Honor To Whom Honor Part 8

Honor To Whom Honor Part 8


Somebody say, “I’m coming up. I’m coming out. I’m going over, in Jesus’ name.” Alright. You sound like you believe it. First Samuel the second chapter,
if you’d turn there, please. And also Romans thirteen. First Samuel the second chapter,
and Romans thirteen. We’ve been for some weeks now on
this series we’re calling Honor to Whom Honor. Let me review a bit just because
it’s good for us, but then also in case someone wasn’t here to
hear the other parts. First Samuel two, the story is
told of Eli and his sons and how that his sons were doing wicked
things, and being so disrespectful of the house of
God, and the offerings, and the things of God; and the Lord
warned Eli to do something about it. And he did not. And in 1 Samuel 2:29 He said,
“You have honored your sons above Me…” and now judgment was coming 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 for
them that honor Me I will honor, and they that despise Me shall
be lightly esteemed.” Say that last phrase out loud a
time or two. Together: “For them that honor
Me I will honor.” Say it again. Together: “For them that honor
Me I will honor.” Can you count on that? As surely as you honor Him
what’s going to happen? He’s going to honor you. Do you desire that? Do you? If you don’t, you should,
because virtually every good thing in life that you could
think about comes back to that. When you are able to pay your
bills while other people are not able and they lose their stuff,
God has honored you. Right? When you’re healthy and your
kids and babies are healed and other people are not, and die
and die prematurely and from accidents, God has honored you
by keeping you and healing you. Hasn’t He? When other people are going down
and everything is going bad for them and you’re coming up, and
get promoted, and things are just things are getting better,
that’s the Lord honoring you. And He said He is able to do
that because you honored Him. One the greatest ways He honors
us is with His presence. We know this concerning people. Heads of state, heads of
countries, heads of companies that come to certain functions
and they say so-and-so, the so-and-so of so-and-so honored
us by coming. Who was at the meeting? They were at the meeting. Well, when the Lord shows up at
the meeting, He’s honored us. Hasn’t He? We know He’s everywhere but He’s
not manifested everywhere. You don’t sense His presence in
the same degree everywhere. And so, can we initiate a
greater manifestation of the presence of God in our midst? Can we initiate more blessings
and favor on our own life? How? If we honor Him more, what’s
going to happen? He’s going to honor us more. We should be so hungry for this. Look in Romans, the thirteenth
chapter, please. Romans 13:7 says, “Render
therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due;
custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.” Give honor to whom honor is due. We’ve heard this numerous times. In the God’s Word translation He
says it like this. “Pay everyone what you owe them. If you owe taxes pay them. If you owe tolls pay them. If you owe someone respect,
respect that person. If you owe someone honor, honor
that person.” Here He compares paying respect,
showing honor, to paying taxes or paying tolls; bills that you
owe. So this is a very different
mentality than the world has and much of the church because
worldly thinking has gotten into the church. And one of the greatest needs
all of us have is that our mind be renewed, not be conformed to
this world’s way of thinking and being, but be transformed. The Bible said renewing your
mind will absolutely transform you into another person, a
different person. How many would like to be
transformed? Well then you need to keep your
nose in this Book. You need to be in every service. You need to download all the
materials and everything that everybody else is preaching
that’s good, and you need to get your mind washed. Somebody said, “Well, they’ve
just been brainwashed.” Well honey, your brain needs a
good washing. I assure you, you need all that
junk washed out of your mind, and you need to be washed by the
washing of the water of the word so that you see things in a
different light, and you hear differently, and you perceive,
and you think, and you speak differently, and you’ll become a
different person. Transformed. And you’ll be more like the
Master. Is that your desire? He said, “Pay what you owe.” We talked about how that the
mindset of so many is well, they’re interested in you
respecting me and so they demand respect. But don’t demand respect,
demonstrate respect. Sow and give respect and you’ll
reap respect. And then also in talking about
