People of Blessing

The New Normal - People of Blessing
Pastor Phil Derstine

 Our Blessing Mission

·      Genesis 12:2 “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you.  I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.”   
·      God’s Covenant with Abraham, passed on for Generations, to Jesus, and US!
·      Both to RECEIVE a blessing and to GIVE a blessing!
·      People of Blessing - Called of God to neutralize the curse that is on earth.
·      Sin brought the Curse… Salvation brings the blessing! 
·      Blessings come from God and produce GOOD - Curses come from devil and produce EVIL
·      “Blessing” 430 times in Bible vs. “Curse” 160 times
The Priestly Blessing
·      Numbers 6:22-27 "The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them."
·      I Peter 2:9  “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
·      Blessing (n): 1. The act or words of a person who blesses.  2. The invoking of God’s favor upon a person.
WHO are we to Bless? 
·      The Lord, our children, our spouse, our friends, even our ENEMIES!
·      Luke 6:28 Bless them that curse you and pray for them which despitefully use you.”
·      I Peter 3:9 “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were              called so that you may inherit a blessing.
·      Colossians 4:5 "Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil."
HOW do we Bless?                 
1. A Blessing must be SPOKEN
·      Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…”
·      James 3:10 “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing.  My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”
2. A Blessing is spoken in FAITH
·      Hebrews 11:20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. (21) By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph..”   
·      Faith is SPEAKING and ACTING like something has changed before it changes
3. A Blessing requires meaningful TOUCH
·      Mark 10:16 “And He took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.”
·      Mark 16:18 “They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
4. A Blessing must be followed by ACTION
·      James 2:17 “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
·      Five Ways to Bless Others (B-L-E-S-S Acronym)
                                    B - Body (health, strength, protection)
                                    L - Labor (job, business, income)
                                    E - Emotional (joy, peace, hope)
                                    S - Social (home, marriage, family, friends)
                                    S - Spiritual (salvation, faith, more grace)