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God wants to honor you, but if you refuse to honor the things and people God honors, you will forfeit the honor He wants to bring into your life.
…Those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.
(1 Sam. 2:30)

God wants to honor you, but if you refuse to honor the things and people God honors, you will forfeit the honor He wants to bring into your life—respect, promotion, increase, and opportunities.

Galatians 6:7 says, "Do not be deceived. God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap." If you sow honor into the lives of others, you will reap honor.

The movie Chariots of Fire was about a young man from Scotland who ran in the 1924 Olympics in Paris. After qualifying as the United Kingdom's representative for the 100-meter dash, he found out that this race was to be run on Sunday. As a devout Christian, he refused to run on the Lord's Day. He wanted his victory to be for the glory of God. Since he was the fastest runner in the world at that time, he would have won the Gold Medal. Great pressure was put upon him to run on Sunday, but he refused.

Another young man from the United Kingdom was to run a 400-meter race on another day. He had already won a Gold Medal, so he offered his spot in this race to Eric Liddell. Eric accepted, ran the 400-meter, and won the gold medal.

Before the race, a young Christian from America handed Eric a note. On it was scribbled, "1 Samuel 2:30, …'Those who honor Me I will honor.'"

In 1981, Chariots of Fire won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The story of Eric Liddell was told all over the world. He was honored for his commitment to God. You, too, can honor God by refusing to compromise your commitment to Him.


I am honoring the Lord by obeying His Word. I am honoring those in positions of authority. God's honor comes to me because of the honor I have given Him.

Source: 101 Days of Absolute Victory by Billy Joe Daugherty
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Billy Joe Daugherty
Web site: Victory Christian Center
Billy Joe Daugherty was founder and pastor of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was also the founder of Victory Christian School, Victory Bible Institute and Victory World Missions Training Center.

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