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General Douglas MacArthur, an American wartime hero, said that there are two things worse than death: one is to live in bondage and the other is to live in dishonor. It is interesting that he said this to West Point Military graduates that would risk their lives for their country. MacArthur said losing your freedom and your honor is worse than death. To really live we must have freedom and honor.

Jesus Christ said, “He whom the son sets free is free indeed,” (John 8:36). True freedom comes from Jesus Christ. But today let’s look at the subject of honor. We could call it “Your Honor” or “The Honor of God.” Honor is a very important part of life.

Jesus said, “If any man serve me…him will my Father honor,” (John 12:26). He also said, “…I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him, and honor him,” Psalm 91:15.


I like this definition of honor: to treat with great consideration; respect greatly; regard highly; treat with deference and courtesy; to treat as valuable and precious; esteem of the highest degree; great dignity.

Psalm 8 declares that God’s original plan for man included clothing him with “glory and honor.” We see that Satan delights in stealing the glory and stripping the honor God intended for man. But Jesus Christ can restore the glory and honor that God has for us. When honor is taken from a man or woman it is replaced with shame. Our best gifts and callings thrive in an atmosphere of honor. There is no love without honor. Romans 12:10 says, “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another.


To respect a man is the first restoration of the self-respect he has lost; our ideal of what he is becomes to him the hope and pattern of what he may become. If we try to influence or elevate others, we shall soon see that our endeavor is successful in proportion to their belief of our belief in them. It is the great secret of personal influence. -Henry Drummond, The Greatest Thing in the World.


Honor is essential to successful leadership. In Numbers 27:15-23, the Lord instructed Moses to lay hands upon Joshua and place some of his honor upon him. Something supernatural happened when Moses put his honor upon him. It caused Joshua’s leadership to be affected and added great authority to his words.


Honor is essential in successful relationships. It is a step beyond respect. A successful marriage must have honor as a foundation between the husband and the wife (1 Peter 3:7 and Ephesians 5:33). Husbands are to love their wives and the wife is to respect and honor her husband. God says the consequences of dishonor in marriage will cause our prayers to be ineffective. The Bible also tells us to honor your father and mother. This is actually the first commandment with a promised blessing attached to it, “that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth,” (Ephesians 6:2-3). In 1 Peter 2:13-17 we are also instructed by God to honor those in government authority. We are taught to give double honor to ministry gifts (1 Timothy 5:17 and 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13). If each one of us would sow honor, not only toward God, but also in our supernatural relationships, we would reap a great harvest of honor in our lives.

In Mark 6:4-6, Jesus seemed to point to unbelief and lack of honor as things that limited His ministry. In these scriptures it seems that dishonor and unbelief are connected and that they stopped the “mighty works” of Jesus. The absence of honor was tragic for those who needed a miracle. One cannot receive the teaching or the anointing where there is no honor given.


YOU CAN RESPECT WITH WORDS BUT YOU MUST HONOR WITH SUBSTANCE. Proverbs 3:9-10 says, “Honor the Lord with your substance and the first fruits of all your increase.” Honor is connected with tithing and giving and is reflected in our financial priorities. Mark 14:1-9 shows how giving and honoring produces a fragrance well pleasing to God. He is calling us higher, and we must make the choice to be a vessel of honor, used by God as in 2 Timothy 2:20, 21. Honor is both an attitude and action and it affects every facet of our lives.


This month we want to offer you our book, Honor: Above and Beyond. This book is full of examples and teaching on the importance of honor in our homes, our churches, and our country. For your offering of any amount this month we will send you this book.

Thank you for your prayers as we enter a great new door in 2023. We are very thankful for you, our partners, who have given so generously! The MHM Conference Center, which is also a television studio, is nearing completion. Through the television program, we are now reaching over 400 million people daily. Several conferences will be conducted here at the MHM Conference Center each year, ministering to pastors and leaders from around the world. We have already paid $2.5 million cash on the conference center and need another $750,000 to finish this project. We rejoice in the progress and believe all the money will come in!

Our book, Revolutionary Revelation, is now translated into Farsi, a language spoken in Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. This book is impacting believers in that region even now! Later this year we will be ministering in a minister’s conference in Turkey. Your faithful financial partnership makes all this possible. Our assignment is to carry the gospel of Christ and the Word of Faith to this generation and to every nation! Remember the Words of Jesus in Acts 20:35 “...It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Our God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus!

In Christ,
Mark and Trina

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Mountain Moving, Giant Killing FAITH!

