I know I am not the only one God has promised great things to. God’s great pleasure is to bless His children and the Bible tells us this in multiple places. I read someone’s post on Facebook not long ago that stated God was not in the blessing business anymore. He was much more concerned with other things and not all Christians lived or would ever live being blessed. Don’t you dare fall for that hogwash! God DOES want us to be blessed, BUT He doesn’t want it to be the focus of our walk with Him!
The Bible doesn’t say money is the root of all evil, but the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Notice the focus of a person’s heart in this case is the money, not God! When someone’s focus shifts from God and loving Him to money and all it can buy and the false sense of power it can give, it has become evil to this person. When we seek Him first and His righteousness, then nothing is wrong with not only living in the blessing but God expects us to expect to live blessed!
It tells us in Deuteronomy 28:3 it tells us, “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.” Notice God is saying this. He was talking to the children of Israel about what He would do if they honored Him and didn’t go the way of heathen countries with their heathen traditions and cultures.
This same chapter goes on to say they would be cursed if they forsook God and His ways! God is always at the forefront of prosperity. To be blessed by God, you have to delight yourself in HIM. Your primary delight and satisfaction should not be found in your job, your titles, your accolades, but in Him! This keeps our desires and our egos in proper perspective! It keeps us seeking God’s interest, and not our own!
Galatians 3:13-14 tells us we are under the BLESSING of Abraham. It says, “ Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written,“Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”[h]), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
We are not cursed, but blessed because Jesus took the curse upon Himself, when He died for us so that we COULD be blessed! Why would Jesus die for something God never intended to fulfill? God never would have stood by and let His Son suffer the torment He suffered to deny us anything that was accomplished through that death.
Blessing literally means ‘to empower’. The blessing empowers us to be saved, healed, delivered, and to prosper. In 3 John 1:2 it says, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” God comes right out and says it is His will for us to prosper and be well, AS OUR SOULS PROSPER. Our souls are our mind, will, and emotions. It is spiritual maturity in the mind, if you will.
As we grow in God, seek His will, love others as Christ loved us, and are faithful to all He has called us to, we will be blessed (empowered) with every good thing. God said He would not withhold any good thing from them who walk uprightly! Psalm 84:11 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
The message of ‘The Blessing’ has been taken out of context and has literally been twisted into oversized houses, fleets of cadillacs, and designer purses. The Blessing does indeed make one rich, but not just rich in a monetary sense, but rich in wisdom, health, peace, righteousness, love, and joy! We are to seek God, not the department where designer purses hang! Don’t pull this message out of context and make it into a wish list you would hand a Santa Claus! At the same time, don’t sit around and say, “Well, Mom and Dad never had anything but we were happy. Why should I be any different?” If that is how you want to live, you can. But it isn’t how you HAVE to live!
God wants you to be filled with every good thing because when you have those things by obeying the word you bring glory and honor to Him! Expect to live in the black and not the red. Ask God to give you wisdom concerning finances, career moves, college degrees, and any thing else that comes to mind when praying concerning the blessing in your life. For goodness sake, don’t give up through unbelief the great things God has stored up for those who are called His children!
Google ‘the blessings of God’ and watch how many references pop up! Get your Bible and read the entire chapter it is mentioning. For scripture to be sound teaching it must be found in context and in at least three different places in the Bible!
Remember, dear reader, you are already blessed!! We will be learning how to walk more in the fullness of that blessing in the coming days!
One time at a conference, I had a group of children come up on the stage to demonstrate a point. I gave each of them a gift, and each child gladly took what I handed them without hesitation. Several of them excitedly thanked me and a few even told me they love me.
These kids freely received my gifts. Not one of them said, “I don’t deserve this. I haven’t been good this week, and I can’t take it.” And none of them looked at me suspiciously, wondering why I gave them something. They just received it with joy!
The same way these children received my gifts to them is the way God wants us to receive from Him – freely and with joy. John 16:24 AMP says, “…Ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete.”
