God made man to carry THE BLESSING and be rich with His power. THE BLESSING is a declaration which empowers someone to succeed. To be BLESSED means to prosper and increase, as a result of God’s favor upon your life and it doesn’t depend on conditions (Genesis 26:12-14; 47:13-27). THE BLESSING was first pronounced on Adam at Creation (Genesis 1:26-28) and through him, all mankind. God gave to mankind THE BLESSING—complete authority over the works of His hands.
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, and multiply; fill the earth, and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28 (NKJV).
But Adam abandoned THE BLESSING through disobedience in the Garden of Eden which brought a curse upon the devil, mankind and the earth (Genesis 3:14-19). Even after Adam and Eve sinned against God in the Garden of Eden, He continued to reveal His plan to BLESS mankind as seen in Noah’s time (Genesis 9:1-3; 8-11) and then through Abraham and his seed (Genesis 12:1-3; 26:12, 13; 15:1-6; 22:1-18; 26:2-5; 28:1-4; 48:15, 16; Hebrews 6:13-20; 11:17-21), culminating in Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:29).
Once THE BLESSING has been spoken, there is no way to get it out of the earth because it is God’s Word. THE BLESSING of The LORD is still in the earth. It’s up to us to make it a reality in our lives. Wherever you are, God can cause THE BLESSING to come on you, and bless you and everything around you.
THE BLESSING of Abraham was THE BLESSING of Adam. We see THE BLESSING of Abraham in both the Old and New Testaments (Exodus 23:25; Numbers 6:24-26; Deuteronomy 30:16; Psalm 112; 119:2; Jeremiah 17:7, 8; Malachi 3:10; Matthew 5:3-11; 25:33, 34; Mark 16:18; Philippians 4:19; 1 Peter 3:9; etc.). Find, read, study and meditate on scriptures that emphasize THE BLESSING and how it worked in the Old Testament in the lives of Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. Also, look in the New Testament for examples of THE BLESSING (Matthew 9:20-22; Luke 13:11-16).
We have access to THE BLESSING the Spirit promised Abraham through Christ and it is received and activated by faith (Romans 4:13-25; Galatians 3:7-14, 28-29). Faith is our connection to God and what pleases Him (Hebrews 11:6). We received our salvation by grace through faith. We received the baptism with the Holy Spirit and our healing by grace through faith. We should receive our finances and anything else we need by THE BLESSING of The LORD by grace through faith. What also pleases Him is to BLESS His children!
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:
Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and walk in His ways.
Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you.
And the LORD will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you.
The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.
So, you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.” Deuteronomy 28:1-14 (NKJV),
There is a condition to THE BLESSING however. We must diligently obey the voice of the Lord our God to observe His commandments (Matthew 22:37-40; Galatians 5:14). God is not trying to keep us from THE BLESSING—He is determined to see us walk in the fullness of THE BLESSING so that it will recreate the Garden of Eden wherever we go (Joshua 1:8; Isaiah 1:19; Matthew 13:16; John 10:27; Psalm 85:8). Through Jesus, we get back to the Garden. We have been made righteous in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21), we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16), the very image of Jesus is in us (Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18) and we have been blessed with all spiritual BLESSINGS in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law i.e. spiritual death, sickness and poverty (Galatians 3:13, 14). The curse is found in Deuteronomy 28:15-68. THE BLESSING of The LORD overtakes the curse. When God created man, He BLESSED him. God is not the author of the curse; He’s the Author of THE BLESSING. God didn’t put the curses on mankind. The curse is death. Sickness and disease and poverty and lack are under the curse. THE BLESSING is life. He released THE BLESSING. God BLESSED Adam and gave him dominion over the earth and everything in it, and over all the works of God’s hand in the earth.
God’s method of operation is to speak, and what He speaks happens. The same chain of command is evident in Jesus’ earthly ministry and we’re learning how to operate in the authority that He has given to us. Everything Jesus did in His earthly ministry, He did as a BLESSED, Anointed Man only doing and saying what He saw and heard the Father say and do (John 5:19, 8:26, 14:10). It was THE BLESSING of The LORD on Jesus—that’s what the anointing is. It’s God, the BLESSED One, who BLESSES. Jesus became poor that we might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).
