The Lord’s blessing

lane-412586_640Genesis 39:5: From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had, in house and field.

The lords blessing is represented by two things: his words and his hands.

His words

The release of the word of God is a blessing. That was the perspective of Peter and why he stuck to Jesus. He said to him: where shall we go, since you have the words of eternal life (John 6:68)? Of Jesus a psalmist wrote: you are fairer than all men, grace is poured upon your lips (Psalm 45:2).

Paul said that he commit the church in Ephesus to the word of God’s grace and which is able to build them up and give them an inheritance among those who are sanctified (Acts 20:32). Therefore, without the word they will not be built up. They will not be changed. They will not be all that they can be, gain all the inheritance they can.

It is with the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God that we hit the enemy where it hurts (Ephesians 6:17) and we are on the offensive while he is on the retreat as we take territories from him for our inheritance.

God’s word is a blessing because it communicates his life, creates his will and manifests his essence.

a. Communicates his life

When Adam and Eve were in line with the word of God, all was well. They experienced life and communicated the same. But when they rejected the word of God, they entered into the death experience.

When Jesus was going to manifest in the world for redemption, it was as God the word; to take on our death and give us his life. There is no life without the word.

Whenever God communicates his word, he communicates his life, his power. The bible says God sends his word to heal and deliver (Psalm 107:20). The word is not just a series of statement for analysis, it is a vehicle for the Holy Spirit. Jesus said that the words he speaks are Spirit and life (John 6:63).

b. creates his will

The word of God is the vehicle to his plans and purposes. The psalmist prayed: for your name sake lead me and guide me (Psalm 31:2). When we know his will, we can align with his purpose, and in cooperation with him, we create that will. The worlds, we were told, were framed by the word of God, the invisible creating the visible (Hebrews 11:3).

c. manifests his essence.

Jesus is the manifestation of the full essence of God. He is the full representation of the father (Hebrews 1:1-3). He is the manifestation of the grace and truth of God, the harbinger of divine change, the conveyor of the glory of God. When John described Jesus, the word, he said that he was full of grace and truth, which are the manifestations of the glory (John 1:14, 17).

His hand

The hand of God is about his activities, his working in our lives. And his hand can work: upon us, inside us and around us.

a. Upon

The hand of God came upon Elijah and he outran the horses and chariots of Ahab (1Kings 18:44-46). The anointing of the Holy Spirit is also a depiction of his hand, just as the hand of God came upon Elijah, the Holy Spirit as we are baptism in him comes upon us today to do extraordinary things. Remember what the Spirit of the Lord coming upon Samson helped him to do?

The hand of God confers supernatural ability. It helps to do mighty things, to say mighty words and build mighty things, fight victorious battles. Paul was sent out by the Holy Spirit and at the end of the day he was successful (Acts 13:1-4). He was made like a bulldozer pulling down the works of the devil wherever he went.

It is the operation of the hand of God that leads to the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit (1Corinthians 12:1-12). With the Spirit of God coming upon Saul. He started prophesying in the grip of the Holy Spirit (1Samuel 10:10-11).

c. Inside

The hand of God, his Spirit in you is to build you, transform you, to help you to know what you should do, how you should live. It is written: as many as are led by the Holy Spirit, they are the sons of God (Romans 8:14). His leading is internal. It brings a change on the inside. That is inside power.

Many focus on the power upon the outside power ignoring the inside power, they focus on the demonstration to the neglect of the internalisation of the power of God, though both are equally important.

The hand is also a symbol of skill that God confers. A man was appointed by God for the building of tabernacle. He followed the divine specification fully and built something that is worth-while. He was full of the Spirit and did the task fully (Exodus 31:1-5).

c. Around

The bible says that the children of Israel knew the hand of God (Psalms 103:7). They saw him dividing the Red sea, supplying them manna from heaven. The hand is also about his provision. He opens his hands and satisfies the needy (Deuteronomy 15:8).

His hands bring you the right people, opportunities and open doors. Paul said that a sure and effectual door was opened to him, but there are many adversaries (1Corinthians 16:9). That was something happening around him (the open door is the hand of God, the adversaries, the hand of the devil).

Paul wanted the church to pray so the adversaries will be dealt with. The hand of God around takes care of the adversaries in whatever shape or form. While he was in prison he trusted that the prayer of the church in Philippi for him will cause God to move things around so that he is set free (Philippians 1:19).

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