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Scripture Passage: 1 Peter 2:9

      “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”


Devotional Entry:  

Growing up I received a lot from my parents to make it in this world; books, clothes, food, shelter, advice, (solicited and unsolicited), education, lessons (i.e. piano, art, sports etc.), video games, chores, and Asian encouragement (yelling, shame, guilt). I’m grateful to my parents and the sacrifices they made but what I really needed was to feel loved, secure, understood, confident, and encouraged. One of my sons is struggling with the transition from childhood to being a tween. I have tried many things to help him but often end up more frustrated. Two weeks ago I was suddenly woken up at 4:30 a.m. and realized it was the Lord awakening me. So instead of trying to go back to sleep I asked the Lord what He wanted to tell me. Instead the Lord told me to share with Him what was on my heart. I searched my heart and realized it was about my son so I poured out all my thoughts, feelings, worries, frustrations, and confusion to the Lord not holding anything back. I finished by confessing that my son belongs to Him, repenting for trying to give to my son out of my own strength and not God’s best, surrendering my son and seeking wisdom from the Lord. I felt the peace and reassurance of the Lord come upon me and then suddenly a thought from the Lord popped into my head. The Lord said to me “bless him, bless him for 40 days, bless him day and night. Tell him how I feel about him, how I see him, and what I have for him and watch what I will do.” So the next morning I started by giving my son a big hug and then a blessing from the Lord speaking over him only what the Lord was popping into my head and heart that was for my son. My son LOVED it, was shocked, beamed, and kept asking me to repeat it over and over again. Then at night before he went to bed, instead of praying with him, I told him I was going to give him another blessing. So I blessed him again and this time he said that God wanted him to bless me back so my son said a blessing over me and then he went to sleep. Wow! So as I choose to bless others the Lord blesses me back! So what is a blessing exactly? A blessing is speaking aloud over another person a favored status with God, a statement of good will and happiness from the Lord. A blessing can also guide and motivate a person to pursue a course of life within the blessing that is being given. An example is Genesis 27:28-29 when Isaac blesses Jacob “May God give you dew from the sky, fertile fields on the earth, and plenty of fresh grain and new wine. May nations serve you, may people bow down to you….”. God has given us, His sons and daughters and royal priests in Christ, the authority, right and responsibility to declare God’s blessings. 1 Peter 2:9 says “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” Here are some examples of who and what we have the authority to bless:  The Church: Leaders including pastors, elders, leaders, teachers, helpers may speak blessings over the church family both individuals and collectively. Numbers 6:22-27. Family: Parents, fathers and mothers (heads of families) may speak blessing over every member of their family and extended family (i.e. children, parents, siblings etc.) AND to all  Generations: (even the grandchildren and great grandchildren and beyond that have not been born yet). Gen. 49:8-12.  Spouses: Husbands have the spiritual authority to speak protection and blessing over their wives and vice versa.  Workplace: Christian employers can speak blessings over their employees AND Christian employees may speak blessing over their employers and leaders even if they are not Christian. Students and Schools: Christian Teachers in the community may pray blessings over their students.  Neighbors, Community: Christians may bless their neighbors and neighborhoods.   Government & Leaders: Christians may bless their leaders, government, law enforcement etc. Homes & Locations: Christians may speak the Lord’s blessings and protection over physical locations and property such as their homes, the church property, our places of work etc. Events: Christians may speak the Lord’s blessings over events such as family weddings, births, gatherings etc.   The Lord: we may bless our Heavenly Father by speaking blessings, praise and His words back to the Lord that flow from our heart.   Yourself: you can bless yourself in the Lord because He blesses you and has already bestowed His blessings, promises, and favor upon you. Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you what blessings you have and then speak them over yourself.


Challenge:

Watch and listen to the U.K Blessing and while you do receive the Lord’s blessing over your life. Then ask the Lord who He wants you to speak a blessing to and what the blessing is? You may feel scared and unsure of what He wants you to say but just try it and keep it simple. It may be as simple as saying to someone “may the Lord bless you and His peace be upon you.” I’d love to hear how it goes. You can email me at chihenry@aol.com.