From the desk of Steve Shultz:
Wade Taylor was my spiritual father until he went home to be with the Lord several years ago... I think of him often and still miss him to this day! Nancy Taylor, Wade's daughter, is continuing on his legacy and ministry, and she just released a great article by Wade below. As we enter into a new season and transition time, it's always good to "check our hearts" so to speak... and this article by Wade will help you do just that.
PLUS... we also wanted to share a recent article we published about Ben Carson on our news site Breaking Christian News with a profound dream he had from the Lord while a pre-med student at Yale.
I pray these two great articles will draw you closer into relationship with the Lord as Ben Carson shares, "I really began to understand early in my life the incredible power of prayer and our connection to God..."
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"The Intent of Our Heart"
Jesus Submitted Himself
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 2:6-8
The Son of God, from eternity, had a position of equality with God. Nevertheless, He willingly set this equality aside, that He might take on an identification with mankind in order to pay the penalty for man's sin. It was through obedience and suffering that He experientially entered into this position as Savior, though He could have come into it an easier way, as it was rightfully His because of who He was, "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Revelation 13:8).
Jesus submitted Himself to the disciplines and the testings of life so He might qualify through "experience" as well as by His "identity" as our Savior.
Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered; and being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him. Hebrews 5:8-9
Jesus had settled this issue within His being, and His heart was right toward God. Inwardly, He was determined to pay the full price for the outworking of the will of God, though it would cost Him His life.
For the Lord God will help Me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set My face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. Isaiah 50:7
Because of His obedience to the will of the Father, Jesus humbled Himself and became the Lamb of God upon Calvary's Cross, and then died in our stead, shedding His Blood that our sin might be cleansed. Because of this, the Father brought Him forth in resurrection life and then exalted Him. (Photo by Linda Harris-Iorio "The Lamb Returns as a Lion" via elijahshopper.com)
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow... Philippians 2:9-10
This name, "Jesus" (see Matthew 1:21), identifies Him forever with the redeemed for whom He gave His life. A parallel to this experience can be drawn from the life of David.
David, a Man After His Own Heart
And it came to pass, when they were come, that he (Samuel) looked on Eliab, and said, "Surely the Lord's anointed is before Him." But the Lord said unto Samuel, "Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." I Samuel 16:6-7
Samuel would have chosen the one who outwardly appeared to meet every qualification. However, the Lord revealed a different method of qualification: "The Intent of the Heart." This principle is exemplified in God's rejection of Eliab and in the selection of David for the throne of Israel.
Later, David was severely tested when Saul turned against him; but under extreme pressure David chose the Lord and His ways. His experience during this time of testing is recorded in Psalm 27:1-4:
"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?... Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear... One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after..."
God saw that David would choose Him in the difficulties that he would face, and later declared him to be "a man after His own heart" (I Samuel 13:14).
From Jacob, Deceiver, to Israel
Another example of this principle is revealed in the choosing of Jacob, a deceiver, over Esau. "Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated" (Romans 9:13). At first glance, this Scripture seems to indicate that "divine approval" is an arbitrary choice made by God. However, the Lord's choice is based upon a divine principle.
Outwardly, it appears that Esau should have been the right choice. He was the firstborn, and when his father requested meat, he willingly went to get it for him (see Genesis 27:1-4). Jesus said that His meat was to do the will of the Father (see John 4:34).
When under the pressure of intense hunger, however, Esau despised the blessing of God and sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of soup, and received a present, temporal satisfaction (see Genesis 25:29-33). Jesus faced this same test of hunger in the wilderness, but refused to turn stones into bread in order to feed His hunger. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
...Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4
While Esau was seeking meat for his father, Jacob deceived his father into imparting the blessing to him rather than to his brother. But later, when Jacob was under intense pressure, the true quality of his character came forth. Jacob had fled from Esau and was now returning home with all of his possessions. In Genesis 32:6-8, he was told that everything he owned was in jeopardy, as Esau was coming with 400 men toward him. Then Jacob humbled his heart before the Lord and asked for His help (see Genesis 32:9-12).
And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had. And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. Genesis 32:23-24
He sent all of his possessions toward Esau in two separate companies, and then remained alone to see what would happen when the first group came to Esau. His plan was that if Esau destroyed the first group, he could take the second group and escape. Then, an angel came and wrestled with, or detained, him during this time of extreme stress (see Genesis 32:24-26).
