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 to understand the nature of inspiration.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Nature of Inspiration
"But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding."
Job, Chapter 32, Verse 8.
Brothers and sisters, we know that inspiration comes from the Father's spirit that lives within our
minds and souls. It is particularly helpful to have the stimulus of inspiration operating daily in the
life that we live. Often, much of what we experience is routine and devoid of excitement. It is
probably not to far from the truth to say that many times we are just plain bored from the monotony
of repetitive tasks. But monotony is the result of failing to use the divine spirit to extract the divine
values and meanings from the experience. It is the failure to see by the eyes of the spirit. To lighten
our load, it is desirable to understand the nature of divine inspiration.
The source of inspiration lives within our minds and souls and has the power to comfort and inspire
us if we only allow him to bring forth the pictures of the real motive, the final aim, and eternal
purpose of all this difficult uphill struggle with the commonplace problems of our present material
world. But how do we allow the release of this spiritual stimulus? We think that this release of the
pictures of the real motive our routine and sometimes difficult struggles is related to our creative
imagination, to the real and true desire to want to know the final aim and eternal purpose of our
struggle. This desire has to be supreme, far exceeding the desire for material comfort and ease. And
secondly we have to know the final aim. To develop a supreme desire, we have to fall
wholeheartedly in love with truth. The truth of our existence is that we are to be perfect even as the
heavenly Father is perfect, and we are to recognize that the aim of all this struggling on earth is to
assist in the accomplishment of that goal.
The first step in releasing the divine spirit is to affectionately dedicate our will to the Father's will,
and this will stimulate our creative imagination so that we can receive the pictures the divine spirit
is displaying to our minds and souls. The instrument we shall use for this purpose is our living faith.
"Faith is the inspiration of the spiritized creative imagination." By living faith we mean the kind of
faith that can grasp the Father's goodness regardless of material ups and downs, the kind of faith that
is capable of extracting truth from all moral experiences, and the kind of faith that can behold beauty
in the very face of suffering and disappointment. Now that we have been properly motivated and
have activated our faith so that it is living, we can begin to extract divine values and meanings from
our routine experiences. We can be inspired.
And with faith symbolizing the eyes of the soul, we are now prepared to "see" the forecasts of the
divine spirit, and such forecast are of such nature and credibility, they inspire our minds and souls,
lifting us up to another level. " . . . When the mental mobilization is absolutely total on any level of
the psychic up reach toward spirit attainment, when there exists perfection of the human motivation
of loyalties to the divine idea, then there very often occurs a sudden down-grasp of the indwelling
spirit to synchronize with the concentrated and consecrated purpose of the spiritualized mind. This
sudden downreach of the indwelling spirit synchronizing with the concentrated and consecrated
purpose is inspiration. Such a one who experiences this phenomenon becomes a living dynamo of
creative power, infused with spiritual energy, and supremely focused on the divine purpose." Such
a one is now equipped to appropriate the spiritual values and meanings concealed in the daily
irritating experiences of life.
Inspiration is a supercharge of energy for the soul. It empowers the soul under the tutelage of the
Spirit of Truth. It lifts our weighty burdens. As Jesus said, "come to me all who labor and I will give
you rest," spiritual power. The nature of inspiration is such that it transforms and uplifts the soul so
that faith values and meanings are grasped. And once these values and meanings are grasped, there
follows this ecstatic jubilation in the soul and ushers in a peace that surpasses all understanding in
the very face of difficult and trying experiences.
The magnificent joy is the result of realizing divine sonship and the sure faith knowledge that the
soul will eventually conquer the delays of time and the handicaps of space and stand in the very
presence of the heavenly Father. And all of this surely justifies the necessary long suffering of the
soul. Inspiration is something that we all need to ascend with the currents of faith on the endless
journey of Truth. Inspiration is ours for the taking. All that is needed is to faith grasp the glorious
destiny that the Father has prepared for us, a destiny that has no end but is an eternal progression of
growth and development.
This concludes today's message on understanding the nature of inspiration. 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