Affirmation, Challenges, Christian Living, empowerment, Uncategorized

Empowerment to Bless

The Lord God has given Me [His Servant] the tongue of disciples [as One who is taught], that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning. He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple [as One who is taught] (Isaiah 50:4 AMP).

Your words are more powerful than you know. The power flows from the spiritual reality that we are God’s image-bearers in the earth—royal priests who carry Jesus’ authority and grace—paramedics of His grace and mercy ready to spill out supernatural power to anyone who need.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness in to his wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9 NIV).

When we are united with Christ as members of his body, we join in the priestly work of reconciling God and man.

This gives our words enormous weight in both the natural and spiritual worlds. Angels attend to our declarations. Things in the heavenlies move and change in response to our proclamations. And one of the most powerful uses of our words is the God-given power to bless.

The Greek word frequently translated “bless” in the New Testament is eulogio. It means “to speak well of someone or something.” In fact, it’s the source for our common word “eulogy,” which means “a speech in which a deceased person is praised and honored.”

It is easy and tempting to turn our times of prayer into sessions in which we complain about others—often those closest to us. But there is far more power to effect positive change in words of blessing.

In writing to scattered believers everywhere, the apostle Peter said, “Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble…No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing” (1 Peter 3:8-9 MSG).

Blessing others is a gift from God. He gives us encouraging words of wisdom, and the supernatural ability to speak a word of refreshment to the weary. It is always by grace!

By the indwelling Spirit of God, you are abundantly equipped to speak blessing and create blessing everywhere you go.

Father, thank you for making me a carrier of Your grace and a messenger of Your blessing. Thank you for showing me how powerful my words really are, and how they are positive force for change all around me. I declare that You have given me a well-taught tongue, and a supernatural ability to encourage the weary with refreshing words of grace. I humbly yield my mouth to Your Holy Spirit today, as I represent you in this challenging world. In Jesus’ holy and powerful name I pray. Amen.

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