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Christian Atheist - Don't Trust Him


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:

  • Atheist - Does not believe in God and lives like He doesn’t exist 
  • Christian Atheist - Believes in God but lives like He doesn’t exist 


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?


  • Slavery - Deliverance - Now on the border 
  • On the edge of the promised land, what they had been waiting for!


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.


  • 12- spied out the land for 40 days 
  • 2 Gave a good report 10 gave a bad report 
  • The bad report caused the people to doubt God 


Then...

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


  • Because they couldn’t see how God would do it


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.


So Moses...


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)


  • But wait, He said He was going to give us the land 
  • Just because it’s yours…Doesn’t mean you can have it
  • This is the land that God had promised to us


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

  • We can’t bank on how we think/feel God should respond 
  • So, the people go up to face their enemies without God...


Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down and attacked them and beat them down...Nu 14:45


  • That was a beat down! 
  • Our challenge is to trust, even when we are afraid...


Charles Blondin- French tight rope walker-1st to walk across Niagra 1860


  • Stilts- Bicylce - dark, blind folded - crowds over 25K 
  • Wheel barrow full of potatoes - 
  • Can I do it? YES! Will YOU get in the wheel barrow? NO! 
  • We say we believe in God, but we are not willing to get in 


In Psalm 95 the writer summarizes this event—Let’s learn from that...


Today if you would hear His Voice. Ps 95.7 


  • When we are on the edge of something
  • When we need to make a move, wait for God! 
  • But trust Him once He speaks - The writer goes on to say...


“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


  • We can’t just take a promise of God and say this is for us NOW
  • We have to be in the right place
  • There's a pizza delivery place... they advertise we deliver in 30 min or free - (Right place) 


Their promise had conditions, just like God’s 

Think of a Trust fund - conditions to gain access


  • Giver - Receiver 
  • You can be in a bad place - I was promised $1M - yes! 
  • You can die, and never receive all that was promised 


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


  • I know you didn’t trust me when you went to Egypt 
  • You didn’t trust me while you were there
  • However, I brought you out - parted the sea
  • Gave water from a rock and food from heaven 
  • I lead you to the very border of the promised land! 
  • You turned from me - 
  • But then the day came, for your sons and daughters 
  • They got what others had worked for! 
  • My time is coming! 


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