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 further understanding of communication with the Father's Spirit.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
Further Understanding of Communication with the Father's Spirit
"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done
unto you. Herein is my Father glorified that ye bear much fruit." John, Chapter 15, Verses 7
Brothers and sisters, in today discussion we shall examine the concept of communication as it
applies to material communications and then we shall see how this concept applies to spiritual
communications. We are especially interested in understanding how this process applies to our
communication with the Father's spirit. For illustration purposes, we shall examine the concept of
communication when we are in a crisis, and are seeking to find guidance and solace.
Two human beings are able to communicate with each other because first they are able to formulate
concepts that they wish to share and exchange and secondly because each of the participants
understands the symbols being used. For example, we consider the word symbol ““compassion.””
Not only is the mind able to see the word compassion as it appears on the outside of the mind but
is also able to see on the inside of the mind and is able to comprehend the meaning of this symbol,
and respond to it.
The first step in initiating communication is to signal a desire to communicate verbally or non-
verbally. One participant moves within the contact range of the other person, signaling that he wishes
to communicate. He may begin by talking or by entering the presence of the other participant. Non-
verbal communication such as gesturing or a certain look on the face can initiate the communication
and then can move to verbal communication, or sometimes non-verbal communication serves the
same purpose as verbal communication. For the purpose of our discussion, we shall eliminate
communicating by remote devices such as telephones.
After the participants enter contact range, their attention focuses upon each other. This is important
in order for communication to be received. Without the focus of attention, effective communication
is not possible. Either what is transmitted is not received in its entirety or there is a
miscommunication, that is what is sent is not what is received, and confusion and misunderstanding
follow. So it follows that if one is in a crisis, in order for the focus of attention to be effective, the
upset participant must calm down. Now this is difficult for the individual who is in the grip of
desperation, but no communication can be had unless there is calm. It is altogether possible that the
person receiving the communication may be able to hear what is being said to some extent, but the
fullness of the communication will probably be lost, and the upset person in all probability will not
benefit from any counsel.
After the individual calms down, then the symbols of communication can be effectively exchanged.
The recipient understands what the other person is sending. After receiving these communication,
he processes them, that is evaluates them, and determines what response should be given in response
to the information received. Depending upon the receiver's knowledge, wisdom, willingness, a
response is sent back to the sender who through a similar processes evaluates the response and may
initiate further communication or if the individual is satisfied with the information or feels that the
person can not help him with the problem may terminate the communication.
In a nutshell, what happens in this process is that the information was received from outside the
individual, taken in and processed, and a response was sent back outside the individual. Thus the
cycle: transmission > reception > transmission > reception, and so on. Now communication may
resolve the emotional difficulty of the individual in the crises depending on the degree that the
information was useful in resolving the crisis.
Sometimes communication can diffuse the crisis by examining the problem with the emotional
charge and reduce the level of the crisis by removing the emotional component from it. Often when
this is done, it is revealed that the crisis was not as severe as initially thought to be, and the
emotional charge is reduced in accordance with the perception of the degree of the crisis. Or in some
cases, emotions (being the first response to a crisis) resolve after time and reason are applied to the
crisis. But what is paramount to communication is that the meaning is understood, and the value is
recognized. The meaning of a communication, understanding it, can determine the seriousness of
the crisis, and the comprehension of the value of the communication can determine the person's
response to the crisis.
And now let us examine communication with the Father's spirit. Prayer-petition is our usual form
of communication with the divine spirit. We have some difficulty for which we desire divine
intervention. We may ask that the crisis be altered or resolved, or that we can gain strength to bear
it or have power over it. In human communications the stimulus comes from the outside to the mind
and after processing proceeds back to the outside. In communication with the divine spirit, the
stimulus comes from the mind and proceeds to the spirit and back to the mind. Mind is the
instrument of both approaches to communication, and the meaning of the communication is
discerned in the mind.
Our chief difficulty in consciously communicating with the Father's spirit is our misunderstanding
of the spirit’s communication symbols. We have interpreted communication with the Father as a
request and then a granting of the request. If we don't receive what was requested, then we think that
the communication was not consummated. This is a flaw in our concept of communication. Even
in human to human communication, our object of the communication is not always granted. But the
fact that our request was not granted in human communication does not move us to say that no
communication took place. We may very well feel that communication was unsatisfactory in its
outcome, but do not feel that no communication took place. So why should we feel that no
communication takes place between our minds and the divine spirit because our request was not
We must move to understand the symbols of communication with the Father's spirit. The symbols
of communication of the Father' spirit as interpreted by the Spirit of Truth, Jesus's spirit. As these
values impinge on the mind, meanings (ideas) are revealed, providing us with understanding, which
allows us to change our attitudes about the crisis. The most primitive form of communication with
the Father's spirit is a verbal request for material favors. There is a mismatch in communicative
symbols. The object of the divine spirit is values and the object of the human is things. It is no
wonder that the meanings of the divine spirit communications are not recognized. We must learn to
recognize the appropriate symbols for conscious communication to take place.
A great milestone occurs when the human mind moves away from seeking its will to submitting to
the divine will. The communication symbols may still be mismatched, but the praying mind feels
that mutual communication has taken place. It is more apt to believe that the answer to its petitions
have been denied. An even greater mile stone occurs when the human seeks the father's will in
response to a given situation. If the situation does not resolve favorably, it is more inclined to believe
that it was not the Father's will that it be resolved in his favor.
There may still be a mismatch of symbols, but at least it recognizes that communication is taking
place. But an even greater step occurs when the human mind recognizes the symbols of the values
of the divine spirit and dedicates itself to actualizing those values in the face of a crisis. Here the
request rapidly moves from verbal request to thoughts, and then finally to pure desire for the Father's
will. This is the purest form of communication, for what the Father wills and the Son desires, is.
This concludes today's message on the further understanding of communications with the Father's
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.