If you’re struggling with life, chances are you haven’t freely received God’s gifts, such as His love, grace, mercy and forgiveness, so you can have the life Jesus died to give you.
We tend to have a mentality of getting things, not receiving them. To get means “to obtain by struggle and effort.” If everything in life is a struggle and effort, you won’t enjoy much of it and you’ll be frustrated a lot.
Getting things puts the burden on us because we have to figure out how to manipulate circumstances to make them work out the way we want them to. But the Bible talks about receiving, not getting. We receive by faith, not through works. This is difficult for most people because we’re taught in the world that we have to earn what we get.
But God is not for sale. We can’t buy, earn or deserve Him. His gifts – forgiveness, mercy, grace, favor, salvation – are free. And we could never do enough to earn them or deserve them. Jesus paid the price that we could never pay to provide these gifts for us. We simply have to receive them!
I used to have a religious attitude and believed that my good works made me deserving of God’s goodness. This actually kept me from receiving God’s blessings because I was trying to earn them. I was judgmental and critical of others, too, and would get frustrated when someone who didn’t seem deserving of it in my eyes was blessed.
I remember a long time ago I had a neighbor who was also a friend, but I didn’t think she was as spiritual as me. She didn’t go to church as much as I did; she didn’t pray as much as I did; she didn’t give as much as I did. Well, at the time, I was praying for God to give me a fur coat. I wanted one so badly. Then one day she came over with a huge box in her hands. She was so excited! She said, “You won’t believe what God gave me!” She opened that box and there was my fur coat! A woman we both knew had just delivered it to her, saying God told her to give her the coat.
Immediately, I was so angry and jealous. But I responded the way a good Christian would, saying, “Praise the Lord! I’m so happy for you!” At the same time I was thinking, God, You’ve got to get her out of my house. How could You possibly give her that coat? It’s not fair. What about me?!
My heart wasn’t right. My motives were selfish. God wanted to bless me with His gifts, but I couldn’t receive them if I kept trying to earn them or deserve them. I had to learn to just receive.
We all need to ask God for His love, forgiveness, mercy, grace… Just say, “God, please bless me. I receive Your blessings in my life, not because I’m good and have earned them, but because You are good!” Then your joy will be full.
Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not
demand it back.
As Christians what do we think this verse means? Does it just mean if someone is cold, give them a coat and NEVER let them forget they should bow down and pay homage because you were so gracious? You demanded something back then didn’t you? Does it mean if someone is hungry, feed them but make sure they remember what they owe you and they can pay it back later? Does it mean if someone is sitting in, ahem, your pew they better get up, because YOU sit there with your clan? Do you know what a clan is? It is backward, untaught, unlearned, social buffoons that would just as soon insult you as they would look at you! They have NO dignity or class and don’t have sense enough to know it, therefore they are never interested in learning to be better!
So many times I have seen people who were truly in need. Thirty five dollars was just as much as thirty-five thousand dollars to them because times were so hard for them. I have seen so-called Christians loan them the money that had it and then some, only to demand repayment plus interest! No, we should not enable a well and able-bodied person to never lift a finger, but when it is truly a need and they are doing all they can, why not just be a giver and let God repay you so much more than that person ever could?
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
Our giving should never come with strings attached, nor reminders of how wonderful we were when we stepped in and helped someone out. We should be cheerful givers, even if it is something as simple as a seat at church! We should give as God prompts and never mention it again! If we are mentioning it, we are either wanting some type of repayment whether praise, something materialistic, or to have our pride stroked by “looking good” to people we want to impress! God says not to let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. That is pretty secretive giving, my dear friend!.
Give, for much has been generously given to you by Jesus, Himself with His very life! Be observant and ask God to show you people who have a need. That need may be something as simple as your time, your listening ear, or your friendship, or possibly your prayers…God forbid it be YOUR PEW!! If we act in a way that is in any way close to “You owe me!”, just remember God says what man gives you is your reward and you have lost all reward for what you did in heaven! Give me what God can only give! Give me what moth can never corrupt or rust decay! No matter what, give me Jesus and His love! May I show forth that love as strongly as I show forth my faith!
