The Weight of Our Words

John Hagee’s latest book, The Power of the Prophetic Blessing, will probably contain few surprises for those who follow him. Since I seldom view his TV program or read other material authored by him, the book brought much of his biographical history to my attention for the first time. Pastor Hagee showed a great sense of humor in several of the personal incidents he relates. Just thinking about them still makes me grin. The book also encouraged me to think of familiar biblical passages in new ways.

The first two sections of the book explore biblical examples of prophetic blessings in the Old and New Testaments. While many passages were familiar ones, the interpretation and emphases Pastor Hagee used to develop his position on prophetic blessings prompted me to consider them from a different perspective. He also wove information concerning his personal commitment to the nation of Israel throughout these sections. Since the passages He used as examples concern the blessing of Israel and the blessing (or cursing) of those who affect Israel, the two strands worked together very well.

Section three of The Power of the Prophetic Blessing, delivered the application: our words and actions are powerful. With them, we can either bless or curse our family. Pastor Hagee explains releasing, receiving and proclaiming prophetic blessings in clear language — and includes examples of blessings for us to use.

I received the free advanced reader’s copy for review at a time only God could orchestrate.

I had wondered why a friend was not receiving God’s blessing on his property. He owns a few acres and a variety of domestic birds and animals. For the past few years, he has had little increase in his flocks or herds. He is a fine Christian man who serves in his church and honors God in his daily life. I tried praying for him with no change in his circumstances. Shortly after I received The Power of the Prophetic Blessing, I spoke to him about the situation. He said that he had been speaking negative words about his property. I told him that he might be cursing himself. He promised to be more careful and we prayed for God to bless him. Our words are that powerful. The Power of the Prophetic Blessing demonstrates ways to harness our tongue for blessing. THAT is worth discovering. I highly recommend it.

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