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  • Bishop Ayo Odunayo

[28] And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. 

Genesis 1:28 KJV

After God created Adam and Eve, he blessed them. It was a pronouncement of good, a proclamation of what would happen to them, a declaration of their prophetic destiny.

From this and many occurrences in the scripture, we can define the word “bless” to mean: make a pronouncement, invoke or confer something good on a person THROUGH WORDS.

When a person receives an invocation of good through the spoken words, he received “a blessing” and can be said to have been “blessed”. Invocation of blessing usually addresses the present and future of the individual being blessed. It would address matters in the life of the person for positive outcomes and speak to the destiny of the individual.

Receiving the invocation of blessing is therefore something desirable, it is a prophetic pronouncement that defines one’s destiny. It is an invocation of a prophetic destiny. It is a prophetic declaration, a commanding prayer that is backed up by a divine force.

When God spoke about the blessing of Ishmael with Abraham, he described it as a prophetic declaration of what the future held in store for him.

 [20] And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. Genesis 17:20 KJV

The blessing on Ishmael was that he would be fruitful, multiply and from him would arise twelve princes.

The blessing therefore is a declaration of what an individual would become, experience or behold.  It is also God’s empowerment upon the person. This was what God did to Adam and Eve and what he did to Noah, he empowered them, he propelled them forward by a spiritual force in his words.

 [2] Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. Genesis 5:2 KJV

[1] And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. [2] And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Genesis 9:1-2 KJV

The blessing is the release of honor, grace, favor that is imparted on a person upon whom the invocation of the blessing is made.

1.0     “The Blessing” and “Blessings”

There is a remarkable difference between “the blessing” and “blessings”.

“The blessing” is what is released upon a person; it is the power that causes blessings to begin to flow into the life of the person who has received the invocation of “the blessing”.

“The blessing” is the empowerment; “blessings” are the good things that come due to the proclamation of blessing. When an individual is blessed (has received the invocation of the blessing), that person ultimately experiences the flow of blessings in his life.

When you carry “the blessing”, you will have “blessings”; when you carry “the blessing”, you will have riches, you will have honor, you will have favour, you will have silver and gold, and all the good things of this life. It is “the blessing” that makes the difference.

Abraham received “the blessing” and his life was changed forever. It was no longer a problem for him to find favor as he travelled on; following the Lord in his journeys. It was also not news that he became rich in cattle, silver and gold. He carried the blessing.

Isaac the son of Abraham also carried the blessing. The father passed it on to him and he succeeded where others failed…

[Extract from the Book: The Irrevocable Blessing available at the Victory International Bookshop 29 Rumukalagbor, PH NG, and other leading bookstores or leave a comment and you would be directed on how to get your copy]


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