Summary: We honor God by giving Him glory.

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November 1, 2015

Morning Worship

Text: 1 Samuel 2:30; Revelation 4:11

Subject: Honoring God

Title: Glory and Honor

Last week we began a series on honoring God. And in 1 Samuel 2:30, the Lord is speaking to Eli through a prophet concerning the character and actions of Eli’s sons who were acting as priests in the wilderness tabernacle but doing things that weren’t very priestly.

I believe this is God’s word…

I believe it is for me…

I accept it as mine…

I appropriate it to my life today…

30 Therefore the LORD God of Israel says: 'I said indeed that your house and the house of your father would walk before Me forever.' But now the LORD says: 'Far be it from Me; for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.

Who is the Lord going to honor? Those who honor Him.

The word translated “despise” is often misunderstood in today’s language. We thing of it as having a hatred or extreme dislike for something or someone. But despise can be a simple as just ignoring something. And many people, even in the in the church world, tend to do just that by ignoring God’s word for salvation, healing, power, blessing…

So just ignoring the things of God can change the way that God responds to you.

This morning I want you to look with me at the correlation between honor for God and glory.

Honor =

kabad (kaw-bad') (or kabed {kaw-bade'}) v.

1. to be heavy, i.e. in a bad sense (burdensome, severe, dull) or in a good sense (numerous, rich, honorable

2. causatively, to make weighty (in the same two senses)

Glory = a variation of the same word…

kabowd (kaw-bode') (rarely kabod {kaw-bode'}) n-m.

1. (properly) weight, but only figuratively in a good sense, splendor or copiousness

Both honor and glory have to do with weight. In the OT culture the value of something was according to its weight. It’s the same way our monetary system was set up with gold as the standard… the heavier something is the more valuable it is.

The honor or glory that you give to God is directly proportionate to how much you value Him.

In Revelation 4 we get a clear picture of this…

Revelation 4:9-11 (NKJV)

9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever,

10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

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."

Those who are continually in God’s presence understand the weight of His presence.

Those who are in His presence will give Him honor…

Those who are in God’s presence will give Him glory…

Those who are in God’s presence will know His power…

those who honor Me I will honor…

Is that true?

Do you believe God’s word?

If the word of God says that about honor what will happen concerning glory?

Isaiah 60:1-2 (NKJV) This is a prophecy concerning Israel, a promise of the coming Messiah.

1 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.

2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.

Many times in the scripture when it talks about God’s glory it is referring to a visible physical manifestation of God’s presence…

With that in mind then, if we treat God as having value, honoring Him and giving Him glory then how will He honor us? How will he let His glory rise among us? Through the same type of physical manifestation in our lives!

¯ Ken Sande, Resolving Everyday Conflict

“What are you really living for? It's crucial to realize that you either glorify God, or you glorify something or someone else. You're always making something look big. If you don't glorify God when you're involved in a conflict, you inevitably show that someone or something else rules your heart.”

1 Peter 4:14 says that “you are blessed for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you”.

Now we see a connection between the Holy Spirit indwelling believers and glory. Has God given you the Holy Spirit for your own personal convenience? NO, the Spirit of God rests on you so that you can honor Him and be honored; So you can give him glory and receive glory;

Go back to Revelation 4, 11 "You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power;

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