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Born To Be Blessed
Releasing God's Promises Into The Lives Of Those You Love
By JOHN HAGEE
WORTHY PUBLISHINGCopyright © 2013 John Hagee
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WHAT IS THE PROPHETICBlessing?
When we encounter a stranger who sneezes in the elevator, most of us instinctively say, "God bless you!" A Hispanic farewell proclaims a blessing for a safe journey through the phrase "Vaya con Dios." Even Boaz of the Old Testament greeted his reapers with a blessing: "The LORD be with you" (Ruth 2:4). There are many ways man desires to extend God's blessing upon others.
These kinds of statements may seek God's favor upon something or someone; however, they are not examples of the God-ordained Priestly Blessing, nor are they an impartation of the Prophetic Blessing. Let us begin by defining the difference between the Priestly Blessing and the Prophetic Blessing.
THE PRIESTLY BLESSING
The book of Numbers houses within its pages what is often referred to as the Lord's Prayer of the Old Testament. The Lord commanded Moses to instruct Aaron and his sons to bless the children of Israel by placing His Name upon them. Aaron and his sons comprised the priesthood of Israel, and therefore this passage is referred to as the Priestly Blessing.
This profound proclamation is one of God's gifts to His own, for within its sacred text He defines the essence of the word blessing. In its promises, we can see the heart of God and experience a small portion of the great love He has for us.
Read aloud the transforming promises from God to you in the Priestly Blessing:
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."'
"So they shall put My name on the children of Israel,
and I will bless them." (Numbers 6:22–27)
The Priestly Blessing was not just for Moses, Aaron, and the elite members of the tribe of Levi; it was intended for every person on the face of the earth. That means the Priestly Blessing is for you—and for your children.
This awesome promise can only come from an awesome God. This blessing comes to you directly from the Creator of heaven and earth. The prophet Isaiah called Him "Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6). Sacred Scripture calls Him the great "I AM" and the Good Shepherd of the sheep (Exodus 3:14; John 10:11). The mighty source of blessing that knows no limit is Emmanuel, "God with us," and the hope of glory. He is the immortal and invisible God. He can restore your dead marriage, heal your diseased body, and renew your distressed mind. He has promised to make you the head and not the tail. He will give you houses you didn't build, vineyards you didn't plant, and wells you didn't dig. He will plant you by rivers of living water, and whatsoever you do will prosper! He is the Lord who gives you the power to get wealth.
The verb to bless in Hebrew is related to the noun knee and can mean "to adore on bended knee" (Psalm 95:6) or "to present something of value to another." Nearly every Hebrew blessing begins with this word, for God deserves all of man's praise and adoration (Psalm 113:2). Through the Priestly Blessing, God is bestowing His favor on His creation—mortal man. How humbling! This is the purest expression of His mercy and grace.1 God blesses His children by giving us life and provision; we bless Him through our praise and by living our lives to the fullest.
THE PROPHETIC BLESSING
Let us now briefly distinguish between the Priestly Blessing and the Prophetic Blessing. While the Priestly Blessing is the direct proclamation from God over man as stated in Numbers 6, the Prophetic Blessing is the spoken declaration from God's spiritual authority concerning the life of an individual. Once the Priestly Blessing has been spoken over the recipient, then the Prophetic Blessing follows. Unlike the Priestly Blessing, the Prophetic Blessing is unique to every person imparting it as well as to the one receiving it.
And [Jacob] blessed [his twelve sons]; he blessed each one according to his own blessing (Genesis 49:28)
The scriptural use of the word blessing has several connotations in the Hebrew language. When God blesses man, it is to bestow good health, abundant success, and prosperity, both materially and spiritually. When man blesses God, it is presented in the forms of thanksgiving, reverence, obedience, praise, and worship. When a man blesses his fellow believer, he recites the Priestly Blessing of Numbers 6:22–27 and then proclaims the Holy Spirit-inspired Prophetic Blessing. As you read Born to Be Blessed, you will discover how this divine proclamation, guided by the Holy Spirit, will super-naturally form your life and the lives of those you love.
