When faced with challenges, God wants us to speak to our mountains rather than speak about our mountains. Join Joseph Prince in the first of a three-part series and learn the importance of speaking God’s promises over your situation. Understand how God has given you authority in Christ to reign in life through the words you speak.
Amen To That!
Let me share with you a simple yet powerful secret about what you can say to see the blessings of God manifest in your life. Take the area of health and protection from diseases, for example. I have a key church leader who is in his fifties today and in the pink of health. He is one person I know who is just not worried about his health. Once, when we were eating together, he accidentally dropped some food onto the floor. What he did next surprised me. He just picked up the food and popped it into his mouth like it was the most natural thing to do! Unlike most people I know who would be worried that that morsel of food was now contaminated, he wasn’t bothered about it harming his health in any way.
When I asked him what is the key to his good health was, he said, “Pastor Prince, it’s very simple. I take two things very seriously in church on Sundays—the Holy Communion and the blessing you pronounce over the people at the end of each service.” For those of you familiar with New Creation Church’s services, it is our practice to partake of the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. We have a powerful time of communion with the Lord as we remember and receive all that He has done for us at the cross. Also at the end of each service, I pronounce the Aaronic blessing over the people before I dismiss them.
So this key leader in my church would receive wholeheartedly with an affirmative “Amen!” all that is declared during the Holy Communion and when I bless the congregation. For example, when the leader who is ministering the Holy Communion says, “By Jesus’ stripes you are healed. With long life you will be satisfied. Your eyes will not grow dim nor will your natural force be abated,” he would say, “Amen!” which essentially means, “so be it in my life.”
Never underestimate the power of saying “Amen!” when you hear blessings pronounced over you.
At the end of the service, when I stretch forth my hands and say, “The Lord bless you and keep you throughout this week. The Lord preserve you from sickness, from accidents and from all manner of evil. The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace,” He would say, “Amen! Lord, I receive it!”
My friend, never underestimate the power of saying “Amen!” when you hear blessings pronounced over you. Saying “Amen” to blessings spoken over you is speaking out your agreement with what has been pronounced and declaring by faith that they will come to pass in your life. So the next time you hear someone pronounce a blessing over you, especially in church when you are under a corporate anointing, say, “AMEN!” emphatically and expect to experience that blessing through this simple act of faith!
Speak Blessings Over Your Children
I just love to bless the people at the end of each service. It is such an honor and privilege to speak good things into the precious lives of God’s people. And you too can release the blessings of God into the lives of your loved ones by speaking God’s Word and His blessings over them. Every single week, around the world, Jewish fathers pronounce blessings over their children on the Sabbath.
To his songs, a Jewish father would say, “May God make you as Ephraim and Manasseh—may you be most fruitful!” And to his daughters, he would say, “May God make you as Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel and Leah—the mothers of Israel, fruitful and blessed with the favor of God.” And then he would go on to bless all his children with the Aaronic blessing. Not surprisingly, many Jewish children grow up to become movers, shakers, and winners in the fight of life.
As a king-priest in Christ Jesus, your faith-filled words carry power.
So I encourage you to bless your children every night before they go to sleep or every morning before they leave for school (I love to bless my daughter Jessica every chance I get). As a king-priest in Christ Jesus, your faith-filled words carry power that can build them up and cause them to walk in God’s protection and provision. So before your teenager steps out of the house, say something encouraging like, “Son, you are blessed coming in and going out. No harm shall befall you. God will put you at the right place at the right time and His angels will watch over you. You will have favor with your friends and all whom you meet in Jesus’ name.” Your words of faith are powerful vehicles that carry God’s grace and mercy, and affect your children’s future positively!
Start Speaking And Seeing Good
My friend, we can open our mouths today and speak the grace and power of God into our bodies, our situations, and over loved ones because all the promises of God are “Yes” in Christ, and through Him we can say “Amen” to every one of them. So are you read to speak forth the blessings of God into your life? If you are not sure what to say, let me help you along:
If you need healing, you can say:
Sickness and pain, I command you in the name of Jesus to be plucked out by your roots and cast out of my body. By Jesus’ stripes I am healed. I will live and not die, and proclaim the goodness of God!
If you need provision, you can say:
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He took my poverty at the cross and gave me His prosperity. He supplies all my needs according to His riches in glory!
If you have children, you can speak this over them:
The Lord bless you and the Lord keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you and give you peace. No evil, no harm shall befall you and no weapon formed against you shall prosper. May you grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and with man.
Beloved, as you begin to release your faith and speak in line with God’s promises, expect the mountains in your life to be removed. Expect to walk in divine health, provision, and protection. In the days and weeks to come, I am confident that you and your loved ones will experience an increase of God’s favor, rest, and fruitfulness! So keep believing and speaking. Good days are coming your way!