Blessings, dear reader, and as those blessings come, don’t forget to bless others with some of it as well! Juliana
One day soon, the 600 million-plus, Spirit-filled believers living on this planet are going to wake up to who they really are. They are going to wake up to the fact that through Jesus, they have been given dominion on the earth. They’re going to discover they’re the head and not the tail; they are above and not beneath; they are inheritors of THE BLESSING of God.
When they do, all heaven will break loose—in their own lives and in the lives of people around them—and the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ will move forward like a steamroller, doing the will of God, walking in divine authority and crushing the works of darkness under its feet.
Before we’re raptured out of here, it’s going to happen.
How can I be so sure?
Because God finishes what He starts. The Bible says no purpose of His can be restrained; and from the very beginning, that was God’s purpose for His people.
It wasn’t just part of His purpose, either. It wasn’t just an afterthought that came to Him sometime in the days following man’s creation. Blessing and dominion are what God had in mind for mankind from the start. That’s why the words He spoke when He created Adam were these: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:26).
In Genesis 2:7, when God said those words, Adam became a living soul, or as one Hebrew commentary describes it, “a living, speaking spirit like God.”
What a stunning creation Adam must have been!
He had the same creative power to speak that God has. He had the ability to arrange things and bring them into order with the words of his mouth. He was crowned with the very glory and honor of God Himself (Psalms 8:5).
Most folks don’t realize that God poured everything He had into man. He poured all His compassion into him. Created in the image of God, Adam was filled in every way with the very life of God. Once God had put every aspect of Himself into Adam, He blessed him and said, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion” (Genesis 1:28).
In other words, from day one God created and commissioned Adam to be a king. He blessed him and gave him authority to turn this whole planet into a Garden of Eden.
How was Adam supposed to accomplish that task?
He was to take dominion—not through external force or manipulation but by speaking words of faith, and releasing divine love, light and life everywhere he went. He was to multiply God’s blessing until the earth was covered with it. And he was to have children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren—all of them brimming with God’s love and glory—until the planet was filled with God’s fabulous family.
That’s the way God designed things to be before the foundation of the world.
Then the devil got involved.
Why God Hates Sin
We all know what happened. Adam and his wife sinned, fell from the glory of God, and took the rest of mankind with them. Because of sin, THE BLESSING that was on them was lost and the whole earth has suffered ever since.
That’s why God hates sin so much. It stops THE BLESSING from functioning. Adam and Eve proved that. THE BLESSING quit working for them the moment they listened to the devil and disobeyed God.
Sin has that effect on THE BLESSING every time. It always has…and it always will. That’s the reason God, throughout the ages, has given His people commandments and statutes to help them steer clear of sin. God gave the Ten Commandments, for example, because He wanted us to realize we weren’t created to do things like murder, lie, steal, covet or commit adultery. Our spiritual system isn’t designed to handle that kind of darkness. When we engage in it, our system shuts down and it stops THE BLESSING.
That’s what happened to Adam and Eve. Their spiritual system shut down the day they sinned. They died spiritually. And since they were the parents of the human race, that was passed on through them to all mankind.
Most of us understand that quite well. What we haven’t realized is this: Despite it all, God never abandoned His original plan. He didn’t discard THE BLESSING He first spoke over Adam and come up with Plan B—a second-rate, partial blessing to replace it.
Instead, He made a way for that first blessing to be reinstated. He sent Jesus to earth to take on the form of man, become the last Adam (I Corinthians 15:45), and regain what the first Adam lost. God sent His own Son to put His original plan back in place.
That was Jesus’ mission on earth and He accomplished it totally and completely. By the time He was raised from the dead, hell had taken such a whipping that Satan and his whole demonic system had been defeated. Jesus had triumphed over him and opened the way for us to be born again out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of God’s dear Son.
