I have heard many pastors and leaders speak on this and point this out, but I thought it would be good to share it with you.
Paul writes this in Ephesians “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).” (Ephesians 2:1-5 NKJV)
I’m so glad Paul didn’t stop writing after the first three verses. I’m so glad that there is a “But God” immediately following what Paul wrote in the first three verses. That phrase “But God” is mentioned in the Bible about 4,000 times. That means for every minute in the day the enemy tries to kill, steal, and destroy there is a “But God.” Every time the devil condemns you; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit confirm you.
Here are some of the 3,930 “But God” phrases in the Bible:
But God raised Him from the dead. (Acts 13:30 NKJV)
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. (1 Corinthians 3:6 NKJV)
But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body. (1 Corinthians 15:38 NKJV)
And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him (Acts 7:9 NKJV)
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 NKJV)
My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:26 NKJV)
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; (1 Corinthians 1:27 NKJV)
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV)
You might be in debt, But God. You might be strung out on drugs, But God. You might have been let go from work, But God. Your car might have broke down, But God. Your kid might have ran away, But God. You might have just sinned, But God. You might have fallen, But God. You might have failed, But God. I don’t know what you are going through, I don’t know what you have done; I just want to let you know that whatever it is there is a “But God.”