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 spiritual insight of
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
"For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written the just shall live
by faith.”” Romans, Chapter 1, Verse 17.
"Sunrise Sunset, Sunrise Sunset
Swiftly flows the years,
Each season laden with happiness and tears."- Words extracted from a popular song
Brothers and sisters, in today's broadcast we shall examine the spiritual insight of faith. We know
that this faith is necessary because our present status, and indeed our future status when compared
with the knowledge of the infinite and eternal Father, require us to believe more than we know--thus
the ““just and righteous shall live by spiritual faith.”” The way of faith allows us to proceed when
lack of conscious knowledge prohibits us from proceeding in another way. The way of faith is the
most simple and most difficult operation for us. The simplicity of faith is that we should believe
wholeheartedly. Nothing else is required for this faith to work. Exercising faith is difficult because
our conscious minds strain at having to do the work. Always does it desire and demand to be shown
what can only be accepted by faith.
We share these additional insights with those who live by faith and who are in the process of
climbing the difficult mountain of faith on their ascent to reach the peak of divine spiritual
perfection. As we climb this difficult mountain of spiritual perfection, the material mind reminds us
through our ever-increasing afflictions, sorrows, and disappointments that we are mortal and have
tied our hope to a fictitious destination. There is no spiritual perfection, it cries. There is only what
is, the painful reality that has us locked in its painful grasp, with no way out. But thanks be the glory
to God, we know that this same doubting mind gives way from the choice of our will, to the choice
of faith despite its doubting.
But let us first look at how this faith by analogy works in the life of those organisms who are devoid
of knowledge, wisdom, and worship. The most primitive animal, the one-cell amoeba, operates
through intuition. This sense of intuition does not involve thinking. It operates purely from instinct.
It inherently knows what to do. It instinctively carries out the functions of survival and reproduction.
It does all of this without any conscious knowledge. Now in the spiritual realm, human beings whose
souls are too primitive to use the spiritual mind when negotiating with spiritual reality must have
something similar to this instinct--and they do, along with other values. And this is faith, spiritual
intuition, the gift of God, given to us so that we may know him and comprehend him.
Now we know that there appears to be a lot of error associated with the functioning of this faith-
intuition or insight. How do we explain this apparent error when faith is embraced? We can think
of literally countless occasions where such error has been perpetuated in the name of religious faith.
We know that this error comes about because of the superimposition of material thinking and
material acts upon this spiritual reflect. "Material feelings, human emotions, lead directly to material
actions, selfish acts. Religious insights, spiritual motivations, lead directly to religious actions,
unselfish acts of social service and altruistic benevolence." We know that spiritual values can only
be applied to the spiritual realm, and whenever an effort is made to try to fit material thinking into
the spiritual mode, we manifest error. True religion is to love God with all our hearts, minds, souls,
and might, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Thus we see that spiritual faith or spiritual insight
must be applied to that arena which concerns the relationship between our heavenly Father and us.
When we use spiritual reason, we must resort to the Spirit of Truth.
Faith directly reveals the Father to us, reveals the truth, beauty, and goodness of His love, for the
greatest revelation of God is love, for God is love. These values and meanings that constitute the
divine presence are grasped without the use of thought. The values of divinity are always positive
and never harmful. Thus it is seen that whenever we appropriate the values and meanings of our
relationship with the Father by the action our faith, when this faith is guided by the Spirit of Truth,
we can proceed without fear of error in acquiring the values and meanings of divinity.
By the action of faith these values and meanings appear in our consciousness. It is by the action of
faith that we recognize these divine values and meanings in our consciousness. All that is required
for us is to embrace them and live them in our lives. And such faith-achieved insight is self-
validating in the prompt appearance and display of the fruits of the spirit in our lives. Such a faith,
intuition, insight, reflex adequately serves our embryonic souls until such time as they mature
enough to be able to grasp the mind of the spirit, and allow us to climb the mountain of divine
perfection even as the instinct allows the amoebae to successfully swim the river of its existence.
This concludes today's message on understanding the spiritual insight of faith. 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.