Honor To Whom Honor Part 9

Honor To Whom Honor Part 9


I believe we should be excited
about the future. I believe God has a very good
plan for us and our days to come will be far better than our
days behind us. We’ve been, and I believe what
we’re on is part of that, part of us getting there, being
there. If our days to come were much
better and more blessed and on a higher level than our past
days, that would be God honoring wouldnt it? And we have found that Him
honoring us is directly connected to us honoring Him. In 1 Samuel two and verse
thirty, the end of the verse here, it says, “For them that
honor Me I will honor, and they that despise Me shall be lightly
esteemed.” Let’s say that out loud, all of
us, a couple of times. Together: For them that honor Me
I will honor, and they that despise Me shall be lightly
esteemed. Let’s say it again. Together: For them that honor Me
I will honor. Who said that? God said it. Can you count on that? Now the last part is as true as
the first part. Together: They that despise Me
shall be lightly esteemed. If you honor Him, you’ll be
honored. If you despise Him, you’ll
despise. If you treat Him and this things
as light, trivial, insignificant, that’s how you
and your things will be treated. I don’t know if that is really
been taught as much as it should be. People tend to not want to think
about that. But it’s true. If you don’t hold God’s things
as valuable and important, then your things are not going to be
treated as valuable and important. Go to Romans thirteen if you
would. 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.” The God’s Word translation says,
“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.” Now, most Christians need major
mind renewal in the areas of respect and honor because their
minds have been conformed to the world’s way of thinking. When you talk about respect and
honor, so many times people just think about themselves and yeah,
you have to respect me. And they demand respect. You will respect me in my house,
in my place of business, you will respect me. So they demand respect. That does not work. Demanding you have to respect
me. No, they never have to respect
you no matter how much you pound your fist or stomp your foot. You don’t get respect by
demanding it. You hear criminal sometimes say,
“I’ll stick my forty-five in your face and you’ll show me
some respect.” That’s not respect. Maybe fear. You may force somebody to do
something in fear of losing their life, but that’s got
nothing to do with respect or honor. No, if you want respect you have
to sow respect. Don’t demand respect,
demonstrate respect. And if you pay the respect you
owe, then you’ll reap the respect you sow. Now also the world’s way of
thinking is if I’m going to respect you, I withhold my
respect until I determine that you have earned my respect, that
you merit my respect. But that is ungodly, that’s a
worldly way of thinking. The Bible said you owe certain
ones respect regardless of how you feel about it. If the Lord says you owe them
respect, then you ought to pay — He compares paying respect to
paying taxes, to paying bills. And so we need mind renewal. And you may not be able to
appreciate everything a person in authority or a person over
you in some capacity says or does, but you must respect the
place that they stand in, or elsewise you disrespect the God
Who created the place and put the people in the place. So, do you think we have some
more to learn about these things? Are you hungry to learn about
it? I’m convinced the Lord is
helping us, He’s teaching me. I’m learning some things and
seeing them in a clearer way that I’ve seen them before and
seeing some things I hadn’t seen before. I’m excited about it because if
we really learn how to show more honor and respect to Him, tell
me what’s going to happen? He will honor us more. Are we interested in that? Do we care about that? Oh friend, when your bills are
paid and you not only are making it but you’re prospering and
increasing in a world where people are losing everything
they got and not making it, that’s God honoring you. Can you see that? I mean when you’re healed, and
your babies are healed, and you overcome when other people lose
their family members and die prematurely, and accidents
happens and you’re protected, that’s God honoring you. And one of the greatest ways
that He honors us is with His presence. With His presence. People talk about that with
natural secular things. They’re having this event and
so-and-so came and graced us, honored us with their presence. Well, there is no greater than
the Almighty and when He shows up at your function, you’ve been
honored. And we know He’s everywhere, but
He’s not manifested to the same degree everywhere. Is it true that you and I, we
can initiate a greater manifestation of the presence of
God? From this can you see what I’m
talking about? How? If we show Him greater honor and
respect, what did He say He’s going to do? He’s going to honor us more. What if we honor Him greatly? Then He’s going to honor us
greatly. This is very, very important. Very wonderful. We went back to the Book of
Genesis and we saw the origin of dishonor. We saw the beginning of
disrespect. There was no disrespect between
God and Adam and Eve as He communed with them and they with
He in the beginning days before the fall. But when the devil came on the
scene we see disrespect. We see he said he questioned
God. “Has God said…” hear the tone? And then went Eve told him what
