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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.

Spring 2000
The Importance of the Intent of Our Heart
Wade E Taylor

"Who, being in the form of God, thought it not
robbery to be equal with God; But made Himself
of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of
a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.”

“And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled
himself, and became obedient unto death, even
the death of the cross" Phil 2:6-8.

The Son of God, from eternity, had a position of equality with God. But Jesus willingly set this equality aside, that He might take on Himself an identification with mankind in order to pay the penalty for man's sin.

He experientially entered into this position as our Saviour through obedience and suffering, although Jesus could have come into it in an easier way. It was rightfully His because of who He was - "The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" Rev 13:8.

Jesus submitted Himself to the disciplines and the pressures of life so He might qualify as our Saviour through experience, in order to become the Righteous Judge, tested in every point as we, yet without sin.

"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.

The miracle is not so much that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but rather that He made it to the cross in order to die. He was determined to pay the full price for the outworking of the will of God.

"For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not
be confounded; therefore have I set my face like a
flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed" Isa 50:7.

Because of His obedience to the will of the Father, Jesus humbled Himself and became the Lamb of God upon Calvary's cross, and then died in our stead, shedding His blood that our sin might be cleansed. Because of His perfect life and obedience, the Father brought Him forth in resurrection life and exalted Him.

"Wherefore, God also hath highly exalted him, and given
Him a name which is above every name; that at the name
of Jesus, every knee should bow ...” Phil 2:9-10.

This name, "Jesus" (Matt 1:21), identifies Him forever with the redeemed for whom He gave His life.

David also was chosen by the Lord and was severely tested before he ever sat on the throne.

"And it came to pass, when they were come, that
he (Samuel) looked on Eliab, and said, Surely
the Lord's anointed is before Him.”

“But the Lord said to Samuel, Look not on his
countenance, or on the height of his stature;
because I have refused him: for the Lord
seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on
the outward appearance, but the Lord looks
on the heart" 1 Samuel 16:6-7.

Samuel would have chosen the one who outwardly appeared to meet every qualification. However, the Lord revealed a different method of qualification - the intent of the heart.

David was tested when Saul turned against him; but under extreme pressure, he chose the Lord. His experience during this time of testing is recorded in Psalm 27:1-4, as he hid in a cave while Saul’s army was outside seeking to kill him.

"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom
shall I fear? ... Though an host should encamp
against me, my heart shall not fear ... One
thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I
seek after..."

The Lord saw that David would choose Him in the difficulties that he would face, and later declared him to be "a man after His own heart" 1 Sam 13:14.

Another example of this principle is revealed in the choosing of Jacob, a deceiver, over Esau.

"Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated." Rom 9:13.

At first glance, this Scripture seems to indicate that "divine approval" is an arbitrary choice made by God. However, the Lord's choice is based upon a divine principle.

Outwardly, it appears that Esau should have been the right choice. He was the firstborn, and when his father requested meat, he willingly went to get it for him (Gen. 27:1-4). Jesus said that His meat was to do the will of the Father (John 4:34).

Nevertheless, when under the pressure of intense hunger, Esau despised the blessing of God by selling his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of soup. Jesus faced this same test of hunger in the wilderness, but refused to turn stones into bread, in order to feed His hunger.

" shall not live by bread alone, but by
every word that proceedeth out of the mouth
of God" Matt 4:4.

While Esau was seeking meat for his father, Jacob was busy deceiving his father into imparting the blessing to him rather than to his brother. But later, when Jacob was under intense pressure, the true quality of his character came forth.

Jacob had fled from Esau and was now returning home with all of his possessions. In Genesis 32:6-8 he was told that everything that he owned was in jeopardy, as Esau was coming toward him with 400 men.

Rather than taking things in his own hands, Jacob humbled his heart before the Lord and asked for His help (Gen 32:9-12).

"And he took them and sent them over the brook,
and sent over that he had. And Jacob was left
alone; and there wrestled a man with him until
the breaking of the day" Gen 32:23-24.

Jacob sent all of his possessions toward Esau in two separate companies, and then remained alone to see what would happen when the first group came to him. His plan was that if Esau destroyed the first group, he could take the second group and escape.

But an angel came and wrestled, or detained, him during this time of extreme stress (Gen. 32:24-26). Jacob could have thrust off the angel in order to leave and protect his possessions, but instead detained the angel until he received a blessing from the Lord.

Because Jacob's heart was set toward the Lord, he put the Lord first when under intense pressure. Therefore, he was changed by the Lord.

"And He (the Lord) said to him, what is your name?
And he said, Jacob (deceiver). And He said, Your
name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel;
for as a prince you have power with God and with
men, and hath prevailed" Gen 32:27-28.

Jacob received a change of nature, along with position and power. Esau, who had sought rather to satisfy the present hunger of his stomach, lost out.

God deals with us according to THE INTENT OF OUR HEART. That is, according to what we truly desire to be. The present state or condition in which we find ourselves will be changed by the Lord, if we truly put Him first, and then trust Him.

"To him who overcomes 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 3:21.


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