Of Growth
And Strength


Wade Taylor

(Edited, as per usual any additions are in blue)

“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness … The voice of one crying in the wilderness … Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan  Matthew 3:1-5

The place of worship was in Jerusalem, yet all of Israel went out into the desert to John the Baptist.  There was a “substance” within him that so attracted people that they were willing to go to where he was.  Many years ago, while at Pinecrest, which is located in a very remote area, I determined to seek the abiding presence of the Lord to rest upon Pinecrest.  Years later, I often heard people say that they came because of the open heaven over Pinecrest.  (These were able to sense, partake and bask in the Spiritual substance – not knowing what had gone into bringing Pinecrest into that state before the Lord.)

“It came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon Him to hear the word of God, He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake, but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.  And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land.  And He sat down and taught the people out of the ship.”  Luke 5:1-3

Jesus was standing on the shore, and He stepped into a boat because the people were “pressing upon Him to hear.”  There were two boats, representing the realm of the natural, and the realm of the Spirit.  We choose which one we will abide in, either in an earthly dominated world, or in the place of seeking the presence of the Lord in a heavenly atmosphere.  To experience the manifest presence of the Lord, there is a price that must be paid. (Separation unto the Lord, waiting on the Lord, spending time in prayer, reading the bible on our own, meditating upon His word, being obedient to the words and commandments of Jesus Christ, and an availing of ourselves to repentance – deep repentance as He calls out unto us things in our lives that are unlike Him. – Coming into a place of great spiritual substance is no accident, it is accomplished day by day moment by moment here a little and there a little. It is like the wind it seems as nothing and then one day you awake to a sense of its direction and power, and begin to be able to partake of it.)

“And seeing the multitudes (those pressing to hear), He went up into a mountain (the place of revelation in the realm of the Spirit): and when He was set (a teaching atmosphere), His disciples came to Him (our response to His presence): And He opened His mouth, and taught them (a release of Spirit)  Matthew 5:1

“He opened His mouth.”  This tells us that this is far more than just speaking words.  A spiritual atmosphere had been created, and now there is a release of Spirit.  We can have profound truth, and yet accomplish very little if that truth is spoken out of the intellect, as we have only exercised our mind with intellectual truth.  The “anointed word” goes into our spirit.

Whenever we enter the presence of the Lord, His presence is felt and there is an impartation into our spirit.  This results in a deep inner satisfaction that cannot be described, but (Its substance) draws people (Around those who have paid the price) to seek (After) this presence, (In the same manner as what occurred with John the Baptist)Multitudes will travel long distances to sit in the Lord’s manifested presence.  We were created for this and cannot find a lasting satisfaction in any other way.

In Romans 1:11, Paul said, “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, to the end you may be established

The important word in this verse is “impart.”  This is far more than simply teaching the word, it is believing for the Spirit of impartation to be active through the anointed word that is ministered.  Paul is saying, “That I might be a channel to release (transmit) the presence of the Lord into those who are pressing to hear.”

“It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.  There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul: the last Adam was made a living (quickening) Spirit.”  I Corinthians 15:44-45

“It is sown a natural body” (I submit the totality of my being unconditionally to the Lord) and as a result, “it is raised a spiritual body” (the ability to be anointed with impartation).  This quickening (anointing) speaks of impartation.  That which relates to the Lord, comes from the Tree of Life, and is life-giving.  Adam was made a living soul, which relates to the tree of knowledge, and relates to our intellect.

(Coming unto Him, taking and His yoke upon my life requires that) I die to my way, as I submit to His way.  I give up my thoughts, (my will, and my desires) and allow the Lord to come and release Spirit and life within and through me, (by partaking of His thoughts, His will and His desires.)

Due to Adam’s transgression, we begin in the natural.  If we are to move into a spiritual atmosphere, it must be carefully cultivated.  While I was at Pinecrest, I was committed to cultivating this spiritual atmosphere; that there would be an abiding spirit of impartation present.  I knew that we were in an isolated area and if the school was to succeed, there would have to be something beyond natural abilities or intellect that would attract people.

I always rejoiced when someone came and said, “We came because we felt an unusual presence of the Lord here.”  This was because I had invested (Time) in cultivating a spiritual atmosphere that would produce this response.

“My speech and my preaching was not with the enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.”  I Corinthians 2:4

This “demonstration of the Spirit” is my becoming a “conduit,” through which the Lord can move to accomplish His purpose.  It is not in the “enticing words of man’s wisdom,” but the demonstration, or outworking of the personalized presence of the Lord in Spirit and power.

Some time ago, I spoke at a meeting with about five hundred people in attendance.  When I finished, the meeting was dismissed, but no one moved.  The majority sat there for over an hour because they were receiving Spirit and life – the very substance of the life of God was being imparted into them.

If I am anointed, I will say better all that is to be spoken.  But “impartation” is far more than this.  (It is) Spirit and life is being released into the spirits of all those who are responding.

“God has revealed them to us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God. … Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches; but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”  I Corinthians 2:10-13

“Comparing spiritual things with spiritual” can be more accurately translated “teaching spiritual things to the spiritually minded.”  This is the release through impartation of the quickened word of the Lord.

Proverbs, Chapter 8, verses 17 and 21 give the key to becoming a mature Christian and having a successful ministry.

“I love them that love Me and those that seek Me early shall find Me … that I may cause those that love Me to inherit substance.”

“I love them that love Me.”  This is a conditional love, a love in which I express my love to the Lord, as being His Bride.  (As) The Lord (Tests and examines our expression, probing the thoughts and intents of our hearts, in time He) will (Begin to) respond and impart (Tastes and glimpses of His) Divine favor upon my life experience (To cause us to come after Him an to enter more fully into a deep abiding relationship with Him, out which) His life (His substance) will flow through my life into others. (This is the definition of true ministry, this is abiding in the vine.)

“That I may cause them to inherit substance  This substance is not money; rather, it is the substance of the life of God, finding its expression through my life and ministry.  The Lord breathed into us the breath of lives.  We were made for Him.  Therefore, there is no satisfaction apart from our relationship to Him - His life flowing into my life and being released through my life. (To others.  This action is uniquely expressed in the second great commandment – And thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself – For without entering into the deep abiding personal relationship with the Lord of Hear O Israel thou shalt love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and all your mind and all your strength – There can be no release, no satisfaction of imparting of the life, the power, the anointing of Jesus Christ unto others.)

“The Lord God has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: He wakens morning by morning (this is how I receive it), He wakens my ear to hear as the learned (awakening the inner capacity within me to hear in the realm of the Spirit)  Isaiah 50:4

As I wait in His presence, I am lifted from the realm of the natural, up into the realm of the Spirit.  I am being lifted (wakened) from my dependence on the intellect, (And one’s earthly natural talents) and I am coming into the place that I was created for – where I receive Spirit and life.

“He awakens, morning by morning, my ear to hear.”  This hearing will continue to increase as I come into His presence, the first thing each morning.  Eventually I will come to the hundred fold where literally I can say, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I – the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God” (Galatians 2:20).

My life is now giving expression to His life and I can say with John the Baptist, “I am the voice of another.  My life has become so yielded, that the Lord is able to express His life through my life.”