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. Brothers and sisters, this morning we seek to gain further insight into spiritual communication. We wish to explore further the technique whereby we enter into conscious, two-way communication with our divine spirit.
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More on Spiritual Communication
"Thy Kingdom come, they will be done in earth, as it is done in heaven." Matthew Chapter 6, Verse 10
Brothers and sisters, we pray to the heavenly Father, and the heavenly Father responds to our prayers, but most of the time we are unconscious of receiving the answers to these petitions. How do we become conscious of our communications with the divine spirit so that these communications become real to our consciousness?
We know that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. He lived a real and full life, a truly normal, natural, and average life in the flesh. ““He knows from personal experience the equivalent of the actuality of the entire sum and substance of the living of the life of human beings on the material worlds of time and space." And since Jesus is the way, we can follow him in perfecting increasingly effective methods of personal communion with our Father in heaven. Let us consider the following analogy.
When we were very young children, most of us had imaginary companions with whom we communicated. We talked to these imaginary companions and imagined that they responded to us in conversation. As we got older, we left our imaginary companions behind, as we were increasingly drawn into objective conversations with bonafide human beings. With objective communications, we communicate on more than one level.
There is the verbal level whereby we exchange word symbols that both parties understand. But we also communicate on an emotional level as well. We transmit emotions with our word symbols by the emotional tone with which we convey these symbols. Thus we convey feelings of happiness, sadness, anger, regret, and so forth. We also communicate with body language. The way that we conform our bodies when we are conversing with another also conveys information to the other party. If our arms or legs are crossed when we receive communications, for example, we might communicate a rejection of what is being said.
We also can communicate by the written word. We can write a letter or send an email to another person. We can also communicate through another person, say, like an ambassador, who represents his government to another government. We can even receive communications from the past but cannot respond to them. For example, consider the will of a deceased individual who put forth specific instructions as to how his estate is to be handled.
But even with all of these forms of communication, there is always the possibility of mis-communication. The farther we get from one-on-one communication, the greater the possibility of error. Sometimes we can clarify these misunderstandings by asking for clarification. But as we come to know the person better, the less chance there is for mis-communicating.
Since the Father and the Son are living within our minds, we can communicate with them. But we must always keep in mind the nature of these communications. The spirit conveys values and meanings, those that are a part of the Father-son relationship. It does not provide factual information, but it does expand insight.
As Jesus was growing up, his prayers were very much like ours as we grew up. He probably had an imaginary companion that he talked to. These conversations were probably not much different than the imaginary conversations we had with our imaginary companions, except that his petitions were addressed to his heavenly Father. As Jesus continued to talk with his heavenly Father and have the heavenly Father respond to him in his mind, the heavenly Father and these communications became more and more real to Jesus. Jesus developed a sense of spiritual reality.
As his continued to take his problems to the heavenly Father, seeking counsel or just sharing his day with him, he began to realize that the guidance he was receiving from his heavenly Father was true, beautiful, and good. He could abide by it and therefore he could trust this guidance and the heavenly Father. This feedback mechanism of his receiving guidance from his heavenly Father and the validation of this guidance in his interactions externally with his brothers and sisters reinforced his practice of having "just a little talk with my Father in heaven."
As Jesus moved into the adolescent phases of his life, the nature of his communications with his heavenly Father changed. The problems of childhood gave way to the problems of adolescence. And like all adolescents, this was a stormy period in his life, with many thorny issues to resolve. Jesus was moved to depend even more upon the guidance of his heavenly Father.
Leaving behind the adolescent years, Jesus moved into the increasing adult phases of his human life. As he did, the nature of his conversations with the Father changed gradually. He became occupied with the problems of adulthood and the not too distant future of his life work. As he continued to commune, the childish communications gave way to adolescent communication and finally to adult communications, where they became perfected.
Because of the Spirit of Truth in our minds, we can do the same thing. Since Jesus has traversed all the stages of being a human being, he is more than qualified to lead and guide us through prayer at every stage, even the stage of perfected prayer.
This concludes today's message on understanding more of the nature of spiritual communications. 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.