Why do you say “God Bless you” – It’s not Biblical!

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God bless you, GBU, and G-D bless you are the frequent texts/messages you will get today, and you will get the verbal version if you are going to a Church or prayer meeting. I have been a Christian for 15 years and was brought up in the faith believing that saying those three words was the ‘right’, ‘holy’, ‘proper’ thing to do. Well, that was until I read my Bible for what it is. I feel defrauded if I am honest because through prayer, seeking God and study I have discovered that saying those three words are traditional or cultural rather than spiritual. God has nothing to do with it.
You probably think I am crazy and fair enough if you do but I spent time on this, and I want to educate those who are willing to ‘hear’ so below I list out my findings in a spiritual order. Firstly I look at God’s Word and how Jesus and the Apostles spoke; Then I look at the spiritual implications of saying those three words; Finally, I will touch on the history of those three words.
What does God’s Word say? Looking at the words of Jesus, especially before His accession to the right hand of God He was more concerned about letting His disciples know about the coming of the HolyGhost; Poor disciples never got a God bless you from Jesus! Apostle Paul was the major contributor to the New Testament, and he always ended his letters very specifically by requesting that the grace of God be with the Churches he wrote to. Very different to saying, God Bless You. Peter and John were focused on ‘Saluting’ the recipients of the letters they wrote, and again, the emphasis was, peace and grace to be upon those who were reading (The Churches they planted). There is also the issue of the term, “GodSpeed” which is found in 2 John but the meaning of the scripture is critical. The explanation is that if there is someone who brings an alternate gospel to the one Jesus preaches then do not wish them a good or safe journey. You can’t find the term God Bless You in the Bible. We say it, day in day out. There are implications.
Every word that proceeds from our mouths are a seed sown, either a seed of life or death and according to Psalm 17:2 God desires our sentences to be formed in His presence. There are spiritual implications to the words we use in a positive and adverse way, therefore, my question is who gave us the authority to proclaim blessing on each other? Why are we speaking with such authority when it isn’t ours to have? It is God who decides where and who the blessing goes after all the scripture says His mercy falls upon whom He chooses. In 15 years of Christian living, I have seen God not bless me, but people insist on saying it to me (I am situation specific) and the conclusion is that the things that I was not blessed with were never in His will or the season expired. I have been guilty of speaking those three words for many years myself, and then I realised that how can I bless someone if God doesn’t even want that? Paul wrote at the end of his letter to the Church at Ephesus, “Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen”. I mean WOW! How many people have you blessed and you don’t even know if they sincerely love Jesus? Many Christians are exactly that according to Paul and Jesus.
You want to know about history I guess? I wouldn’t be too bothered at this point but some say the Romans first came up with it in regards to their pagan gods and others say it’s an English traditional saying that came about during the plague. You would say it if someone sneezes as they were about to die. So next time you want to say the words God Bless you what are you causing to happen in the spiritual realm? You don’t know God’s will for everyone’s life. Neither do I.
Let’s get back to the truth and not this Church tradition which breaks us down and causes us to sin. Jesus help us.

Disciples feel conviction

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Conviction is an interesting area which many people fail to understand. The deep rooted feeling within your spirit that something isn’t quite right is regularly ignored however if it is acknowledged there is great freedom to be found. Many Christians usually account convictions as an emotional feeling, but it is a deeply spiritual thing connected to the heart of God the Father. Until we define what conviction is and work out the root, we will continue to ignore the feeling and in return, we will continue to ignore God the Father because avoiding conviction is turning away from God’s heart.

The two examples of conviction that stand out to me from the Bible’s perspective is the case of Peter and the prodigal son. Firstly, Peter was warned by Jesus that He would deny Him during the time of arrest and Peter had time to deal with that prophetic word, but He instead chose to ignore the conviction by turning it into an emotional situation. Alas we have a weakness in Peter and when he denied Jesus the third time as prophesied He felt a deep conviction in his heart, and he wept. I would like to focus on the weeping and the fruits of it because Peter went on to build God’s Kingdom, therefore through denying Jesus, (a severely unholy act), Peter managed to do many great works. Where sin abounds, as does Grace and the key here is that Peter recognised the conviction of doing wrong and repented for it.

Now the prodigal son is a story of a wealthy man who took his inheritance and lived his life to the full in a worldly sense. The boy liked to party, eat well and you know the rest, but when his money ran out, he found himself working in a piggery eating pigs food. Sin does lead you to a form of poverty (emotionally, physically and spiritually) after all but it was at his lowest point he decided to recognise the conviction in his heart which was entirely different to Peter’s. Deep down this prodigal son had a conviction that His Father would accept him back despite living a sinful lifestyle. Hope that hits your spirit hard.

Peter felt the conviction of denial and then went onto to pioneer the first church and faced many tribulations for professing Christ and the prodigal son found ‘acceptance’ through his convictions. When you are being convicted, it is God trying to get a message to you, but if you aren’t walking as a disciple, you will never understand this conviction. Disciples see opportunity, grace, mercy, forgiveness in conviction whereas nominal believers see guilt, condemnation and abandonment.

Stop avoiding conviction and deal with what God is doing within you. David sinned, felt convicted and moved on with God’s will as did many other great disciples in God’s Kingdom so I guess it’s on you now to show you have the faith to do this.

Through faith alone, by His blood.