2: I believe in God… but I don’t really trust Him
Key Scripture: “They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny Him.” – Titus 1:16
Someone who believes in God, but lives as if he doesn’t exist.
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- having a form of godliness but denying its power…” – 2 Timothy 3:1-5
“And when the Lord sent you out from Kadesh Barnea, he said, “Go up and take possession of the land I have given you.” But you rebelled against the command of the Lord your God. You did not trust him or obey him.” – Deuteronomy 9:23
I’ll give God some things, but not everything
“Trust in the Lord with some of your heart, and lean on your own understanding. In some of your ways acknowledge Him, and you can make your own paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6 (changes underlined)
“But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” – Mark 9:22-24
I don’t fully trust God _________________.
I’ll give you everything, because you gave everything for me.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6 (this time the correct version)
We want God to prove Himself so that we can trust Him.
God wants us to trust Him so He can prove Himself.
1. Get to know the goodness of God.
2. Get to know the love of God.
3. Get to know the faithfulness of God.
“Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” – Psalm 100:3-5
1. Talk about something you know that you can’t fully control but wish you could. Why is it so hard for us to admit that we aren’t in control? Why do we have a hard time with trust?
2. On a scale of 1 to 10 (where 1 is knowing about God and 10 is knowing Him) where do you land today? Does this impact the way you trust Him?
3. What are some practical ways that you can see where you trust God every day?
4. What are some ways your life would look different if God had your complete trust?