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 process of true worship.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Process of True Worship
Jesus said, " And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, ever
as we are one: I in them and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the
world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou has loved me. Johns,
Chapter 17, Verse 23 and 24.
Brothers and sisters, faith is justified as a bona fide reality because there exists no other way by
which we can know the Father through His Son, Jesus. The Father knows and communicates
continuously with us, and this communication is life, love, truth, beauty, and goodness. This life is
the Word of God, expressed in His Son, Jesus. This life is in His Son, thus Jesus is the divine Word.
By faith must we grasp the truth, beauty and goodness of the Father's love. By faith must we grasp
the reality of eternal life which Jesus gives. But only pure faith hears the Word of God. Faith must
be free of all material contamination that make it difficult to clearly discern the Word of God. Pure
spiritual faith in the relationship between us and the Father is what we seek and want.
Faith is the expression of the love of the Father for His mortal sons and daughters. The relationship
is sufficient because the Father is eternal and infinite, the origin and destiny of all his children, the
source and controller of all divine reality. The Father has a high spiritual purpose for all His sons and
daughters. The comprehension and the achievement of this purpose requires faith.
Being material, exercising pure faith in the Father is important because the material aspects of us do
not survive mortal death. A high spiritual purpose is not meant for our material selves but for the
newly developing selves--our souls. Attempting to have faith in the Father for the purpose of altering
the material course of life unfailingly leads to spiritual stagnation. Always remember, flesh and
blood cannot see God. Therefore must our efforts be directed using those factors that will assist in
developing our souls, thereby leading us to see God.
Pure faith eventually leads us to the point whereby we dare to state that in spite of our material
limitations, "through Jesus, I and the Father are one!" This is a wonderful and marvelous affirmation
of faith and loyalty and is mind boggling to our material mind for the material mind cannot fathom
how this can be. But the soul rejoices. The material mind is acutely aware of its limitations. But such
a mind in spite of its doubts accepts the statements of faith as being true. At such times it cries, "not
my will, but Yours be done."
On our part, pure faith is the secret to this achievement. Such an achievement is possible because
the Father has commanded us to be perfect even as He is perfect. It then requires us to desire such
a state of achievement. Whatever we desire and the Father wills is. This desire is manifested by our
dedication to doing the Father's will. The doing of the Father's will (a spiritual transaction) is our
identification with the Father. Pure faith represents this transaction. This inward dedication is soon
followed by certain unconscious manifestations in our outer life which our brothers and sisters
recognize as being reflective of doing the Father's will.
Our persistent dedication to doing the Father's will eventually leads us to penetrate the inner circle
where the Father's will resides. When this occurs there is a fusion of wills. Our interests become
identical with the Father's interests. This is the oneness of us with the Father--the process of true
worship. Here we become closely identified with the Father and we become one. This oneness allows
us to be the will that is a revelation of the Father. Now the son is in his Father, and the Father is in
His son. This is a faith mystery that can only be comprehended by experiencing it.
Pure faith is the assurance that such a process is indeed a reality. Now we, the sons and daughters
of the Father, can perfectly follow the instructions of our Father which will at some time and place
eventuate in perfection. The will that is, is a revelation of the Father in the Son through the son. All
who behold this son in truth beholds the Father and the Son. And like a drop of ink in a glass of
water, the will of the son gradually diffuses within the will of the Father.
Pure faith precedes this process, stands during and after the process has been completed. The power
of faith has brought this new son or daughter into existence and it sustains them. Faith asserts our
born again existence in spite of the doubting of our material minds, and in spite of the limitations
of our material selves. And this same faith will liberate us from the material self. And thus will we,
the sons and daughters of the heavenly Father, take wings and fly as it were to our new home in the
friendly universe of the Father who made all of this possible. Yes! God is truly good to us, for He
has set us free.
This concludes today's message on understanding the process of true worship. 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