1 There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar. 2 Then the Lord appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. 3 Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. 4 And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; 5 because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.” 6 So Isaac dwelt in Gerar. 12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him. 13 The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous; 14 for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him.
Generational blessings: The positive patterns/habits that repeat themselves through the generations. We are walking in blessings that didn’t originate with us. We are recipients of answered prayers that our parents/grandparents prayed.
What is a generational blessing? A generational blessing is strength, praise, divine favor and prosperity that is passed down to the next generation.
“I must honor those who have come before me.” – Pastor Billy Johnson
Why is a generational blessing important? A generational blessing is important because the promise or vision is too expansive to be fulfilled in one generation (Gen 26:1-5).
How do we receive a generational blessing? Our obedience to God positions us to receive a generational blessing (Gen 26:1-3, 6, 12-13).
How do we pass on a generational blessing? We pass a generational blessing on by speaking it (Gen 49:28, Heb 11:21, Num 6:22-27).
Jacob spoke a blessing over his children and grandchildren. Also, Jesus always spoke Life. We have to speak a blessing (speak well of) to the next generation.