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. This morning we seek to further understand the supremacy of faith.
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More on the Supremacy of Faith
"By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went." Hebrews, Chapter 11, Verse 8
Brothers and sisters, in today’’s broadcast we continue our excursion into the insight of faith. We seek to get a firmer grasp on the assurance of faith as we seek to do the Father’’s will. We know that when it comes to making life changing decisions, there is often a great deal of uncertainty and anxiety associated with such a decision, as we try to insulate our emotions driven by our biases, fears, and our desires, as we seek to clearly see the factors involved in making a decision. And even though we realize that even after we go through all of the factors involved in making a life changing decision, that they may still not have any effect upon the final decisions, but still we don’’t want to leave anything out that may play a role in making the final decision. And after having gone through this process, we want to gain the faith assurance that the decision is according to the Father’’s will.
We shall faith-examine Jesus’’ decision to begin his public work of teaching the good news of the gospel. This was a decision that led him to the Jordan, where he was baptized by John the Baptist and received confirmation from the heavenly Father that he was a Son in whom the Father was well pleased. This was the decision that launched him into his public work. This decision had tremendous consequences for Jesus: it changed his relationship with himself and to the world.
The week before Jesus made this momentous decision, there must have been a spiritual tension building up in the human Jesus, for he was still the Son of Man at this time. He had not become fully conscious of his divine nature though it had been growing. As the news that John the Baptist had begun his preaching, Jesus knew that John was to introduce him to the world. He began to intensify his prayers, seeking to know the Father’’s will. And as he sought insight, the spiritual tension grew greater with the conviction that it was time for him to began his public ministry.
The night before he went to John’’s baptism, he probably slept little, being in constant prayer, seeking the Father’’s will. There must have been great emotional changes that he went through as he tried to discern the Father’’s will. Remember that at this time Jesus was still unaware of who he really was. He was proceeding from the purely human perspective, even as you and I must do when trying to make some momentous decision. He had to sort through all the factors that went into his making such a decision. He had to overcome the doubt in his mind. The next morning was the great faith test.
All night he had been in communion with the heavenly Father, and the conviction had grown on him that it was indeed time. John was not too far from where Jesus was at this time and all the factors and circumstances were in place. With a leap of faith, Jesus journeyed to the Jordan to be baptized by John. And when he took that step of submitting to the baptism, his faith was validated, for the Father acknowledged him, and his public ministry began.
Up to this point, Jesus had dedicated his whole life to doing the Father’’s will. His character had undergone tremendous changes, and he had completed his spiritual growth. This meeting with John in the Jordan was the time-space junction where his purely human life ended and the more divine phases of his life begin. At this junction he became fully aware of who he was prior to coming to earth.
How do we apply this example to our lives and in our desire to make our life- changing decisions accord with the Father’’s will? We must remember that there is more to us than what our consciousness reveals. We have souls and spirits that can cause our material minds to make a decision on their behalf whether the material mind is conscious of this process or not.
Will can act equally on a material or spiritual matter. "Will is that manifestation of the human mind which enables the subjective consciousness to express itself objectively and to experience the phenomenon of aspiring to be Godlike." But how does will know how to act for us? There are many impulses, urges, and desires, both material and spiritual, that vie for external expression. It is our supreme desire that determines which subjective reality gets expressed objectively in any situation. Thus, will acts on the desire that has the greatest value to us.
When we desire to do the Father’’s will, that desire allows the Father’’s will to manifest rather than the human will. If we seek to do the Father’’s will supremely in a given situation, that desire is proof that we are choosing the Father’’s will. And each time we choose the Father’’s will, we become a little more like He is and a little less of what we are.
Once reflecting on all the factors requiring resolution when making a decision according to the Father’’s will, the influence of His will is stamped. The Father’’s will determines the weight given to any factor that goes into making any such decision. When we seek that will, we must exercise the faith that His will is being chosen rather than our own. And after we have gone through the process of examining all factors involved in making a life-changing decision, we must not hesitate nor equivocate but act boldly and decisively.
Can you imagine the great joy Jesus must have experienced when he realized who he really was? That not only was he a human being but the Son of God, the creator of this universe? Such joy is unimaginable from our perspective. But though we cannot realize Jesus’’ joy, we can realize our own as a child of the Father because Jesus was God as well as human, thus the designation, ““Son of Man and Son of God. "Mortal man, while he has his roots of origin and being in the animal soil of human nature, can by faith raise his spiritual nature up into the sunlight of heavenly truth and actually bear the noble fruits of the spirit." When we bear these fruits, we demonstrate and display awareness of who we are, the sons of God. No purely human nature can display the fruits of the spirit. This is the divine nature in action.
This concludes today's message on understanding more of the supremacy of faith. 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.