Honesty Can Be The Friendliest Word

I have found that an honest word that is spoken at the right place and exactly the right time can be like a child arriving home to their mother’s kitchen with a warm fire glowing and being cuddled in her arms knowing that everything is going to be alright. The reason for this is, honesty wings deep in your spirit and resonates with truths that you have found to be ageless and trustworthy.
The great pop lyricist Billy Joel wrote about this subject in his song “Honesty,” reflecting that it is such a lonely word. But his song was about melancholy sadness, and referred to something precious that was lost. I have found myself humming a different tune that resounds in the major keys of inner rejoicing that swells to victory and personal gain. This is the gift that God’s word and honesty brings to you personally.
Most of you who are well versed in the Scriptures understand the importance of honesty when it comes to the will of God ~ for there is His good will, His acceptable will and His perfect will. Something might be God’s acceptable will, but can become a lifetime of difficulty and trouble ~ the exact opposite from His perfect will. God’s perfect will requires a level of honesty that is as pure as a baby’s mouth against its nurturing mother. The trouble is, if you are a person who has experienced any level of authority and power, it is easy for you to choose a lower level of God’s will by blocking out His voice with cleverly devised made-up confirmations that assure you that the lesser choice was really His perfect will.
Let me take a moment right here and share with you a personal experience. In my years of pastoring and praying for people it has been quite necessary for me to give people honest truth from the Lord. But I am shocked many times when I give them exactly what the Lord is saying and it doesn’t match exactly what they’re wanting. Suddenly they reject me personally and treat me as if I’m an enemy of them and God. But now I realize this is the price that a person who is honest must be willing to pay. It has also caused me to value honest words coming out of someone’s mouth even more.
Ralph Wilkerson is a person that I have found to speak such rich words to me, likewise Timothy Snodgrass and Gershom Sikaala. But even more importantly I have found this quality in my wife Sandy and my children, especially my son Sunny St. Yves Gazowsky. Recently my son spoke to me an honest word of correction over my life. At first the word stung a bit. But then, as I let my walls of resistance melt into the realization of the truth of those words, my eyes were opened and I felt the warm fires of home burning throughout my heart. I knew that this truth would become a bond between my son and I for the rest of our lives.
Honesty is so strong that it becomes the granite foundation upon which empires are built. Without it, words just become a flash in the wind on foundations of sand. To my shock and amazement, honesty is the foundational stone of big money. As an inventor, I have been in many meetings with innovation financers and angel investors. As I watched the entrepreneurs field questions raised by future financers, I was shocked at how honesty was more important to them than the actual innovation. This insight became even more relevant when I dealt with executives in the movie industry. Honesty was what they were looking for first.
I know we all hear tales of backstabbing and cheating in Hollywood. But the stories only make the headlines because of their extreme rarity. In actual reality, most Hollywood executives go home to honest families just like you and I. They don’t even allow their children to watch the shows that they produce! I know for a fact that the true money people and decision-makers of Hollywood are looking for clean fun family entertainment that will fill their box offices. There has never been a greater day and a key moment for you to use “honesty”.
By gazowsky

“Don’t Plan, Follow”

One thing that most of us have discovered through experience, is that if it does not come from God it’s completely worthless. But then at the same time we know the danger of operating as a solo act, or even worse when  there is authority over us finding that we’re not in perfect sync with the perfect will of God. What I am clearly talking about is the precious diamond that every visionary person is seeking ~ for the perfect will of God and the perfect authority to protect you.
When I was a young man of about 24 years I learned one of the greatest lessons, that has affected my entire life, from the Chinese teacher “Watchmen Nee”. In his Christian book on spiritual authority he talked about the many classical stories in the Bible ~ where being under authority is very important to success, and not failure, in your life. The lessons that he talked about were so important, and impacted in my life to such a degree, that it has caused me to stay under my mother’s authority until even today when she is 92 years old.
My family and I just completed a tour of Europe where we witnessed the castles and the splendor of rulership over the last 2000 years. We also noticed how men and women learned how to be under authority ~ and because of this were given great authority. But there is another lesson that was a little harder to see.
This is when rulers are under authority, and at the same time are humble and submitted to the presence of God. Those rulers did things that ended up affecting the entire continent of Europe. They were in submission in their personal relationship with Jesus Himself, and Jesus gave them great visions that became the inspiration for we now call the Renaissance.
So we see that it is not just vision alone that is important. There were leaders like Louis XVI, who had great vision but it did not include a personal relationship with Christ ~ and it resulted in the French Revolution. We know that true visions come from God. Yet we also realize that new wine, lasting visions cannot be done single-handedly but require a group effort. That’s why our church, “A Place To Meet Jesus,” must submit to visions from God as a group effort as we see the next Renaissance unfold around us. And hopefully the world will join in and open up the doors to even colonize outer space!
Apostle Paul wrote these powerful words: “All this energy issues from Christ: God raised Him from death and set Him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from His rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which He speaks and acts, by which He fills everything with His presence.”
Obviously the vision that God has given us is so great it is impossible for us to achieve it in any manner by ourselves. For this reason we must take these instructions given to us in the Scripture to heart: “Go to now, ye that say, ‘To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain': Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, ‘If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.’ But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
God is about to lay out and uncover the great visions of the future for us. But let us not start drawing up schedules and plans based on what we see in the future, but instead follow follow, FOLLOW, FOLLOW His presence!

