Beloved Part 13: Relationship Restoration – Honour – Ps John Bendixen (WTB)
Scripture Reference: John 13:20 (AMPC); Matthew 10:40-42 (NKJV); Ephesians 6:1-4 (NKJV); Proverbs 3:9-10: Luke 7:36-50 (NKJV); Luke 7:50 (NKJV); John 11:1-4 (NKJV); 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (NKJV)
Hallelujah. Praise Jesus. Thank You, Lord, that as human beings we have divine life inside of us and that through the divine being we can worship You in spirit and in truth. Hallelujah. You are the true and living God. We worship You with the truth of the life that is in us. Our vessels are not worthy of Your presence, but our spirit man is righteous and ready and right to stand worthily and boldly in Your presence and worship You and declare Your goodness and Your greatness. Now Father as I continually declare, and I ask and request that every heart is ready to receive and ears are ready to hear. Minds are quieted from distractions and are ready to receive the Word of God. And I pray Father, that as I submit myself completely to the leading and the flowing of the Holy Spirit that You will have Your way and You will have Your say in this meeting today. I thank You Father for it in Jesus Name. And everybody says, Amen. [Congregation: Amen]. You may be seated. Hallelujah. Praise the Lord. Praise Jesus.
Before I start my message this morning, I want to just display a letter that we got from the Mayor’s office in Witbank. So, I am going to just read it to you:
“The office of the Executive Mayor … I don’t quite know how to pronounce her name. wishes to express its profound appreciation for your company’s support and contribution to the resounding success of the 2022 State of the Municipal Address.
Strategic Partnerships are the thrust of our inclusive growth and development discourse. Without caring corporate citizens such as Rich Communications, vision of a better life for all will remain a dream deferred.
Once again, a big thank you to Team Rich Communications and for being part of the Emalahleni family. Hope this selfless partnership can only grow from strength to strength.
Note what it says at the bottom there, “A community that does not take care of its youth does not have a future.”
So, Friday morning, we had a bit of a challenge because Friday morning I minister to the MiExchangers. I am busy going through Footsteps of a Prophet and I am recording it as I’m ministering to them. So, Thursday afternoon around two or three o’clock somewhere about there, they sent us a request if we would be available to bring our technology and our cameras and everything with us and come and record a special address that she wanted to do to Witbank people based on the strikes and the chaos that happened on the highway and all that kind of stuff Thursday and Friday, I believe it was or Wednesday and Thursday. And so, she wanted to have a public address.
Matt came to me and said, “Pastor John, what do I do?” I said, “We say yes. We say yes.” So, it meant we had to juggle our resources, that was potentially impacting the quality of work that I wanted to do, and we sent Matt and Conrad and they went and did the whole thing. And so, afterwards, the mayor invites them into her office. They sit at her desk, and she begins to talk to them and tell them about the strategic partnerships and how much she values what we are doing and can we please put together a proposal of how we can be useful and functional to the Emalahleni Municipality in a strategic partnership going forward. Hallelujah.
You know, I said to Matt, we started on the outskirts, but we are right in the very center of where all the decision-making happens. And just our presence there, just our presence there, is already making a difference. Our presence there allowed a message to go out, a message of hope, and a message of we are not settling for this. And without our ability to let it go out on the media, it would have been a limited message. This way, it gets out. So, praise God, our prayers that we are praying for our government, for our nation, for our leaders for our local – it is working. It’s working. God gave us the wisdom that we could get in there using other titles of parts of our ministry that are not church. But they know we are a church. I showed you that picture of the guy that was on the mayoral council that was in the MiExchangers room helping them do the things before they did the mayoral state of the municipality address. So, they know who we are. But it is good that they don’t have to face any questions because we are either there as Slipstream or Rich Communications. That’s wisdom. Hallelujah, praise the Lord. Don’t you think that is awesome? It is awesome the way God works, you know. It is just do what He tells you and the rest is like comes easy. Hallelujah. I need my cell phone please, Empie? Thank you. I’ve got to time myself.
How much, three hours? Praise the Lord. This last week I’ve been ministering on, this last weekend I’ve been ministering on restoration of relationships and wow, what a day we had yesterday! Well, Friday night started with Pastor Sharon doing declarations and that was amazing to me, there was such a peace and anointing there. And then yesterday morning I was ministering on how God is restoring your soul and how you have to have your soul restored because your spirit man is born again, your spirit man, the real you, is where Jesus lives, and your body is just up to you what you want to do with it, how you condition it or not – how you eat or you don’t. I mean that is your business. Well, it is God’s business too because your body doesn’t belong to you, it belongs to God, He says so.
Anyway, the thing that really needs to be brought into a place of order is your soul. So, I went through Psalm 23 about how God restores our soul, so that we can worship Him in spirit and in truth, using today’s words. And then an unexpected thing happened, and now we are going to have the most views on our YouTube message from yesterday morning after I am going to tell you what happened, but somehow, the Lord started and wanted me to talk about sex. So, I spent propably 45 minutes at least yesterday talking about sex in marriage and sex – what the world thinks of sex. That they don’t have a clue of what sex really is. So, if you want to know a really good, upfront, in-your-face, but very gentle, but spiritual and godly way of having sex, it’s on the YouTube channel. Probably going to expect to have it as the most widely watched session of the weekend. It is going to be downloaded, saved, shared, whatever you know.
Well, I mean, I spoke to my sons afterward you know and there have been times, it’s been a long time, but there have been times in this ministry where we have talked about sex the godly way and we have been very, very – we made sure and we’ve had special evening services where there were no children and I think we put an age limit on it – we put an age restriction on it. You had to be 18 or 19 and above and we talked openly about terms that the world uses about describing sex and how God actually sees it. I am not getting into that today, don’t panic or don’t get too excited. There are children in here, and so anyway God did something amazing. And then of course, yesterday afternoon was also wonderful because God spoke about restoring our soul.
