The Principles of Blessing

God established a principle when He called Abram to go out, He promised him in
Genesis 12:1-3 “now the Lord Yahweh said to Abram, get you out of your country,
and from your kindred, and from your father’s house, to a land I will show you.  
And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name
great, and you shall be a blessing.  And I will bless them that bless you, and curse
him that curses you; and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed”, and
Abraham was a blessed man.

We see that this blessing was past down and Isaac in turn blessed Jacob in
Genesis 27:29 it says “cursed be every one that curses you, and blessed be he
that blesses you”.

God blessed Israel by bring them out of their captivity from Egypt.  Yet Balak the
king of Moab was afraid of the children of Israel, so he asked Balaam to curse
Israel, but God told Balaam you shall not go with them; you shall not curse the
people, for they are blessed” (Numbers 22:12).

We can’t curse what God has already blessed.  The same thing applies today,
because sometimes people do things to you and you may want to curse them, but
if God has blessed them, you should not try to curse them.  We have to
remember that we are not fighting with flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world against spiritual
wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12).  The devil brings these people in
your path to get you offended so you fall into the trap of cursing others.

When you curse, remember that it is like a boomerang coming back on you
(Galatians 6:7-10) “be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man
sows, that shall he also reap.  For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap
corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  
And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint
not.  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially to
them who are of the household of faith”.

Galatians 3:13 says “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being
made a curse for us; for it is written, cursed is every one that hangs on a tree”.

To bless means to speak well of, while to curse means to speak evil of.  Blessing
others can be done by looking at others the same way that God sees them.  The
blood of Jesus paid the price for the sins of the whole world.  In other words the
same blood that covers you covers all who come to the Lord.

We are supposed to bless others and not curse them (Romans 12:14) “bless
them which persecute you; bless and curse not”.

Jesus taught us in Matthew 5:43-48 “you have heard that it has been said, you
shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.  But I say to you, love your
enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for
them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.  That you may be the
children of your Father which is in heaven; for He makes His sun to rise on the
evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  For if you
love them which love you, what reward have you?  Do not even the publicans the
same?  And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more than others?  Do
not even the publicans so?  Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which
is in heaven is perfect”.

Jesus also taught that every idle word that we speak, we will have to give an
account of (Matthew 12:36-37) “but I say to you; that every idle word that men
shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.  For by your
words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned”.  
Remember that there is death and life in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:
21).

The apostle James breaks it down like this in James 3:8-18, he says “but the
tongue can no man tame, it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.  Therewith
bless we God even the Father, and therewith curse we men, which are made after
the similitude of God.  Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing.  My
brethren, these things ought not so to be.  Does a fountain send forth at the
same place sweet water and bitter?  Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive
berries?  Either a vine, figs?  So can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.  
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you?  Let him show out of
a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.  But if you have bitter
envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  This
wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where
envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  But the wisdom that
is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full
of mercy and good fruits, with out partiality, and without hypocrisy.  And the fruit of
righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace”.

Remember that faith works by love (I Corinthians 13); and God is love.

Now, because God is love and He doesn’t want any to perish, we are to bless
others (I Timothy 2:1-4) “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers,
intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.  For kings and for all
that are I authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness
and honesty.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.  
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth”.

Throughout all of the apostle Paul’s letter, he would bless and pray for each
church, that they would get the revelation of Jesus Christ; and be rooted and
grounded in love.

Moses was instructed to put God’s blessing on Israel (Numbers 6:22-27) “and the
Lord Yahweh spoke to Moses saying.  Speak to Aaron and to his sons saying.  
On this wise you shall bless the children of Israel, saying to them.  The Lord
Yahweh bless you, and keep you.  The Lord Yahweh make His face shine upon
you, and be gracious to you.  The Lord Yahweh lift up His countenance upon you,
and give you peace.  And they shall put My name upon the children of Israel, and
I will bless them”.

Jewish families were taught to bless each other, when they came in and when
they went out, and they bless their children on a regular basic, and because of
this they are blessed.

Yet today many people find themselves cursing others, even their own family
members; because they look at how they are acting in the natural; but when we
bless them spiritually we can lift them up by praying for their eyes to be
enlightened.

Sermon by: Harriet Bond
Date: September 23, 2011
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