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    “We must carry on our work with patience. We must bear with many abuses and injuries from those to whom we seek to do good. When we have studied for them, and prayed for them, and exhorted them, and beseeched them with all earnestness and condescension, and given them what we are able, and tended them as if they had been our children, we must look that many of them will requite us with scorn and hatred and contempt, and account us their enemies, because we ‘tell them the truth.’ Now, we must endure all this patiently, and we must unweariedly hold on in doing good, ‘in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, if God, peradventure, will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.’ We have to deal with distracted men who will fly in the face of their physician, but we must not, therefore, neglect their cure. He is unworthy to be a physician, who will be driven away from a frenetic patient by foul words. Yet, alas, when sinners reproach and slander us for our love, and are more ready to spit in our faces, than to thank us for our advice, what heart-risings will there be, and how will the remnants of old Adam (pride and passion) struggle against the meekness and patience of the new man! And how sadly do many ministers come off under such trials!”
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The Power of the Prophetic Blessing by John Hagee

The book, The Power of the Prophetic Blessing by John Hagee, was interesting and disconcerting at the same time. Hagee presents to the reader a way to guarantee blessings from God on yourself and your loved ones by pronouncements of blessing like those of the Old Testament prophets. I am intrigued by the thought that a father’s spoken blessing could make a difference in the life of a child, and agree that our words can make a difference – for the good or the bad. But to grab ahold of a Jewish tradition and hold it up as some sort of magical guarantee of a better life seems a bit out of kilter to me. Can we manipulate God’s hand by our words as if we are calling out a self-willed blessing on those we love? Does God work like that? Do we have that type of power? I think not. Blessings come from God and it is He who will determine where, when and to whom they fall.

I do not believe in the Prosperity Gospel, nor do I assume my life or those of my children can have a guarantee of wealth, health or happiness if we simply obey God and ask for His blessing. This is what Hagee seems to preach as his theology. Yet I do believe, because God’s Word tell me so, that if I follow Him by walking in the Spirit on a daily basis, obey His Word and have a sincere desire to serve Him, I will indeed receive blessings by His hand and live a joyful and full life. I also believe in the power of prayer and that God desires his children to go to Him about every area of our lives. But this does not guarantee a life without pain and suffering, sadness or times of unhappiness. The rain does indeed fall on the just and the unjust.

Like all books, when you read them, glean what you think is good and right, change or implement what you feel God is speaking to you about, and leave the rest to stay on the pages they were written on. This is a book that needs to be gone through with a fine tooth comb to compare his claims with Scripture. Read with caution and a Bible at your side.

This book was given to me by Handlebar Marketing in exchange for an honest review.

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