Today, if we are going to have successful relationships, and I used my framework, touch is a very important part of a relationship. You have to be able to touch people spiritually, you have to be able to touch them in their soul, and you need to be able to touch them physically. Touch is a very, very important part. In fact, I go so far as to say, I mean, I forget all the studies, but there are studies out there that little children that grow up without a parent, say in an orphanage or a foster care home, or someplace where the people are not very caring with their touch and so the children don’t get used to touch from a very young age that it actually causes them to have a lack of development as they grow older. I am talking about babies. Babies – and the more they are touched and the more they have the caring loving touch, it develops their growth and their security and their everything. And so, why should it change when you are an adult?
Just because your mind says this is socially appropriate or it’s not, you know, but it is interesting, that I mean it doesn’t happen as much today as it used to happen, certainly when I finished in my corporate days, it happened to me occasionally and it certainly marked my life. People would make agreements – a verbal agreement. We will do this deal, you deliver the product, I’ll pay you the money – shake on it. What is that? It is a touch contract. It’s a touch transaction. Touch on it, shake on it. Then your words become your bond, because that is the sign of an agreement. So, that doesn’t change until something else happens. A man’s word ought to be his bond. Yeah. Hallelujah.
Anyway, once you, and always touch will always be there, but you need to go to the level of integration of ways – on a human level and on a spiritual level. On a relational level between a man and a woman, on a relational level of friendships, at the Body of Christ level and certainly with God. The most important one is integrating your ways with God’s ways because then you’re guaranteed of success in your life. Many, many people want to have the blessing of God on their life, but they don’t want to do what God wants them to do. They want to follow their own desires and their own designs and their own dreams. And so, if you follow your own design and your own dream, it’s most likely that you are not following the plan of God for your life. Most likely. Most likely. Because the way you understand what He’s got is you integrate your ways. This is not meant for anything specific but, if the Bible says that you’ve got to come to church and you’ve got to assemble yourselves together and you don’t, then you’re not integrating your ways. If the Bible says that He’s given us gifts, then He wants to use your gifts in the church and you don’t do it, you’re not integrating ways. The Bible says tithe, then you’re not integrating your ways if you don’t tithe. Hey? Yeah. Praise the Lord.
And then, you have strategic intentions, and the strategic intentions of God are made known to people that have integrated their ways and that is a cooperative agreement between God and you. He gives you something to do, you obey Him, He produces the resources, the energy, the strength, whatever it is required for you to do what He wants you to do. And then you go to the level of divine productivity and that is almost always initiated by God because He will tell you something to do and as He tells you something to do, He will give you God ideas. He will give you God ideas. You know, when I was in the corporate world, the kind of money that I earned in the corporate world was not because I came to work from 8 to 5. It wasn’t based on how many salespeople, engineers, whatever worked for my part of the company. It wasn’t because I could do the work – I could be busy for 8 hours a day.
Part of the reason they paid me was because, the way they paid me, and the amount they paid me, and the shares they gave me was because I came up with God-ideas. They paid Chief Executive Officers, CEO’s, Managing Directors whatever, they pay them big money not because they work from 8-5 because they work 15/16 hours a day – if that was the case all you have to do is work 16 hours a day and you should earn what they earn. They get paid to think. And they get paid for ideas. And they get paid for creative capabilities. Remove that from a company and it’s just an average normal company and you are going to just work, work, work, work and work and you are going to chase money, chase money, chase money.
That’s where divine productivity comes in with you and me. Divine productivity comes in when you’re busy with God stuff in your life, He gives you ideas and then God will give you the way to implement those ideas. He’ll promote you; He’ll increase you; He’ll develop you. And God can do that if you give Him your life. And then of course there is the Covenant component where it starts with His covenant with you, and He touches you first and then the covenant comes to a point where He asks you to do something so significant that you would give your life, or you would give something of great value to Him and leave it with Him. Like Abraham had to give his only son. And He trusted God that there would be another way of getting through that other than having to kill his son but in his heart, he killed his son to obey God. That kind of covenant is rare, but it is something that is in the church.
So, if we are going to function in this relationship restoration; I’m going to minister this morning and I’m going to share something with you this morning that you already have been living and have been part of it with me; it’s why we showed the video clip. Because when we took a seed to Brother Jerry, we didn’t take a seed because he came to preach, it wasn’t – you know what it’s called in ministry circles? It’s called an honorarium – in other words, we don’t pay you for what you preach, because we can’t pay you on the value of what your message is, so that’s why they call it an honorarium and not a payment for preaching. Because you can’t pay people for the value of what they preach. So, it’s called an honorarium – it means it’s an honour gift for what you preach.
Now, we didn’t take a gift to Brother Jerry, and you know the story, I took the money from us and I was going about drawing the cash off the cards so that we could do what we needed to do. Brother Joe and Eric were helping me with that and then the Lord said, “Be ready for a gift.” “Be ready for a gift.” So, that’s Brother Jerry’s side of the story, he doesn’t know all the background stuff. You know, that’s his side of the story. But it’s clear that we went with a gift that was of honour – it was just a gift, it wasn’t anything because there was a payment or because he was coming, or he came or because there is any other thing. We just recognised who he is in our lives. So, we gave him honour.
I told you a long time; I’ve been telling a long time that this church is famous throughout the world, wherever Brother Jerry goes, he talks about us because of what God has done in this church and is doing in this church. The spirit of God is here, the life of God is here, the glory of God is here, the unity of God is here. We are an Ecclesia of God; we are not just a congregation. We are an Ecclesia of God – we have authority because we are under authority. And there are not many churches around the world that understand that. But God is raising up more and more because the message is getting out. And your message, the message of your seed, and your honour – I had no idea that Brother Jerry was going to do that – in fact I knew Southwest Believer’s Conference was happening this week – I got too many things on my plate – I can’t watch all those messages. I can’t watch for 12 hours a day – ministry – you know. I’m busy.
People started to tell me, actually somebody came and sat in my office, and we were having a conversation and said you know you better go watch Brother… I’ll go watch it – and then other people started to tell me. And then I watched it and then I decided that you needed to see it because actually you’re famous. And such was the significance of our honour for Brother Jerry, that of all of the examples of the open hand of God that he could use, in a given time, he chose us. And so, we are known around the world in faith, in churches, in everywhere – because Brother Jerry preached it – you’re famous, but we have said all the time, I want to make God famous. I want to glorify God. You know what that testimony did? It glorified God. Hallelujah.
