Honor To Whom Honor Part 6

Honor To Whom Honor Part 6


Turn with me to two places this
morning, First Samuel the 2nd chapter and Romans the
13th chapter. First Samuel 2 and Romans 13. If you didn’t bring a Bible with
you this morning, hold up your hand real high. The ushers have extra Bibles. We would be glad to let
you use one of ours. Turn to these two openings
please. It’s taking the time and making
the effort to turn and find it and letting your eyes rest on it
is one way of showing respect for the Word. And just reminding yourself that
Brother Keith didn’t say this. This is what God said,
right? This is what He said and letting
it get into you and changing your life. In 1 Samuel two, we saw that Eli
was over the house of God and his sons were priests under him,
but they were doing wrong things and bad things. And the Lord had warned him to
not allow them to do that but he let them go. And in the twenty ninth verse of
1 Samuel two, the Lord said, “You have honored your sons
above Me…” And in verse thirty He said,
“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,” so
even though He had given the priesthood and the privilege of
the ministry and honor of the service of the Lord’s house to
him and his family, and told him He had given it to him, and to
his father, and to him and his sons, and their sons after them
in perpetuity, He said it’s not going to be that way. I told you that, I gave it to
you, but now it’s not going to be that way. Because, “Them that honor Me I
will honor, and they that despise Me shall be lightly
esteemed.” And you see that even though God
gives you something precious, you can lose it if you
disrespect it. If you fail to honor it. We studied Esau and how that he
despised his birthright and how he lost it. And I’m convinced in a large
measure the church has lost some precious and holy things of God,
and the move of the Spirit, and a lot of wonderful and good
things out of simply not respecting it enough. Not valuing it enough. The Bible talks about coveting
earnestly the best gifts. You can’t be indifferent about
it. You have to desire and you have
to esteem and value and honor, don’t you? And so I believe the Lord is
working in us for this to increase in us. Say that phrase out loud at the
end of this verse. What did He say? Together: “Them that honor Me I
will honor.” Say it again. Together: “Them that honor Me I
will honor.” Do you believe that? Do you want His honor in your
life? Oh. Every good thing that happens
for you is the Lord honoring you. I mean, if you make it healthy
and strong and live long when other people don’t, that’s the
Lord honoring you. When your bills are paid, when
other people are losing everything that they got, you
not only got bills paid but you have extra, that’s the Lord
honoring you. Isn’t it? One of the greatest ways He
honors us is with His presence. With His presence. In our house, in our place of
work, manifesting and showing up at church. You know, what is church without
God? Not much. We want Him to show up. This is His place. We want Him to speak, we want
Him to move, right? Is it in our power to initiate a
greater manifestation of His presence and honor in our lives? It is when you realize He said,
“Them that honor Me I will honor.” What if we honor Him more? He’s going to honor us more. Now read the rest of it though,
the other side of this. “They that despise Me shall be
lightly esteemed.” So you see that He’s going to
treat us the way we treat Him. If we honor Him, He’s going to
honor us. If we despise Him, He’s going to
treat us lightly. It’s happening all over the
place. There are people that just can’t
be bothered to get up to go to church or do anything in the
Lord’s work. They can’t be bothered to give a
dollar into preaching the Gospel much less donate an hour of
their time or sow any effort. You know it’s just not
important. They have other stuff that’s
more important going on. And so in so doing they are
despising the Lord, and His things, and His church, and His
works, and so their things are not on their list of important
things to do. So their things are not on His
important list either. They don’t have time for Him, to
help Him, so He doesn’t have time to add His blessing to
their stuff and help them. True or not? He said, “If you despise Me,”
what’s going to happen to you? You’re going to be despised. You’re going to, “Be lightly
esteemed.” So, if we want God more involved
in our life, it’s resting with us, not with Him. We’re not waiting on Him. We need to esteem and honor and
respect His things in a greater measure. We should grow in this
year-to-year. Us, our teenagers, our children,
from the person that got born-again last week, to the
person that’s been walking with the Lord for fifty years, all of
us ought to be at a different place next year at this time,
the Lord tarries His coming, in these areas that we are now. Respecting and honoring and
knowing how to talk, and how to act, and how to treat, and how
to respond to the things of God. We have not arrived. When I’m talking about learning
how to honor, I’m not pointing a finger and saying you need to
learn, I’m saying we need to learn, both of us. I want to learn. I’ve made mistakes just like you
in ignorance and in other ways saying and doing stuff the
inappropriate way and time. I want to learn. Do you want to learn? Do you want to grow? Let’s do what the Lord has told
us to, let’s stop the disrespect and let’s honor Him. Go to Romans thirteenth, let’s
remind our self again in the New Testament of what He said about
this. Romans thirteen. You know, every good thing that
we’re enjoying right now, and we’re blessed — we are blessed. We have this great facility,
we’ve got all this land paid for, we’ve got all our bills,
our TV and Internet are not late and never late, and we’re sowing
all these materials all of the world, no charge. We haven’t had to stop one day
production while we waited on money. God has honored us. Hasn’t He? This fine place and all these
resources and all these wonderful people that just work
so hard and are so committed and faithful. God has honored you. He’s honored me. He’s honored us. Should we honor Him less the
