How can we use our words to bring heaven to earth?
We have been talking about the power of our words in this month’s podcast series, and we saved the best for last. Blessing others.
We use our words for a lot of things – directions, information, education, but rarely do we use them to bring heaven to earth.
That’s what a blessing does. It paves the way and lays the groundwork for God’s hope and favor in life.
I think we underestimate the power of a blessing in our society.
We seem to think of a blessing as a few token words at mealtime or when someone sneezes or when something bad happens. (Here in the south, we say, “Well bless your heart.”)
Think of a blessing as a simple prayer asking for the things of God’s kingdom to be present in a person’s life and for specific attributes of God’s character to be shown.
A great way to find how to speak blessings is to look at the scriptures.
Blessings were a big deal in biblical days. The word “blessing” is found in the bible over 7,000 times.
Isaac blessed Esau & Jacob in Genesis 27
God blessing them and us:
“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
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8
Practically how do we incorporate blessings into our family?
When to do it? Start with what’s easy – before meals, at bedtime. Then add them before your children leave for school, a game, a friend’s house, a performance.
What to say?
May the Lord bless your time at school. May your mind be opened to new things and your heart be protected. May you use your words with kindness and your smile generously.
May the Lord protect you in your game and give you super strength to make the shots and wisdom to know how to support your team.
Lord, I ask for your blessing on (children’s names) as they go to play with their friends. Bless their time with fun, joy, laughter and sharing. Give them great memories.
We encourage you to listen to the song, “The Blessing” by Elevation Worship. It’s taken from Numbers 6:24 and Deuteronomy 28:2-8.
STORY BEHIND THE BLESSING SONG:
Chris Brown, Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe and Steven Furtick of Elevation worship got together on a Thursday just to go in the presence of God putting together lyric and melody. A couple of hours into it, the presence of God brought everything to a halt and that is when the Blessing song was born. Straight from scripture and from the heart of the Father over us as His kings.
Sing this song as a blessing over you and your family, your children, and your generations. The song aims to turn the hearts of people to receive blessings from heaven. Even in the midst of a pandemic, God still commands blessings over our lives.
Let us end with blessing you…
“The Lord bless you and keep you
Make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you
The Lord turn His face toward you
And give you peace
May His favor be upon you
And a thousand generations
And your family and your children
And their children and their children
May His presence go before you
And behind you and beside you
All around you and within you
He is with you in the morning
And in the evening
In your coming and your going
In your weeping and rejoicing
May you know that he is always for you.”
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