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 help of the Father's love.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Help of the Father's Love
Jesus said, "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the
world seeth me no more; but ye see: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day, ye shall know
that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you." John, Chapter 14, Verses 19 and 20.
Brothers and sisters, all our moral and spiritual troubles grow out of the fact that we are imperfect.
"Be you perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect" is the command given by our spiritual
Father to his children. This is the Father's response to our moral and spiritual imperfection. Our reply
to the Father's liberating command should be "Not my will, but Your will be done." This
command/response causes us to eventually conquer the delays of time and the handicaps of space
in achieving divine perfection. What the Father wills and the true son desires is. The son does only
that which he sees the Father do. Even time and space give way to this great spiritual law.
Our beginning is far from perfection. Gradually we must develop into a perfect individual--one that
is complete. We are not left alone in this struggle. The Father is always with us, ever guiding us into
the ways of truth's perfection, ever saying "this is the way. Walk in it." The Father sends us help in
the form of grace and mercy. In the face of struggle, our souls grow. In the face of spiritual
ignorance, mercy reveals truth to our minds and souls, values to our souls, and meanings to our
minds. The grace of growth overcomes all obstacles and barriers in the struggle to achieve
In response to the actuality of incompleteness, grace through growth reveals the actuality of the
potential for perfection. Mercy is that quality that reveals true meanings and spiritual values. When
locked in the material embrace of pain, sorrow, and disappointment, mercy reveals the pleasure,
happiness, and success of the spiritual components concealed within these afflictions of the material
world, while grace moves the soul along the pathway of truth.
These qualities of help are no more than a prayer away, no more than a turning to the inner self
where is to be found the source of all help, the spirit of the Father. When the soul petitions the Father
for help, it is in reality seeking to do the Father's will, seeking to learn how to do that will. When the
soul worships, it seeks for enlarged capacity to ascertain that will. When the soul finds itself in an
anxious state, it is anxious because it feels that it may not be able to cope, that it will not have the
power to overcome the barrier or handicap that stands in the way of achieving perfection. Prayer is
the power of spiritual achievement. Prayer reassures the soul that the things that are most real, the
values most true, and the meanings that are good are eternally present. Prayer instructs the soul that
nothing of true value is ever lost. Worship reveals these values.
In the depressed state, the soul has lost sight of the Father's will, has made the mistake of elevating
some material and temporal value in the place of the eternal and spiritual, and the metamorphosis
of time and space have demolished it. In the depressed sate, the soul has temporarily lost its balance.
Prayer allows the soul to rediscover that never changing, eternal, and spiritual will of the divine
Father. Prayer gives the depressed soul a new standard to pursue, a new meaning, a new value, while
worship allows the soul to experience this new standard.
But the help of love also manifests itself in even more subtle ways. It is a very subtle influence,
gradually attacking the roots of the difficulty. It slowly undermines the problem, attacking it at its
source. In this way, the work of love is not apparent over the short term, but the long run reveals the
slow but unrelenting force of love. This influence has the intrinsic power to enlarge the capacity for
reception. It focuses on the area that the individual can receive. When the individual receives this
limited influence, the very reception of it makes it possible for him to receive an even larger amount.
In this way the influence of love gradually touches and changes all areas of the individual's life.
Always does the help of love urge us to realize our divine nature, that part of us that is the essence
of God. It constantly tries to make us aware that the Father is the answer to all our moral and spiritual
problems, for in the final analysis, our moral and spiritual problems grow out of our incompleteness.
To find the Father is to be complete. To further that end, the help of love seeks to lead us to do the
Father's will. To know the Father is to do His divine will. To do the divine will embraces solutions
for the past, present, and future. The divine will is eternal and must include all possible phases of
a given problem. The divine will is complete: all who embrace the divine will at some time and some
space will be complete also.
This concludes today's message on understanding the help of the Father's love. 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.