more He honors us? No. What should happen? The more He honors us — we know
it’s in response to us honoring Him, we ought to take it up
another notch and say we’re really going to worship God. We’re going to really be
thankful. We’re going to really show Him
the kind of respect that He deserves. And His things are going to be
unquestionably number one in our lives. Everybody that knows us will
know hey, don’t try to get in between them and God. Don’t try to make them pick
between God and you. Because we’re going to give Him
the honor due to Him. In 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.” 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.” He uses the same phraseology to
describe owing honor and respect as he does owing taxes. Owing a bill. Now that’s a different mindset
than the world has, and much of that mindset of the world has
gotten into the church. And so many people if you were
to talk about respect, they immediately think of people
respecting me. The more carnal and selfish you
are, everything you hear you apply it for me, as far as what
people should do for me. I know some years ago I taught
on love, walking in love, for couple of weeks or so in a
certain place. And towards the end of it this
lady followed me out one day and she said, “Oh Brother Keith, I’m
so glad you’re teaching on this. I’ve been telling these people
they’re not walking in love with me like they’re supposed to be.” I can look at her and said, “You
missed the whole thing.” She looked at me like, “What?” I said, “You’re not supposed be
thinking about them walking in love with you. This is for you to check your
love walk towards them. Am I walking in love with them?” She said, “Oh.” But the more carnal you are, the
more self-centered you think and you only think about what people
are doing for you. So when it comes to respect, so
many times that’s all people think about. “Yeah, they need to respect me
more.” You see people demand respect,
“I require that you show me some respect… You will respect me in my
house… You will respect me…” in this demanding respect. That does not work. You need to quit that. That does not work. “Well, they have to respect me.” They never have to respect you. They never have to. And you hollering and yelling
and demanding it is not going to make it happen. Sometimes you’ll hear criminal
say, “Well, I’ll get my pistol out and you’ll show me some
respect.” That’s not respect. Maybe fear. Got nothing to do with honor and
respect. No, the Bible says you pay the
respect you owe. Don’t demand respect,
demonstrate respect. And if you’ll pay the respect
that you owe, then you’ll reap the respect that you sow. And then on the other side of
this, people thinking about giving somebody else respect,
they think along these lines. Well, have they earned my
respect? Have they merited? “I just don’t feel like you’ve
earned my respect.” That’s ungodly, worldly
thinking. The Bible says you owe certain
people respect because He told you you did. No matter how you feel about it
or what you think they have or haven’t done, if the Lord says
you owe that person or that place or that position respect,
then you owe it. Forget about feelings. People say, “Well, I just don’t
feel like I owe them respect.” Well it’s like a bill. You could say I just don’t feel
like I owe those taxes. Write a letter to the IRS and
see how you come out. Explain to them how strongly you
feel. I strongly feel. You either owe it or you don’t. Feelings are not the issue. And so let us get our mind
renewed. If you owe respect, pay the
respect you owe. If you owe honor, show the honor
you owe. You do it as an act of faith. You do it as unto the Lord. I know Phyllis and I had the
privilege of serving with Brother Kenneth Hagin and Miss
Oretha for a number of years. And people would ask sometimes –
– because when they said something we moved. And when he called on us, we set
everything aside and we moved, then. And sometimes people would
remark and say, “Man, you must really respect him.” I do, but I’m not mainly doing
it for him. I do, I did. Do and did respect him and love
him, but the Lord is One who told me to help him. So first and foremost — you
know, love for people is great, but it’s not enough to keep you
faithful and dedicated decade after decade. But your love for God will. People can make mistakes. People can mess up. But I received a commission from
the Lord in 1981, three words. Help Brother Hagin. That was it. Help him. And I didn’t realize it, but
that would keep me busy for the next twenty years. And the Lord didn’t tell me all
that would entail, but it involved cleaning floors, and
passing out books, and registering people, and praying
with people, driving cars, toting suitcases, studying,
preaching, praying, singing, playing; it involved a bunch of
stuff. But I had received a commission. Now, it focused on him. Well, does he deserve my
respect? Does he deserve it? The Lord told me to do
something. Am I going to do what He told me
to do or not? Are you with me friends? And they were some of the finest
people you could serve. They were human, they made
mistakes you know that, but very consistent. Very spiritual people. And it’s easier to serve
spiritual people than it is people that are having temper
tantrums every other day. Thank God we had some good
spiritual people to help instead of that. But, we all got flesh. And the devil is in the world
every day. And so you can have
opportunities but oh, if you love the Lord, you’ll be
faithful to people far beyond what your care for them would
motivate you. This is bigger than you caring
about them and respecting them. Didn’t the Bible say do what you
do, how? As unto the Lord. The Lord has been dealing with
me in recent days about you being the church. Did you know you are the church? Somebody say it out loud, “We
are the church.” You know, God’s got some plans
for us to expand and increase. And Phyllis and I and the other
ministers and staff around here, we’re not the church. Were a part of the church just
like you are a part of the church. And we all have our jobs. I’m not the church, I got a job. My job happens to be, you see me