giving respect, the world has the mentality well, I don’t know
if you’ve earned my respect or not. If you merit respect from me,
and that’s not what the Bible says. The Bible says you owe people
respect. And so when the Scripture says
respect them, honor them, it matters little what you feel
about it. You should do what He tells you
to do out of respect for the Lord. If you didn’t have enough of the
person, you ought to do it out of honor for the Lord, right? And you may not be able to
respect everything that a person says or does, but you must
respect the place that God gave them, and you must show honor to
whom honor is due or else wise you end up disrespecting the
Lord Himself. We don’t want to do that. Now, we are as a generation,
suffering from the disrespect and rebellion sown in the
sixties and times before and after that. And we’ve got now multiple
generations that have grown up not being taught proper respect
and honor, and it is in epidemic proportions. I don’t know if you’ve noticed
it or not, but the most rudeness, the most disrespect
from young and little too old and gray, and all the way in
between, people are just saying and doing the most calloused and
dishonoring and disrespectful things, act like they’re not
even aware of it. And if something is point out
they go, “Well, whatever. No big deal. Get over it.” This is devilish. This is ungodly. And even though we’re in the
world, were not of the world. We don’t have to be like that. We don’t have to be conformed to
that. And we have already seen some
evidence, some very good things of respect and honor of God in
our children and in our youth right here in this church. I’ve received as the pastor and
Phyllis has, some marvelous letters from people in different
institutes and places in the county and in the country about
our kids, about our youth, and they say, “What a marvelous
young man. How respectful. We thought this was dead and
gone. What a marvelous child. What a peaceful, polite little
child.” And people just marvel. This is a witness. I said, this is a witness and
you can begin to see – the Scripture said that children are
to honor their mother and Father, that this is the first
commandment with promise that it may go well with them and they
may live long on the earth. It’s not too hard to figure out
that if parents don’t let their children get by with all this
disrespect – you don’t have to be mean and hard, you just don’t
change. Right? And you don’t conform to them,
they have to conform to you. Let me say that again real slow. Your world should not revolve
around your child. That’s being ungodly. Did you hear me now? And it is extremely bad for the
child. And if you revolve your world
around that child and they grow up in that environment, and they
go out into the world, they’ll think the school is supposed to
revolve around them. They think where they work is
supposed to revolve around them. They think God is supposed to
cater to them. And it will not go well with
them. And they won’t live long, they
won’t make it long like that. No, but your child grows up
showing respect, showing honor to you, to God, to men, and they
go into this world, and go to school, and into college, and
into the workplace with these values and with these
attributes, don’t you think that in a world full of rude,
cussing, could care less people they are going to stand out like
a light bulb? Is that right? And when it comes time to people
being chosen, who’s going to run this, who’s going to be over
that department, who’s going to be promoted, who do you think
they’re going to pick? Come on now, can you see this? So you can begin to see
connected with us being honored and promoted is us honoring Him. And the more we honor Him, the
more He’ll honor us. Is it good news? Do you care about these things? Well, do we need to learn about
it? Do you need to learn about it? I know I need to learn about
this. I do not presume that I have
arrived by any stretch knowing how to honor God and honor men. I’m believing God. A lot of the things in teaching
you, I believe for myself. I asked Him teach me about this,
I know I’ve learned a few things, but I know I need to
learn more. And He gave me during the course
of this some very significant things. Let me go over them. Showing honor, showing respect,
a big part of it is what you don’t say and what you don’t do. And that we are, Faith Life
Church, me and you, we’re to emphasize right now stopping the
disrespect. Stopping the disrespect. We asked Him to teach us, we
asked Him to show us where it is and what it is, and He’s been
doing that. We’re in the midst of it right
now, did you know that? He’s been doing that. He gave me five I’s of
disrespect and we’ve been going over those and we want to
