Warfare by Honor

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Honor means respect felt or shown in acknowledgment or appreciation for a person's high character, position, or achievement; We honor God by obedience to the Word of God given to us and the blood of Christ shed for our own failures and sins.

In this teaching, I desire to impart wisdom so that you understand the highest honor shown is obedience to the Word of God.  It takes practice but with the leading of the Spirit of God, it is more than possible. It actually can become a passion and way of life for the child of God.

I am expressing my understanding and practice in dealing with the deeds of darkness set against the child of light. I can say through experience this works.  It breaks off others sins or assaults being used and set against those walking in the light.

The natural man does not understand the things of the Spirit. Therefore, to come in the opposite spirit in war seems foolish, but God's ways are not man's ways and when we are in a battle we MUST remember to be led and not walk in front of our shield, but to follow the Lord Jesus Christ.

I always loved reading and learning about King David. First, the young man unnoticed, training to reign while learning how to worship God through great acts of faith. All alone, no one to notice, no one to applaud.  

David understood warfare through honor. He had won many battles in secret and now he could teach His mighty men how to win in the open.  His knowledge of how the kingdom works for such a young man was extravagant! He understood worship and obedience without fear. And he obeyed the Word of the Lord concerning King Saul. He wouldn't even allow His mighty men to speak harshness concerning his deeds of darkness. David honored God first, and from that place learned how to honor others. It was this strength that made him a man after God's own heart. Again and again, David is used to show us this side of Gods’ commandments and to honor those who labor among you, and also to honor the least of these.

I believe David was one of the forerunners showing us how to walk out the new commandments which sum up all the law and the prophets: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; and love others as you love yourself."

If you love yourself you will honor yourself, treat yourself the way the Lord would treat you, and thus treat others in His love and honor.

God knows who we are long before we have understanding, and I believe with each test and trial, all in heaven are praying that we will also understand how to win wars as intended. Not by might, not by strength, but through the leading of the Spirit of God, through the practice of obedience in the living written Word as our road map.

It is Father's desire to bless us, and to make us a "vessel of honor" ready to be used in His Kingdom. Therefore, when we pray, "I desire a pure heart and clean hands." He helps us out!

2 Timothy 2:19-21
"If a man therefore purge himself from these, (things which dishonor) he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, for the Master's use, and prepared unto every good work."

In order to walk in a way which produces life through warfare by honor, one has to pursue the death of all human desire for fame, fortune and prestige.

Jesus holds the highest honor and He won every battle using the weapon of honor. He was a man without a reputation, with no place to lay His head, yet He was willing to stand up and demand honor be shown to those whom others felt deserved only dishonor.

    •    He honored the woman at the well
    •    He honored the woman caught in adultery
    •    He honored the woman who begged for crumbs from the Master's table
    •    He honored the woman who touched the hem of His garment.
Women generally were not honored at all, let alone those considered unclean.

He honored these women showing unconditional love and grace - one protects, the other covers.

John 12:26
"Whoever serves me (Christ) must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.”

Honor
    •    Allows others freedom to think for themselves.
    •    Allows others the freedom to speak.
    •    Allows you the right to see things differently without wrath.
    •    Shows respect through the act of listening while another is speaking.
    •    Honor is being on time.
    •    Honor is not demanding others to agree with you.
    •    Honor is telling the truth in the spirit of gentleness.
    •    Honor expresses gratitude & thanksgiving.
    •    Honor is grace expressed to those who fail.

Honor causes life to flow. It is like a new clean artery pumping fresh blood which brings life. That is why it is such a powerful weapon!

Honor through spoken words confuses the enemy and sends him swirling.

When others loose words of anger, you loose words of peace. They loose words of condemnation, you loose words of life. This can be hard to do if you have not spent time in the presence of the Life Giver, so setting aside some time is very important. Christ’s honor is never false, fake or manipulative. It is power expressed through the Holy Spirit toward others.  One must purpose to learn how and practice. When we are tested and trials come, understand that this is only practice. We are learning how to become dangerous to the thief.

May it never be said of us that…

Matthew 16:27
"These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.”

John 7:17-19
“He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself ... but he who works for the honor of the one who sent Him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.”

Lord,

I release the sound of healing into those who do not honor themselves through the practice of honoring others. I declare that the eyes of their hearts will be open and they will become enlightened so that they know the true riches, hope, and power opened to them by their obedience to follow your example. I declare that they will receive all the Honor and Glory due them from honoring your word and making the sacrifices needed to grow in your grace and practice a lifestyle of honoring others!

Amen

~Lynda Bowers