Series Title: Honor God
JULY 2016 SERIES: EN 101
Series Aim: To inspire and motivate ENAD members to keep on Honoring God, Making Disciples and Multiplying Leaders faithfully and joyfully.
GOD: Worthy of ALL Honor
John 5:22-23 (NIV)
22 “The Father judges no one, but has given all judgments to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.”
1 Corinthians 10:31 (AMP)
“So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God.”
To honor someone is to highly speak of their value or worth. We honor people owing to their position or because of noteworthy deeds they’ve done. In the Scriptures, we are commanded to honor our parents (Deuteronomy 5:16 and Mark 7:10) and those who are in authority (1 Peter 2:17). However, when we honor God, we are demonstrating the highest regard for Him.
How do we honor God?
5 Ways to Honor God:
1. Heart of Worship
Isaiah 29:13 (NIV)
“The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.”
Mark 7:6 (NIV)
He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.’”
The worshippers whom Isaiah is referring to here are heartless and hollow. They come before God and honor Him with their lips but not with their hearts.
The Lord wants us as His people to honor Him, serve Him and do things for Him with all our heart.
2. Obedience to His Word
Numbers 20:12 (NIV)
But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”
We honor God when we believe in and live out His Word. Our obedience pleases and honors God. As the apostle John said in 1 John 3:21-22 NLT,
21 Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. 22 And we will receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey him and do the things that please him.
3. Non-use of God’s Name in Vain
Leviticus 19:12 (GWT)
“Never swear by my name in order to deceive anyone. This dishonors the name of God. I am the Lord.”
We bring dishonor to God by taking his name in vain and failing to do an oath or promise we made to him. It indicates one’s lack of reverence for God. The third commandment forbids taking or using the Lord’s name in vain.
Exodus 20:6 (ESV)
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”
The name of the Lord is holy, as He is holy. The name of the Lord is a representation of His glory, His splendor, His majesty, His authority and His supreme deity. We are to regard and honor His name to the highest degree. To do any less is to take His name in vain.
4. Offering of our Bodies
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
God has purchased us through the blood of His Son Jesus when we came to him in faith and turned our life over to His Lordship. Therefore, our bodies belong to God and we must honor Him with our bodies and the way we do this by offering our bodies to the Lord.
As Paul says in –
Romans 12:1 (NIV), “… to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.
5. Repentance of our Sins
Luke 15:10 (NIV)
“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
The Bible says heaven is rejoicing over one sinner who repents. God is honored when we turn to Him and repent of our sins. This is demonstrated in the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32 who dishonored his father when he left home but honored his dad when he came back to humbly repent.
We were created to honor God. We have been saved in Christ to the honor of God. Everything about us should bring honor to God.
As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:31 (AMP), “So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God.”
When we don’t honor God with our lives, we are not living our purpose. It’s like we’re cheating ourselves of we should truly live. Living for the honor of God is the best life we could ever live.
Take Away: We live to HONOR God!