Be Blessed!

Short Version

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

Luke 6:28

 

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The Lords Prayer?

Countless times we have heard that the Lords Prayer  is found in Matthew 6, but is it?

If we take a closer look at this scripture we find this is not the case at all, what  a surprise!

Matthew Chapter 6  is a part of a set of  instructions on how we are to live and conduct ourselves, spiritually, morally, and socially, better known as the “Beatitudes.”

What we do find is a  “model”  of how we are to pray.

Let’s take a closer look at these instructions from Yeshua (Jesus) starting in verse 9 with the model prayer…

” Our Father in heaven( acknowledgement of God’s supremacy), hallowed be your name

( Confessing honor), your kingdom come, and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. ( Confessing God’s sovereignty, giving over our will to His.)

Give us today our daily bread ( asking for sustenance this applies to spiritual food as well, His Word).

Forgive us our debts, as we have also forgiven our debtors.

( this is not only physical debt, but spiritual debt as well.)

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

( God tempts no man, confessing that Satan is “tempter”.)

This can also be translated as one who is tempted to do evil, but stands their ground against it. Temptation is not the sin, giving into its evil is the sin.

God does  allow us to be “tested”  but He himself does not “tempt” to do evil.

This is another great word study “tempt” and I would love to cover this topic as well in the near future keep looking for it!

The actual “ Lords Prayer” is found in John 17, when our Lord prayed to the Father just before His crucifixion.

We see 3 distinct prayers that Our Lord asked of the Father just before His arrest.

  1. He prayed for Himself: That His glorification be complete as He gives His life, and returns to the Father.

2. He prayed for His Disciples: That God would protect them from the evil one, Satan.

3.  He prayed for all believers: That they would be one, as He and His Father are one.

                                               

So, just like this idea most often the things we hear are “misconceptions” that we tend to believe because we simply have not taken the time to study out the things we hear.

Let us be partakers in our own understanding. I look forward to sharing more short studies just like this one!

 

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