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 importance of having just a little talk with Jesus.
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Just a Little Talk with Jesus
"Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”” Matthew, Chapter 11, Verse 29
Brothers and sisters, in today’’s broadcast, we discuss the importance of communicating with the heavenly Father. There is an old hymn that admonishes us to have a little talk with Jesus, to tell him all about our troubles; that he will hear our faintest cry, and he will answer by and by. We know that our personal petitions are addressed to Jesus, who is the personal revelation of the Father.
Jesus knows all about our troubles and difficulties. He knows about our struggles, about our sorrows, and disappointments. He also knows about our joys and successes. He knows us thoroughly. He has given us the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, to not only comfort us but lead us into all truth. When we talk to Jesus, we learn the perfect way to deal with our adversities, with our troubles and difficulties, with our sorrows. As we talk with him, we come to know him as he knows us. We begin to take on his character, take on his image, and begin to think as he does, to see as he does, even begin to become perfect as he is. The heavenly Father has commanded us to be perfect as he is perfect, and he gives us grace and mercy to help us obey that command.
As our experience has verified, it is the Father’’s will that we live this life with its ups and downs, with its pain and suffering, with its disappointments. We cannot escape that will. We must live our lives even as Jesus lived his while living in the flesh. These very experiences the Father uses to perfect us. Therefore, the Father will not stop the flow of our lives. As our lives become increasingly difficult and we need some guidance, some way to overcome the crippling fear that grips us in the face of a painful experience or of the unknown, Jesus is waiting for us. When we need wisdom to untangle our moral affairs and courage to choose the truth once we recognize it, he is there. When we need spiritual power and moral stamina to cope with ever-increasing moral and spiritual challenges, when we need hope in the face of the despair of being mortal and of dealing with the material handicaps of existence, he is always there. When we need a friend who will help us and show us the way, we have such a friend--Jesus. Because of the Spirit of Jesus living in us, because of his life within us, we can know the mind of Jesus. There is no experience that we can have that we cannot know his response/attitude. We know what he will say because he loves us. We can be certain of his response because we recognize the spirit of it. We recognize his thoughts that are filled with love, mercy, patience, and forgiveness.
We should begin talking with Jesus as we would any other earthly friend. There is no need for solemnity in our approach to him. There is no need to make a list to be sure we cover everything we desire to cover. He is not going anywhere, and if we miss something, all we have to do is go back to him, anytime and anywhere, and under any kind of circumstance, because he is only a faith-thought away. Whatever our difficulty, we should tell him and listen for his advice and guidance. Even if his wisdom declines our request, we will get great comfort and emotional relief by talking with him, even as an earthly child gets comfort and emotional relief by talking with his parents.
But not only should we talk, we should listen also. We should listen for the truth. If we are afraid, we should not be afraid to admit this to him and then ask for courage. Listen to him say, "Fear not, I am with you. There is no need to be afraid. There is nothing that can harm you, and similar thoughts that he responds with. And we should continue to listen to these thoughts whenever we are afraid. We should repeat them over and over again if necessary until we wholeheartedly believe them. Ask him for the faith and trust to believe them. When we become so stressed, so emotionally charged and overwhelmed that we cannot form suitable thoughts to express, we need not worry. He understands us fully and responds with the answer to what we need. He gives us hope and encouragement, and tells us that things will not be this way always. There is a better tomorrow just ahead.
If we are in a difficult place in our life, caught between a rock and a hard place and don’’t know what to do or which way to turn, we should ask him to show us the way out. We should listen as he tells us, "Be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world, and since I have overcome the world, I can empower you to overcome it too." Listen to him when he says, "just believe and trust me. I will get you through this." If we feel that life has run into a dead end, listen to him while he tells us that there are no dead ends in him. There may be a need to exercise patience while the doors of spiritual values and meanings are opening. But there are no dead ends. If we are tired and weary, we should tell him so. Then listen while he says to us, "Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, I will give you rest for your souls." And if we are filled with despair, we should go to him and tell him all about it and exchange our temporal despair for eternal hope.
Sometimes we may feel lonely or just want to be conscious of being in his presence. In such a case, all we need do is call him, and soon we will be conscious of his comforting presence. When we call him, he will say, "Here I am." We are his children, and it is not strange that we should want to be in his presence, just like earthly children desire to be in their parents’’ presence and receive so much joy and comfort from doing just that. Whatever our status of insecurity, we can spend as much time with him as we need whether we are like a very small child who cannot bear to be out of his mother’’s sight for long, or if we have matured to the point where we are aware of his presence at all times. But whatever the problem, just a little talk with Jesus will make it right. Just a little talk with Jesus will convict us that at the end of the day, everything will be fine, just fine. Trust him!
This concludes today's message on understanding the importance of having just a little talk with Jesus. 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