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Ephesians 1:3
 
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

3 Types of Blessings

1. Blessings we already have

Forgiveness, justification, adoption, God as our Father, the presence of the Spirit

2. Blessings we will get later in the Future

Resurrected bodies, perfected like Jesus, eternal community with God

3. Blessings we must keep on seeking for today

Victory over the flesh, personal holiness, awareness of the Presence of God, fruitfulness in ministry

  1. Already Now Blessings
  2. Not Yet Future Blessings
  3. Keep On Seeking Blessings
Luke 11:9-13 (NLT)
 
And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.

What Type of Blessing is Jesus referring to?

Ephesians 5:18
KEEP ON being filled with the Spirit.

Just as a child will ask for food (fish and eggs) everyday, so too we are to ask the Father for the Holy Spirit EVERYDAY

A.W. Tozer’s Points Regarding Keep On Seeking Blessings

From That Incredible Christian chapter "Our Unclaimed Riches"

1. You will get nothing unless you go after it

James 4:2
 
You do not have because you do not ask God.

But why don’t we ask?
1. We didn't know we had to
2. We gave up because we didn’t get it …YET
3. We don’t really want it

St. Augustine
 
Without God, I can’t / Without me, God won’t

2. You may have as much as you insist on having

Is this Name-It-Claim-It-ism? The promises we claim have to be authorized by God!

James 4:2-3
 
You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

3. You will have as little as you are satisfied with

4. You now have as much as you really want

Matthew 5:6
 
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

 

A.W. Tozer
 
Every man is as close to God as he wants to be; he is as holy and as full of the Spirit as he wills to be.
 
Yet we must distinguish wanting and wishing. By “want” I mean wholehearted desire. Certainly there are many who wish they were holy or victorious or joyful but are not willing to meet God’s conditions to obtain.
 
That God has placed before His redeemed children a vast world of spiritual treasures and that they refuse or neglect to claim it may easily turn out to be the second greatest tragedy in the history of moral creation, the first and greatest being the fall of man.

Wishing isn’t wanting

God respects our choices

Our will is absolutely critical

  • We must will to want it
  • But it’s not just human will-power
  • It’s God-empowered human will-power
Philippians 2:12-13

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Colossians 1:29

To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.

1 Corinthians 15:10

By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

 Have you ever driven a car without power steering? With God we have POWER STEERING! We steer and He empowers it!

Have you ever driven a car without power steering? With God we have POWER STEERING! We steer and He empowers it!

Bottomline

  • Our wanting and willing are too weak!
  • So what do you want God to do for you?
  • What are you willing to do to seek it with all your heart?
Karl House