By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
– Hebrews 11:11
Receiving God's blessings for your life by having faith sometimes feels like a tricky business.
Sometimes we feel that if we doubt-even for a second-that we will have cheated ourselves out of our blessings.
Nothing could be further from the truth!
When we accept God's gift of abundant grace, and of righteousness through Jesus Christ, He no longer sees our sins and shortcomings (even our lack of faith).
In fact, God promises that He will “remember our sins no more”.
This isn't even restricted to the New Covenant-take Sarah for example. The writer of Hebrews says that Sarah received strength to conceive a child, even in her old age, because of her faith. But if you go back and read the story in the Old Testament, you'll notice something very interesting. Sarah did not instantly have great faith that God would deliver on His promise-she actually laughed when God said she would have a child. Then, when asked why she had laughed, she lied and said she had not!
Yet the Bible clearly says that it was by faith that Sarah conceived. How can this be? It's because when God forgives, He forgives completely, and He sees the good that He has placed within us.
Don't worry that you have somehow disqualified yourself from God's blessings. It's impossible for you to do that; God is the one who qualified you, and He promised it was done with complete and everlasting perfection.
Have faith, pray that the Lord will grace you with more, and put yourself in a position to receive the blessings God is already sending your way!