people that are over you in the Lord, you need to understand
this too. It’s okay for you to wait on an
elder. It’s not okay for them to wait
on you. It’s okay for an elder to
interrupt you. It’s not okay for you to
interrupt them. Do you understand? Are these some things that have
been lost that need to be restored? Is God teaching us, is He
helping us? Do want to know them? Are you willing to make some
changes? Have you heard enough already
this morning to make some changes? To do some things? Let’s stop the disrespect. Let’s stop the ignoring. Let’s stop the interrupting. If we just did that this week
and continue to do it the rest of our lives, we would be
different. Wouldn’t we? Stand up on your feet everybody.

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