Covenant & Religion: Chapter 4 – The Lips of a Priest

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“The law of truth was in his mouth,
And injustice was not found on his lips.
He walked with Me in peace and equity,
And turned many away from iniquity.

“For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge,
And people should seek the law from his mouth;
For he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.”
—Malachi 2:6-7

As the Royal Priesthood of believers our lips are to keep knowledge, the law of the Lord and the law of truth. In Hebrew the word translated as “law” [H8451] means, “law, direction or instruction.” When hearing the word law without the understanding that it means instruction, it can be viewed as harsh or heavy-handed. This is not the Lord’s intention. The law and instruction of the Lord gives valuable information as to how we as members of the Royal Priesthood can keep covenant with the Lord of Hosts. He goes into detail with instructions that teach us everything we need to know in order to live in covenant with Him so He can satisfy the fullness of the provisions of the covenant.

As we continue our journey of increasing our awareness of the responsibilities of being a member of the Royal Priesthood, let us improve on how we keep covenant with the Lord by keeping knowledge with our lips.

Repentance

As a member of the Royal Priesthood, please repent for breaking covenant with the Lord on behalf of yourself, your generations and your nation for…

  • not having the law of truth in your mouth, leading others astray, or misrepresenting the covenant of life and peace of the Lord (Mal 2:6)
  • having iniquity on your lips (Mal 2:6)
  • the Hebrew word [H5766] translated as “iniquity” means, “injustice, unrighteousness, wrong, injustice (of speech)”
  • not keeping knowledge and instruction with your lips (Prov 5:2; Mal 2:7)
  • not preserving discretion with your words (Prov 5:2)
  • not using wisdom with your words (Prov 15:7)
  • having the heart of a fool and not dispersing knowledge and instruction with your lips (Prov 15:7)
  • devaluing your lips by not seeing that the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel (Prov 20:15)
  • speaking forth evil things from the evil treasures in your heart (Matt 12:35)
  • speaking idle and lazy words (Matt 12:36)
  • the Hebrew word [G692] translated as “idle” includes meanings, “lazy” and “for the idleness of shunning the labor which you are to perform”
  • the idleness of shunning the labor which you are to perform (Matt 12:36)

Please repent of the list above on behalf of yourself, your generations and your nation as to how you have hurt others by these actions or beliefs.

Replacement

As a member of the Royal Priesthood, please replace with…

  • having lips that keep knowledge (Mal 2:7; Prov 5:2, 15:7;  Matt 12:34-37)
  • preserving discretion (Prov 5:2)
  • speaking of righteousness and justice (Ps 37:30)
  • being wise (Prov 15:7)
  • receiving words of wisdom (Prov 2:1)
  • treasuring commands of wisdom (Prov 2:1)
  • inclining your ear to wisdom (Prov 2:2)
  • applying your heart to understanding (Prov 2:2)
  • crying out for discernment (Prov 2:3)
  • lifting up your voice for understanding (Prov 2:3)
  • seeking wisdom as silver (Prov 2:4)
  • searching for wisdom as hidden treasures (Prov 2:4)
  • valuing lips of knowledge as precious jewels (Prov 20:15)
  • having a heart filled with good treasures (Matt 12:35)
  • speaking forth good things from the heart (Matt 12:35)
  • being a doer of the Word (James 1:22)

Forgiveness

I choose to forgive from my heart, (person’s name), for how he/she as a member of the Royal Priesthood did not keep the covenant of the Lord by (fill in from list below), which caused injury to myself and/or my loved ones, either now or in the past.

  • not keeping knowledge and instruction with his/her lips
  • not preserving discretion with his/her words
  • not using wisdom with his/her words
  • having the heart of a fool and not dispersing knowledge and instruction with his/her lips
  • devaluing his/her lips by not seeing that the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel
  • speaking forth evil things from the evil treasures in his/her heart
  • speaking idle and lazy words
  • the idleness of shunning the labor which he/she is to perform

Bless Israel

Dear Heavenly Father, please fill my heart and my mouth with Your words in order that my lips would keep knowledge of Israel and Your people. May I only know and speak the truth concerning her. Please help me to be wise in how I disperse the knowledge of Your covenant of shalom with Israel. Please show me ways I can speak Your words about Israel and speak words of support and blessing over her, amen.

Please, take a moment to write down what the Lord says to you in response.

Stewardship & Growth in Spiritual Authority

Dear Heavenly Father, please help me to be aware at all times that my lips are valuable as precious jewels and to speak only things of value and honor.

What have I talked about this last week?

What words did I speak that are idle words or words that do not contain knowledge and wisdom that are not worthy of being a member of the Royal Priesthood?

Are these idle words reflective of my activities and passions? If so, do these activities and passions need to change?

What changes do I need to make to increase speaking words of knowledge?

Lord, how can I, as a member of the Royal Priesthood, bless someone this week with Your knowledge coming from my lips?

Blessing

Beloved, as a member of the Royal Priesthood, your Heavenly Father entrusts you with His priceless and valuable knowledge. He entrusts you to treasure this knowledge in your heart to be spoken by your lips. I bless your lips to keep knowledge. May you only speak of righteousness and justice.

I bless you to preserve discretion and to be wise. I bless you to receive words of wisdom and incline your ear to hear it. As you obtain wisdom and hear it, you will grow in the capacity for your lips to keep knowledge. In order to keep knowledge, I bless you to discern and reject all words that are not wise. I bless you to treasure the commands that come from wisdom, for in this is knowledge, and they are purposed for your well-being.