a lot, because my job happens to be teaching and preaching. But everybody’s job is
important. And you’ve got a job. And if you’re not doing your
job, oh please friend, pray. Find out about it. There are opportunities all over
the place. Life is short. You’re going to soon be out of
here and do you want to live your life and not have reward? And have missed opportunities
that you had to serve? There are teams all over the
place, there are opportunities all over the place. Tell me again who’s the church? And who supposed to be doing
this job of reaching everybody, and doing all the work of the
ministry, building up all the body of Christ? The ministers can’t do that. They can never do all of that. It’s going to take the whole
body of Christ. The Lord has led us into a good
thing here with these home fellowships. A lot more people have a lot
more opportunity to reach out, to evangelize, and to minister
and to say edifying words. That’s a ministry. You don’t have to quote a bunch
of Scriptures, you can just love people and talk with faith when
you talk. Look them in the eye and say,
“You’re valuable and you’re going to make it.” That’s not too complicated, is
it? The key is believing it. Really having it in you. And people know it. You know I’ve had people before
look at me and I said something simple like I’m with you, I
believe in you. And they come back to me days
later and say you know, I realized you really meant that. Because you hear so much stuff. I said I do really mean it. And people say well they’ve
heard all that. Yeah, but they haven’t heard
from you. And it matters. What’s in your heart matters. What you can say and do matters. Tell me who the church is. You’re the church. All of us together are the
church. Not just a handful of preachers. You’re the church. And so please, pray and see
where you fit and see what you’re supposed to be doing and
get busy about the Master’s business. Will you? A lot of people are. A lot more people can be. So take advantage of it while
the sun is shining, take advantage of the opportunities. We began last week getting into
some details about what is disrespect and how disrespect
and dishonor are shown. I didn’t really intend to go
this way, you know I was teaching about honor and to whom
honor and then the Lord emphasized to me early on, focus
on this — so much of what honor and respect is, is what we don’t
say and what we don’t do. And to stop the disrespect. We are still suffering in this
country from the rebellion of the sixties. We’ve got second and third
generations now that have grown up not been taught proper
respect and proper honor. And people are saying and doing
all manner, from the youngest to the oldest, all manner of rude,
uncouth, and disrespectful dishonorable stuff, and act like
they don’t even see it. And some people don’t see it. You know, how can you miss what
you never had? How can you recognize what you
never grew up with, you didn’t see it your parents, you didn’t
see it in your grandparents. I know people don’t like to talk
about these things, but I’m telling you some things have
been lost over these past thirty, forty, fifty, sixty,
seventy years. Some major things have been
lost. But, you and I do not have to
live without it. We know the source of honor. We know the Teacher about these
things and we’ve asked Him more than once to teach us different
aspects of this. Do believe He’s heard our
prayer? He has heard our prayer and it’s
happening right now. We went to Genesis and we saw
the beginning of disrespect. Now if you want the previous
teachings they are available. Go back in the Word Supply,
download it off the Internet. Catch up with us, we’ve already
covered a lot of ground. But we went back to Genesis and
saw that there was no disrespect in the garden with God and Adam
and Eve. There was no dishonor until the
devil came. And from the moment he gets on
the scene, you hear the disrespect. “Has God said…” questioning in disrespect and
dishonor. “Did God really say that…” Now you can’t cover every
possible manifestation of disrespect, but we can get the
Spirit of it, can’t we? We can recognize the tone of it,
what it looks and sounds like, the feel of it. Do you want to get every bit of
this ugly stuff of your life? Do you? And if you’ll help your children
not to have this in them, you’ll help them avoid untold hurts and
problems in their life as they get older and as they go on. So many things God had prepared
for people and brought them to it in it to them, and they
showed up and disrespected it. And talked some things and did
some things they should’ve done, and messed up the plan and
provision of the Lord. Let’s stop doing that. He said, “Did God say…” and then we see them telling
him, yes God said you don’t eat the fruit of the tree. And we see the disrespect and
the contradiction. “No, you won’t really die.” Disrespect. And we began sharing five I’s of
disrespect. And the first one we saw there
in the garden was ignoring. We see that they were very
clear, don’t eat of the tree or you will die, and yet Eve took
it, ate of it, gave it to Adam, he ate, they acted like God
never said anything to them. They acted like they never heard
this, like He didn’t matter, what He said didn’t matter. Isn’t that disrespectful? To act like you never even heard
it, like it wasn’t even there. So, ignoring is disrespectful. What was the second one? Did we get into that? Anybody remember? The second I of the five I’s of
disrespect was interrupting. Interrupting. Let’s read that verse again. Interrupting. Proverbs 18:13 in the NIV says,
“He who answers before listening – that is his folly and his
shame.” Today’s English version says,
“Listen before you answer. If you don’t, you are being
stupid and insulting.” Anybody in here want to be
stupid and insulting? Then do what? Listen before you answer. Easy to Read translation says it
like this. “Let people finish speaking,”
that would revolutionize the world. Let people finish speaking,
“Before you try to answer them. That way you will not embarrass
yourself and look foolish.” Let people finish speaking. Say that out loud. Together: Let people finish
