How does God’s blessings work?



Question: “How does God’s blessings work?  How can I be blessable and give blessings?”



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Blessing is a pronouncement of good fortune and is mentioned 463 times in the Bible. A good definition of blessing would be: a thing conducive to a pronouncement of good fortune, happiness or welfare. God wants to bless His children.  Blessings of healing, prosperity, joy, peace, and purpose.


We can live our lives in ways that encourage God’s blessings or we can live our lives in ways that hinders His blessing us.


In the beginning, God blessed Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:28). God blessed Noah and his family (Genesis 9:1). God blessed Abraham (Genesis 22:17, Deu. 28:1-13). And later, God had His prophet, Aaron, bless the nation of Israel (Numbers 6:24-26).  Today, God is blessing His children and He want to bless you if you will permit Him.  


Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).


It is through God’s blessing of us that we can have the privilege of directing God’s blessings to others. Our blessings come in the name of the Lord.  Within His name is all the personality, character, will, power, and goodness of God. We simple speak the name of the Lord - “The Lord blesses you …” A stronger blessing occurs when we include both the Lord’s name and His Words.


When we love others, we want to give them all we can, the highest and best gifts we can.  And nothing is higher or better than God’s blessings. Think of all the blessing we have received form God, and we His instruments are to deliver His blessing to others as Jesus did.


Jesus, took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them (Mark 10:16).


Blessing others not only brings God’s blessing on them, but can bring blessings on the blesser. The blessing of others can change their life, attitude, and circumstances. If you are having problem with someone, pray a blessing on them for the good characteristics that you would like to see in them. Ask the Holy Spirit for His guidance. You can bless them in their presents or in private.


God has set before us a choice. Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse-The blessing if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you this day (Deu. 11: 26-27).


Blessing of honor

We can bless another’s heart by honoring them. Not for what they do badly but for what they do well. Peter tells us to honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king (1 Peter 2:17). Honoring the king includes all those placed in leadership within the government and those in leadership within the church.  When possible, you can tell them, “I honor you because _____.”


I will pour my spirit upon your seed, and my blessing upon your offspring (Isaiah 44:3).


God’s blessing

One of the best known blessings of God would be:


The Lord bless you and keep you;

…the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;

…the Lord lift up his face toward you and give you peace.

(Numbers 6:24-26).


The Lord bless you and keep you;

God’s blessing represents His goodness, and “Keep” is to guard and protect you from sin and the enemy.


…the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;  God’s face shining on us is God’s light flooding our soul and pushing back the darkness. “Gracious” is the bestowing of grace, which is unmerited favor of God, the bestowal of blessings.


…the Lord lift up his face toward you and give you peace.

Lifting up His face toward you mean to give full attention to someone in a favorable way, to make eye contact. And peace includes: health, security, serenity, well-being, contentment, friendship, harmony with God, and harmony with others. It is the peace of Christ.


This prayer is often used as the framework for blessing others. Memorizing these verses will prepare you to bless others. While the above blessing beautifully captures what a blessing is all about, it is not necessary to follow this format. The wording of a blessing is endless.


Example

The following prayer is offered as a blessing for a rebellious son.  


May the Lord bless and keep my son with wisdom and understanding;

May the Lord make His face shine on my son and be gracious to him, and bless him with kindness and compassion;

May the Lord turn His face toward my son and give him peace and joy, in the name of Jesus.


Steps to God’s blessings

Blessing of Putting God First

The first five commandments of the 10 commandments direct what our thoughts and actions of God should be.


You shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,

showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name (Exodus 20:3-7).


A very strong test for determining if we are putting God first is are we tithing a small percentage, 10% of what God has given us as instructed or are we stealing from God by holding back our tithing's.


The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives (Deuteronomy 14:23b).


Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it (Malachi 3:10). Click for more info on tithing.


Blessings of Obedience

See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse — the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known (Deuteronomy 11:26-28).


Blessing of a Pure Heart

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place?

The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.

They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior (Psalm 24:3-5).


A pure heart is a heart that has repented of all sin.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:8-9).


Blessing of Forgiveness

A vital area of sin and an impure heart that causes us major damage is unforgiveness of others and ourselves.

 

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times (Matthew 18:21-22).

Jesus was saying, always forgive those who have wronged you and be willing to forgive yourself for the sins God has already forgiven you of.


Blessing of the Spoken Word

The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be ( James 3:6, 8, 9-10).


Our words have creative power.  Through our words, we can bless and we can curse.  And remember, we reap what our tongues have sown.  If we speak blessings, kindness, love, and mercy, we will fill our lives with the same things.


Blessing for Life

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil” (1 Peter 3:8-12).


Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord (Jeremiah 17:7).


Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing (1 Peter 3:9). Blessing can break the chains of the insult. If you know where the person is, you can call or send the person a letter telling them that you forgive then and bless them. If they are dead, you can forgive them and bless the Lord for taking the hurt and replacing it with peace.


Christ’s last act was to bless

And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them (Luke 24:50).


Self blessings

Not only are we to bless others, but we are to bless ourselves. Father, bless my work, Father, bless my time with your Word, Father, bless and direct me to the woman you would have me marry.


Bless the Lord

The one from whom all blessings flow has also told us to bless Him.  Blessing God is one of the most significant ways to worship God.  


Daniel said, "Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, For wisdom and power belong to Him” (Daniel 2:20).


Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation (Psalm 68:19).


Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name (Psalm 103:1).


David’s final words in the book of Psalms were “My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever” (Psalm 145:21).


In summary, God wants to bless you and will when you permit Him to do so through an obedient, loving, relationship with God, putting Him first in your life.



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