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 spiritual truths to me, and I want to share them with you. This morning we
seek to understand the logic of faith.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Logic of Faith
"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 him." Hebrew, Chapter 11, Verse
Brothers and sisters, faith takes over at the point where our material minds terminate. Our material
minds can never logically prove that the first cause of all things is more than an "it." Faith easily
bridges the gap from the "it" to the "He" of religion. Faith assumes the reality of God as a person.
It then goes on to ascertain that a relationship exists between God and the holder of the faith. It
further assumes that this relationship is one motivated by love. Faith also assumes that there is some
purpose for our existence, a purpose that transcends the mandatory functions inherent in the material
Faith maintains that God is knowable; that He is a personality and can be recognized, not by the eyes
of material origin but through the eyes of faith, spiritual insight. Faith says that the only way we have
of initiating a relationship with God is through our desire for such a relationship. In truth our desire
for the relationship is also proof that the relationship exists. Our remoteness from Him both in
character and distance suggests that He is complete and we are incomplete. This is reminiscent of
the parent-child relationship. God thus becomes Father, and we become sons and daughters. During
times when our incompleteness makes it impossible for us to consciously hold direct
communications, faith ascertains that nevertheless the communications are still taking place between
Him and our souls.
Faith asserts that our heavenly Father is a living, loving, infinite, absolute, and eternal spirit, and that
He desires that through His Son, Jesus, we become like He is, that is to become perfect as He is
perfect. By maintaining constant communion and by the power of our desire to be like the perfect
Father, faith assures us that we are progressively becoming like the Father. The Father is true,
beautiful, and good. He is loving, kind, and compassionate. He is merciful, patient, and forgiving.
He is temperate, peaceful, and joyful, and He desires all of His children to have that same kind of
character as demonstrated by His Son, Jesus, when he lived his life in the flesh.
Faith further asserts that the Father desires to guide us through this life so that we may accomplish
the spiritual goals that He has set for us: to be perfect even as His Son, Jesus is perfect. By the
technique of choosing to do the Father's will in all circumstances of life, and above all temporary
meanings and values, we increasingly become like the spirit Father. Will is the act of choosing. Will
is the agency of self that literally determines the content of our character. As we choose, so do we
become. By choosing the Father's will, the Father is able to influence our decisions. The decisions
that we choose determine the next sequence of reality that we will experience. By choosing to do the
Father's will, we are led into increasing difficult, but progressive moral and spiritual experiences that
make actual the potential character traits in us that are so magnificently unified and displayed in the
Father through His Son, Jesus.
We are all partners in our own spiritual creation as well as in the creation of the reality that we
experience. As we display these character traits in our outward life, they influence the character of
those we interact with. This is so because the positive is always victorious over the negative, the
higher over the lower, the good over the evil. Always will we know the Father because we trust Him.
The Father being an eternal spirit, and we being experiencing sons and daughters, can only know the
spirit Father as a spiritual experience. As we reflect back over our lives and our decisions, we can
unmistakably see Him in those experiences. We realize that if our decisions were left solely to us,
we would have made different decisions with different outcomes. The truth of experience with the
Father, plus trust, along with living faith, equals knowledge of the Father.
Faith allows us to proceed through life dedicated to doing the Father's will with the sure knowledge
of the Father's watchcare and with the assurance of doing that will with ever increasing perfection.
The Father who is supremely dedicated to us would have us supremely dedicated to Him. When we
are supremely dedicated to doing the Father's will, we can declare our oneness with the Father with
unqualified assurance, and we can do this despite the doubts of our material minds. "Father I believe,
but help my unbelief" is a statement that depicts such a paradox. Our material minds will always
doubt that which it is unable to prove, but faith will always triumph over doubt in us if we are fully
dedicated to doing the Father's will.
This concludes today's message on the logic 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.