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Living in the Spirit

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 a state of being in which we have died to our self-life and have yielded the totality of all that we are and have to Jesus, so He can live His life through us as a present day witness.

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

I live; yet not I.”  This requires us to live on a high plain of integrity and commitment in order to maintain the necessary spiritual sensitivity that will make this possible.

“If we are living by the Spirit, by the Spirit let us be guided”  Galatians 5:25 BBE

To “walk in the Spirit” is to live one step at a time, with every aspect of our life experience being lived in total yieldedness and willing obedience to the will and purpose of our Lord.

As we walk with the poise of our spirit upward toward the Lord, His abiding presence and peace will confirm that we are walking in the center of His will.

The Lasting Value of Communion

by Wade E Taylor

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

Some receive communion in a ritualistic manner, by partaking of a symbol, or emblem of the Lord’s body and blood.  There is no life in a symbol or emblem and these receive only a religious or sentimental satisfaction.

Others recognize that they are partaking of the very life of the Lord, and as they partake, they are receiving His literal body and blood being imparted into them.

There should be a time of preparation so we can effectively partake of “communion.”  We must be lifted into the presence of the Lord in order for His life to flow into our lives.  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 literal body and blood of Jesus, until we exchange realms.

Going Beyond Our Present Experience

Wade E Taylor

Those who have experienced Jesus as being their personal “Savior” openly acknowledge that He shed His blood upon Calvary’s cross in atonement for their sin, and in some measure, they live a committed Christian life.  The name “Jesus” has become precious to them.

Among these are many who also know Jesus as “Christ.”  The word “Christ” speaks primarily of the anointing, especially the “One who is anointed (Jesus),” and in a lesser sense, of our being “anointed” as a member of His body.  These have received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and have developed a sensitivity to His presence.  In some measure, they are being used in Holy Spirit gift ministries.

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.

Understanding the Will of God

by Wade E Taylor

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28

This does not say that all things are good, but that even terrible things (all things – without qualification) can work together to produce “good.”  This good (God) is not these “things” in themselves, but rather, that the “image” of our Lord Jesus Christ is being wrought into our being, and these “all things” have become a tool to accomplish this.

A Present Need

Wade E Taylor

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who  comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to  comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort  wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”  II Corinthians 1:3-4

There are many Christians who have been unintentionally hurt by a minister, or by another Christian.  These hurting Christians drawback from fellowship, refusing to again expose their need, and consequently they become spiritually crippled.

If they had the understanding that there was a higher “purpose” in the Lord allowing them to be  hurt, then the negative consequences could be avoided, and their fellowship among Christians restored and enhanced.

“But He knows the way that I take: when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”  Job 23:10

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

Inviting the Lord Within

by Wade E Taylor

“My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, He stands behind our wall, He looks forth at the windows, showing Himself through the lattice.  My Beloved spoke, and said to me, Rise up, My love, My fair one, and come away.”  Song of Solomon 2:9-10

At this present time, within the Church, the Lord is especially stirring individuals who have been seeking “something more,” without really understanding what they are searching for.  Many of these are thinking, “What is happening to me?”  This is because they are being drawn away from any satisfaction with, or dependence upon that which is less than the Lord’s best.

Resting in Confidence

Wade E Taylor

“Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that hears these sayings of Mine, and does them not, shall be likened to a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”  Matthew 7:24- 27

Our personal relationship with the Lord must be established and maintained upon a firm foundation and be in agreement with the written Word of God.  The Lord responds in a higher level of relationship to those who are standing on the bedrock of the full redemption that He has accomplished in their behalf, and are trusting in His faithfulness, alone.

Seeking Divine Approbation

Wade E Taylor

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

The word “closet” is translated from a Greek word meaning a “storage chamber.”  Most translations use the word “room.”  This weakens the intent of the Lord, as anyone can easily find and enter a “room” in which to pray, but for us to enter a “closet” is quite a different matter.

We are living in the time of the Laodicean Church, which we are told is “rich and increased with goods” (Revelation 3:17).  Thus, our “closets” are full.  As our closets, so also, our lives are filled with demanding activities. Therefore, most of us are too busy to spend much time in prayer.

The Personalized Word

Wade E Taylor

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us….  John 1:14

The eternal, creative Word became the greatest revelation that God could ever give to man.  His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, was born of a virgin and dwelt among us in condescension as “Jesus of Nazareth,” which at that time was considered to be a place of reproach.

As Jesus walked the dusty roads of His day, the world saw a visible demonstration of the truth and power of the eternal Word.

Taste and See

Wade E. Taylor

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusts in Him.” Psalm 34:8

“Taste and see” speaks of our having an active relationship with our Lord, in which we relate to that which He is presently doing.  The Lord is about to demonstrate a powerful manifestation of His glory and presence throughout the earth through those who have been prepared for this event.

A Prophetic Vision for Our Day

Wade E Taylor

“My beloved spoke, and said to me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.  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

This passage of Scripture expresses in beautiful spiritual imagery, a prophetic vision of the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit during the latter days.  It speaks of a special time of “divine intervention” during which the Lord will reveal Himself and His glory, through a prepared corporate witness, as foreseen by Isaiah.

Being the Least of All

Wade E Taylor

 “And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”  I Corinthians 2:3-5

If the life of our Lord is to be seen through our lives, there is a reduction of all human abilities that must first take place.

Our Being Faithful

Wade E Taylor

“John to the seven churches which are in Asia… even from Jesus Christ, The Faithful Witness, the First-born from the dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood and made us kings and priests to God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”  Revelation 1:4-6

The first name that is given to Jesus in the book of Revelation is “The Faithful Witness.”  Because He was faithful to His calling, the reward that He has for us relates to our being faithful to our calling.

“His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”  Matthew 25:23