May the joy of the Lord be your strength.
(Neh 8:10, KJV)

R. Scott Osborne

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Why We Speak Blessings

First, our blessing conveys that we acknowledge God is the loving, sovereign, omniscient Creator. "The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein" (Ps 24:1, KJV).

Secondly, our blessing invites God's involvement. As we speak blessings, we are prayerfully inviting His intervention in our lives. We are petitioning the Lord to insert His power and authority into a situation.

Third, our blessing encourages and exhorts the one we bless. Through the blessing, the person may be informed or reminded that God's righteous, omnipotent hand is ready to touch them in their current condition. This truth gives real hope and encouragement.

Finally, our blessing releases the blessing of God. We are acting as His ambassadors when we use His language to bless. As we speak blessings to others, we are not merely sharing human thoughts; we are tangibly impacting their lives with divine authority.

By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted.
~ Proverbs 11:11a (NASB) ~


When and Whom to Bless

There is almost never a bad time for a blessing. Saying "goodbye" before heading out the door in the morning can be a time for blessing. Encouraging someone in their time of trouble can be an occasion for blessing. A hospital visit is definitely a moment for blessing. A note in a card for a birthday, graduation or any celebration is a perfect opportunity to speak blessing into someone else's life. As you begin to practice the priestly duty of blessing, you may be amazed by how frequently the Holy Spirit will nudge you to impart a blessing.

Parents may use this book to speak Scriptures in blessing their children and grandchildren. Spouses may speak blessings to strengthen their relationship with one another and affirm one another in ways they have never experienced. Siblings can bless siblings. Congregations can bless their pastors and pastors, their flocks. Friends may bless friends. Anyone who wants to impact the life of another person with the language of God can use blessings for that purpose.


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