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. This morning we seek to understand the meaning of the reality of spiritual communication.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Realization of Spiritual Communication
"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto
you. Herein is my Father glorified that ye bear much fruit" John, Chapter 15, Verses 7 and 8.
Brothers and sisters, in today's broadcast we shall examine spiritual communication. We shall show
that the faith acceptance of divine sonship and thus the privilege of representing the Father through
His Son, Jesus inherently involves communication, though ultimately not in the sense that we are
familiar. We must remember that the Father is spiritual, and thus his communications with us must
be spiritual. That being said, there is still communication that must take place in order to represent
the Father. There must be some way of receiving instructions from the Father and some way of
communicating our understanding of those instructions.
Our relationship with God is a relationship of Father and child. And this relationship is ideal. We
must keep this in mind as we begin this practice of communicating with the Father. When a child
is very young, the communications are very primitive. In fact the human baby can only communicate
his needs by crying. This crying is variously understood by his mother, and the infant's needs are met.
A infants child's needs are very simple: food and water; sleep, clean diaper. And sometimes just the
need to be held, to be as it were in the intimate presence of its mother.
As spiritual children starting out, our petitions are also very primitive in their expressions, but the
heavenly Father understands them and responds accordingly. And the needs of the young soul are
simple: spiritual food, water, and rest, and sometimes just the need to be held, to be in the intimate
presence of his Father. We start out communicating with the Father with verbal or thought
communications. Sometimes we use a combination of both, as a child talking to his Father. The
communication may precede somewhat in this fashion: "Good morning, Father," and the Father
replies, "Good morning, son." Now we must keep in mind that this is primitive communication,
made amidst the noise of other thoughts and desires in the material mind. We must have some means
of deciphering the answer, as the Father answer us back. Now remember the Father must use our
minds to answer us back, so that the thoughts that we receive cannot be identified by any special
mechanism of the mind that says this is the Father speaking. But there is a way to identify the
There are several phases that we go through in deciphering our Father's thoughts. First, we must
recognize the nature of a Father-child relationship. When we say ““Father,”” we are speaking in
terms of the highest possible concept that we can visualize. When we wish our Father good morning,
the reply we expect is a Fatherly response. An ideal Father might say, "Good morning, son." There
are many ways for the Father to return the greeting to his child since the Father is infinite and no
limitations can be placed upon the way that he responds. But all the responses mean the same thing
to the child. Each relationship with the Father is unique and different, tailored to the specific needs
of the child.
The Father’s response is now subjected to a second critical phase. We must subject the greeting to
our highest level of understanding and wisdom and judge whether the greeting is true, beautiful, and
good. If the greeting passes this test, we can be assured as humanly possible that this greeting came
from the Father through His Son, Jesus. Having moved from the fact of communication, we now
move to the meaning of the communication.
What does it mean when we say "Good morning” to the Father and his reply is similar? At the very
least, this kind of communication means that the Father wishes us well, and the meaning of the word,
son, carries many positive connotations among which is His concern for our spiritual welfare,
growth, and development. It also means that we have a bonafide relationship, a continuing
relationship, and that not only can we exchange spiritual greetings, but we can exchange a variety
of spiritual information. Some of this information we share with the Father has to do with unrealistic
wishes and desires; other exchanges of information are purely selfish and materialistic. (To avoid
making requests that cannot be answered, it is helpful to remember that the Father is spiritual, and
his primary purpose is to guide and direct us through the infancy, childhood, and adolescent stages
of our lives so that we emerge into full adulthood competent and willing to represent him to our
brothers and sisters.) And throughout all of this exchange of communication is the overshadowing
of the Father's love and mercy.
As we continue to grow and develop, we recognize that we are becoming like our Father---we
recognize some traits that we have and are acquiring are reflective of His character. When we
recognize this achievement, our communications change from a selfish nature to an unselfish nature.
We ask for those qualities that help us to more perfectly represent him to others. We begin asking
for understanding, wisdom, moral stamina, insight, and patience. We move to recognizing the
spiritual need in our brothers and sisters whom we are in intimate contact with and begin asking the
Father to help us supply their spiritual needs. As we continue to communicate with our Father, we
soon begin to recognize that our unselfish petitions for our brothers and sisters are being answered
through us, and we enter the phase of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a form of communication, as
is worship. Worship is the practice of acquiring divine values. It is the exchange of values. We
exchange our values for the values of the Father, and this is the highest form of communication.
Our petitions have now moved from the fact of communication to the meanings of those
communication which usher in thanksgiving, and to the appreciation of the value of those
communications which culminate in true worship. Now we see that all of these levels represent
communication with the divine spirit because we understand and are understood in the
We are representatives of the Father through his Son Jesus. It is Jesus’’ Spirit of Truth that allows
us to identify those thoughts that originate from the Father. It is this spirit that allows us to discern
whether a thought is true, beautiful and good. In the business of representing the Father, we are
confronted with many brothers and sisters of various temperaments and levels of development. It
then becomes obvious that the revelation of the Father to them must be in some way suited to their
comprehension, and thus the need for the Father to communicate to us the particular value that
represent him to them. This impartation of this value is the communication that we acknowledge
recognition of when we transmit it to some brother or sister.
To this one, we may communicate the value of listening; to another we may display the value of
knowledge to the hungry mind, eager soul, and apt pupil who craves the philosophical meanings of
the values of truth, beauty, and goodness. Still to another brother or sister who has been burnt by the
harsh sun of evil, we apply the healing and soothing balm of love and mercy, demonstrating that the
Father really exists and truly cares. As we continue to represent him, we move from the fact of
communication, to the meaning of communication, to the value of communication, the most joyous
and pleasurably satisfying experience ever known to created beings. We have no further need of
word or thought petitions because our minds our filled with ever-increasing insights that demonstrate
perfectly that the Father is cognizant of our need for truth, beauty, and goodness. As we grasps these
insights we recognize the reality of communing with the divine spirit. The fruit of the spirit shines
brightly through our souls.
his concludes today's message on understanding the meaning of the reality 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.