God said, he contradicted God and said, “No. No. You won’t really die.” Basically calling God a liar. And he’s the liar. And so isn’t that disrespectful? And then we see them following
suit and following the devil and showing disrespect to God. Eve took of the fruit and ate it
and gave to Adam and he ate it. They had to ignore God to do
this. Didn’t they? They had to ignore what he told
them, the plain direction He gave them about the tree, they
had to ignore it. And then when they fell and God
came to talk to them and asked them, “Did you eat of the fruit
of the tree?” They were defensive and
deflective. Can you see the disrespect in
all this? He said, “Adam did you eat of
the fruit that I told you not to?” What’s the answer to that? Yes. But instead of saying that he
started explaining it, “Well, the woman that You gave me…” Can you see the defensiveness
and the deflection? That’s disrespectful. That’s disrespectful. And so the Lord is teaching us,
He’s unfolding some things to us, I’m convinced of it. Right here, right now, you and
me, in Branson and everybody joined with us around the world,
we’re learning. And He’s emphasizing to us that
honor and respect, a big part of it, is what you don’t say and
what you don’t do. And that you and I should be on
a mission to stop the disrespect. To stop it. We’ve grown up in a generation
that has lost things about honor and respect, and some people are
second and third generation now that have grown up hardly
knowing anything about respect. And people just say and do all
manner of dishonorable things and act like they don’t even see
it, don’t even know it. But even though we’re in the
world, we’re not of the world. We don’t have to be conformed to
the world. We can be a light in the middle
of a dark world. And we’ve already seen some
indication of it. And I’m believing that ourselves
and our young people and our children will be witnesses. We’ve had adults in different
institutes in the city and counties around that have wanted
to find out more about the church because of our kids. That’s right. And because of our youth. They say, “Wow, what a
respectful young man… what a fine child… so peaceful and so nice… yes sir and yes ma’am… I thought that was dead, I
thought that was gone…” It is a strong witness. I said, it is a strong witness. Do you believe though that we’ve
learned all that we can learn about it or are we just in the
beginning of this? Do we need to come way, way
on up from where we are? Well, the Lord gave us, in the
process of giving us five I’s of disrespect that we can identify
in ourselves and get rid of. If you haven’t been with us let
me encourage you, get online, download it in its entirety at
no charge. If you’re in the building you
can go in the back, you can get CDs, DVDs and get caught up. We’ve already covered a lot of
ground. But the first one was what? Ignoring that we’ve already
talked some about. Ignoring is disrespectful. What was the second one? Interrupting. Interrupting. Let me just read the Scriptures
to you. In Proverbs 18:13 in the Easy to
Read it says, “Let people finish speaking before you try to
answer them. That way you will not embarrass
yourself and look foolish.” Interrupting people is very
disrespectful. And you know when it comes to
prayer, prayer is not supposed to be a monologue. It’s supposed to be a dialogue. Yeah, you can speak to the Lord,
but you’re supposed to do a lot of listening. And you know the one who knows
less should do more listening. Right? And so a lot of people are big
on prayer, but they’re just big on them talking all the time. No, prayer is just not you
talking all the time. We must learn — a huge part of
our walk with God is learning how to hear Him. Learning how to listen to Him
and hear Him. And so when He’s speaking
certainly you ought not interrupt Him. And if somebody’s talking to
you, I don’t care who it is, surely you can wait a few
seconds and let them finish their sentence. Right? And shows some simple respect. Also, what was the third one? Anybody remember? Intruding. Intruding is disrespectful. Proverbs 25:6-7 talks about
don’t put yourself forward, don’t demand, don’t push for a
place. It’s better to wait for an
invitation, he talked about. This has to do with the nature
of our God. He’s not pushy. God doesn’t push His way into
your life. Do you remember the Scripture
says behold I stand at the door and knock? And if any man will open, if
he’ll allow the Lord to come in, then He will enter in and you’ll
sup and have fellowship with Him. But God is not a forcer, He’s
not a manipulator; the devil is pushy. The devil will try to control
you against your will. Not God. If God was going to make anybody
do anything, He’d make people get saved. Wouldn’t He? He’d say I know you don’t
believe in Me, I know you don’t want any of this, but you’re
just too stupid to know. And I’m to save you anyway. Here I come. You’ll thank Me later. Somebody said, “Man, I wish He
would do that.” No, He wouldn’t be who He is and
no, you don’t. No, you don’t. That’s devil like. You’re going to get this no
matter what, no. No matter how desperately you
need something, and how easy it is for God to do it for you,
He’s not going to push it off on you, He’s not going to make you
have it, you have to invite Him. You have to ask Him. So, intruding is disrespectful
and you and I don’t want to be that way. Anybody remember the other one? Four was interfering. Now this is all tied together
because so many times people intrude into a situation and
then they stay and remain there so they can interfere. And it’s all disrespectful. The Scripture said in Proverbs
