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Opening Heaven Through Honour

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Opening Heaven Through Honour


A pattern established by God

‘In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Mark 1:9-11 ESV

Jesus began his adult life with His father’s blessing and honour. We see an open heaven followed by the dove resting upon him. Jesus was honoured and walked under open heaven.


Heaven’s culture


‘And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honour and glory and might forever and ever!” Revelation 5:13 ESV

We often hear more about releasing glory and power than about being a blessing and giving honour; but these two words have great importance in heaven and are a key to experiencing a greater open heaven in our lives. Take note of the order they come in. Blessing and honour first, then glory and power. If you want glory and power then first bless and honour God. Bless and honour people first and you will release God’s glory and power in your life.

Satan’s original rebellion was an act of dishonour. He wouldn’t acknowledge God’s sovereign place, he wouldn’t honour God. As a result he was cast out of heaven.

To honour means to put value to something, to recognise it as precious and worthy of respect. The opposite is to dishonour – to treat something as common, ordinary and of no value.


Honouring opens the heavens

In the Book of Matthew chapter 13 we again see the connection between honouring and an open heaven powerfully illustrated:

‘And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honour except in his hometown and in his own household.” And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.’ Matthew 13:53-58 ESV

We see here that Jesus was restricted by the peoples’ unbelief. The reason is clear - in their unbelief in his divine authority they recognised him but failed to honour who he was. Because they did not give Jesus the honour he deserved heaven was closed over them. Their lack of honour meant that even Jesus couldn’t call down heaven’s glory and power.


Who are we to honour?

Young people -

As we honour our youth it will release them into their potential. God demonstrated that at Jesus baptism. Jesus received His Father’s unconditional approval before he had done any miracles or taught anyone.

Husbands and wives -

Honouring one another will help create an open heaven over your marriage and home.

'The same goes for you husbands: Be good husbands to your wives. Honor them, delight in them ...in the new life of God’s grace, you’re equals. Treat your wives, then, as equals so your prayers don’t run aground.' 1 Peter 3:7 MSG

Honour your wife and your prayers will not be hindered. That’s what an open heaven looks like.

'Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.' Romans 12:10 ESV

When we practice honouring in our relationships, we open heaven over our lives and the lives of the ones we honour. When we do this as a church we will see an increase of the power and presence of God among us, we will see more healings, we will see more breakthroughs.


Honour destroyers

What destroys honour is putting your needs, your wants, your cares above others.

'Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourself.' Philippians 2:3 NIV


Honour builders

The way to honour others is to put their needs, their wants, their desires before yours.

“Honour your father and mother” - which is the first commandment with a promise - “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Ephesians 6:2-3 NIV

Many young people think success is found in a college degree, a great paying job, their friends, their popularity. These are good, but the Bible teaches that a key to prosperity and longevity in life comes from honouring your parents.


Honour is a gift

Honor is something given – it cannot be taken. It is easy to want to award honours to yourself, as we see many dictators do,  but you can’t.


The prophet’s reward

If you receive and honour a prophet you get a prophet's reward. In 2 Kings 4:8-36 is the story of the Shunammite woman who consistently honours the prophet Elisha.

In Shunem Elisha meets a wealthy, childless Shunammite woman who honours him by providing a meal whenever he came by. Next, she builds a room onto her house where he can stay when he is in town. Again, she is honouring him. She is expecting nothing from him in return as she only wants to honour him yet Elisha asks her what he can do for her. She replies that she is satisfied with her lot but Elisha’s servant tells him she has no son. The prophet’s reward is that she gets is a son. This was probably her greatest desire and because she consistently received and honoured the prophet, without expecting a return, she was rewarded. Later, however, the boy dies; she brings the prophet to him and Elisha brings him back to life. Again her honour is rewarded.


Conclusion

Honouring is an important part of the culture of heaven and it should be an equally important part of our lives and the life of the church. Honouring opens the heavens and releases the power and glory of God over our lives and the lives of those we honour. Build the practice of consistently honouring God and others into your life. To honour is a choice and a gift that we cannot give ourselves but must come from another. To honour means we have put another ahead of ourselves without thought of reward. Honouring brings its own reward.

Do you want to experience more of God's power and glory in your life? Then learn to be a blessing and to honour.



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