Greetings and good morning, 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. This morning we share some insights into living the divinely coordinated life. Before we do that, it might be helpful to our spiritual understanding if we define just what we mean by living a divinely coordinated life. We can best define living a divinely coordinated life by looking to Jesus.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
Living the Divinely Coordinated Life
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 one 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, Verses 20 and 21
Brothers and sisters, Jesus perfectly demonstrated the divinely coordinated life when he lived here in the flesh. His mighty Spirit of Truth now surrounds our souls, guiding and directing us into Truth: the divinely coordinated life. When we live the divinely coordinated life, we are connected to the Father and to one another.
When divinity becomes human, inherent in such a truth is that humanity may become like divinity, become Godlike. Therefore, since Jesus, the divine Son of God, lived the divinely coordinated life in the flesh, if we follow him, then we too shall live the divinely coordinated life. But how do we follow Jesus? We follow Jesus by loving one another as he loves us. If we do this, not only will all men and women know that we are his disciples, but we will be living the divinely coordinated life.
If we follow Jesus, then we must experience the same divine reality with the Father that he did while he lived in the flesh. The life of Jesus reveals a human being who lived a life dedicated and consecrated to doing the divine will. When we dedicate and consecrate our will to doing the divine will, then we subordinate our will to the Father’’s will. We choose the values of the Father rather than our own. To subordinate our will to the Father’’s will is to live in harmony with him. Thus, to do the divine will is to follow the leadings of the divine spirit. And the leadings of the divine spirit are manifested in the human experience as the altruistic impulse, the impulse to love unselfishly as interpreted by the spirit of Jesus--the Spirit of Truth.
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. By following him and by exercising the faith that he gives us, we can experience the truth, beauty, and goodness of the Father’’s love. We can even enjoy the same satisfaction with the Father that he enjoyed when he walked the earth as a man among men. Jesus is the new and living way whereby we can claim our divine inheritance that the Father decreed is ours for the asking. "Ask and you shall receive." Ponder this: ““The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.”” And if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.
Now that we have defined the divinely coordinated life as living in harmony with the Father’’s will, is it actually possible to live the divinely coordinated life? To live the Father’’s will is the same thing as living the divinely coordinated life. So, is it possible to do the divine will? If we follow Jesus, that is, love one another as he loves us, then we are living in accordance with the Father’’s will. Therefore, since the answer to that question is yes, then not only is it possible to live the divinely coordinated life if you are doing the Father’’s will (loving one another as Jesus loves us), but living the divinely coordinated life is the unavoidable consequence of doing the Father’’s will.
What about material handicaps? Is there any material handicap that can prevent us from doing the divine will? Since the Father’’s will is spiritual, no material handicap can prevent the normal- minded individual from doing the divine will and thus living the divinely coordinated life. There are no material or emotional handicaps that can prevent us from loving divinely as Jesus taught us. But we must be honest with ourselves. "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve god and mammon." Half-hearted attempts will be unavailing. It requires wholehearted consecration and dedication to doing the Father’’s will to live the divinely coordinated life.
Having established that it is possible to live the divinely coordinated life, what do we need to actual experience it? We have already mentioned consecration and dedication as prerequisites. In fact, we have equated the consecration and dedication to doing the Father’’s will as the cause of living the divinely coordinated life. And so having made the decision to do the Father’’s will, and thus to live the divinely coordinated life, the only thing that remains is the exercise of living faith, to believe wholeheartedly that we are living the divinely coordinated life as the fruits of the spirit displays abundantly in our lives. This living faith is the assurance that we are doing the Father’’s will and thus living the divinely coordinated life.
This concludes today's message on understanding how to live the divinely coordinated life. 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.