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Showers of Blessings

Posted by Cinda On June - 26 - 2013

sneezeComplete strangers can unite in a split second when the occasion of a sneeze demands the chorus of response “Bless you!” You may be surprised to discover the roots of this age-old custom.

Dr. John D. Garr* says, “The ancients believed that something really happened when they spoke a blessing. They understood that the God they worshiped was a God of blessing. They were also convinced that the God of blessing had given them the power to bless and they constantly used this gift that God had given them to bring His blessing into the lives of others.”

It’s as simple as that. It is God who blesses, but when we yield ourselves to receive His blessings, we can also be His instruments of blessings to others. Only one who has been blessed can bless another. We will briefly look at just three aspects of a blessing:

The Blessing Itself
The personal blessing of God is found in “The Aaronic Blessing” “The Lord (Father) bless you and keep you. The Lord (Jesus) cause His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord (Holy Spirit) turn His face toward you and give you peace.” ~ Numbers 6:24-26

The One Who Blesses
The individual who pronounces a blessing is standing in the place of God. He is a channel through whom God Himself is blessing. Since God has commanded that a blessing be spoken over His children forever, we need to speak God’s blessing in our homes and wherever Christians gather.

Blessed to Be a Blessing
God blessed Abraham so he could be a blessing to all families of the earth (Genesis 12:2-3). Anyone can receive this blessing through Jesus Christ. When we accept by faith God’s blessing of salvation from sin and death through Jesus, we immediately seek to bring others to Christ. The blessed are called to bless.

One sure way to be blessed and to be a blessing to others, Dr. Garr indicates, is to participate in intercessory prayer. Think of the people and nations you can bless (even your enemies) through your prayer life.

The chain of command is this: God gives this blessing directly to men in the form of His grace; it is then transferred to others through spiritual gifts as the gift of grace is released to one who receives it and, in turn, blesses others; and then all give thanks to God to whom the praise is due.

Think about it: God wants us to be instruments of blessing by extending His grace into the lives of others… What a blessing!!!!
*More information on this subject can be found in Dr. Garr’s books, Bless You: Restoring the Biblically Hebraic Blessing and Blessings for Family and Friends at www.HebraicCommunity.org or you can obtain a copy by calling 1-678-615-3568 or writing Hebraic Christian Global Community, PO Box 421218, Atlanta, GA 30342.

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