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 ponder our lives as seek to understand the reality of the Father’s will.
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The Reality of the Father’s Will
Jesus said, “ If any man will do His will, he shall know the doctrine, whether it be of God or whether I speak of myself." John, Chapter 7, Verse 17.
Brothers and sisters, in today’s broadcast, we explore the reality of the Father’s will. We have will, and the Father has will. The Father is will, and his spirit, his will lives, in our mind. Jesus came to reveal the Father’s will to us, so that we all can know that will. No longer must we guess at what the will is, or try to use material force to advance his will in the world. Yes, the will exists in every moral conscious being, and each morally conscious being can know that will. But since the Father has given us free will when it comes to choosing himself, we must voluntarily choose that will.
Jesus demonstrated this will when he lived in the flesh. He went about doing good, and he said that if we loved one another as he loved us, then would all men know that we were his disciples, that we were in effect also demonstrating the Father’s will through him. The Father is love, living love. As we love one another, we experience the reality of that will. When he was asked by the Pharisees to show his credentials, he said the very work that he was doing was his credentials that the Father had sent him. Therefore our credentials that we know and are doing the Father’s will are disclosed in our credentials of loving service.
The reality of the Father’s will is also demonstrated in our moral choices. We have a moral nature, a nature that is capable of recognizing good from evil, and choosing between the two. In our moral interactions with one another, we have to choose between good and evil. The presentation of this choice presents conflict in the mind because they represent two diverging choices. When we choose good rather than evil, we choose the Father’s will. If we choose evil rather than good, we choose our own wills. In both of these scenarios, the conflict is resolved once we make a choice. But whereas, when we choose that which is good, we increase our status, and increase our content of goodness. We move just that degree more towards divine perfection. However, on the other hand if we make the evil choice, we do not advance in status, do not move towards divine perfection. We do not move towards the spiritual, but rather become more and more material. The divine will naturally chooses the best and right way of doing things, and thus becomes the standard of righteousness.
The choosing of purely selfish impulses creates disharmony, and eventuates evil. The choosing of evil by the self or the preoccupation with the evil of others destroys the peace and tranquility of the mind. It robs the mind of the joy, and undermines the self's ability to carry out its duties in the right spirit. Such an attitude creates animosity and resentment in the self, and blinds the self to the evil that it is guilty of. The kind and type of evil that a person commits is largely determined by circumstances, since evil is by definition the unconscious violation of the divine will.
The best way to make someone conscious of the evil they are perpetuating is to demonstrate the correct and right way of doing the incorrect and wrong thing. Such an attitude appeals to the spiritual nature of the individual with subsequent conviction of the wrongness of the deed. But even so, having become conscious of the wrong deed, the person may still decide to commit the act thus progressing to the next level of progressive unreality-sin. Good destroys evil, but justice destroys unrepentant sin.
The choosing of good by the self creates harmony, and benefits the whole. Every good choice that is made, makes it possible for the self to choose further good, thus increasing its content of goodness. As goodness is chosen repeatedly, it becomes habitual. Gradually the evil thoughts appear less and less in the mind, and the good thoughts appear more and more. But the Father allows the good thoughts and the evil thoughts to exist right beside each other until the end of the material life.
The quantity of good thoughts and evil thoughts that exists at the end of material life is dependent on the will of the individual, since he has the power to choose good over evil. When death overtakes us, the evil is not resurrected but allowed to remain dead, while the good is resurrected to continue on. In this way it is seen that the good continues to increase while the evil continues to decrease. As each generation of human beings strives to do the Father’s will, there occurs a corresponding decrease in evil, also demonstrating the reality of the Father’s will.
This concludes today’s message on understanding the reality of the Father’s will. We hope you find something in this message to ponder and pray about while you go about your day.
Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry.