We have heard, spoken, decreed and declared this word, but how often have we stopped and really looked into the true meaning of this excessively used term known as the word “blessed.”
We have been taught for a long time now that we are
“too blessed to be stressed”
But is this an actual biblical view, or is this like many others of its kind actually a misunderstanding of scripture? Yes, it is very misunderstood, and I am going to tell you why in another short writing.
Like many common words in our “Churched” dialect this word has been distorted & misused because of a lack of understanding.
We have heard it quoted from the mouths of the famous televangelist that our God wants to bless us “if” we will just sow our “seed” of dollar bills (of course) in order to receive all these “blessings.”
I guess it never occurs to them or us that we should bless our creator for speaking His blessing over us from the very beginning, then to realize that the greatest of “blessing” isn’t about earthly possessions!
When we hear the word “blessed” our fleshly minds automatically assume more money, bigger houses, new car, clothes, shoes etc… That just shows how carnal our minds really are, even after all the hours we spend in Church! ( A whole other sermon!)
“We are all about getting our flesh happy,but our God is all about getting our Soul happy!”
We just need to slow down sometimes long enough to get the Bible out read it for ourselves, and ask the Author of the book to please give us understanding.
Often times we assimilate this word “blessed” with “prosperous” and “wealthy” but are they really the same?
That is what I wanted to find out once God brought this subject to my attention some years back.
We are amiss to think that we can understand the depth of meaning in the scriptures using merely our English translations, which is exactly what happens in most cases.
We must refer to the Hebrew and the Greek in order to fully grasp the depth of meaning and understand from its foundations if you will, their true meaning.
So, what are we saying exactly when we speak, hear and ask God to bless us? You are going to be Surprised!
The Hebrew word for Bless, Blessed is: Barak- (Baw-Rahk) Literally meaning to kneel, or to bow down, to praise and or worship namely of our ( G-d). We should be blessing our God in praise and worship and thankfulness! Asking God to strengthen us in our weakness, and blessing Him for giving us power and strength.
Very different from the popular teaching that to be blessed or get a blessing is of a monetary nature, in actuality it’s more spiritual in nature than physical. Though He (God) has spoken the “Blessing” over all of His creations at the time He created them, and that carries with it fruitfulness and prosperity as we have learned also what true prosperity is in my previous post.
Gods blessings for us are of power, strength,to endue with power for success, prosperity, fruitfulness & longevity.
A blessing from G-d is to be empowered to do what is not within our natural capabilities.
To pronounce a blessing over someone is to speak God’s Word over that person, not our own words that hold no spiritual value. In the Bible we find many accounts of a blessing being spoken over the people or persons, the blessing is actually scripture, not idle words.
It is not asking Him to lavish us or another person with a new BMW, Mansion, or help us win the lottery, sorry folks that’s purely flesh & sadly just part of the show!
Also it’s interesting that the word “happy” also carries this connotation of being “blessed” though it carries a much deeper meaning as well and will be an interesting study.
We should keep the true meaning of the word “Blessed” in mind the next time we hear or speak it and know that we are truly “Blessed” to worship and praise our God, and receive from Him strength in our weakness!
Does God want us to prosper and be in good health? Of course! Does He want us to attain wealth?
Most certainly and we will dive into this “wealth” word next, so stay tuned…
Just a few references
Gen. 1:22,28 Gen.2:3,5:2
Ex. 23:25,Numbers 6:22, Duet. 10:8