A Father’s Blessing
There may be many Christians today missing the importance of a spiritual father in their life. Regardless of age, each of us needs the authority, mentoring and protection that a spiritual father gives. The bible refers on several occasions to “our father Abraham”; the apostle Paul also mentions his son in the Lord. Biblical references help us define the importance of a father’s influence, both in the natural and spiritual.
One of the most powerful influences of a father is the release of the blessing. Isaac had the intent of blessing his eldest son Esau before his death. The blessing had such significance that Jacob and his mother were willing to make any effort necessary to steal the blessing from Esau.
Genesis 12:2 (Amplified) “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you (with abundant increase of favors) and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing (dispensing good to others).”
The purpose of the blessing is for us to be a blessing. Freely we have received of the Lord so now we can freely give. You can’t give what you haven’t received yourself. When our Heavenly Father spoke His intent for Abram it changed his identity and current course of life. Abram appeared to be where a lot of us are today, living in a dry place, struggling to provide for family, both spiritually and naturally. But a word came forth that changed Abram’s name and identity to Abraham, a father of many nations who possessed great wealth. God’s expectations for us are the same as it was for Abraham.
The definition of blessing is not what many people believe it to be. It is not solely in material things. The bible teaches that “the blessing of the Lord will make one rich and He adds no sorrow with it.” Proverbs 10:22 (NKJV) It is a releasing of power that enables the believer to accomplish God’s will for his or her life. It is accompanied with peace.
The Hebrew word for blessing is BARAK which means to “speak God’s intentions”.
The Greek word for blessing is EULOIGA which means “to speak larger of, to speak well of, to speak God’s intention and favor of someone.”
A spiritual father has the insight into his children’s situations to see the way it is supposed to be rather than the way it appears at the moment. He has the authority to release the full expectations and intentions of God in them.
When your spiritual father lays hands on you, there shall (absolutely, positively, will, without fail) be a transfer from the Holy Spirit to you. This action enables you to begin to see yourself and circumstances as they truly are and not the way they appear in this natural arena.
A spiritual father describes the way God sees you. He speaks truth over you such as “the Lord will grant you all of His intention and all of His full expectations.”
To release the blessing it must be spoken:
Numbers 6:22-26 (NKJV) “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying this is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you; And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”
When our spiritual father speaks and releases the blessing of the Lord into our life, you then have an important part in the fulfilling of that blessing. There are two areas vital to facilitating the blessing. We can get both from the life of Abraham. One is obedience and the other is the tithe.
Watch for future blogs as I hope to encourage you in both of these areas