speaking. Is your husband a people? Is your wife a people? Are your kids people? Are the people you work with
people? What are you supposed to do with
people according to this verse? Help me out. Let them finish speaking before
you try to answer. I know the Lord has helped me
again and again not to mess up and make mistakes as a leader by
this right here. There’s been, I don’t know over
the years scores of times I guess, that something bothered
me. It appeared to be this way, and
I was ready to change some things. And the Lord dealt with me, ask
questions, find out what happened. Listen. Don’t talk first. And so, there’ve been a number
of times people might not have known that I was bothered by it,
the Lord helped me. But I asked questions and I was
ready to do some things but as I heard their responds, the Lord
help me to see, see it’s not like you thought it was. It’s different than you thought. And I totally set aside what I
had in mind. And I was so glad I didn’t just
come and start talking and start saying I’m going to do this, and
I’m going to do that, and I’m going to do the other. It pays to listen. Doesn’t it? It pays to listen. James 1:19, would you turn
there? Let’s look at this. James 1:19, “Wherefore, my
beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak,
slow to wrath…” Say that out loud. Together: Swift to hear, slow to
speak, and slow to wrath. Say it again. Together: Quick here, slow to
speak, and slow to wrath. Quick to hear. The Amplified says it like this. “Understand [this], my beloved
brethren. Let every man be quick to hear
[a ready listener],” does that describe you? When people think — I’m not
talking what you say about yourself, when other people
think about you, do they think you are a good listener? Well, that can change. Can’t it? You know, you and I and
everybody on the planet are today how and what we have
become, not what we have to be. You hear people talking about,
“Well, I’m just this way, I’ve just always been this way.” That’s a lie right there. You were not born that way. You have not always been that
way. You have become that way. “Well, I guess that’s just how I
am. You just have to love me the way
I am.” No, we don’t. Why do you think that? We can love you and not love
your goofy ways at all. We don’t have to love all your
ways, ungodly, un- Christlike ways. See people just make up things
and pretend they’re Scriptures. No. Quick to what? Quick to hear and slow to speak. I shared last Sunday, one of the
great things my natural father did for me was listen to me. I mean as a ten and
twelve-year-old and especially as a fifteen and sixteen year
old, he’d sit and listen to me for an hour, not interrupt me. Just listen to me. Now I’m sure everything I was
saying wasn’t amazing and profound at ten years old. But, it did something to me. It gave me a sense of value that
what I had to say would matter. And there’s a lot of parents
nowadays that act all mystified and say, “How do you get your
kids to talk to you?” Here it is. Be a good listener. So many have not, they just shut
their kids off and they won’t hear their side of it, they
don’t act like they got anything to say. And you do that ten, twenty,
thirty times, they’ll quit talking to you. I would open up and share
things. Why? Because you know it’s going to
be heard, not just randomly listened to, but actually heard. Somebody’s going to try to
understand what you’re saying. So whether it’s husbands and
wives, whether it’s parents and children, whether it’s
employee/employer, it makes no difference what the relationship
is, you can initiate an immediate improvement and
closeness if you’re willing to become a good hearer. Do you believe this or not? Become a good hearer. A good listener. Say it again and make it a
confession. Say it out loud, “I am quick to
hear, and slow to speak, and slow to get mad. That’s me. That’s how I am.” What are you quick on? Good listener. You can’t be a good listener,
so- called multitasking. I don’t believe in multitasking. Now if there ever was an
occupation or a job that you would think is multi-tasking,
it’s flying an airplane. Because it seems like you got to
do about twenty, thirty, forty, fifty things at once. But I don’t believe you can. You can’t do anything like it
ought to be done while simultaneously doing something
else. Now you can do a lot of things
if you focus on them and get off of it and focus on something
else, but this multitasking, I can do a bunch of things at once
is a myth. “Well, I can do it.” No, you can’t. Nobody can do a thing the way it
ought to be done while doing something else. It’s just a fact. And so you can’t listen while
doing a bunch of other stuff. We did ask to learn about these
things right? Do you want to know? Are you willing to make some
changes and make some adjustments? We live in a loud, noisy, busy
world, and it’s a problem. The Bible said, “Be still and
know that I am God.” Didn’t He? The Bible said there are many
voices in the world and they’re all trying to say something, but
I like what the Lord said to Martha. He said, “Martha, Martha, you
are careful, full of care and troubled about many things, but
Mary, He said, “One thing is needful.” Somebody say, “One thing.” What is that one thing? Well it’s whatever the Lord is
telling you at that moment is what matters. That’s the only thing that
really matters, isn’t it? And you don’t need to be
distracted by a bunch of other stuff. One thing is needful and He said
Mary has chosen that good thing and it won’t be taken away from
her. You know, the Spirit of wisdom
is inside us. And if we’ll check with Him and
look to Him, He will let us know at any given moment of the day
in every situation what’s important to do right now. And when you find that out, turn
the other stuff off. Turn it off, get away from it,
shut it down, put it off. Whatever you need to do, and do
that one thing that’s needful and give your full attention to
it. Wouldn’t that be showing it
respect to give it your full attention? So interrupting, He said, is
being foolish and shameful. One thing you’ll notice, watch
out for this too, have you ever heard somebody say, “Now, with
