THIRD DEGREE BLESSING
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” EPHESIANS 3:20-21
After Jacob and his children had settled in Goshen with their families, Joseph paid his father a visit with his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. It must have been one emotional meeting between Jacob, his son and grandchildren. His feeling was well summed up by a verse of scripture – “And Israel said to Joseph, “I had not thought to see your face; but in fact, God has also shown me your offspring!”” (Genesis 48:11). For well over 20 years, Jacob had lived with the impression that Joseph was dead. Praying to see him again was totally out of his list, and much less Joseph’s children. Seeing them was more than he could actually wish for.
This agrees with what Paul wrote in our text. We find from here that there are three dimensions of God’s blessing in a life. There is a blessing that comes when we pray. This is in keeping with Matthew 7:7. There is a second level of divine blessing where your wish becomes as powerful as a full scale intercession. Thirdly, there is a blessing that you never asked for either in prayer or in your wildest dream. Coming to this realm of blessing requires a complete yielding to the power at work in us; that is, the Holy Spirit. When we totally submit, the Holy Spirit will ensure that no good thing is withheld from us.
FURTHER STUDY: PSALM 81:11-16
PRAYER: Spirit of the Lord, bring me into the third degree blessing of God.
Bible Reading Plan: 1 Samuel 30-31 Luke 17:20-37