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Almost every failure in life can be traced sooner or later to the breaking of the one commandment: "Honor thy father and mother...."

The law of honoring affects our lives powerfully and completely. For Prayer Deliverance Ministers, the absolute reliability of God's law is protection against deception. (Hebrews 4:12,13); through the Holy Spirit and the Word, we want to help people to recognize the excuses, rationalizations and smokescreens they use to justify sin.

"Behold, I will send you Elisha the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." Malachi 4:5-6


The root and trunk of our life is with our parents (or whoever raised us) and our siblings. The trunk of our character structure is formed from ages 6-12.


In every area where we could honor our parents, either consciously or unconsciously life goes well for us. Everywhere that we could not honor our parents, either consciously or unconsciously life will not go well for us. Deuteronomy 5:16

The law of honoring is unchangeable. There are no exceptions to this rule. It becomes a part of sowing and reaping. Without Christ's intervention there is no release.

It is a very reliable compass for us to be willing and able to detect our own (Prayer Ministers):or others confusion, excuses, and smokescreens.

Character flaws can sometimes be rationalized as good behavior

You will sometimes hear "I'm over protective, because I love my kids so much," or "The reason that I am so jealous is because I love my wife so much!" Both of these statements are rationalizations for control and manipulation.

Love doesn't produce bad fruit. Bitter fruit only comes from bad roots. When the Holy Spirit helps us to detect the bad fruit no matter how cleverly disguised, we must look for judgements and the dishonoring of father and or mother.

We must understand that every Person will have a wonderful reason for his or her bad behavior!

"I stay away from home because my wife is constantly critical." "I have to be in control; no one else will take care of things around here."

Wounds caused later in life will also affect us i.e. loss of limbs, rape, war, natural disasters etc.

Wounds upon wounds

It is important to take a complete history, because a child might have been healed and set
free from a molestation at age five by a relative, but is still experiencing pain from a
molestation by a teacher at 16 or 17.

We reap what we sow, not just in childhood, but also as adults. The one difference is that we will reap more quickly as adults.

How quickly that people respond to these later wounds will be determined by the root system formed early in life. Healing doesn't come by blaming parents. The primary factor is our response, not our parents mistakes or sins. Did we judge or did we honor our parents.

Honoring Position

Children are often required to honor dishonorable parents. As adults who crucify our judgments, we must also learn to honor parents whose behavior may continue to be dishonorable. It is important to honor their positions, even when we cannot honor their actions.

In Acts 23:1-5, Paul confronted the Sanhedrin. He looked straight at them and said, "My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day." At this, the high priest Ananias ordered Paul to be struck on the mouth.

Paul responded to this dishonorable behavior by an authority, saying to him, "God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! You sit there to judge me according to the law, yet you yourself violate the law by commanding that I be struck."

Those near Paul said, "You dare to insult God's high priest!"

Paul replied," Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: 'Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people."'

Paul asked forgiveness for speaking harshly to the ruler, choosing to honor his position, even when his behavior was dishonorable He did not repent for the truth he spoke, but only the way in which he spoke it. It is not wrong to judge bad behavior but it is sin to dishonor or condemn individuals

Signs of Disrespect

In order to honor our aging parents, we must treat them like adults. We treat them like children when we act as if
o they cannot think for themselves, so we must think for them.

o They have no sense, so we must make choices for them.
o They can't handle responsibility, so we bear their burdens for them.
o They can't face reality, so we protect them and don't hold them accountable.

The truth is, unless our parents are afflicted with debilitating disease or senility, they are responsible for
o Their thoughts and attitudes
o Their choices
o Their responsibilities and burdens
o Their speech, deceptions, denials, blame, martyrdom or tempers
They are adults, and fully accountable for their lives.

Do unto others...

To love Mom and Dad is to treat them, as I want to be treated. I am an adult and 1 really don't want people to tie themselves in emotional knots to shield me from the pain of change, or to take upon themselves the consequences of my own problems. I want those I love to share my burdens, not to carry them for me. I don't want to be spoiled. And I won't do that to my parents, if I choose to honor them.


Deuteronomy 5:16 - "Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

Psalms 27:10 - Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.

Psalms 119:89 - Your word, 0 Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.

Proverbs 20:20 (NAS) - He who curses his father or mother, his lamp will go out in time of darkness.

Proverbs 30:11-12 - There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers; those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth.


Matthew 5:17 - "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them."

Matthew 7:1-2 - 'Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

Matthew 7:17-20- "Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them."

Romans 2:1 - You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

Galatians 6:7 - Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges [discerns] the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hebrews 12:15 (NAS) - See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled.

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