Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
4 By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.
– Hebrews 11:1-4
It begins with faith. Believing God is the key to victorious Christian living.
I enjoy sports cars. One of my favorite cars is the Porsche 911 turbo. The turbo model has a 6 cylinder 500 horsepower rearmounted engine (that means the engine is in the back of the car). Porsche is a racing company that builds some of the fastest cars in the world. To fund their research and racing competition, the company sells the 911 to the public. If you are wealthy enough to purchase one of these vehicles, you are driving one of the fastest cars in the world.
Like most cars, the Porsche 911 requires a key to start the ignition. Without that key you won’t get very far. You may be sitting in the plush leather seats, you may be able to grip the steering wheel with your hands, you can press on the dials and knobs on the dashboard, but you won’t be able to access the power of the engine without first turning the key.
In very much the same way, faith is the key to a relationship with God. It is impossible to come to God, to know God, to receive God without faith. You cannot experience the benefits of His love, mercy, grace, and power without believing in Him.
– Ben Schettler,
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