Have you ever wanted to meet someone famous. . .but you didn’t have a backstage pass?
Have you wanted to talk with a highly successful person. . .but you didn’t have immediate access?
You may not have access to the stars of politics, business, sports or entertainment . . .but you do have immediate and unlimited access to the wisest, most successful person you’ll ever meet? Our great God Jehovah.
We gained the right to immediate access to God through the blood of Jesus shed on Calvary’s cross.
We have access to God and the Holy Spirit 24/7. Any time. . .any place. . .for as long as you desire to be in His presence.
How do you gain this immediate access to Jesus? By honoring His Word and His children.
Here are seven ways honor brings you immediate access.
1. Serving someone else when it’s not required or convenient. . .brings immediate access.
Genesis 24 gives an amazing account of how Eliezer, chief servant of Abraham traveled back to his master’s homeland to find a wife for Abraham’s son, Isaac.
Eliezer’s caravan loaded ten camels with fine gifts for the fortunate woman whom he would choose as Isaac’s bride. As he approached the well Eliezer prayed that God would reveal Isaac’s future wife by her generosity and honor.
Genesis 24:14 says:
“And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.”
As he finished praying, along came Rebekah…the most beautiful young woman Eliezer had ever seen. He asked her for a cup of water and without hesitation, she gave him the water and then something very important happened.
Genesis 24:18-20 says:
“And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink. And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking. And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.”
Here’s an Animal Planet fact for you…a camel can drink up to 25 gallons of water at one sitting….
Let’s see…that’s ten camels at 25 gallons of water each…that adds up to 250 gallons of water. Back then the most common water vessel was a 5 gallon container and since water weighs 8 pounds per gallon that adds up to about 40 pounds per trip so that means Rebekah made 50 trips carrying 40 pounds of water each time and that adds up to a ton of water…literally. Two thousand pounds equal a ton.
With each step Rebekah was taking a step toward her destiny and she didn’t even know it. . .simply, because of the honor she was giving a stranger.
Within hours, Rebekah’s family was blessed with Eliezer’s gifts…they had agreed to the marriage of Rebekah to Isaac and she was off to establish a legacy that is unmatched in all of human history.
She became the mother of Jacob, who became the father of the Israelite people, from whom the Messiah would come….she became part of one of the wealthiest families in the entire East….all because of her above and beyond offering and her generous spirit.
When Rebekah honored Eliezer, Abraham’s Chief of Staff by watering his camels she was positioned for immediate access to her destiny. . .and yes, a husband.
2. Submission brings immediate access.
Ruth 1:17-18 says:
“And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.”
Ruth was showing Naomi great honor. . .with her submissive spirit.
Ruth 2:1-2 in the New Living Translation says:
“Now there was a wealthy and influential man in Bethlehem named Boaz, who was a relative of Naomi’s husband, Elimelech. One day Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go out into the harvest fields to pick up the stalks of grain left behind by anyone who is kind enough to let me do it.”
Boaz at first didn’t realize who Ruth was but he knew what she looked like and how hard she was working. He was definitely checking her out and it wasn’t initially because of her character.
Ruth 2:5 in the New Living Translation says:
“Then Boaz asked his foreman, “Who is that young woman over there? Who does she belong to?”
When Boaz discovered who Ruth was, he was even more impressed because he had heard of her fine reputation.
Ruth 2:8-10 in the New Living Translation says:
“Boaz went over and said to Ruth, “Listen, my daughter. Stay right here with us when you gather grain; don’t go to any other fields. Stay right behind the young women working in my field.
“See which part of the field they are harvesting, and then follow them. I have warned the young men not to treat you roughly. And when you are thirsty, help yourself to the water they have drawn from the well.
“Ruth fell at his feet and thanked him warmly. “What have I done to deserve such kindness?” she asked. “I am only a foreigner.”
Your reputation. . .your character will always bring recognition, promotion and it will draw a financial anointing into your life. . .because of the honor you bestow on others.
Ruth 2:11-12 in the New Living Translation says:
“Boaz answered her, "I've heard all about you—heard about the way you treated your mother-in-law after the death of her husband, and how you left your father and mother and the land of your birth and have come to live among a bunch of total strangers. God reward you well for what you've done—and with a generous bonus besides from God, to whom you've come seeking protection under his wings."
No question Ruth got rewarded because of the honor she showed Naomi.
3. Presenting a Significant gift of honor gives immediate access
1 Kings 10:1-2 says:
“And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard questions. And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.”
Have you ever wondered how much her gifts were worth?
1 Kings 10:10 says:
“And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices very great store, and precious stones: there came no more such abundance of spices as these which the queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon.”
The Message Bible translation of 1 Kings 10:10 says:
“She then gave the king four and a half tons of gold, and also sack after sack of spices and expensive gems. There hasn't been a cargo of spices like that since that shipload the queen of Sheba brought to King Solomon.”
