Understanding Honor (Part 2) — It Starts with Him

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There is a biblical principle that stretches across many facets of our lives, from finances to friendship: we must give in order to receive.  Honor is no exception.  The one who would receive it must first hand it out – first to God, and secondly to people. 

How do we honor God?  Primarily through loving obedience to Him and through putting Him first, above other people and above ourselves. 

You shall have no other gods before me.Exodus 20:3 

And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6:5 

If you love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15 

In addition to obedience, we honor Him with our genuine worship.  There are many verses throughout the Bible which demonstrate the honoring of God through worship in heaven and on earth: “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen”  (1 Timothy 1:17).   

We honor Him with our finances: “Honor the LORD with your substance, and with the firstfruits of all your increase: so shall your barns be filled with plenty, and your presses shall burst out with new wine”  (Proverbs 3:9, 10). 

Quite honestly, if we cannot cheerfully give our money to God – the tithe (10%) and offerings above that, as mentioned in Malachi 3:8-11 — we are not honoring Him.  He held nothing back from us, giving His own Son, and yet, do we dare to presume to withhold from Him? 

Say what you want about the tithe being an Old Testament principle that went out with the Law.  It’s not about following a rule.  It’s about a heart attitude.  New Testament believers who are governed by the Spirit of Life will find themselves honoring the Lord with their finances beyond the prescribed tithe and offerings mentioned in the Old Testament.  Even the Old Testament saints understood this, and we must, too. 

So, if we wish to receive honor, we must first honor the Lord.  And we must honor other people.  We’ll talk about the people aspect next time.

Previous: Understanding Honor (Part 1) 
Next: Understanding Honor (Part 3) — And Moves on to Them 

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3 responses to “Understanding Honor (Part 2) — It Starts with Him

  1. Pingback: Understanding Honor (Part 1) « Out of the Fire

  2. ANONYMOUS

    Can you tell me what if you are a faithful tithe payer and give what you believe God tells you for an offering or give what you have in you storage and still see no change financially, then you pray and ask God to show what you are doing wrong, are you giving grudgingly or out of necessity or out of a wrong attitude; you then examine your heart to see if this is occuring saw where you did it in the pass but know without a doubt that is not happing anymore, yet you have not hear a reply from God in this matter, is there or could there a generational cuse on your finance.

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    • Hi Anonymous,

      There is not a cut and dried answer to your question, but I will do my best. I don’t think I would go down the road of thinking it is a generational curse. And if you have asked the Lord to forgive you for past disobedience in giving, and are currently faithful in your giving (which sounds like it is the case), then you can go on into your future without being concerned about what happened in the past.

      I personally know several people of integrity who have been generous, faithful givers all their Christian lives, and yet they are currently struggling financially. Why? I am asking God that myself. Sometimes it is a case of God bringing us to a higher level of dependence and trust in Him.

      Elijah was a man of God, yet there came a time when the Cherith Brook dried up, and God shifted him to a new place so that his needs could be met. We don’t have any idea how dried up the brook got before God told him what to do next. It may have been getting pretty desperate before God acted.

      George Mueller, a 19th century believer who built eight orphanages and had at least a million dollars come through his hands, all via faith and miraculous answers, has inspired multitudes of believers to trust God for provision. Yet, Mr. Mueller explained that there were lean times when the provision did not come through right when he thought it should. He experienced temporary seasons of lack — but God did supply ultimately.

      One thing you can do is lift your eyes away from what you are doing right or wrong and look to Jesus. It is easy for us all, when things aren’t going right, to get introspective about whether WE are doing things right or not. Then it becomes about performance, and whether we deserve to be blessed — works, in other words. Jesus took the curse of poverty on Himself at the cross. He wants to give you in exchange the riches of heaven, along with every other blessing. We cannot earn blessing; it is a gift Father gives us because Jesus has given us His righteousness. We now have available to us unlimited blessing from heaven. Trying to earn our blessings is a hindrance to receiving them, because we can’t live in God’s grace and our own efforts to perform at the same time.

      So, place your hand in Jesus’ hand, start expressing your confidence in Him that He will take care of you, and let’s see what the Lord starts to do for you. He desires to work miracles on your behalf. It may take time and faith, but He has promised to care for His own.

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