Wednesday, June 15, 2011

"AWAKEN TO HONOUR"


As we see in the media today, there are many in the world who get honoured because of the family they were born into, the works they have done, or because they have some special gift or talent that causes people to admire and look up to them. However, as believers and followers of Jesus Christ, I want to challenge us to be a people who honour Him above all and also become vessels of honour in His kingdom!

Honour (definition) means Heaviness or Glory

Hebrew (Old Testament): A person who is honored is regarded as being weighty or as amounting to something.

Greek (New Testment): Esteem, value, preciousness.

We, as believers are called first and foremost to honor God. In our western culture, we have lost the true understanding of honour and must reteach and retrain ourselves how to truly honor God.

God is the head of a kingdom, not a democracy! As Westerners, we often understand things from the point of view of a democratic society. Therefore, when we become Christians, we often bring this way of thinking into our religious beliefs. However, God doesn’t run a democracy, but a kingdom. Eastern cultures tend to understand this better and understand the true definition of honoring God.

To truly learn to honor God, we must change our thinking and understand that Jesus is the head of all things and He is the king in our kingdom. What He says goes. What the Word of God says goes! It is not subject to democratic debate and cannot be twisted to adjust our lives. We must be the ones to adjust our lives, thoughts, & behaviors in order to be successful and become honorable vessels in His kingdom.

Eph 1:19-23 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honour at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.

How do we Honour God?

By Giving Him Our lives!

Luke 9:23 Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.

Ways we can adjust our lives to become Honorable Vessels:

· Spend our lives helping others to get set free to serve the Lord

· Realize God created us to show His power through us.

· Don’t live for ourselves or promote ourselves, but serve in the body of Christ to see the power of the Lord work in us, through us, and out to others.

· Have soft hearts towards the Lord and others

· Be hungry for the presence of God

· Be humble

· Stay teachable- take correction from those who have laid down their lives for the Lord and learn from them.

· Listen to, obey, and serve God wholeheartedly

· Change our hearts, minds, attitudes, plans, time, talents, finances, and use them for the kingdom of God

· Allow God to rule our lives; not people, money, or other wants/desires

Romans 9:21 Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?

God desires for us to be vessels of honor in His kingdom. Therefore, all dishonour must go! We have a choice in the kingdom of God to become a vessel who will honour God or dishonour Him.

Vessel- Container, bowl, cup, something that can hold something.

The purpose of a vessel is to hold something so others can use it. It is useful, practical, and much needed in the kingdom of God. God is looking for vessels of honour He can entrust to carry His presence so we can pour it out to a lost and dying world. In the natural, honorable vessels hold the best food and drink, while dishonorable vessels hold awful things like slop or toilet water. What kind of vessel would you rather be?

God will not entrust His presence to dishonorable vessels! As we allow Him to do a work in our lives and yield to the Holy Spirit, we are making room for His presence.

Rev.4:11 “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”

Yours for His Honour, Glory, & Fame,

Sheri Deobald

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well said. "Honor's Reward" is an excellent book written by John Bevere to dive deeper into this topic.

colleen downey said...

Thanks for this post today. I really do need to honor my Father in everything, good and bad. Sometimes i feel like I need to defend an issue
instead of letting God work things out to bring glory to Himself. Forgive me Father for not honoring you in every area of my life, and every happening in my life. Teach me how to honor you always.

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