Grace and peace be unto you.
The journey continues.
“So that he who blesses himself in the land shall bless himself by the God of truth” (Isaiah 65:16).
When was the last time you blessed yourself in the Lord? How did you feel? Oftentimes, we are encouraged to bless the Lord and others, but rarely motivated to bless ourselves. Scripture says, “From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good” (Proverbs 13:2). When we believe and speak encouraging words to ourselves that are supported by Scripture, God is glorified, and blesses us. For example, I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) or I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).
God honors his Word, therefore when we speak in faith according to his plan, we receive his blessings. The story is told that King Abijah of Judah and King Jeroboam of Israel went to war against each other. Jeroboam’s army was twice the size of Abijah’s but Abijah was not intimidated. He said, “We have not forsaken the Lord, He is with us, He is our leader.” Jeroboam’s army attacked Abijah’s and Abijah cried out to the Lord. God intervened and Abijah was victorious (2 Chronicles 13:1-20). Abijah invoked God’s blessings and came out the victor. Likewise, when we speak God’s blessings over our activities, we will be successful.
When we speak the Word of God, the devil trembles and flees. For he knows God’s power and is no match for him. As such, he will do anything to keep us from speaking God’s Word which includes the many distractions we face daily. If he can keep us focus on our trials, he is happy, because we become discouraged and have no desire to declare God’s Words. Nonetheless, the Bible tells us to pray without ceasing and offer to God a sacrifice of praise continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Hebrews 13:15). By so doing, we will remain focused on Christ and garner the strength to bless ourselves in the Lord.
The Bible says that when David went to fight the champion Goliath, he said to him, “I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands…” As the story goes, David reached into his bag, took out a stone, slung it and struck Goliath on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead and he fell facedown (1 Samuel 17:1-50). God blessed the words David spoke and he defeated Goliath. As you go throughout today, I pray that you will speak God’s Word over every aspect your life, while believing that he does everything according to his plan (1 John 5:14).