26:17, like one that seizes a dog by the ears is a passerby
who mettles in a quarrel not his own. It’s a bad idea grabbing a
strange dog’s ears. That’s a good way to get bitten. And a lot of people stuck their
nose where it doesn’t belong and that’s a good way to lose a
nose. And you need to ask yourself,
like we were talking about the intruding, who invited you? Who asked you? And we saw Jesus talking to
Peter telling him by what death he was going to glorify God, and
so Peter instead of talking to Jesus about what He’s talking to
him about, he changes the subject. He reaches over and points to
John and says, “What about him? What’s going to happened to
him?” And the Lord looks over at him
and says, “If I want him to stay, remain alive until I come
back, what is that to you?” Basically He’s saying if I
choose for him not to die, because he’s asking if that’s
how I’m going to die, how is he going to die? He said, “If I want him to
remain until I come back, what is it to you? You follow me.” And let’s take heed to the
Lord’s word. There are a whole lot of things
in this life that are just none of your business. Right? And you need to have enough
sense to discern that and know when to stay out and to be
quiet. Because if you do, if you push
on, if you intrude into it, if you interfere in it, you are
being disrespectful of them and their space. Have you ever heard the term
“respect their privacy?” How do you do that? How do you do that? You need to know there are lines
you shouldn’t cross. There are things you should stay
out of. Things you should have nothing
to say about. We live in a world where people
don’t observe any lines, where they just blare into anything
and everything and just talk when nobody asked them, and just
push in and start doing when nobody invited them. This is not godly. This is not the way of the Lord
and you and I are learning not to be this way. Right? Are you interested in learning
and growing in this? Say it out loud, “Lord help me
be aware of these things all the time, and at any point I began
to transgress, violate these truths, alert me, check me
strongly. And by Your grace I’ll stop. I’ll change.” Hallelujah. Well, look for Him to do it. He will. And when He does, don’t just
keep pushing through, don’t override it. Stop. And if you need to, repent to
them right on the spot and say I’m sorry, that was none of my
business. I shouldn’t have asked that, I
shouldn’t be doing that, and repent right there. And if you’ll do that on a
regular basis, you’ll change. Anybody remember the last one we
got into here? The fifth one, the five I’s of
disrespect that we’ve been talking about, the fifth one was
insulting. Insulting. And you can see that these have
gotten progressively worse, and this is one of the very worst
ones you could talk about. Insulting. Go with me to 2 Timothy. Second Timothy 3:1, this is the
God’s Word translation on this one. It says, “You must understand
this: In the last days there will be violent periods of time. People will be selfish and love
money.” There is that loving money
again. Did you know you don’t have to
have any money to love money? Some of the most covetous money
loving people there are, are poor people. They just sit around and dream
and long for money. No, loving money, you don’t have
to have any to do that. They will be selfish and love
money. “They will brag, be arrogant,”
notice this. They will use what? “Abusive language. They will curse their parents,
show no gratitude, have no respect for what is holy…” You know, the English definition
of the word profanity is to be irreverent of God and of the
things and people of God. That’s the English definition. Profane, profanity. We began to get into talking
about cussing and we’ll say some more of that, but it said
abusive language. It went on in the third verse
and said they will, “Lack normal affection for their families. They will refuse to make peace
with anyone. They will be slanderous,”
slanderous and abusive language is about as disrespectful and
dishonoring as you can get. It mentioned cursing your
parents. Do you know under the old
covenant, the first covenant, you were executed for that? Did you know that? If you cursed your parents
they’d bring you out and did they really curse their parents
and people would bear witness that heard it and they’d take
them out and stone them and kill them. At God’s direction. Do you see how far generations
have fallen from proper respect and honor? Abusive language. Now, the words here that are
used to describe these kind of things are slander, reviling,
blaspheming. And all of these are dealing
with the same things. Slander, to revile means to
speak reproachfully, irreverently, disrespectfully. To blaspheme means a very
similar thing. Speaking evil of, to slander, to
abuse, to speak irreverently of God. You can even use good
terminology in a bad way. We’re going to see that it’s the
spirit of it. It’s the tone of it and the
attitude of it. And it’s so common and prevalent
today that a lot of people don’t even notice it anymore. But it shouldn’t be in our
mouths, it shouldn’t be a part of our ways. When you’re talking about
cussing, most all Christians know cussing is bad. You shouldn’t cuss. A lot of them do, Christians I’m
talking about, not all the time, just when they get real upset. But, what’s wrong with cussing? People are religious about it. “Oh, they said a bad word.” What does that mean? No, there’s a lot more to it. We talked about how that words
are more than letters. Letters grouped together to make
a word doesn’t mean anything unless you understand the
