I shared last week about how after 33 years as a Christian I had a life-changing encounter with God as Father.

Realising that I had spent years living out of an ‘orphan’ perspective, I went back to the Bible with fresh eyes—beginning with Genesis. That is where I discovered the Father’s blessing.

Today I would like to share with you three mistaken beliefs that many of us have concerning God’s blessing. The truth is, that the blessing Jesus has made available to us is much more glorious than we could comprehend! [1,2]

Myth #1: Blessing is an Enjoyable, but Occasional Event

As Christians, we often say that God has blessed us when something good happens.  Or we may say that we are blessed when we are experiencing happiness in relationships, health or financial success.

If we take the meaning that we use in our everyday life for the word ‘blessing,’ then what we are actually saying is that blessing is transient, and unreliable—but is it?

TRUTH: The Bible reveals that we already have our Father’s blessing. Blessing is not based on circumstances or events, but upon God’s Word.

One of the New Testament Greek words translated ‘to bless’ is eulogeo. It literally means, ‘to speak well of.’ You might recognise it as the root word from which we get the word, ‘eulogy.’

When we speak a eulogy today, we are reflecting upon the past achievements and fruitfulness of someone’s life. However in the Bible, God speaks a blessing over our lives ahead of time. And God’s word of blessing has the creative power to bring that word to pass. (Is 55:11, Luke 1:37)

Created for Blessing

‘God created human beings in his own image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said…’ (Gen 1:27-28)

We are created for blessing. The first words that God spoke over Adam and Eve were words of blessing! This blessing consisted primarily of three things:

1. Fruitfulness (Gen 1:28)

You are blessed to be fruitful. (John 15:8, 16). You are blessed to have a significant life, to be someone who makes an eternal difference in the lives of others.

2. Dominion (Authority) (Gen 1:28)

You are blessed and created to rule. Your spiritual DNA is to be an overcomer in life; a victor, not a victim.

3. Provision (Gen 1:29)

The third part of the Father’s creation blessing was provision. He said, ‘I give you….’ Here God is saying, ‘I am the source of everything you need. Even those practical provisions like food, come from Me!’ (see also Matt 6:25-33)

In addition to the above, each one of us has a unique and personal blessing over our lives. Throughout scripture God reveals Himself to His people, bringing individual words of commissioning, as well as the promise of His Presence and provision. Prophecy often taps into this personal blessing.

Myth #2: I am not Blessed when I am Going Through a Difficult Time

Our common view of blessing leads us to believe that if we are struggling with problems or long-term trials, then we are not being blessed.

TRUTH: We are blessed when we are going through trials.

I remember a number of years ago, in a desperate state with nothing left to give, coming across these words of Jesus:

‘You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.’ (Matt 5:5-6, MSG)

James sums it up like this:

‘Blessed are those who persevere under trial, because when they have stood the test, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.’ (James 1:12)

Jesus Himself did not just bless those who were ‘successful’ in the world’s eyes. He spoke words of blessing over children, over the poor and bereaved and over those persecuted. He commanded His followers to bless their enemies. (Beatitudes—Matt 5:3-12)

Blessing is not an event, it is the word of the Father over our lives that manifests through our life’s journey. (Ps 23:4, Is 43:1-3)
Breakthrough is one manifestation of the blessing of God. But so is experiencing our Father’s favour when we respond well during a trial.

We can rest assured that no matter what is happening now, the blessing of God over our lives is acting like a great magnet, drawing us irresistibly towards the fulfillment of that blessing. (see Job 42:12-16)

Myth #3: I Have to Do Something to be Blessed

I still catch myself thinking that I have to ‘do’ something in order to earn a blessing from God.

TRUTH: My Father has already blessed me by His word. I have His blessing because of what Jesus has done, not because of anything I can do to earn it.

Adam and Eve were blessed by God before they had ever accomplished anything. This blessing strikes at the very root of our drive to perform to please God.

Before they ever did anything to deserve it, the Father blessed them. They were blessed just by virtue of being His children. And so are we.

The belief that blessing is based upon performance is an Old Testament viewpoint.

Adam and Eve disobeyed God and removed themselves from the place of relationship with God from which His blessing flowed.