Jacob could have thrust off the angel in order to leave and protect his possessions, but he did not do this. Instead, he detained the angel until he received a blessing from the Lord. Because Jacob's heart was set toward the Lord, he put the Lord first when under intense pressure. Therefore, he was changed by the Lord.
And He (the Lord) said unto him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Jacob (deceiver)." And He (the Lord) said, "Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed." Genesis 32:27-28 (comments added)
Jacob received a change of his nature, along with position and power. Esau, who had sought rather to satisfy the present hunger of his stomach, lost out. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
The Intent of Our Heart
God deals with us according to the "Intent of our Heart." That is, according to what we truly desire to be.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
The present state or condition in which we find ourselves will be changed by the Lord, if we truly put Him first and then trust Him.
For the Lord God helps Me, therefore, I am not disgraced; therefore, I have set My face like flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed. Isaiah 50:7 NASB
Wade Taylor Ministries/Parousia Ministries and Wade Taylor Publications
Website: wadetaylor.org | wadetaylorpublications.org
Wade Taylor graduated to Heaven on February 29, 2012. He served others as a teacher and spiritual father for over 50 years. He was respected and loved by many for his quality of spirit and walk with his Lord. He was an anointed author, bringing forth deep truths of the Spirit with a clarity and simplicity that drew the reader up into a closer walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Nancy Taylor Warner, daughter of Wade Taylor, spent most of her childhood in a Bible school environment due to the calling on her father's life. In 1981, the Lord called her to support his message, and she since has functioned in a variety of positions. Today, in response to her dad's wishes and the encouragement of its board of directors, she now oversees Wade Taylor Ministries (wadetaylor.org). Nancy travels at times to speak and pray for others. Nancy's special gift of relating to and loving people stems from her own love for Jesus and His Kingdom. Her spiritual life messages flow into the hearts and spirits of those to whom she ministers.
"God Gave Me a Prophetic Dream That Changed Everything"
"I really began to understand early in my life the incredible power of prayer and our connection to God, and what a difference it made throughout my entire medical career." –Dr. Ben Carson
(Washington, DC)—Dr. Ben Carson, retired pediatric neurosurgeon and recently announced Republican presidential candidate, gave a moving personal speech at the National Day of Prayer event in Washington, DC, May 7.
One key story he shared was of a prophetic dream that changed the course of his life while he was a pre-med student at Yale.
Failing his chemistry course, a prerequisite for medical school, he had one last opportunity to pull off a passing grade. But the night before his final exam, still not comprehending the material, he cried out to God for a prophetic move.
"'Lord, medicine is the only thing I've ever wanted to do,'" Carson recounted his prayer at the breakfast. "'I thought that was what You wanted from me. And yet, it looks like I'm going to fail chemistry and I'm not going to go to medical school. (Photo via Charisma News)
"And I said, 'So would You please tell me what it is You really want me to do. Or, alternatively and preferably, work a miracle,'" he continued, eliciting chuckles from the audience.
After praying, Carson had picked up his Chemistry textbook, determined to learn the whole course overnight. But his efforts were futile, and he fell asleep.
His slumber, however, bore more fruit than his attempts at all-night cramming ever could. While he slept, God answered Carson's prayers with a prophetic dream.
"I was in this large auditorium," Carson described the dream. "Just me, and a nebulous figure working out chemistry problems." When he awoke early the next morning, the dream was fresh and vivid in his mind as he looked through his textbook.
"When I went to take the test the next morning, it was like The Twilight Zone," Carson said. "I opened that [test] book and I recognized the first problem; it was one of the ones I'd dreamed about. And the next, and the next, and the next."
"I aced the exam," he said to rousing applause.
"I really began to understand early in my life the incredible power of prayer and our connection to God, and what a difference it made throughout my entire medical career," Carson said at the end of the story.
Read more click here.
Dr. Carson is a prolific writer and author, having published eight books, including his autobiography, Gifted Hands, and two titles that were New York Times Bestsellers, America the Beautiful, Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great, and One Nation, What We All Can Do to Save America's Future, which was on the New York Times Best Sellers List for twenty weeks, five of those weeks at #1. Gifted Hands was the subject of the award-winning, made-for-television movie under the same title as the book in which Cuba Gooding, Jr., played Dr. Carson in the leading role.
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