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 meaning of the search for the spiritual Father.
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The Search for the Spiritual Father.
"Lo, he goes by me, and I see him not: he passes on also, but I perceive him not.” Job, Chapter 9, verse 11.
Brothers and sisters, in today’s broadcast we reveal the meaning of the search for the spiritual Father. In times gone by, man searched for God, but could not find him. They were aware of his awesome power, but did not know his character nor his nature. The heavens declared his creative power, but did not reveal his character to them. Jesus the Son of God who is God incarnate had not revealed him to the worlds as of yet.
When he did finally arrive 2000 years ago, he revealed God as a loving Father, even the Father of all mankind. He revealed to humanity that God is love, and to know him is to allow this love to flow through us to each other. This allowing the heavenly Father to flow through us to our brothers and sisters is the revelation of the spirit Father. It appears that the Father through his Son, Jesus, is manifesting himself to the brothers and sisters to the fullest of their capacity. The more deficient this love is in an individual, the greater the need for the love to be given. This love is not selfish. It cannot be self bestowed. The more we search for the heavenly Father, the more we become motivated to be service conscious, that is the desire to do something true, beautiful, and good for our brothers and sisters increases in intensity, and the intensity is directly proportionally to God consciousness. God is love. Thus the presence of this divine love, urging us to love one another as Jesus loves us is the presence of God. And this love is personally revealed to us and through us through His Son, Jesus.
The reception and response to this love always causes us to become better than we were, to become more conscious of the God who is love. As we live our lives from the time, we become morally conscious of the Father who is love to the time we become perfected even as he is perfect, as he commanded us to be, we have opportunities to share this love with greater and greater numbers of brothers and sisters. Thus it becomes apparent that we will get an opportunity to reveal this love to brothers and sisters in all stages of spiritual growth, not just the ones who are pleasant and easy to love, but those more difficult ones as well. This process of revealing the Father who is love through His Son, Jesus is the very process by which we grow morally and spiritually.
This arrangement whereby those who are more conscious of the Father receive the opportunity to share him with those who are less conscious, can be a trying emotional experience at times, Sometimes we strain at the moral hardships involved in this task, as our love seems to bounce off our benighted brothers’ and sisters’ souls like a ball bounces off of the floor when it strikes it.
Yes, we know that sometimes our lives are hard, struggling with the material aspects of our life while all at the same time being loving and kind. But the God of love knows how much we can bear. He never places more upon us than we are capable of bearing. If our load is heavier than another, it is because we are capable of bearing a heavier load. We must remember that all this ceaseless struggling has a purpose: to unfold the moral and spiritual potentials wrapped up in our souls. As we struggle, so does the Father struggle with us, giving us spiritual help to help overcome our moral and spiritual difficulties. He gives us moral and spiritual power; he gives up hope, and inspiration, and he reveals the divine values and meanings of all the struggles to us. To the extent that we continue the struggle is the extent to which we mover closer and closer to fulfilling his eternal command to be perfect even as he is perfect. By loving others we demonstrate that we are conscious of his presence, and that we are his active sons and daughters.
We must remember that the Father has a plan for our lives, one that is designed to insure that we achieve this moral and spiritual perfection, but it is not mandatory that we accept this plan. We can choose to follow all of it, some of it, or none of it. We are truly free will moral creatures. But if we choose to follow the plan of the Father for our lives, and as we master the technique of doing the Father's will, rather than out own, underneath all of our trials and tribulations, there appears a peace that passes all understanding-the peace of hope, rather than the turmoil of despair. There really is joy once we learn to trust the Father with all our minds and souls. To the extent that we to trust Father is the extent to which we can realize this peace and joy. Once we learn to surrender every wish of our my hearts to Him, then will He give us the desires of his heart. As we make His character the delight of our hearts then He will delightfully give us a character like His own.
What we are talking about is self conquest, self mastery, self actualization. That is a mighty struggle. Nothing of value comes without effort. Learning to trust the father requires conscious effort. It requires faith, living faith. It requires analyzing past experiences. It requires weaving the past and the future into a dynamic road map for use in the present. It means recognizing that the Father has brought us out of every trial and tribulation one by one. To trust, to really trust the Father means being prepared to give everything to Him, knowing full well by faith that He gives more than everything we give him back in return.
The barrier that prevents us from realizing the trust of Father is the persistence in viewing life from the temporal and material point of view. We fear that time will run out before we receive a return on our investment of love. The delays of time provide for character growth. When we learn to view life from the eternal viewpoint, then our trust in the Father will fully actualize. If this truth is fully realized, it destroys all anxiety, fear, sorrow, loneliness, pain, and hopelessness. To really realize this truth results in joy-joy that no one can take away from us.
We begin the process of trusting the Father by living one day at a time, which is by not worrying about tomorrow. Worrying does nothing to remedy the situation that we are concerned about. The Father is in control no matter how hard it may be to discern that control. Nothing of true value is ever lost. The divine plan, the Father’s will, leads to happiness and eternal life. The human plan leads to unhappiness and death. And this is true regardless of what the short run may reveal. It is only the long run that counts.
We must be willing to be patient and to allow the Father to work through, with, and for us. We must not the delay the reception of the Father’s love by refusing to carry our moral and spiritual load. We must not drop the ball because we would rather be doing something easier. We must be loyal and trusting, never doubting that truth will conquer the delays of time and the handicaps of space. We must not be disturbed by the temporary victories of evil. They will not last. We must rest securely in the knowledge that good always triumphs over evil. Time delays are inherent in that which grows. We must remain cheerful in attitude while we are transformed. The positive reactions of love in every situation, painful as well as pleasurable releases this transformation of our souls-the transformation from imperfection to perfection.
By acting like the Father, we become like the Father as demonstrated by his Son, Jesus. We must choose wholeheartedly to do the Father's will which leads to eternal life rather than choosing to do our will which leads to the endless night of eternal oblivion. The Father is living love and we find him by loving our brothers and sisters as Jesus does.
This concludes today's message on understanding the meaning of the search for the spiritual Father through his Son, Jesus. 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.