Greetings, brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series where we seek to explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years, the heavenly Father has shared many revelations of spiritual truth with me, and I want to share them with you. In today’’s broadcast, we seek to understand how we align our wills with the Father’’s will and attune our minds to the mind of the Father.
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Alignment with the Father’’s Will
Jesus said, "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as thou Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: That the world may believe that thou hast sent me." John, Chapter 17, Verse 21
Brothers and sisters, is it really possible in this life to align a human will with the divine will and attune a human mind to a divine mind? The Father has commanded us to be perfect even as he is perfect, and there is no way that this can be done unless we can align our will to the Father’’s will and attune our mind to the divine mind. Would the Father command us to do something that is not possible for us to do? And if we say the command is for the next life or the life after that, we run into even further difficulty. For if the command is not for this life here, why would the Father give it? No! there is only one consistent answer and that is that despite the fact that so few actually achieve the spiritual perfection of character demonstrated by Jesus, the command nevertheless still applies to us here and now.
But before considering the solution to this problem, let us consider a brief definition of will. Will is the agency or force that allows us to make decisions, and these decisions allows us to interact with our environment internally and externally. The human will has the power to choose good over evil; therefore, it is moral. It also has the power to choose God. The Father’’s will is the purpose of the Father, and this will is spiritual. So the task becomes to align our moral will with the Father’’s spiritual will and to attune our mind to the divine mind. The accomplishment of these two factors equals divine oneness, being one with the Father. As we choose so we become. If we consistently choose the Father’’s will, we become like he is, spiritual and eternal; if we consistently choose our will, we become more material and temporal, and eventually become cease to exist.
When we are one with the Father, we are on one accord. When we are on one accord, our will and the Father’’s will as it operates within our minds and souls are indistinguishable. But since the Father’’s will as it operates in our minds and souls is subjected to our will, we must release or choose the Father’’s will in order for it to function within and through us. It should be apparent that unless we align our wills to the Father’’s will and attune our minds to the divine mind, there is no way that the Father can function within us and through us, no way that spiritual energies that are to transform us into the image of his Son can pass from him to our souls. So we must understand that in order to obey the supreme command to be perfect even as the Father is perfect, we must align our will to his and attune our mind to his.
Now that we have established that it is possible to align our wills to the Father’’s will and attune our minds to the divine mind, how do we do this? Well, there are three kinds of power available to us--two are derived from our human natures and one from the divine nature. This being the case, we must make use of these power qualities. These are desire, will, and faith. There are two other power qualities that are also instrumental in maintaining alignment and attunement, which we shall discuss later. The technique for aligning our will with the Father’’s will and attuning our minds to the divine mind is embraced in the technique of doing the Father’’s will. When we do the Father’’s will, we submit our wills to his will. The Father’’s will becomes forthright a reality in our decisions.
We do this using the same mechanism we exercise when we choose our will. Our will responds to our supreme desire. There are a lot of competing desires within us all the time. Our will selects the one that is supreme, the one that we really desire above all others. When we desire to choose the Father’’s will, this becomes our supreme desire, where there are no competing desires above it and all other desires are below it.
We all know what we really desire. We know if we really desire to align our will to the Father’’s will and attune our mind to the divine mine. Sincerity is absolutely necessary. We cannot fool the Father. He looks directly into our hearts and sees all; indeed, he knows all. If this is a supreme spiritual desire for the Father’’s will, if we really want it expressed, the Father’’s spirit stands ever vigilant to execute this desire in response to our supreme desire for it. The Father delights in executing his will in his mortal children. It gives him supreme satisfaction when his children allow him to function in and through them.
This is a spiritual choice and therefore the material mind is not conscious of it. The Father’’s will is consciously desired but unconsciously done, but the fruits of this choice are abundantly forthcoming in the life of the one that chooses to abide by the Father’’s will through his Son, Jesus. Now as this is a spiritual decision, we must use the tool given to us by the Father for executing his will. This is our faith. Since the decision to choose the Father’’s will is not evident to the material mind, we must allow faith to stand for this exchange. The exchange is real, but it is a reality beyond the material mind. Therefore, the next factor in aligning our will with the Father’’s will and attuning our mind to the divine mind is faith. "Without faith, it is impossible to please God." We cannot function in the spiritual world without the exercise of genuine spiritual faith. Faith is the power that actually aligns our will with the Father’’s will and attunes our mind to the divine mind. It actually transforms the potential for alignment to the actual alignment of that will.
We now understand the role that faith plays in all of this, but how will we know that we have been successful? Remember we are dealing with spiritual values and meanings, not material values and meanings; therefore, there are three spiritual values that spiritually validate our alignment with the Father’’s will and our attuning of our mind to the divine mind---two internally and one externally. We know that we have been successful in our spiritual efforts because we supremely desire it; we wholeheartedly believe it, and we display the fruits of the spirit spontaneously in our moral and spiritual reactions. We become like Jesus and begin to think as he does. We acquire the mind of Jesus, the mind of the spirit. We become born again, where we delight in loving our brothers and sisters and in serving them. We understand the logic and reasoning of the spirit, logic and reasoning that convicts us that God is our heavenly Father, and we are his sons and daughters and therefore brothers and sisters.
Once we have faith-accepted the alignment of our will with the Father’’s will and our mind with the divine mind, we spend no further time doubting whether it is possible or whether it has happened and we act accordingly; our attitudes reflect this. We trust that the Father has made it happen, and we are in the delightful process of revealing his matchless love to our brothers and sisters through his Son, Jesus. And as we go through trials and tribulations of this life, we drain them of their spiritual values and meanings and keep our souls afloat on the turbulent seas of life with an inextinguishable hope. Our souls are filled with the Father’’s love and mercy. We know we have obeyed the eternal command to be perfect even as he is perfect because we love our brothers and sisters. The spiritual perfection of our souls is maintained within the mighty Spirit of Truth, which ever cries, "this is the way, the truth and the life. Come to me and I will show you the Father. See! The Father is living spiritual love."
This concludes today's message on understanding how we align our will with the Father’’s will and attune our mind to the divine mind. We hope you find something in this message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day.
Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry