Wisdom and the Father's Will

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 relationship between wisdom and the Father's will. 

And now, sit back and listen to today's message. 

Wisdom and the Father's Will 

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth
not; and it shall be given to you." James, Chapter 1, Verse 5.

Brothers and sisters, today we take a look at the relationship between wisdom and the Father's will.
We shall examine how wisdom applies to the sons and daughters of the Father who execute the
divine will. Of wisdom, it is said in Proverbs 8, 22-30: 

"The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works. Before his deeds of old, I was appointed from
eternity, from the beginning, before the world began. When there were no oceans, I was given birth,
when there were no springs abounding with water; before the mountains were settled in place, before
the hills, I was given birth, before He made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world. I
was appointed from eternity. I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the
horizon on the face of the deep, when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the
fountains of the deep, when he gave the sea its boundaries so the waters would not overstep his
command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth. I was the craftsman at his side. I
was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in His presence. I rejoiced in His whole world
and delighted in mankind.

Of the Father and His will: 

"Our olden prophets understood the eternal nature of the heavenly Father. The Father is literally and
eternally present in the universe. He inhabits the present moment with all his absolute majesty and
eternal greatness." 

"The Father has life in himself, and this life is eternal life." Throughout the eternal ages it has been
the Father who "gives to all life." There is infinite perfection in the divine integrity. 

"I am the Lord; I change not." 

Our knowledge of the universe discloses not only that he is the Father of lights, but also that in his
conduct of universal affairs there "is no variableness neither shadow of changing." He "declares the
end from the beginning." He says: "My counsel shall stand; I will do all my pleasures according to
the eternal purpose which I purposed in my Son." Thus, are the plans and purposes of the heavenly
Father like himself: eternal, perfect, and forever changeless. 

To do the Father's will, not only must we recognize what it is but we must also execute it with
wisdom. Of wisdom, Proverbs 3:13 says, "Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that
getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain
thereof than fine gold." In time and space, doing the Father's will is a progressively acquired state.
In us, this means first the creation of a soul that is capable of recognizing the Father's will, and a self
will that will chose the Father's will. After the creation of the soul, the stage is set for the leading and
urges of the Father's will. We first come to recognize the divine leading and urges when the divine
will initiates the first conflict. And this conflict is between the needs of self versus the needs of other
selves. This is the altruistic urge that encourages us to deny ourselves in favor of regard for someone
else. This is the first moral decision and first religious experience of our souls: the Father's will has
been chosen. 

The leading of the Father's spirit manifests itself via the placement of divine values in our souls and
divine meanings in our conscious minds. The meanings of the values of love, faith, goodness,
gentleness, meekness, temperance, long suffering, peace and joy are among the first to appear in our
conscious minds. These meanings are empowered by spiritual urges. These urges are persistent and
continuous. Always does the spirit urge us to minister to our brothers and sisters. But being
imperfect, we do not always uniformly act with wisdom. It requires wisdom and intelligence to
execute the Father's will in ever increasing perfection. When these urges and leadings are blindly
executed, the result is evil. It requires reflection in prayer and worship to acquire that wisdom that
will make the execution of the Father's will wise as well as right. 

Experience is required to become skilled in executing the Father's will. Experience provides the
occasion where the self will can practice and become ever increasingly efficient and proficient. And
as these leading and urges are pursued, so do divine values and meanings accumulate, and the soul
grows. Doing the Father's will is the secret to eternal life, an endless existence of pursuing divine
values and meanings. 

This concludes today's message on understanding meaning of the relationship between wisdom and
the Father's will. 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. 

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