So, you know, the leftover bit that he talked about, the Lord gave me wisdom into how to use it and I went to a shop that he – the kind of shop that he really likes to shop at – I know it; I know exactly what he likes and doesn’t like and I know the shop he likes to go to so I went over there to that shop and I asked them if I could buy gift cards and they said yes and the amount that I needed, I could buy as many gift cards as I wanted to. I bought a significant remaining gift card. They couldn’t actually put it on 1 card; they had to give me 4 cards because their cards have a maximum value each so I had to buy 4 cards for him and so then I bought a card for Ms Carolyn, his wife, and I went to Joe and the wisdom that the Lord gave me was I know that they celebrated 56 years of marriage, I think in July – and they were going to Hawaii. Now I know that Brother Jerry’s favourite shop that he shops at is in Hawaii – that’s where – they’ve got lots of branches everywhere but the one he likes to shop at is in Hawaii. So, I said to Joe now don’t give him the rest of the gift, he knows it’s coming but don’t give it to him until he goes on his anniversary, then give it to him from the church – for him and Ms Carolyn so that they could spend it in Hawaii.
So, I wonder, just that bit of wisdom, I wonder whether he – I know that he just got back from Hawaii right before he was going to come and preach here, I wonder if we were not top of his mind? And so, the honour keeps speaking. The honour keeps speaking. And so, you can have a decision to live in life and have relationships that are on your terms, but God has got a much greater way of living life and it’s the principle of honour and that’s why we have; I have great confidence before God that we, as a ministry can ask God for anything, and He will do it for us because we understand honour. So, I really did feel to say this, and if you’re going to listen to the sex talk from yesterday, I want you to understand that the most valuable thing that you can bring to intimacy between a husband and a wife, the most valuable thing that you can bring to intimacy, to sex, is honour. That’s the most valuable thing that you can bring – is honour. Because if you have a relationship that is based on honour, I’m coming here in this moment of intimacy to be intimate, to enjoy the intimacy of what God wants us to have, but I’m not here to be carnal, I’m here to be honourable.
Then what you enjoy together is an honourable thing, not a carnal thing. This principle of honour restores everything in life, everything. If you have honour – and I’m going to talk about it this morning – if you have honour and you understand honour, then honour becomes much bigger and much more powerful to restore and bring growth in a relationship than anything else. I’ve got a few areas I’m going to talk about and I’m going to go through this as quick as I can because we’re going to have communion at the end of the service.
I’m going to start with John chapter 13, verse 20, in the Amplified Bible and it says this, 20 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, he who receives, I’m going to use the word ‘honours’ because you can’t receive somebody without honour. So, if you receive me as your pastor, then you receive me. You can’t receive me, properly receive me, without honour. You can say, “I recognise you as my pastor,” but you can’t receive what I say and you can’t receive who I am and you can’t receive what God does through me, unless you give me the honour. Honour is much greater. I’m not preaching this message to look for honour from you. I already told you and I’ve said this many times; I don’t have to be your pastor. If you’re attending this church and you don’t consider me your pastor, don’t call me pastor. Call me by my name. If I’m your pastor and it’s in your heart to call me pastor, then you receive me as your pastor but then you receive what God has put in me and then you honour God through honouring this vessel. Hallelujah.
The greatest value that I can place on Brother Jerry’s ministry into our lives is not how many times he comes here, how many times he takes my call or sends a message to me, how many times he does anything for me. He lives in America, he’s got a busy schedule. He’s got a lot of stuff to do. So, if I had to value him based on what he does for me, I could say with a fairness mentality, I could say, “It’s not fair for me to give him anything. In fact, if he comes here to South Africa, I’ll just give him what I think is an acceptable offering.” Hey? I can tell you that happens to him all the time. I’ve been present when people have given him an offering and he signed the check and gave it back to them because they need it more than he does because that wasn’t receiving him with honour that was just receiving him. Hallelujah. Or, he would get Joe to do it, sometimes just to preserve dignity and not to have confrontation.
So, if you just bear with me, 20 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, he who receives or honours and welcomes and takes into his heart any messenger of Mine receives Me [in just that way]; and he who receives, or honours and welcomes and takes Me into his heart receives Him Who sent Me (John 13:20 AMPC). So, there’s a receiving, an honour principle that’s from the Father to Jesus and Jesus to people, to His messengers.
Matthew chapter 10, verse 40, says, 40 He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. 41 He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward (Matthew 10:40-41 NKJV). There are things that I’ve said in life and I’ve told people, do this and do that and when I’ve said it, actually, it’s turned into big blessing because they received and did what I said, they received the prophet’s reward. I don’t know and then something happens in their heart and they no longer see what I said as valuable because they measure my value. Then it’s, “I don’t really care what you say, I’m going to do my own thing.” Well, Jesus is clear here; if you receive Him that means you’ve got to give honour to it. You receive a prophet’s reward. 41 … And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward (Matthew 10:41-42 NKJV). I mean, this is a powerful passage of Scripture because what he’s talking about is he’s talking about relationships that have to have the law of recognition. Without the law of recognition at work you can’t give honour. You can have many things but you can’t have honour without the law of recognition.
I want to just use the word, 41 … he who receives a righteous man, can I say he who honours a righteous man will, … receive a righteous man’s reward (Matthew 10:41 NKJV). Okay, just as a point of clarification, we have new people in the church or visiting people in the church. I want to say that every single person that gets born again that has Jesus living in their heart, you immediately become righteous. Not because you are physically perfect or because you have physically changed but because Jesus living in you makes you righteous. You have a right standing before God in your real man – your spirit man – that spirit man can speak to God anytime, regardless of how badly your outside man behaves. Your spirit man can be released to have that conversation with God. So, if I receive a righteous man in the name of a righteous man’s reward, in other words, I don’t see your humanity. I don’t see your faults. I don’t see the human side of you. I see you as the righteous one, then I receive a righteous man’s reward. Hallelujah. Praise the Lord.
