July 28th, 1956                                                 "The Mind of God"                                              Late Mr. N. Daniel

Ezekiel 37:12

"Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel." Prophesy is the word of the omniscient God who knows and understands all things. Prayer is nothing but the contact of the finite mind with the infinite mind. If prayer is only for material things, it is no prayer at all. They who pray for material things are beggars in the kingdom of God. To possess the mind of God, the wisdom of God and the nature of Christ is the real wealth of a Christian.

When we come to Jesus, He makes us a unified personality. When sin reigns in us there is a divided personality. When sin reigns in us there is a divided personality which causes us sorrow and worry and unhappiness. Bones by themselves cannot function to do any good. They may of course clatter and make a noise. A man who is not in live touch with God does not know himself. Unconverted people in churches and assemblies are dry bones who clash among themselves.

"The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly." Proverbs 20:27. "For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.", I Corinthians 2:11. The candle of the Lord lights up the heart of man. When a man knows himself he is broken. Nothing that is born of man is acceptable before God. But those who are broken in the sight of God are taught of God.

"Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord.", Isaiah 55:7,8. Only those who constantly contact the divine spirit can understand this. Prayer is digging into your subconscious. There are many thoughts there which are not of God, which are dangerous and you are about to act on them. Lot had dangerous thoughts within himself and he gave no time to wait on God and get them corrected. Abraham also had dangerous thoughts which took him to Egypt, but again he contacted God who said, "…Walk before me, and be thou perfect."

God showed the prophet that the Israelites were dry bones. Can God take hold of any one of us to prophesy to dry bones? Can you prophesy in your own home? The thought of God is eternal. Those who have the thoughts of God are powerful. But God cannot put His thoughts in us to stay till we are broken and know that there is nothing good in us. Those who live in live contact with the divine Spirit will one day prophesy. Divided personalities and churches will be united. We want prophets today who can say, "Thus saith the Lord." The Israelites were in captivity. They had forsaken God. They wanted to do away with the prophet. The enemy came in according to the prophet’s word and destroyed the land and took away the people captive. The churches are in despair now. They did not believe the word of God. They gave their own interpretation to the Word. When the Spirit of God comes upon a man or woman they will be great blessings to their churches. God asked the prophet to prophesy to the dry bones. What can words do? No they are not just words. It is the Word that created the earth.

The work of God is creative energy. It destroys evil and creates the likeness of God, through the Cross and the resurrection of Jesus. We are going to be restored to our original likeness of God. That is why Jesus said, "Be ye perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect." When we die to self we will love the will of God though we may not understand it. In the beginnings of this work, tears used to come into my eyes as I used to think, "What about my future? What will happen to this work?" I had heard the voice of God and had obeyed it. As the Lord taught me I followed. Are you a God-spoke-to person? Then you will prophesy to dead bones and they will live. God is going to do great things. Only you must dig deep and remove what is not of God in you and continue to follow the Lord. All may forsake you: but you just continue to listen to His voice and obey.

There is a great army in the world for God’s work and we must bring it together. God will do it but let us be true. "And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord." Ezekiel 37:14. God used one young man who was true to God and in live-touch with the divine spirit to work out His plan. It was his influence that brought the Israelites back. God said He would unite them. The Israelites for a long time were two nations. "And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince fore ever. Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them…", Ezekiel 37:25,26.