The Power of God Can be Trusted
Wade E Taylor
He stands behind our wall – This wall is all the things that hinder, our involvements in temporal things. When we seek the lord, there is an enemy that will come and tell us all the reasons why we can’t. If I were to say to you, today, the Lord is going to move powerfully in your life, you would probably tell me six or seven reasons why He couldn’t. We all have our reasons. We know that there are things that we are involved in that are hindrances.
The wall is the conditions, the barriers, the hindrances; it can be doctrinal, or things that we were taught, it can and many times is sin or corruption in our life that we have allowed to continue. In a mistaken belief we can dwell in some kind of duality of flesh and Spirit, uncleanness and holiness.
Back in 1953, while attending a full Gospel church, I began praying and seeking the baptism in the Holy Spirit. A denominational minister told me about these Pentecostal people: they never took a bath, they rolled on the floors, they all lived on the other side of the tracks, and they swung on the chandeliers. He really went overboard to try to scare and keep me from receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit. He told me that all these horrible things would happen.
I am seeking the baptism and I am praying for the baptism, and all at once – up comes this wall – all the things I had been told – the terrible things that would happen. When the power of God starts to move, there is a sense of losing control. This sense of one losing control over their life, over their own will, or wishes and wants for many is a fearful thing. This fear of losing control over our lives is the main reason so many do not fully surrender their lives to God.
The Lord in some ways understands this and is willing to some degree to accommodate us in our fears, doubts, and lack of trust in Him. Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good. The Lord gives His people glimpses, He allows then to sample His goodness so as to woo us to come a little deeper. Hebrews 6:4-6 -- Those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come. But there comes a point after we have tasted, partaken of, seen His power and signs and wonders that He requires a just response, even our full trust and commitment.
Sometimes there is such a yielding and receptivity, that we can receive and the Lord is doing something different within our lives and meeting our need uniquely with a different type of anointing or moving.
He stands behind a wall –We need to come to the place where we can trust the supernatural, the power of God. I have seen powerful manifestations of the power of God and things happen that have actually scared me out of my wits. But, I can honestly say, in looking back, and without exception, it came out right. It was scary at the time, because the Lord is dealing with the human element. but it would come out right and that person would have a clear testimony that they had met the Lord beyond anything that had happened previously.
Well, the Lord wants to come out – because His original intention was not a holy of holies – a ten by ten cubical where He would abide, but in the original, He said I will come down in the sight of all the people. That was His desire then and it is still His desire today.
People are hungry for the power of God, not just the letter of the Word, but the spirit of the Word that flows out of the presence of God. There are those in the church that are seeking that too, but they are seeking the presence of God and His power in wrong ways. They are seeking manifestations and empowering, without surrendering themselves and wholly unwilling to pay any price. They don’t want to pay the price of a separated life so they are seeking to come into it in some other way. So much in the Church of this hour is taught independent of the Lord. John 10:9-10 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, -- and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, (Through the door but seeks to climb in some other way) but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. Spiritual short cuts are self-destructive, one can not rob or despoil God to gain His presence and power in our lives. In the end the only one you will end up robbing and defrauding is yourself of your true spiritual inheritance.
I would start to pray and the power of God would start to move on me and I would freeze and I would catch myself and freeze, because I have been told see there was a wall. I had been told all these terrible things and I would freeze and then it would be gone. Now once I realized it, it was gone, I would say, well that is really what I really want. So I would start over again. I began to wait and it would start to build and it would get strong then I would panic, because all these things would come up. And I would freeze, well this went on for a month and every time and I would go back to that church. And I would begin to pray and the power of God would start to move and I would feel it and then, I would remember and I was afraid I would loose control and all these things would begin to happen and I would freeze and finally the Lord gave me a verse.
If we ask for (Matthew 6 or 7) bread, He will not give us a stone. If we ask for fish, He will not give us a serpent. And I started to repeat that. Lord, I am asking for bread and I am told that You will give me a stone, but You said, in Your word, that You will not do that. Lord I am asking for the moving of Your spirit, Your presence, I am asking for fish, the reality and I am told that I will get a scorpion, that I will get devoured, but You said in Your word, that I would not, so Lord, I am going to believe You. Well, after I said that about a hundred times, I started to believe it. And I came through to a powerful baptism in the Holy Spirit. But I had to get through that, that wall that had been built – that barrier and we all have them in some measure and we are living now at this present time – no other generation has had the opportunity, but through all the things that have been going on there has been these little doubts and fears and we have heard horror stories – most of which is a valid explanation – because the power of God can be trusted.