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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I love this thought of speaking blessings to others – I think I’ll go pray about this right now! Thanks for joining us at #FridayFrivolity this week!
Lisa – you are so welcome and I am glad you went straight to prayer about it so God could speak to you directly and show you how it can operate in your life. Speaking words of Life and Hope to others.
Debbie, thanks for the reminder and focus on scripture that teach us about the responsibility of our words and the power of encouragement!
Gretchen – you are so welcome for the reminder of the power of our words and the power of encouragement. Blessings
I hope you enjoyed a wonderful anniversary vacation with your husband 🙂 Thank you for the reminder that blessings are all arounds us…
Michelle – I did enjoy our anniversary weekend – it was fabulous! relaxing and fun – the best of both worlds. We floated the river since it was 97+ degrees where we were at, we shopped, ate and even played putt-putt gold (One of our first dates many years ago.) Our theme for the weekend seemed to be, Float, shop, eat. hahaha – thanks for stopping by today
You know, I’m an oddball, I like happy endings, on movies and Television shows, I don’t like drama that is detrimental, gossip, fighting, arguing etc. I love when I see people bring others up in their words and deeds. I love hearing others build people up. So I really love this post, and that raising someone up is a blessing!
I don’t think of you as an oddball – I think of you as a very fun, outgoing, humorous, encouraging person! Your picture on your website was one of the first things that I say when I found your blog a little over a year ago, and I thought, I want to be as fun and outgoing as she is. LOL I am so glad you love this post. 🙂
Debbie, We were part of a Messianic Congregation for a time, and I always loved their closing of the services with the Priestly Blessing! Those words are such a deep comfort! And for your Anniversary: May the Lord bless your marriage with much joy and an overflowing of sweetness better than candy! 🙂
Bettie – I have a Pastor friend who is a Messianic Jew and he always blesses and prayers over the children before they go to their classes and then at the end of service too – it was great. Thank you for your blessing on our marriage, we had a wonderful time celebrating, and look forward to many more years.
Debbie, our words do matter yes! About a year ago I decided to stop posting certain things on my Facebook and only encourage, I am an encourager at heart anyways but it was just something God put on my heart since the majority of the things I was seeing was negative. I had to unfollow many but still want to impact them positively, and still check in every now and again if I don’t see them in person. I also love that scripture of blessing. My best friend prays that over her kids each night before bed. Thanks for linking up and sharing this!
Meghan – you are so right – we do see a lot of negative on social media, the news, well… just about everywhere we turn these days – we need to be the positive shining light for all to see. I love that you are an encourager at heart, (I am too) I am sure that is why we were drawn together from the start. I love that your friend prays over her kids each night – it is so powerful to release God’s blessings over our family and others. Enjoy your weekend.