Upon the request of one of readers. I will start posting articles by Word-Faith preachers. Do read with discernment as some are Biblically-challenged! (meaning their interpretation is not accurate)
Living In THE BLESSING!
First, let's find out how the words used in the scriptures for "blessing" are translated as in the Greek and Hebrew languages. I always like to start with defining our terms!
From the same as G2127; fine speaking, that is, elegance of language; commendation ("eulogy,") that is, (reverentially) adoration; religiously, benediction; by implication consecration; by extension benefit or largess: - blessing (a matter of) bounty (X -tifully), fair speech. (Strong's Concordance)
Literally "eu" = "good" and "logia" "words," so speaking "good words" over something or someone. Remember, words are containers of creative power!
From H1288; benediction; by implication prosperity: - blessing, liberal, pool, present. (Strong's Concordance)
The implication of the Hebrew word for "blessing" is "prosperity!" We should not be surprised that financial prosperity is included in The Blessing!
Now, let's look into the Word of God, and see what we can find out about "the blessing" and the "Bless-er," that is, God Himself!
God is the "Bless-er"
Genesis 22:17 "That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;"
God is, by His own nature, a bless-er... He desires to multiply and bless His children, just as an earhly, human father wants to bless his children and see his children grow and prosper! No good father wants evil for his children! And, God is not only a Good Father, He is the BEST Father!
Your Employer is Blessed for Your Sake - The Blessing is Tangible!
Genesis 39:5 "And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field."
You need to make a faith "stand" for this truth! Simply being an employee in your particular business, makes that business blessed! You need to actively believe for the blessing to overtake your company! Everyone, and everything, there is blessed because you are "the Blessed!" Allow The Blessing to increase and prosper your company, and all will begin to recognize that "something" has changed, the company is finding favor, and it will be because of your position in the company!
You MUST Choose The Blessing!
Deut. 11:26 "Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;
Deut. 11:27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:
Deut. 11:28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known."
Deut. 30:19 "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Deut. 30:20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them."
Notice that choosing to live in, and recognize The Blessing is entirely up to YOU! You are the deciding factor! YOU have to actually stand and believe for what God has promised! If you aren't living in the blessing, it is not The Bless-er's (God's) fault, it is entirely YOUR fault! God has said (with His Mouth, which contains creative power) that you are The Blessed! So, apply that Blessing to yourself by faith!
God Will Turn the Curses of Others to Blessing!
Deut. 23:4 "Because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; and because they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee.
Deut. 23:5 Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.
Deut. 23:6 Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days for ever."
So, you say that people at work, or maybe even at church, are against you? Your family, or friends, seem to have turned against you? Well, "shall their unbelief make the faith of God of none effect?" (Romans 3:3) NO! People may actually be actively against you, they may even be "cursing" you by speaking against you and what you are purposefully believing for... BUT! Glory to God! God will "turn their curses into a blessing!" Whatever they may be saying that is evil against you will NOT deter your faith!
God Will Command The Blessing!
Deut. 28:8 "The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee."
Everything that you put your hand to, everything that you "attempt" in faith, will be Blessed! You will be blessed in your storehouses (bank accounts) and you will be blessed in your surroundings and circumstances! Hold fast to The Blessing!
This Blessing is NOW on Us (as Gentiles)
Gal. 3:14 "That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith."
Gal. 3:9 "So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham."
Hebrews 6:13 "For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
Hebrews 6:14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
Hebrews 6:15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise."
Aren't you glad that The Blessing is not JUST reserved for the Jews? (Thank God that it is for them as well, but, it is also for us as Gentiles!) Don't let anyone tell you, "Well, that is just for the Jews!" No, these scriptures tell us that The Blessing is for all of us that have been grafted in as well! (Romans 11:17-24) Say this, "I am of faith, therefore, I am blessed with faithful Abraham!")
Note also that The Blessing is a multiplication... not just an addition. It is like the old, familiar story of taking a penny, doubling it every day... that is multiplication... not just addition! It is called an "exponential growth!" In short order you would have started with only a penny, but you would soon have millions of dollars in pennies! God's Blessing is EXPONENTIAL!
God's Blessing is ONLY Good... The Blessing Has NO Downside!
Proverbs 10:22 "The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it."
There are a lot of people today that are rich in the natural, but in their family life, and personal life, they are destitute! God's Blessings, and His Riches are ONLY GOOD... He adds NO sorrow with the Blessing! YOU CAN REST IN HIM and fully trust that He has only good and peace in store for you!
Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Jeremiah 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you."
Tithers are Blessed!
Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Malachi 3:11 "And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.
Malachi 3:12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts."
God Himself will rebuke satan for OUR sakes! We are The Blessed! In fact, ALL nations shall call us "The Blessed!" We are blessed by the Tither's Blessing!
Maintain an Attitude of Blessing!
1 Peter 3:8 "Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
1 Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
1 Peter 3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
1 Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil."
Note the attitude that we, who inherit The Blessing, should have: compassionate, loving, full of pity (active concern,) courteous, not rendering evil for evil, or railing (griping and whining) but rather, we should be speaking words of Blessing toward others! We need to be lovers of life, and refrain from speaking contrary to the Word of God, we need to be rejecting evil, and doing good, we should be seeking peace with others! As Blessed people, we are those that can, and should, be helping others, not rejecting them and running them down!
We Are Blessed Spiritually!
Ephesians 1:3 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:"
We are Blessed in the spiritual realm, in our spiritual life, in our communion and times with the Lord! We should be experiencing the best in our spiritual life with God!
We Are Blessed Materially!
Romans 8:32 "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?"
God will "freely give us ALL things!" That covers material blessings! If it is not covered specifically, then, all still means "All!"
The Blessing Covers Life Here on Earth and in Heavenly Realms!
2 Peter 1:3 "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:"
Notice that this pertains to life here on earth, as well as our spiritual state! Also, notice that this Blessing comes through the "knowledge" (Greek: "epignosis" - "full discernment" "revelation knowledge" "epi" = "above, or beyond" and "gnosis" = "body of knowledge.") Therefore, "epignosis" is the knowledge above and beyond our natural body of knowledge, it is revealed knowledge! We receive these things by revealed knowledge of the Word of God, of His Plan for us individually as believers, and by receiving supernatural direction from Him!
Matthew 16:17 "And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven."
We need to receive revealed knowledge from God, and live in the Blessing He has bestowed upon us! The Blessing comes by revealed knowledge!