The Necessity of Having
Wade E. Taylor
"If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat
the good of the land" Isaiah 1:19.
To be "willing" means that we have an active desire
for the working of the Lord within our lives. To be "obedient"
means that there is a consistent, (willing) obedience to His
workings within us. This willing-obedience results in our
receiving from the Lord an inner vision and spiritual perception
that will lead us to new plateaus of spiritual understanding
"Where there is no vision, the people
perish: but he that keepeth the law,
happy is he" Prov 29:18.
When the Holy Spirit gives us the perception, or insight
that there is much "land" for us to possess, beyond
the initial experience of our salvation, our capacity for
God will begin to enlarge.
As we respond to Him and begin to walk in the Spirit, we
will be increasingly enabled to enter a new dimension of spiritual
life and experience, beyond that which we had thought possible.
This will enable us to "weave" the garment that
qualifies us to come into the presence of the King as His
The result of our willing obedience is expressed in Rev 19:7-8
"For the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife
hath made herself ready. And to her was granted
that she should array herself in fine linen, clean
and white; for the fine linen is the righteous acts
of the saints."
Now she is ready to come into the presence of the King.
"The King's daughter is all glorious within: her
clothing is of wrought gold. She shall be brought
unto the King in raiment of needlework" Psalm 45:13-14a.
Two different garments are mentioned in Scripture. The first
is the garment of salvation, which we freely receive at the
time of our Salvation. The second is the garment of the overcomer.
This garment must be woven by us by overcoming through our
"If any man will come after me, LET HIM ..." Matt
The responsibility for the weaving of this second garment
is upon us. It is woven through our on-going obedience to
Him as we take up our cross by choosing His ways and allowing
Him to complete the work.