When God introduced the law of Moses, blessing became tied to obedience of the law. Deuteronomy 28 describes blessings and curses related to keeping the law.

But the law could never be perfectly kept. In Galatians, Paul points out that the law was designed to lead us to Jesus. (Gal 3:23-25)

When Jesus died on the cross for our sin, He took the curse of the law upon Himself. (Gal 3:10-14) The blessing due to Him has come upon us.

Because of what Jesus has done, we now live under an open heaven of favour and blessing over our lives

The blessing that Adam and Eve enjoyed, and the blessing that Jesus has, now belongs to you and me. (Eph 1:3-6)

How to Position for Blessing

Blessing cannot be earned; however, we can position ourselves to receive it and enter into it. Here are some ways in which we can do that:

  • Study and grasp the Biblical perspective of blessing
  • Foster unity in our relationships and churches (Ps 133:3)
  • Renew our minds by thinking in accord with God’s blessing over us (Rom 12:2)
    We need to feed the anticipation of God’s goodness towards us. Why should we have more faith in the enemy’s power to destroy, than Gods power to do good? Jesus came to give us abundant life.  (John 10:10)
  • Speak in agreement with God’s blessing over ourselves and others. (James 3:9-11) We are created in God’s image and can be agents of God’s blessing through the words of our mouth.
  • Stay in an intimate place of relationship with God.
    This is the most vital key of all. As we listen and obey Him, power is released to bring God’s word of blessing to fulfillment in our lives.

Notes:

[1] Due to the limitations of a single article, I am unable to share all the wonderful truths I have learned from the Bible about blessing! Maybe you, like me, would enjoy more nuggets of truth from the Bible on this topic.

Just for you, I am including a few more thoughts and findings in the comments section of this post. You may like to add your own thoughts and feedback, too. If the comments section is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.

[2] For the purpose of this discussion, by myth I mean a widespread belief in the Christian community that has no basis in Biblical truth


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© Helen Calder 2011 Enliven Blog

On team with David McCracken Ministries: Prophetic Ministry That Empowers The Church

18 thoughts on “3 Mistaken Beliefs About God’s Blessing”

  1. More on Blessing:
    Jesus placed great value upon spoken words of blessing.

    His very last act, upon His ascension to heaven, was to stretch out His hand and speak words of blessing over His followers (Luke 24:50-51)

    IMAGINE THAT: the very last earthly sighting of Jesus—and He has His hand outstretched pronouncing blessing!

  2. The CREATION BLESSING was not just for Adam and Eve, God repeats it (almost word for word) over NOAH in Genesis 9.

    And then He enlarges the blessing over ABRAHAM—saying, ‘I WILL BLESS YOU… AND ALL PEOPLES OF THE EARTH WILL BE blessed by you.’ By this, He was speaking of future salvation and blessing through Jesus

  3. Throughout the OT, we see the HIGH VALUE placed upon blessing in priestly and patriarchal (PARENTAL) blessings.

    • Blessing was viewed as powerful, and was sought after.
    • Blessing related to inheritance.
    • THE WORDS EVEN OF PARENTAL BLESSINGS HELD THE POWER TO BRING THOSE BLESSINGS TO PASS.

  4. Throughout scripture we see an emphasis on the power of the SPOKEN WORD of blessing:

    For example, God even had Joshua verbally pronounce both blessings and curses from the mountaintops! (Josh 8:30-34)

  5. In Proverbs 26:2, it says, ‘Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, so a curse without cause shall not alight.’ This verse is a great reassurance to us. The alternative is also true: A blessing with cause WILL alight. By positioning for God’s blessing, as I’ve mentioned above, we can provide a wide LANDING STRIP for His blessing to rest on us!

  6. The Hebrew word for blessing used in the Old Testament means to kneel (referring to the practice of kneeling to receive a blessing). As the writer to Hebrew observes, ‘Without doubt the lesser is blessed by the greater.’ (Heb 7:7).

    An example is the priestly blessing of Number 6:

    22 The LORD said to Moses, 23 “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
    24 “‘“The LORD bless you
    and keep you;
    25 the LORD make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
    26 the LORD turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.”’

    27 “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”

    In the New Testament, every believer has the power to bless, but there is still significance in spoken blessings that flow through positions of authority.

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