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.
Today, we seek to understand what it means to conquer fear.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Conquest of Fear
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that
feareth is not made perfect in love." 1 John, Chapter 4, Verse 18.
Brothers and sisters, the heavenly Father is not like us and we are not like God. Nevertheless, we can
become like the heavenly Father because we are created eternally in his image. By choosing to do
the Father's will, we can become like the heavenly Father. This is possible because by submitting to
the Father's will, we escape the tendencies of our natural selves which may be fearful, hateful,
vengeful, spiritually blind, uncoordinated and evil. Our natural selves lack faith in spiritual realities
and our supreme loyalties are to material reality. Our natural selves identify with our material bodies.
This is why we despair and anguish as we watch helplessly as our bodies slowly decay.
Our natural selves are filled with fear at the thought or prospect of anything happening to our bodies.
Not being conscious of eternal life, we feel we have only one short life to live, after which comes
total oblivion. We pursue a life of pleasure, which is only temporary but often results in lasting pain.
While we may hope for life after material death, often we have no faith in that sublime hope. The
result of such a life without faith and hope is a life of fear, with ever increasing despair.
Brothers and sisters, fear is our natural state. We begin to have hope only after our minds and souls
have become spiritualized. We were justified in living fearfully before the coming of the divine Son,
Jesus. But not since. Jesus taught us how to live and die on this world without fear. He taught us by
simply loving divinely--that is, loving others unselfishly--all fear would be cast out. This is so
because perfect love casts out all fear. The more of divine love we allow to possess us, the less fear
we have. This is true because God is love, and the revelation of God is love not fear. The faith
consciousness of the heavenly Father living in our souls eliminates all fear. This is the awareness of
Jesus Christ, the Spirit of Truth, the Son of God within us. The Father is present in the Son.
Whosoever has seen the Son has seen the Father. The Father and his Son are one. No one comes to
the Father except through the Son.
To conquer fear we must recognize the Father's love living in our souls and be dedicated to doing
the Father's will. This creates a consciousness of spiritual invincibility. We may suffer physically and
die materially, but our souls cry, "my Vindicator lives." Secondly, conquering fear involves
recognizing that Jesus is the revelation of the spiritual Father. The faith acceptance of these truths
eliminates the consciousness of fear and replaces it with the consciousness of love.
This concludes today's message on understanding what it means to conquer fear. 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.