The Blessing by Rotimi Kaleb – a book review by Omo Osagiede

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The Blessing by Rotimi Kaleb

Pastor Rotimi KalebI recently met Evangelist Rotimi Kaleb and as far as first impressions go, there was something about his calmness, youthful spirit and firm handshake that immediately struck me. There was definitely more to this man than met the eye. It felt like he had a message in him. I was intrigued.

When I learned that he had recently published a book titled: The Blessing, God’s Plan for Mankind, I was keen to read it. Perhaps this would give me some insight into the man and his message. I was not disappointed.

In The Blessing, Kaleb takes the reader on a journey. He begins by introducing us to the patriarchs. In Genesis 25, we join old father Abraham in his tent in the sunset of his life. Having lived what many would describe as a fulfilling life, he is in the process of giving gifts to his many sons. But wait
Abraham has already bequeathed all he had to Isaac, the child of promise. So what else did he have to give? We soon learn that the gift Abraham gave to Isaac was unlike any other. While he gave his other sons material gifts, to Isaac he gave something much more profound and lasting. To Isaac, he gave The Blessing. Thus begins Rotimi’s gripping exposition on this subject.


You can buy the book from these links:

Amazon UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/0692620346/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473024523&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=rotimi+kaleb

Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0692620346/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473024258&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40&keywords=the+blessing+god%27s+plan&dpPl=1&dpID=51nV86PDjzL&ref=plSrch

The Blessing by Rotimi Kaleb: https://itun.es/gb/4Fxtcb.l

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So what exactly is The Blessing? Speaking during an interview on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) Orlando in 2016, Rotimi describes The Blessing as ‘possibly the [recurring] theme of the bible’; traced from Adam, Noah and Abraham through to Jesus, the disciples and the present day church.

As I read through Rotimi’s book, I began to understand that The Blessing is not material. It is not a fleeting feeling or temporary emotion. It is God’s mandate upon us to live above the curse of sin and death and all their resulting limitations. In Rotimi’s words, “It is God’s supernatural power for us to fulfil destiny!” What is our destiny? Our destiny is to bear fruit, multiply, replenish the earth, subdue the enemy and win over poverty, failure and other factors that threaten our progress.

One of the great things about this book is the feeling that the reader is getting multiple insights for the price of one. With his engaging writing style, Rotimi is able to establish fundamental truths that are important to the reader’s understanding of The Blessing.

For example, at one point he branches off to talk about ‘righteousness’ being a prerequisite for receiving The Blessing. In another example, he expounds on the subject of ‘identity’ and how having an understanding of our identity in Christ places us in a position to consistently and confidently walk in God’s blessing upon our lives.

In writing about the importance of fellowship and intimacy with God, he underscores the fact that we can only enjoy The Blessing if we remain connected to its source. Other fundamental truths he explores include: faith, hope, love, worship and honouring God – all great topics which could be stand-alone books in themselves.

Early on in the book, Rotimi delves into some of the specific declarations that make up The Blessing. These declarations stem from God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 12 verses 1 through 3. There we learn that when God says, “I will bless you”, such a declaration signifies His desire to enter into a covenant relationship with us; a relationship that establishes us on the path to manifesting and enjoying The Blessing in every facet of our lives.

 

The Blessing by Rotimi Kaleb - Back CoverThe Blessing by Rotimi Kaleb - Back Cover

Rotimi tackles the subject of curses in a subsequent chapter. By effectively painting a picture of the opposite of The Blessing, we are able to better appreciate the life transforming power of The Blessing itself. In expanding on the subject of curses, tracing back to Adam’s sin and spiritual death and whether Christians can be cursed individually and generationally, Rotimi shows his character as a writer who is unafraid to explore controversial topics. Reading this section of the book provided me with my clearest insight yet into the character of the man himself; bold, articulate and credible.

In the book, Rotimi keeps things real when he admits that carrying The Blessing does not immunise us from experiencing life’s struggles and periods of barrenness. Although he provides examples from the lives of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, I couldn’t help but sense that Rotimi’s understanding of struggle comes from a place of personal experience. He confirms this feeling when he writes with conviction about prayer and prophetic intervention as effective solutions to dealing with situations that threaten our enjoyment of The Blessing.


You can buy the book from these links:

Amazon UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/0692620346/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473024523&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=rotimi+kaleb

Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0692620346/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473024258&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40&keywords=the+blessing+god%27s+plan&dpPl=1&dpID=51nV86PDjzL&ref=plSrch

The Blessing by Rotimi Kaleb: https://itun.es/gb/4Fxtcb.l

Nerveflo: https://nerveflo.com/productview/the-blessing-god-s-plan-for-mankind-c56-p948


The latter chapters of the book are bursting with theology and some of the content can feel quite heavy to get through. He writes about what he calls ‘The Overflow’, an umbrella term which centres on our relationship with the Holy Spirit. He also writes about the church as a place where we can experience The Blessing and a platform from which we can share The Blessing with the rest of the world. The patient reader will appreciate Rotimi’s teaching gift which comes across quite strongly in these sections. I highly recommend using this book as a background resource for bible study.

In his TBN interview, Rotimi summarises his revelation of The Blessing by describing it as ‘the manifestation of the life of God in Christ for our experience and our enjoyment’. In a world that is struggling, hurting and operating under a curse, now more than ever before, we need this supernatural ability (The Blessing) to rise above circumstances and walk in the destiny God has for us. For what God has blessed
no man can curse.


You can buy the book from these links:

Amazon UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/0692620346/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473024523&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=rotimi+kaleb

Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0692620346/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473024258&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40&keywords=the+blessing+god%27s+plan&dpPl=1&dpID=51nV86PDjzL&ref=plSrch

The Blessing by Rotimi Kaleb: https://itun.es/gb/4Fxtcb.l

Nerveflo: https://nerveflo.com/productview/the-blessing-god-s-plan-for-mankind-c56-p948


Speaking in a separate interview with Bishop Carroll Johnson of Maximum Life Christian Church, Orlando, FL, Rotimi says that at some point, as the words kept flowing, he had to consciously force himself to stop writing. With the breadth and depth of revelation he shares in this book, I wonder how he was able to stop writing at all.

There are so many truths to take away and ponder upon from this book. Although the spirit of the prophet is subject to the prophet himself, from speaking with Rotimi I sense that there is a lot more on his heart to share. The world awaits more of this unique and fresh perspective on God’s blessing.

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