MEMORISE: The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. Deuteronomy 28:12
READ: Genesis 27:27-29
27 And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed:
28 Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:
29 Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Corinthians 10-13
Our topic for today is the best prayer anyone can say for you. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand the full meaning of the prayer. What is a blessing? A blessing is an addition of good things after basic needs have been met. For example, Matthew 5:45 says our God causes the sun to rise over the good as well as the evil, and He causes the rain to fall on the wicked and on the righteous. In other words, there are certain basic needs that God will supply whether you are good or bad. But when God wants to bless, He does not bless the wicked. He adds good things to those that He wants to bless. A blessing can also be likened to a benefit. People in paid employment typically get a ‘basic salary’, but in addition, some get ‘fridge benefits’; these fridge benefits are actually the blessings. It is these benefits that David was talking of in Psalm 68:19:
“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.”
The Lord will load you with fridge benefits today in the mighty name of Jesus.
To bless is also to summon all the good forces- angels, heavens, earth, rain, soil and so on, together for an individual’s assistance. When you bless someone, you are telling all the forces to come together and assist the fellow to succeed, Isaac’s blessing to Jacob in Genesis 27:28-29 is a good example to explain this with. It says:
“Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.”
So, when someone says “God bless you”, it means that whatever you decide to do, everything in heaven and on earth will work to ensure that you succeed. It means that every force, both in heaven and on earth will cooperate with you to ensure that you reach your goal. Now, I use the authority vested in me by the Almighty God to pray for anyone reading this today: God bless you!
Obey the commandments and will of God at all times and His blessings shall abound upon you (Deuteronomy 28:1-2).
HYMN 4: BLESSED ASSURANCE, JESUS IS MINE
1. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
2. Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
3. Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.