Why your blessings have power
As you bless people with all seven blessings in the SYNC annual cycle, you build their security and significance. Each seasonal declaration is actually a blessing because each one breaks the power of some common cultural beliefs that make us insecure and insignificant.
Below is a sample of how this works during Power Season.
Caution: Don't get lost in the details. This is not an exam. It's a route to a very satisfying life!
How Power Season blessings show that heaven's power is working on earth
The Power Declaration, which you use as a blessing
This is a Pentecost day, and we have power.
What it means
On the Jewish feast of Pentecost, ten days after Jesus ascended to be installed on the throne of heaven, he sent the Holy Spirit down onto his followers to give them power to be his witnesses. His healing power continued to work through them, showing that they were not making this up. His Spirit was making his followers united, bold, and persuasive. They were not discouraged by his departure but empowered by his presence through the Spirit.
How it brings security and significance
Because of the Holy Spirit in us and among us, we can do this—we can actually become more like Christ and represent him and his power to people.
Response in our character Confidence. What we understand, strategize, work at, and achieve is not the key to changing the world. This is not a human project. It is God's project, and the key is the spiritual power we have because the Holy Spirit is among us and in us. Our confidence is that God can be trusted to get his work done. We trust him to plug us in wherever he chooses.
The sneaky cultural assumption that the Power Declaration exposes
Religion is about trying to become a better person.
Truth in the assumption
People who honor God should be better people than people who don’t.
God’s corrections to the assumption
Religion is not about us trying harder. It is about Jesus’ power at work in us, changing us from the inside out so we can testify and demonstrate that he is alive and working. This is the point of Pentecost. It empowers us to do what we could not naturally do.
The philosophical lie God exposes
Religion is a matter of trying to be a better person and make a better world. All religions are the same in this sense. They all boil down to "Be good," and we all have the inborn capacity to do that. Pentecost never happened, or if it did, it makes no difference today.
The insecurity and suffering the lie brings if not exposed
A permanent guilt trip, knowing we always fell a little short
Pride about what we did right
Judgmentalism of those who didn’t do as well as we did