Because Jesus succeeded where Adam failed, when we make Jesus our Lord, what happened at Creation in the Garden of Eden, happens again in us. The same words God originally spoke over His family come alive in us. The Holy Spirit hovers over us and brings them to pass in our spirit.
When we are born again, we’re re-created in the image of God just as surely as Adam was created in His image in the beginning. We are made to be as much like God as Jesus Himself is. Think of it! When we got saved, Compassion Himself—the God who is love and light and life—reproduced Himself in us. He poured Himself into us and set our spirits ablaze with His own glory. Then He sent the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us into all the truth about what God has done in us.
“If that’s the case, then why do I still struggle with defeat in so many areas of my life?” someone might ask. “Why is my life so un-glorious?”
Because you haven’t fully awakened to who you really are, as a reborn-new-creation-in-Christ believer! You’re looking on the outside—at your body or at your soul (your mind, will and emotions)—to determine your identity. But those things aren’t the real you. The real you is what the New Testament calls the hidden man of the heart, or the spirit.
If you want to live in victory, you must always remember that you are a spirit; you have a soul; and you live in a body. You must be continually aware that your spirit—the real you—was re-created when you were born again. The hidden man of the heart within you was transformed into the image of God and set free from the power of sin.
When you gave your life to Jesus, God didn’t just forgive you and leave you the same. He made you a new creature! Your old, death-infested, sin-enslaved nature passed away. Everything in your spirit became new. He who knew no sin was made to be sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (See II Corinthians 5:17, 21.)
Live Like a King
“But Brother Copeland, what good does it do for me to be all glorious and made in God’s image in my inner man, when on the outside I’m still a mess?”
It doesn’t do much good at all.
That’s why the Apostle Paul wrote to believers and said: “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it” (I Thessalonians 5:23-24).
God never intended just to redeem one part of us. He didn’t plan just to save our spirit. He re-created us so we could become image-of-God men and image-of-God women—wholly, in every part of our being—spirit, soul and body. He planned for us to keep renewing our minds with His Word, and bringing our bodies into subjection to our spirit until we are totally transformed, and become on the outside what He has made us on the inside: glorious, victorious sons and daughters of the living God.
Most people find it hard to even imagine such a thing. We’ve spent so many years living like beggars on the earth instead of kings we find it difficult to envision ourselves living any other way. We’ve gotten so familiar with being the tail instead of the head, being under the circumstances instead of over them, we have no idea what that kingly life of blessing and dominion would look like.
How do we find out?
By opening the New Testament and studying the life of Jesus. His earthly life provided us with a living demonstration of THE BLESSING of God. Jesus exercised dominion everywhere He went. He lived every moment by faith in that blessing and expected it to function in every situation.
When someone with sickness reached out to Him, He healed them. When someone oppressed by demonic spirits looked to Him for help, He took dominion over those spirits and set the person free. When the elements of the earth—the wind and the waves—got unruly and tried to hinder Him, He used His authority and commanded them to be still. When Lazarus died, He brought him to life again.
All of that was THE BLESSING in operation—and as joint heirs of that blessing, you and I have the capacity to function in it the same way.
Too Ordinary to Be Blessed?
“How can that be?” you might ask. “I’m nobody special. I’m just an ordinary person.”
Believe it or not, some people asked the same question about Jesus during His earthly ministry. When He told the people of Nazareth that the Spirit of the Lord was on Him and that He’d been anointed to bless them, they said, “How can that be? We’ve known you all our lives! You’re nobody special. You’re just Jesus, Joseph’s son. We know your kinfolk.”
Those people wouldn’t believe that someone they were so familiar with—someone so human—could be anointed with THE BLESSING of God. As a result, that blessing couldn’t operate among them. Their unbelief stopped it from working and Jesus “could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them” (Mark 6:5).
When Jesus went to places like Capernaum, however, just the opposite happened. People there had such faith in THE BLESSING of God that operated through Him, they followed Him around for days. Sometimes they wouldn’t even leave His meetings to go eat because they wanted to hear more of what He had to say. As a result, those people got healed and delivered and blessed in multitudes!