continue them today. We went back to the Book of
Genesis and the third chapter and we saw that in the beginning
there was no disrespect. There was no dishonor between
God and Adam, between Adam and Eve and those two and God. There was nothing but perfect
harmony and peace, respect and honor. Until the serpent, the devil,
came on the scene. And then we see this sarcastic
disrespect. He says, “Yea, has God
said…Did God really say…” and then when she told him what
God said he said, “No, you won’t really die.” This questioning and this
contradiction. Everybody say, “Disrespect.” Disrespect. And so then that was breathed
into our parents Adam and Eve when they sinned fell, and it’s
been passed down generation to generation. And it’s just gotten worse and
worse and worse. But God has never changed and
His ways have never changed, and we don’t have to be that way. And no matter how you grow up,
you don’t have to be that way. And so we begin to see the five
I’s. And the first I of disrespect,
words that begin with I, we see that they ignored. They ignored God in sinning. The Bible said that the woman
took of the fruit of the tree and she ate it and she gave it
to Adam and he did eat. They had to ignore God to do
that. Didn’t they? They had to ignore what He told
them. It’s not like they were
pretending like they didn’t even know, like He hadn’t even said
anything. Did they know what He said about
that tree? Certainly they did. They had to ignore Him, ignore
what He had said, ignore that He had created them and given them
life, and never lied to them, never did anything that was
wrong. They just totally ignored Him. And it got them into trouble. You know, if they had been
mindful of Him and respectful of Him, they wouldn’t have even
been hanging around that tree. Would they? See, the disrespect had already
begun by being out there hanging around something that you know
He told you not to be, not to do. So ignoring. And the second I, does anybody
remember it? The second I of disrespect is
interrupting. Interrupting. The Scripture says in Proverbs
18:13 in the Easy to Read says, “Let people finish speaking
before you try to answer them. That way you will not embarrass
yourself and look foolish.” Now I know that’s a new idea to
a lot of people, let people finish speaking before you start
speaking and answer them. I mean, you watch TV, you watch
any kind of a news show or talk show, people are just shouting
each other down, so rude. People say, “That’s the way the
world is. It’s the squeaky wheel that gets
the grease. You have to jump in there or
you’ll get run over, you won’t get your say.” That’s ungodly. It’s worldly. The Lord is not that way. And the squeaky wheel gets the
grease is not a Scripture. It’s not a verse. Now you laugh, but people
actually live by some of these things. They live by some of that and
act like they’re Scriptures. No, no. The Bible talks about being
still and being quiet and waiting on the Lord and things
like that, those are Scriptures. No, it is very rude if somebody
is speaking that you can’t even wait for them to finish a
phrase, finish a sentence. And you just talk over them so
that they have to stop. What you’re saying to them by
your action is that what you’re saying is so stupid and
unimportant insignificant, I can’t wait for you to finish
that phrase. What I’m saying is so amazing
and superior, that you should shut up instantly and listen to
me and give me your full attention. How arrogant. Right? No, interrupting is
disrespectful. And then thirdly, does anybody
remember the third one? Intruding. Intruding is disrespectful. The Scripture said 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 your eyes have
seen.” Don’t put yourself forward,
don’t push into something that you have not been invited into. Don’t just show up, don’t just
push your way in, don’t just say I’m going to go do that, I’m
going to go be… no, who invited you is a
question that you should ask yourself frequently. Who invited me? Who asked me? Who invited me? And there are certain things
that we should approach reverently and not be like the
proverbial bull in the china shop. Just come blaring in and loud
and pushy. God is not pushy, have you
noticed this? The devil is. The devil is pushy and
demanding. God is not. In fact, if you don’t invite the
Lord in, He won’t come in. If you don’t want to hear what
He’s got to say, He won’t tell you. Didn’t the Scripture say,
“Behold, I stand at the door,” and what? Why doesn’t He just come in? Could He come through if He
wanted to? Could He blow that door off the
hinges? Do you need Him to come in? Yeah. What if He had just said look, I
know you don’t have enough sense to know it, but you need Me. I’m coming in. Somebody said, “I wish He
