The other night the transformer that supplies power to my neighborhood caught on fire. The electricity in my house flickered on and off for several minutes until finally it shut off. Everything that ran on electricity fell powerless and the house was completely dark. I looked out the window, the entire neighborhood was also dark and quiet. No street lights, no house lights, no light at all except the illumination of the moon.
I fumbled into the kitchen and found the drawer where the flashlights were kept. I pulled out the biggest and the most powerful one and turned it on. The flashlight gave enough light to walk around without running into things but not enough to continue on with life as normal.
Within the past several years my husband and I have started collecting the titles to the things we own. No longer do we feel the need to have a car payment or make payments on other luxury items in life. Since we have the title to our cars, it means we own them. Since we have the title to our cars it means that we could sell or give them away if we chose to. In fact, since we have the titles, we can do just about anything that we want with them because no longer do they own us, we owe them.
The title deed is the legal declaration of what is ours. The same is true for us as Christians, our title deed to the promises found in God's word is called faith. Hebrews 11:1 says in the Amplified Bible, "NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]" ( Hebrews 11:1 AMP). We could say it this way, faith is the title deed of the things that God has promised to us in His word. If we have the title deed to the promises, it means we own them.