THE POWER TO SCULPT YOUR FUTURE
The Prophetic Blessing spoken by God's delegated authority has had a profound impact on my life and ministry. We held a week of services in 1987 when we dedicated Cornerstone Church. My father, Reverend William Bythel Hagee, spoke into existence the following Prophetic Blessing over me through his dedication prayer:
Our Father, which art in heaven, we come before You today with our hearts overflowing with gratitude for Your faithfulness. "Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it." This house of worship is Your doing, and it is precious in our sight.
Heavenly Father, accept the work of our hands as a sacrifice of praise to Your holy Name. Let this house of prayer be a lighthouse to a world groping in spiritual darkness. Let Your Word go forth from this place to the uttermost parts of the earth and let sons and daughters be born into the kingdom of God without number.
May it be to us and to our children through all the coming years a shrine of blessed memories. May it be a refuge from the cares and burdens of life. May it be a shelter in the times of the storm. Fill this sanctuary with Your Holy Spirit and fill us with Your love, peace, and joy. As the erection of the temple is in vain without the consecration of the people, we offer our lives to You today anew as Your servants, Lord. Let Your Word abide in our hearts. May we here be changed into Your own glorious image. Let us remember that You are the Cornerstone of this church. You are the precious One. You are the Rock of our salvation.
Our Father, bless those who minister here. May they be vessels fitted for the Master's use. Give them strength for the journey. Anoint their ministry to guide the souls of men in paths of righteousness. When tired, sin-sick, hungry hearts walk through these doors, let them find Living Water and the Bread of Life. Hear our prayer, O Lord, our God, our King, and our Redeemer. These things we ask in the precious Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
I am deeply moved every time I read this powerful proclamation over my life. Why? Because it was spoken in faith by God's delegated authority over my life; it was spoken according to God's Word; and I received it and have done what is necessary to see its contents come to pass.
My wife, Diana, and I attended the International Christian Businessmen's Conference at Oral Roberts University in 1991, held in the Mabee Center. I was serving on the Board of Regents at Oral Roberts University at the time and was also one of the speakers at the conference. Little did we know that the final session would be a moment in time that would help sculpt our future.
As Diana and I sat in the front row, the speaker taught from Habakkuk 2:2–3, which states:
Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.
We listened to the speaker develop the concept of writing down all the things we would like to accomplish in the future. I reached for my Bible, and Diana and I agreed to write down the vision we had for our lives and make a profession of faith that God would bring it to pass. We did not know at the time that everything we wrote in that Bible that day would come to pass over the next twenty years exactly as it was written.
Our proclamation for the future:
To build a national television ministry that would reach America and the world for the purpose of preaching all the gospel to all the world.
To build a New Testament church filled with the signs and wonders of the New Testament that would bless the city of San Antonio and America.
To build a Conference Center that would receive the nations of the world to restore, unite, train, and teach the lost, the brokenhearted, and the discouraged; heal the sick; and offer deliverance to the oppressed.
All of this to be done to the glory of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
—18 June 1991, ICBM Conference, Oral Roberts University
I have this vision statement framed in my office. My life is living proof that the Prophetic Blessing has the power to establish your future when it is in agreement with the Word and the will of God.
Get a vision of what you want God to do with your life, your ministry, your family, your children and grandchildren. Dare to believe that Jesus Christ is the High Priest of your Prophetic Blessing. Have faith that He will lend His power and authority to fulfill the blessing over your family in agreement with His Word. Live in accordance with your prophetic proclamation and watch God act on your behalf!CHAPTER 2
THE PROPHETIC Blessing IN SCRIPTURE
It is God's passionate desire to bless you. His greatest glory is to bring joy, love, and peace to all who will become a part of the kingdom of God. God's blessing is a central theme of the Bible. Throughout the pages of Scripture, God blessed His children with His unmerited favor and spoke prophetic blessings over their lives.
The first thing God did for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden was to bless them. As we turn the pages of sacred Scripture, we see this theme continue as God blessed Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and His prophets.
God's own Son, Jesus Christ, opened His mouth and the ruach (supernatural breath) came forth just as it did in the Garden of Eden when God the Father breathed life into Adam. This same ruach blessed God's people in the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus mapped out the royal road for all men to be supremely blessed.
In this chapter, let's take a closer look at the power of the Prophetic Blessing in Scripture.