“Yeah, but I don’t see how that relates to us as believers today. We can’t follow Jesus around the countryside and receive THE BLESSING from Him. He isn’t here anymore.”
Oh, yes, He is! He is not only with us, He is in us. He said He’d never leave us nor forsake us. He said He’d be with us even to the end of the age.
If Jesus is with us and in us, that means THE BLESSING is with us and in us. It means we can not only live in THE BLESSING ourselves but extend it to others just like He did. In fact, that’s what Jesus has commissioned us to do (John 20:21).
Up to now, most of us haven’t really believed we’re capable of blessing people like Jesus did. But, praise God, we’re starting to get it. We’re beginning to develop our faith not just in Jesus Himself as the resurrected King of kings and Lord of lords; we’re learning to believe in Jesus who lives on the inside of us. We’re learning to believe in the One who made us kings and priests like Himself, the Jesus who releases THE BLESSING of God through our bodies and our lives just like He released that blessing through His body and His life when He walked the earth.
Instead of saying, “I’m just an old sinner saved by grace,” we’re starting to say, “I’m the blessed! The same blessing that was on Adam and given to Abraham is mine! THE BLESSING is flowing through my body and everywhere I go, I am a blessing to people!”
As we keep meditating on those things, as we keep saying them and developing our faith, THE BLESSING will manifest in us and through us more and more. It will empower us to speak words of life, to release divine love and light everywhere we go, and bring others into God’s fabulous family by tens, hundreds, thousands and even millions.
When we fully wake up to the fact that we are THE BLESSED, we will rock the world with God’s power. We will put Satan under our feet where he belongs, and bring heaven into manifestation on earth just like Jesus did.
It’s already beginning to happen.
Look out, devil. Here we come! –Ken Copeland
If you spend much time at all around a group of believers, there’s one word you’re sure to hear. It’s a good word. A Bible word. A word we toss back and forth in conversation with ease and frequency.
But there’s one problem with it. Scripturally speaking, we don’t fully understand what it means. We have very little idea of the real power and history behind it.
The word I’m talking about is blessing.
Most of us think that word simply refers to something good that God gives us—a gift He bestows. But the blessing of God actually extends far beyond that. It includes not only His gifts, but the creative power behind them. It speaks not only of what we have been given but of who we are and what God has anointed us to do.
If you are a born-again child of God, THE BLESSING encompasses your identity, your capacity and your call.
Such a statement might sound to some like an exaggeration, and it would be if I were using the word blessing like we usually do—to mean an isolated outbreak of God’s goodness in some area of life. But I’m not talking about a blessing like that. I’m talking about THE BLESSING—and that is a far greater thing.
A Dramatic Moment in Divine History To understand the true scope of THE BLESSING, we must trace its origin back through the Bible to the first chapter of Genesis. There, in what I believe was one of the most dramatic moments in divine history, THE BLESSING made its first appearance.
In the six days leading up to it, God had spoken the earth into being. He had said, “Light be!”…and light was. At His command, the sun, moon, stars and sea had all been set in place. Plant, animal and marine life had all been brought forth by God’s Word. Everything had been made ready for His crowning creation: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:26).
Personally, I believe at that moment a hush fell over the universe as all the angels and heavenly host waited in anticipation to see this God-like being who was about to be created. Their attention was riveted upon this being called man who was to be given authority over the earth. What would this creature be like? What kind of power would he possess? What work would God give him to do?
All those questions were answered in an instant with what happened next.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth (verses 27-28).
The First Words Adam Ever Heard With those words, God imparted to Adam and Eve—and to all mankind— THE BLESSING. He told them who they were: the lords of the earth created by God in His image as rulers and royalty. He told them what they were supposed to do: replenish (or fill up) the earth, subdue it and bring it into line with the perfect will of God. He also gave them the power to carry out that assignment.
To bless actually means “to empower.” So the first words Adam ever heard, the first sound that ever struck his eardrums was the sound of God’s voice empowering him with the divine, creative ability to reign over the earth and make it a perfect reflection of God’s best and highest will.