language, and then they can mean a night and day difference
depending on how they’re used. And so words are simply
containers that you put spiritual substance into. And so when people are cussing,
and particularly when people get really upset, you can tell folks
get animated. And I mean they’re really trying
to put something into these words. “You blankety-blank,
blankety-blank! You’re the sorriest
blankety-blank I’ve ever blankety- blank-blank!” What’s going on here? What are they trying to do? They’re really making an effort
to put something into these words. Aren’t they? What? What are they trying to put into
these words? They are trying to demean,
devalue, debase, right? How sorry, how low, how nothing. This is devilish. The Holy Spirit didn’t inspire
you to do that and say that. So what spirit is that? This is devilish. So it’s not just cussing a bad
thing that Christian ought to do, one of the things that the
church and everybody on the planet needs such a revelation
of is the value and significance of words. God created the heavens and the
earth, everything we see, with His words. He had it inside Himself and He
chose words, and He put creative power in those words, and when
He spoke them and released them, life became. Didn’t they? And He gave you and I one of the
highest honors. I mean we have a place above
Angels, above any other created being. He’s made us speaking spirits. We have the freedom to choose
whatever we want to say. We can say anything we want to
say. Now we should act like our God
and fill our words full of faith. Right? And love, and peace, and grace,
and joy. And we should speak on purpose
to affect, to encourage, to enable, to empower. Can you say amen? But the devil would have you
fill your words with hate and with despising and disgust and
cursing and death. Have you ever noticed what’s
popular in the world is always perverted and twisted? I mean, it’s not popular to
bless, it’s popular to damn stuff. Damn, damn, damn. It’s popular and supposed to be
cool to draw out the word damn and hyphenate it. Daaaa-mmmm. That’s supposed to be cool. Why isn’t it cool to go
bleeessssed? Whoa! Blessed. If something is supposed to be
real sharp and nice they go, “Oh man, that’s wicked. Wicked.” Wicked? Something is great and they go,
“That’s bad. That’s bad.” Why am I saying that? You should not twist your words
and say and mean the opposite of what you are trying to say. That’s devilish. That’s being deceived. If it’s nice, say it’s nice. Right? If it’s good, don’t call it bad. And don’t be damning anything,
or cursing anything, or trying to demean or belittle anything. We are speakers of life. We are blessers, edifiers,
encouragers. And friend you can get good at
this. If you have a mind to put
yourself to it and apply and try, God will use you and He’ll
give you the right word at the right time in the situation. I’ve had Him use me before, I
haven’t done always perfectly but there’s been times in
situations I just looked down and said Lord, they’re hurting. What can I say? What can I do? And He’d give it to me. When He did, I’d say oh, that’s
it. That’s it. That’s it. That’s it. And He’d show me what to say and
how to say it. And you could just see the pain
come out of their face. You can you see the burden come
off of them. This is valuable. Didn’t the Bible say that death
and life, life and death is in the power of the tongue. While we’re talking about this,
go with me over to the Book of Proverbs please. Thank You Master. Proverbs 12:18. “There is one who speaks like
the piercings of a sword,” there are words that are just like
stabbing people. Has the same effect. “But the tongue of the wise is
health.” Just like there are words that
pierce and do damage and hurt, there are words that literally
heal. How many would be willing to
speak words into people that would literally come out of your
Spirit, and out of your mouth, and there would be a tangible
anointing that would come into them and start fixing something? This is not imaginary. This is real. If we would learn to operate the
way the Master has taught us, how did Jesus live? Did He speak words? Did He change things with His
words? You know He did. He spoke to trees, didn’t He? He spoke to the wind. He spoke to waves. He spoke to fevers. Remember Peter’s mother-in-law
taken with a great fever? I remember reading that years
ago and it said Jesus rebuked the fever. And I thought whoa, whoa, whoa. He’s not talking to God. He’s not praying. He’s not talking to Peter’s
mother-in-law. He’s talking directly to a
fever. And He’s not inviting it kindly,
He’s rebuking it. What’s a rebuke? Get out of here! Get out of here fever! And then I thought can a fever
hear? And I read the next verse and it
said it departed from her. I thought yeah, fevers can hear. And if fevers can hear, ulcers
can hear, high blood pressure can hear, tumors can hear,
cancers can hear. But how many, how many even of
our own folks right here, if your child has a fever and you
go thought, look they’re running a hundred and something fever. Do you immediately think talk to
that thing? Talk to that fever. Is that how you think? Two or three people nodded their
heads. We should think like this. We should operate this way. And one reason why it’s been so
lax is because people haven’t valued their words and they just
say anything and everything, and they don’t expect any of it to
come to pass. And you can’t act that way and
then all at once you want to say something and it happen. If your words have no power most
of the week, then you can’t just flip a switch and it’s got all
