There is power in speaking forth a blessing over an individual or a corporate group of people.Even more powerful is the blessing of a father over his children. Just as the heavenly Father blesses us as His children, the blessing of an earthly father over his children has huge and immeasurable impact. We see this significance emulated from the beginning at a child's conception.
In human reproduction we know that males determine the gender of a baby. The development of sexual differences begins with the XY gender-determination system that is present in humans, and complex creative intention is responsible for the development of the differences between male and female. Females have two X chromosomes and males have a Y chromosome an X chromosome. When a sperm fertilizes the egg, it is the male who has the "say" as to the child's gender.
We can see from the beginning, God has shown us the significance of the males, that is, the fathers in heading the family as God intended. Therein, the secret of the blessing lies.
While fathers have the lead role in blessing their children, Mothers, too, have a very pronounced and significant role in releasing and declaring blessing over their children. In some families both parents participate in the practice of blessing their children.
If one parent is raising a child alone as a single parent, adding the practice of releasing blessing over each child to your family living routine is both life-giving and a definite power-move on the part of the parent.
In households with two parents wherein one parent may not be a Christian, or perhaps the father doesn't understand the impact and power of His role as a Christian father of releasing blessing, the mother, then, can release verbal blessing day or night as directed by Holy Spirit. Either Christian parent can add this to his or her parenting practice.
The practice of blessing children has spanned thousands of years. Jewish fathers blessed their children from the time they were born, continuing throughout their whole lives. The following from Nelson’s new illustrated Bible Dictionary defines blessing as the following: “BLESS, BLESSING — the act of declaring, or wishing, favor and goodness upon others. The blessing is not only the good effect of words; it also has the power to bring them to pass.” Scholars recognize that as far as the bible is concerned that spoken blessing releases power in such a way that the events described come to pass.
We see in the Bible where people brought their children to Jesus for Him to bless, as in Mark 10:13-16 (NLT), 13 One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. 14 When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. 15 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” 16 Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.
To this day, Jewish fathers bless their children at Sabbath and on holidays, placing their hands on all of the children and speaking out specific blessings on each of them.
Genesis 48:20 (NLT) 20 So Jacob blessed the boys that day with this blessing: “The people of Israel will use your names when they give a blessing. They will say, ‘May God make you as prosperous as Ephraim and Manasseh.’” In this way, Jacob put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.
Proverbs 10:22 (NIV) 22 The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.
Today, many Christians do not take blessings and curses seriously. They say that they hold more to the New Testament than they do the Old – thinking that this is merely an Old Testament practice. They say this ignorantly because as we read the New Testament we find that it holds to the reality of curses and blessings as strongly as the Old Testament does. Jesus believed in the power of blessings and curses – see Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:28. Paul believed in them – see 1 Corinthians 4:12; Romans 12:14. So did Peter – see 1 Peter 3:8-9. Jesus taught us that when we speak out curses – that is negative words - that what is said releases power in the spiritual realm which eventually manifests in physical results. In Mark 11:12-14, 20-21 we find the story where Jesus spoke negative words to a fig tree. Mark 11:12-14 (NLT) 12 The next morning as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 He noticed a fig tree in full leaf a little way off, so he went over to see if he could find any figs. But there were only leaves because it was too early in the season for fruit. 14 Then Jesus said to the tree, “May no one ever eat your fruit again!” And the disciples heard him say it. Mark 11:20-21 (NLT) 20 The next morning as they passed by the fig tree he had cursed, the disciples noticed it had withered from the roots up. 21 Peter remembered what Jesus had said to the tree on the previous day and exclaimed, “Look, Rabbi! The fig tree you cursed has withered and died!”
Declaring a blessing aloud verbally over your child is a powerful, life-transforming matter. Atmospheres shift to accommodate the release of your words over them. I encourage you if you have not, begin adding the practice to your parenting of blessing your child aloud daily.
Additionally, added to the powerful benefits of releasing verbally positive words of blessing over your child, your child will hear you and be affirmed of your love and care for them. Blessing your child is a very loving thing to do. Blessing protects, shields and advances your child forward in his or her destiny.
Here are a couple of examples of blessing your child daily that you could use:
Here is an example to get you started in making up your own:
"I bless you ____________ to become all God has for you to become. I bless your gifts and talents to prosper and increase. I bless your mind to be sharp, to understand what you need to according to God and the rest not of God or that is not needed fall away from you. I bless you to be in health. I bless you to have confidence and succeed at everything you put your hands and mind to. I bless you to be a light for Christ. May God's angels watch over you always. May God's favor rest upon you all the days of your life. May you supernaturally be blessed by God to overcome each and every obstacle in your path along your way all the days of your life. May God deliver you from enemies and reroute them away from you all of your days I declare. May God grant you peace, hope and faith ever-increasing. May fear be rerouted always concerning you. May kindness of God be exuded through your life. May you arise as a mighty man of God all the days of your life. I declare this in faith over you today son/daughter. In Jesus' name. Amen!"
The Bible says in Proverbs 18:21 (NLT) 21 The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
We reap the consequences of what we release. Thus, a garden comes forth, a harvest from the words we sow.
Can you imagine the garden of blessing that will arise in your child as a result of intentionally releasing positive words into and over them?
Be blessed and go in peace.