Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
Everyone loves receiving blessings from God, and many people thank Him for the blessings He sends their way.
Words like “bless” and “blessings” occur over 400 times in the Bible. Many people overuse those words without thinking about what a blessing really is. So, what is a blessing?
According to the dictionary, a blessing is God's favor bestowed upon someone. It could be God's protection, provision or something not expected. God is the source of all blessings. Therefore, to be blessed by God is a blessing within itself.
The added bonus is the thing received whether it is healing after being sick for a while or some other miracle in your life. God can bless us with His safety, protection, provisions, grace, and mercy.
The Beatitudes are found in Matthew 5:3-12 as part of the Sermon on the Mount. They are called the Beatitudes because the word comes from the Latin word beatus that means “blessed.”
Every single one of the beatitudes begins with the word "blessed." Therefore, the number of times the word is used helps to make up the 400 or more times the word is in the Bible.
Jesus let His disciples and the crowd know that even though they go through rough times, they are blessed. In each of the beatitudes, Jesus stated an unpleasant situation, then He attached a blessing to it.
The Eight Blessings
When you read through the Beatitudes, you will clearly see that Jesus pronounced a blessing on the people in the following situations:
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
- Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
- Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
- Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
If you ever find yourself in any of the above situations, know that you are blessed even though you might not feel like it at the time.
Examples of Other Blessings
There are examples of blessings throughout the Bible. If someone is upset, depressed, grieving or suffering in any way, he doesn't have to read far before he will see a blessing with his name on it. So, read to get your blessing.
The book of Revelation indicates seven blessings. There is a blessing in store for those who read the book: "Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it for the time is near" (Revelation 1:3). There are other blessings in the book of Revelation. So, read it to be blessed.
Most of the four major prophets and the twelve minor prophets prophesied blessings upon God's people. Malachi 3:10 is stated above. It is a perfect example of how God wants to bless His people.
Even though you might not recognize the blessing and see the beauty in it initially, know that you are blessed beyond measure if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. That is the best blessing anyone could ever have.
Final Statement About Blessings
Some people overuse the word "blessing." There really is no need to pray "Bless me" or request a blessing in every prayer. It is more effective to pronounce a blessing instead of pleading for one. With over 400 blessings in the Bible, surely one is there for you. Simply read the scripture that applies to your situation and trust that God is faithful and will fulfill His word.
Isaiah 55:11 says:
"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
- Pronounce a Blessing Instead of Praying for a Blessi...
Many people pray long and hard for a blessing because that's what they have always done. However, the Bible teaches us to do something else instead.
Howard L Taylor on April 24, 2020:
I had the opportunity and privilege to visit the Sermon on the Mount where we learned much about the Beatitudes. Your teachings are always so exciting as I remember my trip to Israel. Keep on teaching my sister.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on November 06, 2019:
Cheryl, you are right. Many people think blessings come in the form of material possessions. God bestows other types of blessings that don't include material things.
Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on November 06, 2019:
To so many, it only means material possessions.