Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
—1 John 5:1-5
by: Margaret Taylor.
Faith comes from familiarity. We trust most those we know and love best. It is so much easier to stay in step with those we respect and are comfortable with. The child who adores his parents tries very hard to please them. Such incentive provokes obedience, and obedience leads to victory. Faith is the power that can bring the world to its knees (The Message Bible). The bottom line for the believer is this: the person who wins in the end is the one whose faith declares Jesus is the Son of God.