I bless you to apply your heart to understanding. May your heart be filled with good treasures in order to speak forth good things from your heart. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

In order to understand the fear of the Lord and to find the knowledge of God, I bless you to cry out for discernment, to lift up your voice for understanding, to seek wisdom as silver, and to search for wisdom as hidden treasures.

Beloved, I bless you to see lips of knowledge as having the value of precious jewels. In addition to speaking forth knowledge from your lips, may you also be a doer of the Word. I bless you in the name of Yeshua, in the name of Jesus.

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Covenant & Religion: Introduction to Book

Introduction: How to Use This Book

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I invite you on a journey that leads along the narrow path of repentance of the sins of us as individuals, our previous generations, and of our nation in order to lead us to the Lord’s forgiveness and healing of our land (2 Chr 7:14; Matt 7:13-14; Ps 18:19). In accordance with the seven mountains of culture, we begin in the mountain of religion as we focus on bringing healing to our nation beginning with our role as members of the Royal Priesthood in Yeshua HaMashiach/Jesus Christ. Before we are to pray for people of other religions in our nation to come to know the Lord, we need to first repent of how we have broken covenant with the One True God. Since judgment begins in the house of the Lord, let us first remove the plank from our eye before we seek to remove the speck from the eye of another (Matt 7:1-5; 1 Pet 4:17).

Covenant

As I continue to study the Bible, the more I see it is written from the perspective of covenant. Everything God includes in the Bible comes from the aspect of covenant. He outlines what behavior allows us to remain in covenant with Him in order to access the fullness of the blessings and provisions of His covenant. In addition, the Lord details what behaviors are not acceptable and the consequences that follow when we do not obey His instructions. Since He is a good God, He wants us to live from the blessings of the covenant. When we disobey, the Lord our Redeemer has made provision for reconciliation with Him so we may walk in right relationship with Him.

We live in a society where contracts and agreements are at the forefront, while the concept of covenant is not given much thought. Perhaps we are used to the current day culture of contracts and the fine print of companies who sell a product or a service who intend to hold back benefits and customer service in order to not fully grant the buyer the full satisfaction of the purchase. A transaction of this sort needs to be life giving to both the company that sells it, as well as the customer. Those who provide the product or service do indeed need to make a profit. Likewise, the customer’s life should be enhanced by the purchase of the item. How many times are items or services purchased where the focus of the best interest is fully on the part of the company selling that passes along costs to the buyer that go beyond the purchase price?

Another aspect that delineates between covenant and contracts is that covenants are made based in trust, and contracts are made based on mistrust. When the Lord makes a covenant with us, it is binding and comes from a place of love and faithfulness on His part. We hinder our covenant relationship with Him when we think the covenant is to force or control God or us to satisfy the terms as is the case with the mistrust that compels the need for contracts.

Living in covenant relationship with the Lord of Hosts includes no fine print. He discloses all the benefits and blessings pertaining to covenant that come from obeying Him. In fact, the Lord takes pleasure in satisfying the covenant He has made with us. Yeshua/Jesus speaks to His disciples from a covenant perspective when He says:

 “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.

“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:29-32).

Yeshua/Jesus tells His disciples that it is the Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom. What wonderful news! Being given the Kingdom can only be accomplished through covenant relationship with the Lord. And, living in covenant relationship requires action and obedience fully disclosed in the pages of Scripture.

As members of the Royal Priesthood, we must come into agreement and grow in understanding of living in covenant with the Lord of Hosts. Since the main focus of this book and series is living in covenant with the Lord, if you are not familiar with the concept of covenant, I encourage you to explore this topic further. Much information on covenant can be found at Christian bookstores or through Internet searches.

Covenant of Life & Peace
& the Royal Priesthood

It is important that we keep covenant with the Lord as the Royal Priesthood in our individual lives and how it manifests in the mountain of religion. This includes all believers, not just the pastors and clergy. How we live as the Royal Priesthood directly impacts our society and government. Increasing our spiritual authority by repenting of the aspects where we have not lived according to the responsibilities of priests, we are then able to positively impact change in our nation. The foundational Scripture of this book comes from Malachi where the Lord of Hosts speaks of the covenant of life and peace He made with Levi and his descendants, the priests.

“Then you shall know that I have sent this commandment to you,
That My covenant with Levi may continue,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
“My covenant was with him, one of life and peace,
And I gave them to him that he might fear Me;
So he feared Me
And was reverent before My name.
The law of truth was in his mouth,
And injustice was not found on his lips.
He walked with Me in peace and equity,
And turned many from iniquity.

“For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge,
And people should seek the law from his mouth;

For he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts” (Malachi 2:4-7).

Even though Malachi speaks of the covenant of life and peace with Levi and his descendants as the priests, this speaks to us directly today. It tells us the benefits that come from this covenant, as well as our responsibilities required for living in covenant with the Lord of Hosts as the Royal Priesthood in the Body of Christ.

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy (1 Peter 2:9-10).

