I am in the process of reading a very powerful book written by John Bevere entitled Honor’s Reward. It is one of those heart-enlightening, life re-directing books, and I highly recommend that you add it to your home library! Bevere says of honor that it is “the essential key to receiving from God and for this very reason the enemy of our souls has all but eliminated honor”.
When we establish, through our actions and in our hearts, patterns which allow negative feelings and words towards others, including those in authority over us, we are setting up life choices that will eventually be to our detriment. We are practicing disobedience and that severely curtails the blessings of God in our lives. In John 8:37, Jesus says of such actions, “My Word has no entrance (makes no progress, does not find any place) in you.”
Over and over in the Word the Lord calls for us to love and honor others, with no exception. And very specifically, He speaks of honoring those in authority (Romans 13:1-2). Bevere speaks of ministers of the Gospel who have, through their ministry, seen many miracles happen during gatherings in Africa, and yet they can do no mighty works here (same message, same anointing). They are treated with high esteem and great respect and honor in Africa, but not here!
Through his writing a light shone for me into my emotional and often negative reaction to the American political process. How can I, at one and the same time, pray for our civic leaders in obedience to the Word (1 Timothy 2:1-4; 1 Peter 2:11-15) and mock and deride them because their viewpoints differ from mine? Politics in America has always unleashed negative reactions from those holding opposing views. This may also be true for much of the rest of the world, but it seems that American individualism has raised it to an “artform”! We have a right, don’t we, as free people to make determinations and pronouncements against those with whom we disagree?
Yet Heaven’s standards and purposes are so different. First and foremost, our Father says, honor authority. Pray for them. Our heart’s priority should be with their relationship with their Creator – their eternal placement. Bevere shares so many powerful examples and testimonies, from both life and Scripture, of the rewards of honoring others. Whether a parent, a boss, a pastor, or Senators and Presidents – our hearts, our words and our actions must be guided by honor towards them. God will see to the rest – as John Bevere so clearly demonstrates throughout this book. It’s another paradigm shifter!