April 25th, 1962 “The Riches of His Glory” Late Mr. Daniel
“That he would
grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might
by his spirit in the inner man.”
Eph.4:8. 'Wherefore he saith, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.' He took captivity captive. What a wonderful statement. Suppose an army captured our army and another army came and carried away their conquerors, our army would be free. We were captives of Satan but Jesus defeated Satan and released us. When He took captivity captive He gave gifts - such gifts as made people wonder and know for sure they were given by God, not by man. The priests could not speak anything when they saw the lame man leaping after he was healed in the name of Jesus by the disciples.
Let us go to the grave and believe. The riches in glory are released - a new nature. Jesus was in the centre of God's will. Blessed is the man who will put himself in restraint to stay in God’s will always. He will enter into the abundance of the complete freedom of God. Are you murmuring to be in God's will? Are you sorry thinking that the will of God lays so many restrictions upon you? Are not these restrictions to draw out of you, the great gifts within you put there by God! Who is this person that is above all principality and power now? It was He who denied Himself to the uttermost to be in God’s will. If you also do that; you also will be lifted like that. If you suddenly happen to face a need, suddenly you will see that need met. A spirit of patience will come upon you. A spirit of meekness and of love will come upon you. These are riches in glory. What greater riches can there be. Those who come to the grave and believe and praise God, will see the riches of God opened to them – yea, all the fulness of God. We do not receive, because we do not believe. When you are filled with the unlimited love of God, the whole earth is yours. All men will come to you. When they see the selflessness of Christ and the self-denial of Christ in you and the willingness in you to die for truth and righteousness, the world will come to you. The world wants to see a woman filled with riches of glory, and a man who has measured the depth of God’s love.
There is a great freedom in God's will. Sadhu Sundar Singh in the well with the smell of petrifying corpses choking him and in pain with a broken arm had joy in his heart. A normal man would become mad under those circumstances. Three days he was there and then he cried to God. The cover of the well was lifted and an angel drew him out and healed him. The one who rose from the dead will never leave you. You can never know even imagine or think of what God has for you. It will be according to that power. That power is working in you. God’s plan will be revealed to you. According to your need, gifts will be given to you and these gifts will help you to fulfil His will. As you look and look into that grave believing Christ died for you, more and more riches will come out of it to you!