Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

CULTURE OF HONOR

               The Culture of Honor

                                       January 22, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Galatians 5:7-15 NKJV

 

You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is. And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased. I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off! For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!

 

 

Many will not survive the dog eat dog going on in the present day church.

 

God never designed for the Body of Christ to be cannibalistic. It was intended to be organic and not parasitic.

 

Organic.....all organs work together toward the sustainability of the body

 

Parasitic....the parasite feeds from living tissue wearing it down till death of the organ occurs.

 

 

The Culture of Honor says that the relationship is superior to the circumstance. It is the persona of Faith, Hope and Love

 

 

Faith...that God is bigger than any mortal encounter.

 

Hope...That we have a promise that far exceeds the value of anything we can devise.

 

Love...that God is always honored as we prefer our brother and sister and place that in top priority.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apathy is Pandemic in Nature

 

Romans 12:9-13 NKJV

 

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

 

 

One of the first things we learn after we are born is self-preservation. It is not a spiritual trait; it is a tendency of base survival. We learn survival from our flesh. We learn giving from our God.

 

Because of this auto-responsive nature, without the illumination of the Gospel and revelation of the Holy Spirit, we continue on in the vein of the natural realm...never stepping out from that confine.

 

 

Here in Romans 12, Paul explains to us the DOS of heaven. He says as healthy spiritual believers, we release, not clutch. We give, not demand. We aggressively pursue the kingdom, not shirk back. We continue through our hard situations with a smile, unwavering, ever praying, always a giver.

 

 

 

 

 

Honor dictates all above self

 

Matthew 5:33-42 NKJV

 

“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’  But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne;  nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.  Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black.  But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one. “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’  But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.  If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also.  And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.  Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

 

 

The Culture of Honor accentuates the unimportance of self and the importance of your brother. Matthew 5 tells us that our objective should never be to get even, but to seek God’s justice.

 

We are warned against swearing...always wondered about that. Its not so you have less words to use when you are angry, it is because God owns every dynamic of our existence. We do not have a right to abuse it by taking oaths that we have no license to use.

 

The passage culminates by telling us that if we are required to give what we have...even if it is unjustly taken...to not react with vengeance, but to respond with love and generosity.

 

 

 

 

 

A change in Spiritual Climate is needed personally and corporately

 

 

II Kings 6:15-17 NKJV

 

And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “ Lord , I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord  opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

 

 

Achieving this culture of honor in your life begins with YOU.  There is no one else that can activate the principals and precepts outlined here unless you are ready to release the grip you have on yourself.  It really IS your choice.

 

Here in 2 Kings...we have THE classic example of “changing the atmosphere” that triggers the culture of honor in each of our lives.  Elisha’s servant awoke to a quite perplexing situation. Sometime during the night, the Syrian king moved troops in all around Elisha’s encampment almost insuring a dawn massacre. Elisha’s servant is devastated. He awakens Elisha in a panic....WE ARE SURROUNDED!

 

Here is where Elisha’s response of faith and preference changed the atmosphere. Elisha’s prayer was not to smite the servant for faithlessness. It was not to call down fire from heaven to slay the enemy....His prayer was that “The eyes of his servant might be open” that he would see that there are indeed more with us than against us. It was then that Elisha’s servant no longer thought that his master was having a nervous breakdown.

 

Instead, Elisha’s servant saw what Elisha saw......angels all around ....on chariots of fire. Changing the atmosphere around you requires first changing the atmosphere inside you.

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