Wade E Taylor
Our spiritual life is far more than the sum of the spiritual
information we have gathered, or of any collection of our
spiritual experiences. The foundation of our spiritual life
(or lack of it) is the accumulative result of the decisions
and choices we have made in our spiritual journey. The core
and substance of our spirituality relates to the unity of
heart and spirit gained through our making right choices and
Making these right choices and decisions is never easy. No
matter who, or where we are, we must make decisions as to
what we will do, or where we will go. The ever present temptation
is to compromise and go along with the questionable or difficult
situations that we often find ourselves in.
Many times each day, we make (seemingly to us) "little"
decisions that feed either the carnal, or the spiritual aspect
of our being. The accumulation of these choices result in
our becoming either carnal, or spiritual.
As our spiritual decisions outweigh, in some measure, the
negative pulls, we become an overcomer. To the extent that
we rise above carnal soulish desires, we are lifted into a
place of union with our Lord and we grow spiritually.
"To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me
in My Throne, even as I also overcame, and am set
down with My Father in His Throne" Rev 3:21.
Our position with Him in this "Throne" relationship
is the result of our overcoming (rising above) all that is
earthly and carnal. We are given this privilege of being seated
with Him (as His Bride) in His Throne as a result of an accumulation
of right decisions and choices (being an overcomer).
"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him:
for the marriage of the Lamb is come,
and his wife hath made herself ready" Rev 19:7
The more decisions we make that are towards the Lord, the
easier it becomes to make these decisions. The further down
the road we go in our walk with Him, the more detached we
become from all that is carnal, or a temptation to us. In
the beginning, it will be difficult, but as we progress, it
will become easier.
The pathway of our spiritual life can be considered as being
an upward spiral. If we take a large wood screw and place
one of our finger nails at the edge near the point and run
it along the surface, we will gradually progress to the head.
Though it may seem to us that we are going in circles, as
we continue to make right decisions, we are progressively
moving upward. If we do this in reverse and feed the carnal
aspect of our being, it will lead us ever downward.
There are those who bear witness of having within them a
quality of spiritual life. It may not be apparent as to why
this is so, but if inquired into, these would testify that
through the struggles of life, they have been making quality
decisions of spirit, which is bringing them into an increasing
fellowship with the Lord in His Throne.
"For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but
righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable
to God, and approved of men" Rom 14"17-18.
The Kingdom of God begins with righteousness. As we make
the right choices, we place ourselves on a "platform"
called righteousness. Due to an accumulation of these righteous
choices, we discover within us an abiding innerpeace. This
results in the approbation, or favor of God, and joyis manifested.
Our submission to His government will lead to our becoming
a partaker with Him in His Throne. In this realm, our decisions
do not have as much to do with right or wrong as they have
to do with the motives that underlie right and wrong. It is
here that the final test of our union with Him will find its
outworking. If we truly overcome in this area of our being,
we will in that day find ourselves seated with Him in His
First, we are tested concerning right or wrong. Then, as
we progress up the spiral, we are tested in the motives of
the heart which provoke the things hat manifest as right or
wrong. It is not enough to deny the "thing," we
must overcome the very principle that allows it to abide within
us and assert itself.
Those who are satisfied with being blessed and going to heaven
have their reward (streets like gold and mansions). But for
those who intensely hunger for this deeper level of spiritual
reality, there is much more. These, in the place of pressure,
will deal with the issues of their heart, so in that day,
as an overcomer, they will be found in the Throne, seated
with Him (Rev 3:21).
The Lord is greatly glorified and pleased with each one who
is choosing to overcome, thereby becoming an overcomer.