THE BLESSING of The LORD makes us rich without toiling or sorrow (Proverbs 10:22). When the ungodly increase in riches (Psalm 73:12) there is sorrow and toil attached with it by trying to get it and keep it! However when we work, we don’t have to earn a living because that is striving and toiling. We still have to work because the Bible says if we don’t work we don’t eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10)! But we need to let THE BLESSING work for us. Our income and job is our seed bin when we are on assignment for the Lord. We will reap what we sow (2 Corinthians 9:6-8; Luke 6:38; Galatians 6:7-10). Don’t try to get rich without THE BLESSING because you will be pierced through with many sorrows (1 Timothy 6:10).
Jesus is our LORD and through Him and His finished work on the cross we have a blood covenant with God. God made a promise to uphold His covenant (Genesis 17:6-8; Leviticus 26:42; Deuteronomy 7:12; Nehemiah 1:5; Psalm 89:34; 105:8-11). Through faith and patience, we receive the promise of God’s blood-sworn oath. After Abraham patiently endured, he obtained the promise (Hebrews 6:13-15). One of the fruit of the spirit is patience; that is spiritual endurance, longsuffering and the determination to stay with it.
“And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” Deuteronomy 8:18 (NKJV).
Our prosperity doesn’t come from the world’s system of commerce (spirit of Mammon; Babylonian system; Matthew 6:24) but from the LORD. If you are outside THE BLESSING of the LORD, then sorrow comes with it. We do need to use money in this world to exchange for goods and services but the basis of our thinking should be to ask ourselves what does the Word and Jesus say about how we are to prosper? If you don’t know, you need to find out i.e. Joshua 1:8; Psalm 112:1-9; Proverbs 3:5-10; 13-18; 22, 24-26; 4:5-13; 12:28, 15:6; Romans 5:17; etc. Many of the promises concerning the prosperity of the righteous can be found in the books of Psalms and Proverbs.
It is clear according to the Bible that the righteous are supposed to be BLESSED and reign in life. Having credit card debt, inability to pay your bills and struggling to provide for your family are not signs of reigning in life. Jesus came to give abundant life! He can show you how to get out of debt (2 Kings 4:1-7). We must look to Jesus and receive the abundance of grace and the gift of His righteousness daily. His grace and wisdom will help turn your negative financial situation around as you stand on His Word and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. We are not under the curse of the law any longer. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:10 – 14)! Because of God’s grace we can have all the blessings (Deuteronomy 28:1-14) without any of the curses (Deuteronomy 28:15 – 68). Praise God!
True prosperity is the ability to use the power of God to meet the needs of mankind in every realm of life i.e. spirit, soul, body, financially, socially, politically, etc. We should walk in abundance and increase in every area of our lives. There is a law of increase (Genesis 1:26-28; Psalm 115:14-16) and a law of sowing and reaping (Genesis 8:22). Kingdom economy is based on this. God wants to give us increase so we can keep on sowing! We are blessed to be a blessing to others. You can provide for your family and also be a provider for others too. If you have asked Jesus Christ into your life, you are the seed of Abraham. We are supposed to be blessed and prosper in everything that we put our hand to (Deuteronomy 30:9; 1 Kings 2:3; Psalm 1:1-3) i.e. family, health, work, etc. We are to bring the Kingdom of God to the earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10). There is no poverty, lack, sickness or disease in heaven!
Honor the LORD with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; so, your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3:9, 10 (NKJV).
It is Jesus who qualifies us! He made a way. It is because of His righteousness not our worthiness that makes us worthy. We should be walking in an overflow not just with money but provision. Even Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were wealthy because God BLESSED them ( Genesis 13:2, 5-6; 26:12-14; 35:9-12). Using wealth is how we can influence the world for good. It’s not just based on what we have in the bank or things that we have accumulated. We need to steward our finances (1 Corinthians 4:2) as well as our righteous wealth. In Isaiah 60:1-3, others will see His glory and BLESSING upon us!
Be a good steward of what God gives you. See the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-29. Because we live in the natural world, it is easy to see or think that our income and people are the source of our supply. But it is God who supplies because He is the owner and gives us the power to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18; Psalm 24:1-3; Haggai 2:8). A steward is someone who manages the property of another. Pray about purchases and follow the Lord’s direction. We need to be both a good steward of our money as well as giving. He is trying to get resources to those who need it. He won’t keep BLESSING us if we can’t steward it well. We need to be both generous and steward money well!
How can we walk in THE BLESSING of the LORD?
- By blessing God and remembering to thank Him for all the benefits He has given us (Psalm 103:1-5; Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 1:13; 2 Peter 1:3);
- By believing and receiving His Word by faith i.e. taking God at His Word and obeying it (Proverbs 4:20-22; James 1:22-25). Obeying God is for our benefit (Isaiah 1:19) and is needed to walk in THE BLESSING!
