September 19th, 1920
Received by James Padgett.
I am here, Jesus. Let me say a few words tonight
as I see that you were disappointed in the sermon that the preacher
Well, you must not be so disappointed because he knows only that
which he could deduce from the teachings of the Bible and while
what he said was true, yet it is not all of the truth for he discussed
only one of the attributes of God and that is the loving care that
he has for and exercises over the children of earth. To most men
this view of God is satisfactory and give them much comfort and
assurance in the security that arises from the knowledge that there
is such a loving and caring Father; and to these men this assurance
is of wonderful blessedness and comfort, and it is well that men
can have this conception of God - a Father who is always solicitous
for their happiness and welfare and to whom they can pray in the
faith that he will hear and answer their prayers.
But as we have written you
before, the things that men generally pray for and expect to
receive in response thereto, are not the things that God in his
own personality bestows upon men in answer to such prayers. His
great gift is His Divine Love, and these things of the material
- or earthly in themselves - he leaves to his ministering spirits
to bestow, or, in other words, He delegates His angels to so come
into contact with and influence the souls of men that they may feel
that their prayers have been answered, as they have.
The preacher's conception of God does not extend beyond these attributes
that in themselves are sufficient to answer men's wants and make
them better and happier. I will come soon and write you of God's
attributes, and hope that you will get in condition that I may make
the necessary rapport.
It has been some time since I have written you of these higher
truths that are so important to men, and regret that such is the
fact, but now that you have had your vacation, and feel that you
are willing and anxious that our communications be resumed, I will
try to assist you in getting in that condition of soul that will
enable the messages to be written you. But as you know, much depends
upon yourself and you must try with all the energies of your soul
to obtain a greater inflowing of the Father's Love, for only from
it can come the condition that is necessary. Pray more and think
deeply of the spiritual truths that have already been written you,
and we will come together in closer communion and be able to give
and you receive the messages.
I am glad that you have thought more of these things during the
past few days, and hope that your thoughts will continue and that
your longings will flow more to the Father. You cannot now appreciate
the necessity for this condition, and if you could, I know you would
give all your thoughts and longings and energy to the accomplishment
of the work.
Well, I will not write more tonight, but will be with you and pray
with you and try to influence you in the efforts to perform the
mission that has been given you. Have more faith and believe that
you will succeed and you will not be disappointed.
Your brother and friend,
Note. This is the very last message received
by James Padgett from Jesus, according to the Tablet.
However it appears there are later messages.
This message is a composite of two, being published
in Volume III on page 89 and Volume IV on page 159. For more details
see this page.