The word “bless” comes from the Hebrew word, you’ll be surprised when you read this, “barak”. I am not going to go into the implications of America on that word, but I want to talk about the principles of blessing(s) and how to have an attitude of blessing(s).
From the beginning of creation God has continually blessed mankind, but a key passage of scripture that is remembered for blessing is:
Genesis 12:2-3 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 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.
Blessings were really honored in the time of the Old Testament and even in the New Testament, but particularly in Jewish Tradition. Kids would run in line to get the father’s blessing. Jacob was so eager to get his father’s blessing that he even pretended to be his brother. Once a blessing was spoken it could not be taken back. The same holds true for cursing. When Jesus cursed the fig tree it withered up and died. Blessings and Cursings have so much power that when sometimes when the Book of Moses is read we realize the authority and power of the Lord that we still see today in many ways of the power of the blessings and cursings.
In James it says that life and death are in the power of the tongue.
Unfortunately, some of the things written 2000 years ago are still present in today’s society:
Passage James 3:10:
10Out of the same mouth come forth blessing and cursing. These things, my brethren, ought not to be so.
How many times do you click on eye-catching news headline on the internet, and you find curse words? They are practically uncensored. Even Christians curse sometimes. It may be people you don’t expect, and it becomes part of casual conversation.
There are several connotations to the word “blessings”. Some people think of it as only prosperity, but there is so much more. There is also what you say that comes out of your mouth. But there is also an attitude of blessings. A lot of people think about blessings as “what can I get”, and we often pray to God, “give me this, do this for me.” Often we forget about what we can do for others.
Blessings is one of the currencies in God’s economy. When you bless someone, the blessing comes back to you. So many people take the words “God Bless You” for granted. Even when people sneeze, people get blessed and they often don’t realize the impact. Maybe if you have allergies your abundantly blessed, but when you sincerely go and bless someone and live out an attitude of blessing then it can really change the atmosphere, and can enact things in the spiritual kingdom and then it manifests here on earth.
Look for ways to bless people wherever you go.