Wade E Taylor
“But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit
is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses to Me both in
Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and to the uttermost
part of the earth.” Acts 1:8
The word “after” tells us that there is something
between the promised “power” and a productive
life experience. “After” speaks of a “divine
delay,” until certain conditions are met, and the Lord
is satisfied to release the desired and needed - “power.”
This “process” can be seen in the life of our
Lord, when He was baptized by John in preparation for His
“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up immediately
out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened to Him,
and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting
upon Him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is My beloved
Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17
Jesus has now received the Spirit without measure, and a
confirmation of “divine favor,” or the “approbation
of God” resting upon His life. It would appear that
He was ready to begin His ministry. Instead, Jesus was immediately
led into the wilderness, where for forty days, He suffered
hardship, hunger, and temptation.
“And Jesus being full of the Holy Spirit returned from
Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being
forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days He did
eat nothing: and when they were ended, He afterward hungered.”
The “wilderness” is a place where there is nothing
- no divine favor or blessing, no one to seek out for help,
or to give a word of encouragement. Instead, when Jesus became
intensely hungry, the enemy came and reminded Him that He,
being God, could easily feed Himself by turning stones into
bread. Jesus refused to satisfy His hunger with anything less
than the provision of His Father.
“And when the tempter came to Him, he said, If You
be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live
by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the
mouth of God.” Matthew 4:3-4
It was in the place of hunger and privation, rather than
in the place of blessing, that Jesus received the ultimate
blessing. He had to go through a processing (wilderness time)
in order to enter the higher purposes of God.
There are “divine delays” that we face in the
outworking of our spiritual development. This “wilderness
time” is an “indeterminate” span of time
during which a particular purpose is accomplished. Our self-dependence
and self-centeredness, must come to an end through an experience
of utter dependence on the Lord. When we are tested, we will
either pass the test as an “overcomer,” or we
will come short of gaining a victory over our self-life, and
will need a further time of preparation.
We tend to measure our spiritual “attainment”
with the “blessings,” or the “giftings”
that we have been given. However, these are only the beginning.
We must go beyond that which we have been given (what we do),
to a change in our nature (what we have become).
Especially, at this present time there is a call to come
“higher.” If we desire to go beyond the level
of our present spiritual experience, and “apprehend”
the present calling and purpose of our Lord, we will be taken
through a difficult time of testing and proving, in order
to become a part of the “corporate” Jesus who
will again do all that He did in a single body, through a
corporate body. For us to have a part in this, we must be
prepared, as He was prepared.
We progress from one level of relationship to another. Each
time, and in each step of this progression, there are dealings
- things that the Lord does, to release us from the lower
level, in order to prepare us for the higher level. If we
are not careful we will misunderstand and misinterpret these
In the Song of Solomon the Lord said:
“It was but a little that I passed from them, but I
found Him whom my soul loves.” Song of Solomon 3:4a
At this present time, the Lord is beginning to move within
those who are being stirred to come apart and “wait
on Him” in His presence, where He can begin to speak
and accomplish His purpose through them.
It was “but a little” that I passed from them
(pulpit ministry) that I found Him. This is a “forty-day
period of time” (time of testing), where we are separated
from the spiritual womb where we have been very comfortable,
into a new place and level of relationship and attainment.
Our tendency, rather than to wait and allow the Lord to bring
the adjustment, is for us to go back to the place where we
Divine delays stretch our patience. “I sought Him,
but I found Him not” (Song of Solomon 3:2b). Why? The
Lord has something better for His Bride. He is waiting (divine
delay) so He can take us further, but there is a price we
The “sermon on the mount” is the “key”
to a kingdom life.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3
“Blessed” are all those who have come to the
end of their abilities, into abject poverty and utter dependence
– those who have come to the end of self, and trust
the Lord, leaning heavily upon Him, and letting go of everything;
“for theirs is the kingdom.”
We have “arrangements” and “accommodations”
in our spiritual life experience, with which we are comfortable,
as we know how these patterns function. When we do certain
things, we experience a certain response. If we are to go
further, we must enter into a time in the “wilderness,”
where we can be separated from these dependencies.
In order to go higher, we must move into a place that is
unfamiliar to us, leaving the familiar behind. We must be
careful to stay “in the wilderness” the appointed
time, as we tend to say, “I am going back, as I felt
much more comfortable there, and I knew what to expect.”
The Lord is seeking to bring us out from the familiar, into
the higher - into the “ways” of the Spirit. Here,
I must learn a new language, as His voice is becoming as the
“voice of the trumpet.”
“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into
a place which he should after receive for an inheritance,
obeyed and he went out, not knowing where he went.”
He went out not knowing – as the future was veiled.
There is a purpose in our wilderness experiences - the delays,
and the reductions that we experience.
“And you shall remember all the way which the Lord
your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble
you, and to prove you, to know what was in your heart, whether
you would keep His commandments, or no.” Deuteronomy
The delays of God reveal our true motives and intents that
correction might be made, and that we might be brought up
into a higher level of relationship and experience.
“Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
When He had heard therefore that he was sick, He abode two
days still in the same place where He was. Then after that
says He to His disciples, Let us go into Judaea again ...
Our friend Lazarus sleeps; but I go, that I may awake him
out of sleep.” John 11:5-7, 11b
Martha and Mary (service and devotion) were attempting to
get the Adamic nature (Lazarus) healed.
“Then said Martha to Jesus, Lord, if You had been here,
my brother had not died.” John 11:21
Jesus stayed away “two days” (Church Age). Lazarus
(the Adamic nature) is now bound up, and has become so dead
that it smells. In the “fullness of time,” Jesus
came and said, “Lazarus, come forth.”
Later, Lazarus is sitting at the banquet table with Jesus
(John 12:1-2). The delay was to bring forth the higher, because
life comes out of death and unless we go through that process,
we cannot receive the word to “Come up.”
There is a purpose in the Lord seemingly discouraging us.
That discouragement will only make our roots go deeper, and
cause us to push all the harder.
Mark 7:25-29 is the story of a certain woman whose daughter
had an unclean spirit. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord,
will you heal my daughter?” He answered, “This
is for the children, the chosen, not for the dogs.”
In other words, “you are a dog, you cannot have this.”
She replied, “The dogs under the table eat of the children’s
crumbs.” Jesus said, “For that saying, your daughter
This Greek woman knew what she wanted, and she refused to
be insulted. Blessed are the bankrupt, the “poor”
who will give up their identity, the right to their own life
and become apart of the expression of His life.
“Let us not be weary in well doing (our present level
of faith, believing and hope): for in due season (there is
an appointed time) we shall reap, if we faint not.”
Galatians 6:9 (comments added)
There is a time of “divine delays” - of discouragement,
where there is no apparent reward. But, there is a “due
season” - “an appointed time” - if we will
patiently endure “our time in the wilderness,”
and then move past our present circumstances (where we are
comfortable), up into the unknown.
Here, we can look back and rejoice in all that we endured,
in order to have a part with Jesus in the “third day”
that is before us.
“Come, and let us return to the Lord: for He has torn,
and He will heal us; He has smitten, and He will bind us up.
After two days will He revive us; in the third day, He will
raise us up and we shall live in His sight.” Hosea 6:1-2