would.” No you don’t. He’d be like the enemy. He’s not that way. He is gracious. He is kind, He is good. You have to ask Him. Didn’t He say you have not, why? Because you didn’t ask. People say, “I don’t go for all
that – that’s just form and niceties and ritual. I don’t go for all that. I just like everybody to jump in
and do what they want to do.” Yeah, I know. Rebellious. But no matter how you grow up or
how your parents grew up, doesn’t make it right. Just because great grandpa got
away from God, doesn’t mean you need to pass it on to your kids. Let’s let the Lord restored to
us dignity, honor, respect. Certain things should be
approached reverently. Certain things should be
approached only when you’ve been invited, upon being invited. Do you remember Moses comes up
to the burning bush, it’s a spectacle, he wants to see it
before he gets there the Lord says, “Halt. Wait. Take off your shoes. This place here is holy ground.” There are situations and times
that we don’t need to just blare in, we don’t just need to run
up, we don’t just need to say, “I’m here. Let’s do something.” You need to be quiet, you need
to wait. There’s times you need to stand
back and wait until you’re called. “What if they don’t call me?” Then don’t come. “Yeah, but I want to come.” It’s not all about what you
want. Grow up. Learn some discipline. And have faith in the Lord. “I want to be a part. I want to be involved.” Trust God. Come on, trust Him that He will
satisfy your heart. And if it’s not here and if it’s
not now, there’s another way, there’s another place, but like
Dave was saying, He loves you. Does He love you? Then He knows what you desire
and what you need and what you want. But you won’t get it by pushing
in. You push your way in and people
will resent it. And instead of you getting what
you want, people will not invite you, not want you to be around
because you’re too pushy. But if you stand back and wait
until you’re called – this is going over big isn’t it? Can you tell everybody is
excited about it? Intruding is disrespectful. What was the fourth one? Does anybody remember that? Interfering. Now a lot of times people
intrude and then they remain and stay to interfere. We have the double disrespect
there. No, you don’t want to do that. You don’t want to interfere. The Scripture said in Proverbs
26:17 that interfering in someone else’s quarrel as you,
“Pass by,” is like, “grabbing a dog by the ears.” Going around grabbing strange
dogs by the ears is a good way to get bitten. Isn’t it? It’s a foolish thing to do. And you have to watch about
interfering in things that are not your business and don’t
pertain to you. You hear the phrase “respect
their privacy.” And a lot of people agree yeah,
we need to respect each other’s privacy and yet so many would
just go right on and not do that, even though they agree
with the concept. What does that mean respect
their privacy? How do you do that? Well, you do it by not
interrupting. You do it by not intruding. You do it by not interfering
among other things. We saw with Peter and John,
after Jesus was raised from the dead, and they ate the fish
there on the lake shore. And Jesus spoke to Peter I said,
“Do you love Me?” And he said, “Yes, Lord.” He said, “Feed My lambs.” And He asked him again, “Do you
love Me?” He said, “Yeah.” He said, “Feed My Sheep.” Asked him again, “Do you love
Me? Feed My sheep.” Then He went on to tell him by
what death he was going to glorify the Lord. And so Peter after hearing that
he says, “What about John? What about him? What’s going to happen to him?” And the Lord looks at him and
says, “If I want him to stay and live until I come back, what is
that to you? You follow Me.” Now we should learn from the
Lord’s response. Can you see from the Lord’s
response Peter asked a question he should not have asked? Can you see this? He shouldn’t have asked that
question about John. That was between John and the
Lord. He should have been thanking the
Lord for showing him some revelation about his life. He could’ve talked to Him about
that. But no, he’s got his mind on
John’s business. I presume that he’s thinking
that John was going to get off lighter than him. Because John had a revelation of
how much the Lord loved him and even named himself the disciple
the Lord loves. And I don’t know whether they
thought that he saying that he was the Lord’s pet and favorite
or whether they thought he was. I don’t think that’s what he
thought at all. Maybe he just knew better about
it than they did. But here Peter speaks up and
says, “What about John? He knows what’s going to happen
to me, what going to happen to him?” And the Lord said, “What’s that
to you? You need to follow Me.” In other words, keep your eyes