this power right now at the moment. We need to control our words. Don’t we? He said in the BBE, “There are
some whose uncontrolled talk is like the wounds of a sword, but
the tongue of the wise makes one well again.” The Complete English says,
“Sharp words cut like a sword, but words of wisdom heal.” Thank You Lord. So when people are cussing and
when they’re trying to insult, when they’re trying to slander,
what are they doing? They’re making an effort to put
evil spirit quantity in these words. They are trying to release
damage and death, aren’t they? And that ought not be in our
mouths. I don’t care how mad you get, I
don’t care how upset you get, never should this be in our
mouth. The Bible said, “Let no corrupt
communication proceed out of your mouth but only that which
is good to the use of edifying that it may minister grace unto
the hearers.” Let’s look at some examples of
this. You know, they insulted Jesus,
didn’t they? They said things to Him and
about Him that was so dishonoring. In John 8:48, “Then answered the
Jews, and said unto Him, Say we not well that You are a
Samaritan, and You have a devil?” Are they trying to put something
in their words to cut Him, to demean Him, to debase Him? And He said in verse forty-nine,
“I have not a devil; but I honor My Father, and you do dishonor
Me.” Jesus remarked about how
dishonoring their words were. Listen to this phrase. In John 9:29 the religious
leaders were saying, “We know that God spoke to Moses: as for
this Fellow, we know not from whence He is.” This Fellow. Who are they talking about? We’d say today this Guy. This Guy. You know, it’s not cool to refer
to your father as my old man. My old man. My old lady. That’s not cool. That’s ungodly, that’s worldly,
it’s disrespectful. “That’s just the way we talk.” You need to change. If you’re a Believer, you need
to put more stock in the word than you do tradition and
whoever’s ways. I’ve had people come to me when
I was working at Rhema Bible Training Center and I was there
overall for number of years. And graduates, graduates I’d
meet them out over the road somewhere and they’d go, “Well,
how is the old man?” They’re talking about Brother
Hagin, the founder of the school. You’d just shake your head and
think after all this? After all that you’ve heard and
you’ve seen and you’ve done and no more respect than that? Is it okay to talk that way? Do a lot of people talk that way
though? Well, the Lord is teaching us. Will we receive it? Will we make the corrections? Will we change? They said that about Moses in
Acts 7:40. They said to Aaron, “Make us
gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out
of the land of Egypt, we don’t know what is become of him.” This guy. Watch out for that kind of
language because that is gross disrespect and dishonor and it
is attached to some serious things. As we go further in this you’ll
see this kind of talk and this kind of action brings judgment. I said, it brings judgment. Because God takes it personally. Are you holding a verse or not? Go over with me to Matthew
twenty-seven. Insulting is obviously
dishonoring and disrespectful. When Jesus was scourged, when He
was hung on the cross, they did this, they mocked Him and they
slandered Him. And you’ll see you can take a
respectful term and use it in a disrespectful manner. In Matthew 27:29, “When they had
platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed
in His right hand: and they bowed the knee before Him,” were
they really worshiping Him? No, they’re mocking Him. They, “Mocked Him, saying, Hail,
King of the Jews!” Is He the King? But are they serious about this? No, they’re twisting it, they’re
saying it but they mean the opposite. “And they spit on Him,” and in
verse thirty-one, “And after that they had mocked Him, they
took the robe off from Him…” Verse forty-one, “Likewise also
the chief priests,” these are supposed to be the leader of the
people, they’re mocking Him. And verse forty-two, “He saved
others; Himself He cannot save. If He be the King of Israel, let
Him come off the cross, and we will believe Him.” Mocking. Slander. Demeaning. You can take a respectful term
and use it in a disrespectful way. “I guess you think you’re the
head of this thing… Oh, you’re in charge…” We need to eliminate from our
vocabulary sarcasm. Sarcasm and irony is saying
something but meaning the opposite. Even in simple things like, “Oh,
this is some pretty whether were having, isn’t it?” And it’s just storming outside. Somebody said, “What’s wrong
with that?” You don’t want to practice that
because you’re saying the opposite of what you mean. What good can come out of that? You’re twisting your words. “Well, aren’t they a pretty
thing… Oh, yeah, you’re a fine
Christian, aren’t you…” This is the language of the
devil. This is how he talks. You don’t want this in your
mouth. Say what you mean, mean what you
say. Don’t twist them and don’t take
a respectful term and say it in a sarcastic voice. Now notice this. Go with me to 2 Kings, please. Second Kings the first chapter. In this historical account the
king had gotten sick. The king was very ungodly. And so he sent messengers to
prophets and ministers of a false God to inquire about him
getting healed. And the man of God met him, met
his is messengers and said to them, “Is it because there is no
God in Israel that you sent out to these false gods? I got your message right here. You go back and tell him no,
he’s not gonna make it. He’s not going to be healed.” That’s the Keith Moore
paraphrase. Well, it made the king mad. Oh, it upset him. He thought he’s not going to
