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 the meaning of the spiritual call of Jesus.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Spiritual Call of Jesus
"And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them and the sheep follow him: For they know his voice and a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him for they know not the voice of strangers." John, Chapter 10, Verse 4 and 5.
The hope of all time and eternity calls us home. The call is soft and gentle but ever persistent. The call is truthful, beautiful, and good. It proclaims the Father's love to our souls using spiritual language. The call flashes across the circuits of faith, bringing love, hope, peace, joy, happiness, and eternal life. But sometimes the circuits of faith are blocked by our own fears, anger, selfishness, and sometimes outright rebellion against the law of love, thus interrupting the life-giving and sustaining messages of hope.
But always does our Father wait, ever ready to respond to the true desires of hearts, for is He not Truth? Always does He wait to respond to our good intentions, for is He not Goodness? Always does He wait to harmonize and unify our experiences, for is He not Beauty? And always does He wait to cast out our fears, for is He not Love?
At first our reception of this call is no more than a flame's flicker, but soon this flicker becomes a raging fire as we are filled with hope for better times. Hope is the energy that drives our struggling souls forward in the battles for self mastery and divine righteousness. As the call's intensity increases, we become aware of the Father's presence, the Spirit of Truth. The Spirit of Truth is also the source of the very faith that fills our souls with hope. "Every true and good gift comes down from the Father of Lights."
As our souls grow in the ability to recognize the call of the spirit, we begin to react to our environment in an unnatural way. We begin to love divinely; that is, to love even when we are hated by the people we love. We come to know that love is the greatest force in existence, the most powerful weapon for overcoming all sorts of problems, and therefore we consistently use it for dealing with all sorts of moral and spiritual problems. We know that if it can't be fixed by divine
love, it can't be fixed.
We know intuitively that a person who is hate-filled is deficient in love. We forgive all kinds of injustices perpetuated against us. We never tire of forgiving, for we know that we receive forgiveness as we forgive. And we have an endless supply of patience. We are prepared to wait forever to accomplish our righteous goals, which are the Father's will.
We do not seek revenge or to take unfair advantage of the wrongdoer who has finally come to the end of evil's line. There is only kindness and mercy, encouragement and assistance for the person to enter the Father's love. As this love is ministered to our brothers and sisters, it is also followed by joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.
The love of the Father is increasingly able to manifest itself more and more into our spiritualizing mind, eliminating all fear. The mercy of the Son unfailingly rids our characters of such human traits as hate, bigotry, envy, cruelty, anger, bitterness, resentment, pride, lust, intolerance, greed, and all sorts of unrighteousness, even as the spirit ministers to us by guiding us into ever increasing moral and spiritualizing experiences. No wonder the Father says, "My grace is sufficient." And as we continue to respond to the call, the sublime consciousness of the Father's will fills our souls and
minds with the Father's loving light.
This concludes today's message on understanding the meaning of the spiritual call of 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.