The word blessing, to bless is found over 400 times in the Bible and means to to kneel, to praise, to bow down in respect. In Genesis 1 God blessed what he had created, in v 22 he blessed the fish and the birds and in v 28 he blessed mankind (Adam and Eve). In Genesis 12: 2-3 God blessed Abraham to thrive and become a great nation. A blessing releases favour and honour, empowering something or someone to succeed, so when God blesses it is powerful.
God provides us with a wonderful role model in Genesis of blessing creation. His purpose for blessing his creation was to release his favour, for multiplication, thriving and general well-being. There are many examples of Jesus releasing blessing notably the 5000 who needed feeding – he blessed the 5 loaves and 2 fishes and they multiplied to feed everyone with more to spare. Why bless the environment? We see around the world creation struggling, flooding, wild fires, warming etc. due to the world not having been cared for which was the mandate God gave Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:28). In Romans 8:19; NIV ‘For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. . .
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.’ I think we can say ‘creation is groaning’, it’s waiting for us as children of God to arise and take up the mandate given to Adam and Eve. Let’s join together and play our part by blessing the environment and the planet to see restoration.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” – Genesis 1:1
Imagine: Ask Holy Spirit to show you in your imagination God creating the heaven and
the earth. Pray your own prayer out of this.
Blessing: I/we bless the heavens and the earth to flourish as God intended them to.
Declaration: I/We declare that the earth and the heavens are a manifestation of the glory
of God and his created order.
God the Planet and Me 31 Creational Blessings free pdf downloadable from www.houseofglory.org.uk
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