Before telling His people to do anything, God blessed them. They didn’t work hard to earn it. They didn’t do anything to deserve it. Just like an earthly father loves his children from the moment they come into the world. God is the almighty Father. And there is life-changing power in a blessing.
Have you received a blessing from the Father? Have you ever spoken a blessing into someone’s life?
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I love the story of Ben Hooper. He was born to an unmarried woman 1870. No one knew who his father was. His mother didn’t have a good reputation and Ben was left to try and navigate life on his own.
When he was just 12 years old he heard people in town talking about the new pastor that just moved in to the local church. He went to church to see what the people were talking about and was mesmerized by the preaching.
Ben put his head down, not knowing what to say. The pastor realized that something was wrong. Led by the Holy Spirit he said, “Oh, I know whose son you are. I can see the resemblance as clear as day! You are a son of the almighty God!” This was a life-changing blessing spoken into this young child.
30 years later Ben was elected Governor of Tennessee. He said the day he was really elected was the day that pastor told him who his father is… the day he received that blessing.
Psalm 68:5 “God will be a father to the fatherless.”
I hope you enjoy this sermon on The Father’s Blessing. Elevation Chapel in Newton, MA is a place where you will be encouraged just like Ben Hooper was.
Read the scriptures and ask God to bless you; to bless you with understanding; to bless you with peace; to bless you with hope and strength to move forward in your life. – Pastor Max Marcoux