What the Lord intended for the covenant of life and peace with Levi and his descendants as priests still remains today as the covenant of life and peace for the Royal Priesthood of believers.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

Much can be learned about the role of the Royal Priesthood by studying passages relating to the priests and the religious leaders. Instructions from the Lord as to how we as members of the Royal Priesthood are to live and what we are to avoid are given in detail in His Word.  Prayers of repentance and replacement in the following chapters come from the passages of Scripture pertaining to the priests and religious leaders.

Covenant & Nations

The United States of America was founded on Judeo/Christian beliefs, as well as a covenant to the Lord made by President George Washington. Since we have entered into a covenant with the Lord on a national level, when we sin as a nation, we break covenant with Him. This book, and the ones to follow in this series, will focus on how we can bring healing to our nation in these areas by repenting of sins recorded in the Bible as they pertain to each of the seven mountains relating to living in covenant with the Lord of Hosts. If you are a citizen of another nation, you are welcome to join in prayers of repentance and replacement for the healing of your nation.

God made an everlasting covenant with Abraham and his descendants, which includes the land (Gen 17:7). Where Israel is the only nation where the Lord initiated the covenant with a people, it is not the only nation who has chosen to enter into covenant with the Lord. In addition to the United States of America, examples of nations who made a covenant with the Lord of Hosts include, but are not limited to, Armenia and Australia.

This book’s premise of repentance is in the context of a nation being in covenant with the Lord. However, if you reside in a nation whose government has not entered into a covenant with the Lord, you are encouraged to modify these prayers to repent of sinning against the Lord as a nation—as your nation would be guilty of these sins—but not guilty of breaking covenant with the Lord. Another point to take into consideration would be whether or not the leaders of your nation entered into covenant with Satan and/or the kingdom of darkness. If so, you may decide it best to repent on behalf of your nation for keeping covenant with the Enemy by committing the sins listed in each section. More information of repentance on behalf of your nation will be explained shortly.

How to Use This Book

Each chapter of this book contains six sections: Repentance, Replacement, Forgiveness, Blessing Israel, Stewardship & Growth in Spiritual Authority and Blessing. Each of these sections are described below that detail the biblical principles applied, as well as how to use each section.

Applying biblical principles to praying for the healing of our nation is strategic and increases the effectiveness of our prayers, time and energy expended. Each of the principles listed presents an action and guarantees a positive result in the execution of the positive action.

As you continue with the next sections, I invite you to take a look ahead at a couple of chapters. In doing so, the instructions immediately following will make more sense in context of the chapters.

Depending on the flow of each chapter, sometimes the repentance and replacement sections are separate, while other times they are combined. Feel free to separate or combine them as works best for you.

Some topics may be easier to go through, while other may be more difficult due to the areas of repentance the Lord highlights in your life. You may want to have your journal handy, or one that is set aside for this book to keep track of the Lord ministering to you as you seek Him. The sections on Stewardship & Growth in Spiritual Authority include questions that facilitate reflection and steps for implementation of strategies that you may find helpful to keep in written form.

Repentance

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves,
and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I
will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
—2 Chronicles 7:14

As we delve into the different areas of repentance and replacement for each chapter, we deal specifically with sins that result in negative actions. When dealing with specific sins, we increase our effectiveness because we recognize something is sin, take responsibility for it, repent of it, remove it and replace with a right action or change in thinking. In doing so, we engage in prayers to the Lord that are precise and effective. For example praying to the Lord, “Please forgive us of our iniquities,” is not an effective or precise prayer, even though it may be well intended. It is vague and takes no responsibility for particular sins. Also, there is then no specific focus with repentance with regards to changing behavior and way of thinking.  However, “Lord, please forgive us of the pride of power,” is a specific and strategic prayer. It shows acknowledgment of the sin, which leads to taking responsibility of the sin, and then gives opportunity for us to put into action a plan for replacing that sin with a positive behavior. Please remember that repentance can include acts of commission, things we have done; or acts of omission, things we have not done.

Second Chronicles chapter seven explains a biblical principle of repentance of the people of the Lord resulting in forgiveness of sin and healing of the land. Humility, prayer, seeking the face of the Lord and turning from wicked ways describe the principles that lead to forgiveness of sins and the healing to be received from the Lord. In keeping with this principle found in 2 Chronicles 7:14, we will repent of breaking covenant with the Lord relating to our individual role as members of the Royal Priesthood, in our generations and as a nation.

Repenting comprises the following: recognizing the sin, taking responsibility for the sin, repenting of the sin and turning away from repeating the sin. Repentance involves more that just being sorry for doing something wrong. It involves changing our mind, no longer committing the negative action and replacing with a right action. The Greek word [G3340] translated as “repent” means, “to change one’s mind, i.e. to repent; to change one’s mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins.” Keeping in alignment with this definition, the sins we repent of will be followed by asking the Lord to replace them with a right action, and/or replacing with the nature and character of Yeshua HaMashiach/Jesus Christ.

Individual repentance comes prior to repenting for our generations or on behalf our nation, as we need to first take the plank out of our own eye before removing the speck from our brother’s eye. There are many sins listed that each of us have not committed personally. However, since we are looking to repent of the sins of our generations and those of our nation, it is best to begin with personal repentance. In doing so, we are clean before the Lord and then have the authority to repent on behalf of our generations and our nation. By repenting first of individual sins, we can then pray to repent for our generations and nation from a place of humility, not from judgment or pride.

