How Big is Your God?
May 31, 2020
We are part of a ___________________________.
- God is the main __________________________ in the story
- the story is about God’s _____________________of humanity
- we are ________________________ characters in God’s story
When we give God the ___________________ things start to go right.
When things go right with the world we live in times of____________.
Is He your ______________?
Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God. (Psalm 95:6, NLT)
If God is your God then you are____________________________!
We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care (Psalm 95:7a, NLT)
Is it your story or God’s story?
If only you would listen to his voice today! (Psalm 95:7b, NLT)
What happens if we make the story about us?
The Lord says, “Don’t harden your hearts as Israel did at Meribah, as they did at Massah in the wilderness. For there your ancestors tested and tried my patience, even though they saw everything I did. (Psalm 95:8–9, NLT)
- They ______________________________ the goodness of God.
- They ______________________________ the greatness of God.
- They magnified potential _____________________________.
…we are like grasshoppers in comparison! (Num 13:33, NLT)
- They minimized the powerful ______________________ of God.
- They ________________________themselves from the blessings of God.
They ______________________________ themselves…
If only we had died in Egypt or even here in this wilderness. (Num 14:2b, NLT)
God gave them what they _________________________________…
Now tell them this: ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very things I heard you say. You will all drop dead in this wilderness! (Numbers 14:28–29a, NLT)
For forty years I was angry with them, and I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts turn away from me. They refuse to do what I tell them.’ So in my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest.’ ” (Psalm 95:10–11, NLT)
What happens if we make the story about God?
The faithful ___________________________ in the goodness of God.
The faithful ___________________________ in the greatness of God.
And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. (Numbers 14:8a, NLT)
Where others see obstacles the faithful see ______________________.
They said to all the people of Israel, “The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! (Numbers 14:7, NLT)
While others worry about man’s ____________________ the faithful are confident in God’s ____________________________.
Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!” (Numbers 14:9, NLT)
The faithful ___________________________ the blessings of God.
It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. (Numbers 14:8b, NLT)
What about us?
Walk with _______________________________.
Move forward with _____________________________.
Make it _____________________________ story.
The obstacle of health restrictions?
Let’s __________________ and trust God and see the opportunities.
The obstacle of man’s power?
We don’t need to worry about the _____________________________
Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today! (Psalm 95:6–7, NLT)
A deeper study for individuals and small groups
Read Numbers 13:1-14:10.
If you could write a headline for the story what would it be?
Why would you make that the headline?
What other headlines are possible?
What difference does it make how we read the story?
Have you ever been torn between two different versions of events and struggled to know whose story to trust?
What would you have done if you were in the Israelite group at that point? Whose story would you have trusted?
Have you ever been in a situation like this, where you knew what God wanted you to do, but you did not want to do it?
What was the situation?
How did it eventually turn out?
What did you learn from that experience?
How is that kind of situation different from a time when you do not know what God is asking you to do?
Which situation is easier?
Which situation would you rather be in?
Have you ever been in Caleb and Joshua’s place? Where you are trying to persuade people to trust God and they are hesitant?
What would you have done?
Is there anything that God is clearly asking you to do right now?
What is one thing you can do this week to take a step in that direction?
Take some time to pray for each other about that one area of obedience you want to step into.