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John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Winter 1999
Making A Choice
By Wade E. Taylor

"To the angel of the church in Sardis write; These
things saith He that has the seven Spirits of God,
and the seven stars; I know your works, that you
have a name that you live, and are dead." Rev 3:1.

There were those in the church at Sardis who appeared to be alive, but the Lord saw them as being dead. We can apply this to those in the Body of Christ today who are saved and satisfied with all that the Lord accomplished on the cross for them; but they themselves have not come under the power of the cross to change their lives.

Judicially, in Christ, we are seen by the Lord as being perfect and mature, as though we had never sinned. Experientially, we are seen as a baby who needs to grow and develop. The Lord does not look at our Judicial position - that which He did in our behalf - but rather, He looks at what has been accomplished, His image and likeness formed within us.

The Word of God is to become a personal reality in our lives, and so change us that we reflect the life and nature of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our having the "right" beliefs, and attending the "right" church, is not enough.

The Lord seeks and responds to those who seek to go beyond judicial, positional truth, and enter into an active experiential (personal) relationship with Him. Thus, the Lord views those who remain satisfied with merely the externals - as being dead.

"The secret of the LORD is with them that fear Him;
and He will show them His covenant." Psalm 25:14.

This fear speaks of an active respect for the Lord and for His presence. It means that we practice reverence in the place where we meet.

“For where two or three are gathered together in My Name,
there am I in the midst of them.” Matt 18:20.

This requires a personal discipline, so our actions will indicate that we highly respect the Lord, and greatly value His presence.

Therefore, when we enter a meeting, it is very important that in anticipation, we maintain an upward poise of our spirits, and that we respond to the slightest indication of His presence.

All too often, we use the time prior to the beginning of a service for fellowship with each other. Doing this does not indicate to the Lord that we value or respect His presence. Rather, we should prepare ourselves to enter into the presence of the Lord.

It is our respect for the presence of the Lord where we feel no presence, or when we feel the least spiritual, that really counts, rather than what we do in the place of intense blessing. When the Lord so moves in a service that we feel the glow of His presence, it is easy for us to respond and promise the Lord all kinds of things. Most of these commitments are soon forgotten.

We should both know and value “the letter of the Word," but our relationship with the Lord must go beyond this, until the Word has become a present, experiential reality within our lives.

Some believers dwell on the problems within the lives of others, while neglecting their own relationship with the Lord. They then wonder why their words of correction to others are not effective, little realizing that their own problems speak louder than their words.

For correction to be acceptable, it must come from the heart of one who exhibits personal concern and understanding, because they themselves have gained a victory in a similar area. Only then are we able to show mercy and love.

"Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all
comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation,
that we may be able to comfort them which are in
any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves
are comforted of God." II Cor 1:3-4.

Thus, to be effective in any ministry, we must have a vital personal relationship with the Lord, in which we value and are responsive to His presence and dealings in our lives.


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