Pinecrest Bible Training Center

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.-

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Winter 1986
The Year Before Us
-Wade E. Taylor

According to the calendar, a new year recently began to tick away, and will be gone all too quickly. I often explain to the Lord that He has much more "time" than I do, and that the things which I desire to do in life must be done in this new year, or else it will be too late.

I probably said this very thing to the Lord a year ago. I am not sure that I feel any closer to their attainment now, than I did then, but I do feel a greater sense of urgency at this time, than at any time in the past.

As I look back over the year recently completed, and at the successes and the failures in my life, a Scripture comes to mind. "But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ" Phil 3:7. The "things that were gain"; such as, getting caught up in the pressures of life, and gaining a victory over them; the progress I made towards security; or, the things that I felt I must have, and came to possess. Unless these are placed in His hand, and are submitted to His higher purpose for my life, they are of no eternal value.

There are drives within all of us, towards things that are less than what the Lord would have for us. These "drives" must be lifted up to a higher dimension in the Lord. "But indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ" Phil 3:8 NKJ.

Now, Paul's view of life is in the right perspective and he is ready to face the future. He can present his desire to the Lord: "That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected" Phil 3:10-12a NKJ.

The experience of this "resurrection" that Paul spoke of, is my desire for the new year that is before me. This speaks of an "out resurrection from among the living dead". That is, a deliverance from going through life with out a vision or hope, but merely existing. The Apostle Paul cried out to be delivered from this kind of existence.

The next verses beautifully express the inner cry of my being, as no other passage of Scripture: "But I follow after, if that I MAY APPREHEND THAT FOR WHICH ALSO I AM APPREHENDED of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, FORGETTING those things which are behind and REACHING FORTH unto those things which are before, I PRESS TOWARDS the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" Phil 3:12b- 14.

This is a New Year's message, "Forgetting those things which are behind", such as last years failures. I am not to strive, nor condemn myself, but rather, "FORGET". I am to set all these things aside. I can do this, as the Lord enables me.

"I press towards the mark". I will establish this as my goal for this new year. I well understand that I can not do this within myself. The world knows this also, and makes a joke about New Year's resolutions and our inability to keep them.

But, there is another verse that is to be added to this, that they do not understand: "Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. There is no searching of His understanding. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk, and not faint" Isaiah 40:28-31 NKJ.

There is an impartation to me of "enabling power for life" as I wait on the Lord. This waiting is not passive, it is not waiting for the Lord to do something. Rather, it is an active entering into His presence. "They that wait". These are the ones that receive. When the battery in my car goes dead, I do not just wait for it to somehow charge up. No, I get a charger and connect it to the two terminals on the battery, then turn on the power and "wait" as the charge goes in.

I have two hands, or terminals. "Those who wait" means that I get these terminals connected to divine power. Just as the charge does not go into the battery, unless there is a direct connection to the "charger", my strength is not renewed until I get the terminals (my hands), up before the Lord and begin to wait actively on Him. Now, my weakness will be exchanged for His strength.

If I am in a hurry to go some place, and do not leave the charger connected long enough, all that has gone into the battery will be lost and the car still not started. There must be a "waiting" that is long enough to know that enough power has gone in.

"They shall mount up with wings". There is a specific direction that my life is to take. The power He gives has a purpose in view. "That I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus". I am actively seeking for this to be wrought out in my life by the Lord.

As I wait on Him, I will apprehend this, within this New Year that is before me. He will make a way, if I will do my part.