How can we move into this realm as a people?
There are many ways we could describe this, but I want to zero in on one that I think summarizes much what it means to be in an atmosphere in which God can move.
Illustration: Read from THE VISION.
What atmosphere are we talking about?
WHOLE HEARTED WORSHIP
Then we get into some more relational things like
THE LOVE OF GOD
I want to summarize this entire thing called atmosphere in a word: HONOR
Key Words are:
“A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the Lord Almighty. “It is you priests who show contempt for my name. “But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’ Malachi 1:6 (NIV)
New King James uses the word DESPISE.
Question: WHERE IS THE HONOR?
This is a condition in all of our society. It has detrimental affect in our world, but deadly affect in the church.
5. Your Own Person
Definition of HONOR
OT Word: Kabed
NT Word: Timao
To make heavy or weighty
Word means: to add value. Weighty
Illustration: if there is a boulder in the road ahead of you.
Honor – Contempt
Weighty – Take it Lightly
Treat things as common or ordinary that we should take seriously.
Illustration: Use of cellphones.
How we treat each other: being on time.
An Atmosphere of Honor:
Two OT words:
SUBMIT – Kachash, which means to do it though you don’t want to. “Your enemies shall submit themselves to you.”
OBEY – Shamea, which is similar to the Heb. Word for HEAR. Which means to do it because you hear and understand.
Root word of FAMILIARITY.
As in heaven, so on earth.
See people as God sees them.
Atmosphere of forgiveness.
You can’t honor that which offends you.
You’ve got to get over those things that
We de-humanize people
Example: in traffic
A safe place
An atmosphere that “pulls” the ministry out.