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RESTING IN CONFIDENCE

June Taylor

 The enemy is making a lot of “noise” these days, doing all he can to cause fear and panic on the earth and to thwart God’s Kingdom. And yes, around the world people’s foundations are being challenged and shaken. BUT – In spite of the adversary’s best schemes, the KING OF KINGS LORD OF LORDS OUR GOD reigns!

As believers, we know that our God is on the throne, and His Kingdom rules over all. He is still in control. And His invitation remains to “Enter His rest”, “to fear not”, “to be still”, “to trust”. And it seems we have been given an opportune season to draw close and re-assess; and to make sure that God alone is our great confidence.

Deep Calls Unto Deep

June Taylor

Charles Wesley wrote, “Amazing love! How can it be that thou my God wouldst die for me?”

We continue to be amazed as we ponder the depths Jesus, the Son of Man went, to redeem mankind and deliver us from evil. His suffering went beyond the stripes and the cross, down into the belly of the earth.

“For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matthew 12:40

The Lasting Value of Communion

Wade E Taylor

As the “facets” in a diamond are viewed, some appear as being opposite to other facets; but rather, the beauty of a diamond is that these facets “complement” each other.  So also, the partaking of “communion” with our Lord has many different ways in which it may be understood and experienced.

Many receive communion in a ritualistic manner; partaking religiously, rather than first being lifted into the presence of the Lord through worship, and adoration of who He is.  There must be a time of preparation for us to effectively partake of “communion” with the Lord.  Just as it is not possible for us to “wait on the Lord in His presence” until we have passed from the natural realm into the spiritual, it is not possible for us to “receive” the value and substance of the body and blood of Jesus, until we exchange realms.

Maintaining A Personal Relationship With The Lord

Wade E Taylor

A “word” that is being quickened at this present time is, “Rise Up,” or, “Come Higher.”  Wherever we are in our spiritual life experience, the Lord is challenging us to come higher.

“After these things I saw a door standing open in heaven.  The first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.”  Revelation 4:1 International Standard Version

There are several terms that relate to our having a “higher” (deeper) walk with the Lord.  One of these words is “overcomer.”

An “overcomer” is one who “rises above” a difficult circumstance or situation, by dealing with it.  Being an overcomer is not the result of something that we do; rather, it is what we have become through the experience of what we do.  It is the unconditional commitment of our life to the Lord – our “heart attitude,” or the “set” of our spirit.  We are to live in the Lord’s presence as being totally dependent upon Him, as a “branch” depends on the “vine” to which it is vitally attached.

The world recognizes our need for increased physical energy, and advertises all kinds of things to give us that energy.  Our spiritual energy also needs not only to be maintained, but also to be increased.  This “energy” must come from above.  Jesus said:

“I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing.”  John 15:5

Intercession

Wade E Taylor

“But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly.”  Matthew 6:6

This speaks of the importance and the power of private, personal prayer.

To go into our “closet” and shut the door in order to pray is a very private, personal experience.  Here, in the privacy of our “set apart place” of prayer, we can express our heart to the Lord.  To express our deep inner desires and feelings in prayer, is as medicine to our soul.  But there is a greater and more important blessing.  Our Heavenly Father hears our secret prayer, and He will openly reward us.

Because no one is involved in our “shut in” time, we can come aside and pray at any time.  We “choose” when to pray.

However, intercession is quite different; we “respond” to an intercessory burden which “impregnates” us, and we intercede until it is “birthed.”

This speaks of the importance and power of private, personal intercession.

“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

A Time of Transition

Wade E Taylor

Because we are at the end of the Church Age and the beginning of the time of transition into the Kingdom Age, many are going through difficult and trying wilderness experiences.  These wilderness experiences are for a purpose that we must understand, if we are to be fully prepared for the outworking of our calling and ministry.

Two of the Biblical transition messengers, Moses and John the Baptist, were each taken into an extended wilderness experience to be prepared for the transition in their times.  Today, we also are living in a time of transition.  Therefore, many are being called apart by the Lord to be “made ready” to fulfill their part in all that is about to take place, in both the Church and the nations.

“Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.”  Luke 3:2

Spiritual new beginnings often begin in a wilderness experience – in the privacy of our personal relationship with the Lord, where separated from all else, we interact with Him alone.  John the Baptist was called apart into a desolate place for a very specific purpose.  Later, when asked who he was, his response reveals the deep work of preparation that had taken place during his time in the wilderness.

