Walk Honorably Through Dishonor
February 12, 2019
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. . .a time to be silent and a time to speak.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7)
Jesus Speaks of Honor
A time in Jesus' ministry came where He spoke very clearly and distinctly to the people and clarified it further when the Pharisees challenged him. To answer, Jesus spoke truth, without apology, and it hit their points of religion, unbelief and idolatry right on the nose in multiple places!
It was good that He didn’t hold back due to false humility or desire to shy away from confrontation because that chapter where His conversation is documented provides great help to us (John 8).
Accusations and words intended to get Jesus to back down flew. (I must insert here that Jesus wasn’t looking for an argument, trying to prove anything, nor did He have an ax to grind. The time had come for Him to clarify key truths as a foundation for the people and posterity.)
In that atmosphere where the people in authority worked overtime to discredit Him before the people, Jesus calmly answered: “I am not possessed by a demon, said Jesus, but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. I am not seeking glory for myself.” (John 8:49-50)
As Ecclesiastes exhorts, there’s a time to speak and a time to be silent. Jesus was not seeking honor or glory for Himself, but He did speak to set the record straight (providing the truth foundation for them and us) rather than remaining silent. It did not end amicably on the physical level, but He caused peace and order to be established and maintained in the spiritual realm.
Dishonor Creates Fall-out
Fast forward two millennia to our present day. My friend lived for years in a locale where she experienced much prejudice and dishonor due to her ethnicity. Many times, dishonor or pressure to agree with the accepted local way of expression were demanded of her. On multiple occasions, she kept her mouth shut because she wasn’t looking for a fight. However, on those multiple occasions, soon a battle raged around her anyway (not with those people but with dark spirits), either immediately or soon afterwards.
She learned that her silence gave the spiritual realm the signal that she was in some kind of agreement with that dishonor and prejudice.
In order to preserve her abundant life, she had to speak up. A short version of what she said is this, “That’s for you; it’s not for me.” Of course, the people were offended by her lack of agreement, but she did not experience a battle or fall-out afterwards. As with Jesus, so it was with my friend. Things did not resolve amicably on the physical level, but she restored her spiritual (and subsequently physical) atmosphere to peace and order.
To Speak or Be Silent, That is the Question
Sometimes, we have to stay in a situation, but we don’t have to agree with it, and we can learn how to set up boundaries and use discretion.
Other times, we need to leave the situation because it’s unhealthy.
I’ve walked through both sides. When you have to stay in a conversation or situation, you don’t have to be “staying” in agreement.
There is a time to walk away silently, and decree to the spiritual atmosphere, “I don’t receive that,” or “I’m not in agreement.”
There are other times when something must be said because the damage to you (like my friend) or others (like Jesus) is too great.
May the grace and Spirit of the Lord be your guide and your strength and shield as you learn with Him how to walk honorably through dishonor.
There are so many aspects of this (agreements with dishonor from the past that may be affecting your present and future) that are addressed in the Honor Restoration Prayer which is offered as a free gift for you to download below.
Before the holidays, we’d started this series on honor. I’d written how a simple, yet intentional raising the honor shield: 1. verbally and 2. in agreement with an intercessor shut down mouths rising up against my family quickly.
This happened so quickly because we’d done the work of tearing down jealousy/envy generationally and building up the highway of honor. It’s time now to share a roadmap for those who’re ready for this in their own lives or families. There are five main targets to address. It does take some work, but it’s worth it. If you’d like to learn more, contact us below with “roadmap” on your email's subject line. Starting Sunday, February 3, you'll receive information on the target points. (More information about this available at www.hopestreams.net)
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