Let me tell you, this is worth shouting about because you know what this does to restore relationships in the body of Christ? If I see you doing something that offends me and I don’t like it, you know, if my attitude is, “Hold on a minute, I’m seeing the carnal man at work here or the natural man at work here. I choose to have honour and I receive from the righteous man that’s inside him.” Now what happens if that carnal man keeps coming at you? You can stand there and say, “I don’t see you as carnal. I see you as righteous.” What does that do to your attitude? It says, “Whatever you’re doing to me, I forgive you. Whatever you’ve got planned, I release you. Whatever things are happening, I’ve got no beef with you. I release all of what might be troubling me, I release it to Him and I release it so that it has no place between us.” If you have this kind of attitude towards relationships, you preserve what Jesus said we have to have in the body of Christ. Now I know this is easier said than done. I know that. But if I don’t preach the truth to you, then you don’t receive the truth. And so however you choose to live with this truth, that’s your business between you and God, but I’ve got to preach it.
It’s time for me to just talk about honour for a minute because I’m going to go into honour about government and honour towards parents and honour towards wives and husbands. I’m talking about God is restoring relationships. I only have less than an hour to preach a subject that actually should take a month. But in the context of what we are doing this weekend and what we are releasing our faith to do to restore, I have to bring the highest level of restoration to you that God can do. I have to minister to you the highest level of restoration that God can bring. The simple definition of honour is valuing. If you were to go and speak to a Greek man and in the Greek ask him what honour is, he would say, valuable, precious, weighty such as gold. If you just use other forms of language, understanding – the reason I say a Greek man is because if you take scriptures which I’m going to read you in the New Testament, they are translated from Greek and you talk about the Greek then that’s what it will mean to him. Other definitions are appreciation, esteem, favourable regard, respect. Hallelujah.
Can I hear the Word of God and say, “I’m a Christian and I respect and I esteem the Word of God,” and then I don’t do it? I mean, I can’t have esteem for God’s Word, I can’t respect God’s Word if I don’t do it. So then, it doesn’t matter if I use the words, “I honour God or I respect God or I esteem God in my life but I don’t do His Word,” then clearly you don’t. Honour is a very powerful form of relationship. What happens on the opposite side if you dishonour somebody because sometimes we get a better understanding of honour if we understand what dishonour is? If you dishonour somebody, then you are considering it to be common or light, easily done away with such as a vapour. In other words; I can easily do away with you, I don’t need you in my life, I don’t need you, I don’t need anything about you. It’s disrespectful, it’s dishonourable. I esteem you so likely that I have no more value for you in my life. It brings it home, doesn’t it? What honour is versus what dishonour is. I’m wanting you to know this because when I have a few moments, which I’m going to talk about, when I talk about husbands and wives; the greatest level of relationship that you can have between each other is honour, then you can begin to watch your life and see whether you’re dishonouring your partner, or you have honour for your partner.
Because honour includes respect, it includes esteem and includes those things that are valuable to you. But you can’t say, “You have value to me in a relationship, but I keep disrespecting you. Or I keep disregarding what your desires are. And what your communication with me is about what you want from me. And what we want from God.”
The difference between honour and dishonour, we need to see it. So, I’m going to keep referring to it as dishonour as, easily done away with. Would you be alright with that, if I just use that because otherwise it gets a bit technical for me in my message today? Easily done away with. In other words, if a wife speaks to a husband, and he’s only hearing with one ear and he walks out then whatever she said is easily done away with. That means there’s no honour here; it’s easily done away with. “I’m about my own business, leave me alone.” You know, the old story, “Hey, stop at the shops and bring bread and milk home.” Then he gets home without bread and milk. “Where’s the bread and milk?” “Oh, I forgot.” If you really honoured that word, and respected that word, you will not forget, you will make sure that you have a record of it so that when you come home, you will make time to make sure that you get the bread and milk.
Now I know that we talk about busy lives here, and people are doing things and all that kind of stuff. I mean, I know this. But I’m telling you and I’m showing you how deeply disrespected and easily done away with are things in relationships, in the name of busyness and responsibility. And your honour for greater things in life starts at a very low level, doesn’t start at the highest level. It starts at the lowest level of where your responsibilities lie. You can say I’m preaching good. And you can say amen to that.
Isaiah, I’m just going to, I’m going to just give you a reference, I’m going to kind of do a review of Isaiah 29 verse 13 and it’s just my interpretation. Basically, I’d like to say in as much as these people draw near with their mouths and honour Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts from Me, and their fear towards Me. See, you can say, “I put You in my mouth and I say all the right things,” but if your heart and the inside of you is disrespectful to God, then your words mean nothing. Your words mean nothing. Hallelujah.
If I go to First Peter chapter two, verse 13. This is what the scripture says. 13 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— 16 as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for what your vices are or what your desires are but as a bondservants of God. 17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king (1 Peter 2:13-17 NKJV).
Hey, is that what the scripture says? Honor all people, love your neighbour, love your brother, and honour, fear God and honour the king. This is talking about submitting yourself to the ordinance of men. You know, I for a long time I had a lot of difficulty in being governed by the government. The reason it’s called government is because they are, they are brought to govern. So, I don’t want to get into a theological discourse with you on this today. But the Bible says that every single government that is in the earth is permitted and is put there by God. So, you say “Even Putin?” “Even Xing from China? Even all of these guys?” I feel like I want to say xing, xing. China, xing, xing, mei China. You know, “What about, what about the dictator, the dictator, that was Robert Mugabe and ongoing dictatorship that’s going on in Zimbabwe? What about all kinds of really bad governments that are in the earth?”
Well, God permits it. And so His Word doesn’t change based on the quality of the government. His Word is Truth to you and me, regardless of how badly the government operates. As long as what the government is asking you to do does not go against God’s Word, then you must obey God first. But if they say, “We’re going to tax you,” I mean, what have you got to do about VAT, you actually can’t do anything about VAT. If you pay… If you go to the shop, and you buy groceries, you have no choice but to pay VAT. That is not a law that you passed? Well, indirectly it is, if you voted for the government to be in power, and they make that rule then you asked them to actually tax you, indirectly. All the tax systems and all the potholes you have in the road and all of the stuff that’s going on, you have a legitimate human reason to say, “I’m gonna not pay my taxes,” or “I’m not going to do stuff with the government.” You are going directly against God’s will.
