Many times in church, we often hear words that strike the core of our being. One such word ‘Blessed”. Everybody wants to be blessed. In order to understand what being ‘Blessed’ means let’s briefly examine some words in Hebrew and Greek first. In the Hebrew, ‘Barak’ means.to praise, congratulate, or salute. Another word in Greek is ‘Eulogeo’. This refers to the good deeds or speak well of someone. In the Greek, this word was used when Jesus talked about the servant and the talents. He said, “Well done, you good and faithful servant…” He spoke well of him. Our English word ‘eulogy’ comes from this. The meaning of the word, ‘Blessed’, can be found in both Hebrew and Greek. In Hebrew the word is ‘Esher.’ In Greek the word is ‘Makarios’. A basic translation of these words in English would be exceedingly happy or excessive happiness.
In Genesis, God tells Abraham that He will bless him and that he will be a blessing to others.
“And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” – Gen 12:2-3
Now that we have a basic understanding of the foundation of the word ‘Blessing’, let’s insert that understanding into the scripture referring to Abraham. When we do so, the scripture could read,
“And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be exceedingly happy (praised, congratulated, saluted and well-spoken of): And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be exceedingly happy (praised, congratulated, saluted and well-spoken of)”- Gen 12:2-3
Simply put, the Lord told him “I will make you exceedingly happy so that you will make others exceedingly happy.” God’s intention for blessing us is to allow us to live fulfilling lives and to be exceedingly happy.
It is important to note that, being exceedingly happy is a completely separate issue from being happy just because you have a lot of money in the bank. In God, we can be excessively happy regardless of the situations in life that we face. We can be exceedingly happy regardless of how much money is in the bank. We can be exceedingly happy regardless of what issues may be swirling around us.
Another word that immediately comes to mind when thinking about the word ‘Blessed’, is the word, ‘Peace.’
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Php 4:7
It is true that “…money answers all things” – Eccl 10:19, but with that being said, being ‘Blessed’ encompasses the whole prosperity of God. The prosperity of God is the peace of God, the happiness from God and the wholeness of God. It includes divine health, Godly thinking and divine understanding of heavenly principles. If we ask God to show to us the prosperity He desires for us, we may be quite shocked to see the vastness of the information available in the library of heaven on the subject. He has commanded His Blessings (the blessings of Abraham) towards us that believe.
All of the aspects of prosperity in all of its possibilities are available to enrich you, your life, your relationships and your understanding. Financial prosperity is merely one small aspect of God’s divine prosperity plan for your life. He wants you to be blessed so much that you can’t help but be exceedingly happy!
God has blessed us, so let us also be a blessing to others. Let us share the Good News of the Blessing that is available to all who will receive Christ Jesus. Let us share the blessing and peace that God has so richly poured out to us. Dare to believe and trust God to live the Blessed Life!
Be Blessed and Be Happy!
Apostle Ric & Prophetess Kathy Steele