I Got It : Speaking Blessings or Curses

9 February 2012

I GOT IT :  SPEAKING BLESSINGS OR CURSES

February 9, 2012
By Sharon Hood

So, what is blessing, and it’s opposite, cursing?  I would define these words this way:  Blessing is God’s mechanism of impartation of His image of identity and destiny to the hearts of people. Cursing is Satan’s mechanism of impartation of his image of identity and destiny to the hearts of people.  In Hebrew, the word to bless is the word, Baruch. The literal meaning of this word is “to kneel before someone.”

I have observed this same phenomenon in many modern-day families.  Children who were blessed by their parents tend to prosper in their adult lives, and children who were never blessed by their parents tend to languish and not prosper.

Why is this?  I believe it is because blessing is a custom established by God and meant to function in every family on earth.  Blessing is God’s primary mechanism of imparting deep into the heart of a person His image (thoughts, feelings, and experience) of identity (Who am I?) and destiny (Why am I here?).

This is of critical importance because vision for life, physical and emotional health, financial prosperity, and family relational dynamics are all directly linked to images of God, self, and others imprinted in the inner man (heart) of every person.

Proverbs 23:7 “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he” . 

We have seen many people experience supernatural physical and emotional healing the moment they allowed God to remove a deep-seated false image in the heart and replace it with an impartation from God of His Truth. In most such cases, the inner false image had come during childhood through lack of blessing from parents or even the opposite, direct cursing by parents.

I recently realized while reading the Book of Genesis again. The Bible story of how Jacob was sent off by his parents Isaac and Rebekah to pick a wife.  As Jacob went, he stopped overnight and had a dream, a close encounter of The God kind.  He saw a ladder extending to heaven with angels going up and down and within the dream God spoke to him;

Genesis 28:13 “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God   of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying.”

He was changed instantaneously.  What an impact that dream must have had on him.  It changed Jacob’s whole life.  He finally “got it”. He made a pact with God and said; “then the Lord will be my God.” Jacob got off his father’s spiritual coattail and began to serve God from his own heart.

Before Jacob was sent away, His father Isaac did something of great importance.  Isaac pronounced a great blessing on his son before sending him on his journey. He pronounces a prophetic blessing soon to be fulfilled. Isaac said in part;

Genesis 28:4 “May he (God) give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you now live as an alien, the land God gave to Abraham.”

The words Isaac spoke over his son is the very thing God revealed to Jacob in the dream.  Was it a coincidence?  I really doubt it. I believe Isaac’s blessing had a profound effect in setting the stage for the deep change in Jacob’s heart.  We all must seek that personal one on one relationship with God.

Can we speak blessings over our children and loved ones that will have a profound spiritual effect, that will bring a life change?  The Bible teaches us that we can.  Absolutely, I really believe that we can. Just as Isaac’s blessing was prophetic and powerful, ours can be too.  I have determined not to ever miss a chance to pronounce favor and blessings over every area of my children’s and grand children’s lives.

Matthew 5:43-45 (NKJV  “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”  

Throughout Scripture, the importance of verbal blessings is expressed. God gives us direct instruction to bless those who curse and revile us.  Obeying this instruction produces results that are not expected by the one who gave the curse or the one who was cursed.

A verbal blessing is made up of three powerful forces: our words, God’s Word, and God’s name. The power of our words alone is affirmed by the Scripture that states,

Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue”

I have a question for you now. Do you get it?

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