A Blessing must be spoken and received. Just as you can’t pull into a drive through restaurant and ask for ‘an unspoken order’, neither can you have an unspoken prayer request or and unspoken Blessing. God never did anything in the history of the world that He did not speak it first. That is how the world came into existence and that is how we get saved, blessed, prayers answered.
What is a blessing? The Bible mentions Blessing a large number of times. There are no less than 7 different words in the Greek New Testament translated as Blessing, Bless, Blessed or Blessedness.
In the Hebrew, the word Blessing is found over 600 times. “Three common themes are present in formal Old Testament blessings. First, the greater blesses the lesser, a fact picked up by the writer of Hebrews to demonstrate the superiority of Melchizedek to Abraham ( Heb 7:6-7 ). Second, the blessing is a sign of special favor that is intended to result in prosperity and success ( Deu 28:3-7 ). Third, the blessing is actually an invocation for God’s blessing: “May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful” ( Gen 28:3 ).
In a less ceremonial sense, the Scriptures declare a general blessing on the righteous. Those who are obedient to God’s commands are blessed with affluence and victory ( Deu 28:1-14 ). On the other hand, those who are disobedient are cursed ( Deu 28:15-68 ) and suffer the consequences of drought, disease, and deprivation.” (from Bible Study Tools)
The most famous of the Blessings In the Old Testament are most likely are:
Genesis 12:3 (KJV)
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
And the other is in
Numbers 6:24-26 (KJV)
To ‘bless’ someone is to cause increase in their ‘health, wealth and general welfare’ beyond what they would reasonably expect. When you bless someone, they walk a little taller, a little lighter on their feet, stand straighter and definitely smile a lot more. Think of how you feel when you get blessed by someone or by God. And if you haven’t had a true blessing, maybe you ought to try being a blessing first. That is called sowing seed.
If I were to come to you and lay my hands on you and declare God’s Blessings on you, you would know you have received those Blessings and they would come immediately, at least start to come..
If I send you a text message declaring God’s Blessings on you once gain, you would immediately get that message and know the Blessings of God are upon you. That is a question I have asked several of my fellow Christians and always they say the Blessing comes when it is spoken or written in this case.
If I send you an email declaring God’s blessings on you and you don’t open your email for a couple of days, when does the Blessing come? When I speak it or when you receive it?
Here is the lesson for you.. If you need a gallon of milk as well as several other items, when you go to the store, you can get all the items you need. If you got everything on your list except the milk, you would leave the store without the ‘blessing’ of a new gallon of milk. Now the store owner wanted to bless you with it (for a price, of course) and it was there for you to get, but for some reason you didn’t get it. You are now without milk.
Now, when you get home and realized you didn’t get the milk, you have a few options. One you can sit down and cry and wonder why God let you leave that store without that milk. There are a few other options, equally as unfulfilling, but the best option is to realize you can go back to the store, get the milk and be ‘blessed’ with that new gallon of milk.
God’s Blessings are the same way. If I send you a message or spoken word and declare God’s Blessing on you, that blessing is yours for the taking but you must receive it, take it for yours. Until you actually take it, YOU are not benefiting from the Blessings of God.
God’s promises are that way too. God has spoken certain blessings on you through His Word and we call them promises. What value is a promise if it isn’t fulfilled? God is able to and willing to fulfill all of His promises. God’s Word is one of the few things you can actually count on. Are you receiving God’s promises? His blessings? They are there for you. God has spoken them into existence. You must receive them to make them yours.
May God richly bless you far beyond all you can ask or think.
Malachi 3: 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. * 11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. * 12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.