By gazowsky

Casual Meetings Can Be Epic Appointments

I want to share with you something that is very personal, and I know by doing so it makes me vulnerable to people trying to take advantage of my outlook on this subject. But in spite of this, I feel I should talk to you openly about this area. The more sensitive I am becoming to the presence of Jesus in my life, the more aware I am becoming concerning the importance of meetings I have with other people ~ even if they appear to be casual or even accidental.
 
Each day I’m becoming more alert to the spirit world around me ~ of spiritual warfare, God’s angels, and other people’s prayers ~ and how they interact regarding meetings I am having with people. It’s almost as if I can see a divine concierge service that is programming the schedule of each day. (Of course this requires me to pray and seek God’s presence at the beginning of the day.)
 
Take this morning for example. My family and I called a cab to take us to an appointment. When I got in the seat beside the driver he immediately began talking about the Lord. Since I had never met him before he had no clue we were ministers. As our conversation continued the Lord spoke to me and said, “Ask him if he needs prayer for anything.” When I did this the cab driver got very serious and said his son was an alcoholic and needed salvation. As we continued towards our destination the Lord spoke to me and said, “Give him the scarf that you are wearing around your neck.”
A brother in the Lord, Paul Orth, gave me the scarf over a month ago and told me that he felt it was prophetic. Now I knew the reason why. The scarf was to be given to this young man’s son and when he put it on he would be delivered from alcoholism. When we arrived at our destination I shared all of this with the man, and then I took his picture so I could continue to pray for him. I realized that this divine appointment had been set up over a long period of time and I had just experienced it as a casual meeting.
 
I’m beginning to comprehend that God’s divine guidance is daily setting up incredible events for me, and many times I have just walked by these meetings because I wasn’t aware of the real significance of what was going on in the spiritual world around me. I believe that heaven is waiting for us to realize how important each meeting is. And the more we realize it, the more heaven will pay attention and set up wonderful divine appointments for us!
By gazowsky

Resting… The Best Way To Receive Dreams

Dreams are something that God gives you when you sleep. When you wake up, your normal response is to do something during the day that will cause your dream to come to pass. I am learning that nothing could be further from the real truth.
 
I first must make it clear that there are, I believe, three types of dreams: pizza dreams (that you should just forget about); warning dreams that make you aware that you might have to do something to make sure the negative does not occur; and positive faith-building dreams that talk about the incredible future God has got planned for you.
 
The last type is the area of dreams I’m referring to. Years ago whenever I had a dream, I thought my task was to immediately go out and use all of my effort to fulfill the dream myself. I was even counseled by some elders that appeared to be very wise men, that if I didn’t respond extremely fast nothing would come to pass. I have since learned that their counsel that was born out of their own anxiousness, plus a little foolishness. I have come to understand that God does not have to hurry or rush to get anything done because He controls “time itself.”
 
No wonder Hebrews, the fourth chapter, says, “For as long, then, as that promise of resting in Him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith. If we believe, though, we’ll experience that state of resting. But not if we don’t have faith. Remember that God said,
‘Exasperated, I vowed,
“They’ll never get where they’re going,
never be able to sit down and rest.’”
 
The point of the Scripture is very simple and direct. When God gives you a dream, it is a word from Him and He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end of the fulfillment of that dream. All you have to do is rest and wait for His fulfillment to be done ~ and that requires faith.
 
