Many messages have come about the transition from soul to spirit. They are two different realms entirely, yet most of Christianity cannot distinguish between the two. Inherent within the distinguishing of these two realms lies the difference between fatalism and faith. Fatalism belongs to the soul realm. Fatalism is waiting on God to complete His purposes. In the realm of soulish fatalism we constantly here about what God is going to do. He’s always going to do this, or going to do that. This realm locks us into a mindset that is subject to what we think is God’s timing and will. The entire soulish, fatalism realm fosters passivity. This truth is revolutionary. Christianity hears this message and says, “Yes, amen!” and then continues to walk fatalistically before God. The light does not come on. But the light must come on for a people!
The religious spirit paints such a high and mighty picture of God that we cannot know Him as He is. Yes, He is Lord of lords and King of kings, the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth. He is also the humble bondservant who has committed Himself to accomplish His purposes through a people. It’s ironic that we keep throwing things back to God to get things done, and He keeps throwing them back into our laps and asking when are we going to get things done?
18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
All authority has been given. If it has been given to Christ, then it has been given to us. We don’t realize yet how much initiative God has given us. Zechariah 9 speaks of Zion as an instrument in the hands of God.
13 For I will bend Judah as My bow, I will fill the bow with Ephraim. And I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece; And I will make you like a warrior’s sword.
14 Then the LORD will appear over them, And His arrow will go forth like lightning; And the Lord GOD will blow the trumpet, And will march in the storm winds of the south.
15 The LORD of hosts will defend them. And they will devour, and trample on the sling stones; And they will drink, and be boisterous as with wine; And they will be filled like a sacrificial basin, Drenched like the corners of the altar.
16 And the LORD their God will save them in that day As the flock of His people; For they are as the stones of a crown, Sparkling in His land.
17 For what comeliness and beauty will be theirs! Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins.
I have always loved verse 15. In speaking of Zion God says they will be boisterous as with wine. Not because of wine, but as with wine. Boisterous denotes a certain irreverence from a religious standpoint. Humility and boldness are not incompatible. They go hand in hand. We are to be a people of faith, not fatalism. Fatalism belongs to the time realm. In the time realm Christians sit around waiting for what they think God is going to do. In the realm of faith sons realize it is up to them. They must make the purposes of God happen. Faith is not subject to the time realm. How much can we appropriate? How much can we move into? Our faith determines these questions, not God’s prerogative. “The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand.” It has been given. And now we must appropriate. It is our faith that determines whether there will be valleys between the mountain peaks of glory. The issues lie with the limitations of our faith, not God’s willingness. We must be bold to believe with an expectation of seeing. When will we get it through our heads that God has justified us in Christ and we are no longer the issue? The issue is His word. There must be sons who believe His word, period. Their faith forges the reality of all that God has spoken. The sovereignty of God gives way to the initiative of sons. Does this sound irreverent? Only those who boisterously believe God’s word truly honor Him. The faith of sons says that God is both willing and able to fulfill His word in us and through us.