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Divine Purpose

Wade E Taylor

“Deep calls to deep. At the noise of Your waterspouts, all Your waves and Your billows are gone over me.”  Psalm 42:7

The first “Deep” relates to the heart desire of our Lord for communion and fellowship with us.  The second “deep” relates to the spiritual capacity within us, which the Lord created to satisfy His desire.  The fact that the first “Deep” is calling to the second “deep” tells us that our Lord actively seeks and desires our fellowship with Him.

“Behold, I stand at the door (of your spirit), and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me. To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne.”  Revelation 3:20-21 (comment added)

Becoming Spiritually Alive

Wade E Taylor

“To the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things says He that has the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know your works, that you have a name that you live, and are dead.”  Revelation 3:1

There were those in the church at Sardis who appeared to be spiritually alive, but the Lord saw them as being dead.  This can be applied to those in the Body of Christ who are saved, but satisfied with all that the Lord accomplished on the cross in their behalf (their judicial relationship to the Lord), but they have not been willing to come under the power of the cross to change their lives (their experiential relationship to the Lord).

Entering the Depths with Jesus

Wade E Taylor

Many of us have formed an opinion of how a particular person, whom we have never seen, looks.  Then when we met them, they looked totally different than we had thought.  This is due to a “perceived” knowledge from which we formed an opinion without “experientially” knowing them.

Our spiritual journey began when we accepted Jesus as our Savior.  We had information about Jesus being our Savior, but we did not personally know Him.  But, there was more in our being redeemed than we realized.  Through “regeneration,” we became a new creation, and there was placed within us the desire to personally know the One who had redeemed us.

Because of this, we can, with the Apostle Paul, say:

“I long to know Christ and the power which is in His resurrection, and to share in His sufferings and die even as He died; in the hope that I may attain to the resurrection from among the dead. I do not say that I have already won the race or have already reached perfection. But I am pressing on, striving to lay hold of the prize for which also Christ has laid hold of me.”  Philippians 3:10-12 Weymouth

The Fellowship of His Sufferings

Wade E Taylor

In Philippians 3:5-10, Paul gives expression to the fact that there is much that can be apprehended and experienced, beyond that which he had previously known and experienced.

“That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death… not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:10, 12

He has come to know that the Lord can be personally, intimately known.  The Jews of his day did not have this concept, as they saw only the structured religious system which they sought to protect.

Rise Up and Come Away

A Prophetic Vision for our day

Wade E Taylor

For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; the fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.”  Song of Solomon 2:10-13

During the time in which we live, an urgent, present Word from the Lord is going forth.  He is saying to those who have a spiritual ear to hear: “I am separating to Myself all those who are willing to be made ready to have a part with Me in that which I am about to do.  Therefore, arise and come away with Me.”

Steps Toward a Spirit-Led Life

Wade E Taylor

“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”  Galatians 5:25

To “live in the Spirit” is to yield the totality of our being so Jesus can live His life through us as a present day witness.  This requires our living on a high plain of commitment, and our maintaining an active personal relationship with Jesus.  This will enable us to say with the Apostle Paul:

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me….”  Galatians 2:20

A New Song

Wade E Taylor

“And they sang a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation. And has made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”  Revelation 5:9-10

This “new song” is not one that we learn.  Rather, it is the result of our submission to the dealings of the Lord, and it is a testimony of what we have become – “kings and priests.” 

The “twenty four elders” represent the Old Testament overcomers.  The “four living creatures” represent the four sides of spiritual maturity, the New Testament overcomer. They are singing – “and has made us.”  This song is the result of the “processing” that takes place during our life time, which leads to our being chosen as an overcomer.

Born of the Spirit

Wade E Taylor

“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night.”  John 3:1-2a

Nicodemus waited until it was dark so he would not be recognized.  However, there is a deeper meaning as to why he “came by night.”  The Old Covenant, the Law, began in manifest glory, but had degenerated into a religious ritual which resulted in spiritual darkness.  Nicodemus walked out of this religious darkness toward the One he now recognized as being the “light” that he sought, but being a Pharisee, had not previously found.

“Again therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying: I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.”  John 8:12  Douay-Rheims Bible

As Nicodemus approached Jesus, he said, “Good Master.”  He was saying, “Jesus, You have something that I do not have. I have come to see what it is, and receive.”

“Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  John 3:3 NASB

Our Attaining to that Which is Best

Wade E Taylor

“Yes, I long to come to know Him; that is, the power of His resurrection, and so to share with Him His sufferings as to be continuously transformed by His death, in the hope of attaining, in some measure, the resurrection that lifts me out from among the dead.”  Philippians 3:10-11 Williams

We must guard our spirit concerning attitudes and things that can hinder the “quality” of our spiritual life.  When we neglect to value and maintain His presence in our daily life experience, we will gradually lose our interest in daily communing with the Lord.  Our understanding of spiritual principles will become clouded and deteriorate, and we will be robbed of His best for us.

Becoming Spiritually Perceptive

Wade E Taylor

“After this, I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up here, and I will show you things which must be hereafter.”  Revelation 4:1

After this, I looked.”  The result of John’s response to the manifestation of the presence of the Lord was an opening into the realm of the Spirit – “a voiceas a trumpet talking with me.”  This “voice as a trumpet” is a call to action, and speaks of spiritual direction and authority.  Notice that the door opened, when John looked.

For those who are responding as John responded, there is an empowering that has to do with “dominion” that is being imparted at this present time.  When this verse was quickened to me, I began asking the Lord to “show me things which must be hereafter.”  This prayer is being answered.

You Shall Be Witnesses

Wade E. Taylor

“But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses to Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the uttermost part of the earth.”  Acts 1:8

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit was given that we might receive the enabling to “become” a witness.  This speaks of far more than our receiving power to do witnessing, as we ourselves are to become this witness – not something that we are to do or say.

Becoming a Witness

Wade E Taylor

“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”  I Corinthians 12:13

The “Baptism of the Holy Spirit” is received at the time of salvation, in which we are “immersed,” or “set” into the Body of Christ, by the Holy Spirit.

“Now you are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”  I Corinthians 12:27

We are all baptized into one body.”  Through “regeneration,” we are made a specific member of His body (a member in particular).  As we grow spiritually, we will discover our place within the Body of Christ (placement).  It is important that we both know and function in this specific calling and ministry.

“One Lord, one faith, one baptism.”  Ephesians 4:5

OUR 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.

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