Rather than focusing inward to know ourselves, we focus inward, where our spirit is, to know God. Introspection is paying attention to our self, our soul, whereas acknowledging and experiencing His Personal Presence is paying attention to God. As we focus our attention internally on Him, we may or may not notice what activity we are participating in in the natural realm. In this way we can carry on daily activities and still maintain soul-spirit communion with God. This experience of living out of the spirit is something that is better experienced for yourself; it’s better “felt” than “telt”! But once you experience it, you’ll never be fooled by imitations.
God’s Personal Presence is Objective
As we become more and more aware of our spirit nature, our soul is brought into submission to our spirit and we become less and less reliant on our emotions, understanding and actions to confirm that we are in relationship with God. We have not been this way before, and though we can encourage one another along the way, each of us develops a unique relationship with God that may or may not be able to be confirmed by a response in the soul. In other words, we may not “feel” any closer to God, or “understand” or learn more about Him, and He may not change our outward activities as part of our resting in His Presence. Nevertheless, we know that since knowing us is His idea, He is both drawing us to Him and removing barriers according to schedule.
God’s Personal Presence Provides Perspective
The more we know God, the more we see things from His grace-oriented perspective. We learn to accept Him, ourselves and others unconditionally as we experience His love, acceptance and honor of others. We also gain appreciation for His way of doing things. Though we may not understand our circumstances, as we gain His perspective we can at least endure them in rest.
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