all due respect…” or, “I don’t mean to be
disrespectful, but…” the vast majority of times when
you hear those phrases, what follows is disrespect. Think about it. Why did they even think to say
that? Why would they think to say
that? I don’t mean to be
disrespectful, but. Why? Because their Spirit is telling
them, this is disrespectful. And instead of doing what they
have in their Spirit, they’re quoting it and ignoring it. “I don’t mean to be
disrespectful, but…” And this phrase I have come to
not enjoy, “With all due respect…” Do you know I mean or not? Do you hear the tone of that? So many times it is blatant
rebellion. People go, “Now, with all due
respect…” there’s no respect in the room,
or the county probably. “With all due respect…” there’s no respect about it. Can you see this? Now, so much of what our showing
honor and showing respect is what we don’t say and what we
don’t do. A lot of times being respectful
is simply being quiet. You’ll have all kind of thoughts
bouncing around in your head, but it’s not time for you to
talk. And wonderfully the Lord has
spared you, you realize after you thought about it for a
couple minutes that that would’ve been the wrong thing to
say. And since the Lord had help
should be so quick to hear and slow to speak, you’re smiling
because you just saved yourself all kinds of trouble and you
haven’t said a word. You go, glory to God. There’s been numerous times, now
I haven’t always done is perfectly, but there’s been
numerous times I’m talking with somebody and I’d go to say
something and the Lord would check me. And I didn’t know why but if you
trust Him you don’t have to know why. You just bite your lip and move
on. And I mean sometimes 5 seconds,
10 seconds later into the conversation I realized oh, if I
would’ve said that, it would’ve reminded them of this, and it
would’ve lead the conversation this way, and they don’t need to
think about that right now. Should we be led in our words
and what we say in our conversation? If we’ll just do this one simple
thing, slow to speak. Quick to hear. Slow to speak. We will immediately start
showing more respect and more love and more faith. Can you see this? With this one simple action. Say it out loud, “I am quick to
hear. Slow to speak. And slow to get mad.” You hotheaded? Fly off the handle? Huh? Huh? Huh? “Brother Keith, I grew up dah,
dah, dah, dah, such and such family. That’s my background, that’s my
nationality. We’re just like that.” Hey! You’re a Christian. That counts a lot more than any
kind of ethnicity or culture or background. You are the way you have become. Not the way you have to be. “I’ve been like this for forty
years. You can’t teach an old dog new
tricks.” You’re not an old dog. You’re a new creature in Christ
Jesus. All things are passed away. Unless you want to hold on to
the old things and confess that you’re an old dog. I don’t even know that that’s
true that an old dog can’t learn a new trick. I suspect a good old dog can
learn a new trick. I know it’s not a Scripture. How about you? Do you want another one of these
I’s today? Do you think we could get to
one? What’s the first one? The five I’s of disrespect,
ignoring. Are you going to make an effort
to stop ignoring, especially those that you should be paying
attention to? And secondly what’s
disrespectful? Interrupting. Very disrespectful. Somebody’s trying to say
something and you just talk over them to the point where they
have to stop, what are you saying by your action? You’re saying what you’re saying
is so trivial and insignificant that I can’t stand to wait until
you finish your sentence. And what I’m saying is obviously
so much more important and superior than what you would
have to say, that you need to shut up immediately and listen
to me. Boy, that’s arrogance. Isn’t it? Ignorance, too. No, don’t interrupt. Don’t practice interruption. Thirdly, a third I of disrespect
is intruding. Intruding. Go to Proverbs 25 please. Proverbs 25. I want to learn these things
myself. I’m not just preaching to you,
I’m preaching to us. I want to grow. I want to develop. I’m convinced we learn how to
honor God more, it’s going to affect our services. It’s going to affect our lives. It’s going to affect the
ministry. It’s going to affect every part
of this. We’ll come up to another place. Why? Because, “Them that honor Me,”
He said, “I will honor.” In Proverbs 25:6 it says, “Put
not forth yourself in the presence of the king, and stand
not in the place of great men: For better it is that it be said
to you, Come up hither; than that you should be put lower in
the presence of the prince whom you’re eyes have seen.” Young’s Literal translation says
it like this. “Honor not yourself before a
king,” so, putting yourself forth is equal to honoring
yourself. The Amplified says, “Be not
forward (self-assertive and boastfully ambitious)…” The New Living says, “Don’t
demand an audience with the king or push for a place among the
great.” Here’s another saying that is
not a Scripture. “It is the squeaky wheel that
gets the grease.” I want everybody to say, “Not a
Scripture. Not a Scripture.” If you want to get something,
you got to make some noise, you got to push your way in, that is
the way of the world. The ungodly. It is not the way of the Lord. Being intrusive, pushing
yourself in, is being dishonoring and being
disrespectful. This is one of the things I
believe that has been lost in the last several years and needs
to be restored. Here’s a definition of
intruding. To thrust or bring in without
invitation. Did you hear that phrase? Without invitation, permission
or welcome. So here’s a question we ought to
ask ourselves frequently. Who invited you? Who invited you? And people say, “Well, I don’t
like all this formality. We just show up.” Well if somebody invited you to
just show up, you’re invited. But if you just assume that
everybody would be so blessed by your presence because you showed
up, then that’s presumptuous and disrespectful. You know our home fellowships
are a perfect opportunity to practice this. You show up at somebody else’s
house, you need to respect their house. You don’t let your kids destroy
