The Word For Today

Say 'God bless you'

'Whenever [you] bless...people...in my name, I myself will bless them.' Numbers 6:27 NLT

God's Word is impregnated with life, wisdom, truth, power and potential. When he created the world, he simply said, 'Let there be.' Every word he speaks - contains the power to create whatever he says. Every promise he makes - contains the seeds of its own fulfilment. Those seeds have a scheduled season for fulfilment in your life, and when they're watered with confident, faith-filled prayer, standing squarely on the Scriptures and patiently awaiting God's timing - his Word cannot fail. Once you grasp this truth, the words 'God bless you' become loaded! Speaking them releases God's blessing into our lives. When you say, 'God bless you,' God backs you up. 'Whenever [you] bless...people...in my name, I myself will bless them' (Numbers 6:27 NLT).

So if you want to bless your loved ones, speak these words of blessing to them: 'The Lord bless you and protect you...and be gracious to you...show you his favour and give you his peace' (Numbers 6:24-26 NLT). Asking someone, 'How are you?' is an expression of courtesy and care. And when you say, 'Have a nice day,' you sincerely mean it. But when you say, 'God bless you,' and understand the scriptural truth behind those words, God's blessing can change that person's life!

Author Kate Nowak says: 'It should be a habit, this business of blessing others...I've come to realise it's one of the most powerful and practical ways for reconnecting with each other, our world and life itself...the most phenomenal way possible to lead us to happiness and success. A blessing is a sweet release from pain...an ancient key to a successful and fulfilling life.'

Soulfood: 2 Chr 8-11, John 11:17-27, Ps 8, Pro 26:23-26


God tells you who you are

'His mother called his name Jabez.' 1 Chronicles 4:9 NKJV

The name Jabez means 'pain and trouble'. Can you imagine walking into a room and hearing someone say, 'Here comes trouble,' or someone describing you as 'a pain'? And what's more, Jabez' mother labelled him that way the day he was born because 'she gave birth to him in pain'. But Jabez refused to wear the label or let that name define him. Instead of looking back at his past and listening to his critics, he turned to God and prayed: '"Oh, that you would bless me...and enlarge my territory, that your hand would be with me, and that you would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!" So God granted him what he requested' (1 Chronicles 4:10 NKJV).

The label on the outside of a bottle tells you what's on the inside. And when you let others label you, invariably they make your world too small. And once you accept the label they place on you, you start to believe that's who you are and that you'll never amount to anything more than that. No, only God can tell you who you are! So do what Jabez did - go directly to the source: God. He created you. He redeemed you. He calls you. He equips you. He empowers you. He rewards you.

So when people try to limit you by putting labels on you, God steps in and says, 'Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine' (Isaiah 43:1 NKJV). The truth is that God loves and accepts you, and his approval trumps everybody else's disapproval!

Soulfood: 2 Chr 5-7, John 11:1-16, Ps 83:9-18, Pro 26:17-22


Come back to God

'When he was still a great way off.' Luke 15:20 NKJV

The Bible says concerning the Prodigal Son: 'When he was a great way off, his father...had compassion...ran...fell on his neck and kissed him' (Luke 15:20 NKJV). The truth is, you're not beyond the reach of God's grace, so your future can be greater than your past! When he was 'a great way off', his father ran to him. Why? Because his relationship with his son wasn't based on performance, but on the fact that he'd given him life and brought him into the family.

When you think about the things his father gave him that day, you realise the significance of each item. (1) The robe. That confirmed his identity as a son. God doesn't see you in your weakness; he sees you clothed in the righteousness of Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 NIV). (2) The ring. This was a signet ring with the family seal that gave him back authority to do business in his father's name. (3) The shoes. Household servants didn't wear shoes, only family members did. He returned home thinking the best he could hope for was a job in the servants' quarters. But his father not only restored his identity and authority, he restored him to full son-ship in the family. (4) The party. Back then when you rebelled against your father's authority and left home, they conducted 'a ceremony of shame', which meant you could never return. Not this father - he threw a party! The point? Because Jesus took our shame! 'For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ' (2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT).

The word for you today is - come back to God!

Soulfood: 2 Chr 1-4, John 10:22-42, Ps 83:1-8, Pro 26:13-16

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