right here. And He went on and said that
statement. “If I want him to live and not
die until I come back, what is that to you?” You can tell by His language
Peter has crossed a line. He shouldn’t have been asking
this. You know it’s amazing how
forward many people are. They will just walk up and ask
you questions about your personal stuff, won’t they? About your private affairs. Just like they had a right. I’ve had people ask me just
private stuff. “Well, how much did you pay for
that?” I said, well, I didn’t say. And they said, “I know you
didn’t say, that’s why I’m asking.” Come on, get a clue. That’s why I didn’t say. What’s it to you? Or what about this, or are you
doing this, or did you do this? What about them? Personal, private things. Let’s don’t be crude and blind
and disrespectful. There’s a whole lot of things
that fall under the category of none of your business. I mean there are just reams and
reams of things that are none of your business. You know, there’s stuff that
could fill the ocean with issues and ideas and items that are
none — say it out loud, “None of my business.” There are billions, and
billions, and trillions of things that are none of my
business. None of my business. So I shouldn’t be asking about
it, I shouldn’t be sticking my nose into it, I shouldn’t be
intruding into it, I shouldn’t be interfering with it. Because it is-none of my
business. Did the Head of the church tell
Peter it was none of his business? Is He the same yesterday, today
and forever? Would He tell you about a lot of
things that it is none of your business? Should you take heed to that? Yes. So don’t be interfering. Now, the fifth one, can we get
to it today? The fifth I of disrespect that
we’re talking about is — turn to the Scripture, we’ll read it
and then you’ll understand it better. Second Timothy the third
chapter. What was the first I of
disrespect? Ignoring. What’s the second one? Interrupting. What’s the third one? Intruding. What’s the fourth one? Interfering. Do you want to stop doing those
things? The Bible has emphasized to us
stop the disrespect. Stop doing these things. So don’t be annoyed by these
things, be taught by these things. The Scripture tells us that the
fear of the Lord can be taught, and I believe that’s what’s
happening for us. And that good things are in our
future as we do. Because those who honor Him, He
honors. In 2 Timothy three and the first
verse, and I’m reading in the God’s word translation. Second Timothy 3:1 says, “You
must understand this: In the last days there will be violent
periods of time. People will be selfish and love
money. They will brag, be arrogant, and
use abusive language.” Everybody say, “Use abusive
language.” “They will curse their parents,”
well that’s abusive, isn’t it? “Show no gratitude, have no
respect for what is holy, and lack normal affection for their
families. They will refuse to make peace
with anyone. They will be slanderous, lack
self-control, be brutal, and have no love for what is good. They will be traitors. They will be reckless and
conceited. They will love pleasure rather
than God. They will appear to have a godly
life,” or form of godliness, the King James says, “but they will
not let its power change them. Stay away from such people.” Did any of that sound familiar
to you? Have you ever hear of anybody
cussing their parents? See, such things should not be
heard off. Under the law, if you cursed
your parents you died immediately. You were stoned. Now, why such a serious thing? The fifth I of disrespect is
insulting. Insulting. He says here abusive language,
slanderous, cursing. Insulting is a strong expression
of dishonor and disrespect. In fact, one of the strongest
that you could express. The word curse is changed and
formed to cuss in our vernacular, and most Christians
know that you ought not cuss, although a whole lot do. Everybody just look straight
ahead now and smile. There’s a lot of Christians that
cuss, especially in times of duress or being upset. And everybody knows as a
Christian you ought not cuss, and yet I don’t think a lot of
people realize why or what’s really going on. And the reason why under duress
and being upset and being mad and whatever, cussing comes out,
it’s because cussing was in there. And that’s bad. That’s not good. When you go, “Oh! I shouldn’t have said that.” No, it shouldn’t have been in
you. Now a lot of people were world
champion cussers before they got saved. I mean, they could, whoa, they
could rip you up and down. They could send you everywhere
and do everything. Cuss, oh man. They practiced cussing daily. So they were masters at cussing. But think about cussing. What is it? What’s bad about it? It’s just words. A lot of the names — you know,