Remember, faith is the substance of things hoped for. If you already have them, then you don’t need faith. So waiting for the miracle that you saw in the dream that God gave you is the joy of resting. Just learn to have patience and allow that dream to be wonderfully fulfilled!

By gazowsky

If I Wrote A 200,000 Page Book On How Wonderful You Were Today, It Wouldn’t Be Enough

Coming out of sleep this morning, before I even opened my eyes, a negative thought came to my mind, then a bad feeling. Immediately I held my mind from any continued thinking and I remembered the Scripture “gird up the loins of your mind.” When I finished rehearsing the Scripture for the third time in my mind, I felt the ache in my body that had caused me, in my half slumbering state, to question, “Why do I feel so stiff?”

Then I groggily remembered that in my prayer walks this last week my iPhone had recorded 80,000 steps ~ which meant I had walked 36 miles. No wonder my muscles were sore! That is what is so wonderful about You, Lord. I began to quietly whisper a prayer, “God, not only do You want to talk to me and walk with me, but You also inspire me to exercise!”

I began to thank the Lord for a moment, cuddling like a little puppy, for the wonderful things He has already shown me. They were so wonderful that they were really making me giggle. But I lay there quietly under the sheet. I did not want to disturb anyone as I sensed it was still early. Mind you, I still had not opened my eyes and I didn’t even know if there was sunlight yet. But I was so excited about God’s favor that had been shining on me all week long. I truly must be the richest man in in the world ~ I mean richest with double R’s!

We all know that the word of God says, “For the Lord maketh rich and adds no sorrow with it,” but I was lying here actually experiencing the true riches of God. My wife Sandy, the most kind and beautiful young woman in the world, was sleeping beside me. My three lovely children Rocky, Misty, and Sunny always share with me their rich experiences with the Lord. Their revelations are so beautiful and revelatory that not only are they deepening my own understanding, but they are explaining to me even deeper revelations that I never before could see. I am amazed that my own children have become so deep in the Lord.

Quietly I continued to pray, “Jesus, what You have done to my family has been so phenomenal that even strangers when they see us, stop me and gave praise to You, Lord. Yes! You, Jesus! One elderly woman from the church of England whispered to me, “Last night I spoke to my husband after I saw your family, and said, “Look at them, that family there. They are people of faith. I know it’s because they have a deep relationship with Jesus and that’s why they look that way.” When she told me that, I could see in her eyes how much she loved You, Jesus, and how much she was so glad that You took the time to help and love our family. To tell You the truth Jesus, the whole world loves You!”

At this point I started to cry ~ and I still hadn’t yet opened my eyes! I was lying down on the bed contemplating the wonderful things that You did, Jesus. This was the first few seconds of the day. I really don’t know if there’s a book big enough to contain all the wonderful things that God wants to do for all of us every single day. What I do know is that this day, yes this very day, will go down in my personal history as a long book of wonderful things You have done for me today.

It is my dream and vision that every one of you who read this blog will find a rich relationship with Christ ~ so that every day is a 200,000 page book of the wonderful things that He does for you too!
Pastor Richard Gazowsky

By gazowsky

Love – The Key To Future Innovations

Ancient folklore history tells us of a tale where love for one woman was so passionate that it caused an auspicious and powerful king to launch 10,000 ships into a 10-year battle for Helen of Troy, which resulted in the innovation of the Trojan horse. For thousands of years the sages have told the story in the context of “passion.” But I present the case that it is also a story of “innovation.”
Innovation is an elusive goal that has frustrated countless enterprising entrepreneurs who have tried to discover major breakthroughs that would turn what most people considered problems into momentous answers.  Let’s take a moment and consider how we deal with innovation powered by love. For the numerous examples below, I’m going to use nonrelated fields of endeavor.
 
Mark Zuckerberg, the innovator of Facebook, was a young sophomore at Harvard University when he launched his world-changing company Facebook. He was a computer nerd who had a love and passion for people to be able to network together. This coupled with his seat-of-the-pants knowledge of computer programming, led to the technography that gave us worldwide social interaction through the use of computers. This also made Zuckerberg a billionaire 35 times over (at last count).
 
As you can see, finding the answer to our most popular needs also has great rewards. But there is the elusive expense that appears to come with every great innovation. I’m not writing about or considering any of the previous examples as negatives. Instead I am looking at the word of God that says, “The Lord maketh rich and adds no sorrow with it.”
 
