The Measure of a Spiritual
Wade E Taylor
"If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk
in the Spirit" Gal 5:25
Many of us desire to live a Spirit-led life. To do so means
that we have died to our own ways, submitted ourselves to
the governmental rule of His Kingdom, and have given to the
Lord the unconditional right to choose for us.
"Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in (our) earth,
as it is in heaven" Matt 6:10 (Comment added).
For this relationship to function properly, it requires that
we have a basic understanding of the laws that govern a Spirit
led life. More difficult, it necessitates an abiding, unquestioning
submission to the government of His Kingdom. Therefore, along
with a committed daily walk of being led by His Spirit, this
submission to His Kingdom rule includes our acceptance of
the preparatory teachings and the practical disciplines that
are laid upon us.
The purpose of these is to produce within us an increasing
sensitivity to the voice of the Holy Spirit, and an enlarging
of our willingness and ability to understand and cooperate
with His movings.
The Kingdom of God is a realm in which there is much activity,
but where everything moves in divine order and purpose. There
is a progression that leads to this. A baby walks falteringly
for a few steps and falls as his direction is arbitrary and
casual. A child walks for his own enjoyment and amusement.
A young man walks to attain his goals and fulfill his visions.
But a father walks to please and satisfy the needs of his
family. He has a higher purpose than his own satisfaction.
This involves spiritual perception, dedication, and sacrificial
giving. These are the marks of maturity. It is the same in
the realm and program of the Kingdom. As babes in Christ,
we must develop spiritually before we can begin to intelligently
walk in the Spirit. This involves a total commitment to the
Lord. The schoolmaster and teacher for this processing is
the Holy Spirit. We must enroll in this school of training
and preparation if we are to receive its benefits. The registrar
is always available and waiting for our response.
To walk in the Spirit is to walk one step at a time, acknowledging
His headship and presence, each step that we take. Our own
thoughts and ways must be set aside in order to follow Him.
He is the Christ, the Anointed of the Lord. Therefore, the
natural man cannot come this way, for he cannot discern the
drawing power nor respond to the anointing that brings one
into this higher realm; for it is a function of the Spirit,
not of the mind.
The children of Israel were to abide under the pillar of
fire by night and the cloud by day. They were to move only
as the pillar of fire or the cloud moved. The purpose of this
discipline was to teach them the importance of being led by
His Spirit. Had they learned and obeyed, Israel would have
won one victory after another in possessing the land, and
would have become the witness and forerunner of the Theocratic
Kingdom rule that the Lord desired to establish in the earth.
The Lord greatly desires to introduce us to His Kingdom through
a Spirit led life and walk. He cannot allow us to have a part
in this higher governmental realm of His Kingdom until we
have individually, unconditionally submitted our lives to
be governed by Him, and have in some measure, learned how
to "walk in the Spirit."
Certain basic principles must be understood in seeking this
higher realm of His Kingdom.
The term "flesh" is the name given to the natural
state and activity of man, independent of and
uncontrolled by, the Holy Spirit.
The terms, led by; moved by; walking in the Spirit;
are names of the supernatural state and activity of
man, totally dependent upon and totally controlled
by the Holy Spirit.
The above conditions are contrary to each other, yet so similar
in action that spiritual perception is required to recognize
the transition from one realm into the other. Man's spirit
and soul are so closely allied that it takes the quickened
Word of God to distinguish one from the other. God has sent
His Spirit to accomplish this. The original divine purpose
was to make of man a being that lived and moved in complete
harmony and unity with God.
In the first test, man utterly failed and fell into the lower
realm of flesh life. Through the life, death, and resurrection
of Jesus Christ, a way back to this higher realm of spirit
life has been established and the way of entrance set before
In the past, our spiritual comprehension has been dull and
our progress toward this higher realm slow. Therefore, "the
Baptism in the Holy Spirit and Fire" has been made available
as the means to enable us to enter this realm of spiritual
life and reality - His Kingdom. With many, this experience
has fallen into a lower realm of "blessing" rather
than the "enabling" which leads into this higher
realm of spiritual life and purpose.
Many are satisfied with receiving the spiritual blessings
and imparted gifts of the enabling, rather than seeking after
"the enduement of power" that would bring us into
this higher realm. It is important for us to have a right
perspective of this experience of our being "Baptized
in the Holy Spirit," since a greater intervention of
God is upon us in these last days. The Holy Spirit is marvelously
moving upon many with the intention of bringing them up into
this higher realm.
Paul prayed, "The eyes of your understanding being enlightened;
that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what
the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints"
Eph 1:18. There is much more available to us, but we are settling
for less than His adequate provision.
Our Lord is challenging us to move upward and onward. The
present dissatisfaction and searching within the Body of Christ
is His prodding. The "movings" of the Holy Spirit
within and upon us are His means. The Kingdom of God is His
He is waiting for us to walk with Him.