The Power of Speaking Blessings Over
by Tom Brown
not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing,
because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
—1 Pet 3:9
Pastor Kerry Kirkwood was driving up to his church for a prayer meeting
when he noticed a driver in a truck pulling up at the same time. As he
walked into his church, the secretary told him that she would find out
who the man was and let him know that the pastor was busy with a prayer
meeting. As Kerry walked into the
sanctuary, he felt a tug from the Lord to talk to the man.
He went back and introduced himself to
the man, and the man told him his name was Thomas and that he owned some
adjacent land that he wanted to sell to the church. The pastor told him he
was not interested, and out of nowhere, the man began to unload all his
burdens to Pastor Kirkwood: "I was a pastor like you, but my church
kicked me out because I had become wealthy through oil and they felt
they needed a pastor who was full-time serving the church. They really
Then Thomas continued, "My daughter
left the house over money and I have not seen her in a long time. On top
of this, I had a young partner stab me in the back by leaving my company
and taking some clients from me. Then I had a man who tried to break up
my marriage. Pastor, I have had so many people mistreat me; I just hope
they get what is due them." The man went on to speak very badly of all
the people who wronged him.
Pastor Kerry gave Thomas the scripture
in 1 Peter 3:9 about blessing those who insult you and if you bless
them, you would inherit God’s blessings. He explained to Thomas that our
words act as a boomerangs and that what we say about people comes back to
us, whether the words we speak are good or bad. He told him that if he
wanted God to bless him, he needed to start blessing others with his
He invited him into his church
bookstore and gave him his series on the power of blessing. He told him
to listen to the message and practice it. Thomas thanked him for the
series and left.
Less than 24 hours, Thomas called
Pastor Kirkwood and told him, “Your teaching revolutionized my life. I
never knew that if I cursed others, I was stopping God’s blessings from
coming to me. So immediately I begin to bless my daughter. I asked God’s
blessings on her and spoke every positive thing I could think about her.
And today, my daughter called me up and asked if she could come home. It
He told the pastor he couldn’t wait to
try this out on his old business partner.
Later that week, he called the pastor
and told him that blessing his partner worked, and that the partner
called him and asked if he could see him. And when they met, the partner
apologized for stealing his clients.
Then he told
the pastor that he is going to
work at blessing the man who tried to break up his marriage. Thomas got
so excited over the results in blessing others. Later he called Pastor
Kirkwood and told him that God has done a miracle in his heart toward
the man. He said to him that the man has not repented, but something
better has happened to his own heart. He has such compassion on the
fellow since he had started to bless him. And that was the biggest
Inheritance is Tied to Blessing
If you will learn to speak
blessings over everyone, you will inherit a blessing. “Because to
this you were called, so that you may inherit a blessing.” There are
many believers who struggle with inheriting everything Jesus purchased
for them. They know that Jesus died for their sickness, yet they can’t
seem to inherit the health that Jesus came to give them. I believe one
reason could be is that they are not speaking blessings over others;
instead they constantly curse their enemies.
Others can’t pay their bills. They seem
to always be behind in their bills. They claim prosperity, but
prosperity eludes them. One reason could be is that they curse others
instead of blessing them.
Still others struggle in their
businesses, while all along they curse their competition. You can’t
expect God to bless your business when with your own mouth you curse
Have you wondered why your prayers go
unanswered? It could be that you use your tongue to malign others and
speak badly of them. God hears your words. You can’t assume that God
will honor your prayers with your lips, while with the same lips you
I know of many who can’t seem to get
along with their family members, and the main reason is they curse them.
Marita and her siblings could not agree
on how to divide the inheritance of their parents. For months, the
inheritance was tied up in disputes. Then Marita heard this teaching on
blessing others and if you do, then your inheritance will come to you.
