by Eric Dunbar
Then he took up his oracle and said:
“Rise up, Balak, and hear!
Listen to me, son of Zippor!
“God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Behold, I have received a command to bless;
He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.”
If God blesses you, then your blessing is forever. No one can reverse your blessing. The devil cannot reverse it, your enemies cannot reverse it, bloggers cannot reverse it, your Facebook friends cannot reverse it, and God certainly will not un-bless what He has already blessed.
God’s Blessing Cannot Be Undone
There was a king named Balak, the son of Zippor, who was king of the Moabites. Balak saw what Israel had done to the Amorites and the people of Moab were afraid that Israel would take possession of their land. So Balak sent for Balaam the sorcerer to curse Israel.
God came to Balaam and said to him, “You shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.” So Balaam said to Balak’s men, “Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more” (Numbers 22:18 ).
That night God came to Balaam and told him to go with Balak’s men and speak only the words that He would tell him. So Balaam rose in the morning, saddled his donkey, and went with Balak’s men to Moab.
On the next day, Balak took Balaam and brought him up to the top of Mount Nebo for Balaam to curse Israel. But when Balaam opened his mouth to curse Israel, this is what he said. ”Rise up, Balak, and hear! Listen to me, son of Zippor! God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.”
Be Careful What You Say
You can bless someone or something without even using the word blessed. In the New Testament, the word used for blessed is the Greek word eulogeia; it means to speak well or to speak up. When you speak well of someone, you bless them. You bless your children by praising them. Husbands, when you speak up to your wife, you bless her. Wives, when you praise your husband, you bless him, without ever saying the words, “I bless you.”
In the same manner, when you speak well of your body, you bless your body. For example, you may have a shoulder that is always aching. Rather than say, your shoulder is always aching, bless your body by saying your shoulder is getting better by the day.
You can curse someone as well, without ever saying you curse them. The word used for cursed in the New Testament is the Greek word katara; it means to speak down.
Remember the Fig Tree
Jesus cursed the fig tree and He never used the word cursed. When Jesus was hungry He went to a fig tree hoping to find figs. But when there were no figs on the tree He said, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it. The next day they passed by the tree and it was dried up from the roots. And Peter remembering what Jesus had done the day before said, “Look, the tree which You cursed is withered away” (Mark 11:12; 20). But Jesus never said, “I curse you, tree.” He did, however, speak negative words to the tree, and the tree died.
Only God’s Words Will Stand
People will try to assassinate your character by saying negative things about you, but just because people speak negatively about you doesn’t mean you are cursed. Their words will have no effect on you. If God says you are blessed no one can curse you.
Balaam could not curse Israel because God had already blessed them. Not even Satan can curse you, and he knows it. You are blessed because God says you are blessed. It doesn’t matter what people say about you. If God says you are blessed, then you are blessed.
So the next time you feel like you need a blessing, remember that God has already blessed you and no one can reverse your blessing.