August 11, 2000
Speaker was Creflo Dollar
We are going to zero in on the meaning of blessing
23 "If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." 24 Then He said to them, "Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.
13 "making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do."
Traditional understanding of the Word will rob us from the full manifestation of God's promises. Don't get caught up in tradition! Go by what the Word says, not just the traditional translations/explanations.
22 The blessing of the LORD makes [one] rich, And He adds no sorrow with it.
We cannot define the word 'blessing' by it's results...For example, let's take the wind...If you see leaves blowing, you say 'that's the wind'...You would be wrong! That's the result of the wind. Get the idea.
Blessing = Empowerment..power that will result in prosperity and good success
See the pattern
Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Joseph, Jesus, you
18 "And you shall remember the LORD your God, for [it is] He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as [it is] this day.
1 Now the LORD had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, From your family And from your father's house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
16 He treated Abram well for her sake. He had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female servants, female donkeys, and camels.
2 Abram [was] very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.
5 Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents.
18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he [was] the priest of God Most High. 19 And he blessed him and said: "Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; 20 And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand." And he gave him a tithe of all.
16 "And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be [a mother of] nations; kings of peoples shall be from her."
5 And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac.
11 And it came to pass, after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac. And Isaac dwelt at Beer Lahai Roi.
3 "Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your
descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I
swore to Abraham your father. 4 "And I will make your descendants multiply
as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in
your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; 5 "because
Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and
12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold;
and the LORD blessed him.
24 And the LORD appeared to him the same night and said, "I [am] the God
of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I [am] with you. I will bless you and
multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham's sake."
28 But they said, "We have certainly seen that the LORD is with you. So we
said, 'Let there now be an oath between us, between you and us; and let us make
a covenant with you, 29 'that you will do us no harm, since we have not touched
you, and since we have done nothing to you but good and have sent you away in
peace. You [are] now the blessed of the LORD.' "
27 And he came near and kissed him; and he smelled the smell of his clothing,
and blessed him and said: "Surely, the smell of my son [Is] like the smell
of a field Which the LORD has blessed. 28 Therefore may God give you Of the dew
of heaven, Of the fatness of the earth, And plenty of grain and wine. 29 Let
peoples serve you, And nations bow down to you. Be master over your brethren,
And let your mother's sons bow down to you. Cursed [be] everyone who curses
you, And blessed [be] those who bless you!"
33 Then Isaac trembled exceedingly, and said, "Who? Where [is] the one who
hunted game and brought [it] to me? I ate all [of it] before you came, and I
have blessed him -- [and] indeed he shall be blessed." 34 When Esau heard
the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and
said to his father, "Bless me -- me also, O my father!"
36 And [Esau] said, "Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted
me these two times. He took away my birthright, and now look, he has taken away
my blessing!" And he said, "Have you not reserved a blessing for
1 Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and charged him, and said to him:
"You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan
3 "May God Almighty bless you, And make you fruitful and multiply you,
That you may be an assembly of peoples; 4 And give you the blessing of Abraham,
To you and your descendants with you, That you may inherit the land In which
you are a stranger, Which God gave to Abraham."
27 And Laban said to him, "Please [stay,] if I have found
favor in your eyes, [for] I have learned by experience that the LORD has
blessed me for your sake." 28 Then he said, "Name me your wages, and
I will give [it."]
26 And He said, "Let Me go, for the day breaks." But he said, "I
will not let You go unless You bless me!" 27 So He said to him, "What
[is] your name?" He said, "Jacob." 28 And He said, "Your
name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with
God and with men, and have prevailed." 29 Then Jacob asked, saying,
"Tell [me] Your name, I pray." And He said, "Why [is] it [that]
you ask about My name?" And He blessed him there.
1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh,
captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had
taken him down there. 2 The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man;
and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3 And his master saw that
the LORD [was] with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his
hand. 4 So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him
overseer of his house, and all [that] he had he put under his authority. 5 So
it was, from the time [that] he had made him overseer of his house and all that
he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the
blessing of the LORD was on all that he had in the house and in the field.
13 Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the
disciples rebuked those who brought [them.] 14 But when Jesus saw [it,] He was
greatly displeased and said to them, "Let the little children come to Me,
and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 "Assuredly,
I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child
will by no means enter it." 16 And He took them up in His arms, put [His]
hands on them, and blessed them. 17 Now as He was going out on the road, one
came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, "Good Teacher, what shall I
do that I may inherit eternal life?" 18 So Jesus said to him, "Why do
you call Me good? No one [is] good but One, [that is,] God. 19 "You know
the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery,' 'Do not murder,' 'Do not steal,'
'Do not bear false witness,' 'Do not defraud,' 'Honor your father and your
mother.' " 20 And he answered and said to Him, "Teacher, all these
things I have kept from my youth." 21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved
him, and said to him, "One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you
have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take
up the cross, and follow Me." 22 But he was sad at this word, and went
away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
27 Then Peter answered and said to Him, "See, we have left all and
followed You. Therefore what shall we have?" 28 So Jesus said to them,
"Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man
sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on
twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 "And everyone who
has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children
or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal
7 Therefore know that [only] those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. 8 And
the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith,
preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, [saying,] "In you all the
nations shall be blessed." 9 So then those who [are] of faith are blessed
with believing Abraham.
13 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"),
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.
16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say,
"And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your
Seed," who is Christ.
24 Therefore the law was our tutor [to bring us] to Christ, that we might be
justified by faith. 25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a
tutor. 26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as
many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is
neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male
nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you [are] Christ's,
then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
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