by Stephen Whitney

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Trusting God (1 of 10)
Series: Hebrews 11
Stephen Whitney
Hebrews 11:1-3

On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made history. Their motorized vehicle deified the law of gravity and flew through the air. The idea wasn't new. Years before the Wright brothers got off the ground at Kitty Hawk, mathematicians and scientists had proven that flight was possible. But many people who read the facts couldn't believe that flying would ever become a reality. The Wright brothers believed the facts and they built the first flying machine. When their vehicle flew they demonstrated that you have to believe the facts and act on them to be successful.

Dictionary defines faith as: ''sincerity about what you believe.'' 1. The assent of the mind to what someone has said. 2. The firm and earnest belief based on probable evidence. 3. A settled conviction in regard to religious beliefs. 4. What a person believes on any given subject: science or religion. The problem with each of these definitions of that faith is that they are subjective to what I believe - not what is necessarily true.

Chapter 11 is a continuation of the encouragement in 10:32-39 to continue to believe in the promises of God instead of giving up. True faith is an inner conviction that results in continued belief even when life is difficult and you do not see what God is doing.

This famous ''faith chapter'' in the Bible describes OT saints who continued and endured in their faith even though sometimes they never saw the promises of God come to pass in their lifetime.

Gary Inrig in True North wrote, ''Verse 1 is not a formal definition of faith so much as a description of it. While faith focuses on the future, it is grounded in the past. True faith stands on a firm foundation of objective fact. It is not a vague trust in God or a subjective response to personal experiences. It is reliance of God's actions on our behalf.'' Faith ...

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