Genesis 32:26 “And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!””
Jacob had “stolen” the blessing as it were from his brother Esau (Gen.27:1-29), but despite the fact that the blessing was released over him, he still was limited in capacity. The blessing is an anointing released by faith. It is an empowerment to produce fruit and increase. It is a spiritual force, and it is released by words spoken in faith. Isaac pronounced the blessing of Abraham over Jacob, but Jacob was still not as fruitful, he was not commanding levels of supernatural increase as expected. Many times we have prophecies that have been released over us, but yet we don’t see the manifestation. They are prophecies that are still hanging over because they need to be provoked into manifestation.
Paul while exhorting Timothy says to him,” This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, having faith and a good conscience…” (1 Tim.4:18-19). In essence the prophecies must be brought into manifestation by the fight of faith. It takes constant believing, speaking words that align with the prophecies, and setting your mind and actions in line with the prophecy- this is the fight of faith. This was Jacob’s story; he had received the blessing, but there were no corresponding results. However when Jacob got to that place of Jabbok, he had a divine encounter. It was a time of wrestling. Though he was blessed, he knew the blessing was more than mere talk. He needed the blessing to be at work in his life. It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich, and that’s all that he needed to prosper (Prov.10:22).
Likewise in the New Testament, in Christ we have inherited the blessing in its fullness. “Thanks be to the father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies…” (Eph.1:3). You are blessed, and if this is true, you should be fruitful in every respect, as well as increasing greatly in your endeavors. The missing link is the desperate desire for the manifestation of the blessing. You must covet the blessing. To covet is to have a strong desire. Your desire must be so strong to see the blessing at work. Your focus ought to be on the blessing, you must talk about the blessing as the key to your success, and you must engage in the practices that provoke the blessing.
The blessing is God’s empowerment for your prosperity. It will cause you to be fruitful, multiply, and is ultimately responsible for your influence in life!
Scriptures to Meditate: Gen.1:26,28, Prov.10:22, Gal. 3:13,14,26-29, Eph.1:3, Gen.28:3