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Bestowing the Blessing

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Sermon shared by Damian Phillips

September 2011
Summary: Sermon # 34: This message discusses how when you begin claiming new territory for the Lord, and as you invite others to join in your vision of God’s best, blessing is a vital component in keeping people motivated to continue fighting for the land.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: Seeker adults
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field as a dowry. When Caleb invested in his son-in-law through a grant of land, that gift was his way of communicating a blessing. It was Caleb’s sign of faith in how he believed Othniel would multiply the productivity of the land. Remember, when you invest in the lives of others, you are bestowing a blessing on them.

Caleb then turned to Achsah asking if there was anything that she wanted; and just as her father had earlier declared, “Give me this mountain” (Jo 14:12), she had the confidence to expect and insist, “Give me also springs of water!” (15:19). Achsah’s faith-filled request was her petition for a great blessing from her father. Delores Tansil says,

Achsah desired to receive the same covenant blessings her father obtained as a result of his walk of faith . . . As Achsah esteemed her father, she was actually esteeming God. She was pursuing the God of her father, Caleb, to bestow upon her and her family life-sustaining blessings.

Achsah and Othniel had received the field, or rather they possessed their allotted territory; however, the ground did not hold everything needed to produce a great yield. The region in the south was dry. Caleb had given them land, but Achsah realized that they needed water for irrigation, so the land could be more fertile; therefore, she asked him for springs of water.

Jesus asked, “What man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?” (Mt 7:9). If your spiritual offspring should ask you for bread, or rather come to you for instruction in the Word of God, then do not brush him or her aside and ignore that individual. Get rid of your heart of stone and have some genuine compassion, and be responsible enough to engage in discipleship.

You can lead people to salvation, which is the Promised Land; but if you fail to disciple them, you are leaving them spiritually dry with nothing to help them grow, prosper and produce. If your spiritual children should ask you for a blessing, or demonstrate some sort of need, then do not fail at showing your love and support; for by your concern you are communicating a blessing.

Perhaps someone under your care has demonstrated initiative by going above and beyond the call of duty in a particular area of ministry. Be sure to recognize the individual for his or her service, because people need affirmation and encouragement in order to be motivated to excel. If someone should go out of his or her way in serving the Lord, then you should go out of your way in blessing that individual.

Caleb went out of his way in blessing his daughter Achsah for her boldness. She had simply requested one spring, but Caleb decided to give her two springs - both the upper and lower ones. We just read where Jesus asked what father would give his child a stone if he asked for bread. He continued to elaborate, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Mt 7:11).

The Father wants to bestow good gifts to those who ask Him for a blessing. Herbert Lockyear reinforces this truth, as he comments on this particular passage, stating,

In the upper and nether springs we have a type of the temporal and spiritual mercies from our Father above. As heirs of the promise, His children can humbly and confidently ask
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