I want to say to you, watch your mouth what you say about the government. Because the Bible, if you put that scripture up again, please, the Bible says, Honor the king. At that time he was talking about Caesar being the king or the king of the kingdom, that was ruling them. It’s the same as a president or the government. He didn’t say, “Just obey all the rules.” He said, Honor the king because if you walk in a level of honour, then you can’t be caught in a, in a disrespect. You can’t be caught in a conversation where people want and have a lot to say about how bad the government is and how bad things are. You can’t get caught in that.
I mean, you can talk about facts. But you shouldn’t have judgments. Because you can’t judge somebody and have honour for them at the same time. So, we are supposed to honour leaders, we are supposed to honour economic leaders. The reason I say honour economic leaders is because they’re part of our social fabric. If you have people that either give you business or you work in a business that pays you a salary. If you have a relationship of honour, then you are going to walk in a place where you value, you respect, you esteem and you and you have this as in as in gold. It’s precious this relationship. If you have that, doesn’t matter how bad that boss is, or how difficult a customer might be; if you have that kind of relationship, you are going to protect it with your life because it’s as precious as gold.
We are supposed to have honour towards church leaders. We are supposed to have honour towards each other in the church, our spiritual family, as well as our natural family. We are, it is necessary for husbands to have honour to their wives and wives to their husbands. It’s very necessary for children to honour their parents. And I’m going to read that now to you in Ephesians chapter six, verses one to four. Before I get there, I just want to say this.
One of the things that if you asked my sons, if you ask them growing up, if there was something that always spoke loudly to them about my walk with God is the way I honoured their mother. She was my wife and I honoured her as my wife. I also honoured her as the mother of my children. What spoke to them was the way I loved her. Because I’d loved her and honoured her and they could see it, they could hear it. It was obvious. Honour is something that becomes obvious. There is no greater gift that you can give a child, then for a father to honour their mother and the mother to honour the Father; respect and admire him. “But what if he’s always messing up and making bad decisions all the time.” Your Honour is based in your faith towards God and obeying Him not based on his actions. On that basis, you can have honour, because you obey God, you’re not evaluating their performance. Performance is one of the greatest things that erodes honour. If you don’t perform the way I think you’re performing, and I measure and I judge your performance; can’t be honour here because it’s based on what you think performance should be.
So, I get back to sex, again, it’s been a theme this weekend. If my relationship with you, sexually, as a husband to wife or wife or husband is based on performance, then you are not going into that relationship with honour. Based on how good it is, not how intimate it can be. What do you think the whole world’s measurement of sex is? Performance. How good is it? Performance. It’s completely opposite to what God says. If God measured you and I based on our performance we’d already be in hell. He didn’t measure us based on our performance. He measured us based on the free gift of Jesus Christ that covers us and makes us righteous, therefore He doesn’t see what we perform. He sees the blood. Hallelujah. Glory to God.
Any part of a relationship anywhere. If your measurement and your judgment is based on a performance, then it inherently has a weakness and the probability of failure somewhere. You know, in the corporate world you have key performance index KPIs, right? It’s a common thing in the world. You got to live up and you got to do the measurement of KPIs. And so, the reason they keep the performance indexes is because they want to measure your performance, based on the index of a set of measurements. Now, if you sign up to that key performance measurement, if you sign up to it, then they have a right to come to you and say, we agreed. But then they have a right, they have an obligation, because you can’t ever keep a performance index that is one sided.
So, if you work for a company that ‘s got KPIs, you have a right to go to them and say, “But you’re supposed to provide resources for me, so that I can deliver on my KPIs”. So, for example, if you go and work for a company, and you’re supposed to be a salesman, and they promise your motorcar to go and sell. And then you rock up there, and you sign all the KPIs, or what it all means. And then they say, “Go and sell”. And you say,” Where’s my car”? Oh, no, sorry, it’s delayed for a month. Well, what must I do? Sell? Well, I can’t sell without a car. Right? You understand that, for the most part, in the relationships that we function in the earth. There is a level of communication and there’s a level of acceptance that happens, that there is a give and take on things. But it’s fragile. It’s very fragile, because you get out of a boss’s grace. And he’ll turn that KPI against you in a heartbeat. Just because he doesn’t like you, doesn’t think you’re doing what he thinks you should be doing. I had that in my corporate world. We’ve got a new managing director and he came in as a change agent, he came to sort out all of the mess that the company was in and turn it around and make it a profitable company.
And he took all of the people’s key performance their KPIs out, and he just started nailing each person. Every day, every day, he just went about it. He didn’t just fire people. He just nailed them. Now, very quickly, people can’t take that kind of scrutiny and that kind of abuse the whole time. So, they just leave. But what do you think he was trying to do? He was trying to get them to resign. So, he didn’t have any responsibility towards them going forward. He’s a change agent. You understand what I’m saying? It’s a fragile thing that honor supersedes the fragility of performance. And that’s why if you have honor in a marriage relationship, honor supersedes what you both decide to be as a good way of living together. Because if you decide, you change, I change, circumstances change, things change. You can nail anybody if you want to, if it’s in your heart. You can justify yourself, you can nail anybody.
I mean, listen, the world is full of this kind of ungodliness, corruption. It’s the corruption of the heart and it’s the corruption of the system. Come on. Government is not just an institution, it’s made up of people. And if you have a mayor of a town or you have a Commissioner of Police. And somehow you are a commissioner in South African revenue services, and you get in their crosshairs under normal circumstances, if your stuff just goes through. But you get in their crosshairs, they’ll take you to the cleaners anytime they want to. Because on performance, they can take you to the cleaners. Hey. I’ll tell you what, it’s almost impossible for them to do if you have honor. If your approach towards that is honorable. Honor becomes your God. Ephesians chapter six verse one, Children, obey your parents.1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2” Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: 3”That it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” 4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:1-4 NKJV).
