Greeting 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 truth of divine communication.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Truth of Divine Communication
Concerning the bearing of spiritual fruit, Jesus said, "If you abide in me, and my words abide in you,
you shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear
much fruit am the vine;" "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the
same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." John, Chapter 15 Verse 5 and
Brothers and sisters, in today's broadcast we examine the divine urges, desires, and prompting
thoughts that constitute divine communication with the Father through His Son, Jesus. Spiritual
urges are gentle but persistent forces that coax us to move towards the spiritual, to be perfect even
as the heavenly Father is perfect.
Human beings are created with many qualities and attributes. Some of these attributes and qualities,
particularly as they are used for spiritual exploration, are not very well understood. They are even
less used. But these spiritual attributes are given to us because, in addition to our human potential,
we also have a spiritual potential. And this spiritual potential can become actualized according to
our choices. Desires as opposed to urges are something that we want to do in a positive way.
Conversely urges push us to do something that we may not necessarily want to but need to do. Urges
appear regardless of desires, and desires can sometimes be associated with urges; that is, we can both
feel the need to do a thing as well as want to do it. The combination is a powerful force for unlocking
spiritual potentials. Prompting appears in the mind as a reminder. It is a spiritual admonition to take
heed, to act upon something that needs to be done or do something you have not done. It is a spiritual
In the problem of actualizing our spiritual natures, we have urges, desires, and prompts that come
into play. Some are the result of the spiritual aspects of our minds, and others appear in response to
the spiritual needs of our souls. Just as our physical selves have needs that must be met in order to
maintain its integrity, so must the spiritual aspects of ourselves be met in order to maintain its
spiritual integrity. The body must have nurture and nourishment, must have water, must eliminate
waste, and must have rest to recuperate depleted energies. And the moral aspects of humans must
have some kind of reminder when it strays away from the normal demands of duty, and this
prompting is recognized as conscience, the voice of the self. Now these vital functions are not left
to the conscious mind to stimulate but they happen as far as we can tell by the subconscious. That
is, when we are hungry and thirsty, we feel the urge to eat and drink. When we ignore our commonly
recognized duties, the voice of conscience remind us that we are straying. If we respond to these
urges, they subside; but if we ignore them, they become stronger until we satisfy them. When these
urges and prompts are ignored, they can become quite painful. After some experience, we learn to
satisfy these urges and prompts for our well-being.
Now in the spiritual arena, we also have urges, desires, and prompts. These appear in order to
maintain our spiritual integrity. But unlike the urges of human nature that emerge through the
subconscious, these qualities emerge from the super conscious via the soul into our minds. When
they appear in our minds they are compelling; even so, they are subject to our free will choices. They
are not so overpowering that they can’t be ignored, postponed, sublimated, channeled into other areas
of human endeavor. We can even eliminate them from our minds altogether, but there is a price for
doing so. "My spirit shall not always strive with man." When the spiritual urge is combined with
spiritual desire, and prompts are paid attention to, then great things happen. Effective cooperation
begins with the grand awesome plan of the heavenly Father, the plan of perfecting us spiritually as
Jesus demonstrated. The wholehearted response to these urges, desires, and prompts is the decision
to become perfect even as the heavenly Father is perfect.
Now what is the nature of these spiritual urges, desires, and prompts? Spiritual urges, desires, and
prompts are introduced into our minds by the Father's spirit. These unselfish urges foster unselfish
interest in others, the loving regard for others, the unselfish service of others, the command to love
our neighbor as ourselves. These unselfish urges, desires, and prompts to love our neighbors as
ourselves exists right alongside our selfish desires, and choosing to act on unselfish urges represent
the choice to do the Father's will. The Father's spirit "operates to place a slight preference upon the
altruistic impulse as leading to the goal of human happiness and to the joys of the kingdom of
heaven." These urges entreat the spiritual nature to do what is needed to comply with the merciful
mandate of the Father, to be perfect even as he is perfect, to become Godlike. When these urges are
embraced, it leads to the desire to do good to others.
Now spiritual desires are one notch higher on the ladder of spiritual admonition. These spiritual
desires are stimulated by the divine spirit, and it is a pleasurable promise that if satisfied these desire
will bring spiritual satisfaction, even as in the material realm. This desire to do good to others is
defined as divine love. This is a compelling desire and when embraced will lead to a change in
spiritual status, for it is by the action of the will of choosing not only right over wrong, but also in
choosing the privilege of loving our brothers and sisters. Since we are responding to a desire
stimulated in our minds by the divine spirit, the wholehearted embrace of this divine desire becomes
the assurance that we are in fact doing the Father's will. What the true son desires and the Father
In executing the divine will, the results are not immediately conscious to our material minds, unlike
the material aspect of executing the human will where we see the immediate results of making a
decision. Though the decision to quit a job or to take a vacation are immediate in their consequences,
even though some material decisions take a longer time to actualize, we still know that we have
made an effective decision. The making of a spiritual decision involves faith and trust to know that
not only has the decision been made but that the decision is effective in converting potential spiritual
potentials into actuality. And while we may not be self conscious of the ramification of choosing the
divine will, we are conscious of our desire to do the divine will.
When the desire to obey the Father's will has been complied with, when cooperation is a fact, very
often the divine spirit is able to prompt our minds to engage in spiritual activity. This may be in the
form of the prompt to worship, to respond to the spiritual needs of a brother or sister, or simply as
a revelation of new truth meanings. The divine spirit stimulates the mind to think such thoughts.
While the prompting of conscience urges us to do what is humanly conceived to be right, divine
prompting tells us to do what is divinely right: always to be loving, patient, merciful, and forgiving.
And it is this prompting that becomes the basis for conscious communication; however, we must
remember the divine spirit must use our minds for such communication. Thus his communication
with us must be judged by the criteria of truth, beauty and goodness, and most of all by divine love.
When the divine spirit prompts us using our minds, we can respond to the prompting in our minds;
we can literally have a thought exchange between the divine spirit and our conscious minds. By
doing so, we demonstrate two-way communications. But in a larger sense, all of the spiritual urges,
desires, and prompting when responded to consist in communication with the divine spirit. These
responses constitute the reality of the truth of communication with the Father's spirit.
This concludes today's message on understanding meaning of the truth of divine 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.