talk to me that way. And so he sent a captain of
fifty and fifty soldiers to get him and drag him in front of the
king. He’s gonna show him who’s king
around here. And verse nine look at this. “Then the king sent unto him a
captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him: and,
behold, he,” the man of God, “sat on the top of an hill. And he,” the captain of fifty,
“spoke to him, You man of God, the king has said, Come down.” Now man of God, is that a
correct term? Is he a man of God? Yeah. But is he using it in a
respectful way? He’s using a respectful term in
a disrespectful way. Sarcastically. Oh, man of God, come down! Verse ten, “Elijah answered and
said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire
come down from heaven, and consume you and your fifty.” And there was a loud sound, “And
there came down fire from heaven,” we might call it
lightning. It’s usually how fire comes down
out of heaven. “And consumed him and his
fifty.” I mean, fifty-one people were
burned up in a moment; ashes on the ground. How many believe this really
happened, this actually happened? I know some people don’t, but it
did. It happened just this way. Verse eleven, so the King, “Sent
to him another captain of fifty,” this guy is slow. “And he answered and said to
him, O man of God, the king said,” get down here now! “Come down quickly.” Stupid. Everybody say, “Stupid.” What is he doing? He’s seeing how disrespectful he
can be. Isn’t he? Man of God is the correct term
just like King of the Israel was a correct term, but he’s using
it in a sarcastic, disrespectful way. And here he throws it in, “I
said get down here now!” Verse 12, “Elijah answered and
said to them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from
heaven, and consume you and your fifty.” Kapow! It happened. “And the fire of God came down
from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.” One hundred and two men burnt to
ashes now because they didn’t know how to talk. You’ll find in these areas that
railing against God, slandering and blaspheming can provoke Him. I said, it can provoke Him. It has and it can provoke Him. There are some things that are
obviously just too much to let go and He had to answer it. Now verse 13, the King, “Sent
again,” you can tell it’s not him having to go, can’t you? “A captain of the third fifty
with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty
went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah,” smart
man. “And besought him, and said unto
him, O man of God,” how many think he said it in a completely
different way than the previous two? Oh man of God, “I pray thee, let
my life, and the life of these fifty your servants, be precious
in your sight.” Please hold the fire. I’m not demanding anything. I’m asking. Does it make any difference how
you approach people and situations? Whether you come in demanding
and smart mouth and disrespectful? Or whether you come in with
respect, and humble, and giving honor to those to whom honor is
due? Will it make a big difference in
what you get, what kind of response you get? Absolutely. Notice this in verse fourteen. He said, “Behold, there came
fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the
former fifties with their fifties: therefore let my life
now be precious in your sight. And the angel of the Lord said
to Elijah, Go down with him: be not afraid of him. And he arose, and went down with
him to the king.” This is such a clear example of
our text, isn’t it? What does our text say? “Them that honor Me I will
honor.” What about those that despise
Me? “They’ll be lightly esteemed.” Those first two captains and
their fifties, they despised the man of God and in so doing they
despised God Himself. I mean, who are they talking
like this to? This man of God stands at the
very forefront in the Earth, in the ministry of the prophet. God called, God chosen, God
anointed, and they dare to talk to him like this? And act like this? Well, because they treated him
as nothing and insignificant, God treated their lives as
unimportant and expendable. Do you see this? One hundred and two of them
wiped out like that. You want to treat God like He’s
unimportant? That’s what you can get. You could be treated like you’re
totally unimportant, unnecessary, unimportant. But here a man came and treated
the man of God and treated God like he was important. Like he was powerful, like he
had some say-so, like he mattered. And here God gives this man
respect. Not only was his life spared,
but he allowed him to complete his mission. Told the man of God to go with
him. Didn’t he? “Them that honor Me I will
honor. Those that despise Me shall be
lightly esteemed.” You can really see it here,
can’t you? You’re there in 2 Kings, go over
to the second chapter. Second Kings 2:23. And this is Elisha. He was going up from there, “To
Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth
little children” now other translations bring out youths. “And mocked him, and said to
him, Go up, you bald head; go up, you bald head.” God’s Word translation says,
“…boys came out of the city and mocked him. They said, Go away, baldy! Go away!” The BBE, Basic English says,
“…some little boys came out from the town and made sport of
him, crying, Go up, old no-hair! Go up, old no- hair!” Now friend, when we hear this
kind of talk it should make us cringe. When somebody is this ignorant
to speak this derogatorily of God’s man, God’s people, God’s
anointed — how many remember the Scripture says more than
