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 silent voice.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Silent Voice
Jesus said, "If a man love me, he will keep my word: 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 examine the Silent Voice. We know that the Father
speaks to our souls as a still small voice. Our concept of communication tends to follow the lines of
verbal (audible) communication. But we know that even in our material lives, we communicate non-
verbally all the time. And while this type of communication is not usually recognized as
authoritative, it does send and receive powerful information. We are all familiar with a person who
is angry or sad. No words need not transmit the meanings of these states. They are self evident. That
is, they are so familiar that words are superfluous. Although the words may describe the reason for
the anger or the sadness or the depth of it, the basic communication of this emotional state can stand
Likewise, the person who is joyous or glad also needs no verbal words to communicate this state.
The only thing that is required is for us to enter their presence and immediately this joyous or glad
state is communicated to us. And likewise while verbal words may give the reason for the happy
state, the basic communication of this state stands without words. We also use body language to
communicate. Arms and legs that are folded may signify that the person is closed and is not to be
tampered with. These material communications add and amplify the quality of our verbal
So it is not surprising that the heavenly Father, who is spiritual, and relates to us internally and not
to the outward manifestations of that inward basic reality where we live uses non verbal
communication. Interacting with the spiritual aspects of ourselves, words are of no values because
they exist at the mind level, and the Father interacts with us at the spiritual level, the level of our
soul. But this does not mean the Father cannot utilize mind to effect His will, for indeed it is through
the mind that the Father makes contact with the outside world. The Father can stimulate thoughts
in our minds, can even speak through them. But the basic urges, leadings, desires, values, and
meanings of the Father are transmitted to the soul without words. And when we communicate with
the Father, we communicate the same way, despite the fact that oftentimes our prayers takes the
verbal form. It is the Father’’s spirit that transmits the desires, urges, and thoughts of the soul to the
Father, "for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh
intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth
what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of
God." This speaking to the soul by the Father is aptly termed the Voice of Silence.
As we pray to the heavenly Father, to the degree that our prayers reflect our inner desires and are
consistent with His will does the divine spirit transmute our prayers into spiritual values and transmit
them to the heavenly Father. The Father speaks to the soul through the values of truth, beauty, and
goodness of his love. The mind converts these values into mind meanings, allowing us to
intelligently discuss and to display them to the outside world. And we know that this communication
is accurate because the soul is sustained and grows under this stimulating nourishment of the Father.
The soul knows this Silent Voice because the Father’’s spirit and the Son’’s spirit live in our minds
and souls, constantly communicating with us.
To understand the Silent Voice more fully, we will need to explain in more detail by what we mean
when we use the word "know." This word is defined as a sense of familiarity with a thing, person,
or subject matter. In the Old Testament, when a man had sexual relationships with a woman, the act
was referred to as ““knowing her””. And this is true because the act conferred knowledge of a
different kind of relationship that had not existed prior thereto. This act often resulted an offspring;
thus knowing a woman took on new meaning. It also implies knowledge of a person’’s character,
a knowledge of sufficient extent to know how a person will most likely behave in their interactions
with others in a given circumstance. While we may intellectually understand another person by
reading about him, say in his biography, true, first-hand knowledge is to be had only by interacting
with that person.
And thus we come to the Silent Voice, that small still voice that speaks to the soul. Now we have
used material and intellectual analogies to help us grasp the spiritual concept of the Father
communicating with the soul. But the same principle applies. If we can know a person by just
interacting with him daily, how much more can we know the heavenly Father, who is intimately
associated with our souls? The Father literally pervades our souls so we cannot help knowing him
since he is a part of us. And since the Father is so closely associated with us even in the life in the
flesh, He knows us and we can know Him. We can enjoy his spiritual ministry as he speaks to our
souls in the form of spiritual values and to our minds in the form of divine meanings.
The Silent Voice is constantly revealing the Father’’s nature, and we know that this is true because
of the way that soul responds with faith, trust, hope, and an overriding sense of security even in the
most difficult circumstances. The soul always responds that "God is good." But the greatest of the
messages that the Silent Voice sends is the message of love. This love is the "all in all," the absolute
basis of the Father’’s relationship with us. The truth that the Father loves us guarantees that we are
precious in his sight and that he is only activated by concern for our eternal well being. "Behold what
manner of love God hath for us that we should be called the sons of God.”” It is this merciful love
that propels us on in the face of overwhelming difficulty.
Though the Silent Voice is described as silent--not audible to the material senses--it is not silent
when it speaks to the soul of man. It shouts (reveals) its messages of love and mercy to the soul, and
the soul responds by crying that God is good and also true and beautiful. The Silent Voice has no
need of verbal words to communicate with the soul, since it is lives within the soul, and the soul, as
it were, sups whenever it feels the need and is perfectly understood and cared for.
This concludes today's message on understanding the silent voice. 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.