“He said, I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as Isaiah the prophet said.”  John 1:23 NASB

Waiting for the Lord

Dear Friends in our Lord’s Calling and Purposes,

Each month I highlight one article written by my dad, Wade Taylor. As we begin the new year, I am praying earnestly as to what truths would be most helpful to set our hearts on.  My prayer is that these writings will be a strength and encouragement to you, as you continue in your times of daily fellowship with the Lord.

As a New Year begins, I am often drawn to truths relating to spending quality time in the Lord’s presence.  This was very much a part of my dad’s life, something we often saw him doing.  They are probably some of my favorite teaching because they transformed my own life as well.  Busyness will always challenge devotion.  Yet it is at the very heart of our walk with the Lord, and is worth contending for.  Let’s determine to find that “time apart” throughout the year where we can spend quality time with Him.  As we do, it will make a difference!

Prayerfully yours,
Nancy Taylor Tate

 Waiting for the Lord
Wade Taylor

“Deep calls to deep…. Psalm 42:7

Deep calling to deep” is descriptive of a deep desire for fellowship that is within our Lord and by divine design, within each of us.  The Lord had searched both the universe and all that He had created, but could not find the satisfaction He desired.

A Call to Come Apart

by Wade E Taylor

“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; and I will fill their treasures.”  Proverbs 8:17, 21

The Lord ever seeks to change us, as He desires to bring us up into a cooperative relationship with Him in the outworking of His higher purposes.  Before we can go with Him, we must first come to Him.  Therefore, the Lord waits for us to reach out toward Him and invite Him to come within (those that seek Me early shall find Me). 

Our Having a Single Eye

by Wade E Taylor

The level of the Lord’s activity within our spiritual life experience is determined by our integrity, yieldedness, and sincerity toward Him.  The Lord looks deep within us to see if there is an indication of a desire to go beyond our present level of spiritual attainment and especially, a seeking to personally know Him.  When we become, in any measure, interested in Jesus, He will notice and respond.

“I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find Methat I may cause those that love Me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.”  Proverbs 8:17, 21

God With Us

Nancy Taylor Tate

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:23

For the United States, and other nations of the world, Christmas is a time when those who choose to so, celebrate the first coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was the Son of God, yet to a lowly manger He came in the form of a babe born of a virgin. He was subject to His parents as He grew up, tested in the wilderness, and faithful in public ministry. He fully overcame as a man, then as the spotless Lamb of God, offered Himself for our sins, totally paying the price, that through faith we might be restored and live in right relationship with God.

Recently, a close friend of mine went home to be with the Lord. Their life was marked by the presence of the Lord, and they loved to teach from the tabernacle. Their son gave me a picture of the tabernacle which had been theirs, and I hung it on the wall in my office. As I would walk by and look at it, it reminded me of them, and I would feel sad. But one day as I looked at that tabernacle surrounded by tents, the words “I will dwell in the midst of you” became alive in me and filled my heart! What a treasure my friend left me with!

Emmanuel! God with us! The tabernacle gives us a beautiful picture of this reality ­– that which is ours under the New Covenant through the Lord Jesus Christ, regardless of circumstance or situation. Nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:35-39). He has promised never to leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). We all will have times of testing and times of blessing. He is with us in every season!

Even now, different ones are facing different situations. For some it is a time of joy and laughter. For others, there is a tinge of sadness or even loneliness. Whatever your season, may embracing “God in the midst of us” make your joy even more joyful, or fill your heart as it has mine.

Emmanuel! God with us! He is with us! May that truth be a comfort and encouragement to you!  A reality, as we honor the Lord Jesus Christ together, giving thanks to Him for His presence and steadfast love.

 

Pressing Toward the Mark

by Wade E Taylor

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth to those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13‑14

In this personal testimony, Paul tells us that he is determinedly moving towards an attainable goal.  When we are able to recognize our purpose and calling in life, and move toward this as being our “goal,” then our spiritual journey through life will become much more productive.

Our understanding the purpose of predestination will both help and guide us in responding to our “purpose and calling.”

The Motives of our Heart

by Wade E Taylor

“And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him. But the Lord said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”  I Samuel 16:6-7

When the Lord deals with us, He probes the motives of our heart in order to reach the root, or the source of our condition and need.  He then works within us according to the “potential” that He sees.

A Firm Foundation

by Wade E Taylor

Our spiritual life must be established and abide upon a firm foundation.  This “foundation” is our daily time of worship and prayer, which flows out from our innermost being to the Lord.  It is not the amount of time (quantity) that we spend in worship and prayer that is important, but rather, the quality of this time.

Pressing through Busyness

Nancy Taylor Warner

www.wadetaylor.org

Luke 5:1-4

“And 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….  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.  Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.”

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