THE POWER OF HONOR
August 23, 2020 / Romans 12:10
“The Power of Honor”
To receive honor, you have to show honor, when you sow honor you reap honor, when you sow dishonor, you reap dishonor.
POINT: I think we need to treat others like we want to be treated, but honor must be earned, merited, and invited. Everybody gets grace, and everybody gets love, but honor is earned.
Text: Romans 12:9-10; Psalm 19:7-11
No one gets to mistreat people and say, “I’m honoring the Lord.”
-Every promise in the Bible has a condition attached to it. (Sow/Reap)
-Everything in the kingdom is about sowing and reaping.
1. WHY DO WE NOT SHOW HONOR?
-Words create the movement of God into our lives. When you accuse yourself, you create a trap.
-When you accuse others unnecessarily, you bring dishonor to your life. Psalm 19:14
POINT: Your next blessing will only be a product of the words you speak, and the prayers that you pray.
The changing of the words we speak can precipitate a change to the season of life that we are in.
A. Pride Hinders Honor. Proverbs 29:23
-It is incredibly prideful when we can’t learn from someone who is younger, more educated, or different than we are.
-Where you chose to get your information from will make a difference. Who you honor, is how you will learn.
Embrace LIFE-LONG LEARNING
B. Unbelief Hinders Honor. Mark 6:4-6
-Pride and unbelief will cause people to not honor things in their life. Mark 6:3
-It will amaze you who God uses to speak into your life.
-Stop dishonoring other people for something you are not doing in the first place.
-When you question the Word of God, you have questioned the integrity of God.
2. HONORING FAMILY GIVES YOU GREAT POWER.
Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:2-3
Every family member should honor their family.
-Part of your identity is contained in your family.
-Your greatest legacy is not how much money you make, but rather how well you have honored your family values, your family heritage, and your family principles.
A. Honoring Family is Fundamental to Life.
• We are to respect the authority of our parents, church leaders, and teachers at school, our boss at work, and our government as citizens.
1. Honoring God’s authority is the only way to find fulfillment in life. Ecclesiastes 12:13
POINT: There is a correlation between the quality of life we have and the recognition of HONOR in our life.
2. God places authorities in our lives, by which we are to learn submission by showing honor.
-Simply put, the way children relate to their parents will determine their success in how they relate to other human beings.
-At home, it’s our parents. At school-it’s our teachers. In church-it’s our pastors or leaders.
-We never outgrow the need to show honor.
B. Honor begins at home.
1. The home is the first place we come to understand honor.
Surveys have shown that people who honor others can relate with people well because they’ve learned to respect themselves.
POINT: There are a lot of times you have to do what somebody tells you to do, whether you want to or not.
2. There are no perfect parents.
-None of us have perfect parents, and no young adult will be a perfect parent either.
3. HOW TO HONOR YOUR FAMILY.
If God is going to move in our lives, you have to honor your family and your church family.
- We owe our parents our life.
- We owe our teachers our education.
- Denying yourself recognition of this fact creates massive conflict within your soul that will be revealed later in life.
- They have a responsibility and therefore appreciate them
- Listen to what they have to say. Show them you appreciate their efforts.
- Parenting is expensive!
- It is easier to honor parents when they are younger because we need them.
- They are of ‘use’ to us.
-Many have grown up and have concluded that it is their right to disrespect their family and even their church family.
• The Bible says we are to value and treasure and to hold in highest esteem our parents.
1 Timothy 5:8
POINT: ACCEPT, APPRECIATE, and AFFIRM your FAMILY.
The Law of reciprocity: “The principle is that others will reciprocate in kind based upon the way you treat them. Life largely gives you what you give to the world. Galatians 6:7