If you're a sports fan, you often hear atheletes say "I'm blessed," normally after they win. People talk about their children and use the word "blessed." At the dinner table many call the prayer over their food the "blessing." There are many uses of the word "bless." The word is defined: to request of God the bestowal of divine favor on, to guard from evil, to make or pronounce as holy.
There was a time when the head of the family would pronounce blessing upon his children before his death. In Genesis 27, Isaac blesses Jacob before he passes, and his blessing over Jacob was for both he and his descendants. The same goes for Jacob as he passes. Genesis 48-49, Jacob blesses his 12 sons. If you read these blessings placed on the sons, the fathers of Israel's 12 tribes, and know of their history, you will, not only see the importance of the patriarch's blessing, but also see the fulfillment throughout scripture. Jacob, (Israel), blessed his 12 sons, and God stood behind his blessing to their fulfillment. Jacob bestowed divine favor on his children.
There are many examples throughout scriptures of blessings, and knowing this, it is very apparent that by blessing another, we bring divine favor on that person. We can and do bless, or curse our own children. We bless or curse our spouses, our employers, and friends by our words over them. Telling a child they won't amount to anything if they don't apply themselves may be true, but wrong in it's presentation. Comparing one child to another is terribly wrong. Those things you're saying to them is prophetic whether you believe it or not. Just think of the things your parents said to you, and tell me differently if you can.
We must say words of blessing and encouragement over our children, spouses, friends, co-workers, and really everyone we meet. By blessing our children, placing the favor of God on them, things will begin to change in their lives in dramatic fashion. So how do you bless them? What words do you say to bless others? Let's look at Numbers 6:22-27
And the Lord spoke to Moses saying: "Speak to Aaron and his sons
saying, this is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to
them: The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to
shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The Lord lift His countenance
upon you, and give you peace.
So they shall put My Name on the children of Israel, and I WILL BLESS
You may have heard these words at church or at your synagogue quite often, and they may have lost or have no meaning to you. But think on these words in the passage. God said that when this blessing is pronounced over the people, His Name is placed upon the people. The Eternal Self-Existing Creator of everything created, stands behind these words. His name encompasses everything needed for a person to live a life of blessing. And the scriptures are full of examples of blessings to others, even to bless God, set Him apart as holy in our lives.
My purpose in this blog is that in this upcoming year, we learn to bless others, not curse them by wishing evil to happen to them. Don't even think those thoughts of "I hope they get what they deserve." You may get what you deserve with those thoughts. No, let's think good toward others, let's place blessings on others. Let's go to our churches and recovery meetings to be a blessing instead of going to get a blessing. And bless each other, our homes, our families, even strangers we meet everyday.
Thanks to all for reading these blogs since September. I am beginning to get quite a work load back from the publisher on my book, and may be limited to the time I will have for these blogs. i may have to keep the blogging down to 3 days per week. So try to be patient with me. I will do my best to keep them coming.
God bless and keep you. God grant you the prayers you ask of Him. May God prosper you, and keep you in health in 2012! Keith.