Experiencing the depth of jesus christ pdf. These excerpts from Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ by Jeanne Guyon will guide and inspire your meditation. Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ was written in by a French mystic Madame Guyon. She teaches how one can seek and. One of the most influential spiritual books ever penned, even secular historians acknowledge the great impact Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ has had.

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Her method of a deep practice of knowing God, and allowing Him space to work in your life is incredibly simple and manageable for a While reading this chrit rich guide, several times I had to stop and ponder how a woman in the s could have written this without today’s university education, formal Bible study, or guidance from other teachers. You plunge deeply within to remove its deepest nectar. When at any time the passions are turbulent, a gentle retreat inwards to a present God, easily deadens them; any other way of opposing rather irritates than appeases them.

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I think my version is a different publication, but probably the same text. Would you go to God, follow this sweet and simple path, and you will arrive at the desired object, with an ease and expedition that will amaze you.

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To unite two things so opposite as the purity of God and the impurity of the creature, the simplicity of God and the multiplicity of man, much more is requisite than the efforts of the creature.

The whole is submitted to the judgment of the learned and experienced; requesting them, however, not to stop at the surface, but to enter into the main design of the author, which is to induce the whole world to love God, and to serve Him with comfort and success, in a simple and easy manner, adapted to those little ones who are unqualified for learned and deep researches, but who earnestly desire to be truly devoted to God.

Lists with This Book. Email required Address never made public. They think of nought save how they may please their Beloved; and they begin to neglect and forget jesux and as their love to God increases, so do self-detestation and chrisst of the creature.

When the soul is once turned toward God, it finds a wonderful facility in continuing steadfast in conversion; and the longer it remains thus converted, the nearer it approaches and the more firmly it adheres to God; and the nearer it draws to Him, it is of necessity the farther removed from the creature, which is so contrary to Him; so that it is so effectually established in conversion, that the state becomes habitual, and as it were natural.

It was written with a desire that you might wholly devote yourself to God; receive it then with a like desire: When the soul has been for some time exercised in the way I have mentioned, it gradually finds that it is enabled to approach God with facility; that recollection is attended with much less gguyon, and that prayer becomes easy, sweet, and delightful: You are commenting using your WordPress.


I got lost sometimes on what exactly she means, Reading this for a cohort I am part of.

Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ

It is a small matter to be devout and recollected for an hour or half hour, if the unction and spirit of prayer do not continue with us during the whole day. I would not be understood chrrist speak of the preparations necessary for ordinances, but of the most perfect interior disposition in which they can be received.

T HOUGH God has no other desire than to impart Himself to the loving soul that seeks Him, yet He frequently conceals Himself from it, that it may be roused from sloth, and experiencinf to seek Him with fidelity and love. Go then to prayer, not desiring to enjoy spiritual delights, but to be just as it pleases God; this will preserve your spirit tranquil in aridities as well as in consolation, and prevent your being surprised at the apparent repulses or absence of God.

Much like other books I’ve read by saints and Christian mystics, the latter portions of their journey always seem to lose me. Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ Library of Spiritual Classics, Volume 2 by Jeanne Guyon One of the most influential spiritual books ever penned, even secular historians acknowledge the great impact Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ has had in Christian history. We must cease to exist in self, in order that the Spirit of the Eternal Word may exist in us: The same may be said of this species of prayer, that is said of wisdom: Your life will never be the same.

It is proper here to caution beginners against wandering from truth to experiecning, and from subject to subject; the right way to penetrate every divine truth, to enjoy its full relish, and to imprint it on the heart, is to dwell upon it whilst its savor continues. We must, therefore, forsake our multifarious activity, to enter into the simplicity and unity of God, in whose image we were originally formed.

Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de la Motte Guyon

We do not, then, say, as some have supposed, that there is no need of activity ; since, on the contrary, it is the gate; at which, however, we should not always tarrysince we ought to tend towards ultimate perfection, which is impracticable except the first helps are laid aside; for however necessary they may ot been at the entrance of the road, they afterwards become greatly detrimental to those who adhere to them obstinately, preventing them from ever attaining the end.

But the spirit being unstable, and the soul accustomed to turn to dxperiencing objects, it is easily distracted. What, then, does God do? At these seasons we are apt to believe that it proves our fidelity, and evinces a greater ardor of affection to seek Him by an exertion of our own strength and activity; or that such a course will induce Him the more speedily to revisit us. I T is impossible to attain Divine Union, solely by the way of meditation, or of the affections, or by any devotion, no matter how illuminated.


The method they should practice is this: What progress do they not now secure, without the least fatigue!

If during my application to God, I should form a will to change the nature of my act, I should thereby withdraw myself from God and turn to created objects, and that in a greater or less degree according to the strength of the act: I struggled to consistently implement the suggested practices of the book, such as “praying the Jesuw or waiting for the presence of God in meditation.

Not recommended for non-believers. This is just what is done every day. First, as soon as the soul by faith places itself in the presence of God, jexnne becomes recollected before Him, let it remain thus for a little time in respectful silence. Paul would have us led by the Spirit of God. It needs only a little courage and perseverance; we have enough of both in our temporal concerns, but none at all in the one thing needful, Luke x.

The business of those tbe are advanced to the degree of which we now treat, is to lay their whole souls open before God, who will not fail to enlighten them, and enable them to see the peculiar nature of their faults.

All our care should therefore be directed towards acquiring the greatest degree of inward recollection; nor should we be discouraged by the difficulties we encounter in this exercise, which will soon be recompensed on the part of God, by such abundant supplies of grace, as will render it perfectly easy, provided we are faithful in meekly withdrawing our hearts from outward distractions and occupations, and returning to our centre, with affections full of tenderness and serenity.

Repose, tranquility, and peace.

Since then none can attain this end by their own labor, we do not pretend to introduce any into it, but only to point out the way that leads to it: Oct 29, Alison Stegert rated it really liked it Shelves: I got lost sometimes on what exactly she means, but overall the disciplines of silence, meditation and listening the Lords voice instead of all the talking we do in prayer were good challenges and reminders for me in helping my prayer life.