The word blessing has been so stripped of its meaning that most people pay no attention to it
anymore. Even though it represents the most important concept in the Bible, and reveals God’s
will for all mankind, the world has trivialized it into little more than a courtesy comment made when
Even believers, who give the phrase more thought because of its scriptural nature, are often confused
by it because it is thrown around in such casual and contradictory ways. On one hand, they hear things
like sickness, poverty and calamity referred to as “blessings in disguise,” while on the other hand,
health, prosperity and protection are called blessings, too. Religious double speak has turned it
into a term that changes color according to the circumstances surrounding it, with no clear meaning of
In reality, however, the word blessing has a definite and distinct identity. Its primary biblical meaning
is to say something good about. In Hebrew, a blessing is the exact opposite of a curse, which means to
say something bad about.
The Jews, who were the original readers of the Bible, completely understood that fact. They didn’t
have the problem many Christians do. They never got blessings and curses mixed up.
Most Christians today have been robbed of such clarity. Their minds have been muddled by man-made
doctrines so ridiculous they’d never believe them outside of church. Instead of having their minds
washed with the water of The WORD, they’ve been brainwashed by tradition into believing that God
actually sends bad things into their lives to bless them...
“I lost my job and went broke. That was when the Holy Spirit was finally able to teach me to
put God first in my life. That proves poverty can sometimes be a BLESSING of The LORD.”
Such statements may sound spiritual, but they’re just plain wrong. Going broke is never
a BLESSING. It’s a curse.
Kenneth Copeland, The BLESSING of The LORD