– by André Bronkhorst
There has been an attack on our identity, right from the very beginning – demons are not scared of us, but of the revelation of Christ that we carry. We often hear that a prophet is not recognised in his own town. However, dishonouring local ministries is certainly not a standard that Jesus gave to us to live by. Instead, honour can be seen as a key that could lock or unlock His power. In Ephesians 4:11 we read that it is important to honour the fivefold ministries, which was given by Christ to equip his people for works of service. That is because an environment of honour produces the manifestation of God’s power.
Dishonour, on the other hand, means to strip people of their value and to expose them to judgement and condemnation. Since we know that there is no more condemnation in Christ, the only way to judge someone is to remove him or her from Christ. Dishonour thereby shuts the door to the supernatural, as can be seen in the following passages:
“Coming to His hometown, He began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. ‘Where did this Man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?’ they asked. ‘Isn’t this the carpenter’s Son? Isn’t His mother’s name Mary, and aren’t His brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?’” – Matthew 13:54-55.
“And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” – Matthew 13:58.
Honour is a key to the supernatural – when you honour others, you yourself become honourable. There are two opposing forces constantly colliding: the natural and the supernatural. At the end, the supernatural will stand. Have faith.
Taken from JOY! Magazine (May 2017)