their stuff. Why don’t people know these
things? Some things you wouldn’t need a
Bible lesson on, just have a brain. “Well, they’re just children.” No, no. That doesn’t fly. Not all children are that way
which proves yours don’t have to be that way. Some children are well behaved,
that means yours can be well behaved. And I confess that Faith Life
children are some of the most respectful, most honorable, most
wonderful, dignified children and young men and young women in
the country. They are. Now that won’t just magically
happen because we said it one time, but if it means something
to us and we’re willing — you know I talked a little bit last
week about that the Lord had prompted me that maybe some folk
weren’t so happy about some of these teachings, they weren’t
receiving them very well. At first I thought, really? And then I realized it’s because
some of it has to do with people’s kids. And a lot of people are not
willing to teach their kids and require this of them because
they’re not willing to change themselves. That’s the deal. And children are a reflection of
the parents. Everything produces after its
own kind. Everything. So, no matter what it has been,
remember, we are what we have become not what we have to be. Can we change? Is it possible? Can you do all things through
Christ who strengthens you? Yes, you can. Yes, you can. Is it worth the effort making
the changes? So when you go to somebody’s
house you don’t just go in and start moving their stuff around. Do you? Adjusting their pictures for
them. Picking up stuff, moving it, get
in the kitchen and start doing things. “Well, they need some help.” Did they ask you? Were you invited? “No, but I’ve done such and
such.” I don’t care if you have your
own cooking show, this ain’t your kitchen, it ain’t your
frying pan, it ain’t your tomato. Right? You are a guest at someone
else’s house, act like it. Great to be helpful, make
yourself available. Let them know I’m glad to help,
I’m here, can I do anything? And if they don’t ask you to,
then you get in a corner and look pretty. Stay out of their way. People say, “I just don’t like
it that way. We just like doing it this way.” Yeah, you just like being
disrespectful. “I don’t like all this
formalism.” We’re not talking about
formalism. We’re talking about having
respect for people’s space, and their stuff, and their privacy,
and them. Disrespect and dishonor just
blares into where it is not invited, not asked, not
welcomed, not wanted, and just assumes that I know so much and
my way is so amazing and that everybody would just want to
know it. Did you know the Lord is not
this way? If anybody is qualified to just
come in and do for you what you need even if you didn’t ask for,
it would be the Lord. Wouldn’t it? And if anything is needed, it’s
being born again. It doesn’t get any more
important than that, and yet the Lord will not, no matter if life
and death, eternal death, is hanging in the balance, He will
not push His way into a man or woman’s life and make them
receive Him, will He? You have to invite Him. What does He say? “Behold I, the Creator stand at
the door and knock.” What does that mean? It’s up to you whether you
invite Me or you don’t. If anybody — He made us. He made the ground we’re
standing on. He gives us the air we breathe. If anybody had a right to just
come in and say hey, it’s My planet, you’re going to do this. You ought to show Me some
respect in My planet. But that’s not Him. That’s not Him. One thing we must learn about
Him, about our Father God, about the Holy Spirit, about Jesus,
you have to invite Him, you have to ask Him in, you have to want
Him. Do you hear this friends? He goes where He’s appreciated. He manifests where He’s wanted. Do you believe this? It’s a fact. Those that hunger and thirst
after His things, those that covet earnestly the best gifts,
it’s obviously they respect these things. Why? Why would you want them so much? Because you put such a high
value on them. And those are the people that
get filled. Get ministered to. Can you say amen? In Luke fourteen, Jesus Himself
quoted from this passage and taught on this. What’s the question you should
ask yourself on occasion after occasion? Who invited you? Who asked you? Right? Don’t assume, don’t presume. Who asked you? Jesus said in Luke 14:8, “When
you are bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the
highest room; lest a more honorable man than you be bidden
of him…” I’ve seen places where people
have gone to great lengths and efforts to prepare great food
and tables and they had dignitaries and they had elders
and people, and folks come in, brought their kids in, took the
best seats. Let their kids get on the table
and pull stuff off the table before they started eating. “They’re just kids.” There’s no excuse for this. How disrespectful that is to
these people who planned this and work so hard. And you’re just going to come in
and mess it all up before the rest of the guests even get to
see it? Is this dishonoring? Is it disrespectful? Kids do what they are allowed to
do. I don’t know if you’ve noticed
or not, but you are way bigger than them. Have you noticed that? You’re way bigger than them. Children should be made to mind. You don’t have to beat them, you
don’t have to abuse them, you just don’t give in. People say, “It so hard.” The reason it’s so hard is
because you’re so inconsistent. You keep giving in. And if the child thinks there is
a hope, a ray or glimmer of hope that screaming and yelling will
get them what they want, they will do it until the cows come
home. And what you have to convince
them of is there ain’t no way. It’s never going to happen. And when they believe that,
they’ll quit. Why? No point in doing it anymore. It’s never going to get me what
I want. But you give in one time, you’ve
made it hard on yourself in them. You have to be consistent. It’s worth the investment,
friends. It’s worth the discomfort of
disciplining yourself and them, holding the necessary
conversations, doing what’s necessary and restrictions and
whatever. It’s worth it. I know it’s not always fun, I
