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 revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you. This morning we will ponder our lives as we seek to understand what it means to live the spirit-filled life.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
Living the Spirit Filled Life
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God." Romans, Chapter 8, Verses 14 and 16.
If we are the sons and daughters of God, and the Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God, then we certainly can live the spirit-filled life if that is our wholehearted choice. But how do we actually live the spirit-filled life with all the rip tides of material life constantly tugging and pulling us out into the sea of confusion and conflict? We begin by subjecting our wills to the Father's will. We boldly but humbly by faith acknowledge that we are sons and daughters of the Heavenly Father. And like all faith realities, we act as if it is so and eventually it is. If we desire to live the spirit-filled life, we must whole-heartedly subject our slightest moral and spiritual desires to the Father's will. We must constantly display the attitude of "not my will, but your will be done."
Living the spirit-filled life means that we understand and accept that our human bodies are actually temples of God. It means that we understand that the Father through His Son, Jesus, seeks to manifest himself through us. Such a magnificent truth makes us truly humble. It makes us strive constantly to seek to "remove the beam from our own eyes so that we can better see how to remove the speck from our brothers' and sisters' eyes." It means we are willing to forgive our brothers and sisters even as we seek forgiveness for the wrongs that we have done. Not only do we seek forgiveness for the wrongs we have done, but we also seek forgiveness for not forgiving those who have wronged us, for failing to consistently practice an attitude of love, mercy, patience and
forgiveness. It also means we seek to be perfect even as the Heavenly Father is perfect through his Son Jesus.
When we display such a constant spiritual attitude, such a spiritual attitude allows the Father to maximize the revelation of Himself through His Son, Jesus, the Spirit of Truth to our souls. When this revelation of the Father through us is at its maximum, we experience the joy and peace of the Father. Even in material defeat, there is a distinct sense of spiritual victory. When we suffer sorrow according to the Father's will, the sorrow does not run very deep before it runs into the joy of the Father's spirit that causes our souls to rejoice in the knowledge of eternal life.
When we experience disappointment, our disappointments are not lasting as our souls rejoice in the eternal success of divine oneness with our heavenly Father. As we experience temporal losses, our souls rejoice at the everlasting spiritual gifts of the Father that never can be lost. As we strive to be perfect even as the Heavenly Father is perfect, we experience a hope that is absolutely indestructible,even if the whole world should pass away.
As we continue in the spirit-filled life, we increasingly seek out those who need the Father's love. Our response to all who hate is to love. We look for those souls that are confused and lost, and we unfailingly tell them of their sonship with the Father, and introduce them to Jesus, the Spirit of Truth. And in the face of evil, we unfailingly respond with the Father's goodness.
In our souls and minds, we unceasingly seek to further attune them to the divine Soul and Mind, and to further subject our wills to the Father's will. We constantly seek the spiritual power to accomplish this while we seek to take off the filthy rags of self righteousness, and slip into the light garments of divine righteousness. We seek to remove all anger, bitterness, resentment, and evil from our souls while filling them with the divine love and divine forgiveness of the Father so that His presence can shine brightly through us in the never-ending spiritual fruits that flow from our love-saturated souls. We seek divine oneness with the Father, to worship Him in Truth and in Spirit. We seek to obey His eternal command: Be ye perfect even as the Heavenly Father is perfect.
This concludes today's message on understanding the meaning and method of how to live the spirit-
filled 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.