Here is honour towards parents. This is not an age thing. It’s not because you’re a teenager, you must honour your parents. It’s a good thing to honour your parents if you’re a teenager, because most conflict that happens between children and parents happens when they’re beginning to find an identity as a teenager. But this goes to all the length of your days. Honour, it’s much greater than obedience. Because once you leave home, you don’t have to do everything your parents tell you to do. But honour says, “You’re valuable to me.” I don’t treat you as a vapor and just put you away. I’ll just do away with you. Honour, they might be very difficult to get along with. But honour still means there’s some things that you can do. And there is a promise that comes with that, long life. Proverbs chapter three, verse nine, and 10 says,9 Honor the Lord with your possessions. And with the firstfruits of all your increase, so your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine (Proverbs 3:9-10 NKJV).
Are you getting the message from me today? I’m doing a high level thing about honor here today. I’m covering as much ground as I can. But actually, this is a teaching that should happen over months. Really, because honour is really, really big. It’s really big. Yesterday, I started to minister on or over this weekend, perhaps last Sunday. I ministered on this and I’m going to lead into our time of communion with this story. Are you with me? Okay. Luke, chapter seven, verse 36. I’m going to just read it to you. 36Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him and He went to the Pharisees house and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner. This is if they say there’s a woman in the city, who is a sinner, what is she? She sells her body, right?
37When she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at his feet behind him weeping;38 and she began to wash His feet with her tears and wipe them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. 39 Now, when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying meaning his inward man, “This man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”
So, in those days, you know, it was law, that a woman that was at certain times of the month and or was caught in some kind of sin like adultery. If you touched or entertained or even allowed them into your community, you could be stoned right along with her. And Jesus answered his inside voice. 40 And Jesus answered and said to him,” Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, ”Teacher, say it.” 41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And he said to him, “You have rightly judged.” Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house.
Oh man of prestige. Oh man of status. Oh, man, of everything that you would ever want in a community. 44 I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet to be washed. That was a custom of honor. It was just a custom of respect. That when somebody comes into your house, you wash their feet. He had such pride and didn’t want to be associated with all of what Jesus stood for that he wouldn’t even let him wash his feet. Gave Me no water for My feet, but she washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. 45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much.
Are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” This shows you what value people put on things. Then He turned to her. 48 He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” 50 Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” (Luke 7:36-50 NKJV). What was the demonstration of her faith? She took this fragrant oil and she came and brought this very, very expensive fragrant oil. This is the same story that’s mentioned in three different parts of the Bible. And it’s just spoken very differently. I want to put this to you today, that this woman, she had been forgiven, she had already encountered Jesus. And she wanted to come and bring a gift to Jesus. And when she saw that she was in the pharisee’s house, she didn’t care actually that, “This pharisee could actually announce me to the world and I could be stoned because of my past.”
She just said, “Here’s Jesus. I need to give Him the most precious thing I have in my life. The most… “All of the sin that I’ve sinned has caused me to have enough money to buy a valuable thing.” And she took this valuable thing, and she came, and I’ll tell you what, when I read this. The other night, I was reading it, I don’t know, maybe Tuesday night, or Monday night, I was reading this, and actually, the Holy Spirit ministered to me in such a way that tears began to roll down my cheeks, because like that Scripture says, she stood behind Jesus weeping, which means, the fact that she could even just be there – This Man that had forgiven her. “This already is of such great value to me, that I can just be here.” And then she takes this most fragrant oil. She doesn’t wait for anybody’s permission. She doesn’t wait for society to give her the answer to her problems. She takes this expensive gift, and she just breaks it, and she begins to pour it on His feet and pour it on His head. And she gets down in the dust of His… of where His feet was, or on the floor, wherever He was, and she takes her hair and she begins to rub this oil into His feet.
I’m wanting you to imagine, that even in those days what an absolute act of submission that was, an absolute act of adoration, an absolute act of honour that was beyond anything that she could say with words. The only way she could reveal her honour and her love and her respect for Jesus and her desire to consider Him so valuable as gold, that she took this ointment and she took her hair and she rubbed it in His feet. And she cleaned His feet with the fragrance of this oil.
Jesus takes this moment to deal with this religious spirit that is based on performance – this man in his heart judged Jesus. He said, “You can’t be a Prophet if you knew who this woman was. You can’t be a Prophet.” Judgement. Jesus gives him the answer to his future in the words that he speaks. And He asks him the question, “Who is going to be more connected to forgiveness? The one who has been forgiven much, or the one little?” He says, “I suppose much.” He said, “You have answered rightly. Your judgement is right. Now, I say to this woman, because of what you have done for Me, and what you haven’t done for Me, Simon, your words judge your future. Because you are unable to honour Me, and you’re unable to receive Me, and you’re unable to recognise Who I am. So, therefore your innerman voice has judged your future by this woman.” The roles were reversed, you see. He was the man with the power and the status and she came with the honour and respect and the high value, and her actions judged his entire future, because of what was in his heart. And then, He turns to her, and He says, “Your faith has saved you.” There were no words that came out of her mouth, but her actions were full of faith, that, “My gift will be received by this Prophet of God.”
I read this same passage of Scripture to you very quickly from John 11, verse 1 to 4, 1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick (John 11:2 NKJV). Can you see what the reconciliation and the restoration is? She did it with her hair. Now Jesus is in the same room with her and Martha, and the brother of Martha has died and Jesus is now treating her with the honour that her gift provided. Because the rest of the story goes on to say, and you read it in… that Martha was like about many things. “Jesus, tell her to come and work with me in the kitchen.” And Jesus says, “No Martha, you are worried about many things, you are concerned about many things, but she has chosen the good portion.” She knew what happened when she put fragrance oil on His feet. She knew the salvation that she was walking in. She knew what had happened. And He said, “She had chosen the better thing.” You see, honour – honour for God always chooses someone else above yourself. The honour of God always puts you in a place where you say, “If I’ve got honour in my heart, then I don’t want to war with you, I prefer to love with you.” 3 Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” 4 When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” (John 11:4 NKJV).
I close the meeting with this, and I say to you – God is doing a restoration work in relationships, and it may just start out with a few words. It may just start out with a few small things, but I’ll tell you, that if you have honour in your heart, and you begin to have great value-worth for somebody rather than just do away with them, you release the fragrance of that honour into the world that is around you. Let me tell you, that when Mary, when she got up from that floor and she had been pronounced by Jesus, “Your faith has saved you. Your faith has saved you.” When she got up off of that floor, everything that was in her past no longer had any relevance in her future. Which is why Jesus found Himself in her house. Nothing of her past had anything relevant in her future. But just notice this – because she broke that, the whole fragrance of that perfume permeated the whole house. It permeated everybody that was in that house. It affected their senses. In another part of the story, it actually caused Judas to decide, “This is a waste of money and I’m going to betray… and I’m going to go and betray Jesus.”