THE PROPHETIC BLESSING OF ADAM AND EVE
In the genesis of time, a loving and gracious God created a garden of such splendor that the mind of man cannot begin to imagine the half of its grandeur. And in this garden, God spoke a blessing over His creation. Genesis 1:28 records these words spoken to Adam and Eve:
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
"Be fruitful and multiply" is both a blessing and a command. The union of one man with one woman is intended to produce children. This command is the antithesis of the pro-abortion and pro-homosexual agenda. It is not possible for two men or two women to produce a child. God created male and female, making marriage between two men or two women a clear violation of the law of God. God will only bless the union He created; therefore He blessed the union of marriage between a man and a woman with children, as recorded by King David in Psalm 127:3–5:
Children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one's youth.
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
We in America do not treat our children as rewards or respect them for the blessing God intended them to be. They are instead exploited through child pornography, abused through neglect, and killed through abortion. Because of these transgressions, a portion of our nation's future has been destroyed. Since Roe v. Wade, more than fifty-four million children have been murdered in the wombs of their mothers between 1973 and 2008.1 A potential Mozart, an Einstein, a future president of the United States, schoolteachers, firefighters, police officers, loving mothers, and compassionate fathers have been eliminated from our society because we have failed to honor God's command and blessing to be fruitful and multiply.
GOD'S BLESSING OF ABRAHAM
The next blessing given in Scripture was God's blessing of Abraham, found in Genesis 12:1–3, creating the nation of Israel and what became known as the Jewish people:
Now the Lord had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land [Israel] that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you. And make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you [Israel and the Jewish people], and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
This Prophetic Blessing—assuring the creation and establishment of the state of Israel—is the theological cornerstone of the greatest controversy in the Middle East, from the time of Abraham to the twenty-first century. However, the fact remains that God—the Maker of heaven and earth—created the nation of Israel through His divinely spoken Word and therefore the blessing can never be revoked or annulled. "I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great" (v. 2).
Abraham was called to a new revelation of God's will and rose to a level of faith that few have attained. God spoke to Abraham as one speaks to a friend, face-to-face. God took Abraham into His confidence, as well as into His fellowship, and made a promise of personal blessing, saying, "I will bless you." Genesis 13:2 records: "Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold." It was a temporal earthly blessing, which was very personal. A blessed man experiences good relationships in his marriage, with his children, and with his friends; he and his family enjoy good health and healing; he gets promoted at his place of employment. His house sells quickly while his neighbors wait for months without success. His business thrives when other businesses shrivel. All of these blessings are temporal and very personal.
Concerning a blessed man, people might say, "He has the Midas touch!" Wrong! Our power to prosper is made possible by God's faithfulness to His word through His Prophetic Blessing. That blessing is carried over to his wife, his children, his grandchildren, and everything he puts his hand to. Wherever he goes, whatever he does, succeeds. This is but a mere glimpse of the impact of God's Prophetic Blessing upon families as demonstrated in the Word of God.
The Prophetic Blessing is personal and is available to you, your children, and your grandchildren today!
Excerpted from Born To Be Blessed by JOHN HAGEE. Copyright © 2013 John Hagee. Excerpted by permission of WORTHY PUBLISHING.
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Table of Contents
ContentsYou Were Born to Be Blessed!,
PART 1: THE PROPHETIC BLESSING,
Chapter 1: What Is the Prophetic Blessing?,
Chapter 2: The Prophetic Blessing in Scripture,
Chapter 3: Releasing the Blessing Through the Spoken Word,
Chapter 4: Releasing the Blessing Through Physical Touch,
Chapter 5: How to Release the Prophetic Blessing Over Your Children,
PART 2: PROCLAMATIONS,
Proclamations for Repentance, Forgiveness, and Salvation,
Proclamations for a Prosperous Spiritual Life,
Proclamations for Wisdom, Purpose, and Guidance,
Proclamations for Family,
Proclamations for Godly Relationships,
Proclamations for New Beginnings,
Proclamations of Servanthood,
Proclamations for Overcoming Adversity,
Proclamations for Healing,
Proclamations for Reconciliation and Restoration,
Proclamations for Protection and Safety,
Proclamations for Divine Prosperity and Favor,
A Parting Blessing,
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