Honor can be a mystery to some, but to me honor means that you have a good name, outward respect for others, and that you walk in integrity. More importantly, it means that what you speak happens.
The Word of God says that if you honor your father and mother you will have long life.
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”—Exodus 20.12 We all want long life. We want to prosper in health, but we also want to prosper in the land that the Lord has given to us. In order to prosper in the land, we need to do everything with honor and excellence—to the best of our ability. Our homes should be the best-kept homes in our neighborhood because they should reflect the excellence of our Lord. We also need to walk in honor. Your parents may not be easy to honor—not everyone’s parents are perfect—but you have to come into agreement with what God says. God chose that particular man and woman, good or bad, to be your parents, and thus we must choose in our hearts to honor them. Why? Because when things are out of alignment—when we choose to dishonor our parents—we cannot fulfill God’s promise for us: “Also today the Lord has proclaimed you to be His special people, just as He promised you, that you should keep all His commandments, and that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, in praise, in name, and in honor, and that you may be a holy people to the Lord your God, just as He has spoken.”—Deuteronomy 26.18-19 You cannot be made a holy people if you do not walk in honor. The Ten Commandments were written because they are a matter of honor. There is no honor in killing. There is no honor in adultery. There is no honor in stealing. There is no honor is spreading rumors and lies against others. There is no honor in envy and jealousy towards others. We are the temples of the Holy Spirit. Our bodies react to our thoughts, and they also react to words that we speak and that are spoken over our lives. Did you know that you can kill with your words? “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18.21). When a person bears false witness against another, they take on the habit of pulling others down because they themselves are down. If you get into the habit of building people up, then you will be lifted up… it’s that simple. If you covet and are jealous of others when they prosper, you will be held back from prospering. When you are jealous of others, it cuts off your provision, because you have dishonored God who provides all our needs. “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4.19).
The bottom line is that we need to honor others and be happy when they prosper!
We desperately need to fall in love with God’s instruction—His Word—and not lose sight of our first love. If you honor the instruction of the Lord, He will honor you and put you above the circumstances of earth. This is our hope—that we, the Church, would turn to the instruction and not use faith/grace doctrine to ignore the instruction. Joshua 1.8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” You need to have the Word in you before you proclaim it. If you meditate on the Word—allow it to soak into your body, soul and spirit—and then speak it, it has supernatural power. You must truly believe it before you proclaim it. If you meditate on the Word before you proclaim it, then you are giving the Word honor.
The Word of God says…
“…that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.”—John 5.23 So if the Son is the Word (“the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” John 1.14), then we are to honor the Word. The Word abides in us. Yeshua, the Word in us, is indeed our hope of glory. “To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”—Colossians 1.27 When we honor the Word and are walking in health, wealth, prosperity, love, forgiveness, and the fruit of the spirit flowing out of us, we walk in the fullness of His Word in power! “…He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”—1 John 4.4 So my prayer for you today is that you begin to sincerely walk in honor of the Father, of His Son (the Word), of the Holy Spirit, and of all those around you. And that as you honor His Word, as you read and meditate upon it, that you will learn to walk and speak forth the Word in power—truly unlocking the mystery of honor!