Summary: In God’s Kingdom there is a “Protocol of Honor”. If you expect God’s blessing you need to start by honoring God, respect his Word and behave accordingly. This includes respect by everything that is Holy, God himself, his Word, the Church and the men and w
Most things in life have to be learned. You can do things naturally but you’ve had to learn how to talk, behave, eat, dress, etc. Some people take all things for granted and have an attitude of knowing it all but in fact there are always new things that we have to learn in the area of our relationships. If you think you know everything about Church or about God you may end up losing your faith and even your salvation. In a race athletes can start well and run in the first positions but sometimes they give up and don’t cross the finish line.
Today I want to talk about something really important for your spiritual growth, for a better relationship with God and others and to enhance your life at all levels.
The Protocol (the ethics) of honor
If you go to a real five star hotel, and I am not talking about a five star in Acapulco or in a tourist resort, but if you go to Monte Carlo or to a fancy place in Dubai you will not be allowed to enter the restaurant without the proper attire. They may require either a suit with tie or a tuxedo since there is a dress code to obtain access to the club areas. You will not enter there with shorts of cheap clothes since there is a high standard and a protocol. There are complicated rules of “etiquette” when you start going to high class places. These rules are based in honor and respect and they set limits and boundaries to what you can and cannot do. If you are an outsider you will be easily spotted because eventually you will break protocol.
In God’s Kingdom there is a “Protocol of Honor”. If you expect God’s blessing you need to start by honoring God, respect his Word and behave accordingly. This includes respect by everything that is Holy, God himself, his Word, the Church and the men and women of God that he places on your path.
Proverbs 3 (AMP)
7Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil.
8It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones.
9Honor the Lord with your capital and sufficiency [from righteous labors] and with the firstfruits of all your income;
10So shall your storage places be filled with plenty, and your vats shall be overflowing with new wine.
The Bible talks about “reverent fear” and worship. This is mentioned as a lifestyle since you do it by turning away from evil. This first action involves a promise of inner healing and physical healing. Then it proceeds to Honor. When you honor God with the firstfruits of all your income God promises to bless you to a place of overflow. Honoring God includes giving financially.
My message today is not about giving but it’s about raising the bar in our life. God wants to give you inner peace; healing and financial wellbeing but there is something we have to do if we expect him to reward us with these blessings.
Many people today expect to be blessed without honoring the Lord. Some others expect to be healed both emotionally and physically without having a reverent fear for the things of God.