She had a vision where she saw the words she and others were speaking to
each other as being cobwebs entangling their inheritance. So being
convinced that God was speaking to her, she changed her attitude toward
her brothers and sisters and started to speak blessings over them. She
said every positive thing she could ever hope God would do for her
siblings. Within one week she received a call from her sister who told
her that everyone has finally agreed to settle. Everyone got their
inheritance, including Marita. The key to release the inheritance was
speaking blessings over others.
“Do not repay evil with evil
or insult with insult, but with blessing.” The word “blessing”
is the Greek word “eulogia”. It is the same word we get
eulogize from. At a funeral people come to eulogize the decease. It
doesn’t matter how un-saintly the decease is, everyone seems to have
something good to say about him.
Yet, when people are alive we often
have very little good to say about them. For example, at a high school
reunion people will ask about Bill and how he is doing. Someone says,
“Oh, that rascal is still at it. He is up to no good.” Then someone ask
about Frank. “Oh, that stinker, he stinks worse than ever.” Finally
someone ask about Sam, “Oh, he died last year, bless his soul. He was
such a good man.”
When someone dies then we began the
eulogy him; however it’s too late then. We need to eulogize people when
they are alive, because by doing so, our words can be used of God to
bring people into God’s perfect plan. Plus our words will boomerang back
to us and cause us to be blessed too.
“By faith Isaac
blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future” (Heb 11:20). It
was a common practice in biblical times to gather one’s children around
the bed before the father died. He would place his hands on his children
and bless them. I want you to notice that Isaac blessed his sons “by
faith.” Too often people have trouble blessing others because they
“see” such bad things in people. Yet, we “live by faith, not by sight”
(2 Cor 5:7). You have to live by faith in the Word of God if you are to
bless people. You cannot go by what you see and be able to bless others.
You must take God’s promises for them and speak them over others,
regardless of how they look.
This is especially true
of your children. I am sure many reading this article have troubled
children. You cannot bless them if you concentrate on their bad
qualities. Instead you have to look at them through the eyes of faith.
Here is a sample blessing you can say over your children:
(Child's Name), I bless your life as I know you will become a wonderful
woman of God. I bless your mind to remain sound and for you to have
wisdom and discernment in all decisions. I bless your body to remain
pure until marriage and to be healthy and strong. I bless your hands and
feet to do the work that God has ordained for you to do. I bless your
mouth where words of truth and encouragement will flow. I bless your
heart to remain loyal to God’s will for your life. I bless your
husband-to-be and your future children’s lives with richness and unity.
I love everything about you, [Child's Name], and I am proud to be your
mother/father. You bless our family and your friends in so many ways.
Isn’t this far more productive than
Emily had a dream that every little
girl has, and that was to get married and have children. Well, the first
half of your dream easily came to pass. She got married, but in the
first year, she discovered that she was infertile. Her dreams of having
her own children were crushed.
She went to a seminar and the teacher
was explaining the power of words, especially the words of parents. As
Emily was listening to the teacher, she had an epiphany. She remembered
when she was young that her mother would tell her emphatically, “Emily,
you will never be a mother. You will never have children.” Emily
realized that her mother cursed her womb.
Emily also knew that Jesus came to
redeem her from the curse of the law. The first thing Emily did was to
forgive her mother. There is no point in trying to break the curses of
others if you are resentful. So after forgiving her mother, she said out
loud, “I break the words my mother spoke over me. I will have children
of my own. My womb is healed.”
Within fifteen days Emily got pregnant.
Emily now has two children of her own.
Words are powerful. The ability to
speak words shows that we are in God’s image.
The first thing God spoke to the human
race was a blessing: “God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful
and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen 1:28).
Notice that "God blessed them" so they could be fruitful. And like God, we
have the power to bless others too.
Are you having difficulty with curses
in your life? Maybe it is because you are cursing others. It’s time to
take the “blessing challenge.” Decide to bless others—not just the nice
people—but even the people who insult you. And as you do you will
experience God’s blessings in your life.
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