4.24.2020 The Power of Blessing
Here is a song to start your day right!
Laura Story- Blessings
There is a calling greater than any profession we choose. It is even greater than being called an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher, or any other spiritual gift. Peter’s letter makes this calling clear.
“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing” (1 Peter 3:8-9).
Simple and uncomplicated, but filled with expectation. What we are called to do is to bless and to receive the blessing. Discovering the power that is in blessing will open up a whole new world of thinking and living. Blessing and its counterpart, cursing, will set a path for us without our being fully aware of it.
More than a mere formality, blessing has the power to turn lives around and make us into a blesser. Blessing means “to speak larger or well of,” or “to speak the intention or favor of God on someone.”
True blessing spoken over someone or something is describing the way God sees them, not how they may appear to be at the moment. And we know that God’s intentions for people are good. Take a short trip to Jeremiah 29:11, or revisit the first few chapters of Genesis—these speak of the heart of God toward us, His creation. When we speak blessings over our children as Jacob did, we are saying what their life should be (see Gen. 49:1-28). Jacob was not stating the condition of his children at the moment but what they could become.
Understanding this truth eliminates our tendency to act as the judge or the jury of whether someone is deserving of blessing. God’s intentions are not contingent on whether the recipient has the right attitude, either. It has nothing to do with how we feel and everything to do with how God wants it to be. When we declare God’s intentions, we release His ability to change things from what they are into His desired plan. What a radically different response from what we naturally tend to do!
DO YOU & I WANT A BLESSING? SURE! HERE’S HOW: “He who withholds grain, the people will curse him, but blessing will come on the head of him who sells it” (Proverbs 11:26).
What’s the idea here? If I want blessing, I have to develop a lifestyle of blessing others.
WAIT! THERE’S EVEN MORE! There is an inheritance that can be passed on through blessing. The last part of First Peter 3:9 concluded that, “…you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.” This verse infers that through blessing we can come into our inheritance. Parents can leave their children a legacy of blessing or cursing. I believe that natural and spiritual inheritances are held up until we do this!
The power of blessing is working inside us. When we don’t bless, this power lays dormant. We just become recipients of blessing. We were designed by God to be blessers. Our greatest joy is when we are sowing the intentions of God. Any unhappiness with our body, marriage, children, or pastor is due to us not blessing them. By blessing, we receive God’s intended goodness toward us in full capacity, including long life and healthy relationships. We become partakers or partners of what and whom we are blessing. That act also gives the Holy Spirit an even stronger leadership through our lives. It then becomes a lifestyle of obedience.
RESOURCE: Kirkwood, Kerry. The Power of Blessing
Want to join me in prayer? Abba Father, what a joy to hear this word today! Pour into us the determination to bless others—with the intention God has for them! We can start with our spouses, family, friends, neighbors, congregation, President Trump, and anyone Holy Spirit puts on our hearts to bless—and move on from there—your word says we are to even bless our enemies.
In Matthew 5:11 we see another of your actions: “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.” We don’t have to pay back with defending ourselves or getting back at them—we bless them & let you take over.
We also see the 2nd blessing in this—as we bless others, we too are blessed! Let the words of our mouth & the meditations of our heart today be directed in this way—help us Holy Spirit to speak words of blessing instead of cursing, criticism, judgmentalism, & unbelief in your power to bring good out of bad situations. Thank you for teaching us how to do our part—blessing.
In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.