June 18, 2017 Sermon

When someone misses out on the Blessing, bitterness can take root. Jacob was blessed by his father, Isaac, for his dedication, but Jacob's brother, Esau, was not blessed the same. Why? Because Esau had been deceitful and had tried to "steal" a blessing, he missed out on the genuine article.

God wants us to be emotionally and mentally healthy. We need to get out of the bitterness and anger. We need to embrace the ingredients that allow us to be healthy and eliminate the negativity. What are the ingredients?

Affirming Touch. Almost everytime blessing is bestowed upon people, there's an affirming touch. A laying on of hands activates the blessings. We celebrate sporting events and concerts, but when was the last time that we celebrated those closest to us? When was the last time that we celebrated those in our communities? Even in this age of social media and texting, affirming touch has never been more important.

Words of Affirmation, Affection, and Love. Isaac said that of Jacob:"Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed." These affirmative words spoken over Jacob made him feel blessed. Words of criticism never really accomplish much.

Assurance of Value. Fathers do a great job when they tell their kids of their value often. It can't be done once in a while, like checking it off a list. It must be consistent and meaningful.

Help Others to Paint an Amazing and Glorious Picture. We live in a society where we live in a lot of fear of the future. The Bible says that we are to plan for hope in the future. The future is bright. We need to train our children to be what God wants them to be, not how we want them to be. The perfect parent teaches about The Perfect Parent.

We have a Heavenly Father who touches us, tells us how valuable we are, and paints a glorious picture of our future.

Genesis 27:25-35, Proverbs 22:6

- Jon Bruney
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Zion Missionary Church - Fremont, Indiana

Jon Bruney, Pastor

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