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 realization of true worship.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Realization of True Worship
Jesus said, "But the hour cometh, and now is when the true worshippers shall worship the
Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him." John, Chapter 4,
Brothers and sisters, the Father desires that we worship him in spirit and in truth, that we climb to
that high state of spiritual worship whereby we boldly claim like Jesus and through his Spirit of
Truth that "the Father and I are one." You recall in John, Chapter 10, verse 30, that Jesus said this.
And in John, Chapter 17, verse one, Jesus prayed "that they all may be one; as thou father are in me,
and I in thee, that they may also be one in us that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." Such
an acclamation is the result of a growing spiritual faith. Such a lofty achievement is accomplished
by faith. Faith has carried such a one through all of the previous stages of growth. Such a one
declares his oneness with the Father in spite of all material limitations and all emotional reactions.
From his human viewpoint, oneness with the Father is a matter of faith.
Oneness with the Father indicates that as wholehearted believers in Jesus, such a one has become
so closely identified with the Father's interest that it is impossible to separate his spiritual interest
from the Father's. Such a one always declares, "not my will, but Your will be done." The Father
through His Son, Jesus, has finally been able to achieve eternal manifestation through another of his
This is the fruition of a relatively long period of loving ministry, longsuffering, forgiveness, and
mercy. Long has the Father fanned the desire for perfection in his son's soul, constantly urging him
to always seek the best. Long has the Father waited while his son temporarily stumbled and fell,
giving in to the tendency to pursue his own way. But the Father is brave and courageous, loyal, and
dedicated to his sons' eternal welfare. After each temporary fall, the Father was able to show him
why the best way is the best, made possible by the evil experience that he had unwittingly
After each lesson, he was able to follow the Father's leading a little more accurately. Gradually the
son became committed to doing things the best way, and gradually the Father was able to divert the
stream of his interest, his loyalties, his thoughts, and his motives. Gradually the Father came to
dominate all aspects of his son's life. Finally the son recognized the personality of the Father in
worship urging him to always do his best. He then moved from the unconscious doing of the Father's
will to the conscious doing of that will. He began to consciously cooperate. He recognized by faith
the reality of the Father as his spiritual goal. Having done that, all areas of his spiritual life began to
improve as he was assigned a personal guardian angel to help him in his efforts to attain perfection
in doing the Father's will. This guardian angel helped him by leading him into ever progressive moral
and spiritual experiences, the successful traversing of which requires increasing his consciousness
of the Father.
Brothers and sisters, when we chose a moral or spiritual decision, the consequences of that choosing
create a greater consciousness of the Father in our minds and souls. The guardian angel also helps
to identify those thoughts of divine quality in our minds. This they are able to do by intensifying the
divine thoughts, so that they stand out from all other human thoughts.
Now the son is aware of divine values and meanings. He seeks truth, beauty, and goodness in all his
moral experiences; that is, he seeks the spiritual meanings and values concealed within those
experience. He is conscious of being a revelation of the Father through His Son, Jesus. His supreme
desire is to do the Father's will. By faith, he has become dedicated and consecrated to doing the
Father's will. By faith he has developed a consciousness of the Father that exists at all times and
under all circumstances. The Father is consciously present during the upside of life as well as the
down sides of it.
He is fully committed to following the Father's plan for his eternal welfare, and reaffirms his faith
and trust in Him and His divine plan for our lives. By faith he knows the reality of his oneness with
the Father. He is not actually conscious of the actual revelation of the Father through him to his
brothers and sisters, but he is conscious by faith that his life through the Spirit of Truth is a
revelation of the Father's love and His Son's mercy.
His love of divine values and meanings brings him supreme joy, and his greatest spiritual joy is
realized when a lost soul actually receives his revelation of the Father's love and the Son's mercy and
begins to wholeheartedly believe in Jesus. He loves to show love, patience, mercy, and forgiveness.
No matter what the storms of life may bring, the consciousness of his oneness with the Father is
unshakable. The Father has commanded him to be one with Him through His Son, Jesus, and he has
by faith obeyed.
Gone now are the days and nights of doubting as to whether or not it was possible to achieve divine
oneness with the Father of all oneness. He is no longer confused about the material ups and downs.
He knows that he has mastered this life because he always cries in all circumstances, "not my will,
but Your will be done," while he asserts his sometime victory over the handicaps of space and time.
After all, this is a beloved son in whom the Father is well pleased.
This concludes today's message on understanding the realization 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.