Honor in the Kingdom of God
It was several years ago that I began to learn about honor in the Kingdom of God. Up until that point I hadn't really thought much about honor concerning life in Christ, and the only scripture that really came to mind about honor were the verses in Exodus and Ephesians that talk about showing honor to your father and mother. (God bless you Mom and Dad)
As I began to go "deeper" into the things of the Kingdom of God and listen more to those ministers of the Gospel that teach about living a real life in Christ instead of just being saved and going to church once a week, I began to hear about honor. Those such as Neville Johnson and Bruce Allen saying that the things we honor will be the things that manifest in our lives and the things we honor will be the things we pursue. Justin Abraham says that life flows through honor and it is the currency of Heaven. The Bible says that we should give honor to those whom honor is due. (Romans 13:7)
There are many scriptures in the Bible that talk about honor and it's importance to the Lord. One that shows well the heart of God on this subject is found in the book of 1st Samuel...
"Therefore the LORD God of Israel declares, 'I did indeed say that your house and the house of your father should walk before Me forever'; but now the LORD declares, 'Far be it from Me--for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me will be lightly esteemed. (1 Samuel 2:30)
Things we do not value we will not honor, it's as simple as that. If we honor the gift of spouse or children we will spend time with them. We will desire to spend time with them. Honor is an expression of the desire we have. Honor is something tangible that can be seen. It becomes obvious. The same is true for our relationship with the Lord. If we value and honor our relationship with the Lord we will desire to spend time with Him. Prayer, or spending time in God's presence is not a drudgery or a chore if He has a proper place of honor in our lives. Yes, Life does flow through honor.
Honor and the Things We Desire
Several years ago I was having a bit of a struggle with something the Lord was doing in our lives. There were powerful supernatural manifestations of God happening in our home and in our lives that I had never been prepared for. I like this quote by Joshua Mills on this subject...
"Everyone likes to say we have a supernatural God until He does something supernatural.... and then they have a problem with it." - Joshua Mills
Well... I was in that boat for a while. My wife Gordana had received a powerful impartation from the Lord on 11/11/11 and since that day when she would pray or intercede she would get swept into the spirit and I didn't have a grid for it. I realized something. You can watch it happen to the people in a prayer line on TV and be excited for those people but when it happens in your own home with no one around you may go through an adjustment period.
So during this time I would see the power of God come upon Gordana and I would see a very, very veiled presence of the angels in the room. I thought to myself "this isn't right! I should be able to see them clearly but I can't!" I complained to the Lord about this for almost two years. "Why can't I see what's happening!" One day I came into the bedroom and saw my wife in prayer and the room was awash with God's presence and movement from the angels and I just shouted at them. "Show yourselves to me! I'm her husband!" As soon as I said this a flash of brilliant blue light filled the room causing both me and the dog to jump. But.... they did not reveal themselves to me.
Later in the evening the Lord spoke to me, or rather He spoke to me and I finally listened. "I cannot show you. You do not honor what I am doing in your wife's life. I have proven to you that this is me by miraculous signs and healings but you still doubt. If you want to see what she sees as she prays then join her as she intercedes and become a part of what I'm doing, then I will show you."
This was an important lesson for me in laying hold of the things I desired of the Lord. I see men and women of God who do mighty exploits and I don't always have a grid for it, but I have learned to trust God and honor His work in their lives and He blesses me.
The things we honor will be the things that manifest in our lives. You can count on it.
It is our Father's good pleasure to give us the Kingdom. Honor that.