This past Sunday after church, a young man said to me as I left my seat, “God bless you.” In fact, every time he sees me, in greeting or in departure he repeats the same sentence and his intentions are true.
Should we as believers use the word “bless” as a greeting; when someone ‘sneezes’; at meal times or when we sing a patriotic song at a gathering? Are we all blessed because we live in America? In my questioning I decided to revisit a past blog of The Word, the Glory, and The Blessing, originally inspired by notes that I took from Dr. Creflo Dollar. I decided to get a fresh look at the word BLESSING, especially during the economic restraints placed on the family plaguing society and the church today.
The Blessing of God is upon us:
“May blessing be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm” (Ephesians 1:3).
Say out loud where you sit (no one is listening to you): “I am Blessed!” With every spiritual blessing; not with ‘some‘ spiritual blessings but every spiritual blessing. And there is more!
 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”  He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.  If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs [of the “blessing”] according to the promise. (Galatians 3:13-14; 29 NIV Version).
So, the BLESSING, according to the promise of God’s Word, is IN me; ON me; and AROUND me. Then if we truly believe by faith, that we have received the blessing as our root, where then is the fruit on the tree of some believers?
Is there a DIFFERENCE between “The Blessing” and “A Blessing“?
Have you ever heard someone say, “I hope you will have many blessings in all the days of your life”?
“THE BLESSING of the Lord–it makes [truly] rich, and He adds no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22)
The Blessing isn’t just any blessing.
The Church over time has DE-synthesized the meaning over the course of ‘well-meaning’ greetings. The Blessing is the empowerment; an ability that God puts on you. His ‘super‘ on my ‘natural‘; an anointing. “It makes“…when the blessing is on you and you won’t stay the same. The BLESSING will attack lack in our lives.
You might be saying to yourself, “Okay, I think I understand what the Blessing is but what is ‘a blessing’ then?”
The glory is ‘a blessing‘.
GLORY is the manifestation of God; the manifestation of the Word. In Genesis 1, God spoke and then He saw. What He saw was His words manifested into His glory. Therefore, the Garden became The Glory; which became ‘a blessing’.
If you look out your window on a blustery day and the trees are swaying to and fro, you might say, “I can see the wind blowing outside.” You can’t see the actual wind but are really seeing the manifestation, or the glory of the wind; the trees are moving as the result; ‘a blessing’.
John 1:1-5 – ‘Let there be the Light’ The LIGHT is not referring to ‘day and night’. The Light is the Word and the Glory and out of Jesus came “the blessing”.
We are changed in God’s promise.
“And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever-increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18 AMP).
The “Blessing Blockers”:
“Like a sparrow in her wandering, like the swallow in her flying, so the causeless curse does not alight” (Proverbs 26:2).
Is something BLOCKING the Blessing in your life?
A curse doesn’t come without a cause. If a definition of the blessing is an empowerment to succeed, then a curse becomes an empowerment to fail at what you do!
A curse is a ‘blocker‘; there has to be a foundation for it as demonstrated by the inserted photo of the building blocks in today’s blog. In the Old Testament; Numbers 23:8, 20, it says that ‘no one can curse what God has already blessed’. But, we who have been blessed can cause a foundation that is not supporting a blessing. Job 4:8 says, “those who plow iniquity (sin) and sow trouble and mischief reap the same.” You are supporting a foundation that causes the curse. The Book of Job continues this thought:
“He withdraws not His eyes from the righteous (the upright in right standing with God); but He sets them forever with kings upon the throne, and they are exalted. And if they are bound in fetters [of adversity] and held by cords of affliction, Then He shows to them [the true character of] their deeds and their transgressions, that they have acted arrogantly [with presumption and self-sufficiency]” (Job 36:7-9 AMP).
Revisiting the Ways to Withdraw the BLESSING:
“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; And the curse if you will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God…” (Deuteronomy 11:26-28).
When you set aside monies in your Bank; checking, savings, etc.; to redeem the money… you are going to have to make a ‘withdrawal slip’ of some sort. God has already deposited the BLESSING IN you, ON you and AROUND you. For you to be able to witness the benefits of the deposit you are going to have to make withdrawals. “And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you if you heed the voice of the Lord your God.” ~ Deuteronomy 28:3; “The Lord shall command the blessing upon you in your storehouse and in all that you undertake” ~ Deuteronomy 28:8.
We have a ‘fat storehouse account’ that is sitting there for us; and in The Blessing, we are given a choice:
“I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curses; therefore choose life that you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19).
4 – Ways to WITHDRAW THE BLESSING:
1. OBEDIENCE to the Word of God in ALL things.
3. A PURE HEART.
4. THE TITHE EXCHANGE.
THE 4- OPPOSITE WAYS to BLOCK THE BLESSING WITHDRAWALS:
3. NOT A PURE HEART.
4. NO TITHE EXCHANGE.
The Choices – Obedience Vs Disobedience:
Partial obedience and delayed obedience is still disobedience.
Faithfulness Vs Unfaithfulness:
“I am BLESSED!” According to Galatians 3:13-14; 29. The Blessing deposit has been made, BUT…the BLESSING is blocked; ‘a curse without a cause can’t happen.’
Look at you life honestly where you are right now. “A faithful man shall abound with blessings” (Proverbs 28:20). Abound means to flow or richly supplied. Faithfulness requires a test; it takes time of proving. If we are not dependable through the testing; our hearts, minds, thoughts are not pure, we’re not tithing for whatever reason; that is unfaithfulness, a BLESSING BLOCKER.
Revisiting PURITY and THE TITHE EXCHANGE:
I didn’t want to revisit the Blessing Blockers of a UN-Pure Heart or Not Tithing in this blog; but if you need some encouragement and interest in the BLOCKERS, you might read,
1. Purity–The Gateway to the Flow of THE BLESSING posted 2011/03/09.
2. The 4th Key to the Flow of The Blessing – The Tithe Exchange posted 2011/03/11.