The only way that this seemingly impossible objective can be achieved is through the power of innovation through love. All of the great industrial leaders in society used love to release creative innovation in their minds. But usually it was just focused on one part of the passion of love. They didn’t fully understand how wonderfully complex love really is. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
 
You see this is the first Scripture that describes how love is a fruit and that it comes with incredibly powerful attributes, such as longsuffering, which is filled with temperance that gives you the ability to have patience to perfect its work in your innovation. Each one of these varieties of the fruit of love carries with it the perfecting qualities to help you to achieve wealth with no sorrow.
 
This morning I was talking with an older gentleman who races “C class” cars. He was telling me that he is trying to achieve just one-second faster speed on the track, but he believes it is impossible because of his age. He has added more horsepower and all kinds of improvements to his cars, but he still hasn’t been able to achieve that elusive one-second advantage. As I was talking to my son, Sunny, he mentioned to me how a Formula One car is actually a wing with an engine on it because it uses the power of wind to keep the car on the track.
 
My son discussed with me how the engineers that built these Formula One cars had to think out of the box, using airflow instead of weight to keep the car in proper control when traveling at speeds of over 200 miles an hour. When approaching a problem such as this (which I know absolutely nothing about) I realized that it is the power of God’s love in its purity that gives the complete answer. A complete answer means that every single aspect of the problem is answered ~ from the driver’s qualifications, to the driver’s safety, to the driver’s ability to receive the reward of victory.
 
Innovation that is powered by God’s perfect love has a completeness to it that satisfies every aspect of the need itself. To understand the powerful implications in this proposal ~ is to comprehend the big picture that is being played out on planet earth. God Himself created this planet, and all innovation that occurs on earth emanates from His son Jesus Christ. This is not anything that I have made up, but is clearly spelled out in the Scriptures: “All this energy issues from Christ: God raised Him from death and set Him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from His rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church.”
 
So what I am saying is that God is “love” and if you want to plug into any innovation that is going to actually count on this planet, and also if you want to enjoy the wealth that comes from this innovation, it is absolutely necessary for you to become a student of God’s perfect love. 
 
Every aspect of God’s love will release innovations into your world. Yes, Henry Ford was not a born innovator. It was his love for auto manufacturing that led him to so many inventions. But he also had problems. And the list goes on and on… I personally feel that a new Renaissance is beginning in the world today, and this Renaissance will lead to innovations that are powered by the fruits of the Spirit, which emanate from love itself. Remember, the Scripture says that God is love.
 
Which brings me back to my first point, that love brings about a passion that releases innovation. Greater love has no man than this that he would lay down his life for a friend. God gave His only begotten Son. Think about it, contemplate on how great is God’s innovation in planning your and my salvation. This passion is so complete that it makes God Himself rich in His possession of the innovators that He has passionately created.
 
Wow! It’s a vision that is so big it can take your breath away. And it’s something I want to take my time to contemplate in the realm of the Spirit. “Jesus, would You please release Your love in me completely ~ to where I can embrace all the attributes of love ~ such as longsuffering.”
 
By gazowsky

“Living In The Place Of Perfection”