        One of my favorite stories happened during the years of the Great Depression here in the United States. Long lines of jobless Americans were a common sight in the larger cities during the 1930s. A lengthy period of unemployment caused many to lose faith in themselves and in their future. Many were living on charity; many were feeling angry and humiliated. There was an employer that had one job available. As the word got out, a long line of applicants formed outside the boss’ office. The secretary showed applicants into the office one at a time for an interview. During the middle of the process, one man ran from the back of the line right into the office. In a few minutes, the boss came out and announced that this man had the job and everyone else could go home. Many complained this wasn’t fair because the man did not wait his turn. The boss explained that he thought of a quicker way to select the right person. Since the job required someone to know Morse Code, he tapped out a message in code loudly enough so everyone could hear, “If you can hear this, jump up now and run into my office, you have the job.” Everyone heard the tapping, but it did not mean anything to anyone but this man, now the new employee.


        Faith begins with hearing a certain sound that other people cannot hear. Romans 10:17, 18 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But I say, have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the end of the world.”

        Everybody won’t – anybody can – somebody will: that is the definition of whosoever. Jesus continually used the word, whosoever. Jesus also said in Mark 4:23-25, “If any man has ears to hear, let him hear. And he said unto them, take heed what you hear; with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you, that hear shall more be given. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.”

        Our hearing has a lot to do with our having. Some have said that there are two groups of people: the haves and the have-nots. Jesus implied there are two groups of people: the hearers and the hear nots.

        Faith comes by hearing a certain sound. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. The Word of God opens our ears to the supernatural plan and provision of God.


        After three and a half years of drought, the prophet Elijah said, “There is a sound of abundance of rain.” Elijah began to pray on the top of Mt. Carmel when there was not a cloud in sight. He prayed persistently until there appeared a cloud about the size of a man’s hand. Then he outran the king’s chariots as the “abundance of rain” fell and brought new life (1 Kings 18:41-46). Elijah’s faith began by hearing the sound of the abundance of rain. No one else could hear anything, but Elijah was hearing from Heaven. As he prayed, his faith became sight and substance. But he got it on the inside before he got it on the outside.

        God is looking for people who can hear the sound of His voice and follow His plan and purpose. This sound always brings the supernatural power of God. This sound will get us praying like Elijah prayed. Elijah prayed with persistence and expectation. He knew it was God’s will and the manifestation had to come.

        There is a sound of salvation, deliverance, healing and blessing in the Gospel of Christ. The spirit of faith today hears, believes, and speaks the same sound. The spirit of faith can be heard and seen. Faith acts on the Word of God. Faith acts like the Bible is true. The spirit of faith is also a real, positive attitude. A person cannot be negative, critical and constantly complaining and claim to have a spirit of faith.

        I heard the story about a man that was asleep in his bedroom, and some friends played a joke on him. While he was sleeping, they wiped a piece of Limburger cheese under his nose. Immediately, the man woke up and exclaimed, “Man, it sure stinks in here!” He walked out of his bedroom into the living room and said, “It stinks in here!” He walked into the kitchen and said, “It stinks in here!” He went out the front door, looked up at the sky, breathed in deep and said, “The whole world stinks!”

        The lesson from that story is that anytime it stinks everywhere you go, the stink maybe underneath your nose. You are carrying the stink with you. Some people are negative and critical all the time and think there is something wrong with everybody else when they have a problem. A negative and critical attitude is not a spirit of faith. As you meditate on the Word, your mind is renewed, and your attitude is changed. Then, everywhere you go, you can smell victory.

        The Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 2:14, “Now thanks be unto God which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor (smell) of his knowledge by us in every place.” Paul faced a lot of problems, but he said it smells like victory to me. He had a spirit of faith.


       A local tire store used to have a television commercial that said, “Hello, neighbor! Tires ain’t pretty, but everyone needs tires, so you might as well get them from us at the best price.” I thought that was funny. Sometime later I was in a radical, wild church service where people were laughing, rejoicing, shouting and praising God. During all of this, the Lord spoke to me in this way: “Hello, neighbor! Faith ain’t pretty, but everyone needs faith! So, get your faith from God, and learn how to release your faith, and respond to the Word and the power of God.”

        So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17

        I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil. Psalm 119:162

        Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart… Jeremiah 15:16b 

        Yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9

        In 1 Peter 1, notice that between believing and receiving is joy unspeakable. When you are really a Bible-believing Christian, there must be some rejoicing with joy
unspeakable. If the joy is unspeakable, you must let it out somehow through laughing, shouting, and leaping or dancing for joy. This kind of joy is full of glory.

        The spirit of faith declares the outcome even in the middle of adversity. You can see the victorious end of the challenge you are facing. When the glory of God is manifested, it brings the supernatural power of God.

