August 17, 2009
Julian Meditations

August, 2009

Living Indoors

by Jeanne Guyon

THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY to conquer your five senses, and that is by "living indoors": by turning your soul completely inward to your spirit, there to possess a present God.

Your soul must turn all of its attention and energies within, not without! Within to Christ, not without to the senses. When your soul is turned within, it actually becomes separated from your external senses; and once your five senses are separated from your soul, they receive no more attention. Their life is cut off! They become powerless.

Your main concern, therefore, is with the presence of Jesus Christ, with dwelling continually upon the God who is within you.

What, then, is required of you? All you need to do is remain steadfast in giving your utmost attention to God. He will do all things perfectly.

The truth is, not everyone is capable of severe outward self-denial, but everyone is capable of turning within and abandoning himself wholly to God.

From Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, by Jeanne Guyon, edited by Gene Edwards (Auburn, ME: Seed Sowers/Christian Books, 1975).