Four and a half tons is 9,000 pounds. That’s why the New Living Translation says:
“Then she gave the king a gift of 9,000 pounds of gold…”
In school, you and I learned that there are 16 ounces in a pound and 9,000 pounds equals 144,000 ounces. As I prepared this teaching, the price of gold was $1,602.36 per ounce.
Are you ready for this? In today’s market, just the gold that the Queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon would be worth roughly $230,739,840.00. That is 230 million 739 thousand 840 dollars.
I would call that a significant gift. Plus she also gave him “…sack after sack of spices and expensive gems….”
Even though Solomon was very wealthy. . .Solomon was impressed with the honor the Queen showed him by the generosity of her gifts.
Now only did she get her questions answer. . .but she got blessed as well.
1 Kings 10:13 in the Amplified Bible says:
“King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all she wanted, whatever she asked, besides his gifts to her from his royal bounty. So she returned to her own country, she and her servants.”
4. Honor gives you immediate access to a fresh anointing
Elisha was very faithful to the prophet even when Elijah encouraged him to leave. The honor which Elisha extended to the prophet was rewarded.
2 Kings 2 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And when they had gone over, Elijah said to Elisha, Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you. And Elisha said, I pray you, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.
“He said, You have asked a hard thing. However, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you—but if not, it shall not be so.
“As they still went on and talked, behold, a chariot of fire and horses of fire parted the two of them, and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
“And Elisha saw it and he cried, My father, my father! The chariot of Israel and its horsemen! And he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.”
I’m not going to take the time to list the various ways in which Elisha honored Elijah but he did. . .even when it was not pleasant.
As a result Elisha was given immediate access to a double portion of anointing.
5. Spontaneous honor brings immediate access to the desires of your heart
One day this wealthy woman was sitting on her front porch when she saw the man of God walking by. . .she made a spontaneous decision to honor. . .to bless and care for the man of God.
2 Kings 4:8-17 says:
“And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained (strong, firm, resolute) him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.
“And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there. And he said to Gehazi his servant, called her, she stood before him. And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? Wouldest thou be spoken for to the king or to the captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people. And he said, What then is to be done for her? and Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old.
“And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door. And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid. And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.”
The honor the Shulamite woman showed the prophet gave her what man couldn’t. . .the child she had wanted.
6. Faith and honor brings immediate access to healing
Matthew 9:21 in the New English Translation Bible says:
“For she kept saying to herself, "If only I touch his cloak, I will be healed.”
The woman with the issue of blood made a decision of destiny. She knew if she could only touch his cloak. . .her life would be changed forever.
The woman honored the anointing that was on Jesus. . .and she was healed.
There is one other thing I want to emphasis on this teaching.
When you and I read the word touch we think of a light, gentle, faint tap with a finger or hand. Secular dictionaries confirm that definition.
However, it’s not the definition of touched I found in the Strong’s Concordance.
The Greek word for touched is haptomai and it means:
“to fasten one's self to, adhere to, cling to.”
If you want God to move in your life. . .it’s going to take more than a light touch of faith you’ll need to fasten, adhere and cling to His Word.
Too many believers think that a light touch or momentary embrace of the Word is going to be a panacea. . .or solve all their problems. Not necessarily so. You must become one with the Word.
Your faith in action and the honor you give to the anointing. . .will determine how you finish the race that is the days of our lives.
We could also use the example of blind Bartimaeus… in Mark 10:46-52.
“. . .blind Bartimaeus. . .sat by the highway begging. . .when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus. . .have mercy on me. . .And Jesus …commanded him to be called … saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise…..
“And he, casting away his garment, rose and came to Jesus. . .And Jesus answered and said unto him, What will thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.
“And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way: thy faith made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus in the way.”
In this beautiful story in Mark 10, did you notice what blind Bartimaeus did? First, he called out to our Lord in faith. . .then he “. . .casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.”
It is interesting to note that in this particular period of history the coat he threw away was a special garment that certified Bartimaeus as really being blind. He cast aside his old way of receiving the things that he needed and wanted. . .that coat was the thing Bartimaeus had previously trusted in. . .however, in great anticipation he cast it down.
When we give honor where honor is due. . .take a step of faith. . .casting off our previous way of doing things. . .we gain immediate access to His blessing flow.
7. Forgiveness gives you immediate access
There was a defining moment in our lives when we asked Jesus to forgive us of our sins and become the Lord of our life. At that very moment. . .we gained immediate access to eternal and abundant life.
1 John 1:9 in the Amplified Bible says:
“If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].”
Isaiah 43:25 in the New Living Translation says:
“I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.”
Acts 3:19 says:
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!”
There are so many examples of the blessings and benefits immediately received by those who gave honor to others.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS