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 limits of capacity.
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The Limits of Capacity
Jesus said, "I have yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he the Spirit of Truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself: but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak." John, Chapter 16, Verses 12-13
Brothers and sisters, we know that in the material world, there are fixed limitations to inherent capacities. A pint cannot hold a quart. There are also limitations to the moral and spiritual capacities of the soul. The soul is not a material phenomenon. It is the joint creation of the material mind and the divine spirit. At any given time, the soul has limits even as it grows. Since it is growing, its capacity is constantly increasing. The revelation of truth in the soul is only limited by the soul’’s capacity since truth is infinite and eternal. The revelations of truth in the soul enlarge the soul’’s capacity itself. What is the mechanism by which truth enlarges the capacity of the soul?
The heavenly Father is the source of truth and Jesus, his Son, revealed it. The divine relationship that exists between the Father and his children is truth. Since we are spiritual children, we cannot comprehend the full magnitude of this relationship. Always will we grow in the knowledge of truth. But the Son, Jesus, who lived in the flesh demonstrated the technique by which we mortals can comprehend the fullness of this relationship as it exists on earth. By using the Spirit of Truth, Jesus’’ spirit, we can replicate the relationship of Father and child with the heavenly Father and with one another.
But "some truths are not really felt until we feelingly feel them, and some truths are not really felt except in adversity." By embracing adversity, many of the precious secrets of truth are revealed to the soul. When we are in the arms of adversity, our desire and sincerity are supreme, and this expands our capacity for receiving truth. Previous limitations are exceeded. An extreme situation may call for a greater understanding and comprehension of our relationship with the Father. A greater manifestation of hope is needed to stabilize the soul. Being in the embrace of adversity causes us to seek for a greater knowledge of the Father’’s will. The soul craves security in its relationship with the Father. And the Father responds with a greater revelation of truth and hope. When the soul receives hope, it responds with trust in the goodness of the Father since no harm can befall it.
In the embrace of adversity, our faith also expands. Adversity moves us further and further away from the materialistic concepts of our relationship with the Father. And the further we move from materialistic concepts, the greater the need to exercise living faith. Like all growth, soul growth requires time in order to assimilate the values that unfold in response to adversity. It takes time for the mind to comprehend the meanings. Since the emotional and sometimes physical aspects of adverse experiences are difficult to bear, living faith and hope stabilize our souls.
But what are we to do in the meantime while we wait for the soul’’s capacity to increase? Well, we should exercise our faith and trust and maintain hope. It has been said that prayer is sustaining and it is, but worship is transforming. Worship transcends prayer in that it elevates the soul to a new level of growth. Worship is the recognition of oneness with the Father, the recognition of being in his presence. Prayer is a request for moral and spiritual power, and worship is the essence of that moral and spiritual power. Prayer is the process of journeying to the Father. The cart cannot travel any faster than the speed in which the mules are pulling it. Worship is the completion of the journey towards the Father. Time and space have been transcended in turns of spiritual values and meanings. Having become one with Father, capacity now knows no limit with the fullness of the Father’’s presence.
This concludes today's message on understanding the meaning of the limits of capacity. 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