I will tell you there is no doubt you can be raised up in God, and the more you give yourself to Him the more He will raise you up.
This raising up is within and can never be seen by man or woman, because it is the secret raising of the soul towards heaven, which is eternity.
Herein lie no untruths. It is the place of the soul which abides, not the living flesh which struggles.
Have a steadfast faith first in God and His great mercy, and remember to give thanks and praise at all times and for all things. You’ll be tempted; but abandon life for God and all life will flow back to you a thousandfold.
If your inner work is weak and poor, it’s because you work not in God and for God, but in yourself and for yourself. Come to know the difference and see it; be clear on it. You must stop working for yourself, for these thoughts of yourself. All of it pushes God away; and because of His consideration, love, and kindness, He never stays where He is not wanted. Understand this.
Heaven imparts its strength to those who bring nothing past the threshold. In this way, all works can become great in Being, as I am shorn from my desire for anything but God.
One can dwell here in eternity without assuming anything; for God’s will is done here.
Lee van Laer is a Senior Editor at Parabola Magazine.