Honor is a character value that attracts the presence of God in our lives. Malachi 1:6 says we are to honor God because He is our Father. Exodus 20:12 tells us to honor our parents so we will have long life.
When it comes to releasing a multigenerational anointing, honor is key. Just as God is calling the older generations to believe in, inspire and empower the younger, He is calling the younger to honor the older. In God’s plan, honor releases blessing.
Honor Guards for God
Recently we hosted a meeting in Washington D.C. for our Disaster Response and Preparedness Network. One of the speakers was pastor Charles Burchett of Somebody Cares Southeast Texas. He had preached a sermon based on the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier prior to this at his church. Seeing the changing of the guard in person, he was deeply impacted by the display of honor at the Arlington National Cemetery. Pastor Burchett shared:
“The tomb is guarded 24 hours per day and 365 days per year by specially trained members of the 3rd United States Infantry. This select group of sentinels is called the Honor Guard. Being selected to stand watch over the Tombs of the Unknown Soldiers is one of the highest honors a soldier in the United States Army can be granted. ...
“Day or night, and regardless of the elements, the tomb is guarded, and has been guarded, every minute of every day since 1937. The sentinels never allow any feeling of cold or heat to be seen by anyone, and they never change the way they guard the tomb, even at night when there is no one watching. The sentinels do what they do for the ones they are honoring, not for spectators or for their own personal advancement. They genuinely believe that the Unknown Soldiers deserve the very best they have to give.”
Pastor Burchett challenges us to apply the Honor Guard’s dedication to our own dedication to God the Father.
“Twenty-four hours a day and 365 days a year, the Lord God Almighty sits in the center of heaven,” he said. “He invites men and women to receive the highest of all honors in the kingdom of God, that of coming into His presence to minister to Him. The disciplines of holiness and honor require wholeheartedness, dignity, perseverance, diligence, praise, humility, reverence, respect and vigilance. Without these characteristics, no one can stand before and minister to the Lord.”
Doug Stringer is an internationally known conference speaker, the founder of Somebody Cares and Turning Point Ministries International, and the author of several books, including Somebody Cares: A Guide to Living Out Your Faith.