some words we use in daily language are cuss words in other
countries. We think nothing about it. But you say it over there they
look at you like what did you say? And vice versa. But it’s not just alphabet. Words are containers. They contain spiritual content. Little or much, good or bad. Take the word hello. H-E-L-L-O. Letters strung together. Doesn’t mean a thing in the
world to a lot of people that speak other languages. But I can put any number of
different things and that word hello. I can go hello. Not much of all in there. I can go hello!! I put something else in that
word. I can go hello. Put something else. That means what are you doing
here? You can put joy, you could put
distain, you can put indifference. And it’s a spiritual quantity –
words are containers. They contain spiritual quantity. God created the heavens and the
earth with them. Didn’t He? The Bible said, “Life and death
is in the power of,” them. Oh, we need mind renewal where
words are concerned. The Bible tells you in James if
you’re able to control your tongue you’re able to control
your whole body and your whole life. Is that true or not? I said, is that true or not? Think about it now. Can you control your whole body
with your mouth? The vast majority of Christians
don’t believe a word of that. You could tell by how they talk. Can you control the direction of
your life with your words? Most Christians don’t believe a
word of that. Come on, think about it. If you’re going down, down,
down, down, according to the Bible you can say, “I’m coming
up in the name of Jesus. I’m coming out of this and
things will get better and better for me, and I will
overcome every trial. And I’ll pass every test, and
I’m coming up and I’m coming out.” The Bible said if you believe
that your heart, you say it with your mouth – there’s power in it
to cause it to happen. Instead, most Christians are
saying, “I just don’t know what to do. I prayed and done everything I
knew to do and it just seems like things get worse and worse. Oh, y’all pray for me, it’s just
gotten worse and worse.” And it’s going to keep getting
worse and worse as long as you keep talking worse and worse. See, people don’t believe this. They don’t believe this. The Bible said in James you can
control your whole body with your mouth. Do you believe that? What if you have a kidney that’s
not acting right? What if you have a lung, what if
you have a heart that is not acting right? You need to be talking to that
thing. You need to be saying, “Listen
to me kidney. You’re my kidney and you will
work in the name of Jesus. I’m telling you, work correctly. Be normal. Be clear, be cleansed, do what
you’re supposed to do in Jesus name. I’m calling you a healed, whole,
strong, perfect kidney.” Instead of doing that millions
of Christians go, “My kidney is bad. I just don’t know what — y’all
pray for me. But my kidney’s been dead for
year now. It’s down and the doctors said
its down to 10% now. It’s just gotten less and less
every month. And it’s just got to where it
won’t work at all. Y’all pray.” It will do no good to pray if
you’re not going to change your mouth. Now I know people don’t like
this, but I didn’t make this up. I know it sounds foreign, but
it’s not because it’s not in the Bible, it’s because people have
gotten totally away from the Bible and substituted their
tradition of religion for the word of God. God created the heavens and the
earth with His words. He created Adam and Eve speaking
Spirits. He gave us the ability to choose
our own words, and put faith in those words, and speak them over
our life. I’m telling you, you could rule
and reign in life with faith filled words. It is the truth of the Bible. The truth of God. Millions don’t believe it won’t
receive it, they scoff and make fun of it, but it’s true. “Y’all are just that blab it and
grab it, that name it and frame it and claim it bunch.” Yeah, and we got it, too. You could make fun of it if you
want to, we’re enjoying it over here. How about you getting on board
and receiving yourself? Does it matter what comes out of
your mouth, I’m saying? Oh, it’s life and death the
Scripture says. So, we are Christians. We are children of light and
life and the Bible said also in James out of the same mouth
ought not come blessing and cursing. Say it out loud, “I’m not a
cursor I’m a blesser.” Now think about it. So much of what people call
cussing is slander. The Bible uses several different
words to describe it – reviling, reproach, slander and blasphemy. And these are – you could tell
people are putting, trying to put hate and despising and
belittling in their words. You can tell people’s voice
raises and they’re reaching down on the inside and they’re trying