The Bible speaks of generational sins being passed down in the family line in several passages (Ex 20:5; Ex 34:7; Num 14:18; Deut 5:9). We can accomplish repentance of these generational sins and the sins of our forefathers as recorded in Nehemiah 1:6 and 9:2. By repenting of the sins of our generations, we can break the generational propensity to be held captive by the effects of these sins. Repentance of generational sins that our families made that contributed to the sins of our nation grants us greater spiritual authority when repenting on behalf of the sins of our nation.

Scripture references to repentance on behalf of the sins on a national level are found in Daniel chapter nine and Nehemiah chapters one and nine. Repentance on behalf of the nation may also be referred to as identificational repentance. When we repent on behalf of the sins of our nation, we repent and identify as though we committed the sin and ask the Lord’s forgiveness. Daniel gives a good example of this in his prayer recorded in chapter nine.

Replacement

Do not be overcome by evil,
but overcome evil with good.
—Romans 12:21

After repentance, our focus turns to replacement and overcoming evil with good. Scripture is a weapon against the enemy. Yeshua/Jesus used it when tempted by the devil. However, we need to understand what verses are to be used as warfare and which ones give insight as how to live or have the nature of God that results in effective warfare. When we focus on the replacement aspect in each chapter, our purpose is to replace with the nature and character of the Lord based on the truth found in Scripture.

The replacement items come from verses that are in the opposite spirit of the sin we repented of on behalf of ourselves, our generations and our nation. When removing a negative action or sin, we advance to zero. In order to have leverage to be victorious over the sin we repented of and removed, we need to replace with a positive or a right action, bringing us into positive numbers. For example, when repenting of and removing fear, we need the perfect love of the Lord that casts out fear to be the replacement for the fear (1 John 4:18). It is not the verse about perfect love that casts out fear, it is perfect love that does so.

Another example of a Scripture that is a principle for both repentance and replacement comes from 2 Chronicles 7:14. This verse gives us step-by-step instructions for the Lord’s forgiveness and healing of the land. Memorizing and reciting this verse in prayer alone is not the purpose of this passage, nor is it effective warfare. Remember, just knowing and memorizing Scripture does not guarantee transformation into godly character. Satan and many of the religious leaders recorded in the Bible knew Scripture very well. Yeshua/Jesus spoke strong words concerning the hypocrisy of knowing the Word but not living it. Scripture memorization and recitation without application and transformation is dangerous deceptive and destructive. Therefore, replacement in this book means that we apply the Word of the Lord in our lives in order to be continually transformed into the nature and character of the Lord revealed to us in His Word.

Forgiveness

“And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
—Matthew 6:12

“For if you forgive men their trespasses,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men their trespasses,
neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
—Matthew 6:14-15

Forgiveness follows on the heels of repentance and replacement in order that we may be forgiven by the Father for the sins of which we repented. Yeshua/Jesus speaks directly to the importance of forgiving others. We will only be forgiven of our sins if we forgive the sins of those who sin against us. If at any point we want to see if another angle or loophole exists that releases us from forgiving others in order to be forgiven ourselves, it does not exist. Forgiving others in order to be forgiven is recorded in five passages in eight different verses. As we see in the verse above from Matthew 6:14-15, Yeshua/Jesus gives both the positive results of forgiveness, as well as the negative consequence of not forgiving others.

Bless Israel

“I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
—Genesis 12:3

As we seek healing for our nation through repentance, replacement and forgiving others, we can increase our effectiveness by implementing another biblical principle of blessing Israel and the Jews. God promises that He will bless those who bless the descendants of Abraham; and that He will curse those who curse them. This promise seems to include blessings that extend beyond the law of sowing and reaping—more on the subject of sowing and reaping to follow.

Isaiah reveals that a nation who does not serve Jerusalem shall perish and be utterly ruined:

“For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish,
And those nations shall be utterly ruined” (Isaiah 60:12).

We can serve Israel by standing alongside, supporting and praying for her. In order to remain as a nation, we need to come into agreement with Scripture in order that we may continue to exist. There are many sins that need to be repented of and turned away from in our nation. However, based on the Word, it seems that if we stand in agreement with Israel, the Lord’s blessing and mercy may be extended to grant us more time to for the healing and restoration of our nation even if other wrong actions have yet to be righted. For example, if we do not stand with Israel and we get the abortion law overturned, as important as not killing the life of the unborn child is, it will not exempt us from the judgment of the Lord for not standing with Israel.

When we bless God’s people with the replacement verses, we activate yet another biblical principle found in the law of sowing and reaping:

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap (Galatians 6:7).

Utilizing the law of sowing and reaping seems to be in addition to the blessings that come from the Lord by blessing the Jews. If we want to increase in receiving blessings and growing in the nature and character of the Lord, an effective way to accomplish this comes through blessing others in the areas we want to acquire. Reaping is specific to what we sow. Therefore, being specific and strategic in how we bless Israel and the Jews based on our replacement topics not only helps them, but helps us as well.

You may be wondering, “What about blessing other nations? Don’t we want to bless them as well?” Yes, we do want all nations to be blessed. In blessing Israel we bless all the nations, for the Lord purposes that the descendants of Abraham and the nation of Israel be a blessing to the families and nations of the earth (Gen 18:18; Gen 22:18; Gen 26:4).

