That You, Lord?
Wade E Taylor
The world has “educational toys” for children.
While playing with these, children are also learning. The
Lord may use the “movings” of the Holy Spirit
as spiritual “educational toys.”
When we asked the Lord to become the head of our lives, we
then begin to become the expression of His life. We take on
“the mind of Christ” and give expression to His
life through our lives. As we yield to this working of the
Holy Spirit, His life gradually comes into control of our
During this time of “learning,” there is a mixture
as we grow through the 30 fold, into the 60 fold, and then
into the fullness of His life expressed through our lives
as we become a 100 fold Christian. Being a 30 fold Christian
means that 30 percent of what we say and do is the expression
of the life of the Lord through us, and 70 percent is the
expression of our lives. When we progress to the place where
60 percent of what we say and do is the expression of the
life of the Lord, only 30 percent is our expression. Now the
Lord is in control.
We cannot bypass these stages of spiritual development, but
we must experientially grow through them. As we express that
which yet relates to us, we will begin to feel uncomfortable
and realize that a change is needed. As we seek this change,
we will be moved upon by the Lord through a teaching, or a
dealing, so we will learn.
We may not see a direct result from these “learning
sessions” that is significant in any way, as these are
“learning toys” to teach and instruct us. Others
will be blessed and edified, and we learn.
The Lord moves on us in ways that are “not” important,
so that when the really important thing does come, we will
know how to function. We will grow spiritually much more rapidly
if we are able to recognize this process, and become willing
for the Lord to use us in this way.
“Except you…. become as little children, you
shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew
This means that there must be a “heart” obedience,
rather than a “head” response. If my heart is
toward the Lord, I will say, “Lord, I may be wrong,
but I am going to obey, and I will find out if this is you
or not.” Some have said, “I think the Lord is
asking me to do something, but I am not sure if it is the
Lord or not.” I have told them, if it is not life threatening,
or will adversely affect others, try it.
When Israel came out of Egypt, and came to the Red Sea, they
were not spiritually mature. Therefore, the Red Sea parted
“in front” of them. But while in the wilderness,
they experienced the pillar of fire by night, and the cloud
by day. This was a supernatural provision to teach them.
They were being taught (spiritual educational toys) the principals
of how to function in the kingdom “while” they
were still in the wilderness. When they came to the Jordan
River, they were told to take the ark and step into the flooded
river, and that when the souls of their feet touched the water,
the water would recede under their feet – which it did.
We will face situations where it seems critical and we think
the Lord has spoken, but we are not sure. As we step into
this “word,” if it is the Lord, the waters will
part and the purpose of the Lord will be accomplished. If
the word was not from the Lord, we will drown.
Now we have learned, and can do it right the next time. I
have learned more from the things I have done wrong, than
from the things I have done right.
“All things work together for good” - even the
things I do wrong.