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Honor is a big deal to God...and being from Thailand, I know how much honor means in the Asian culture. Asians are taught from youth, just how important it is to honor your parents as well the elderly. They know that blessings come from honoring their parents.
I really appreciate this word by Cornelius Quek, in which he shares the significance and the fruit of honoring your mother and father as you'll read below. Cornelius shares here what the Lord told him about honor:
A few years ago when I was back in Singapore to visit my dad, my brother, and his family, one morning the Holy Spirit brought to mind the promise from Ephesians 6:1-3. I always knew the promise of longevity if I chose to honor my parents, but the Spirit highlighted to me the words "that it may go well with you." ...He then whispered to my spirit, "Son, honoring your parents is a key to your success."
Be encouraged in this word knowing that honoring your parents comes with a Biblical promise – that it will go well with you in the land the Lord is giving you! (See Deuteronomy 5:16, Ephesians 6:1-3.)
Julie A. Smith, Managing Editor
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"Honor: The Ancient Secret to Success & Longevity"
You might have expected to be enlightened by age-old, proven, mystical precepts and modus operandi and how our primitive ancestors went about to secure success and long life.
It might not be what you are expecting. Are you ready for this? The secret is – honor your parents. Yes, not some method of primitive dexterity and wizardry, but simply the very commands from the Ancient of Days, the Omniscient All-Knowing God, etched on the tablets of the Ten Commandments. These commands were given to the people of Israel to guide and secure them in the righteous, protected, prosperous life intended from the heart of Yahweh.
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother" (this is the first commandment with a promise), "that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land." Ephesians 6:1-3
A few years ago when I was back in Singapore to visit my dad, my brother, and his family, one morning the Holy Spirit brought to mind the promise from Ephesians 6:1-3. I always knew the promise of longevity if I chose to honor my parents, but the Spirit highlighted to me the words "that it may go well with you." (Photo via Pixabay)
He then whispered to my spirit, "Son, honoring your parents is a key to your success."
He then directed me to Malachi 4:5-6:
"Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse."
It seems to me that in the last days the avoidance of the curse of the land is conditional upon the reconciliation and bonding between fathers and children. In other words, the prosperity of the land is somehow connected to the manner in which fathers relate with their children, and vice versa.
During that period, I had been contending to be debt-free.
The Holy Spirit instructed me, "I want you to sow financially to your dad."
In my heart, I murmured, "Lord, I am a missionary. You know I do not have much, but I know You are speaking to me. I will give to my dad. How much?"
The Lord showed me an amount. That morning, I went to my dad, who was a Buddhist at that time.
"Dad, here's a little something for you..." I gave a red envelope with the money in it.
"Son, you are the one who needs this money. Keep it."
"Dad, you do not understand. You need to keep it."
The next day, I received a random text from my friend's mom in Tulsa, Oklahoma, "Cornelius, I am sending you $3,000 today."
Needless to say, I was stunned. I was amazed by the fact that even though I did not know this lady well, God had laid it on her heart to give generously toward me.
The next day, I was driving in the car with my good friend Chris and I began to recount to him the generous gift I had received the day before. Chris began to grin from ear to ear as if he knew something I was clueless about.
"Why are you grinning so happily?" I said.
"Wait till you get to my house. I have something to give to you," Chris replied. (Photo via Freeimages)
We got to Chris' house. He disappeared into his room and came out with an envelope in his hand.
"Here you go, this is yours. A few of the brothers got together and decided to bless you."
At that moment, I had a feeling it was a financial gift, but I was not ready for the amount that was in the envelope.
I opened it up and saw that there were $1,000-notes in the envelope. I counted eight of them. $8,000 in total.
In two days after the Lord had spoken to me about "Honor your father and mother, that it might go well with you..." my entire debt was completely paid off, with leftover!
I am careful not to make this sound like a sure-fire, genie-in-a-bottle formula to be prosperous. I am not making a promise that you will be debt-free if you choose to honor your parents financially. What I do know is that God promised that we would do well if we choose to honor our parents.
Maybe that will look like a restoration of relationship with your parents where there had been a strain. Or perhaps a healing in your body, or a raise and promotion at your job, or an immediate download of a business idea. His blessings are diverse and endless. He knows how to bless us. He is the good heavenly Father. You will do well to honor your parents regardless of whether they deserve it or not. I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit how you can honor your parents. He will show you. His love and grace will empower you. Be blessed!
In His love,
Cornelius Quek, M.Div.
Founding Director, 7K
Founder of 7K, Cornelius Quek is passionate about equipping and mentoring contemporary leaders and culture-makers who know their God and impact every sphere of society. Cornelius was powerfully delivered from a background of Buddhism and pagan idol worship in Singapore. He has traveled and ministered extensively internationally and in the United States. Cornelius graduated from London School of Theology, United Kingdom, earned a Master of Divinity (Hons.) from the world-renowned Oral Roberts University, and is currently completing his Doctorate in Leadership & Ministry, researching on increasing the supernatural in the marketplace. Cornelius and his beautiful wife Tiffany are ordained by Bethel Church in Redding, California, where they serve as Connect Pastors. Cornelius also teaches Bible at church as well as the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry.
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