Each chapter contains a prayer to bless Israel relating to the replacement verses from the Old Testament. In honoring the Jews’ faith in God and believing that the Messiah is still to be revealed, none of our prayers for Israel or the Jews are offered in the name of Jesus. We can still pray to the Lord and ask His blessing on the Jews in a way that remains true to our beliefs as followers of Yeshua/Jesus, while at the same time respecting the beliefs of our Jewish brothers and sisters.

Stewardship & Growth in
Spiritual Authority

“‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful
over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.’”
—Matthew 25:21

But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and
continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer
of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
—James 1:25

As thorough and important as the prayers of repentance, replacement and forgiveness may be, our task of overcoming evil with good does not end with these. Victory in overcoming evil with good can only be gained by putting it into practice. We are to be good stewards with the knowledge the Lord has given to us. Therefore, each chapter provides an opportunity to apply biblical principles of stewardship that will facilitate further growth and blessing.

Please take time with the Father and ask Him the questions in order that you may continue to increase in your ability to live from the blessings and provision of the covenant of life and peace. Questions involve taking a look at actions or thoughts that need to be removed, as well as adding in positive behaviors or responses. These questions correspond with the theme of repentance and replacement. You may find it helpful to write down your answers in a separate journal.

In order to keep the momentum of removing, replacing and growing in stewardship in these areas in your life, you may find it encouraging working through this book with a trusted friend or prayer group.

Blessing

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.
—Proverbs 18:21

Another aspect of replacement that we apply in each chapter includes blessings. Many passages of Scripture contain blessings and speak to the impact they have on those receiving them. The tongue has within it the power of life and death. Life from blessing and death from cursing are exemplified over again in both the Old and New Testaments.

Each chapter closes with a blessing that incorporates the replacement verses for that topic. Speaking words of blessings from these verses contain the power to give life. You may choose to read the blessing out loud or quietly to yourself. In addition, you may have opportunity to read the blessings over others.

The Scriptural Foundation for Blessings

Blessings are spoken of and given in both the Old and New Testaments. The most commonly used Hebrew word for “bless” [H1288] means, “to bless.” The English word “bless” means: “(1) To pronounce a wish of happiness to one; to express a wish or desire of happiness. Genesis 28:1; (2) to make happy; to make successful; to prosper in temporal concerns; as, we are blest with peace and plenty. Deuteronomy 15:4.”

Scripture includes blessings from God to people, from people to God, and from people to people. Included below contains a list of a sampling of verses pertaining to blessings.

Examples of God blessing people: Genesis 12:3; Genesis 26:3; Exodus 20:24; Psalm 5:2; Psalm 29:11

Examples of people blessing God: Psalm 16:7; Psalm 18:46; Psalm 89:52; 2 Corinthians 1:3

Examples of fathers blessing their sons: Genesis 27:1-4; Genesis 28:1; Genesis 48

Example of one person blessing another: Genesis 24:60; Ruth 4:11-12; 1 Samuel 26:25; Psalm 41:1; Psalm 128:1-6; Luke 2:34-33; James 1:12

Blessings others is a command: Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:27-28; John 13:35; Romans 12:14; James 1:12; James 3:1-11

God acknowledges blessings from people to people: Genesis 12:3

Phrases used for blessings:
May you become (Genesis 24:60)
I bless… (Genesis 48:9)
May the Lord God … and bless you (Deuteronomy 1:11)
The Lord make…(Ruth 4:11-12)
The Lord bless you (Psalm 128:5)

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Humility Blessing

Beloved, as a member of the royal priesthood, your role is to be an ambassador and messenger of the Lord of Hosts (Mal 2:7). This responsibility of representing the Lord of Hosts is to be carried out in the humility of the Lord Jesus/Yeshua Ha Mashiach. I bless you to be clothed in humility. May you receive the blessings that come from being humble.

May you experience the Lord’s deliverance and salvation that is reserved for the humble (2 Sam 22:28; Psalm 18:27).

I bless you with humility so that you can seek the face of the Lord in prayer in order to turn away from all evil so that you may receive the forgiveness of the Lord (2 Chr 7:14). The prayers and repentance of the humble are essential for the Lord to bring healing to the land (2 Chr 7:14). I bless you with courage and faith to be truly humble. May you be blessed to see the results of your humility reflected in the Lord’s healing work in the land of your home, community, State and Nation.

I bless you with humility that is strength against being angry and taking revenge on behalf of yourself and/or others. The Lord remembers all wrongs committed against you. It is He who avenges the blood of the humble (Ps 9:12). May you find comfort and strength in the truth that the Lord remembers the cry of the humble (Ps 9:12).

As you continue and grow in humility, may you be blessed with the guidance of Lord concerning justice (Ps 25:9). May you continually lead a life of humility and offer the prayers of the humble for justice. The Lord hears the desires of the humble for justice (Ps 10:17). I bless you to experience the Lord preparing your heart, causing your ear to receive instruction from the Lord as to how to do justice for the fatherless and oppressed. May you have wisdom from the Lord that gives strategy to those who oppress that they may oppress no more (Ps 10:17-18).

May you receive the blessing of being taught the way of the Lord that results from your humility (Ps 25:9).

As you seek the Lord in humility, may you see Him and be filled with gladness. May your heart live as a result of blessings from seeking God in humility (Ps 69:32).

Since the Lord your God cares for you, may you completely trust Him with all your concerns. May you humble yourself under the mighty hand of the Lord your God. By doing so, may you be blessed by the Lord exalting you and lifting you to places of honor (Ps 147:6; Matt 23:12; James 4:10; 1 Pet 5:6-7; Prov 29:23).

