The Power To Bless

Genesis 12:2… “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing” (KJV).

The New Testament teaches us that we are to “bless, and curse not” (Romans 12:14, KJV). The word “bless” has a variety of meanings such as “to speak well of someone, invoking God’s blessing upon another, to give a benefit, to bless for the purpose of empowering another.” In other words, the word “bless” is a creative word that puts into operation something that will benefit the recipient. When you say, “Bless you,” you are empowering that person to prosper. This is what we should be doing. The word “curse” means “to cause someone to fail, condemning another, putting another to shame.” Balaam, in Numbers 23:20, said to Balak, “Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.” Paul exhorts in 1 Corinthians 4:12, “being reviled, we bless.” This was also a command from Jesus (Matthew 5:44, Luke 6:28). King David said in Psalm 109:28, “Let them curse, but bless thou.” The Bible teaches that there are three orders of blessing: the Patriarchal Order initiated by God and given to Abraham to do; the Levitical Order given to Aaron and to the priests to do; and the Spiritual Order as seen in the New Testament and given to every believer to do. Let’s look at these briefly…

The Patriarchal Order… Genesis 12:1-3… “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (KJV). God was looking for a man that he could use, and Abraham was that man. The whole world is better off because of this man. God gave Abraham a mission to bless others. There are people in society especially chosen by God to be a blessing to others. There are people God has raised up and given great riches to in order to bless others (think missions, colleges, hospitals, shelters for the poor, etc).

The Levitical Order… Numbers 6:22-27… “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them” (KJV). With these words, Israel was blessed. These words are also prophetic of Jesus and His work. Jesus is doing this daily. His presence is causing others to shine. God’s grace is in full operational power. People are at peace because Jesus met a need.

The Spiritual Order… Paul put it this way in 2 Corinthians 13:14… “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen” (KJV). Paul was putting into operation that which will create others to prosper. We are created to bless. We are created to release blessings. Words have power, power to save or to damn. James 3 teaches that words, once released, cannot be taken back. We are created in the image of God. His words were creative right from the beginning. “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). We are God’s children and we have the ability to speak His word. James tells us that our words can bless or destroy. We can be kind or we can be rude. We can mend or we can be destructive. Proverbs 13:3 reads, “He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.” Proverbs 18:21 reads, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” The Lord is stirring up my spirit to tell you to be careful how you use your words. They have power to bless or to curse. God wants you to be partners with Him in helping others to prosper. By prosper, I mean to give people hope, to help people rise again.

How do you speak to people that you come in contact with? God has given us a choice… Create life in others or create death.

Pastor George Belobaba

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