I want to come back and just talk a while to help people understand. You can go back to your Word and be Berean. Study it for yourself. I did a word study in Deuteronomy 28 on the words blessings and curses out of the Hebrew, using the Strong’s concordance so you’ll know the source of my Bible study. The word “blessing” literally means in the Hebrew “a benefit” (H1293 from H1288). Also, the word “Blessed” used in this scriptural context, also means “man (as a benefit)” (H1288). Anything that’s from God should be a benefit. That is the definition of blessing. Then I found that if we would hear what God said, in Deuteronomy 28:1-2, and do it, then all these blessings shall come upon us and overtake us. I see so many people struggling to receive blessings while in disobedience because they take one set of scriptures and make it a mantra that God has to perform. There are a lot of scriptures that give us a reason of why God doesn’t perform. He just honors His word.
If you will be a doer of the Word, you don’t have to worry about blessings. They are yours. Blessings are conditional. We’ve taken three words out of Christianity: “if, then and but”. We’ve taken the cross and made everything unconditional, but the “if, then and buts” are still instruction in righteousness. If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves and do what? Turn from their wicked ways.
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV
Who is doing wicked ways? Covenant people? Surely this is not possible! If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves, pray towards heaven and turn from their wicked ways, then will I … Here’s your “if, then…buts”. Now in the word study on the word “blessing”, it literally means, in the Hebrew, a benefit from being a doer of the Word.
People say, “Well, I don’t have to read the Old Testament because that’s old covenant”. Well, in the New Testament it says be a doer of the Word and not a hearer only.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
James 1:25 KJV
That’s what it says in Deuteronomy 28:1-2
Jesus said — If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
John 14:15 KJV
Then we use the name of Jesus like a mantra. We think because we said, “in the name of Jesus”, heaven has to do something. We quote one scripture — If you ask anything in my name, Jesus said, “I will do it”.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
John 14:13 KJV
I love the Masoretic text, which is the King James. We forget that Psalm 138:2b says — He exalts His word even above His name.
2 … for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
Psalms 138:2 KJV
So before Jesus was Jesus, He was God the Word.
Original Source: Be In Health Global, Henry W. Wright, Donna Wright. It’s a New Day Interview with Henry W. Wright and Donna Wright: 2004.
DVD Course Material. Pleasant Valley Church, GA, 2006. Print.