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 seek to understand the faith of inspiration
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Faith of Inspiration
"But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,
and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek." Hebrew, Chapter 11, verse 6.
Brothers and sisters, in today's broadcast, we shall examine the faith of inspiration. We shall examine
its origin, purpose, and destiny. We shall be particularly interested in it as it functions in the human
life on this level of reality. We shall as always rely upon the Spirit of Truth for our guidance and the
ideal of faith as exemplified in the human life of Jesus.
Today, our world is in a state of great confusion, a confusion that is a mixture of secularism and
religious turmoil, both of which threatens the very existence of civilization and even the world if
certain forces have their way. Our world has moved far away from its spiritual anchor, and now has
combined secular and religious forces to attempt to find their way. Our guide should be the living
faith of Jesus, the Spirit of Truth, that ever calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves. We should
remember that Jesus is the Prince of Peace, not of war. This faith should seek to reveal the lofty ideal
of the spiritual character of the heavenly Father, as revealed in Jesus. We should remember that the
Father is not willing that any should be lost. We should love our enemies.
We should recognize that it is our failure to grasp the living faith of Jesus that lies at the bottom of
our continued intolerance, bigotry, hatred, and selfishness. We should recognize that we have made
this world the way it is, and if we want a better world, we should embrace the faith of Jesus. As the
cartoon depicts, "we have found the enemy and he is us." We should not subvert and betray our faith
by converting it from a high spiritual, idealistic driving force to a dead theological philosophy. When
we study our religious books, we should look for the truth in them, and embrace the truth, that truth
that tells us to love one another, even as Jesus loves us. We should return love, mercy, and
forgiveness, even compassion to our faith. We should allow the Spirit of Truth to guide and direct
us. We should refocus our eyes so that they can behold the Morning Star, Jesus, the living Son of
God. His message of salvation and liberation must not become a distant echo that howls down
through the valleys of despair with the despairing cry of "only if it were true."
We should step back from our selfish view of the world and grasp the unselfish view of the world
by embracing the Father's will. We should remember that we are sons and daughters of the heavenly
Father, all of us. We should boldly embrace our eternal birthright and boldly assume our
responsibilities as privileges of divine sonship. Why not accept the inspired faith, that faith that is
thoroughly mixed with the Spirit of Truth, so mixed that the two are one? Why not see with the eye
of the spirit that guides and directs us into the values and meanings of divine sonship?
This inspired faith comes from God, for we are told ". . .Even this saving faith you have not of
yourselves; it also is the gift of God. This inspired faith has its distant origin in Paradise when the
Father said "let us create man in our image." It is this faith that is designed to help us realize who we
are. This inspired faith connects us with its source, the heavenly Father, and points towards our
destiny, which is also the heavenly Father. A great step in the process of grasping this inspired faith
is realized when we understand that we want to be Godlike, like Jesus. An even greater step is
realized when we grasp the truth that we are Godlike in potential, and we begin the eternal journey
to actualize that potential. Being created in the image of God, the passing of time and the traversal
of space, the delays of time and the handicaps of space, can only bring about the completion of that
which is promulgated in eternity. And since this inspired faith comes from God, it can only lead back
to Him, bringing us, the liberated sons of God with it.
There are two things that are needed here. One is for those who know the truth to practice the truth,
thus demonstrating that with a single act of will they have grasped this inspired faith and that they
wholeheartedly believe they are the sons and daughters of God. If the true believers were loyal to this
truth, the false believers would soon recognize the difference between truth and error. The next thing
that is needed is the realization of the duty and privilege of those God-knowing and Son-believing
mortals to reveal God to those ignorant of the divine realities of truth, beauty, and goodness. The
God-knowing and Son-believing mortal should live the divine values and meanings revealed through
inspired faith as the supreme joy that it is.
Only when false believers see this revelation consistently will they be convicted that there is a better
way to the glories of paradise that they seek in their hearts. Inspired faith can get this ship moving
again and change its course so that it sails in the deep waters of truth. Love will be the dominant
attitudes in the hearts and souls of man, for God is love. No longer will mortal man look outside
himself to validate his spiritual heritage, but will look to his inspired faith to actualize his divine self.
And this divine self will be on display for all to behold, and those looking at this display of divine
glory will astonishingly say, "Behold, the man."
This concludes today's message on the faith of inspiration. 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.