Words have creative power, both positive and negative, especially when spoken by those in positions of authority. Though God places men and women in these positions, man’s nature, without God, can cause harm. When this happens, we can choose to forgive them, honor God, bless them, and proclaim His goodness upon them. This choice can turn the situation around. Then the blessings will flow! This principle of forgiveness is effective in all positions of authority, whether it is in business, parental, spiritual or governmental. The blessings of God will fall on the just and the unjust. He calls us to be encouragers not accusers, affirming us by His love and drawing us to Himself; He is drawing us and leading us into righteousness
Jewish families know the importance of the blessing. A ceremony called a Bar Mitzvah is held when the male child is 13 years of age; the father speaks blessings over the child, validating him for who he is in God. It is no accident that reports show that among all the criminals incarcerated less than one percent are of Jewish heritage. When God is with us, who can be against us; so proclaiming the blessing of the Lord over our families, churches, cities and nations carries His reward. One flicker of light in a pitch-dark cave dispels the darkness! The blessing of God can carry more power than the curse; His blessing is for a thousand generations and the curse for only four!
From Webster's Dictionary:
To Bless: To invoke divine favor on, to bestow happiness, prosperity or good things of all kinds; to make a pronouncement holy; to consecrate, to glorify for the benefits received, to extol for excellencies.
A Blessing: A prayer or solemn wish imploring happiness upon another; a benediction or blessing; the act of pronouncing a benediction or blessing; that which promotes prosperity and welfare…
From the Hebrew Language:
To Bless: Barak – To kneel by implication to bless God as an act of adoration, to praise, salute, thanks . . . a posture of reverence . . .
A Blessing: Berakah – Benediction (an act of invoking a blessing).
Whether through touch, spoken or written, they carry the power to cause great success and declare life to the one receiving the blessing. Loving affirmation and acceptance of a life imparts hope and has the power to send one off with the assurance to fulfill ones destiny despite opposition. The compassion and warmth of a loving embrace can bring life to the sick.
There is power in agreement. Agreeing with God about someone is powerful. Our opinion of another or even about our own self is not as important as God’s opinion. How we see an individual, a people, a city, a church, or a nation can bring transformation and for good! Getting behind someone with commitment and affirming the positive can turn around a bad situation.
Exercise faith towards yourself, your family, your church, your pastor and other leaders, your city, and your nation. His mercies are new every morning, and great is His faithfulness. Call forth those things that might not be till they are! We have to see it before we see it, or we will never see it!
Call forth the promises of God concerning families, prophecies given, and the history of families, cities, and nations. Check the background of ethnic groups in families and cities and nations and call the redemptive plan of God and bestow honor on each one. Call forth the heritage of the church either by denomination, area, or people. Call the blessings of revival to come forth over the region in which you live, declaring His purpose to be fulfilled and the redemptive gift of God to come and declare the prophecies to manifest for all. The meaning of the names of family members and cities are very significant. Call forth and declare the prophetic purposes of those names and their characteristics to be fulfilled.
From Numbers 6:24 – 27
The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.
From Psalms 103:1 – 5
Bless the Lord, O my Soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; who pardons all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases; who redeems your life from the pit; who crowns you with loving-kindness and compassion; who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like an eagle.
Helpful Resources For Research:
The Bible: The Book of Genesis and throughout.
The tape entitled, “The Blessing” by John Kilpatrick recorded at Evangel Temple in Jacksonville, Florida, (904) 781-9393
Imparting the Blessing: Your Biblical Heritage by Bill Ligon
The Importance of Forgiveness by John Arnott
The Blessing by Gary Smalley and John Trent states five steps to invoking a blessing!
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The blessings that follow from a father and a mother can be pronounced individually or combined. They are meant to release you into your destiny.
There is no set application; accept these blessings as a pattern to follow on writing your own or accept them just as they are given. Anointing oil is sometimes applied during the time of pronouncing blessings as well as hands laid upon the head. Neither one is required, but suggested. It is by the spirit that blessings are given and by the spirit received in faith.
Blessings can be pronounced over an individual even in their absence; in this instance, blessings can be imparted over the phone or written in a letter or even spoken out as done in prayer.
Another father or mother standing in for the parent who is no longer living, or for a parent who lives far away, can pronounce blessings. The age of the one imparting the blessing is of no importance. The heart of a man does matter. They should have your best interest and care for your soul and see you as God sees you. Seek after that which is yours.
