The Lifting Power of
Wade E Taylor
Adam was created from dust. Dust, by itself, is incapable
of holding its form. Had he been formed of clay, the image
into which he was made could maintain itself. Thus, man was
created to be dependent upon his Creator.
The divine intention was that man, by necessity, would continually
be sustained by God through a relationship with Him. Therefore,
by the creative design of God, mankind when disconnected from
his higher calling degenerates into a formless, purposeless,
God breathed into Adam the breath of life. As a result, man
became a living soul having personal identity and expression.
This word "life" is plural. In God's original intention,
man was formed to live on two different levels, "earthly"
and "spiritual." The "breath" that God
breathed into Adam was the sustaining power to maintain him
on each of these levels.
Through disobedience, man lost his higher form of life. Some
say that man "fell." Satan fell from the heavens,
but man died. Through education and refinement, social religion
would attempt to pick man up and reconstruct him, but man
died. Life is only restored through a new birth.
"But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,
thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou
eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" Gen 2:17.
"One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a
thousand years as one day" II Peter 3:8. The oldest man
who ever lived died within this "one" day, just
short of the thousand year day. Though Adam and Eve continued
to physically live, an immediate death took place. Death is
not annihilation, rather it is a separation. They died spiritually
and fell into a lower plane of life.
This lower state of life is a temporal (temporary) life pertaining
to the earth realm. As an earthly being, we have faculties
that enable us to function in our environment. Through the
use of these, we either prosper or suffer in varying degrees.
Along with this, through redemption, man is called to a higher
state of life. By means of a "new birth," we are
enabled to live on this higher spiritual plane. As a part
of our new birth, we also have been provided with faculties
(abilities) to relate to our newly re-created spiritual life.
By being "born again" through regeneration, we
are birthed into this spiritual dimension of life and potential
which God had originally intended. Jesus, paying the full
price to make this possible, stands at the doorway, knocking
upon the door of entrance, biding us to enter.
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man
my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and
will sup with him, and he with me" Rev 3:20.
This "doorway" speaks of the point of "transition"
from the temporal into the spiritual realm. Through a new
birth, all that is beyond this doorway becomes accessible
to us (if any man hear ... and open). We can be saved and
abide short of this door, satisfied with the gift of salvation
(5 foolish virgins),or we can choose to go further and enter
(5 wise virgins) into the realm of intimate communion and
active cooperation with our Lord. This offer is not available
to the natural man. He is locked into the temporal realm.
As we pass through this door into the spiritual realm, there
is within us, as apart of our redemption, certain gifts and
faculties that enable us to function. These spiritual faculties
have been dormant (dead) within mankind since Adam transgressed,
but in the "new creation" that we have become, they
are recreated and activated, with the potential for their
"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word,
that ye may grow thereby" I Peter 2:2.
We are born into this new creation as a spiritual baby. Just
as natural babies must develop their senses until they function
properly, our spiritual senses(which are comparable to our
natural senses) must also be developed. If the totality of
our focus upon life is in the temporal area, then only our
natural senses will develop. However, if the inner desire
and intent of our heart is toward spiritual things, our spiritual
senses will develop and function. This will result in our
being able to distinguish, and understand spiritual things.
"But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His
righteousness; and all these things shall be added
unto you" Matt 6:33.
If we choose the "spiritual" and place our emphasis
there, the "temporal" will also prosper and find
a higher means of ability and function. Whenever we respond
to the spiritual, we will be infinitely better off than we
would have been if we had expended our time and efforts in
only the temporal realm of life.
"There was a man named Nicodemus a ruler of the Jews.
The same came to Jesus by night" John 3:1.
Nicodemus came to Jesus after it became dark as he did not
want to be recognized. But there is far more within this verse.
This night speaks of the spiritual dullness of the religious
system from which he came. The reality of God being manifestly
present with His people had degenerated into only a form of
worship. All spiritual reality had long departed. Nicodemus
came seeing that Jesus had something he desired and asked
how to receive it.
Jesus said this was not possible "except a man be born
again" John 3:3. This speaks of a new birth through a
work of regeneration by the Holy Spirit. Jesus also told him
that he could not enter the Kingdom apart from this new birth.
The Kingdom transcends and goes beyond redemption. Redemption
speaks of salvation through the shed blood of Jesus. The Kingdom
speaks of the full expression of spiritual life that extends
beyond the initial experience of salvation. This requires
a submission to Him as Lord.
Nicodemus attempted to relate this "new birth"
to the temporal, as he was incapable of understanding the
spiritual. He said, "How can a man be born when he is
old? Can he enter the second time into his mother womb?"
In other words, Nicodemus asked if this birthing into the
Kingdom was a natural restructuring. Jesus answered, "That
which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born
of the spirit is spirit" John 3:6. There is a temporal
realm, and there is a spiritual realm. The natural man can
only relate to the flesh, or the temporal realm. But the spiritual
man, through regeneration by the quickening power of the Holy
Spirit, can relate to both the natural and spiritual realms.
Nicodemus asked if this process of new birth was like growth
within a womb. Words are incapable of describing this realm
of spiritual life. Therefore, Jesus told him it was like "the
wind," lifting it up into a dimension of Spirit. Concerning
this working of the wind, Jesus said,
"The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest
thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and wither it
so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered
and said unto him, How can these things be?" John 3:8-9.
"Thou hearest." Our spiritual senses are the key
to our fully entering into this "New Birth" experience
that Jesus offered to Nicodemus. However, he could neither
understand or enter as his "spiritual senses" had
not yet been reborn. Only those who are saved and have developed
these spiritual senses can hear and enter.
"But canst not tell." We hear, but do not necessarily
understand. This comprehension of spirituals is learned as
we move in this realm. "The wind blows where it pleases."
We cannot control spirituals, rather, we are to respond in
faith. This "blowing of the wind" speaks of the
movings of the Holy Spirit.
"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their
strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall
walk, and not faint" Isa 40:31.
Notice that they who "wait upon the Lord" are to
mount up with wings. These "wings" speak of an ability
to respond to the Holy Spirit, and to move with Him.
"The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest
the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh,
and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of
the Spirit" John 3:8.
When we sense the "wind" of the spirit, we are
to spread our wings and begin to ascend into the realm of
spiritual life. An airplane, as it goes down the runway, becomes
air BORNE. The laws that controlled this plane while on the
ground no longer apply. An entirely new set of laws come into
operation, those of "aerodynamics." It is not necessary
to understand this, all we need do is "spread our wings"
in response to the "wind" of the Holy Spirit.
The Wright brothers flew only a few hundred feet on their
first try. They did not quit, but tried again and again until
today we can easily fly around the world. If we begin to move
in this realm of the spirit and crash, we should wipe off
the dust, get back on the "runway" and try again.
The Lord is waiting for His own to be birthed into that which
this world has not hereto for seem. The lifting power of this
Divine "wind" is tremendous. It will bring us up
into a view and perspective of the last day movings of the
Lord that we have not before seen. Too many are trying to
understand, rather than enter.
May the "wind of the spirit" lift us up into the
realm and dimension in which Jesus moved and walked, and yet
moves and walks within those who trust Him.