“Faith without works is dead” (James 2:17)
We often use this scripture in relation to God doing something for us (“I believe God for a new job and so I will put in work by filling out applications daily”) but James is actually talking about our faith & works as a demonstration of our commitment to God. He’s basically saying that if we truly believe in God (saved by faith) then it should cause us to do good works (help the poor, etc). This is why James gives examples of the works of Abraham and the Rahab.
So, if we only have faith but no works, then our faith is ineffective and brings no real glory to God. Works are not the cause of salvation; works are the evidence of salvation.
I think we can apply this to God’s blessings and our forward progression but we must be careful not to make our faith selfish...meaning it’s more about what God does for us than what we do for him. Faith and works work in tandem so they must operate together to be effective. If your faith isn’t accompanied by works, then maybe you really don’t have faith...