November 14th, 1962 “The Transformation of a Rebellious Heart” Late Mr. N. Daniel
“I have spread out my hand all the day unto a rebellious people.” God analyses human nature. It is a rebellious nature. We are a rebellious people but God's grace follows us, waiting for a chance to change us. We can see it in the life of Jacob. God's grace was following him. He was of a rebellious nature, always doing his will which was not God's will. God's thoughts are very high. As the grace of God is pursuing us and revealing to us new things, our thoughts are lifted up to His thoughts. Once our thoughts conform to God's thoughts, it is a great victory. It is always a fight with our human nature which refuses to conform to God's thoughts. God says in Vs.12 “They did choose that in which I delighted not.” ‘I have not delighted in those things you have chosen', says God. When a mother sees her child choosing a wrong thing she feels sad. Children are not supposed to handle everything in the house. Years ago I left my shaving blade within reach of my toddler son. He played with the blade and cut his finger. We are apt to choose the wrong thing. In God's kingdom there are so many things you should not handle. There are great graces and great power. Somebody preaches a great sermon and you want to preach like that. Can you sustain the people who will be converted by that great sermon? Many who are touched by that sermon may attach importance to the preacher. Can you refuse that glory? Very often people connect my name with the sermon. I feel sad. They must give glory to God. Many wish to imitate great men of God. Can you maintain yourself at that level?
When Sadhu Sundar
Singh came, I wanted to go to
When he was fleeing from home, God showed him a ladder reaching to heaven. He thought that he would, all of a sudden, be on the top. No. There are steps. He didn't even get on the first step. ‘Oh! This is God’s house,’ he said. He never repented. He never felt the need of God who would always be with him. What is our need? It is God! If God is with us we have all things we need and even small things make us happy.
What about Jacob's family? Had he come to that level where he could help his family? Had his thoughts become God's thoughts? After that night of prayer, Jacob returned to his family. Have you met God? The mother of Samson met the angel. She came and told her husband about it. Their thoughts began to rise higher and higher. When you and your wife pray together everyday, one day you will pray only God's thoughts. Now as my wife and I pray we feel we are swimming in the current of God's thoughts. What a great blessing it is! When you pray, you will pray the will of God.
David's beautiful son, Absalom, was never dealt with. He
was full of pride. He daily looked at his reflection in the mirror. He never wanted
to imbibe God's thoughts. His heart was full of rebellion. His father loved
him. It was a kind of indulgent love. When Absalom had not repented for murder,
David kissed him. It was a wrong kiss. God doesn't do it that way. He follows
you. He followed