- By walking in love (Ephesians 5:2) and blessing others (Acts 20:35);
- By tithing which opens up the windows of heaven and He rebukes the devourer for our sakes (Malachi 3:10-12). Tithing (one-tenth) isn’t just an act of giving but worship and is done in faith. Jesus receives it then BLESSES it as our High Priest (Hebrews 7:7, 8). We receive from the BLESSING and when we give, it perpetuates it. This is THE BLESSING in action.
‘And all the tithes of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’s. It is holy to the LORD.’ Leviticus 27:30 (NKJV).
For if the first fruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. Romans 11:16 (NKJV).
Money itself isn’t evil but is neutral. All money has a spirit on it either Mammon or God’s. You get God’s Spirit on your money by tithing the first 10% of your income to the House of God i.e. the local church you attend; or where you are getting fed the Word; then He redeems the rest out from under the spirit of the world or Mammon. The quickest way to break the spirit and stronghold of Mammon in your life is to tithe to God. God reserves the tithe for Himself!
God wants His BLESSING to overtake us so that we can’t contain it and to receive showers of BLESSING (Deuteronomy 28:2; Ezekiel 34:25-27)!
Key principles to receiving from God:
- Recognize that God is your source (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 8:18; Psalm 24:1; 1 Corinthians 10:26).
- Know and believe that it is God’s will to prosper you (2 Corinthians 8:9; 3 John 2; John 10:10).
- Walk and live by faith and love (Romans 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; Galatians 5:6).
- Be a good steward of what God gives you (Matthew 25:14-29; Luke 16:10-13; 1 Timothy 6:7; 1 Corinthians 4:2; Genesis 39-41; .Acts 2:44 – 45; 4:34 – 35; Romans 13:8).
- Give God’s way and as He directs
- Tithing and giving first fruits and offerings (Malachi 3:10; Proverbs 3:9, 10; Leviticus 27:30; Romans 11:16; Deuteronomy 26:1-3).
- Sow your seed by using your faith (Hebrews 11:1, 6; Romans 10:17; Mark 11:22-24; 2 Corinthians 4:13).
- Giving (Luke 6:38; Philippians 4:13-19).
- How do we give?
- Cheerfully, liberally, willingly, sacrificially & according to our ability (2 Corinthians 9:6-11; 8:2-5)
- With Pure Motives – We don’t give to get! Also, you can’t buy your way into God’s favor. (Proverbs 21:2; Matthew 6:1-4).
- In faith and good conscience (Hebrews 11:1, 6; Romans 10:17; Timothy 1:19).
- Giving is over and above the tithe. So how do you know when to give, where to give, and how much to give? Jesus says that He will tell you if you ask Him and are listening (John 10:27)! Satan always tries to get us focused on our circumstances and our own meager resources. But we need to keep our eyes on God’s supernatural provision and give as He directs standing on His promises. You can’t afford not to give. It’s the key to God’s cycle of supernatural provision.
- How do we give?
- Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness (Matthew 6:19-21; 25-33).
- Studying, meditating, speaking/confessing and acting on God’s Word (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3; Proverbs 4:20-21). Do you believe that by giving God’s Word first priority in your life, God will take care of all of your needs? (Luke 10:41-42; Psalm 19:14; Proverbs 18:21; Hebrews 4:12).
- Ask God for wisdom (strategic insight) and listen for His plan (2 Chronicles 9:22, 23; Proverbs 4:5-9; James 1:5; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Colossians 2:2-3). Go to God and get the answers and tools. He will show you how and when to do it. If God wants something done, He needs to bring the resources and materials to do it. If you don’t have it yet, His timing may be involved or you may have missed Him. If God plans a thing, it works. It will be better than we can imagine but it requires death to our will, ideas, etc. If it isn’t from Him, He isn’t responsible for bringing it to pass!
- Through the blessing of Abraham that is ours in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:13-14, 16 & 29).
Heavenly Father, we thank You for giving THE BLESSING to those who are in Your family. I am Your child and in Your family because I received Jesus as Lord and Savior. Now, I need Your help to learn how to use THE BLESSING in my daily life. I receive Your promise to BLESS me as each situation arises. Help me understand that I am now an heir of the promise. I receive Your BLESSING. Please show me and remind me to notice and appreciate what Your BLESSING is doing in my life. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.