Blessings

As we saw on Sunday, December 27, 2020, Biblical blessings or benedictions as they are often called differ greatly from well wishing or hopeful thinking, because

  1. They are grounded in God’s unchanging nature – for example: “the God of peace,” “the God of grace,” “the God of all comfort,” “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
  2. They are rooted in what God has already done for us – for example: “saved us,” “brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus,” “blessed us with every spiritual blessing,” “given us an inheritance,” “predestined us for adoption into his family.”
  3. They remind us who we are and whose we are – for example: “the sheep of his fold, the flock of his pasture,” “the holy ones called in Christ,” “those chosen before the foundation of the worlds,” “the beloved of God.”
  4. They ask God for things only God can give or accomplish – for example: “a spirit of wisdom and knowledge,” “the peace that surpasses all understanding,” “equip us with everything good for doing his will,” “cause you to stand.”
  5. They seek God’s glory over everything else – for example: “to Him be glory and honor forever and ever.”

Suggested Application:

  1. Choose a personal or family benediction from one or more verses in the Bible, there are over 100 below.
  2. Have every member of your family write it out in your own handwriting, as simply or artistically as you’d like.
  3. Immediately take turns reading the benediction out loud in from of one another.
  4. Post your Benedictions in places where you will pronounce them – on the dining room table, the bedside table, the inside of the front door, the car’s dashboard, etc.
  5. Pronounce the benediction over each other every time you can.
  6. Enjoy God’s blessings on your life as you remember who God is, what God has done, who you are, whose you are, and what God wants for you.

TO YOU WHO ARE…

Romans 1:7

To all who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 1:1-2

To God’s holy people, the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:1-2

To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours: Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Jude 1-2

To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.

Colossians 1:2-3

To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.

1 Corinthians 1:2-3

To the church of God, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:1-2

To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:

Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

2 Corinthians 1:1-2

To the church of God, together with all his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Galatians 1:3-6

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

PRAISE BE TO…

Psalm 41:13

Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.

Ephesians 1:3-6

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

Psalm 72:18-19

Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,

    who alone does marvelous deeds.

Praise be to his glorious name forever;

    may the whole earth be filled with his glory.

Amen and Amen.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

1 Peter 1:3-4

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,

Revelation 5:12

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”

Revelation 7:12

“Amen!

Praise and glory

and wisdom and thanks and honor

and power and strength

be to our God for ever and ever.

Amen!”

1 Kings 8:56-58

“Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses. May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us nor forsake us. May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in obedience to him and keep the commands, decrees and laws he gave our ancestors. And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day’s need, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God and that there is no other. And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.”

AND MAY…

Psalm 128:5

May the Lord bless you from Zion;

2 Samuel 14:17

May the Lord your God be with you.’”

2 Samuel 2:6

May the Lord now show you kindness and faithfulness,

Judges 5:31

“may all who love the LORD be like the sun

    when it rises in its strength.”

Psalm 115:14-15

May the Lord cause you to flourish,

    both you and your children.

May you be blessed by the Lord,

    the Maker of heaven and earth.

Ruth 2:12

May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”

Psalm 67:1

May God be gracious to us and bless us

    and make his face shine on us

Psalm 90:17

May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;

    establish the work of our hands for us—

    yes, establish the work of our hands.

Psalm 67:7

May God bless us still,

    so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

Genesis 31:49

 May the Lord keep watch between you and me when we are away from each other.

I PRAY…

Acts 20:32

Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Ephesians 1:17

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

Ephesians 1:18-20

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.

Philippians 1:9-11

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

Philemon 1:6

I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ.

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ

Ephesians 3:16-17

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

Ephesians 3:17-19

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Colossians 1:9-14

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

NOW MAY…

2 Thessalonians 3:16

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Philippians 4:7

May the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

2 Thessalonians 3:5

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

1 Thessalonians 3:12-13

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

Romans 15:5-6

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 13:20-21

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

2 Peter 3:18

May you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

TO HIM…

1 Timothy 1:17

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Timothy 6:15-16

God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.

1 Peter 5:10-11

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Romans 11:33

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and[a] knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

Jude 24-25

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

Revelation 5:13

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb

    be praise and honor and glory and power,

for ever and ever!”

Philippians 4:20

To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 19:6-7

Hallelujah!

    For our Lord God Almighty reigns.

Let us rejoice and be glad

    and give him glory!

For the wedding of the Lamb has come,

    and his bride has made herself ready.

Grace and peace

2 John 3

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.

1 Peter 5:14

Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

1 Timothy 1:2

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Titus 3:15

Grace be with you all.

Philemon 3

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philemon 25

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Hebrews 13:25

Grace be with you all.

2 Thessalonians 3:18

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

1 Thessalonians 5:28

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

1 Corinthians 16:23

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.

1 Timothy 6:21

Grace be with you all.

2 Timothy 4:22

The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you all.

Colossians 4:18

Grace be with you.

Ephesians 6:23

Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 6:24

Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love

2 Corinthians 13:14

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Revelation 1:4-5

Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.