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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

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.

Our Identity

by Wade E Taylor

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”  Philippians 2:5-8

Becoming a Wheel within a Wheel

Wade E Taylor

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross.”  Philippians 2:5-8

The Eternal Now

Wade E Taylor

he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.”   Exodus 3:2

Moses turned aside to stand before a bush that burned, but was not consumed.  This bush is yet burning and the Lord is still waiting for those who will notice and then turn aside into His burning presence. 

The Power of Choice

Wade E Taylor

“And He said to them all, If any man will (willingly choose to) come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”  Luke 9:23

Each of us who desires to personally know and serve the Lord must first make this life changing decision to “take up our cross.”  When we willingly do this, our present relationship to the Lord, and also, our eternal position in the ages to come, will be greatly affected.

Our Becoming Transparent

Wade  E  Taylor

“And before the throne there was, as it were, a sea of glass like crystal: and in the center and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind.”  Revelation 4:6 NAS

This speaks of “overcomers” who are in the midst of, and round about the Throne.  These are seen as being as a “sea of glass,” or as being totally transparent in the presence of the Lord. 

Our Attaining to that Which is Best

Dear Friends in our Lord’s Purpose and Calling,

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.

The sense of “a new beginning” inspires many to make resolutions and decisions as they seek to attain that which is best in their lives. This month’s article speaks into that desire, giving keys to help maintain the quality of our spiritual life, guarding the progress we have made.

Overcoming Hindrances to Our Going Further

Wade E Taylor

“And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hidden in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now to the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Ephesians 3:9-11 

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