I was emotionally impacted by a video I saw on Facebook. It wrecked me. My eyes got misty as I watched. In the middle of celebrating her wedding a bride showed ultimate honor for her mother. She humbled herself before everyone and bowed before her. As she prostrated herself she spoke glowingly about the toil, sacrifice and prayers of her mother for her. Tears flowed from her eyes as she expressed gratitude for all her mother had done for her.
She was thankful for all that was done for her. This girl knew without a shadow of doubt that she is who she is because of the input of her mother. Without that sure foundation she would not be standing.
I firmly believe that in that moment as her mother laid hands on her, wept and prayed those tears became a memorial before the Almighty God. From that day every prayer that her mother prayed to God on her behalf was answered.
I can almost her God saying to the angels, ‘Go release her blessings. Her household will be blessed. He union will be blessed. I will uphold it with my right hand. Her womb shall be blessed. From this day onward all she does will be blessed.“
This is a picture of true honor. She shifted the spotlight from herself to the person who made it possible. Her mother.
“Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: 3 “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
Please note that nowhere does it say honor your perfect mother and father. Neither does it say if they are a little good show honor. They may be jerks but we must honor them. Our blessing are sometimes delayed because their is no honor.
You want breakthrough? Show honor to your parent(s). God will elevate you.
Your first line of spiritual coverage comes from your parents. If there is no honor God will not cover you. Even if they are not god-fearing what they speak will be honored by the Adonai when your obedience is fulfilled. If one or both of them is not in our life God will provide a substitute.
This was the case with my father. He was physically and verbally abusive. From a very young age he abandoned us. Mom had to raise all the children entirely on her own. I resented him for the abuse and abandonment. Thankfully my older siblings did not allow that resentment to rest in their heart. That when he lived briefly with mom, in 2009, I did not speak to him. When he greeted me on Father’s day I just glowered at him. I was not going to wish him a happy Father’s Day. When I visited I just said a quick hi and kept it moving. Many times I wanted to cuss him out but I kept my mouth shout. I respected that fact that he was my father. Thanks mom I knew not to be disrespectful to an adult.
The heart needed fixing though. I occupied my self with my own growth and development but struggled. No matter what I did life had ebbs and flows that did not allow me to make major progress.
In May of 2014 God confronted me about the resentment I bore towards dad. It was buried so deep that I did not know it was there. When I repented at the altar I felt a spirit leave me. Tenacles of a dark entity was ripped from my heart. I literally felt a tug on my heart. Then God’s presence came on me. I felt the love of the Father. From that day God begun to reveal himself as Father. Visions of Father God came after this.
Honor was always shown to my mother. I never forgot her sacrifice. When it became possible for me to assist her I did.
Shortly after God healed me from my backsliding, in July 2011, He sent me to live with an older brother. Mom just happened to be there also. She had come to receive treatment for a broken ankle and heal. Little did I know that God had masterfully arranged everything. Her real reason for being there was to provide spiritual coverage for me.
One Sunday as I was leaving for church God told me to go to her. She was to pray for me before I leave. I was not spirit-filled just Spirit-led. What I heard I did by faith. As I came to before her the Holy Spirit told me to kneel. I did and requested that she pray for me. Mom transformed before my eyes. She was another woman. Never before had I seen her move under the unction of the Holy Spirit. She imparted a blessing on me. She spun me as she repeated a blessing over me.
I walked away staggering under the anointing. When I reached church. As my friend greeted me the Holy Spirit moved me to pray for him. Prayer flowed like water. A dam had broken lose. My customary simple prayers were gone. This was warfare prayer!
During worship the power of the Holy Spirit came on me. I ran down the aisle and fell to my knees. Then I had a open vision. I saw myself in spiritual warfare. A girl was in a iron cage. Black spirits guarded the cage. I walked up to it broke the bars pulled her out and we begun fighting the demonic spirits together. While on my knees I kept shouting hallelujah! That was all that came from my mouth.
After service the Holy Spirit told me to visit the young lady. I showed up and the Holy Spirit did the rest. God rekindled the fire of God in her. I was watching and wondering what was happening. This was my first time praying for someone. I didn’t fully understand what happened. All I knew was God had done something for her.
My spiritual awakening in the prophetic happened because I showed honor. Mom was honored as God required. That day she was not just honored as nurturer in my youth but as my spiritual head. God then transferred the prophetic anointing from five generations to me. I stepped into a generational blessing because I showed honor.
The Lord Jesus is our example. He showed honor to His mother his entire life. Just moments before he died he accomplished his work by showing fulfilling his role as eldest son. He ensured that someone would care for his mother with the same love and affection he had for her. He did not leave it to his other brothers and sisters. Death was facing him. He was hanging on the cross. Still he asked his beloved disciple to care for his mother.
Behold Your Mother
25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!”27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.
It Is Finished
28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!”29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
Notice that the scripture said after this ‘all things were now accomplished’. He had fulfilled the all the commandments of the Father were fulfilled with the final act of honor his mother. Only then could he give up his spirit and allow death to take him.
He knew with a shadow of doubt that everything was now His. The reward for his faithfulness would be given.
The Lord Jesus Christ was so serious about us honoring our parents that He rebuked the Pharisees and scribes for keeping traditions that broke this law of God.
Mark 7:8-13, Amplified
8 You disregard and neglect the commandment of God, and cling [faithfully] to the tradition of men.”
9 He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside and nullifying the commandment of God in order to keep your [man-made] tradition and regulations. 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother [with respect and gratitude]’; and, ‘He who speaks evil of his father or mother must be put to death’; 11 but you[Pharisees and scribes] say, ‘If a man tells his father or mother, “Whatever I have that would help you is Corban, (that is to say, already a gift to God),”’ 12 then you no longer let him do anything for his father or mother [since helping them would violate his vow of Corban]; 13 so you nullify the[authority of the] word of God [acting as if it did not apply] because of your tradition which you have handed down[through the elders]. And you do many things such as that.”
You must show honor to your parents, both spiritual and natural to receive your inheritance. After you have fulfilled this commandment you may then ask God to release your inheritance.
The prodigal son received his inheritance after he stopped his waywardness and returned to his father. Notice that he did not go back with any demands. He repented and begged his father’s forgiveness. Then he asked that he be found worthy to be one of his servants. In other words, he declared a desire to serve his father. The compassionate father forgave him, placed a royal robe on him, gave him the family ring of authority and placed sandals on his feet (Luke 15:11-32).
Our heavenly Father does the same for us not only when we become His but also when we show honor to our parents. At the appropriate time He releases our physical and spiritual inheritance.