March 3rd, 1991 "The Spirit of Understanding" Bro. Joe Daniel
Isaiah 11: 1& 2
"And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: and the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD" The spirit of understanding means the sensitiveness of God. Lack of understanding is a very serious thing. I have been wondering about my own life. When you have the Spirit of God actively helping you, you are able to see certain things which normally it is impossible to see. Some of you are not even able to sense the spiritual well-being of the people living close to you. That is very sad. I like to see the glasses in a prayer hall clean. I gave a young man charge to clean these glasses. I did not have the understanding to watch his life, if it was also transparent as glass. What a failure! Christian life should be clear like this glass with nothing to hide. So the Bible says the spirit of understanding was upon our Lord. Do you see that? The spirit of understanding! When you have the spirit of understanding you will also understand the difficulties of others. You will be sensitive about oneness of spirit. Ordinary people will not have such an understanding. You know our old workmen who used to pull heavy road-rollers over the road -- they would call in a chant "yelaelo ilasa" as they worked, so that they would pull together. People who are known to be praying people do not have such understanding. "I am in this place, I have to pull together with others in the work. I cannot be like those men who turned away from battle, when Gideon selected his people." People seem to think of the Lord’s work, "It is all easy, I will do it." What is easy? Yesterday, I waited for the Calcutta Mail from to If you are going to look for what is convenient, you cannot do much.
One of the disadvantages of stationary life is that we lose flexibility and
adaptability. It will mean a lack of understanding. A small team of our
brothers are now going to attend to the prayer hall construction. If there is
understanding among you more of you will come and partake in the work. Why are
we building this? For God! How many years, we fought with the Government for a
withheld permit! I do not know how many visits Dr.Paul
and Brother Chakravarti made to the Secretariat and
the M.M.D.A. But some of you keep to the background. You feel you are not in
the battle. But you are! When you fall, all of us fall. When one family falls,
all of us fall. We do not seem to realise that. How
did Jesus Christ grieve even for Judas Iscariot? "It would have been
better, if that man had not been born." Yes we must grieve for those who
are dishonouring God. When we honour
the Lord, we know the Lord honours us. But it were a sad thing if we just love honour.
Somehow in Christian life we can gradually become those who like to be
acknowledged. You can feel no body knows the work that some of you are doing
for the Lord. One of my sons has to go with "Christ is Victor"
Yes, we have to go with the gospel spending money and time. If we have men
who are willing we can reach the whole world. We must reach out with faith. We
are in need of such faith. Now in