Mike Porteous shares with us a message about being blessed to be a blessing.

From his notes:

Point One: Before we can bless, we first must receive blessing.

  • Genesis 12:1-3 Abram received from the Lord. Numbers 6:22-27 How blessing came upon Israel.

Point Two: Lay hold of God’s blessing – fully own it, picture it in your mind every day.

  • John 1:1-3 Jesus is the light of the world, and darkness of this world can’t overcome it.
  • Matthew 5:13-16 now transferred to “You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of this world”.
  • Matthew 28:18 Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me”.
  • Matthew 28:19-20 Go therefore – I am with you always, to the end of the age.” We are blessed because Christ is with us and in us. We carry His presence.
  • Matthew 24:12 If we focus on the evil, end result is discouragement, powerlessness, etc. We are to keep our eyes upon Jesus, because in Him we become more than conquerors –
  • Romans 8:37, Hebrews 12:2. We must lay hold of this blessing, we are not powerless, but mighty to the pulling down of strongholds. God will give us answers for the problems of this evil world.
  • Exodus 17: Moses on hill arms raised.

Point Three: Speak out this blessing continuously until it comes into reality.

  • Genesis 1: God spoke, and it was created. When we speak in line with God’s revelation things are created, transformed, come into being. Blessing flows.

Prayer points:

  1. Pray for the members of your group and for Christians across N Z that we all might clearly receive God’s revelation of solutions for the problems of our country.
  2. Pray this revelation would come alive so that we become convinced that nothing will stop its fulfilment, despite whatever challenges encountered.
  3. Pray that God’s people boldly rise up and take on all kinds of leadership roles in the community to bring positive transformation in this broken world.
  4. Pray for the importance of supporting one another to stand strong though the setbacks, especially when the objective takes far longer than expected.