Let me tell you, a special honour anointing gift or an honour perspective, or an honour attitude, when you have the law of recognition, it makes and shakes everything. It reveals what’s really in the heart of people. It reveals what’s out there in the system. But if you will stay true to the honour of God in your heart, you become the one that God can honour. And the difference between the pharisee and the woman was, the pharisee was all about right or wrong, fair or not fair, whether it was in the law or not the law, whether you behaved right, or you didn’t behave right. It was all about do’s and don’ts, performance, judgement. She was all about, “I need a touch from the God of my life.” She uses this fragrance. When she gets up and she walks out of that room, and she goes to wherever she went to after that. It’s possible that she kept hanging around there, wherever Jesus waited, for Him to finish in the room and followed Him, and kept following Him. I don’t know. But wherever she went, the fragrance of her salvation was on her hair. And she didn’t leave the fragrance behind in that room. She took the fragrance of her salvation wherever she went, and that fragrance was a demonstration of honour that had been lived.
And, you know, the reason that I showed that I wanted you to see that video-clip of our honour seed, our fragrance of our honour towards Brother Jerry, that came in the form of a gift, it is still speaking as a fragrance around the world. It has resonated around the world. People have listened to that message and they’ve been watching that conference from around the world. People are touching the fragrance of our honour seed. It’s the highest form of life that we can live, is to live with honour.
And that’s why I say to you as a spiritual leader, it is not my business to lord over you and to be ‘the great I am Pastor’, or the lift me up and make me ‘the boytjie’. It is my business to have in my heart, an honour for you, that I would go and meditate and get before God, and say, “God, What is it that You want me to bring to Your people? What is it that You want to say to Your people? How can I bring to Your people what is necessary for them, so that the fragrance, and the richness, and the nourishment, and the protection of everything that is out there in the world, that You will safeguard them, You will save their lives?”
And so, I want to declare to you today, my honour for you. My honour for you is that I take every single thing when I get into this pulpit, or I’m thinking about the ministry, or what we’re doing in the ministry, I’m always thinking about you. I’m always thinking about if we do this, what does it mean to you? If we do this, how does it affect you? If we go and do that, how does it affect you? If I have an honour towards my spiritual leader, Brother Jerry Savelle, then that honour becomes part of my life. I can’t live without honour. It’s part of the fragrance of my life. And so I, contrastly, I want to say to you I’m deeply grateful, deeply grateful, that so many of you show your appreciation and your love for me. And so many of you give honour back to me, with words and in many different ways.
I don’t expect you to do anything for me, but when you do do something for me, I am deeply grateful. I consider it a great, great privilege when you just come up to me and hug me and say, “You are my Pastor, I want to just love you. I want to just thank you. I just want to put my arms around you. I want to just say thank you.” I consider it a deep, deep, deep thing. It’s a spiritual weightiness that is in this house. And so, if we take this fragrance, and we take it to our families, and we take it to the people that have hurt us and harmed us, this fragrance will permeate salvation wherever we go.
I know that this message will lead to many questions of ‘how’. I don’t have time to get into that. But there is a ‘how’. And the favor of God, and the wisdom of God – if it’s in the heart of God for me to continue to minister on it, and I believe I should actually. Because my spiritual leader is coming back. I consider it an honor that he would use us as a testimony to the hand of God to the world. I consider it a great honor that he would use us. He didn’t have to. I consider it a great honour that he’s making time to come and fly here and spend multiple, multiple days with us. Anything, depending on how his schedule works, and layovers and refueling and all the stuff that he comes with his jet. It might be four days, six days, seven days, it depends on a number of things. But he is coming here for a significant period of time. And I consider it a great privilege and an honour to have him. A man who has paid such a price in his life. Has been so honourable in his relationship with his father. Has been so honourable in everything that he has done in his life. Hallelujah. I believe God wants us to know more about this honour. Don’t you? Hallelujah. Praise Jesus.
Can the people that are going to serve communion, can you get it ready please. Can the music group come up, please. We’ve been having communion all week. I want to tell you, I did exactly what I told you to do. I listened to myself and I had communion with myself. I did. I listened to myself on YouTube, as you would do, if I was you. And I said all the things that I said in the flow of the anointing that day, I said all those things. I repeated it after myself. Every day I did communion this week. And then when I was done doing that, I had my own time with God. And so, my communion became an extended time. I did that on purpose. I try as best as I can, and by the grace of God, I don’t try. If I say, “You do something,” I must be prepared to do it myself. I won’t tell you to do something for God that I won’t do myself. Hallelujah. To me, that’s authentic Christian living. Hallelujah.
I need to just read this passage of scripture to you. Just listen to it. 23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”. And every time I did it this week I said, “Jesus, I’m remembering You, what You did for me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes (1 Corinthians 11:23-26 NKJV).
You proclaim the Lord’s death when you have communion. And as you proclaim it, what are you proclaiming? You are proclaiming that He has delivered you from all sickness, disease, or any physical condition. I mean, poverty, sickness, disease, oppression, depression, anything. He paid the price on His body that you don’t have to have it in your life anymore. I remember and I proclaim that in His blood, everything is taken care of. Before we take the communion elements of the blood, I want to share this with you, the Lord showed it to me. I wish I had a bit more time this morning. But He showed me that the veil that stood in the tabernacle, that was a very big, heavy thing, it was designed to keep the glory of God away from the people otherwise the people would die. And when Jesus died on the cross, and He said, “It is finished,” the Bible says that there was an earthquake and there was lightening and thunder and the earth shook, and the veil was rent in two. In other words, there was no more veil that could be keeping you from the anointing and the glory and the presence of God.
