The following two passages are living for me right now. Part of the transition out of the soul realm is ceasing to think in terms of how God is going to meet us, or speak to us, or do something He is not doing right now. In days past, meetings with God came this way. We would go through periods of dryness followed by periods of blessing and fruitfulness. I have painfully noticed that the dryness now becomes a permanent way of life unless we transition into a higher realm. This higher realm is expressed in the following passages.
10 if you obey the LORD your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law, if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and soul.
11 ¶ “For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach.
12 “It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’
13 “Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’
14 “But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.
5 For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall live by that righteousness.
6 But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows: “DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, ‘WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN?’ (that is, to bring Christ down),
7 or ‘WHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE ABYSS?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).”
8 But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,
Notice how Paul takes what was written in the Old Testament and brings it right into a present manifestation. This is true for all the Scriptures. The Scriptures must be alive to us, a living word revealing a present Christ.
No matter how we feel, no matter the circumstances, no matter how far away God may seem, the word is in our hearts. If we are giving ourselves to a living word, then God is only as far away as the word is in us. We are to draw upon that word, rehearse it, just as the Israelites were taught to meditate on the Law, writing it upon frontals across their foreheads and upon their wrists. This is a faith endeavor. This is how the word comes to fruition and maturity in us. This transcends the soul realm because we are not dependent upon our emotions and feelings to walk with God. It is in our spirits that the word perpetually abides. As we do this we become as Psalm 1 describes.
1 ¶ How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.