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 will ponder our lives as we seek to understand how we realize the heavenly Father.
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The Realization of the Heavenly Father
Jesus said, “ He who hath seen me hath seen the Father.” John, Chapter 14, Verses 9.
Brothers and sisters, in today’s broadcast we seek to understand how we realize the heavenly Father. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Though we can not know the Father in his entirety, his being infinite, eternal and absolute. We can know him as a Father, even as Jesus knew him as Father while He lived on earth.
We become aware of the idea of the God through family and friends. We come to recognize intellectually that there is a superior force in control of all things. We are told that God is love-truth, beauty, and goodness. We are told that God is our spiritual Father, and that we are sons and daughters of this same spiritual Father. With the acceptance of these intellectual truths, we begin the long journey to experience the spiritual reality of these truths, the long eventful journey to find the heavenly Father, to know him, and become like him in the process.
The spiritual realization of the heavenly Father as opposed to the intellectual concept of the heavenly Father are distinctly different. The intellectual concept of the heavenly Father emerges as we logically examine the universe in which we live, as we examine the life which we live, and our insignificance in the universe. The spiritual realization of the heavenly Father emerges in our consciousness as a result of the spirit of the Father indwelling our souls. We can never find the heavenly Father through logic or observation, though admittedly, we may observe the handiwork of God.
The Father is spirit, and thus must be found in our spiritual nature, the soul. The technique of realizing the Father is revealed through his Son, Jesus as our hungry and thirsty souls hunger for truth and thirst for righteousness. This realization occurs through the mechanism of prayer, worship, and service. Through prayer and worship, we deepen the spiritual channel where the Father may flow. We acquire enlarged capacity to realize the Father through prayer and worship while loving service to our brothers and sisters is the means by which we actually realize or actualize the Father through His Son, Jesus.
The Fatherhood of God brings the brotherhood of men and women into being. If God is the spiritual Father of every man and women, and he is, then every man and women must be spiritually brothers and sisters. It cannot be otherwise. The Father is unselfish. He bestows everything that he is capable of bestowing on his creation, only withholding those things that are necessary to maintain that which he has bestowed. He gives life and sustenance to all. He upholds all. But most of all to living personalities, he loves. And love is the greatest manifestation of the heavenly Father. Thus it is seen that the way to find the heavenly Father can never be through selfish means. The way to the Father is through love, through his Son, Jesus.
As hard as it may be for our material minds to understand, our comprehension and experience of the Father are directly proportionally to our loving service to our fellow man. This is the arena where we really come to know and become like him. The spirit of the Father unfailingly urges us to help one another, to love one another as Jesus loves us.
We crave to be conscious of our heavenly Father's presence, to realize the assurance that we are loved no matter what we do, or who we are; the assurance that we are protected from all harm, the feeling that we am guided by an all powerful, wise, merciful, and loving Father, that indeed we are his sons and daughters. We truly long to know that nothing of true value is ever lost. We truly long to know that the universe is friendly. We truly long to know that even if the whole world and everything in it should pass away, that we will survive, that we are indeed his sons and daughters. We crave to know that the heavenly Father is listening, and that He speaks to our souls.
Brothers and sisters if we could only understand that the Father is just waiting to reveal himself to us, while our prayers are ever deepening the channel of the flow of his love. All we need to do is to fill those channels with his love-in truth to realize that love-is to love one another as Jesus loves us, for the Father is living love. Ponder the opportunities that we miss to know him, to experience his love when we fail to help a brother and sister in distress. Look at the increased revelations of truth that we never experience by turning a deaf ear to the cries of the needy. Look at the increased appreciation of beauty that lies just outside our vision when we look the other way when someone calls for mercy. Look at the increased augmentation of goodness that we fail to receive when we fail to forgive those who have wronged us. My brothers and sisters, the Father is love, and this love is personally revealed through His Son, Jesus. He who seen the Son, has seen the Father. To realize the Father, simply love each other as Jesus loves us.
This concludes today’s message on understanding how we realize the heavenly Father. 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.