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You don’t get it…If you don’t pay the price to get it
That principle is true in our walk with God
In our series called the “Christian Atheist” we see:
Today: The Christian Atheist believes in God, but doesn’t trust God
We all have trust issues in life, but how we trust God is the most important trust you will ever have in life...
What happened to the Israelite people when they had to face a trust issue with God?
The LORD said to Moses, “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. Nu 13:1–2.
The LORD said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to trust me... Nu 14:11 GW
Did you know African impala can jump over 10 ft high? A distance of over 30 feet? Yet they can be kept in any zoo w/3 ft wall. They won’t jump because they can’t see where their feet will land
Because of their lack of trust, God pronounced a judgement 40 yrs.
Moses reported this to all the Israelites, they mourned bitterly. 14.39
... And then they came up with a plan...
Early the next morning they set out...saying, “Now we are readyto go up to the land the LORD promised…” 14.40
Now we're ready!
No! 1K yrs late! Ever watch those car repo shows?
So what happened next?
Moses said, “Why are you disobeying the LORD’s command? This will not succeed! Do not go up, because the LORD is not with you. You will be defeated by your enemies... Because you have turned away from the LORD, he will not be with you and you will fall by the sword.” (41-43)
Moses said, "your thinking is really messed up right now..."
Nevertheless, in their presumption they went up toward the highest point in the hill country…(44)
Presumption- an idea that is taken to be true...although it is not known for certain.
You just can’t make presumptions about God
Through pride and presumption come nothing but strife...Prov 13.10
Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down and attacked them and beat them down...Nu 14:45
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In Psalm 95 the writer summarizes this event—Let’s learn from that...
Today if you would hear His Voice. Ps 95.7
“Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion...in the wilderness, When your fathers tested Me; They tried Me, though they saw My work.
‘It is a people who go astray in their hearts, And they do not know My ways.’ Ps 95:7–10
They missed what was promised, because they didn’t understand the ways of God
I wan’t to summarize and wrap this up so we can better know God’s ways…
Biblical promises are conditional
Their promise had conditions, just like God’s
Think of a Trust fund - conditions to gain access
Same thing about the promises of God...
He gave them the lands of the nations, and they fell heir to what others had toiled for— Psalm 104.44 NIV
He gave his people the lands...and they harvested crops that others had planted. Psalm 104.44 NLT
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.Proverbs 3:5-6
Just like the Resort, You don’t get it…If you don’t pay the price to get it