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. Today, we ponder our lives as we seek to understand the nature of spiritual communications.
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The Nature of Spiritual Communication
Jesus said," 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.” John, Chapter 14, Verse 23.
Brothers and sisters, in today’s broadcast we discuss the nature of spiritual communication. Communication is the process whereby we exchanges ideas with each other. Communication presupposes mutual contactability, that is the contacting parties must have similar natures, must be capable of understanding and comprehending each other. Mind is the medium by which ideas are born, exchanged, sorted, and analyzed. The mind may be stimulated to produce ideas from the inside as well as the outside. These ideas may be expressed through the agencies of verbal communication, written communication, gestures, or physical movements.
Communication arises because no man is an island. Communication arises because of the need to solve some particular problem. It may be the need to express our creativity, our isolation, our humor, our difficulty or it may be the desire to share our spiritual experiences. To give us a feel for spiritual communication, lets us consider some examples of material communication, and then perhaps we can grasp the nature of spiritual communication
We are all familiar with romantic feelings. These feelings lead us to idealize our prospective partners, and we enter marriage thinking that this idealization will last, not realizing that it is the product of our emotions. We are taking aback when we discover that the reality of our union is far from being ideal. The ignorance that we enjoy is profound concerning the inevitable conflict between the marriage of the ideal and the reality of the practical demands of marriage. As we try to experience this ideal of marriage, our distress deepens as we run into conflict after conflict, even though it is the successful resolution of these conflicts that eventually produces the ideal marriage. And there are many marriages that fail just because of the failure to realize that the ideal is what couples strive for while they deal with the practical demands of marriage.
While it is true that the imperfect may pursue the perfect, only that which is perfect can fully experience the perfect. In our attempts to resolve the conflict between the ideal and the practical, there is a tendency to blame each other for the failure to realize the ideal. But an attempt is made to solve the problem, but since the couple thinks that each is at fault for the degeneration of the ideal marriage, failing to realize that neither are at fault. So under the strain of trying to find a solution they begin to communicate, to share their thoughts with each other what they think has gone wrong.
When the communication is completed both have an idea of what the other was trying to communicate. Each gave advice, and each received advice. But in the final analysis, each has to make separate decisions as to what they thought was causing the problem. We are alone in that respect. No one can decide for us. Essentially what each of us is left with is an impression of the other's thoughts. Depending upon how influenced we are by each other determines what direction we pursue: To move apart or to move closer. In this case we are more or less directed by each other.
Now that we have accepted Jesus, Jesus in the form of the Spirit of Truth and his Father in the form of his spirit have come to live in our minds and souls, it only stands to reasons that we can communicate with these spirits just as they communicate with us. But there is a vast difference between spiritual communication and material communication, even though the object of both is the same. Spiritual communication exchange spiritual values; material communication exchange material values. Mind is the agency that extracts the meanings from both material values and spiritual values. The Spirit transmits ideals; the mind transmit ideas. While ideas are the property of the mind, ideals are the property of the spirit. Spirit exists prior to mind, and is therefore dominant over mind. Even though mind thinks, that is it manipulates ideas, mind also function to correlate spirit and matter.
Spirit does not directly control matter, but does so by directing mind which does. Though spirit exists prior to mind, it does the equivalent of thinking, and operates in the non material realm. Spirit is known by its quality and its direction. In us mind is striving to master the material while spirit is striving to master mind. Thus it is seen that even though mind may be necessary to manifest spirit in the human, spirit exists prior to all thinking. Spirit is able to imbue and influence certain kinds of thoughts with its quality. For example human love is a quality of our mind. This love is characterized by being bestowed on someone who returns this sentimental emotion, but this same sentimental emotion can turn into hate if long frustrated. However when this same love is spiritualized, it becomes unselfish in its bestowal, ever seeking to bestow itself where it is lacking, and once bestowed it never ceases regardless of its return. And the more it is frustrated, the more it increases it efforts. This kind of love is always victorious, not withstanding its sometimes eternal rejection.
The spirit communicates with the soul via values and divine ideals while it directs the soul ever Godward by spiritualizing its ideals, always directing it to behave in the moral and spiritual environment as the Father of spirits does through his Son, Jesus. These divine ideals appear in the spiritualized mind, and actually include truth, beauty, and goodness. As we pursues these communications between the spirit and the soul the meanings of which have appeared in our spiritualized minds, we are being spirit directed. And as we follow these spirit communication, we become more and more like the Father of spirit as displayed in his Son, Jesus.
This concludes today’s message on understanding the nature of spiritual communication. 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.