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 what it means to walk in the marvelous light of salvation.
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Walking in the Marvelous Light.
Jesus said,"In the world you shall have tribulation: But be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John, Chapter 16, Verse 33.
Brothers and sisters, now that we have been called into this marvelous light of salvation , what shall we do in the face of trials and tribulations? These trials and tribulations are the same trials and tribulations that we experienced prior to being called in the marvelous light, but we are now called to respond to them differently. Will we walk in this light or pretend to walk in it? Will we walk in it only as long as our cherished dreams and hopes remain intact or will we continue to walk in the light when our cherished hopes and dreams are destroyed? What will we do if the whole world should fall around our ears? What will we do if each day only brings more pain and suffering? What will we do when we realize the pain may go on for a long time, even to the end of our temporal life? Will we still maintain our faith in the heavenly Father’s goodness when our prayers for release are not granted. What will we do when he says to us, “My grace is sufficient.” Will we believe him?
Now that we have been called to walk in this marvelous light, we are called upon to banish evil by the power of divine goodness. Once we struggled with evil, but now that we have been born again, we no longer know evil in our souls. But there still remains plenty of evil for us to choose good over evil in our interactions with our brothers and sisters who have not entered into this marvelous light. We must wait upon them as others waited upon us until we discovered the divine way of doing things. The technique of acquiring moral and spiritual growth is through experience. When we come into the world we have no moral or spiritual experience. As we gain experience, we begin our moral and spiritual growth.
A great bench mark is reached in human experience when we recognizes that the righteousness of a decision is not necessarily reflected in the pleasure content of the consequences perceived by our material mind which tends to be pleasure oriented. We make an even larger breakthrough in human experience when we discover there is a God, and that God does things differently from the way that we do them. “There is a way that seems right to man, but the way of lead to death.” When we begin that fascinating struggle to do things the way the Father does them, we begin walking in the marvelous light.
Walking in the light is not a way of avoiding trials and tribulations, but rather an act of transformation, transformation from the material to the spiritual. It is a way of interpreting our experiences, not a way of determining our experiences. We are called to walk by faith and not by sight. We can never walk in the light when we have preconceived ideas how things should turn out, other than to have them turn out right. When we have preconceived ideas how things should turn out, we can not realize the answer to our prayers, unless we qualify such prayers with “not my will but your will be done.” This attitude keeps our faith and trust intact, for we then realize that whatever we are called upon to go through, it is God’s will that we go through it and in the process make great strides in the spirit.
So, we see again the need for trust and faith, the childlike trust of an unspoiled child that a loving Father knows best, and the faith that the Father has the power to bring it about. We should only concern ourselves with reacting to our moral and spiritual environments the way we conceive the Father would react. We should wholeheartedly believe that all things works together for good for all who love God, and desire to do his will. We should not be concerned about the spectacle of mortal death interrupting our efforts before we can reap the rewards of our moral and spiritual investments since we have been given eternal life.
We still have feelings and we suffer when we are disappointed or rejected. We suffers when we sustains a loss, but in the very face of that loss, we should declare that nothing of true value is ever lost. We experience sorrow, but in the very midst of that sorrow, we should experience the spiritual joy and happiness that are ours because of the truth of our sonship with the heavenly Father. We should use disappointment and suffering, and all other negative experiences as a step ladder to affirm our faith in the supremacy of divine values. We should use prayer to receive the divine truth, the beauty, and the goodness in exchange for consecrating our will to doing the Father's will in every crisis of life.
We should be willing to pay any price to receive the divine goodness, “for what does a man profit, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Or “what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” We should meet every challenge to experience the divine truth, and we should conquer all ugliness in ourselves to perceive the divine beauty. We should love our brothers and sisters as Jesus loves us. But most of all we should obey the Father’s eternal command to be perfect even as he is perfect.
This concludes today’s message on understanding what it means to walk in the marvelous light of salvation. 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.