know sometimes you’re tired and you don’t want to fool with it,
but listen. Your child’s life, their future
is in the balance. Didn’t the Bible say, “Honor
your father and your mother,” because this comes with a
promise. Doesn’t it? “That it may be well with you
and you may live long on the earth.” This is big. Big. Important. Important. You don’t have to be mean, you
don’t have to be hard. You can smile while you say, no. No, I said no. Don’t ask again. No. “Yeah, but I just can’t stand it
when they cry. I just love them too much.” That’s got nothing to do with
loving them. That’s you loving yourself and
how it makes you feel or doesn’t make you feel. It’s total selfishness. If you love somebody enough you
will make them annoyed and angry with you. You’ll put up with it if it will
help them. You’ll put up with them not
liking you if it will save them and help them down the road. Will you? He said, “When you are bidden of
any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room,” don’t
blare in there and go to the head table and go, “Look,
there’s an empty seat.” Tell me what the question you
better ask yourself. Who invited you? Who invited you? “Oh look. Nobody’s eaten that yet. Oh look. Oh look.” Do we live in a loose world? “Oh, I don’t go for all that
formality. Just do this, just do that.” Yeah, but the looser you get the
more disrespect, the more dishonor. And you watch it. All these people that are so
proud of how loose they are, how free we are, these are also the
folk that are going to be slapping each other in a couple
of hours. You watch and see. Oh, they’re so free. Somebody’s going to get on
somebody’s nerves being so free. You’re so free, you’re in my
business. Right? And you could see the people
fighting and they’re mad and they’re upset with each other. And these same people that are
so free and not hung up with all this so-called formalities, then
they’re also the ones that also have these knockdown, drag out
fights and yell and scream at each other on a regular basis. It goes together. “Oh, that’s just normal. That’s the way I grew up.” That doesn’t make it right. Some things have been lost, we
talked about it, for multiple generations now. They can be restored. Do you want your kids to go
through all the yelling and screaming and fussing and
fighting and all the junk that some of your folks have been
through? Or do you want them to have a
life of a home filled with peace where they’d go for months at a
time and not a cross word is said? Come on, are you listening? This is not a fairy tale. This is available to every child
of God. Why? Because they respect the Lord,
the respect each other, they respect their kids, they respect
their employer. And because they show so much
honor to God by honoring Him and man, what is God doing? Honoring them with favor and
protection and blessing and His presence. It’s like living a dream. It’s not a fairy tale. The Bible said you can have days
of heaven on the earth. It won’t be exactly like heaven,
but you can have days where it’s feeling close. Can you? You can. You can. He said lest, “He that bade you
and him come and say to you, Give this man place; and you
begin with shame to take the lowest room. But when you are bidden,” that
means you were invited right? When you are bidden go in, don’t
put yourself front and center, don’t intrude, hang back, be out
of the way. Is this being respectful? Stay out of people’s way. People have thought that’s the
way timid people do it. No. No. You don’t have to be timid to be
respectful. You can have plenty to say if
anybody wants to hear it. And ability to do it. If anybody wants you to do it. But enough respect that I unless
they ask you to, you don’t presume. You hang back, you let people
know I’m available, I’m here. Man, I can wash, I can dry, I’m
a good garbage toter. Hey, I’m here. And if they don’t call on you,
stay out of the way. And be happy about it. Don’t sit over there and sulk. “I can be doing this… I could be doing that…” You could be happy. You could be doing something
helpful like adding to the atmosphere some joy. The least you could do is smile. People will look over at you and
go, “Hey. Glory God. We’re have a good time, aren’t
we?” “What do you mean?” So many folks are such babies. They intrude and if anybody says
no, no, no stop, they go, “Oh, oh. Well if you don’t want me I’ll
just go home.” We didn’t say we didn’t want
you. Just turn loose of the skillet
when I have it in my hand. “Well, I know when I’m not
wanted.” This is acting like a sinner
that aren’t even saved. That’s how sinners act. Instead of being indignant you
should be apologizing that you weren’t discerning enough to
have intruded. You should stop and go, “Oh, I’m
sorry. Excuse me. I’ll be over here. And I’ll be happy being over
here. I’m just fine. And if you need anything, but if
you don’t, okay, that’s good, that’s great.” Do we have to get offended over
every little thing or even every big thing? Do you know the sign of a really
strong Christian? Is no matter what happens it
just doesn’t move you. It doesn’t. People can purposely insult you. I mean they’re trying to hurt
you and offend you and you just smile and go, “Are you sure
that’s what you meant?” They call you slanderous names
and you just go, “That’s not my name. My name is Keith. Hi.” People will think you’re naÔve,
and that’s not a problem unless you’re full of pride. Did the Bible not say to be wise
concerning good, but concerning evil to be simple? If you walk in love the way that
you can and should, some people who don’t know any better
they’ll think you’re naÔve. I’ve had people come to me and
get me on the side and go, “Brother Keith, didn’t you know
they were talking about you?” I went, no. They said, “Yeah, they did
everything but call your name.” I said, no, you don’t know that. I’ve had people look at me,
“Brother Keith…” People think it shows some kind
of spirituality that you’re so suspicious. Suspicion is not spirituality. People go, “What did they mean
by that? They’re trying to say something,
weren’t they?” Because they like to believe, “I
am so sharp you can’t get anything by me. I am… I have the gift.” The gift of suspicion is also
