to Turn Aside
Wade E Taylor
The Lord is standing at the closed door, which is at the
end of the messages to the seven Churches.
"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.
He is knocking upon the door of our heart, seeking to bring
us into a personal awareness of His presence, that we might
become actively involved with Him in the closing out of the
Church age, and in the birthing of the Millennial Kingdom
This door is closed, as the Laodecian Church is the seventh
and last Church. There is nothing further concerning the Church
on the earth realm. There is only one way to go - up.
"After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened
heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were
of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither,
and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter"
This open door leads into a Kingdom relationship with our
"And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold,
a Throne was set in heaven, and One sat on the
Throne" Rev 4:2.
This offer is being made to - "if any man." These
are overcomers - those who respond, and are rising above their
"Then said Jesus to His disciples, If any man will
after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross,
and follow Me" Matt 16:24.
"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 3:20-21.
We are living toward the end of the Laodecian Church age.
At this present time, the Lord is seeking to bring us into
an awareness of His manifest presence. That is, we are being
called to rise above the earthly realm with all its demands,
into the higher realm of the Spirit, where we are motivated
and moved upon by the Holy Spirit.
It is here that we enter a cooperative relationship with our
Lord in the outworking of His purposes, in which He takes
the initiative and leads.
"Come, My beloved, let us go forth into the field;
lodge in the villages. Let us get up early to the vineyards;
let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape
appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give
thee My loves" Song of Solomon 7:11.
God is a person. We are created in His likeness. We can choose;
God also chooses. We have feelings; God has feelings. He desires
to be wanted, and He can be grieved. Thus, the Lord is knocking
upon the door which leads from the natural to the spiritual;
from our purposes to His. He is seeking those who will personally
respond and turn aside into His presence.
The Lord expects a response from us, which will lead us into
the path that He has chosen for us. This opportunity is reserved
for overcomers, as it takes an effort on our part to become
quiet, in order to become sensitive, responsive, and obedient
to His guidance.
"If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the
good of the land" Isaiah 1:19.
In this world, a business succeeds when certain principles
are followed. Much energy is expended in the outworking of
these principles, as there is a highly competitive business
environment and only those who work at it succeed. They must
overcome all obstacles.
This is also true in the spiritual realm. Just as there is
a preparation for success in the physical realm, so also there
is preparation for a proper response to the spiritual realm.
During 1943, I was drafted into the army. I looked with envy
upon those who were on the outside, as they were free to do
as they desired. I had within me a deep inner longing to have
my own business, and dreamed of having an office on Main Street.
The day came when this happened. I came into the ownership
of a general insurance agency, with an office on Main Street.
Not only this, but I also became the owner of a television
cable system in another city, with a store on Main Street.
Considering the intensity of desire I had experienced while
in the army, I should have found a lasting satisfaction and
fulfillment. But as time went on, I discovered that there
was a deeper longing within, that these businesses could not
satisfy, although both were successful.
Something was missing. The day came when Jesus came into
my life and I discovered the true satisfaction and fulfillment
that I had so intensely desired.
I had applied myself in the natural dimension of things, and
there was a temporal reward. When I began to do the same on
the spiritual side, I discovered there was a difference. There
are not only human obstacles which must be overcome, but there
are satanic powers who actively resist spiritual progress.
If we are to succeed, these must be overcome and defeated.
Also, it is more difficult to become motivated in the Spiritual
dimension, because the reward does not come as quickly as
it does in the natural realm. The Scripture also tells us
that every mature son whom the Father receives, is both chastened
and scourged. There is no instant spirituality.
"For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth
every son whom he receiveth" Heb. 12:6.
To be chastened is to be corrected for wrong. But scourging
is quiet different, as it is applied when we have done every
thing right. Chastening deals with things. Scourging deals
with the source of our self life - the Adamic nature. This
must be dealt a death blow, so that Jesus might become the
head, in full control. Our tendency toward pride and self
exaltation must be dealt with, or we will fail. Thus, at the
door of entrance to the Kingdom, is this word,
"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the
Kingdom of Heaven" Matt 5:3.
To be "poor in spirit" is to be dead to our self
life. This self-seeking desire does not give up or die easily.
Thus the scourging is necessary. The reward for our submission
will bring us to the understanding that there is something
worth going after in the realm of the Spirit, which will lead
us to the Kingdom. Thus, Paul said,
"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:
this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are
behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are
before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the
high calling of God in Christ Jesus" Phil 3:13-14.
Only then will we be able to submit to whatever scourging
the Father deems necessary.
In the natural realm, I can read books on how to succeed.
There are natural principles that work, and if used, will
lead us to success. I can also do this in the name of religion,
and be successful from a human religious perspective. But
this will not bring me into the realm of the Spirit, for which
I was created, and into which the Lord longs to bring me.
When Nicodemus asked Jesus if he could enter the Kingdom
by re-entering the womb, Jesus responded, "That which
is born of the flesh is flesh" John 3:6. Earthly means
cannot produce spiritual progress. In the Song of Solomon,
when the Bride first began to seek the Bridegroom, she said,
"My mother's children were angry with me; they made
keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not
kept" Song of Solomon 1:6b.
She had been diligent about earthly things, but had neglected
the spiritual. As a result, she could only say, "my Beloved
is mine." That is, I only seek the Lord when I want something."
Later, after she had been dealt with by the Lord, she was
able to say, "I am my Beloved's, and His desire is toward
Now the Lord could say to her,
"Let us go up to the vineyard together to see if the
flourish and the tender grapes appear."
This is quite different than attainment on the natural realm.
It is the result of the development of communion and fellowship
with the Lord, which leads to divine approbation, or favor.
Here the Lord takes the initiative and expresses His desire
for us to be with Him. This is a marvel beyond comprehension.
The Apostle Paul had much natural ability. With zeal, he
persecuted the Church. Then the Lord came into his life through
a visitation of His glory, and Paul was reduced to blindness
and was humbled before the Lord. In this condition, he realized
there was something far better to be gained.
Only now could he say,
"And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing
of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of
power" I Cor 2:4.
This "demonstration of the Spirit" means that there
is an anointing by which the power of God so moves upon us,
that we become conversant with the higher dimension of the
operation of the Holy Spirit, which brings us into a direct
cooperative relationship with the Lord.
"But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden,
which God ordained before the world unto our glory" I
This tells us that our attainment comes, not as the result
of human study and effort, but as a result of prophetic revelation
and understanding. This is more than prophesying, which is
something we do under the unction of the Holy Spirit. It is
the result of our becoming prophetic, which is a state of
Many choose the accreditation of man, rather than seeking
the realm of the Holy Spirit, where we receive by prophetic
revelation and impartation. This entering the realm of the
Spirit means that there is a spiritual training and conditioning
which must take place in an atmosphere of His presence.
By the grace of God, Pinecrest understands and adheres to
these spiritual principles. Thus, by choice, Pinecrest is
not accredited by man's standards. Rather, Pinecrest seeks
the higher spiritual accreditation which will produce the
spiritual leaders that the Church so needs in our day.
Pinecrest Bible Training Center is a school set apart, which
seeks to provide a spiritual atmosphere, that each student
who comes will receive of this prophetic anointing. As they
enter into the manifest presence of the Lord and experience
the visitation of the Holy Spirit, they will be prepared for
His end-time purposes.