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 seek to understand the meaning of the divine will.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Divine Will
Jesus said, "A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved
you, that ye also love one another." John, Chapter 13, Verse 34
Amidst the crosscurrents and riptides of moral conflicts, amidst the bombardment from the falling
rocks of evil, and amidst the protracted painful health problems and emotional onslaughts of
depressive feelings, our souls struggle on. So many thoughts and feelings flee through our minds like
fleeting shadows. And behind this vice of suffering lies the dark panorama of insensitivity. But all
of these problems of evil serve as a contrast for the display of the Father's character, which is sharply
silhouetted. In command of all this conflict is our self will, which the Father is waiting patiently for
us to submit to His overcare. He desires to create harmony out of the discords of chaos and goodness
out of evil. But the Father's will is subject to ours. We must use our will to choose His. The Father's
will delights in cutting through the muck and mire of evil, like a hot knife slicing through butter.
How do we choose the river of peace and joy that is the Father's will? First, we must have a firm grip
on truth. We must know and understand the way things were designed to ultimately be as opposed
to how they actually are in the temporal arena. We must recognize the Father's will. After
recognizing it, we must have the courage and the wisdom to choose it. We must arrive at that vantage
point where we recognize the superiority of the Father's will over ours.
It becomes apparent, then, that we must have some degree of self understanding, self conquest, and
self mastery. Choosing the Father's will is the first and the last step to acquiring these traits. This is
true because choosing the Father's will gives us complete control over our human nature by
transferring our seat of identity to the seat of the soul. Our will can then make moral and spiritual
decisions from that soul center, and these decisions lead to further soul growth and to the subjugation
of our material selves.
Choosing the Father's will is the only way to empower the self. It is an expansion and glorification
of will. Consider the analogy of a small stream winding its way down a large riverbed. This small
stream runs into many obstacles that cause it to detour from its original course. Now imagine this
same stream suddenly being engulfed by a large and raging flood. Suddenly the smaller stream has
become one with the more powerful flood, a force that has its way as it surges towards its supreme
destination with the sea.
In like manner, the human will is the small stream and the Father's will is the mighty raging flood.
Under this union of self will with the Father's will, all barriers of evil fall. The Father's will is the
will of love. It is both our source and destiny. When we submit our will to the Father's will, we have
the power of infinity and eternity to achieve that which is true, beautiful, and good.
Choosing the Father's will is a matter of progressive perfection. Prayer is the elevator that carries our
will to the level where divine oneness becomes possible. Worship is the glue that fuses our will with
the divine will. In its encounters with moral and spiritual stimuli, our will united with the divine will
can result in only one reaction, which is that of love, faith, goodness, meekness, temperance,
gentleness, long suffering, joy and peace.
This concludes today's message on understanding the meaning of the divine 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.