This week on the Video Blog, I shared about the power of pronouncing blessings over others.
The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 14 that the spiritual gift of prophecy is a gift for ALL. It is designed to edify, exhort and build up the body of Christ, but also it is a safe way to open the door for God to show His kindness to those in need of Him.
I shared a few weeks ago about the spiritual gift of prophecy. If you missed it you can find it here: Prophecy What is it? and I also had a Vlog on it a well, you can find it here: Prophecy What is it? Vlog
By speaking or pronouncing a blessing you release the Holy Spirit to impact the lives of those around you for good. Our blessing not only releases God’s intended blessing on others but it also releases blessing to us.
Let’s face it, we live in a world where the media focuses on “the bad.” When this happens some people become fearful and lose hope. However, God calls us to be a beacon of hope in a negative world. When we speak, our words greatly affect us, and those around us. Good words spoken to us meet even the basic of needs.
Peter M Lord in his book Bless and Be Blessed says,
“Good words spoken by significant people in our lives are very important. However, good words can come from other sources, and regardless of who speaks them, they can be a blessing.”
Matthew 4:4 “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ “
God’s word comes to us directly through the Bible, or it can come in the form of a prophetic word or a blessing from others.
God’s word tells us what to do in Hebrews 3:13
But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
God the Father was our example, He bestowed a blessing upon Jesus in Matthew 3:17
“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
A Blessing is the act of declaring favor and goodness upon others. A Blessing was one way of asking for God’s divine favor to rest upon others.
Probably the most famous blessing in the Bible is found in Numbers 6:22-27
Then the LORD said to Moses, 23 “Instruct Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special blessing: 24 ‘May the LORD bless you and protect you. 25 May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you. 26 May the LORD show you his favor and give you his peace.’ 27 This is how Aaron and his sons will designate the Israelites as my people, and I myself will bless them.” (Numbers 6:22-27 Living)
There are 5 things that we can learn from this passage that a blessings is supposed to do. Let’s take a closer look and see. This passage conveyed hope that God would:
- Give them Favor and protection – vs. 24 Bless and keep them
- Be pleased – vs.25 face shine upon them
- Be Merciful and compassionate – vs.25 Be gracious
- Give his approval – vs. 26 turn His face toward them
- Give peace – vs.26
When you ask God to bless others you are asking him to do these 5 things. The blessing you offer will not only help the one receiving it, it will also demonstrate these 3 things:
- Encouraging others
- Provide a model of caring for others.
Let us all memorize and remember the verse found in Ephesians 4:29
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
Samples of Blessings
- May the Kindness of God surprise you today when it jumps out right in front of you.
- May you be surprised by the Goodness of God today.
- May the Great Goodness of God hug you as His Grace and Mercy Kiss your life.
- May you be refreshed in the Lord like a flower after a spring rain.
- May you receive all that God is passing your way today.
- Close-Up Toothpaste: May you experience God Close Up!
What is a blessing that you would speak over someone?
Can you write a blessing based on one of the following?
- Your favorite candy
I look forward to reading some of yours…. Please feel free to share it below in the comments.
Today starts my official vacation with my husband as we celebrate 27 years of marriage (August 19). I may not get to your comments right away, since we are setting aside the computers for a few days, but I will as soon as I get back online. Have a fabulous weekend!
Our Wedding Day August 19, 1989
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