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 ponder our lives as seek to understand the inspired life.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Inspired Life
"But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
And he said unto me, 'My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in
weakness.'" Job, Chapter 32, Verse 8.
Brothers and sisters, we know the soul that lives the inspired life has completed the difficult task of
being weaned from nonspiritual energies and now operates on spiritual energies. This event occurred
at the time the soul was born again, the time that the soul dedicated and consecrated its will to doing
the Father's will. We know that the soul that lives the inspired life operates on an entirely different
plane than the uninspired life. He operates on the spiritual plane, the plane of divine values and
And while his life has a certain excitement, it is not the excitement of temporal emotions. The soul
that lives the inspired life lives in calmness. His response to the substantial issues of life is not
primarily emotional, and neither is it purely intellectual, but also consorts with wisdom and truth.
He enjoys spiritual ecstasy and we know that " . . .genuine spiritual ecstasy is usually associated with
great outward calmness and almost perfect emotional control." And while there always exists the
possibility there may be an emotional response to a spiritual experience, the emotional response is
not the spiritual ecstasy that is so satisfying and joy producing in the soul.
Living an inspired life is the result of having chosen an inspiring goal. An inspiring goal is spiritual,
and this spiritual goal is one of doing the Father's will and ultimately mastering it. This is a goal that
challenges the best in the one who lives the inspired life and intrigues him as he discovers new truth.
The inspired liver is full of hope and faith, even mercy. The "God-knowing individual is not one who
is blind to the difficulties or unmindful of the obstacles which stand in the way of finding God in the
maze of superstition, tradition, and materialistic tendencies of modern times. He has encountered all
these deterrents and triumphed over them, surmounted them by living faith, and attained the
highlands of spiritual experience in spite of them."
The inspired life is a life of prayer, thanksgiving, and worship. The soul of the inspired life uses
spiritual energy, therefore must it be replenished. Spiritual worship is the source of spiritual renewal.
The inspired life is characterized by prayers of petitions for other souls. While it may pray for
attaining perfection of service, the main focus of his prayers is for the moral and spiritual growth of
his brothers and sisters. And it prays to be a more perfect revelation of the Father's love and mercy
to them. Since its prayers are always unselfish and spiritual, it realizes that all of its prayers are
answered, and so its grateful heart responds with spontaneous thanksgiving in response to such a
good and magnificent God. Its inward life is illuminated with the light of worship and does not
hesitate to assert that he and the Father are one.
Such an achievement fills the inspired soul with joy and sustaining peace. He knows what he knows,
and is in full pursuit of both the increase of this knowledge as well as the revelation of it to his
brothers and sisters, with endless patience and moral courage. His gentleness is attractive, there is
no fear of approaching him. He is meek and none need fear him. His choices are all subject to the
Father's will. His eye is on the Son, Jesus, who shows all of mankind the way of service, the way of
love. His life is a poem, a joy to behold. And those who view this life, those who seek truth, are
constrained within their hearts to join in the race for perfection of character and perfection of service.
The inspired life is spontaneous and original. The soul has acknowledged his divine sonship and is
free in his Father's presence. He has humbly submitted to the circumstances of his material life while
he does everything humanly possible and wise to improve it. But even so, "such divinely watered
souls are all but independent of material environment as regards the joys of living and the
satisfactions of earthly existence. They are spiritually illuminated and refreshed, morally
The inspired soul is one that has grasped divine values and meanings and is in the process of
unifying them within himself. He basks in the light of the Father's love. He has made the irreversible
decision to do the Father's will. There is no turning back for this soul, for he has tasted and declares
that the Lord is good. He has embarked on the eternal journey of truth discovery. He is illuminated,
like a light in a dark room. He is like a pleasant cool breeze on a hot summer day; like a pleasant
fragrance, filling the room with a beautiful scent. He is beautiful to behold, to see such unity in his
life, such coordination. But most of all, even though few may appreciate it, he is his Father's son, and
reflects the glory of that status. He only does what he sees His Father doing.
This concludes today's message on understanding the meaning of the inspired life. 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