I have been reminded recently of the words of blessing that we can speak and receive. Reading the Old Testament books of Genesis and Exodus lately has been that reminder. The blessing of God to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the blessing of fathers to their children were so present in these two books. It caused me to think about the fact that “the blessing” might be somewhat missing, dormant or at the least decreased among us as believers today. The fact that we have been blessed from the many saints before us to the blessings that we can speak into the future is evident in the chapters of these two books. When God speaks a blessing He does not revoke it with a…”whoops, wrong one.” When Jacob showed up after hunting his game and desired his father’s blessing it had already been deceitfully stolen and Jacob asked, “Do you have only one blessing, my father?” Because of Joseph, the Egyptian’s were blessed. Even Potiphar realized blessing from the life of Joseph. The scripture says, “The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field.” In the book of Exodus, a blessing was pronounced on your food and water and freedom from sickness if you will bless the Lord in your worship. That’s pretty powerful. After all the many plagues, when Pharaoh finally summoned Moses and Aaron in order to give in and let the Israelites leave Egypt he said, “Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me.” (Ex 12:32) After all the issues with this leader, he has the audacity to ask Moses for a blessing. Even the resistant and ungodly knew the power of the blessing from the righteous.
You are a blessing to your family, your local church ministry, your work place and your neighborhood. You can bless or curse with your words and it will stick. In obedience to the Lord, we bless and receive blessing. (Dt. 11:26) You can bless your natural and your spiritual children today. You can bless others in prayer – praying a blessing forward. Because you are blessed, when you show up a blessing is present to those around you. When you lack confidence, know you have been blessed. When you are feeling insecure or fearful, remind yourself of the blessing of God to you as a son or daughter of God. When someone curses you or speaks negative about you, return a blessing to them. Bless those who curse you… (Luke 6:28) Our Father loves to bless and so should we as His children.