May you truly know the Lord takes pleasure in His people. I bless you to live from the beautification that His salvation and deliverance is to you as one who is humble (Ps 149:4).

I bless you to know the favor, grace and elegance that the Lord gives the humble (Prov 3:34).  May you receive more of the grace of the Lord as you grow in humility (James 4:6). I bless you with grace from the Lord “that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness and grace of speech” (Strong’s G5485 charis for grace).

As you remain humble, may you continually be blessed with and increase your joy in the Lord. I bless you to rejoice in the Holy One of Israel (Is 29:19).

The High and Lofty One—the One whose name is Holy—dwells in the high and holy place with those who have a humble spirit. May you be blessed to dwell with the Lord who inhabits eternity. May your spirit be revived as you dwell with the Lord in the high and holy place (Is 57:15).

As you pray in humility before the Lord your God, may the Lord release angels with assignments and messages to your prayers like He did for Daniel (Dan 10:12).

I encourage you to always remain humble, for in doing so, you shall be able trust in the name of the Lord (Zeph 3:12).

I encourage you to learn from the gentleness and humility of heart that is found in Jesus/Yeshua. May you find rest for your soul in Him (Matt 11:28-30).

I bless you with humbling yourself like a child. In doing so, may you be blessed with a position of greatness in the Kingdom of heaven (Matt 18:4).

I bless you with courage and wisdom to associate only with those who are humble (Rom 12:16).

Beloved, let the thinking of Christ Jesus and His humility be in you. When Jesus Christ took on human form, He left His equality with God the Father and the reputation of this equality when He came to earth. Jesus/Yeshua humbled Himself and became human. It was so important for Yeshua/Jesus to be in relationship with all mankind and to die for all sins, that He was able to humble Himself to die the death of a sinner on a cross. In doing so, God exalted Him to a place that is higher than any person can attain. All will bow and confess that Yeshua/Jesus Christ is Lord in order to glorify God the Father (Phil 2:5-11).  May you be blessed with the humility that comes from Christ in order to be effective in the work of the Kingdom of Heaven. I bless you in the name of Yeshua, in the name of Jesus.

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Copyright 2016 Rivkah Isaacs

Blessing for Royal Priesthood Prayer #9

Beloved, as a member of the royal priesthood, the Lord has many plans to bring you into greatness and to lift you up for the work in His Kingdom. In order for Him to exalt you, humility must be firmly established in your spirit, soul and in all you are, do, think and say.

Beloved, I bless you to have the courage and the wisdom to stop the patterns of the sins of generational pride, disobedience, obstinance and being stiff-necked in your family line (Neh 9:2, 16). I bless you to love the Lord with all your heart, soul and strength (Deut 6:4; Deut 7:9). I bless you to live from the promise and reality that God is faithful to keep His covenant for a thousand generations to those who love Him (Deut 7:9). I bless you to love the Lord so that you may be the conduit to bring forth generational blessings to your family line (Ps 27:8; Deut 7:9). I encourage you to turn your face to the Father and ask Him for strategy and strength for victory to live in humility in order to a righteous legacy to your future generations.

Beloved, as a member of the royal priesthood, the Lord entrusts your mouth to speak words that represent Him as the Lord of Hosts (Mal 2:7). I bless to you move into greater levels of representing your King according to His nature and character.

Beloved, I bless you to speak words that are humble and true (1 Sam 2:3). In order to speak with humility, I bless you to live from the understanding that the God of knowledge weighs your actions (1 Sam 2:3). I bless you to speak words that are gentle, kind and respectful (Col 3:12-14). If something needs to be addressed to bring about correction, I bless you to do so in love and gentleness with the purpose of bringing the person to a place of restoration.

Beloved, I bless you to use your mouth to boast in the Lord and the Cross of Jesus (Ps 34:2; Gal 6:14). May you speak only words of victory by declaring the Lord is your only Savior and Redeemer (Is 43:11; Is 45:21; Is 49:26; Isaiah 60:16). I bless you to remember that—as a member of the royal priesthood—your lips are to be used in service to the Lord of Hosts as His messenger (Mal 2:7). May only justice be found on your lips (Mal 2:6). I bless you to keep knowledge with your lips (Mal 2:6). I bless you to only speak the law of truth from your mouth (Mal 2:7).

Beloved, I bless you to declare your trust in the Lord (Ps 91:2). May your lips proclaim the Lord is your fortress and refuge (Ps 92:1). May you be encouraged to continually say to the Lord, “You are great,” and, “Your name is great in might” (Jer 10:6). I bless the words of your mouth to proclaim there is none like the Lord (Jer 10:6).

Beloved, may your speech be full of tender compassion, mercy, humility, gentleness and meekness. I bless you to hold each other up. May you put on affection, forgiveness and brotherly love for one another (Col 3:12-14).

Beloved, I bless you to sow to the Holy Spirit in order to reap from the Holy Spirit. I bless you to not grow weary in doing good. I bless you to do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith (Gal 6:7-10).

Beloved, I bless you as a member of the royal priesthood with increased strength and desire to seek the Lord with all your heart. He has many blessings that result from seeking Him—one of which is life (Amos 5:4, Amos 5:6). The life and blessings He gives you are for you and for the work the Lord has entrusted you with relating to the Kingdom of God.

