Dr. Ronald L. Taylor
This year is Pinecrest's thirtieth anniversary. Today, we
continue to remain fully committed to our founding mission
- preparing a people to be available for the Lord's end-time
One aspect of this preparation is expressed in Philippians
"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have
already been made perfect, but I press on to take
hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me."
In other words, for us to be prepared and available for His
purpose, we must first recognize our need. This is always
the starting point. Thus, the invitation is extended to those
who are aware of their need, "Come, all you who are thirsty"
Isaiah 5:1. David said, "My soul thirsts for God, for
the living God."
When we recognize that the Lord is anxious to show Himself
strong through us - not by increasing our strength, but rather,
by increasing our dependency upon Him, we are ready to begin.
For this reason, II Chronicles 16:9 tells us,
"For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout
the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf
of them whose heart is perfect toward Him."
Closely associated with recognizing our need is the intensity
of our desire for change. We must desire the Lord more than
we seek after anything else. Paul expressed this as "pressing
Accomplishing change in our lives is never easy or convenient,
but always requires a concentrated effort. All too easily,
we revert back to our comfort zone - "the way we have
always done it."
For example, several years ago, I was taking tennis lessons.
The way the instructor showed me to swing my racquet seemed
very awkward. I was quite comfortable with the old method,
but it was limiting the level of my game. As a result, I needed
to make a decision. Would I continue to swing the way I felt
comfortable, or would I endure the process of change, and
eventually improve the way I played?
As I think about it now, I realize that the more intense
the pressure, the more likely I was to revert back to the
comfort zone of my old method. As a result, I was able to
use the new method in practice long before I could consistently
use it in competition. This is because the new way was not
an improvement until I changed my thought process under pressure.
However, once I made the transition, it was definitely better.
This is comparable to the Lord's way. Isaiah 55:8 tells us
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your
ways my ways, declares the Lord." Even though it sometimes
seems painful to make the transition from our thoughts to
His, we know that His way is better.
It has been said that if we continue doing as we have always
done, we will continue to receive what we have always received.
It is not a matter of trying harder, it is a matter of recognizing
our need, and being serious about achieving change. If we
truly desire joy in our lives, and to be lead in peace rather
than turmoil, we must change our thoughts to His thoughts.
It is clear, after many years of experience, that our way
rarely brings us joy, or leads us toward peace. But the Lord's
way does. Therefore, we need to "press on" to make
the transition from our thoughts to His.
Isaiah 55:11 12a goes on to say "So is My word that
goes out from My mouth; it will not return to me empty, but
will accomplish what I desire, and achieve the purpose for
which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in
Even though this requires effort on our part, the Holy Spirit
will teach us His way, and leads us into all truth. Through
grace, He enables us to do what we cannot do on our own. But,
we must be aware of our need and be willing to "press
Romans 12:2 tells us that the way to be transformed is by
the renewing of our mind. This is the transformation that
we need; to be changed from thinking about our own concerns
and grievances, to thinking His thoughts. This is why we are
admonished to meditate on His word both day and night.
We are being prepared to be available for His purpose, not
our own. Let us press on to apprehend that for which we have
been apprehended. It is only then that we will be able to
ascertain His purpose, and be truly available to Him. Therefore,
our prayer should be, "Not my will, but Thy will be done"
Pinecrest is dedicated to this preparation. It may be that
the Lord would have you here for a time, that this change
from your thoughts to His, will better prepare you for His