once, “Touch not God’s anointed?” Why? He takes it personally. God takes it like you’re
touching Him personally. Do you remember when Saul met
Jesus on the road to Damascus, he saw that bright light and
what did Jesus say to him? “Saul, Saul why are you
persecuting,” my Christians? No. No. What did he say? “Why are you doing this to Me?” And Paul said, “Who are You?” He thought, I didn’t do anything
to You. Oh, yes you did. The Lord takes it personally
when you speak about His people. He takes it like you doing it
directly to Him. And that’s why you see these
responses. And you and I should cringe when
we hear people speaking so disrespectfully. “Go up you old bald head!” I’m sure they said other stuff. But the Bible said, “And he
turned back, and looked on them, and spoke out a curse.” Now he didn’t just do this at a
whim, the anointing came on him. You got some that say, “Man, I’m
glad we’re not in the Old Testament.” How about the New Testament? Do you remember that Elymas the
sorcerer? The spirit of God came on Paul
and he said, “You child of all subtlety, you child of the
devil. You’re going to be blind for a
season and not be able to see.” Just like that he lost his
sight. New Testament. We’ve been talking about
miracles. We’ve been talking about signs. We’re talking about wonders. Some of these are in these
areas. Can you see all this goes
together? The Lord is teaching us, he’s
bringing us into some areas we may not have thought as much
about. People have created God in the
image of their ideas and the image of their denomination’s
ideas and they don’t like to hear some of these things. Listen, God is awesome. He is not to be trifled with. He’s not to be treated with
contempt. His Holiness and purity is
beyond reproach and examination and His wisdom. And everything He does and
everything He has not done, everything He has performed,
everything He has allowed is perfectly just and righteous,
whether you see it or whether you don’t. He ought to be respected. He ought to be honored. Shouldn’t He? He ought to be revered. And, the Bible said inasmuch is
you’ve done it or not done to the least of these my brethren,
you did or didn’t do it to Me. Jesus said if they don’t receive
you they don’t receive Me. They don’t receive Me they don’t
receive the One that sent Me. As we talked about it before,
showing honor to God means showing honor to people. Men and women that are like you,
that are not perfect, but that’s not what makes them special. The call of God, the hand of
God, the manifestation. When God chooses somebody, when
He does something through them, you may not be up to see why He
chose them, but the fact that He chose them ought to be good
enough for you. Sometimes you might look at it
and just shake your head and go oh man, I wonder why He picked
them. He knows things you don’t know. He knows their hearts. And if He picked them that ought
to be good enough for you. And if you use them, whether
it’s a brother or sister, it doesn’t have to be a minister, a
brother or sister He use in some capacity you ought to respect
that and not allow yourself to speak any kind of demeaning,
debasing, derogatory thing. The man of God wheeled around
and je spoke over them. The Bible said, “Two she bears
out of the wood, and,” mauled them. Killed, “Forty and two of them.” I know people don’t like to hear
that, but it happened. Why did it happen? Because these kids didn’t have
enough sense but to go out here and talk like this to a man of
God. And what’s worse, their parents
didn’t have enough sense to teach them better than this. This is an indictment of how far
this generation had gotten away from God. Kids can make mistakes, they can
go out and do stuff different than what their parents taught
them, I know that. But for the most part if they
would come up in a home that feared God, they wouldn’t have
wanted to be a part of such a thing. They would’ve said you can do it
but I’m not. I’m going to the house. And they would’ve still been
alive. Right? And why would the Lord allow
this? This is radical. I mean this is like these
hundred and two guys getting burnt up. This is very serious. Why would He allow this? He wanted every boy and every
girl among His people to know that story. Didn’t He? He wanted everyone growing up to
know and realize oh man, don’t mock the man of God, don’t say
that. I mean you remember the story? The bears came out of the woods
and got them. Wouldn’t that make an impression
on a little kid? And isn’t it sad that we got so
many little ones today that will spit and cuss in their mother’s
face. Say and do things with their
teachers that just — we’ve had little ones in Sunday school —
you just couldn’t believe the foul language coming out of the
little child’s mouth. Where did they get that? This needs to change. It’s already begun to change. I believe God is doing a great
thing in us, and for us, and through us. We have already, like I
mentioned, we have already had people in the community that
want to know more about the church because of our kids. They’d write us letters and say
man, that young man is the most respectful, finest young man,
young woman. That little child, most
respectful, peaceful, kindest little child. I thought it was gone. Yes sir, yes ma’am. So nice. So polite. So respectful. This is a witness. This is light in a dark world. It starts with you, it can be
passed down to your kids. The Lord tarries His coming the
next generation can take it to a whole other level. And tell me the good thing about
it. If we honor Him, He’s going to
honor us. Now you might say, “Brother
