“The Spirit of Honor”

“The Spirit of Honor”
Bishop Daniel Robertson, Jr.
Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries

Who do you honor in your life?  Your parents, your mentors, our military?  I always think about the military and the medals they give to brave troops when I hear the word honor.  The dictionary defines the word as “showing high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank.”  My Bishop takes a story from the Bible to illustrate how and why it’s important to honor the “man of God” or Pastor in your life.  Elisha was a man of God and he prophesied that a Shunammite woman named Gehazi would have a son and it happened.  But, later in the chapter the son dies, and the woman turns to Elisha for help.  See what happens:

2 Kings 4:8-36 (Elisha’s Miracles – Shunammite’s Son Restored to Life)
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18 The child grew, and one day he went out to his father, who was with the reapers. 19 He said to his father, “My head! My head!”  His father told a servant, “Carry him to his mother.” 20 After the servant had lifted him up and carried him to his mother, the boy sat on her lap until noon, and then he died…. 29 Elisha said to Gehazi, “Tuck your cloak into your belt, take my staff in your hand and run. Don’t greet anyone you meet, and if anyone greets you, do not answer. Lay my staff on the boy’s face.”  30 But the child’s mother said, “As surely as the lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her.  31 Gehazi went on ahead and laid the staff on the boy’s face, but there was no sound or response. So Gehazi went back to meet Elisha and told him, “The boy has not awakened.” 32 When Elisha reached the house, there was the boy lying dead on his couch. 33 He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the lord. 34 Then he got on the bed and lay on the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out on him, the boy’s body grew warm. 35 Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the room and then got on the bed and stretched out on him once more. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes.

Just as Elisha spoke blessings and healing over the Shunammite woman and her son, your Pastor can speak blessings into your life if he’s truly a man of God.  All of your provisions are connected to the ministry you belong to and that’s why it’s so important to join a church family. As a member of Mt. Gilead, I know this is true.  I see the same anointing of favor that rests on Bishop Robertson and the church, also resting on my own life.  Recognize when you have a holy man of God as your Pastor because this person can declare a principle or prayer during a sermon that can change your life if you receive it in your heart.

In verse 30, we see that the woman, Gehazi tapped into Elisha’s anointing because she spoke the same words that Elisha said to Elijah: “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.”  Remember Elisha received a double portion of Elijah’s anointing.

Something to think about: In the scripture, Elisha relied on the Holy Spirit, to bring the boy back to life.  Are you letting the Holy Spirit lead and guide you?  If we really want to be close to God, we must learn to let Him lead us in everything we do each and every day.

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