I think we have such a religious definition of the word “Blessing”, that it’s hard for us to see the deeper implications of what it means to BE Blessed. Even most of the Bible study resources out there say that to be “blessed” means to be “happy”. The Blessing of God is more than a feeling! Happiness is the by-product of being blessed.
Whenever I’m having a hard time getting beyond my preconceptions about a thing, I try looking at its opposite for a clearer definition. In this case, the opposite would be the Curse.
It’s easy for us to look at these things and think that being blessed means that everything goes your way, and you’re happy all the time; while being cursed means that everything works against you, and you’re sad all the time. The problem is that we stop there. We just look at the things, the stuff, the product of being either blessed or cursed. Being healthy doesn’t mean you’re blessed. There are plenty of healthy people who live under the curse. And being sick doesn’t mean you’re cursed. There are plenty of sick people who are blessed.
Let’s go back to my analogy with my own mother. The blessing I received from my mother was her ability (imparted to me through instruction, mentoring and equipping) to live successfully in this world. You see, the Birthright (or the inheritance) is all about the stuff that our parents’ blessing provided for them that they could, in turn, give to and share with us. The Blessing is all about our ability to then produce an inheritance for our own children. This is why Christ said “The works that I do shall he do also (Birthright); and greater works than these shall he do (Blessing)” (John 14:12)
It’s so important for us to understand these things because we have to know that we are Blessed (empowered with God’s ability) and we have to know that we have a Birthright (legal access to God’s authority). When we understand that we have BOTH God’s authority AND His empowerment, then we will truly understand that nothing is impossible. Mark 9:23 “Jesus said unto him, IF thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth”.