Greetings, 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 knowledge of the mind of God.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
Knowledge of the Mind of God
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who being in the form of God,
thought it not robbery to be equal with God." Phillipians, Chapter 2, Verse 5.
Brothers and sisters, "because of the presence in our minds of the Father's spirit and the Spirit of
Jesus (the Spirit of Jesus), it is no more of a mystery for us to know the mind of God than to be sure
of the consciousness of knowing any other mind, human or superhuman." The Father lives in our
minds. It is of record, that “if a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him,
and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” When we seek to know Him personally,
this very desire is proof that we have found Him. What we search for is knowledge of God, and this,
too, is present in our minds in the form the Spirit of Truth, which is the spirit of His son, Jesus. It
is simply a matter of getting to know God in the same way we know other persons. If we desire to
get to know someone, the first step is to live closely with them in order to observe their character
reactions in the face of the moral and spiritual environments in which they live.
As we continue to observe and pay attention, we soon come to know this person. As we interact, this
person also gains knowledge of us. This two-way exchange of information is the knowing process.
We have come to know the mind of this individual, his character, and can predict how he will act
under circumstances that we have observed. And based on this observation, we can make an accurate
assessment of how he will react to future situations. As we develop from children to adults, we
become consistent in our actions. We develop a consistent way of reacting to our environment,
though there may be occasions when we react with ambivalence because of unresolved conflicts. For
the most part, when we are tired, we seek rest. When hungry, food, and so on.
Now in the matter of knowing the mind of God, we follow a similar process. God lives in our minds
and thus is closer to us than any other. He is intimately aware of our thoughts, desires, urges and
impulses. It then becomes a matter of knowing which thoughts, desires, urges and impulses are ours
and which are God's. How do we do this? Well, we know that God is love. Our thoughts, desires,
urges and impulses comprise our will; the thoughts, desires, urges and impulses of God comprise
God's will. Thus when we choose the thoughts, desires, urges and impulses that comprise God's will,
love, we are choosing His will.
The human will is the agency of self. It acts on behalf of the self and can be termed selfish. It
operates by a law that says it is better to receive than to give. This logic flows from the natural nature
of the material self with its limited resources. It seeks to increase its resources, not diminish them.
God the Father, having unlimited resources and being an infinite and absolute being, seeks to
distribute His resources as he suffers not from any diminution of His self. God is truly unselfish and
altruistic and sponsors the human urges of unselfishness and altruism. It is God who says it is better
to give than to receive, that we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves. When we choose
these selfless qualities, we are both demonstrating knowledge of the mind of God as well as the
desire to choose God's will. And as we choose His will, we identify with Him and learn how to
escape from the limitations of our material natures and step in harmony with His eternal beat.
This concludes today's message on seeking knowledge of the mind of God. 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.