Blessed By God?

Can God bless us apart from faith?

Some people think that God only blesses us based on his whim or desire, that faith has little, if anything to do with it. Others think it is 100% faith, that if you don’t “believe” you don’t receive. These points are polar opposites, so which is the truth?

Some people think that God only blesses us based on his whim or desire, that faith has little, if anything to do with it. Others think it is 100% faith, that if you don’t “believe” you don’t receive. These points are polar opposites, so which is the truth?

As we consider this question, let’s ponder this passage:
Hebrews 6:7-8
For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed.

In another place, Jesus made this statement: (Matthew 5:45) … for he makes his sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.

Looking at these two verses together, we see that rather than questioning which is the truth, 100% faith, or 100% the blessing of God, it is in fact, a combination of the two.

First, we see in Hebrews 11:6 that, without faith it is impossible to please God. In James 1:6, we see that when we ask God for something, we must do so “in faith, with no doubting.” In Mark 11:23, Jesus tells us that if we speak to a mountain, if we do not doubt in our hearts, we will have what we say.

From these verses we can see the power and impact of faith, and there are many, many more. However, Ephesians 2:8 qualifies our faith, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.

It has often been said that faith moves God. That’s not correct. God doesn’t move according to our faith, he moves according to the counsel of his own will. (Ephesians 1:11b “who works all things according to the counsel of his will.” And his will predetermined (see 1:11a) that he would do everything needed to save us – Greek word – sodzo = make us completely whole; spiritually, physically, and financially. Now that he has, we add our faith to what he has done. Our faith taps into the grace that God has already delivered. Romans 5:2a through (Jesus Christ) … we have access BY FAITH into this grace IN WHICH we (already) stand.

Just like the rain that comes down on the earth, God has caused that sodzo to be poured out on the earth through what Jesus did. We can truly enter into that by believing what God said about us; about our being in his family (Eph. 3:14-15), and about being blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places (Eph. 1:3), and about being blessed with Abraham through his seed (Acts 3:25), Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:16, 3:29).

Or, we can acknowledge those truths, but not really do anything to enter into them. In other words, as it says in Hebrews 6:7, the earth bears herbs for those “by whom it is cultivated.” We have to plant seed, and care for the ground (our hearts) the seed is planted in, and water and feed the seed, before we reap a harvest. If we leave the land to itself, we’ll just get briers and thorns.

Of course, there is another way that you can benefit without truly entering into God’s plan. Tag on to someone who is cultivating. 

The rain comes down on the earth and the earth soaks it up. If seed is planted, the soil produces a harvest. That harvest can be shared. As the farmer takes his crops to market, and we go to that market to buy our food, we are taking advantage of the farmers efforts. In the natural, this is a good thing. Thank God we no longer live in the days when we all have to produce our own crops from the ground. That is a specialized skill set and a time consuming practice. Today, there are so many ways we can all contribute to the market place. Mechanics and pilots, engineers and lawyers, bookkeepers and doctors, waitstaff and programmers, we all have a role. 

And in spiritual things, there is also a sharing. We are all to submit to the ministry gifts God appoints, for instruction in righteousness, so we can more effectively perform in our own roles. In that way, we are taking advantage, to a degree, of someone else’s labor. But, the labor of the minister should only be a guide to our becoming mature enough to sow and reap from our own relationship with God.

God’s grace causes the rain to fall on the earth, and the sun to shine for its benefit. God’s grace has also poured out eternal life on the earth, that life that blesses man, physically, spiritually, and yes, even financially. It is up to us to plant seed, to cultivate the ground, and see the rain of God’s grace produce fruit in and for us. The twin tools of our cultivation? Faith and patience.

Hebrews 6:12 “that you do not become sluggish (fail to work, to cultivate), but imitate those who through faith AND patience inherit the promises.

For more on God’s Heart for You, check out the links below:

I’m Okay, You’re Okay; Is Anyone Really Okay?

Act like daddy!

You can also get a copy of my book on the liberty we have in Christ (not nutrition as the title may suggest) on Amazon: Eat Healthy…Most of the Time!

Thank you for checking out this post. If you’ve been enjoying my work, I am glad and thankful. If you are blessed by what you read, please contact me at Transformation Church, and share how you’ve been touched. Email: tccolorado@yahoo.com