How did Adam know what God’s perfect will for the earth was?
All he had to do was look around him. He was living in the Garden of Eden— a place created and ordered by God Himself. That Garden was a perfect demonstration of God’s plan for this planet. It was a prototype of what He wanted the whole thing to be.
Adam’s job was to exercise his God-given authority and expand that Garden until it encompassed the entire earth. That’s what THE BLESSING was for! It provided Adam with the power to carry on the work God began in creation. It equipped him with the divine resources he needed to follow God’s example and, by speaking anointed, faith-filled words, transform the uncultivated parts of this planet into a veritable Garden of Eden.
In other words, THE BLESSING empowered Adam to be a blessing wherever he went. The Garden of Eden was literally inside Adam.
The God Who Never Quits
Of course, we all know that Adam and Eve messed things up. Instead of operating in THE BLESSING they’d been given and becoming a blessing to the whole earth, they disconnected from God through disobedience. They bowed their knee to the devil and gave him access to their God-given authority. When they did, the whole deal was twisted.
THE BLESSING was turned into a curse. Instead of prospering under their oversight, the earth resisted them and became their enemy. Instead of speaking to it and reigning over it as kings, Adam and Eve worked it like slaves, sweating and laboring just to eke out a living. Talk about a long fall! Adam had once had enough power to subdue the entire earth and bless it; after sin entered the picture, he could hardly make a living in his own garden.
Even so, God didn’t give up on His original plan. He never does. There’s no variableness or shadow of change in Him. Once He sets out to do something, He stays with it until it’s done.
So it’s no surprise that just a few chapters later, in Genesis 12, we find Him reestablishing THE BLESSING that Adam threw away. We find Him offering it again to a man who was willing to obey Him and enter into a covenant relationship with Him. We find Him saying to a man named Abram:
Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee: 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 (Genesis 12:1-3).
From Generation to Generation
There’s no question about it. That wasn’t just any blessing God was offering to Abram. It was THE BLESSING—the same one Adam was given, the same divine ability and creative anointing that caused goodness and prosperity to spring forth everywhere Adam went. Once again, as He did in Genesis 1, God was offering to a man the power to bless the whole earth.
Abram responded differently to that blessing than Adam did. He didn’t blow it off. He received it with respect and began to operate in it by faith. He even taught it to his children and passed the blessing along to them.
What was the result? Eden-like conditions began to blossom in Abram’s life. Just as God showed up in the Garden to fellowship with Adam and Eve, God began to visit Abram and talk with him. Their relationship was so strong and close that God referred to Abraham (Abram’s God-given name) as His friend.
Abraham’s physical body began to reflect the conditions of the Garden as well. THE BLESSING so renewed and regenerated him that he and his once-barren wife, Sarah, were able to have a son when she was 90 and he was 100 years old.
The great material abundance that marked the Garden of Eden began to manifest in Abraham’s life too. He became very rich in cattle, silver and gold. Everywhere he went, he prospered financially.
Because of THE BLESSING, Abraham and the members of his household learned how to do things they couldn’t do before. Without any formal military training, for example, Abraham’s servants became expert warriors. They fought so effectively that when a coalition of foreign armies attacked, Abraham whipped the whole bunch with just 318 of his servants. Then he freed all the captives and walked away with all the spoil.
Those are the kinds of results THE BLESSING produced again and again in Abraham’s life. They didn’t stop with him, either. They continued in the lives of his descendants because God had specifically said, “I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee” (Genesis 17:7).
Because of that promise, THE BLESSING can be traced down through generations in the pages of the Bible. We can see it in the life of Abraham’s grandson Jacob as he prospered and increased against all odds. Even when people intentionally cheated him in business, Jacob just kept getting richer. His household eventually grew so big the region he lived in couldn’t contain it.
