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“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.  Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.  The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen” (Isaiah 43:18-20).

I know the past year has been very difficult for many people.  And because we live in a broken world there will be trouble in this new year as well.  But I also believe it is going to be a year when God works in your life in a way that you have never seen before.  I believe a commanded blessing will come your way because of your compassion for “the least of these” among God’s Chosen People.

As I was praying this morning, God spoke to me with these words from Deuteronomy 28:8: “The Lord shall command a blessing upon you….” The passage goes on to describe the amazing blessing that God has for you.  This blessing rains down on every part of your life — your health, your family, your finances, and so much more.  God wants to bless everything you touch!

This is what He did for my people, the Children of Israel, when they cried out to Him from their bondage in Egypt.  Not only did God deliver them from slavery, but He protected them from death.  On the night the Death Angel passed through the land, the Israelites put blood on the doorposts of their homes, and their firstborn children were spared.  But as wonderful and miraculous as that deliverance was, there was even more.

God gave the Israelites favor with their Egyptian neighbors, and they left the land of their former captivity loaded down with gold and gems and possessions, blessed beyond their wildest dreams.  That’s what the commanded blessing does.

This is the blessing described in Psalm 133.  David talked about the anointing oil that was poured on the head of Aaron when he was consecrated as the high priest of Israel.  It flowed down from his head, over his beard, across his entire body, and all the way down to his feet.  It covered him completely!  That’s what the commanded blessing does.

But notice with me what comes first.  That beautiful Psalm starts with these words: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”  The Hebrew word for unity literally means agreement.  The commanded blessing comes when we come into agreement with what God wants to do in and through our lives.

Today I am asking you to come into agreement with God concerning His commanded blessing for yourself, your children and grandchildren, your finances, your health, and your dreams for 2021.  As part of the Jerusalem Prayer Team, you are in a unique position to be blessed.  The Word declares, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; they shall prosper that love thee”(Psalm 122:6).  Many Believers have written to me because they are worried.  I have good news for you!  The Lord is your refuge.  It doesn’t matter how great the storms, God will protect His people.