The Delusions of Disobedience Series Part 1 – Pastor Stacey Shiflett

The Delusions of Disobedience Series

Deuteronomy 1:26, 27; Numbers 13:26-14:10

Intro: There are several aspects of this story that I would like to point out. We will come back to one of them and expound on that one particular aspect. But notice with me the series of events that followed disobedience.

               A. The Disobedience – vs. 26 “…ye would not go up, but rebelled…”

               B. The Delusion – vs. 27 “…and ye murmured…and said…because the Lord hated us…”

               C. The Discouragement – vs. 28 “…our brethren have discouraged our hearts…”

               D. The Dread – vs. 29, 30 “…I said unto you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them…”

               E. The Doubt – vs. 31-33 “Yet in this thing ye did not believe the Lord your God.”

               F. The Deprivation – vs. 34, 35 “And the Lord was wroth…and sware…not one of these see that land…”

The message on my heart tonight is this simple truth: Once you decide to disobey, Satan will bring delusion.

Satan’s desire for you and me is to disobey God and His Word.

Once we start leaning in that direction, the lies, the deception, and the delusion takes over.

The connection between disobedience and the resulting delusion is all throughout Scripture.


The same points we will bring out of Deuteronomy and Numbers will be consistent with this first act of disobedience.

That first act of disobedience in the Garden of Eden was smothered in delusion.

Genesis 3:4-6

               1. The Devious Lie – vs. 4, 5 “…Ye shall not surely die…”

               2. The Desiring Lust – vs. 6 “…and when the woman SAW that the fruit was good…pleasant to the eyes…”

               3. The Dangerous Leaning – vs. 6 “…she took of the fruit thereof…”

               4. The Delusional Lusts – vs. 6 “…a tree to be desired to make one wise…”

               5. The Disobedient Losses – vs. 7 “…they knew that they were naked…”

You find the connection also in 2 Timothy.

  • 2 Timothy 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

It is prophesied at the coming of the Antichrist.

2 Thessalonians 2

  • 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
  • 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
  • 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
  • 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

The Bible is crystal clear – the REASON they will be turned over to strong delusion is because they RECEIVED NOT THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH and BELIEVED NOT THE TRUTH.


Disobedience to truth produces deception and delusion.

Let’s examine how delusional people can become when they decide to disobey.

Part 1

Delusional about Reality

I. Delusional about the Timing – Numbers 13:20

God’s timing for the people of Israel to go spy out Canaan was perfect.

The Bible says it was “…the time was the time of the firstfruit grapes.”

The timing couldn’t have been any better.

It was a time of harvest, time of plenty.

The grape harvest came in the “latter rain” in Israel.

This is in the 5th month of Av – The fall.

Bottom line – God knew what He was doing, introducing His people to Canaan at the time of grape harvest.

It was also when the pomegranates and figs were harvested.

Satan will do all he can to get you to delay and procrastinate when it comes to obedience.

If he can do that, he can rob you of the unbelievable blessings of God’s perfect timing.

ILLUSTRATION: Many young people think that when they graduate from high school, that is the time to experience freedom from rules and authority. NO! That is the DELUSION OF DISOBEDIENCE speaking!

Now is the time for you to take everything you’ve heard and been taught and USE IT!

II. Delusional about the Taste – Numbers 13:20, 23, 24, 26

God was intent on any and all motivation to get his people to obey.

He instructed the twelves spies to “…bring of the fruit of the land.”

God wanted them to get a taste of the fruit of His blessing.

They had been eating manna and drinking water since they left Egypt.

He wanted them to enjoy the delicious fruits and juices that Canaan provided.

Imagine the delight of grape juice, pomegranate juice, fresh and dried figs.

Raisins, grape jelly, and on and on we could go.

God wanted them to get a taste of what was on the other side of Jordan.

Satan will cause people that have tasted Canaan to turn their nose up at it!

They tasted Canaan and then went another forty years before they tasted it again.

III. Delusional about the Truth – Numbers 13:26, 27 – SEE Exodus 3:8

The truth was literally shown to them.

God had promised Moses all the way back at the burning bush in Exodus 3:8 what He had in store.

  • Exodus 3:8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey;

The spies came back and confirmed that they had seen with their eyes the truth of God’s promise.

  • 26 And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.
  • 27 And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.

The truth had NO impact on them.

Their minds were made up NOT to go in.

  • The Promises of God were irrelevant.
  • The Provision of God was irrelevant.
  • The Performance of God was irrelevant.

Disobedience produces delusion about the truth.

IV. Delusional about the Threat – Numbers 13:28-33

They gave a long list of the inhabitants of Canaan, as if this was something new.

  • 28 Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.
  • 29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.

God had already told Moses who was going to be there.

Exodus 3

  • 8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

God then told Moses to tell the people who was already in Canaan.

  • 16 Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt:
  • 17 And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.

It was no surprise that these people were there.

The only thing God hadn’t told them about were the children of Anak, the giants.

But there is no such thing as a giant to God.

They referred to themselves as grasshoppers in their own sight.

These sons of Anak were only about 9 to 10 feet tall.

Goliath was 6 cubits. If a cubit is roughly 18 inches, and a span is roughly 9 inches, that puts Goliath at well over 9 and a half feet.

Either way, they were not grasshoppers in their sight.

They were delusional about the seriousness of the threat.

Notice what God said about the giants – the Amorites.

  • Amos 2:9 Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.