to put all they can into it and go, “You sorry blankety-blank. You blankety-blank — you this,
you that!” What are they trying to do? Man, if people would put that
much effort into blessing. Huh? You ought not to cuss anything –
including your lawnmower. “You sorry blankety-blank. You this, you that!” Well, what do you think is going
to happen now? You say that for a few years, it
will be the sorriest lawnmower in the county. It will never start. It will quit every time you need
it. And you’re getting exactly what
you’re saying. What if you only said this? My stuff is blessed. I’m telling you, my stuff is the
best running, longest lasting stuff around. I’m blessed when I go out, I’m
blessed when I come in. My stuff is blessed, my things
are blessed. Everything I put my hand to is
blessed. You need to say this when you’re
not happy with something. That’s the test. You have a junker of a car and
you’re late for work and it won’t start. Here’s a test. It’s cold and you’re late. It’s not time to cuss. Help me out friends. This is not time to cuss. Help me out. What do you say? Lord, I thank you for this car. If I didn’t have this car I’d be
walking or riding my bicycle. And this car will serve me well
as long as I need it. I bless this car. It will stay together, it will
work, it will serve me as long as I need it. While I’m at it, I’m going to
thank You Lord for my new car that’s coming in. Come on now. Don’t you think you’d get
further doing that than kicking tires and cussing? Say it out loud, “I’m a blesser. I’m not a cusser.” Turn with me over if you would
to John. Let’s see, no, I moving too fast
here. Matthew fifteen. Let’s look at John eight first. What did I say? Yeah, I know. Look at John eight. You try to figure out how you’re
going to do all this in five minutes. Can y’all come back next week? John 8:48. “Then answered the Jews, and
said to Him, Say we not well that You are a Samaritan, and
have devil? Jesus answered, I have not a
devil; but I honor My Father, and you do dishonor Me.” This was such dishonor that
Jesus stated it. He said, “You are dishonoring
Me.” Why? What were they doing? Name-calling. Now, to them they felt superior
to Samaritans, so this is racial and national. To them this is really cussing
Him to call Him a Samaritan. And then they say He’s got a
devil on top of that. Are they trying to insult Him by
calling Him names and slandering Him? Why would you do that? Why? What are they putting into these
words? There’s a tone that went with
this, wasn’t there? It wasn’t friendly, it wasn’t
nice. How did they say Samaritan? Like you say a cuss word. Right? “You’re a Samaritan! You got a devil!” Why? Trying to express, in the
strongest way, how little they think of Him. Can you see this? How much they despise Him, how
repulsive He is in their eyes. Can you see this is absolutely
Satanic? This is devilish. And so when people go into these
rants of, “You blankety-blank! You’re the blankety-blankest
blankety-blank. And you sorry…” It’s not just about words, it’s
just not that cussing is bad, there’s Spirit behind this. And what are people trying to
put into these words? They’re doing their best to
despise and disrespect and dishonor and demean and reproach
and belittle. That is as far from God as you
can get. Because God holds human beings
to be the most valuable thing in all the universe. Doesn’t He? He talks about in Psalms that
the price of a soul is precious. It endures forever. There’s no amount of gold,
there’s no amount of money can purchase and equal the value of
one human being. I know that people have become
so deceived on the planet that they’ll pull out their pistol
and shoot people over twenty dollars. But how totally in the dark can
you be? There was only one thing in all
time and eternity that was worth enough to purchase human beings. It was and is the spotless blood
of the Lamb. Hallelujah. And He paid it for you, and He
paid it for me, and how dare we try to demean and treat as
totally useless and valueless the human beings that He paid
such a price for? Let it never come out of our
mouths this cursing, this insulting, this demeaning. You know the Bible said let all
corrupt communication — don’t let any of it come out of your
mouth, but only that which is good to the use of edifying,
building up, that it may minister grace to the hearers. We don’t want to convince people
that they are worth less than what they are. We want them to realize how much
they’re worth in the eyes of God. So why would you ever use some
kind of a gender slur, or racial slur, or any other thing, age
slur, whatever, to make people feel bad or less or little? Slander and cussing is the
language of fools and devils and has no place in our mouth. Say it out loud, “I’m not a