Beloved, I bless you to continually be mindful of the Lord your God. I encourage you to seek the face of the Lord with your heart (Ps 27:8). I bless you to seek the Lord in order to receive the blessing of life that comes as a result (Amos 5:4, Amos 5:6). I bless you to hope and wait on the Lord your God. As you hope and wait for Him, may you see the good that comes from the Lord, which comes from seeking Him (Lam 3:25). I bless you to seek righteousness and humility. May you be blessed by every good thing the Lord has for you when you seek Him. I bless you in the name of Yeshua, in the name of Jesus.

(This blessing is written in connection of the replacement verses for the prayers for Religion and Covenant: The Royal Priesthood #9.)

Copyright 2016 Rivkah Isaacs

Religion & Covenant: The Royal Priesthood #5

As we continue our journey of repentance of breaking covenant as members of the royal priesthood, we move to Scriptures outside of Malachi 2:4-9 that refer to priests. For more information on the covenant of life and peace the Lord of Hosts made with Levi and his descendants as priests, please see the previous posts on Religion & Covenant: The Royal Priesthood.

1. As a member of the royal priesthood (based on Ezra 9:1-2), please repent on behalf of us individually, our generations and our Nation for…

  • entering into marriages with idolaters (Ezra 9:1-2)
  • entering into unequally yoked partnerships with idolaters (2 Cor 6:11-18)

As a member of the royal priesthood, please replace…

  • being holy, coming out and being set apart from the midst of idolaters (2 Cor 6:16)

2. As a member of the royal priesthood (based on Isaiah 28:7-8), please repent on behalf of us individually, our generations and our Nation for…

  • erring through intoxicating drink (Is 28:7-8)
  • being swallowed up by wine (Is 28:7-8)
  • erring in vision (Is 28:7-8)
    • this Hebrew word for “vision” is used only once in the Old Testament and refers to prophetic vision
    • stumbling in judgment (Is 28:7-8)

As a member of the royal priesthood, please replace…

  • being filled with the Holy Spirit to replace the erring through intoxicating drink (Eph 5:18)
  • receiving vision of the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17)
  • judging according to the judgments of the Lord in controversy (Ezek 44:23-24)

3. As a member of the royal priesthood (based on Jer 5:30-31), please repent on behalf of us individually, our generations and our Nation for…

  • ruling by own power (Jer 5:30-31)
  • loving to have the priests rule by their power (Jer 5:30-31)
  • prophesying falsely (prophets) (Jer 5:30-31)
  • loving to have the prophets prophesy falsely (Jer 5:30-31)

As a member of the royal priesthood, please replace…

  • leading as a servant (Matt 23:11-12)
  • leading by humility (Matt 23:11-12)
  • leading like the Lord as a shepherd (Is 40:11)
  • loving to be lead by those who lead like the Lord as a shepherd (Is 40:11)
  • hearing, believing and receiving the lovingkindness of the Lord (Ps 143:8)
  • prophesying only through the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:17)
  • abiding in the Word in order to know the truth that makes one free (John 8:31)

4. As a member of the royal priesthood (based on Jer 6:13), please repent on behalf of us individually, our generations and our Nation for…

  • giving over to covetousness (Jer 6:13)
  • dealing falsely (Jer 6:13)

As a member of the royal priesthood, please replace…

  • having the Lord satiate the soul of priests with abundance (Jer 31:14)
  • being satisfied with the goodness of the Lord (Jer 31:14)
    • When our souls are satiated and satisfied with the goodness of the Lord, there will be no room for covetousness or false dealings with others.

5. As a member of the royal priesthood (based on Jer 32:32-33), please repent on behalf of us individually, our generations and our Nation for…

  • provoking the Lord to anger (Jer 32:32-33)
  • turning back to the Lord and not the face (Jer 32:32-33)
  • not listening and receiving instruction of the Lord (Jer 32:32-33)

As a member of the royal priesthood, please replace…

  • seeking the face of the Lord with our heart (Ps 27:8)
  • finding the Lord by diligently seeking His face (Prov 7:15)
  • fearing the Lord and receiving instruction of wisdom (Prov 15:33)

6. As a member of the royal priesthood (based on Ezek 22:26), please repent on behalf of us individually, our generations and our Nation for…

  • violating the Lord’s law, direction and instruction (Ezek 22:26)
  • profaning, desecrating and polluting the holy things of the Lord, which He commanded are to be set apart (Ezek 22:26)
  • not distinguished between holy/set-apart and unholy/common/profane (Ezek 22:26)
  • not made known to others the difference between the clean/pure and unclean/impure (Ezek 22:26)
  • hiding eyes from the Sabbath (Ezek 22:26)
  • profaning the Lord by doing these things (Ezek 22:26)

As a member of the royal priesthood, please replace…

  • keeping the commandments, law and instruction of the Lord that you may live and multiply (Deut 30:16)
  • being clothed with righteousness (Ps 132:9)
  • knowing and teaching the different between the holy/set-apart and the unholy/common/profane (Ezek 44:23-24)
  • discerning between the unclean/impure and that which is clean/pure (Ezek 44:23-24)
  • judging according to the judgments of the Lord in controversy (Ezek 44:23-24)
  • keeping the laws/direction/instructions and statues of the Lord in His appointed meetings (Ezek 44:23-24)
  • keeping the Sabbaths holy (Ex 20:8; Ezek 44:23-24)

 

This is an excerpt from Chapter 11 of “Covenant & Religion.” The remainder of this chapter and the complete book, “Covenant & Religion,” is available for purchase here.

