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 green light of faith
Brothers and sisters, in today’’s broadcast we explore the process whereby we deepen our relationship with the Father. And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Green Light of Faith
"And the Lord said, if ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this mulberry tree, be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you." Luke, Chapter 17, Verse 6
Brothers and sisters are desirous of deepening their relationship with the Father, although there appears to be some resistance to doing this. We pray and worship and seek to know the Father’’s will, but yet despite these spiritual activities, we still feel that there is something that is missing. And the thing that is missing is our faith-the green light of faith. To help us better understand this principle, let us examine a material analogy.
Some time ago, when cities were being formed and with the advent of the automobile, and also with the need for mass transportation in these cities, a system of streets and avenues were constructed, along with subway systems to transport the large number of people who worked in these cities. As it evolved, some means of controlling the flow of traffic both in the streets and in the tunnels were needed. In the streets, a system of stop lights was employed. These lights were red, orange, and green. In the subway system, a similar system of lights was used. When the light turned orange, this was the signal to stop, preparatory to the light turning red, where a full stop was required. When the light turned green, the way was cleared to safely proceed across the intersection. In the subways, the lights would follow the same principle. A green light on the track meant that it was safe to continue. When the light turned orange, this signaled the train to slow down. When the light turned red, the train came to a stop and remained until the light turned green.
In some of the larger cities, the lights are coordinated in such a way that if you drive at the proper speed, the light will always be green. Now there are certain conditions where this is modified. When there is an overload of traffic in the street, the system breaks down and we witness bottlenecks of traffic during rush hours. The same thing occurs in the subway systems. And of course accidents will bring the system to a halt until the accident is cleared. We also have situations where the drivers do not maintain the proper speed for the system to work. Driving too fast or too slow will cause the system to function below peak performance.
In our relationship with the Father, there are three lights also. There is the green light of faith, the amber light of caution, and the red light of doubt. The red light of unbelief springs from our material nature. The green light of faith springs from our spiritual nature, while the amber light of confusion springs from our transition from the red light of doubt to the green light of faith. Being a dual origin being, that is, being material with a spiritual nature, the traversal from doubt to faith with the intervening caution and uncertainty is unavoidable.
The red light of doubt effectively holds the souls on the leash of unbelief while it tries to prove the reality of the Father through the intellect. But we must be mindful "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 him." We simply must believe he exists. Divine things must be loved in order to be known. The material mind discovers many facts about the reality of the Father but find that they are unable to establish a spiritual relationship with the Father. They don’’t allow him to know the Father. But there is a platform in the material mind that allows it to move towards the amber light of caution, those first steps where we often hear those never to be forgotten words of belief and unbelief: "Lord, I believe help my unbelief.”” "Some degree of moral affinity and spiritual harmony is essential to friendship between two persons; a loving personality can hardly reveal himself to a loveless person. Even to approach the knowing of a divine personality, all of man's personality endowments must be wholly consecrated to the effort; halfhearted, partial devotion will be unavailing." The moral nature qualifies the mind to start down the highway of Father discovery, for when it makes its first moral decision, the Father comes in and co-creates a soul, that vehicle that can drive right into the heart of the Father’’s love. By making moral decisions, the soul begins to discover spiritual reality, to experience the Father’’s love.
But when the soul tries to move toward the green light of faith, it moves into that uneasy zone of confusion, uncertainty, and caution. This comes about because of the confusion that arises when there is conceptual misunderstanding as to the nature of relationship with the Father. The amber light signals that there are materialist concepts intertwined with spiritual concepts of the heavenly Father. This effectively handicaps the relationship and slows down progress in the growth of truth. "Forewarn all believers regarding the fringe of conflict which must be traversed by all who pass from the life as it is lived in the flesh to the higher life as it is lived in the spirit. To those who live quite wholly within either realm, there is little conflict or confusion, but all are doomed to experience more or less uncertainty during the times of transition between the two levels of living. In entering the kingdom, you cannot escape its responsibilities or avoid its obligations, but remember: the gospel yoke is easy and the burden of truth is light." By wholeheartedly dedicating to doing the Father’’s will, we can move past the amber light of confusion to the green light of faith.
The light of faith is always green. It is the Father’’s special gift to us that allows us to move quickly and without obstruction down the roadway of the ever-deepening relationship with him. By making a bold assumption that the Father exists and seeking to establish a relationship, the soul moves quickly through the amber light of confusion. By renouncing all material entanglements with the concept of the relationship with the Father, the soul continues to maintain the optimal speed, as he moves through the various intersections of evil and error, where the other souls are slowing due to confusion or have actually stopped. As the soul looks ahead, as far as he can see, there are only green lights. It has forever inhibited the red light of unbelief and the orange light of confusion.
And as he travels down the road of truth, he experiences more and more of the Father’’s love. As he travels, he experiences different manifestation of the Father’’s love. The more he drives down the road of truth, his capacity for loving and being loved increases as Jesus loves him. Somewhere along this road of truth, he comes to realize that the ““search for God is the unstinted bestowal of love attended by amazing discoveries of new and greater love to be bestowed." Indeed is he amazed as he finds new and greater ways to love his brothers and sisters. And the pure light of the Father’’s love keeps beckoning him to keep his light of faith green and continue to move towards his final destination--spiritual perfection, even as the heavenly Father is perfect.
This concludes today's message on understanding the green light of faith. 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.