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 to me, and I want to share them with you. In today’’s broadcast, we share some further insight into the spiritual drive.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
More on the Spiritual Drive
"Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: they spirit is good; lead me into the land unrighteousness; Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name’’s sake: for thy righteousness’’ sake bring my soul out of trouble." Psalms, Chapter 143, Verses 10-11
"If you take one step, he will take two, for there ain’’t no limit to what God can do."
Brothers and sisters, spirit can direct mind and mind can direct matter. Although directly we cannot use spiritual energy to change anything materially, we can use this spiritual energy to powerize our spiritual efforts, which in turn can bring about such changes.
As we view the scene of human struggling, we find that there are many of us who may not know how to live, who may not know how to use the resources at our command. We seem to lack the desire to become more than what we are. We appear to be satisfied with whatever state we’’re in.
Jesus’’ life demonstrates a way out of this morass. Consider this: "Jesus is rapidly becoming a man, not just a young man but an adult. He has learned well to bear responsibility. He knows how to carry on in the face of disappointment. He bears up bravely when his plans are thwarted and his purposes temporarily defeated. He has learned how to be fair and just even in the face of injustice." Most of us are familiar with this phase of Jesus’’ life. Although we may have not as yet learned the lessons these challenges presented to Jesus, it is not too late for us. Like him——but in our own lives——we can learn how to bear responsibility well, how to carry on in the face of disappointment, how to bear up bravely when our plans are thwarted and our purposes temporarily defeated, and how to be fair and just even in the face of injustice. The victorious spirit of Jesus, the Spirit of Truth that lives within us, can help us to grow in the face of such challenges.
We can become dynamically surcharged with spiritual energy. To get a feel for what it means to have spiritual power supporting us in daily life, consider trying to race a dog. Of your own accord, you could not outrun him. But if you were driving a car, you would have little difficulty in leaving him in the dust. Moreover, a pole vaulter cannot vault himself over the bar without an able pole to assist him. The right pole can help the vaulter clear a height several times his own. Last, a child is unable to jump a fence on her own but with a strategically placed hand helping her, she will sail across the fence.
Spiritual power is real, but it remains dormant in our souls until we release it. How can we "induce man to release these soul-bound powers of divinity and infinity? How shall we induce men to let go of God that he may spring forth to the refreshment of our own souls while in transit outward and then to serve the purpose of enlightening, uplifting, and blessing countless other souls? How best can we awaken these latent powers for good which lie dormant in your souls?"
The technique for releasing these powers of the divine spirit are bound up in the whole-hearted desire to do the Father’’s will. "The secret of all this problem is wrapped up in spiritual communion, in worship. From the human standpoint it is a question of combined meditation and relaxation. Meditation makes the contact of mind with spirit; relaxation determines the capacity for spiritual receptivity. And this interchange of strength for weakness, courage for fear, the will of God for the mind of self, constitutes worship."
We can become like the human Jesus, who learned how to ““adjust his ideals of spiritual living to the practical demands of earthly existence." We can become like Jesus, who learned how to ““plan for the achievement of a higher and distant goal of idealism while he toiled earnestly for the attainment of a nearer and immediate goal of necessity." We can become like Jesus, who learned how to ““steadily acquire the art of adjusting his aspirations to the commonplace demands of the human occasion." We can become like Jesus, who learned how to ““master the technique of utilizing the energy of the spiritual drive to turn the mechanism of material achievement." We can become like Jesus, who learned how to ““live the heavenly life while he continued on with the earthly existence."
We can like Jesus "[depend] upon the ultimate guidance of his heavenly Father while he assumed the fatherly role of guiding and directing the children of his earth family;”” ““……[become] experienced in the skill of wresting victory from the very jaws of defeat;”” and ““…… [learn] how to transform the difficulties of time into the triumphs of eternity." We can become like the human Jesus, who perfectly learned how to do the Father’’s will.
By living the Father’’s will, we tap into the spiritual power of the Father. The "experience of dynamic religious living transforms the mediocre individual into a personality of idealistic power.”” By living the Father’’s will, "we arrive at the understanding that living the will of God is the eternal passport to the endless possibility of infinity itself.’’’’
By living the Father’’s will, "the self has surrendered to the intriguing drive of an all-encompassing motivation which imposes heightened self-discipline, lessens emotional conflict, and makes mortal life truly worth living. The morbid recognition of human limitations is changed to the natural consciousness of mortal shortcomings, associated with moral determination and spiritual aspiration to attain the highest universe and superuniverse goals. And this intense striving for the attainment of supermortal ideals is always characterized by increasing patience, forbearance, fortitude, and tolerance."
And this spiritual power is available for our use by the simple faith act of dedicating and consecrating our wills to doing the Father’’s will.
This concludes today's message on further understanding of the spiritual drive. 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.