Copyright 2015 Rivkah Isaacs

Religion & Covenant: The Royal Priesthood #4

It is important that we keep covenant with the Lord as the royal priesthood in the area of our individual lives and how it manifests in the area of religion (Malachi 2:4-9; Hebrews 13:8; 1 Peter 2:9). This includes all believers, not just the pastors and clergy. As the royal priesthood, please repent in our individual lives, for our past family generations and on behalf of our Nation for not representing well or extending the covenant of life and peace with the Lord to others. These can either be acts of commission—things we have done, or acts of omission—things we have not done.

“But you [priests] have departed from the way….You have corrupted the covenant of Levi,” says the Lord of hosts.
Malachi 2:8 (NKJV)

  • As the royal priesthood, please repent on behalf of us individually, our generations and our Nation for…
    • departing from the way of the Lord (Malachi 2:8)
    • how departing from the way of the Lord has influenced others to do the same
    • how departing from the way of the Lord has injured others
    • walking in perverted ways (Prov 10:9)
    • hearing the Word and not doing it (James 1:22)
    • deceiving ourselves by hearing the Word and not doing it (James 1:22)
  • As the royal priesthood, please replace with…
    • following in God’s perfect way (Psalm18:30; Psalm 37:34)
    • asking the Lord to show you His ways (Psalm 25:4)
    • asking the Lord to teach you His path (Psalm 25:4; Psalm 86:11)
    • walking with integrity (Prov 10:9)
    • hearing and doing the Word (James 1:22)

You [priests] have caused many to stumble at the law.” Malachi 2:8 (NKJV)

  • As the royal priesthood, please repent on behalf of us individually, our generations and our Nation for…
    • any ways we have led others astray by not instructing or speaking appropriately the law with our mouths (Mal 2:8; Matt 5:17-19)
    • any ways we have caused others to stumble at the law by our own actions or lifestyle (Matt 5:17-19)
    • for how we have caused little ones who believe in the Lord to stumble (Mark 9:42)
  • As the royal priesthood, please replace with…
    • preparing our hearts to seek the law of the Lord (Ezra 7:10)
    • putting into practice the law of the Lord into our lives (Ezra 7:10)
    • teaching what we know and do of the law of the Lord to others (Ezra 7:10)

You have corrupted the covenant of Levi,” says the Lord of hosts. Malachi 2:8 (NKJV)

  • As the royal priesthood, please repent on behalf of us individually, our generations and our Nation for corrupting the covenant of life and peace of Levi…
    • corrupt words coming out of our mouths (Eph 4:29)
    • acting corruptly by means of idolatry (Deut 4:16)
    • corrupting others by enticing them to idolatry (Deut 13:13)
    • being corrupt by not knowing the Lord (1 Sam 2:12)
    • sowing to the flesh and reaping corruption (Gal 6:8)
    • the “old man” that grows corrupt by deceitful lusts (Eph 4:22)
  • As the royal priesthood, please replace with…
    • good words proceeding from our mouths that imparts grace to the hearers (Eph 4:29)
    • loving God with our heart, soul and strength (Deut 6:5)
    • encouraging others to love God with their heart, soul and strength (Deut 6:5)
    • knowing the Lord your God who is faithful and keeps covenant to those who love Him and keep His commandments and instructions (Deut 7:9)
    • sowing to the Spirit and reaping everlasting life (Gal 6:8)
    • putting on the “new man” and be renewed in the spirit of the mind (Eph 4:23-24)

“Therefore I also have made you [priests] contemptible and base before all the people, because you have not kept My ways but have shown partiality in the law.” Malachi 2:9 (NKJV)

  • As the royal priesthood, please repent on behalf of us individually, our generations and our Nation for showing partiality in the law…
    • showing partiality to the poor in a dispute (Ex 23:3)
    • showing partiality in judgment (Deut 1:17; Deut 16:19)
    • not hearing everyone equally (Deut 1:17)
    • being afraid in a man’s presence to give judgment (Deut 1:17)
    • taking a bribe (Deut 10:17; Deut 16:19)
    • perverting justice (Deut 16:19)
    • judging unjustly (Ps 82:2)
    • overthrowing the righteous in judgment (Prov 18:5)
    • showing partiality to the wicked (Ps 82:2)
    • holding faith of our Lord with partiality (James 2:1-3)
    • showing partiality to the rich over the poor (James 2:1-3)
    • judging with evil thoughts (James 2:4)
  • As the royal priesthood, please replace with…
    • But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy (James 3:17 NKJV).
    • preserving justice (Deut 16:19)
    • not showing partiality (Deut 16:19)
    • not taking bribes (Deut 16:19)
    • having the fear of the Lord and not showing partiality (2 Chr 19:7)
    • judging justly (Ps 82:2)
    • blessings on those who keep justice (Ps 106:3)
    • no partiality with God (Rom 2:11)
    • not showing partiality to the rich or poor (James 2:1-3)

This is an excerpt from Chapter 7 of “Covenant & Religion.” The remainder of this chapter and the complete book, “Covenant & Religion,” is available for purchase here.

Copyright 2015 Rivkah Isaacs