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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.

Fall 2003
Understanding His Manifest Presence
Taken from a message by
Walter H. Beuttler

“Can any hide himself in secret places that I
shall not see him? says the Lord. Do not I fill
heaven and earth? says the Lord.” Jeremiah 23:24.

The term, “Manifest Presence,” refers to the presence of the Lord being revealed through one or more of our five natural senses. As we sit in the presence of the Lord in expectancy, and persevere in our “waiting upon the Lord,” we will learn the “secret” of His Manifest Presence.

Irrespective of how we may “feel,” we are to base our waiting upon Him on the “fact” that - “God is present.” We must accept the fact of the certainty of His presence being with us, as being more real to us, than any conscious awareness of His presence that we may feel, though both are essential.

“Where shall I go from Your Spirit? or where
shall I flee from Your presence? If I ascend up
into heaven, You are there: if I make my bed
in hell, behold, You are there.”

“If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in
the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall
Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall
hold me.”

“If I say, surely the darkness shall cover
me; even the night shall be light about me.
Yea, the darkness hides not from You; but
the night shines as the day: the darkness and
the light are both alike to You.” Psalm 139:7-12.

It is only after we have been firmly rooted in the “fact” of His Presence, that the Lord can give us the “consciousness” of His presence. Otherwise, we might become over dependent on Him for His “Conscious Presence.”

When the Lord reveals His Manifest Presence to us, He has a purpose in mind. As we respond to His presence, He will begin to reveal Himself to us in one of many ways. It may be a time in which we fellowship with Him. Or, it may be in the form of a burden for prayer, intercession, or spiritual warfare. He may begin to unfold a spiritual truth to us, or give a special understanding in His Word.

The ability to “understand” what the Lord has in mind, when He comes and reveals His Manifest Presence to us, is developed through practice. It is cultivated by our devotion and obedience to His leadings. We must learn to know when the Lord comes to us, and when the purpose for which He came, has been accomplished. We need to be careful not to offend Him, by not responding to His coming, or by leaving the place of His presence prematurely.

Leaving His presence prior to His being finished with us is detrimental to the development of our spiritual sensitivity. At times, we may not be as careful as we ought, but we should remember that the Holy Spirit has feelings, and that He can easily be grieved. He is not intrusive; neither will He force Himself upon us. The Lord appreciates being appreciated, and will only come when He feels welcome.

The Spirit will often pray through us in ways we do not understand. We may not know our need, or the needs of others. But, in His foreknowledge, the Lord provides for this.

“Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities:
for we know not what we should pray for as
we ought: but the Spirit Itself makes intercession
for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:26.

Therefore, the Holy Spirit, knowing the will of the Father, prays through us and gives us a burden that corresponds to the need to which only He is aware. Often, we may become sad, happy, full of joy, or expectation, all during this process of the moving of the Holy Spirit, as He expresses Himself through us toward the need. At times, He may cause or allow us to understand, as we continue to wait upon Him. However, our knowing may only serve to hinder the efficient work of the Spirit of God in praying through us.

When the Holy Spirit comes to us with a burden, or in a heavy presence, care must then be exercised in responding. If we are rightly involved in some activity, such as our employment, or responsibilities that cannot be postponed, the presence will subside and then abide with us, until we are free to come apart and wait upon Him. However, if we do not wish to respond to His coming, the Lord will be grieved, and we will loose this special relationship to His Manifest Presence.

We can stop waiting upon Him, when His presence begins to lift. A song may commence to rise within in worship, or a peace will be felt, and then, He will withdraw until a future time.

“And the Lord went His way, as soon as He
had left communing with Abraham: and
Abraham returned to his place.” Genesis 18:33.

Gradually, as we poise our spirit toward the Lord in “absolute silence,” we will begin to find the “secret place” that is close to the heart of God. His desire for us is contained within this “poised spirit,” where words or expression may only serve to interrupt our communion with God.

As we wait upon Him in this attitude of Spirit, His Manifest Presence will increasingly become real and meaningful to us.



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