Pentecostal Church Mannheim
Message from the Monthly Flyer from May 2008
Choose fatalism or faith
Numbers 13:31 31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We
are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.”
Numbers 14:6 Then they shall put on it a covering of badger skins, and spread over that a cloth entirely of blue; and they shall insert its poles.
What is faith? Faith is being certain that God is above everything; He can give the victory no matter what the situation is.
It does not matter what a person thinks or says, nothing is impossible for God and with God!
This faith is active, meaning that it takes action. It only comes about through having an inner, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
What is fatalism? Fatalism is the belief that everything is determined
by fate, and that neither does human will and action have an influence
on the procedure of things and events, i.e. you are unable to change anything.
A fatalist is a person who submits himself to his destiny, and even accepts misfortune as being something which is irreversible. He just accepts it as it is.
Good days as well as evil days will come into our lives; we cannot do anything about it, other than to stay close to God.
If others who have no trust in God give up, then you can say: “I’m not going to put up this situation. I’m going to fight.” Hebrews, the 11th chapter, is the chapter about the heroes of the faith. By their faith in God, they subdued kingdoms; and those who were in situations where they seemed to be no way out, they fought and were victorious. A child of God does not need to be a loser!
In the Bible text, we read that Moses sent out 12 spies to Canaan to search out the land - to see what is was like there. After they had searched out the land, they all came back again. They gave a report to the congregation of Israel. 10 of them said: “The land is large and very fruitful, and it is really flowing with milk and honey. However, we are unable to take it because, the people there are giants and we are like grasshoppers in comparison to them.”
The talk of the ten fatalists affected the whole assembly. All of a sudden, everyone believed that it was impossible to take the land. After 40 days of not being among the congregation and without worship services, these ten had already fallen away. They forgot everything which they had been taught, including the miracles which God had performed. Almost the entire congregation was against Moses and wanted to stone him, and all of a sudden, they wanted to return to Egypt.
They gave up and wanted to go back after hearing someone say: “It’s impossible, we will not make it. How is God going to do that?”
In the end, these ten fatalists died in the wilderness and they never got to see the Promised Land. The other two who held tightly on to their faith, they saw the land and lived there later on.
Fatalists give up. They do not want to fight, nor believe, nor go forwards. How is it in your life? How strong is your faith? Whoever believes and follows the Word of God will end up seeing the land. 12 spies saw the land, however, only 2, Joshua and Caleb, believed that they could conquer it with the help of God.
Joshua knew that His God is able to change things. Do you know that too? You may say: “My situation is different.” So what, is God not able to change things? Use your faith in God and He will open doors for you, doors which are good! rw