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 how to conquer doubt.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
"Lord, I believe. Help thou mine unbelief." Mark, Chapter 9, Verse 24.
This has been the cry of countless souls throughout the ages. Our naturally doubting minds serve the
us well, though, for doubt causes us to look before we leap. But this same doubt is a barrier to our
spiritual selves, for our souls are prevented from experiencing truth, beauty and goodness when we
doubt the Father's love for us, his children.
Our material minds need to see, touch, smell, hear and taste. We cannot use these senses when
contemplating the Father, and this is why we become skeptical. But through faith our material minds
can develop spiritually--our souls can grow. Our souls have the capacity to see with a spiritual eye.
Thus, we can develop spiritual insight through our faith.
Once our souls are created, once the Father's spirit arrives, spiritual insight begins to unfold. The
Father's spirit places within us certain urges and desires. At first, because the urges are unselfish, not
focused on the self but on another, we are unable to distinguish the true source of these impulses
since we have little insight. Are these impulses valid we ask ourselves? What is their source? We
As our souls develop, the urge to love others selflessly increases in intensity. A certain indescribable
restlessness that we can't identify appears within us. This is the work of the Father's spirit, this
restlessness. It creates a hunger for truth and thirst for righteousness. It creates a longing to worship
the Father. Initially our material minds direct these urges towards material things but, as we acquire
wisdom and spiritual insight, we gradually shift these urges towards the spiritual.
Our souls also become aware of an urge to pray when confronted with certain kinds of problems that
defy easy solutions. We acquire a peculiar kind of courage to stand when we are right when some
may turn against us. We acquire a peculiar kind of strength to stand firm in the face of injustice
without resorting to hatred and revenge. We acquire a different kind of patience when we cannot see
the end of a difficult problem. And we acquire a peculiar kind of hope to stand calmly by while our
whole world of material striving collapses.
Though our material minds cannot fathom the source of these qualities, our souls most certainly do
come to recognize them. And in the presence of these constantly flowing spiritual qualities and
impulses, our souls become convicted. We develop spiritual insight, and we know the reality of
spiritual experiences. And though we may continue to have doubt, we learn to subordinate these
doubts to the true spiritual insight of our souls. "Not my will, but Your will be done." The conquest
of doubt is the victory of faith.
This concludes today's message on conquering doubt. 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.