Jacob’s son Joseph experienced the same kind of success in the face of even greater obstacles. When his brothers sold him into slavery, for example, THE BLESSING empowered him to become the overseer of his owner’s entire estate. Later, when a loose woman’s lies landed him in prison, THE BLESSING promoted him until he was in charge of the whole place. Finally, when the prison couldn’t hold him anymore, THE BLESSING brought him to the palace where he ended up as Pharaoh’s right-hand man and prime minister over the entire land of Egypt.
Who Is Abraham’s Seed?
After Joseph died, the revelation of THE BLESS began to dim and Abraham’s descendants slipped into 400 years of Egyptian slavery. But God—who never quits—raised up a man named Moses, breathed fresh life into that revelation and taught an entire nation of Israelites to walk once again in The Blessing of Abraham.
That Blessing was what split the Red Sea for them. It was what guided them and kept them for 40 years in the wilderness. It was THE BLESSING that demolished the walls of Jericho and launched the Israelites into the Promised Land. It was THE BLESSING that gave Samson the strength to single-handedly slay a thousand Philistines, and gave David the guts and grace to kill Goliath. It was THE BLESSING on Daniel that kept the lions’ mouths shut when he was in their den.
All those people enjoyed the benefits of THE BLESSING because of what God said to Abraham. They all experienced some of its effects because He had promised to give THE BLESSING not only to Abraham himself but to his seed.
“That’s all great, Brother Copeland,” you might say, “but I’m not Jewish. So what does it have to do with me?”
If you’re a believer, it has everything to do with you because the New Testament says that when God gave THE BLESSING to Abraham and his seed, “He [God] saith not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ” (Galatians 3:16).
In other words, when God spoke to Abraham and his Seed, He was speaking directly to Jesus. He was giving to Jesus (through Abraham) THE BLESSING that was originally bestowed on Adam.
That’s why Jesus is called “the last Adam” (I Corinthians 15:45). He was the true inheritor of that Blessing. His whole earthly ministry was a demonstration of it. Everywhere He went, He brought blessing. That’s why, when sick people came to Him, He healed them. He was carrying out the mission Adam had been given. He was releasing the power of THE BLESSING within Him to expand God’s kingdom and reproduce God’s perfect will as it was first manifest in the Garden of Eden.
There wasn’t any sickness in the Garden of Eden, so healing is part of THE BLESSING and Jesus healed at every opportunity. There wasn’t any poverty or hunger in the Garden, so prosperity is part of THE BLESSING. Therefore He multiplied loaves and fish to feed the hungry crowds who came to hear Him. There was no harmful weather in the Garden, so when a storm threatened destruction, He spoke to it and calmed it down. That was THE BLESSING in action.
It’s Our Inheritance
But Jesus didn’t stop there. After demonstrating the power of THE BLESSING in His own life, He went to the cross and paid the price for the sin of all mankind. He defeated the curse, rose again and took THE BLESSING back so that you and I could inherit it. As Galatians 3 says:
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith…. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (verses 13-14, 29).
Do you realize what that passage is saying? It’s telling us that through Jesus, you and I have become heirs—not just of a blessing, not just of some blessings, or even many blessings. We’ve inherited THE BLESSING! We’ve been given the power of God to create, to make available, and to overcome anything necessary to bring into manifestation the conditions in the Garden of Eden not only in our own lives but in the lives of others.
That’s our inheritance! We are heirs to everything God did in that Garden. Our job now is to help expand it and do our part to fill the earth with its blessing. That was God’s will for the first Adam and today His will is back in place through Jesus, the last Adam.
Some people say we need to get our minds off THE BLESSING and back on Jesus. But the truth is, you can’t separate Jesus from THE BLESSING. It’s what He came to restore. It’s what He walked in and made available to others when He ministered on the earth…and it’s what He has called us, as His disciples, to walk in and make available to others in His Name.
Today, I believe the angels are once again waiting with anticipation, watching this new-creation race of reborn men who have been given authority over the earth in the Name of Jesus. They’re waiting to respond to our command as we go into all the world, doing the works of Jesus, and telling everyone who will listen that He has paid the price for us all to inherit THE BLESSING. –Ken Copeland