The Lord desires a
Wade E Taylor
When we repent and receive the cleansing power of the blood
of Jesus, we become a new creation, a partaker of the Divine
Nature through regeneration by the Holy Spirit. Now we are
to respond to the presence of the Lord, and to the moving
of the Holy Spirit.
"That which is born of the flesh is
flesh; and that which is born of the
Spirit is spirit.
Marvel not that I said unto thee,
Ye must be born again.
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 3:6-8.
As we begin to seek the spiritual, there are situations we
face in which we must choose; and the Lord has not made it
easy for us. Rather, He has made it difficult for us to make
and obey the right choice. We have an example of this in Gideon's
army, which was reduced in size several times. Each stage
in this reduction became more difficult than the previous
"If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall
eat the good of the land" Isa 1:19.
This "good of the land" which is set before us,
is our spiritual inheritance. This does not refer to temporal
things, but to the spiritual, eternal things which we are
laying up in store. It speaks of our spiritual potential,
that which we are becoming.
We have a body, but this is only the house in which we live;
we are in essence a spiritual being. There is much talk today
about improving our eating habits. It is true that if our
body is well nourished, it will function better. So also,
if we cater to the inner spiritual being who we are, we will
also spiritually do better.
"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the
word, that ye may grow thereby" I Peter 2:2.
We grow by eating. As we partake of this milk of the Word,
we develop until we are able to partake of meat, and then
strong meat. Things come to us rather easily when we are babes
in Christ. It is easier to hear the voice of the Lord when
we are first saved, than after we have spiritually grown.
This is because the Lord expects more from us.
As we grow spiritually, we are to experientially take on
the characteristics of the nature of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Judicially, this was fully accomplished in our behalf by Jesus
upon the cross, but it is to become a practical reality in
our life experience.
If all that is to be accomplished concerning our spiritual
development was concluded upon the cross as a totally finished
work, then there would have been no need for Peter to see
us as babes in Christ, who need the milk of the Word in order
Before the world was even formed, God, in foreknowledge,
knew that Adam would fail, and therefore it was decreed that
Jesus would become our Saviour. Yet He was born as a babe
in a manger and learned obedience through the things which
He suffered, and He BECAME our SAVIOUR. Judicially, Jesus
was Saviour before the world was formed, but He experientially
became our Saviour through the choices He made in His life
"Though He were a Son, yet learned
He obedience by the things which
He suffered; And being made perfect,
He became the author of eternal
salvation unto all them that obey
Him" Heb 5:8-9.
Jesus "judicially" was qualified to become our
Saviour by imputation due to who He was, but He "experientially"
became qualified by a process of testing and proving. The
Scriptures tell us that every word is confirmed in the mouth
of two witnesses. The will of God is one witness, and our
response in obedience is the other witness. The written Word,
confirmed in life experience becomes a powerful witness. Thus
it was said of Jesus, "The Word was made flesh"
In the early 1950's, Oral Roberts set up his tent in the
area where I lived and I attended some of these meetings.
One evening, I heard someone say that those who testified
of being healed had been paid to say so. This cast a doubt
in my mind about divine healing.
Years later, I fell through a ceiling and landed on my back,
twelve feet below, on a concrete floor. I spent a week in
a hospital and left with an agonizing back problem. While
being prayed for in a small Gospel meeting, I watched, with
my physical eyes, a red ball of fire move across the room,
and I felt heat as it entered into my body. I both heard and
felt my backbone move and snap. I came into this meeting on
crutches, but I left absolutely healed. Not only had I been
healed, but I had both seen and felt the healing.
Now I could proclaim divine healing with authority. It had
been confirmed by two witnesses. The Word said so, and I had
been marvelously healed. The Word had become a personal experience.
It was said of Jesus, "For He taught them as one having
authority, and not as the scribes" Matt 7:29. The Word
had become flesh, and His willing obedience to His Father
added this authority.
We can spend a lifetime rejoicing about all that Jesus accomplished
for us upon the cross, but unless that which He purchased
for us has been personalized within our own experience, we
have only "positional" truth, and we will arrive
in heaven as a spiritual baby.
"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk
of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If
so be ye have tasted that the Lord is
gracious" I Peter 2:2-3.
The Fall season with its frost comes early at Pinecrest.
We pick the green tomatoes in our garden, set them on a window
sill within our homes and soon, they become beautiful red
tomatoes. But if we have a thirty-fold ear of corn, we cannot
place it on the same window sill and expect it to become a
sixty, or one hundred-fold ear of corn. It will remain what
it was, when picked. Therefore, a good shopper carefully checks
the ears of corn being purchased because some are only 30
or 60-fold in their development.
It can be said that we are not like tomatoes, but rather,
as these ears of corn. Once we have been lifted from the earth,
we will remain as a 30, 60, or hopefully, a 100 fold ear of
corn. During our lifetime, if the Word has not become an experiential
reality within us, we will eternally fall short of what we
might have been.
Jesus counseled the Laodicean Church to buy of Him "gold
tried in the fire." Corn, like gold, is golden in color,
which speaks of the divine nature. Like us, corn has an outer
covering with a tassel on top, as we have hair. We are also
either 30, 60, or 100-fold in our spiritual development.
The potential for that which we will "be" for all
eternity is being established within us during this life time.
However, some feel that somehow we will be placed on the "window
sill" of heaven, and then be changed. They expect all
that was left unaccomplished in their lifetime, even with
the Holy Spirit indwelling their lives, to suddenly happen
on the way up. But we are not tomatoes, we are as the ear
of corn that does not change on the window sill. It is only
as we partake in this life that we are changed.
This is the reason some will weep in heaven. They will realize
too late the great value of putting the Lord first in this
life. There is a longing in the heart of God for those who
consider temporal things merely as tools, or as the instruments
that will perfect their inner spiritual lives. The Apostle
"If by any means I may attain unto the resurrection
of the dead" Phil 3:11.
This is far more than Paul merely seeking entrance into heaven.
He was seeing an out-resurrection from among the living dead,
as a "first fruits overcomer" being resurrected
into a higher purpose.
The Lord once asked, "Are you one of those who seek
My power, but are unwilling to enter with Me into My death?"
The Lord further said, "For you to run from the Holy
Spirit when He attempts to work difficult things within you,
is to flee from Me. How privileged you are to enter into these,
My sufferings. I must have a Bride who fully understands.
I am allowing you to actually suffer these things, and enter
my presence with your mind, your heart, and your body. This
is a complete offering unto Me, and it is well pleasing in
My sight. I am deeply engraving my Word within you with the
pen-point of suffering, burning it in with the brand of divine
Paul had received this experience and testified of it.
"From henceforth let no man trouble me:
for I bear in my body the marks of the
Lord Jesus" Gal 6:17.
The willing and the obedient shall partake, but there is
first a time of preparation. As we respond to the drawing
power of His love, and give the Holy Spirit permission to
fully bring us to Jesus as a Bride, He will accomplish within
us those things of which we are incapable.
The responsibility is ours. "If ye be willing ..."
We are not compelled to do this, but our willingness will
open the door of entrance.