not in the Scriptures. What if they were? What if they were? Does the world keep turning? Is God still on the throne? You can’t control what everybody
says and does, but you can control completely your response
to it. And even if they mean it
hateful, you could just smile like you didn’t even know what
they said. They can slap you and you can
go, “Wow. Did you trip? You tripped and your hand fell
across my face?” “Don’t be so naÔve Brother
Keith.” Simple concerning evil is a good
thing. Don’t be looking for stuff even
when it’s in your face. Why magnify it? Why emphasize it? What profit is it going to be? Don’t be the kind of person
people have to tiptoe around. Afraid they’re going to offend
you. Afraid they’re going to upset
you. That’s says some not so nice
things about you. Grow up. Have some faith. Have some love. Have some resilience. When it comes to all that
sensitivity and offense stuff, develop some thick skin. Where it just rolls off of you
and you’re just smiling people go, “Look at him. He’s so dumb he doesn’t even
know what’s going on.” They don’t realize that you’re a
lot smarter than them because you have no ulcers, got no
lawsuits, you don’t have to go to the emergency room to get
sewed up or anything like that. So who’s the dumb one? Whoa! Boy, we’re having a big time
aren’t we? Glory to God. A couple of instances in the
Scripture that give the spirit of honor. Moses, when he saw that burning
bush in the distance, do you remember that? He thought wow, I’ve never seen
anything like that. So he comes just walking over to
see it and tell me what the Lord told him as he approached. What did the Lord tell him? Don’t just come blaring in here. What did he do? Take off your shoes. The place where you’re standing
right now is holy. Do we need some more of this
mindset? We do. It’s too easy to think and act
like the world and just come blaring in like the proverbial
bull in the china shop, just intrusive and loud, and you do
and you will miss things and not qualify for things. The Lord spoke to him as he
approached. He said, “Moses, take off your
shoes. Where you are is holy ground.” Just saying those words arrest
your attention doesn’t it? Because you say, whoa, I need to
slow down here. I have to get the shoes off. Whoa. This is a holy thing. I need to pay some attention
here and show some respect. This is not pay a dollar and
come see the burning bush. Why would I say that? The world is like that, isn’t
it? I mean the whole world has
become like this. Everything is like going to a
theme park or some attraction. Things of God are not that way. Do you remember John the Baptist
said about Jesus. They were asking him and said,
“Are you the one?” He said no. No. The One is the One coming after
me and he said I’m not worthy to stoop down and tie His shoe. He’s not just saying some stuff
to sound humble and religious; He really feels this way. This is his heart. He wouldn’t — if the Lord’s
shoe was untied, he wouldn’t just tie it. Are you listening now? See, people are intrusive and
invasive. Don’t just go around picking
lint off of people’s clothes. Who asked you? Oh, this is going over big isn’t
it? Oh, you can tell. Don’t just start doing stuff. Invading their privacy. Invading their space. They may want that speck right
there. Don’t presume, don’t be
presumptuous. He said I’m not worthy to stoop
down and untie His shoe. If He asked him to, I’m sure he
would. He’s not presumptuous. Do you remember the Mount of
Transfiguration? Is that a holy scene? Jesus lit up like a light bulb. You couldn’t even tell what
color His clothes were anymore, they were so bright all you
could see was glimmering, shimmering light. And He’s talking with Elijah who
lived on the earth centuries ago. And Moses — is there life after
death? Well, there you go. He’s talking to him. And Peter decides to talk. It’s time to say something. He’s got something special to
say right now. He says, “Hey. Let’s build some tabernacles. Yeah, three. One for you, one for Moses, one
for Elijah.” Is this time for him to be
talking? No. Is this lack of respect? Lack of honor? See the thing is, a lot of times
when people get nervous, they start talking. People get nervous — if you’re
nervous and uncomfortable, that is the best time to be quiet. Isn’t it? Be quiet. When you, just out of nervous
tension you start talking, again and again it’s going to be the
wrong thing. You to start talking because you
feel uncomfortable. Somebody ought to say something. I guess that’s me. You know I was thinking… it’s like him, he was thinking. “Hey. Let’s build some tabernacles.” Tabernacles. He’s got an idea. “I have an idea.” You need to be quiet. I mean immediately after that
the Father spoke out of the sky. He said, “This is my beloved
Son. Listen to Him.” You don’t need to be talking,
listen to Him. We don’t need any tabernacles. Listen to Him. It is not time for you to share
your ideas, listen to Him. Somebody say, “Listen to Him.” Sometimes it’s no big deal if
you’re silly and cut up a little bit, but we need to know when
it’s not time to do that. We need to know when it’s time
to pull off your shoes and shut up and not share your little
idea and opinion. Show some respect and show some
honor. Friend, this is not just to be
talking about discipline and changes, I’m convinced this is
key to the next part of what God has for us in our lives. I believe He would take you and
me and our homes and this whole church up to a whole other level
where He could share some things we have not had before. Why? If He would’ve given it to us
before now we wouldn’t have respected it. We wouldn’t have known how to
treat it. And He’s preparing us. Why teach us about all these
things unless He wants to give us some things that are greater
and more precious and more honorable? Are you hungry for it? Will you receive these things? Tell me about yourself one more
time. What kind of person are you? Are you that quick to hear, slow
to speak, and slow to get angry? Is that you? Are we sure that’s you? Are we talking about you? Stand on your feet everybody.

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