For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”– Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV
The scripture above tells us a simple truth of Christianity. We are saved by grace through faith. In other words, we were not worthy of salvation and there was nothing we could do to earn it. All we did, and all we can do, is believe. In that belief, in that faith, God releases his saving grace into our lives.
Beloved, God wants to continually bless you. It is God’s desire that your life be nothing but blessing, after blessing, after blessing. Indeed, the scriptures tell us that God knows the desires of your heart and that he will not hold back anything that is good for you. Our Lord Jesus tells us that He has come not to be served but to serve. Are you allowing Jesus to serve you? Or are you to busy trying to serve God?
It is unnatural to think that we could have a life of blessing without earning it in some way. It does not make any sense at all. That is correct. It isn’t natural, it is supernatural. It does not make sense, but it makes faith. God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts our not our thoughts.
You see beloved, we forfeit our blessings because we don’t know how to rest in God’s grace. Look at Ephesians 2:9, “not by works”. We cannot earn God’s grace by anything we do. We cannot earn His favor or His love. We cannot work our way through trials either. This is where we so often slip. The trial comes and we think that God is displeased or that we have somehow fallen from God’s grace because of circumstances or because we made some mistakes. But the whole time all God wants from us is to rest in Him and believe that we are being blessed. In the midst of your greatest trials God is blessing you. Just rest and believe. When the attack comes, God is blessing you. Just rest and believe.
We don’t have to go far to see how God protects us from the trials and attacks.