Back to the Beginning: Genesis 49:1-27

Today’s Scripture: Genesis 49:1-27
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“…The blessings of your father are mighty beyond the blessings of my parents,
up to the bounties of the everlasting hills. …” — Jacob to his sons
Genesis 49:26
The blessing of a father to his son is powerful. More powerful than the words of grandparents, aunts, uncles, or mentors. Every child longs to hear their parents speak into their lives.
Jacob had a word for each one of his sons. Each blessing personal. Each blessing revealed knowledge of the son by the father. Each blessing meant to shape the future of the son.
Those of us who are parents have the power to speak words of blessings or curses into the lives of our children. Each one of our children, whether they recognize it or not, want personal words of encouragement from us.
Words are powerful. They have the ability to wound or heal. Build up or tear down.
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Proverbs 12:18 ESV
Jacob’s words spoken into the lives of his sons came with a prophetic message from God. We too can do the same. Ask God what Scriptures He wants you speak into the life of each one of your children. No matter how old your children are, it is never too late to begin blessing them with God’s Word for their lives.
Parents’ words have the power to shape their children’s futures. Call on Him to bless you with a personal prophetic word for each one of your children from His Word. Begin to speak His truth into their lives to help them know who God calls them to be. There are plenty of other voices in the world speaking lies to them. Do not miss an opportunity to share His truth about them.
If you don’t have children of your own, your words still have power to influence the life of a child. So whatever children you have authority over, be they stepchildren or those you teach in Sunday School or relate to through mini-Methodists, ask God to bless you with Scriptures to speak into their lives.
Father God, forgive me for the ways I’ve wounded children with my words.
Bless me with the right Word for each child I have influence over,
to encourage them and build them up to be an important part of Your Kingdom.

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