cursor. I’m not a demeanor. I’m not a despiser. I’m a blesser. I’m a edifier. I’m an encourager, in Jesus
name.” See to it that your cussing days
are over. You don’t cuss anything. You either bless it, or you keep
your mouth shut. How about that? You don’t cuss anything or
anybody. He said, “I honor My Father, but
you do dishonor Me.” And one of the things that they
were dishonoring Him about was in saying that He had a devil. Can you see that? That’s one of the biggest things
in Mark the third chapter – turn there and I think we can close
with this. I’m not finished by any stretch
but I think you said you can come back. If not, you can get online with
us and watch it live next week, or download afterwards. Unless we’re all in heaven and
if we are, we won’t care. We could still have a meeting up
there. And what a meeting we’ll have
over there. Whoa! Are you in Mark three? Mark 3:28 He said, “All sins
shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies
wherewith soever they shall blaspheme,” now, blaspheming is
a much misunderstood concept with church folk everywhere. It’s just a word that we don’t
use a lot and people, they know it has a spiritual serious
connotation, but they don’t really know. It simply means to speak evil
of. To speak ill of, to speak evil
of, one precise definition is to vilify. To speak evil of. And again this has to do with
this insulting, this reviling, this reproaching. He said, “All sins shall be
forgiven to the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever
they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the
Holy Ghost has never forgiveness, but is in danger of
eternal damnation,” didn’t say he was eternally damned, it says
he was in danger. Because if you’re yielding to
stuff to this degree, you’re headed down the wrong path,
brother. This is serious stuff. And notice verse thirty, why? Why did He say this? “Because they said, He has an
unclean Spirit.” Who are they calling an unclean
Spirit? The Holy Spirit. Now we’re going to get into this
some more as the Lord would help us, but this is so serious that
sometimes God has personally answered this kind of thing. In the Scripture we’re going to
look at it more than once. Blasphemy can provoke God to
immediate action. And it’s not good. I’m talking about judgment
coming swift and strong. And did you know that there’s
blasphemy everywhere in the world today? People say all kinds of things
about God. It’s gotten worse in the last
few years. You used to not hear people say
such things about Jesus as they say. And such things about God. They have no fear of God. No respect for God. They don’t believe He even
exists, so they make fun. I mean some popular shows and
articles — I mean some of their main things is making fun of
God. Making fun of Christians. Making fun of the church. But friend, can you see how
serious this is? When people start calling what
the Holy Spirit is saying and doing the work of the devil? And they told Jesus You’re a
Samaritan, You have a devil. Oh man, it was so serious He
responded and He said, “I want you to know something. All kind of sins will be
forgiven, things that you say against each other, things that
you say against Me, but blasphemy against the Holy
Spirit — you’re talking about Him like this, will not be
forgiven. And people that talk like this
and act like this are in danger of eternal judgment.” That’s sobering to me, is it to
you? I don’t want any kind of thing
remotely coming out of my mouth. Now, if you’re not sure whether
this is God or whether it’s not, whether it’s the Holy Spirit,
then just keep your mouth shut. I know people, bless their
hearts, sometimes it’s just out of ignorance – people that say
about folks like me and you about talking in tongues, “Oh,
that’s of the devil.” If they weren’t so ignorant,
they’d be in trouble. Do you know what I’m talking
about? And when God does something in a
church, or He does something through a people, and their
heart is right, and He came and moved, and something good came
out of it, and others are envious and they want to say
negative things and, “Oh, that preacher, that’s by the devil. That’s a devil doctrine. That’s a demonic this and that.” Watch it. Watch it. Watch what you’re saying. If that’s the Holy Ghost, you’re
speaking directly against Him. Isn’t it? Which is better? To be quick to hear, slow to
speak. Slow to get all worked up. Mad. Upset. Be respectful. Do a lot of watching, a lot of
listening. A lot of praying. A lot of thinking. A lot of being quiet. A lot of being respectful. You’ll be spared, you’ll be
kept, you won’t make these kind of grievous mistakes. Stand up on your feet everybody,
please.

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