Keith, a hundred and two being burnt up in a moment… forty-two kids being destroyed
by wild animals. Why don’t we hear more of that
today? Maybe that’s just Old
Testament.” No, Ananias and Sapphira is not
Old Testament is it? They stood up and disrespected
the man of God, and lied to the man of God, to his face, and
Peter said you haven’t lied to me, you lied to God. And they fell dead when they
heard those words. Boom, they hit the ground. And you might say, “A wonder why
we haven’t seen more of that?” Three words. Mercy of God. You think about this. The Bible said judgment must
first begin at the house of God. If judgment came full measure on
these kind of things for disrespect and dishonor, how
much of the church would we lose before people got a hold of it? It’s the mercy of God, isn’t it? But, the increase of power and
the increase of the manifestation of God’s presence
and miracles goes hand-in-hand with this. I spent some time watching some
of the old videos and old books of people that were used in
great ways by the Spirit of God in times past, some of the
earliest available. And some of them you can see
they had such a reverence for God. And they would warn people —
I’m thinking of a man of God right now he had amazing
miracles, amazing miracles. And he would warn people and
say, “Don’t you sit in here and think like that, and imagine
like that. Something bad could happen to
you.” See, that sounds strange to our
ears now. And he warned them that some of
the things that the people were being delivered from, if they
sat out there and mock it, some of those things could come on
them. Have we even heard such things
today? Do we even think like that? It’s because people have lost
fear of God. They don’t have the fear of God. And there are people that don’t
even believe God exists so that’s why they have no qualms
about using the Lord’s name in vain and saying such terrible
things about Jesus and His church because they think
there’s nobody hearing it. Nothing to it. It’s not true. They are wrong. He hears. He sees. He knows. And there’ve been times
throughout history that people’s blasphemies and their slander
provoked Him, and He didn’t let it go. He answered. You know there’s an exciting
side of this, too. You watch it when somebody
starts — I’m trying to rush a little bit. If somebody starts talking in
God’s face, I start smiling. Because I know they’re setting
themselves up. Do you remember that on numerous
occasions in the Scripture, when Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
when the king said, “If you don’t bow down when the music
sounds I’m going to throw you into that furnace, and what God
is that that can deliver you out of my hand?” That’s the kind of language I’m
talking about. When people talk like that you
need to stand back to a safe distance. Because God hears it. And there’s some of this He just
won’t let it go. Some of that He lets it pass
because they’re ignorant, but there’s some folk that say
things they ought not say and I’m telling you, did God show up
or not? He showed up and the next thing
you know old Nebuchadnezzar is trembling and he’s saying, “Who
else is in that fire? Who is that in there?” And then he writes a letter to
everybody that they better show the God of Shadrach, Meshach and
Abednego some respect. And if they doesn’t show Him
respect, he’s going to tear their house down. Oh, boy. He got converted didn’t he? He was the most blasphemous one
out there, but he changed. And you see when people speak
this defying talk, “What God can do that? Your God is not real…” Oh man. He hears it. I know Brother Jesse Duplantis
and I were talking years ago, there was something he wanted
for his aircraft on their airport. And nobody had ever had it
before, and he wanted it. And he was going to believe to
have it. And the people in charge told
him, “That ain’t never happened. It ain’t never going to happen. Those huge oil companies have
tried to do it, and they couldn’t do it. The mob tried to do it, and they
couldn’t do it. And not even your God can do
that.” And he told me and he and I
laughed and I said, “Uh huh, let them say it again. Let them say it again.” You know what happened? He got it. I mean, officials from high up
in the government got involved and they said you have to let
this man do this. And it happened. And he’s got it. And all of them still have their
mouth open going… how? Don’t say God can’t do it. Don’t get up in God’s face. Well, if they blaspheme they do,
but see to it that it never comes out of your mouth, that
you get a smart mouth with God and you never — I’ve heard
preachers, bless their hearts how would they think this way,
get in God’s face and go, “Come on now God! I served you! Where are You? I’ve done my part!” Watch out. Do you know Who you’re talking
to? Don’t get smart mouthed with
God. Think about the third captain of
fifty. How many think he is a good
example? He comes, he hits the ground. Boom. Oh, man of God. He says it in a nice way. Oh man of God, oh man of God,
please. Let our lives be worth something
in your eyes. And because he showed honor, he
got honor. Stand on your feet everybody. Just close your eyes and pray
this out loud with me if your heart agrees with it, if you
mean it. Say: “Father God, I desire to
show You the honor and the respect that You ought to
have. You’re worthy of it. Forgive me, whether ignorantly
or rebelliously being disrespectful to You, Your
people, Your things, it’s not my heart today. It’s not my choice. I choose to honor You and Yours.

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