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The capacity of my soul, the power of my life.

Posted by appolus on June 17, 2016

I have a capacity in my soul for taking in God entirely. I am as sure as I live that nothing is so near to me as God. God is nearer to me than I am to myself; my existence depends on the nearness and the presence of God. … Meister Eckhart (1260?-1327?),

Brothers and sisters can we say what brother Meister is saying? You see when he said it? Somewhere back in the late 1200s. No matter when in the last 2000 years, the presence of God has always been of the utmost importance to the saints. He is saying that his very existence depends upon the nearness and the presence of God. Now he is not talking about his physical existence, although we know that God holds everything that exists in the palm of His hand and without Him nothing would exist or survive for He is the very fabric of the universe, He spoke it into existence and it exists and is sustained solely because of Him.

No, he is talking about his existence as a child of God. Our capacity to walk through this world as a spiritual child of God depends entirely upon the nearness and the manifest presence of the living God flowing through our lives every moment of every day. Outside of this awareness, outside of His nearness to us then we are simply like other men walking through this world. If we are to walk through this world in the Kingdom of God we must know and understand and be taken by the presence of God. We must see God in our lives on a daily basis. He must be with us as we walk out the door in the morning, He must be with us on our way to work and as we interact with people on the way to work. He must be with us throughout the day. He must be with us in the midst of our family and friends and our circles of influence. He must be our first thought when we awake in the morning and our last thought as we lay our heads down upon our pillows.

This is what it means to walk in the Spirit. To walk in the awareness of God’s nearness. He is so near that He fills up our very souls. He is inside of us, He is beside us, He is above us and below us. He goes ahead of us and He is behind us watching our backs. He is all in all and to walk with any meaningful power to manifest Him to others, we must be consumed by our God and know, not in our heads but in our hearts, that He is indeed everywhere. It is the fact the He is indeed everywhere, and that we know this in our hearts, that creates a unique all-consuming intimacy. This is the power of God on our lives……bro Frank

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
(Eph 3:17-19)

3 Responses to “The capacity of my soul, the power of my life.”

  1. Becky J. said

    Oh, Frank! This.is.GOOD!

    This was especially telling: “a unique all-consuming intimacy.”

    Thank you!

  2. I fear for people today, especially for those professing to be Christian. Most of what they have been taught is so superficial and lacking that they don’t even recognize their dire need to be entirely and consistently dependent upon God for everything. They seek Him for all the wrong reasons, not even knowing that He truly desires to meet their every need if they would simply allow Him.

    There is a reason the scriptures read such;

    “But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called ‘Today,’ so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”

    Sadly, our institutional paradigms rarely allow for such fellowship. American individualistic pursuits add to the problem. We’re simply so caught up in everything but Jesus most have never even experienced the many promises of God like joy unspeakable and full of glory. All this, and yet a greater danger lurks.

    Sin deceives. It convinces us Jesus fulfills one part of our lives- that if we simply do A, B or C, that God will take care of the rest. That serving church is equivalent to serving God and that because no one can be perfect, that means God command to be perfect no longer applies. We live for anything that pleases us, and often for the lowest common spiritual denominator we can find so we can justify ourselves. Slowly, but surely, what used to convict us no longer does, the most major offenses only a prick we easily dispose of.

    I’m sure you have seen the reality of what I am speaking above. One by one they fall away, if not entirely into rebellion, so far off track you know their not coming back. The more I see this the more I wonder, why am I still walking in the way? What makes this insignificant little twig continuously desirous of spiritual things and the highest of standards?

    Christianity is the faith once delivered. Is does comprise truth, truth having originated from a Person and transferred to people. But is knowing truth enough or is walking in the truth an absolute necessity?

    I think all Christians would agree that we are either progressing or regressing spiritually. That neutrality is not an option, but rather a death sentence. Christians are sojourners, we are walking, moving, ever increasing in the knowledge of God and in faith and in dependence. It is these people, who see their union with God as a journey and with a final destination that truly experience God along the way.

    Just as in any friendship. I can only trust another to the degree that I know them. This knowing takes initiative, I must cultivate the friendship. But unlike other friendships, our union with Christ is unique in so many ways, in so many blessed ways that the longer we cultivate it the more we desire it- and the more that we desire it the more we realize we can’t live without it (without Him).

    For me, my failures made me become dependent upon God and I’m grateful for them and Him. But more than that, knowing Him is loving Him, and I want to make the most of the opportunity He’s given me. That opportunity is summed up as follows:

    Hope is in Him:

    “Jesus has presented Himself to humanity as the solution to all mankind will ever need and desire. Not what Jesus can do, but Jesus Christ Himself.

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