For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8 (NIV)
There are two popular beliefs when it comes to the things of God. Those two beliefs are grace and faith. Many believe in one or the other, but often they do not see how these two beliefs need to work together.
Many people believe in the grace of God. They believe that God has provided wonderful gifts. They believe that He has given those blessings out for us to receive. However, if they only believe in the grace of God and not faith, there is no clear understanding on how to get those blessings to flow into your life.
Then there are those who believe in faith. They have grasped the understanding that it’s impossible to receive anything from God without mixing faith. Those that have a strong emphasis on faith alone can error on feeling that they need to get God to do something for them that He hasn’t done. It can be a very tiring a discouraging thing if you’re trying to get God to move.
However, this verse says that it takes grace and faith working together for us to receive from God. Grace is something that is freely given by God. It cannot be earned. It is a gift. Faith is what we do to step out and believe what has already been given freely by grace. Faith cannot get God to do something He hasn’t done yet. It simply reaches out and receives what has already been provided by grace.
Today, find a scripture of a promise that God has already done and then use that verse to step out and believe it in faith. This is how you get grace and faith working together.