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 goodness of our spiritual Father.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Goodness of Our Spirit Father
"O taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man that trusteth in him." Psalms, Chapter 34, Verse 8.
Brothers and sisters, as I observe our struggles--the occasions of sorrow and suffering--I ponder the goodness of the Father. As I observe the famines of the world, the earthquakes, volcano eruptions, and tidal waves causing thousands of lives to be lost, I ponder the goodness of God. How can our all powerful, all loving, and all merciful Father allow these things to happen? In spite of these crises, I observe that we continue to pray to the spirit Father and ponder the Father's goodness.
The spirit Father's loving nature and unselfish desire to create creatures that can know and love Him has caused Him to create creatures from the highest to the lowest. “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? for thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crown him with glory and honour.”
The soul comes into existence under a tremendous handicap. All the qualities that it acquires must come through experience. God is good and worthy to be trusted. But the soul must realize this. The realization occurs through experience. What one has experienced, one knows. The soul must go through all the tribulations and trials that the material self goes through.
The spirit Father has no moral relationship with the material self. The material self is subject to the material laws of the realm. The Father has moral relations with all creatures who can know Him, all who can make moral choices. The material self though capable of experiencing pleasure and pain has no sense of right and wrong. It does whatever it is directed or allowed to do by the mind. The material self has certain urges and drives and seeks to satisfy them without any regard for right or wrong.
The spirit Father has a relationship with the soul, one that is intimate, loving, and merciful. The soul has to learn how to trust the spirit Father. Trust can be gained in an experiencing creature in only one way: by slowly and gradually learning that no matter what it experiences, it will always emerge better, more Godlike. As these experiences continue, the soul reaches that attitude where it knows that to distrust the goodness of the spirit Father is the untruest and unrealest thing it can do.
This concludes today's message on the goodness of our spirit Father. 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.