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 trust response to the Father's Love.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Trust Response to the Father's Love
"And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord hast not forsaken them that
seek thee." Psalms, Chapter 9, Verse 10.
Trust and hope are the result of the Father's spirit living within our souls. As we make use of this
trust and hope, our knowledge of Him increases. But trust is a hard thing for us to exercise in the face
of material upheavals, and yet these conditions demand trust and hope if we are to enjoy spiritual
serenity while we live this life in the flesh. Trust and hope are the manifestation of the Father's love
The Father and His Son's spirit live in our souls. They experience our ups and downs, giving us
spiritual strength and spiritual peace. They pervade our souls with hope, even in the midst of material
despair. As we grapple with the problem of the moment, they reveal to us the solutions of eternity.
They show us a vision where these vicissitudes will be replaced by the surety and consistency of
eternity. It is a comfort knowing that the Father and His Son are living within us; because of their
presence, no harm can come near our souls. Jesus says, "Be of good cheer, I have overcome the
The emotional and material difficulties including reactions to hurt and suffering are properties of our
material selves. Sometimes the emotional and the physical difficulties can propel us into a tailspin
of depression and powerlessness. We sometimes become trapped in material and emotional prisons.
When we view the lives of other people, near to us and remote, we see that there is no special
consideration being given to their material status either. The innocent and the guilty are caught in
the trap of material misfortune. When we see the senseless slaughter of innocent people, and the web
of disease strangling the young and the old, we experience a crisis of faith in our conscious mind.
Our material minds become skeptical of our claims to be God's children. This conflict between the
lack of spiritual insight in the mind and the spiritual experience in the soul causes conflict. This
conflict can only be resolved by exerting our desire to have faith and to trust the Father in the very
face of material inconstancy. We must look within for that sustaining peace that passes all
understanding. As Job said, "even though he slay me, yet will I serve him."
We are in the process of spiritually recreating our souls. It is the soul that has a personal relationship
with the Father. When the material and emotional aspects of our nature go through the fires of trials
and tribulations, the soul goes through these experiences as well. But unlike the material self that
may be damaged, the soul emerges from all of them unscathed. And this is what fosters the trust
response to the Father's Love. It is the Father's will that we live this material life and in so doing
recreate ourselves. During our challenges, the Father’s love and mercy continues to surround our
souls, protecting them from all evil influences, hurt, and danger. Nothing can harm the soul that is
entrusted to the keeping of the Father.
Trust depends on experience, even material trust. Whether we trust or not depends on the trust
worthiness of the object of trust. As the self undergoes material experiences, it painfully learns that
they are subject to material laws, even if he doesn’t recognize that his afflictions may be due to his
intentional or unintentional violation. There is a difference between the fact of God and the truth of
God (rendering unto Caesar the things of Caesar, and so forth). And by separating these two realities,
the way is opened for the soul to trust more completely the heavenly Father. The soul emerges from
these same experiences unscathed. It receives spiritual help from the Father in the form of assurance,
inner strength, and an increased revelation of truth, beauty, and goodness, even divine love.
We behold the stars of the Father’’s magnificent love and mercy while in the valley. As trust grows,
the soul becomes thankful for the ministry of love and mercy. Gratitude and faith make real the
Father presiding in his soul. Gratitude soon leads to two-way communication as the soul seeks the
values and meanings of the Father, and the Father supplies them. This continuous exchange of
requests and answers to the petitions of the soul causes the soul to know the Father more and more.
the more the soul trusts the Father, the more thankful he is, and this crescendo of thankfulness and
trust even in the face of the breakdown of his material status causes the soul to erupt in spontaneous
worship in response to the goodness of the Father’’s love.
This concludes today's message on the trust response to the Father's love. 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.