February 9th, 1963 “The Straight Gate"
Late Mr. N.Daniel
13:18-35 vs 24”Strive to enter in at
the straight gate.”
Jesus wants us to enter in at the straight
gate. It is a gate with many
difficulties. A child’s nature is this, that it always tries to go through narrow ways. A child always takes the difficult way. God’s children also will always choose the
narrow way. Straight is the gate that
will lead you to a perfect spiritual state.
When I see the nation, I feel unless all of us try to go through the
narrow gate and strive hard, we will achieve nothing there. Many Fellowships can rise because there is
power in the Word, but can you do something really deep and thorough in
Christian Church and society? In our
church we see people always choosing the broad way. What is the future of the church in this
nation? A kind of shallow enlightenment
is in the churches. God wants us to
strive hard and prepare ourselves for a great task. When opposition and persecution comes on us,
will we be able to stand? In man there
is always a timid nature. For example,
when Jesus was going to Jerusalem,
they warned Him that Herod would kill Him.
Jesus was not afraid. He chose
the narrow way. God is watching us. Passing through the narrow way, is not
easy. Once our college
gate was closed. There was some
space in between. I tried to get in but
I could not. It was too narrow. All your nature- the whole of your nature
must be subjected to the discipline of the Word of God. Your spiritual body must be trained that it
will enter through the narrow way. When
God’s call comes, it comes to those who have striven hard in the discipline of
God. The call may come but you may be
like the five foolish virgins. You may
take the lamp but there may not be oil.
God wants us to be hardy men. When people attack us, we must be able to
answer them. People might try to destroy
the work we are doing. If we keep quiet
what will happen to the churches? There
is no one who feels sad about the condition of the churches. There is no concern about the dying and the
perishing Christians. When you see these
things what are you going to do? Will
you live like those who knock at the door and receive Jesus’ answer, “I know
you not.” You
have to work hard for God. Prepare yourself for His service. You may be employed somewhere but remember
you are a Christian. Are you going to
live for your belly and earn some money and thus finish you life or will you build up something that is lasting?
The Puritan movement in England was a
great movement. Young people meant
business with God. Spurgeon at the age
of 18 was well prepared for the great Work God would call him to. Whitefield and Wesley were a support one to
another. A great movement began in England. Without God-fearing parents, such children
cannot rise. In South
there is no chance for such men of God to arise. If you allow these things to continue, in 20
more years the church will collapse. Sin
will increase. Where are the girls who
have a vision for the Kingdom
of God? Strive to enter in by the strait gate. Do not choose anything for yourself. Let God work for you. Our united prayer will never go waste. Is
your life well disciplined by God? God
disciplined me during my college days.
It is our object to bring the true Christian light to the churches. And will we succeed? Are you following the narrow way? 1 Thes 2:12.
saw Satan interfering. In many of our
campaigns Satan plays his part. But by
exercising faith we have won the battle.
What is your objective in living in the Fellowship? Some may enjoy the comforts of the
Fellowship. It is a clean
atmosphere. It is easy to live
here. But remember God will demand of
you great service when every phase of your life is brought under the Word of
God. When your spirit is so quickened,
you pray for things you never prayed for before. As you pray, reading the Word, you get
revelations; and see fields in your life which are still unprepared. Your whole life must perceive the grace of
God. One day God will call you. You may suddenly find you are not equal to
the task. Your righteousness and
holiness and self-denial are not sufficient.
The devil wants to invade your life of holiness. Unless he overthrows you there, he cannot do
anything more. Remember that seasons of
prayer are seasons of revelation. During
those times, the unploughed areas in your life will be ploughed by the Holy
Spirit and you will pray a new prayer according to revelation. Your life becomes more extensive and the
radiation from your life increases in its intensity. When you are ripe enough, God will use
you. The world cannot resist you but has
to bend to what you say.