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 nature of faith realization.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Nature of Faith Realization
"By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God
had translated him." Hebrews, Chapter 11, Verse 5.
Brothers and sisters, we are instructed that the reality of faith is provided to us by the Heavenly
Father, whose spirit indwells within our minds. It is our tool for comprehending and manipulating
spiritual values and meanings. Even this statement is one that is made and accepted by faith. But
"every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights,
with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." Therefore all of our reasoning tells us that
every good, true and beautiful gift comes from God. So if we can first show that faith is true,
beautiful and good, then have we moved one step closer to showing that the things that are also
derived from faith are true, beautiful and good.
This faith makes its appearance when we begin to seek after God. Indeed, this is a spiritual and faith
quest but one which is absolutely real. The acquirement and transmutation of divines values into
meanings are the operations of faith. This is true despite the inability to objectively prove their
existence to our satisfaction. Here we are confronted with the barrier of trying to prove spiritual
realities by material means. It simply can't be done. So what are we to do? For a start it would be
helpful if we would recognize the difference between the material and the spiritual, and apply
spiritual means for proving spiritual realities even as we use material means for proving material
realities. If we make this concession, it will be possible for us to capture some enlightenment, to
begin to enjoy our spiritual natures.
No matter how strapped we find our material natures, no matter how extreme our struggle with the
material realities, we must not confuse the two. We are material beings, but we are also spiritual
beings in potential and in growth. And it is this internal reality to which faith applies. We are at some
point destined to leave these material bodies behind and move on with the development of our
spiritual natures. It is helpful if we begin to pay attention to this essential part of us. Keeping this
dual nature in mind, lets look at a material analogy that will serve as a spring board for us to grasp
the more important values and meanings of the heavenly Father through His son, Jesus.
In the material life, there usually is an event that triggers the realization of a change. Said another
way, the material self is proceeding along without change when something happens to change its
course. It may take a while before the change is realized. If you are driving along a highway that you
have mistakenly taken, you may go quite awhile before you realize that you are traveling on the
wrong road. If you are traveling along a familiar road, you will realize the mistake much sooner than
you would if you were traveling along unfamiliar terrain. The realization of error on the road that
you are not familiar with occurs when you realize that the benchmarks that you are expecting do not
appear. The absence of the benchmarks signal the realization. The realization of error on the road
that you are familiar with occurs when you realize the absence of the benchmarks that you know
should be there. Again, the absence of benchmarks signals the realization.
In the spiritual arena, the values of truth, beauty, and goodness are experienced in the soul, and their
meanings become conscious in our minds. Faith transmutes these values to the meanings of the
mind. When the values become recognized as the meanings of the mind, then has the value become
realized. When these same values produce different meanings or a different quality of the meaning,
then has growth in the values in the soul and meanings in the mind taken place. The question that
arises is what triggers the realization. The realization is triggered by faith. When the self dares to
embrace these values wholeheartedly, to wholeheartedly believe what the eye of faith has shown the
mind, then has the realization been triggered, and growth has occurred along with an increase in
status. And as these faith values and meanings continue to accumulate in our souls and minds, we
reach the supreme faith realization: translation.
This concludes today's message on understanding the meaning of the nature of faith realization. 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.