Start your review of Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ Write a review Shelves: favorites As a believer we should all be learning from the scripture on how to go deeper in the depths of Jesus Christ, Madame Guyon has tapped into this reality through simple and practical steps. As she puts it, "We have all been called to the depths of Christ just as surely as we have been called to salvation. The impact of this book has affected many saints of old and new and these writings completely shook the Roman As a believer we should all be learning from the scripture on how to go deeper in the depths of Jesus Christ, Madame Guyon has tapped into this reality through simple and practical steps. The impact of this book has affected many saints of old and new and these writings completely shook the Roman Catholic Church. Some called her a heretic for these writings, for which she was imprisoned for; others handed out as many copies as they could which in turn affected entire towns. She starts with the very easy and practical way of prayer reading the scripture, to pure abandonment after Him, "By withdrawing from outward objects, you will constantly draw nearer to God.
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These are some of the most helpful and winsome words ever written on the subject of meditating on Scripture. Jeanne Guyon was a French woman, widowed at the age of 28 after an unhappy marriage. Her words inspire beginners and the mature alike to devote themselves wholly to loving and serving the Lord Jesus Christ. She shows us the way to become like the Psalm 1 Man who meditates on the words of God and is enabled to bear much fruit.
Read slowly. Pray deeply. And take heart for Christ! You can purchase book from Amazon at their best price and have a portion of the sale will go back to Soul Shepherding: Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ. It is one of the all time greatest Classics of Christian Devotion.
Here are some of her words that are especially inspiring… Come! Drink the Living Waters of Christ My purpose is to induce the whole world to love God and to serve Him in a way that is easier and simpler than any could imagine. I invite the simple and the child-like to approach their Father. We would no longer seek our own selfish desires.
We would not be so quickly discouraged from pursuing what He is so longing to give us. We have all been called to the depths of Christ just as surely as we have been called to salvation. Actually, it is very simple. It is only the turning and yielding of your heart to the Lord. It is the expression of love within your heart for Him. I give you an invitation: If you are thirsty, come to the living waters. Do not waste your precious time digging wells that have no water in them.
If you are starving and can find nothing to satisfy your hunger, then come. Come, and you will be filled. You who are weighted down with your load of wretchedness and your load of pain, come. Dear child of God, your Father has His arms of love open wide to you. Throw yourself into His arms. You who have strayed and wandered away as sheep, return to your Shepherd.
You who are sinners, come to your Savior. Jesus Christ has called us all. Do not come if you have no heart. You see, before you come, there is one thing you must do: You must first give your heart to the Lord. How then will you come to the Lord to know Him in such a deep way? Oh yes, there is one thing to be concerned about.
Selfish desires can cause this prayer to cease. But even here there is encouragement, for once you have enjoyed your Lord and tasted the sweetness of His love, you will find that even your selfish desires no longer hold any power. You will find it impossible to have pleasure in anything except Him. I realize that some of you may feel that you are very slow, that you have a poor understanding, and that you are very unspiritual. Dear reader, there is nothing in this universe that is easier to obtain than the enjoyment of Jesus Christ!
Your Lord is more present to you than you are to yourself! How then do you begin? You need only one thing. You ned only to know how to seek Him. You will discover that this way to God is more natural and easier than taking a breath.
I would like to address you as though you were a beginner in Christ, one seeking to know Him. Turn to the Scripture. Be careful as you read.
Take in fully, gently and carefully what you are reading. Taste it and digest it as you read. In the past it may have been your habit, while reading, to move very quickly from one verse of Scripture to another until you had read the whole passage. Perhaps you were seeking to find the main point of the passage. If you read quickly, it will benefit you little.
You will be like a bee that merely skims the surface of a flower. You plunge deeply within to remove its deepest nectar. Of course, there is a kind of reading the Scripture for scholarship and for study — but not here. To receive any deep, inward profit from the Scripture, you must read as I have described.
Plunge into the very depths of the words you read until revelation, like a sweet aroma, breaks out upon you. I am quite sure that if you will follow this course, little by little you will come to experience a very rich prayer that flows from your inward being. In this path, therefore, the content of the Scripture is the focal point of your attention. The way to do this is really quite simple.
First, read a passage of Scripture. The pause should be quite gentle. You have paused so that you may set your mind on the Spirit. The Scripture has served its purpose; it has quieted your mind; it has brought you to Him. Now, waiting before Him, turn all your attention toward your spirit.
Do not allow your mind to wander. If your mind begins to wander, just turn your attention back to the inward parts of your being. Remember, the Lord once promised to come and make His home within you John Out of a love for the Lord you exert your will to hold your mind quiet before Him.
When you have come to this state, you must allow your mind to rest. How shall I describe what to do next? This is like enjoying the flavor of a very tasty food. In this quiet, peaceful state, simply take in what is there as nourishment. The awareness of His presence will eventually begin to decrease. When this happens, utter some words of love to the Lord or simply call on His name.
Do this quietly and gently with a believing heart. In so doing, you will once again be brought back to the sweetness of His presence! If you pay attention to what you are thinking, you will only irritate your mind and stir it up more. Through many years of habit your mind has acquired the ability to wander all over the world, just as it pleases; so what I speak of here is something that is to serve as a discipline to your mind. Be assured that as your soul becomes more accustomed to withdrawing to inward things, this process will become much easier.
There are two reasons that you will find it easier to each time to bring your mind under subjection to the Lord. One is that the mind, after much practice, will form a new habit of turning deep within. The second is that you have a gracious Lord! The Lord gives you the experience of enjoying His presence. He touches you, and His touch is so delightful that, more than ever, you are drawn inwardly to Him. Excerpts are taken from portions of the preface, chapters 1, 2, and 4 and include minor editing and rearranging.
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