        The spirit of faith will cause you to shout while the walls are still standing, like God’s people did at Jericho and the walls came down (Joshua 6:20). The spirit of faith will cause you to dance like David did when the Ark of the Covenant (the glory of God) returned to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6:13-14). The spirit of faith may cause you to run like Elijah did when the hand of the Lord came on him (1 Kings 18:46). The rain he had prayed and contended for was coming, and he outran the king’s chariot. The spirit of faith will have you sing and praise God loudly, as Paul and Silas did at midnight when they were in prison in chains (Acts 16:25). The power of God shook the prison and set them free.

       These are demonstrations of the power of God, but they are all connected to faith. Everybody needs faith. “The just shall live by faith,” Romans 1:17 says. Faith pleases God, according to Hebrews 11:6.

        Lilian B. Yeomans said it this way; “God delights in his children stepping out over the aching void with nothing under their feet but the Word of God.” God watches as we demonstrate in faith and act on His Word.

        The spirit of faith may even cause a person to look foolish, as Naaman did when the prophet Elisha told him to dip seven times in the muddy Jordan River (2 Kings 5:14). What God required of Naaman for his healing from leprosy was not difficult, but it seemed too foolish. Naaman’s reasoning almost made him miss his miracle, but he finally acted on the prophet’s word and was totally healed.

        “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty,” 1 Corinthians 1:27. The answer still is: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6).

       … I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Romans 4:17

         Smith Wigglesworth said concerning Romans 4:17, “God help us to understand this! It is time people knew how to shout in faith as they contemplate the eternal power of our God, to whom it is nothing to quicken and raise the dead. I come across some people who would be giants in the power of God, but they have no shout of faith. I find everywhere people who fail, even when they are praying, simply because they are just breathing sentences without uttering speech – and you cannot get the victory that way. You must learn to take the victory and shout in the face of the devil, ‘It is done!’ Your life will be different, and tremendous things will happen!”


        You don’t have to be perfect to have a spirit of faith. Some people disqualify themselves from the blessings of God or from being used by God because they think they have too many flaws. While it is true that you are to keep growing spiritually, you do not have to have reached perfection to have a spirit of faith.

        The great faith chapter of Hebrews 11 includes many people that were far from perfect. There were flaws in Abraham, Sarah, Noah, Moses, Rahab, David and many others in the Bible and yet they had a spirit of faith. I am glad that God works with imperfect people. The spirit of faith enables you to overcome in every area of your life. Smith Wigglesworth said, “Any man may be changed by faith, no matter how he may be fettered.”

        Recently I was talking to a jeweler about diamonds. He said that all diamonds have a flaw somewhere that can be seen by the trained eye using a magnifying glass. However, the fake diamonds we call “cubic zirconium” are flawless. They are man-made. Although they look like diamonds, they have only a fraction of the value of a real diamond.

        Sometimes the devil will tell you because you have a flaw, you are not the real thing. I’m sure you do have a few flaws, but you are still a real diamond. At least you are not a cubic zirconium. You are valuable to God. He sees you in Christ. He will keep working with you if you will keep a spirit of faith and seek Him with all your heart. You don’t have to be perfect to have a spirit of faith. The spirit of faith comes in all sizes, colors, and ages. The spirit of faith cannot tell what color your skin is, how much education you have, or how old you are. You could be 17 like David was when he killed Goliath or 80 like Joshua and Caleb were when they entered the Promised Land. The spirit of faith requires that you believe and speak. The spirit of faith acts on the Word of God.


        All scripture is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16). The word inspired means “God- breathed.” Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, “…Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

        The Word of God was spoken before it was written, and it was written so that it might be spoken. The spirit of faith must believe and must speak. The Word of God in your mouth is God giving you mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The spoken Word gives the life of God to all who believe and speak.


        This month we want to offer you our brand-new CD series titled, Mountain Moving, Giant Killing Faith. We believe these messages will stir up the spirit of faith inside of you and cause mountains to move in your life. For your offering of $20 or more, we will send you these messages and our book, The Spirit of Faith. The spirit of faith is contagious!

        We are so thankful to YOU, our partners! Your prayers and your giving allow us to continue reaching more people with the spirit of faith. We know the new MHM Conference Center will further our as we record more television programs and host conferences. Thank you for your partnership with us in the Gospel of Jesus! We declare to you our partners, “And my God, on the scale of his wealth, will fully supply in Christ Jesus your every need in [Heaven’s] glory,” Philippians 4:19 (Hudson).

In Christ,
Mark and Trina