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By Richard Gazowsky
I have found that when it comes to the issue of receiving blessings from God it is more than a task or a job, and that it is best to approach it with the skill of a refined artist bathed in the innocence of a little child. For God’s gifts are always like presents you received when you were young. If you think about it, His gifts always hit the happy buttons, like the ones that turned you on when you were a little tot. The wonder and surprise of it all would spin you around as you danced on your feet in joy.
Now that we are so called “mature”, our receiving can be much different. We are annoyed because God’s surprise factor has interrupted our predetermined plans. We are embarrassed because we desired to have the appearance of having everything under control, especially in front of those that we have responsibility over.
A better way to look at this scenario is that it requires humility to trust in God to provide for us, and this may immediately clash with our learned sense of responsibility. We were taught to always make plans so that we never had to worry about having enough supply for the moment. Wow! Do you think this might fly in the face of trusting God completely? As a young man I was shocked when a famous man of God came by my mother’s house and admitted that he was trusting God for a place to stay that night. I thought (as any young man would), “How can it be that this famous man of God doesn’t have adequate sources of supply?” I expected him to have credit cards, various savings accounts, and maybe even an apartment in our town because he was so famous and well-loved by everyone. Why would he say, “I don’t know where I am going to stay tonight?”
Later I presented the question to my mother, who herself was a famous minister in our denomination, and she told me something I have never forgotten (and I also did not fully understand until lately). She said, “Richard, he has plenty of money and he even owns several homes within driving distance. But he was looking for God’s perfect will and wanted God to provide his place to stay, and show him how he was going to find it.”
It was not until the last few weeks that I have begun to understand this unique elegance in trusting God. It truly is an art form in the spiritual realm, because learning to live on God’s sources of supply makes one dependent on hearing God’s voice daily. I believe this was the revelation Moses was trying to give the children of Israel when he said, “Man should not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” The enlightenment that has fallen upon my understanding is that all the words of God are linked to each other ~ even though the promised provision doesn’t appear to be.
The prophet Timothy Snodgrass recently prophesied about this kind of scenario in two separate prophesies. First he talked about prophetic fulfillments happening like dominos that were stacked in sequence. When one prophetic event happens it triggers the next prophetic event, and the next, and so on…. Secondly he talked about God’s words for action being like a pearl necklace. You must focus on each pearl, and complete its course, before you come to the next pearl. This process is repeated until you finish the whole string of prophetic pearls. When Timothy gave this prophecy, it immediately caused an image to appear in my mind that was easy for me to refer to. Since then I have become more aware of prophetic sequences that must occur in their perfect timing in my life.
Divine sequences have had major influences on me, and my future, even though at the time of their happenings they seemed to be insignificant. For example, today I had one scheduled appointment, some gifts I needed to purchase, and several other engagements I had to keep. The amazing thing was, as I completed each obligation in sequence it changed my timing for the next one. But I felt it was important to continue the process in the way God aligned each appointment.
All of the sudden I found myself at a store counter, and the salesperson who manned it happened to know me from the past. Our conversation ended up being so anointed by God that I realized that the Lord had been lining me up to meet this young man at the right place and at the perfect time. I understood that my meeting with him was a real Christmas gift from God ~ one of the pearls on that prophetic necklace. It was just like when Jesus told about a merchant who passed by a field and saw a pearl of great price. He went home and sold all that he had and purchased the field so he could obtain the expensive jewel.
You will find that the Creator of the universe desires to speak to you daily, and each word from Him is truly a pearl of great price. There is nothing more valuable than hearing God and doing what He desires.
Richard Gazowsky pastors a church in San Francisco called A Place To Meet Jesus. He has directed the films, “Guardians” and “The Roman Trilogy.”
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