Receiving a blessing can remove burdens, break curses from your life, separate you from the past and propel you into the future. A total realignment and transformation can take place! For this reason, don’t let anything keep you from your blessing!
The events of childhood can shape our future in many ways, by the environment we live in and by the words spoken over us, by those who cared for us. If in your childhood you did not receive the blessing of your father, I, as a father, now pronounce a father’s blessing over you, on behalf of the father you may or may not have known. As these words are read aloud, receive them into the depths of your being. First, I cancel every negative word spoken over you and I break the generational curse of an orphan spirit off of you, in Jesus name. I am sorry for not accepting you just the way God made you. I am sorry for not spending more time with you and taking you places with me. I am sorry for not listening more attentively. I am sorry for not being as tender and loving, as I could have, towards you and your mother. I am sorry that I did not tell you, ‘I love you’ enough and that I am glad that you are my child. Please know that you are loved, you are wanted, and you are affirmed.
Father, I ask that you remove the hurts and pain and heal the wounds my actions have caused.
I bless you with peace that you might rest in who God has made you.
I bless you with wealth to assist you in carrying out the purposes of your life.
I bless you with physical health for a long life to serve our Father in heaven.
I bless you with self worth that you may walk in the knowledge of the glory of your creation.
I bless you with self confidence to counteract all the negatives received in life.
I bless you with spiritual insight that you may lead others in the paths of righteousness.
I bless you with compassion that you may show mercy as mercy has been shown to you.
I bless you with knowledge so that you may teach others.
I bless you with the gift of love that you may cherish others as God cherishes you.
I bless you with the spirit of purity that you may walk holy and clean before others.
I bless you with the knowledge of your heritage both natural and spiritual.
I bless you with trust that you might accept others as they are.
I bless you with the ability to forgive so that you may receive forgiveness.
I bless you with the sense of family that you will never be lonely.
I bless you with the eternal knowledge that you have your greatest reward ahead of you.
The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.
Numbers 6: 24-26
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The events of childhood can shape our future in many ways, by the environment we live in and by the words spoken over us, by those who cared for us. Even in the best environment, words and actions can also be misunderstood. If in your childhood, you did not, for whatever reason, receive the blessing of your mother, I, as a mother, now pronounce a mother’s blessing over you; in addition to or on behalf of the mother you may or may not have known. As these words are read aloud, receive them into the depths of your being.
First, I cancel every negative word spoken over you and I break the generational curse of an orphan spirit off of you, in Jesus name. I am sorry for pushing you away whenever you wanted a hug or a kiss from me. I am sorry for the times you longed to be rocked in my arms and I didn’t do it. I am sorry for not listening to you and for not helping you with homework, or spending time with you by playing indoor or outdoor games, and for not taking you shopping with me. I’m sorry for spending more time with my friends than with you and your friends. I am sorry for not telling you how good a job you did. I am sorry for not telling you, ‘I love you’ more often. I am glad that you are my beloved child. ‘I love you!’ You are loved, you are wanted, and you are affirmed.
Father God, I ask that you fill every longing that my absence caused and remove the pain and hurt caused by my actions. I thank you for going deep within, healing every wound and filling every longing with you. Thank you for being the father to the fatherless.
I, now, bless all your days with righteousness, peace and joy.
I bless you with the revelation knowledge of your Heavenly Father’s love for you.
I bless you with a heart of a good son or daughter.
I bless you with prosperity and great success in all you put your hands to do.
I bless you with caring friends and good business sense.
I bless you with integrity and a heart of honor.
I bless you with an obedient, merciful, humble and loving heart.
I bless you with courage, perseverance, and relentless pursuit of His presence.
I bless you with spiritual insight and an understanding of His ways.
I bless you with a nurturing and compassionate heart.
I bless you with a long and healthy life.
I bless you with a tender spirit and an understanding nature.
I bless you with a loving and considerate spouse and healthy, obedient children.
I bless you with wisdom, discernment and patience in training your children.
I bless you with the desire and delight to seek Him first.
May you be quick to forgive and slow to anger.
May you know Father God is with you wherever you go.
May your life be a delight to others as they are drawn to God within you.
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
Numbers 6: 24-26
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