Urgent Need for Our Having a Present Experience
Wade E Taylor
A teacher in the Bible school I attended often spoke of having
a "dis-satisfied satisfaction." He was thankful
for, and satisfied with, all that he had received from the
Lord. Yet, he was dissatisfied, knowing that there was much
more to be possessed. We are told to "Covet earnestly
the best gifts" (I Cor12:31a). The word "covet"
indicates to us that we are to earnestly seek after the very
best in regard to spiritual life and ministry.
After graduating from Bible school, I diligently sought the
Lord as to what I was to do, but seemingly was not receiving
direction from the Lord. I knew that a new school, Pine Crest
Bible Institute, was about to be opened by the Italian Assemblies
of God. One of their goals was to train students to minister
in the Italian language.
Since this did not appeal to me, I pushed aside the "drawing"
that I felt toward Pine Crest. Instead, I decided to pioneer
a Church in Philadelphia. On July 4, 1959, I started towards
Philadelphia to find a place to live, and to rent a store-front
for the Church. As I drove south, the Lord spoke, telling
me that I was to go north to Pine Crest.
The Lord waited until I had taken an active step towards
serving Him. Then He spoke regarding the place where I was
to be. Soon after arriving at Pine Crest, I found a quiet
place where I could pray. The Lord impressed upon me the following:
"I will allow you to go to Philadelphia and have a ministry
there, and I will bless it. But, Pine Crest is my will for
The next day, I enrolled as a student. A few months later,
while alone praying, I was taken (spiritually) very near to
His Throne, into a powerful moving of His presence. Here,
I received a specific calling to teach concerning preparation
for end time visitation, and experientially knowing the voice
and manifest presence of the Lord. Eight years later, in September
of 1968, this "word" began to find its fulfillment
as Pinecrest Bible Training Center began its ministry.
A verse in Luke expresses an ironical contrast between the
traditional methods of preparation, and the school of the
Holy Spirit. Above all else, this verse speaks of the absolute
necessity of receiving a present word from the Lord concerning
preparation for ministry in the last days.
"Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word
of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness"
Luke 3:2. "Annas and Caiaphas" speaks of the established,
well equipped religious system, which the Lord by-passed.
"John in the wilderness" speaks of an isolated,
barren environment; which the Lord used to prepare John for
a critical time of ministry,
This religious system, which the Lord by-passed, had experienced
the Glory of God and had received much by direct revelation
from the Lord. However, they became dependent upon these past
experiences for their present standing with the Lord. The
fact that the Lord had moved through them in the past was
not enough to equip them for the present need. They were incapable
of hearing a present word concerning the soon to appear "Lamb
There must be within us a present seeking of the Lord, even
though we may have received much revelation from Him in the
past. Yesterday's revelation is not enough to prepare us to
face todays pressures and problems.
While I was a student in Bible School, we experienced a
visitation from the Lord which lasted two weeks. We were daily
in Chapel from early morning until late at night. There was
a time of intense confession and cleansing, then His manifest
Glory was poured out upon us. Along with this, a "fountain
of new wine" was discovered. Anyone who "drank"
therein became manifestly filled with the Holy Spirit and
with the power of God. "And be not drunk with wine, wherein
is excess; but be filled with the Spirit" Eph 5:18.
Being "Not being drunk with wine, wherein is excess"
speaks of a substitute for higher spiritual impartation and
experience. This substitute has been used by Satan to wreck
countless lives and families. Any seeming "benefit"
that comes from it is deceptive, and carries a terrible price
"But be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making
melody in your heart to the Lord." This is the transforming
effect of the real wine of the Holy Spirit. It will release
a person into a spiritual liberty that will glorify God and
enable them to minister in great freedom and power.
However, no matter how tremendous this experience may have
been, we cannot continue to depend upon a past experience
of "drinking at the fountain of visitation." It
is urgent that we begin seeking the Lord to bring us into
afresh new dimension of the supernatural. No longer are we
to look back to where we met the Lord (Annas and Caiaphas).
Nor are we to tell the Lord where, or how the new is to come
into our lives and ministries (wilderness).
We must have a dis-satisfied satisfaction: thankful for what
we presently have, but actively seeking the Lord for more.
There are two sides to a coin. They are different, yet make
a singular whole. Our past and present experiences must merge
to make a way for us to enter the future.
John's testimony was that he was "The voice of one crying
in the wilderness." He clearly saw the urgent need of
that hour: "Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His
paths straight" (Mark 1:3).
The very heart and vision of the Bible School at Pinecrest,
and of the Banner, is the preparation of a "voice"
that can speak in our day as John did in his day, and be available
to the Lord for His purposes in this tremendously urgent time
and day in which we live.