“Being Deflected From the Path of God” Late Mr. N. Daniel
HABAKKUK 3:2 "Lord revive thy work, in the midst of the years."
Habakkuk prayed that God's work should prosper anew. He wanted God to revive His work, lest he should gradually go down. This world is full of sin and the powers of darkness. Converted people who are doing great work for God should prevail in prayer until God does again and again revive His work. Once I was praying by the sea shore, a sudden sharp shower came down. I shielded my Bible from the rain and began to run fast towards certain fishermen's coves 200 meters away. The wind was blowing against me and heavy drops of rain were shooting into my face. So I shut my eyes and ran. After a while. I felt I should have come to the close proximity to my destination. I opened my eyes, but I could not see any houses but I found that I who was running away from the sea, was running into the sea. How did this happen? The strong wind, and rain which beat upon my face imperceptibly turned my head by a small angle to the original direction. So, I had to run a big semicircle, and had reached at last the direction exactly opposite to what I wanted. In a similar manner, ministry which is commenced with proper motives and is Spirit-led can undetected loose that life. So we need God to revive His work.
Christian workers forsake sin and the world and run towards the presence of God. But gradually they can deviate at a small angle and finally sink into what they once forsook. We should be watchful and examine ourselves again and again in the light of God, lest God say to us “I never knew you, depart from me, ye workers of iniquity.” Too late, we are taken by surprise and say “We ate and drank in your presence and in your name did many wonderful works.” Such of those who do not constantly strive to stay in the narrow way, they miss the way altogether. They see a degree of victory in their ministry, they receive respect and honor from the people around, they find themselves financially secure. Then, they exalt themselves above the Lord. Those who seek after wealth and honor are not those who are in the narrow way. Those who rob widows, and bring God's name to shame, destroy the work of God. “Oh God revive thy work.” All of us in our fellowship should pray this prayer. Satan is ever watchful to destroy the work of God through the love of money and carelessness in your dealings with women.
Lord chose Saul to be king over
Saul forsook God and clung to the throne. It was God who brought him to the
throne. Losing a kingdom was not such a serious matter as losing the presence
of our high and holy God. Once, near
Many people trust in doing kind deeds which are not in the will of God. They feel they are doing it for God, when actually they are departing from God through it. If God doesn't revive us again, we have no hope. Christian workers awake, lest blindness set in and wrong desires take hold of us. Perhaps evil spirits have entered in. To release such people is very difficult. Such people should have fellowship with the children of God and seek restoration through their correction and by wrestling with God in prayer and fasting. The sign that evil spirits have come into a worker is that he loses oneness with the others. Love dies. He begins to think that his own work should prosper and he must be a great man. (Instead of feeling that God's will should be done and He should be glorified.) We should not crave for greatness and approbation of people. Seeking the honor that comes from men is the sure sign that the evil spirits have entered. David alone among the backsliders mentioned in the scriptures repented deeply and found restoration. He prayed. "Create in me a clean heart O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me, the joy of thy salvation." (Ps.51:10-12) "Behold thou desirest truth in the inwards parts." (Ps.51:6) Backsliders will not have truth in their inward parts. Those who forsake God and take sides with their relatives scatter the flock. One should be careful about such people. Let us all pray, “Oh God revive me, revive my family, revive my prayer group. Please show us that if any evil spirit has entered into me or any one of us. Oh God sustain the work which you have begun.”