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 the meaning of the
experience of the Father's truth.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Experience of the Father's Truth
"Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the
crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; and all flesh shall
see the salvation of God." Luke, Chapter 3, Verses 5.
"Come into my life," cries the believer, and Jesus comes in. There the matter rests for most believers.
Brothers and sisters, this initial stretch of faith whereby we acknowledge Jesus Christ as our personal
savior does bring a certain amount of spiritual stability to our lives. Having Jesus in our lives is a
mighty force for traversing the material ups and downs of life. But this initial leap of faith represents
the will to believe. It does not represent the will that believes.
The will to believe represents a certain level of faith and trust in Jesus. This is stabilizing to the
extent that we believe that somehow, someway we will be vindicated in the end. This faith and trust
are peculiar in that as long as we allow Jesus to remain in our lives, faith and trust persist; and they
continue to persist in the face of all material contradictions. The material reality may demonstrate
a material meaning and value that cannot be denied, but we go right on trusting in the goodness of
God in spite of this.
But there is a higher level of faith and trust, and this level represents the will that believes. At this
level, we abandon all notions of self sufficiency and self righteousness. At this level, we give up the
notion of believing in Jesus for the purpose of securing favorable temporal and material realities as
the best way to be happy in our lives.
We make a complete break with the old way of life, and launch forward without reservation on the
sea of new life, the sea of Truth. This new life is always characterized by a simple cry that has
profound consequences: "Not my will, but Your will be done." This level of faith and trust is
achieved by a two-fold process: Jesus comes into our lives, and we come into Jesus' life.
This is the union of the human and the divine. There is oneness at all times and under all
circumstances, as opposed to the intersection of the human and the divine where there is oneness
only when the human will agrees with the divine will. When Jesus is in our lives, we are able to see
the imperfections in others, but when we abide in Jesus' life, we are able to see our own
imperfections, and they are just as real as the imperfections of others.
When Jesus is in us and we are in Jesus, then can Jesus, and only Jesus, better guide us into and
along the path of all Truth. He can do so because he is perfectly familiar with every step of the way.
In fact Jesus is the personification of Truth.
When an individual attempts to traverse the path of truth with Jesus in his life, but not in Jesus' life,
he strays off the path unintentionally. He has not mastered the technique of following Jesus. He is
unable to perfectly show divine goodness at all times and under all circumstances. Stated another
way, Jesus is in him, but he is not in Jesus. When an individual consciously disregards the direction
of Jesus-that is the truth--he deliberately steps off the path of truth. He fails to show love, patience,
mercy, and forgiveness. This is disloyalty to truth, rebellion against divine reality.
Finally when the disloyal believer dismisses Jesus from his life altogether, when he achieves total
and absolute disregard for truth, when he makes no attempt whatsoever to traverse the path of truth,
then has iniquity emerged, that state of total and absolute damnation.
This concludes today's message on understanding the meaning of the experience of the Father's truth.
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