Aunt Frances' lemon loaf is a family favourite. You beat two eggs and blend 1/2 cup of softened butter and one cup of white sugar with the eggs. Gradually sift 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, one teaspoon of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt into the batter alternately with 1/2 cup of milk, adding contents of the sifter first and last. Stir in the grated rind of one lemon and bake it in a loaf pan at 350 degrees for one hour. When you take the hot loaf from the oven, drizzle over the top 1/4 cup of white sugar dissolved in the juice on one lemon.
The sweet and sour combination is yummy and every ingredient is needed, but if you skip the baking powder you will have a flat, tough loaf. The baking powder gives it life. It makes it rise.
I'm thinking that faith is to life what baking powder is to that loaf. In Ephesians 6:14-17 Paul lists what we need to have victory. He cites salvation, God's Word, truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, but the one he stresses as most essential is faith. Faith gives life to all the promises. In Hebrews 11:6 he says it's impossible to please God without faith. So we can know about salvation, deliverance, healing, peace, joy, strength for each day... all the good things God has provided for us, but we need these to be real in our lives.
It's as simple as W. B. Leggett's children's chorus: "Faith is just believing what God says He will do." And Father God not only gives the gifts but the faith to receive them. In order to rise to experience the promises, stir in faith and each and every one of them is ours for the taking.