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 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 search for the Father's
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Search for the Father's Will
Jesus said, " I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge and my judgment is just;
because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." John, Chapter
5, Verse 30.
Brothers and sisters, we thank the Father for this day. We thank Him for His love, kindness,
faithfulness, and tender-hearted mercies. As His immature spiritual children, we need time to
experience life, to grow, and we cannot grow except through the passage of time and the acquirement
Brothers and sisters, it is the acquirement of experience that changes our attitude towards reality and
allows us to perceive the truth of reality. We know the facts of reality. On this earth, time is
segmented into days, months, and years. We thank the Father for this because of the opportunity for
growth, for new experiences.
We thank Him for His love, for His love sustains us. His love inspires us to do our best. The
consciousness that he cares for us, that He guides and protects us causes us to live courageously and
fearlessly. His love for us is so great that it fills us with joy and peace.
We thank Him for His kindness. He is so good to us. He never becomes angry with us. He always
shows patience towards us as we struggle to grow spiritually. When we stray from His will, either
unintentionally or intentionally, He always stands ready to welcome and reinstate us back into the
family of light and righteousness.
We thank the Father for His faithfulness, for He is always with us. He never leaves us alone.
Sometimes our friends and loved ones may forsake us in our hour of need, but the Father never leaves
us. Even when we are rebellious and stumble into darkness, the Father is still with us, waiting to
deliver us from the darkness of rebellion.
We thank Him for His tender-hearted mercies, for it is His mercies that prevent us from being
consumed. When our hearts are broken and filled with despair, it is His mercy that heals our hearts
and fills our hearts with hope. It is His mercy that renews our spirit and cleanses us from all
unrighteousness. And when we falter and fall under the weight of harsh reality, it is His mercy that
picks us up, that builds us up where we are weak, that makes us strong.
Others may show us love. Others may treat us kindly, may be faithful, and show mercy, but who can
match the love of God? Our brothers and sisters may sometimes hate and despise us. They may betray
us, and they may look the other way when we stumble and fall. The experience of life may destroy
every dream and hope that we have, but still the Father's love overshadows us. The Father is so good
to us. We all acknowledge that He is the best friend that we could possibly want and have. And we
all say that He is the most important value in our lives.
We say that, and then go on to prove that He really isn't. There are many things, meanings and values
that we place ahead of our loving Father. It is not obvious that we have done this until a crisis erupts
and we are stripped of all pretenses. At this time our true loyalties are revealed. As long as everything
is fine, there is no opportunity to demonstrate this. But when we suffer an irreversible material loss
or are disappointed by those we love, our protracted preoccupation with sadness and sorrow indicates
that not only was the loss the most important value in our lives, but now sorrow itself has become
what we value the most. While grief is a normal reaction to loss, preoccupation with grief is not. This
signifies the failure to identify supremely with the Father's will.
Brothers and sisters, harboring resentment or guilt indicates that they are far more important to us than
the Father. The preoccupation with anything other than doing the Father's will indicates that those
values are most important to us. Quite often, we feel that if we could just have everything right, we
could do the Father's will without any trouble. However, doing the Father will does not work that
way. We must love the Father above all things, meanings, and values. These experiences force us to
realize where we are along the growth curve of doing the Father's will in perfection.
On earth, everything happens slowly and gradually. If we had nothing to give up prior to doing the
Father's will, there would be no need to learn to do the Father's will since we would be the
personification of that will. The continuous subjugation of our wills in the face of every loss, every
disappointment, and every desire is the secret to finally achieving that state of spiritual development
where our sole purpose for existence is to do and live the Father's will.
This concludes today's message on understanding what it means to search for the Father's will. 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.