And here’s what the Lord said to me. He said to me, “John, I took away a physical veil and I replaced it with a veil of blood.” He says, “If you’re on the inside of the blood, then that veil keeps you from anything that is outside. You are protected inside of the veil of the blood. You have the glory of God inside the veil of the blood. You have the power of God, you have the goodness of God, you have all of the things that you experience with God because you’re in the veil of the blood.” It is so powerful for us to be in the veil of the blood. Under the protection of the blood. In the goodness of the blood. The price that Jesus paid for us. I thank God, I thank Jesus, for dying for me and for placing my whole life under the blood. He sprinkled His blood on the mercy seat in heaven so that mercy is the thing that protects us always. Not judgement. We are under the protection of the veil of the blood.
And as we have communion right now, can someone bring me please. Thank you. As we have communion right now, I want you to remember this. I want you to remember this, that the body of the Lord Jesus Christ has given you the right to declare blessings and speak to have blessings on your life. I want to make sure that everybody has and everybody has been served before I go ahead with this. Can I see the hands of people that haven’t received communion? Is there anybody that hasn’t? I just need some on the stage here, please. Thank you, Michael. Hallelujah.
You know, this (the bread) is a representation of what Jesus did. He took away your pain, He took away your everything. Your separation from God, He reconciled us to God because of His death. He reconciled us when we were people without hope. He gave us hope because He died for us. Hallelujah. Will you remember with me, the Lord’s death? Will you remember with me as you take the blood, as you take the body – will you remember that He has died so you can live blessed lives. And you have no curse that should come near you. But you can live a blessed life. Will you declare that with me? Will you say this? I live a blessed life. I receive a blessed life. Because of the body of the Lord Jesus. Amen. Please take communion.
I’d like you to say this after me. I’d like you to declare with me; That because of the blood of Jesus, there is no accusation, there is no sin, and there is no demonic oppression that can penetrate my life. I am sealed by the blood of Jesus, as a son of God. In Jesus’ name. We remember Lord, what You did for us. Amen.
This is a holy moment, you know. By doing this, we honour Jesus. We honour Him. We show Him our love and we show Him our affection. We’ve been doing this all week. Hallelujah. If you haven’t done it this week, I’m going to encourage you, it’s simple little obediences like that, that show your honour or your dishonour for what comes from this pulpit. If you’re new here today, this doesn’t apply to you. But if you didn’t do this this week, you just took it lightly, it shows you your honour or your dishonour. “I don’t hold it as valuable enough to listen to what He said from the pulpit.” It’s little things where honour begins. It’s not with the big things. It’s little things. Didn’t Jesus say, If they receive you, they receive Me? So, if you receive a message from me, don’t you receive it from Jesus? Won’t you stand with me please?
It’s time to worship, people. It’s time to worship. Hallelujah. We celebrate what Jesus has done for us. Glory to God.
Just lift up your hands and just begin to worship the Lord. Praise You, Jesus. Praise You Jesus. Praise You Jesus. Praise You Lord. Praise You Lord. Praise You Lord. Praise You. Praise You. We worship You Lord, we honour You today. We honour You with our thanksgiving. We honour You with the praise of our mouth. And we say to You Lord, wherever we are weak, You have said You make us strong, and we receive Your strength Lord. We receive Your strength into our lives that even where we are weak in moments you help us to adjust and to think about You as our Lord and Saviour and the price that You paid. And we honour You Lord. Glory to Your Name, Jesus. Praise You. Praise You. Praise You. Come on, lift your voices for thirty seconds. Just for thirty seconds lift your voices, just praise Him, praise Him. Hallelujah, praise You Jesus. Praise You Lord. Praise You Jesus. Praise Your Holy Name Lord. Glory to Your Name Jesus. Praise You Jesus. Praise You Lord. Praise You Lord. Hallelujah. Glory to the Name of the Lord. Praise You Jesus. Yes, glory to the Name of Jesus.
Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Great is His Name and greatly to be praised. Great is His Name and greatly to be praised. Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord, Jesus is Lord and I confess that Jesus is the Lord of my life. And I honour Him with my life. I honour Him with my gifts. I honour Him with everything that I have, the very breath of my life, I honour Jesus. Ooh, glory to Your Name Jesus, You are worthy, You are worthy of our praise. You are worthy of our lives and our honour, Lord. Glory to Jesus. Praise You. Praise You. Praise You. Praise You. Praise You. Praise You Jesus. Praise You Jesus. Praise You Jesus. Ahh Jesus is so worthy, Jesus is so worthy, He’s so worthy. Ooh glory to God. Hallelujah, Jesus.
You know, these moments that we’re having right now I recognise there are filters you got to break through in your own mind, that you got to sort of say, “Well, I don’t deserve to do this, I shouldn’t be doing this.” And many things come into your mind. But if you just, as you have done now, if you do it in obedience every day, you will honor Him with your life. You will honor Him with your words, you will honor Him with your prayer. It’s not your performance that makes you worthy, it’s His Blood. And you can never do enough to be good enough to ever come into His presence and say, “Well, I feel like I’ve done enough goodness today, or I’ve been free of sin enough today that I can come legitimately and say I want to praise you.” It doesn’t matter. There is stuff that you haven’t even thought about that you could have been in judgment. And His Blood has already covered it. And so the known and the unknown stuff is irrelevant, you got to have the boldness inside of you that says, “I come, this morning I wake up and I say thank You, Lord. I thank you for my life. I thank you for my day. I give you honour and praise in everything that happens in this day. I praise You, Jesus.” It’s a powerful way to live. It’s the Christian way to live. It’s the spiritual way to live. Hallelujah. Glory to God.
I pray that this week, you will continue to have communion this week. And I pray that you are blessed going out and blessed coming in. Your home, your work, wherever your friendships wherever you go. That Jesus blesses you. I thank You, Lord, that Your Word and the Blood covers them protects them in their income, in their health, in everything in their lives in their relationships. Thank You, Jesus. Thank You, Jesus. Be at peace. The fast is now over there is food out there in the foyer. One o’clock, we’re going to have a Foot in the Message session in this auditorium. You should be here because it’s going to be another moment of one hour time of awesomeness before God. Hallelujah. Glory to God. They’re gonna just play for one more minute. Bless you. Or you can stand and worship while they play anyway. God bless you guys.