Sunday, November 20, 2011
The Power Of Blessing Others
God said to the priests of the Old Testament time to put His name on the children of Israel, and if they do that, God had promised to bless the people (Num 6:27).
Thus the protocol for the priestly blessing was instructed by God through Moses to say like the following words,
"24 “The LORD bless you and keep you; 25 The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; 26 The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” (Num 6:24-26). In the Old Testament God Himself has claimed His name to be THE LORD (Isa 42:8; Exod 6:2, 6). The Lord is the covenant name that was introduced by God only at the time of Moses, when he was sent initially by God to go to Egypt to resucue the Israelites from the house of Slavery.
Today we must remember that Jesus as our one and only LORD has made a new covenant with God the Father in heaven and have thus given us the priviledge to pronounce the same priestly blessing over people in His name. Jesus said that whatever we ask in His name, He himself will move on our behalf and do it for us (John 14:14).
As Jesus instructed us to bless people who curse us, how are we to bless them (Matt 5:44-45). Is it we should bless people only in the name of Jesus? and say literally, "Jesus Bless You!". The other question we might ask is, is it OK to bless people saying "God bless you!" in a general sense. Again this is OK as Jesus Himself said that when we ask the Father in His name, He will give you (John 16:23). In other words, when we as God's children by faith in our heart towards the name of Jesus pronounce a blessing upon people and say, "God Bless You," generally, we are actually pronouncing a mighty blessing. So with the heart we are believing in Jesus name and are confessing with our mouth the name of one God who is our Father in Heaven (Php 2:14-15; John 1:12; Matt 6:6; John 20:17), and so it will happen (Rom 10:10). Here is an invocation of God’s blessing: “May God almighty bless you and make you fruitful” (Gen 28:3; Num 6:24-26; Ruth 2:4). In other words, it is in short saying, "God Bless You."
See, to us there is only one God who is the true one whom we have inside us, even though there are so-called gods and a lot of different faiths in the world, we are not bothered about all of that (1 Cor 8:5-6). So when a true Christian says the name "God", he is invoking the power of the Father God in heaven. So the next time you say "God bless you" to some one, you as a child of God is invoking a priestly royal blessing and the power of the our one true God upon them (1 Peter 2:5, 9-10; Rev 1:5-6; 5:10, 12).
There is a mighty power in saying, "God Bless You", so bless each person you meet, whether it is a man in the grocery shop, or your fellow student in your college, or your friends, or your enemies and even those who hate you openly to highhandedly use you wrongly and persecute you. Actually blessing them with faith in your heart in the name of Jesus will set a powerful chain reaction of divine intervention in to their lives. So believe in the power of God's blessing and speak it freely in to the lives of all people whom you meet day to day.
Here is what the Psalmist David who was called by God Himself as the man after His own heart said about ungodly people, "As he loved cursing, so let it come to him; As he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him." (Psa 109:17). In other words, only as we start to delight in blessing others, we will come to understand more and more of the power of God's blessing in our lives and in the lives of others through us. I pray that the Lord who has blessed us with all the spiritual blessings of God in the heavenly places already, might get delighted to see us blessing people all over the sphere of our influence wherever God takes us in our appointed days on earth as His child (Eph 1:3; Psa 91:10, 12). May our lives glorify our Father in Heaven truly!
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