The Spirit Of Honor
But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.” And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith. —Matthew 13:57
When Jesus visited His hometown of Nazareth, the people there refused to honor Him. He was not respected. As a result of their spirit of dishonor, Nazareth was not blessed with the mighty works of God their neighboring towns experienced. We must be on guard against a spirit of dishonor so God’s power is not blocked in our lives.
1. When Jesus stopped in Nazareth, His hometown, the people did not honor Him.
2. Because of their lack of honor and respect, Jesus did not perform many mighty works in their town.
3. God expects us to show honor and respect for those in leadership or authority over us.
4. A lack of honor leads to the blockage of God’s power flowing into our lives.
5. If we want to experience the fullness of God’s blessing in our lives, we must be careful to give honor to whom it is due.
1. Why do you think the people of Nazareth did not honor Jesus?
2. Do you find it easy to be critical or think negatively about people in leadership or authority?
3. How can we honor someone we disagree with?
4. What effect does a spirit of dishonor have on our spiritual lives?
5. Why is it important to teach our children and grandchildren to respect those in leadership positions?
When a person has a spirit of dishonor, they lose the ability to feel God. They lose their responsiveness to God. The anointing may be flowing around them, but because of their attitude they don’t feel it. God may want to give them a breakthrough, but the flow of blessing is blocked. It is important to check our attitude and make sure we aren’t missing out on God’s blessing because of our disrespect.