March 1st, 1961
"The Thoughts of God"
Late Mr. N. Daniel
II Corinthians 10:3-5
"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: for
the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the
pulling down of strong holds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing
that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,
and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." St.
Paul is talking about very deep things. He is going to
the foundation of human personality. We do not know what is at the foundation
of our personality. Here St. Paul
speaks of casting down every high thing that exalts itself against the
knowledge of God. Man’s imagination is very powerful. He builds castles in the
mind which Satan makes to appear very real.
These castles stand against the eternal plans of God. Such a man has no time
for God. He aims at worldly distinction by denying himself the Word of life.
Gen.6:5, "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth,
and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil
continually." God saw that there was something very wrong at the very
foundation of human personality. One day the imagination will press their claim
and explode and destroy your personality.
Absalom’s thoughts were like that. He thought he
would soon be the king. He would kill his father and imprison his brothers. But
he did not know that soon he would hang on a tree with arrows piercing through
his heart. Unless, through our meditations and prayer, we pull down these
imaginations and fill ourselves with the thoughts of God, we are in danger.
Jacob relied on his own imaginations. He sowed the seeds of trouble in his own
family. Abraham’s imaginations were under the control of God. God Told him, "Ishmael is not your son. I will give you
your own son." He was imagining that Eliezer
would succeed him. But God said, "No, look at the stars, so will your
children be." Temptation was hammering at Joseph’s door even though he was
raised above all the servants in his house and made steward. This temptress
woman would have made him very comfortable in Egypt.
But he tore up that imagination. Many start their spiritual life well. But they
yield to worldly ambitions and they lose touch with God. Moses did not yield to
such imaginations. The question of how to deliver the people of Israel
must have engaged his mind. He went to God day after day for a revelation of
his plans. A servant of God must be very careful about his imaginations.
St. Paul had a war within him
but his weapons were not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of
strongholds. You must say, "I must marry so and so because I promised her
in my unconverted days." Will you carry out what you determined in you
madness? Satan knows God’s plans to a certain extent. So before you can enter
into those plans he wants to put in his thoughts. Satan wants to destroy your
usefulness that way. Demas followed St. Paul
for sometime. Later he loved the world and departed from St.
Paul. St. Paul
says our weapons are not carnal. Daniel prayed and
prayed till his own plans and thoughts were destroyed and God’s plans entered
into his mind.
plans in the First World War were overthrown in spite of their scientific
preparations. A vital crop of potatoes on which the army was dependent failed. Germany’s
hope was crushed. Men of science have their own imaginations based on their
knowledge of scientific facts and philosophy. But that imagination can fail. Be
careful. Are you established in the thoughts of God?