The Lord woke me up and said, “I am calling your family and you personally to do an extreme prophetic act and intercession.” As I sat there on my bed I realized that the last 20 events that have been happening to my family and me this year have been leading to this one command. Even though a lot of unexpected distractions have happened and caused personal stress to my family and me, I knew all along God was in control and He was directing this event in my life for my place of perfection in God’s excellent will.
To be in God’s perfect will (or as brother Timothy Snodgrass would put it, being at the right place at the right time) is so important that it causes every other event of your life to fall back into the ashen-grey background of mere existence ~ so the true flamboyant coordinated colors of obedience are all you can truly see. And these colors are so magical that they are complementary and satisfying to all your sights and sounds ~ like the ringing of harmonious bells of cathedrals throughout the world. This is what the presence of God’s perfection is like.
I know what I am speaking about here appears to be metaphorical, but I am wanting each one of you to understand how complete the perfect will of God is, especially if you are finding that place of perfect perfection. Yet there can be incredible tension and stress if you are trusting in your flesh to understand what’s going on. But if you will simply trust like a little child, you’ll find that God has everything in perfect order.
Rarely does God tell us all of the details in advance, because if He did the enemy would also find out and try to mess up the details. So God’s reason for silence is not to hinder you, but instead to stop the attacks that would come against you. All you have to do is wait for His blessings. His blessing will overtake you and load you up with benefits you never could conceive of. (As matter of fact, I believe many of you this Sunday are receiving His blessings while you are reading this blog ~ so go ahead get blessed!)
And more blessings are coming, and more, and MORE! Do you realize that every single day of the rest of your life is going to be a day where you will experience God’s wealth of benefits that come from His blessings? And this is will go far beyond the possession of wealth, but includes the riches of family, health, peace of mind, family unity, money, houses, lands, possessions, grandchildren, great-grandchildren… everything ~ including the nation of America being blessed.
I said all of this to come to the key part of this message. And that is, to receive the full complete blessing of God you need to do some things that are very detailed and sometimes difficult. In the Scriptures many times it would have saved the king to obey the Lord, but he did not remove the idol groves. This detail was important to God but obviously it was not to the king.
Recently the Lord spoke to Timothy Snodgrass and said, “Pastor Richard has not done a small detail that I asked him to do last year. Tell him to obey everything.” When Timothy gave this message to me he also counseled me by saying, “Pastor Richard, sometimes to you it might not seem important, and you might be able to reason away with your human understanding for why you should not obey God. But this is where obedience comes into play.”
The thing that God had told me to do was to buy someone a gift that was very expensive ~ and the person did not even have the ability to presently use the gift. At the same time someone very close to them needed the exact same gift! I know this sounds confusing, but I want you to see the stress I was going through because my mind was reasoning against my commitment to obey the simple command of God. No wonder the apostle Paul said, “Oh wretched man that I am.” But in Paul’s case he obeyed the Lord and did what He said, like the great Old Testament kings of Israel.
To be honest with you, it was difficult on my part but I did finally obey the Lord involving this one subject. There was, however, another area that Brother Timothy warned me about. But on this one I am still waiting for the situation to completely play out regarding the matter of time it’s going to take. Only then will I truly know if I obeyed the Lord completely.
I am very excited to share all of this with you because obedience to God is so precious to me. And since I am your pastor I want you to know the value that I put on finding the perfect will of God in my life in every situation. I am hoping that you, too, will make a commitment to perfectly obey Him in everything you do.
By gazowsky

Time To Lose Friends

We are not only entering into the springtime of 2015, but for some of us it is the springtime of our entire life. Jesus taught us in the parable of the sower that the farmer will have to deal with problems that the enemy sets as snares in order to protect good seed in good soil. One such problem is friends that appear asymptomatic, but carry the disease of doubt that may infect you and try to destroy the faith that will cause your seed to grow.
In the early 1900’s there lived an Irish immigrant woman who carried a dangerous disease in her body, but she herself was never sick with the disease. History has named this woman, “Typhoid Mary,” and she worked as a cook for many of the wealthy families in New York City. The first family she worked for came down with typhoid fever and some of the family members died from it. She subsequently lost her job but she never realized it was because of her that they died. She immediately got another cooking job with a very wealthy family ~ and again the same thing happened. This time three members of the family succumbed to the disease.
 
This woman continued to move around from house to house and when people died she just moved to a new residence, still not realizing she was carrying a very deadly disease. So many people were dying in New York City from this typhoid fever outbreak that the head of the New York City health department started doing research and began to trace back when the outbreak first occurred. He found out that in every family where people died there was one common denominator ~ this Irishwoman was their cook. Doctors then questioned the woman about her part in all these deaths.
 
“That is ridiculous!” she replied. “I’ve never been sick and I’m not sick now. How could I have caused the disease?” She would not submit to any test and continued to cook for families that soon became sick. When the members died she just quit and found another job. Finally, so many people died that the New York health department arrested her and put her in quarantine. After they jailed her they discovered she had typhoid fever living in her gallbladder. But the woman still maintained it was not her problem. After she was incarcerated for three years she agreed to always wash her hands and not to work ever again as a cook.
 
But soon after being released Typhoid Mary changed her name and resumed her job as a cook. Sure enough, she did not wash her hands and people began to die again. What gave the investigators a clue was that people were dying in the neighborhood of the city that had no history of typhoid fever. Now suddenly this new epidemic was happening. When they again caught the woman she was placed in permanent quarantine and lived there till the end of her life.
 
This example shows us how dangerous doubt really is. It is a disease that completely destroys your ability to receive miracles and blessings from God. It is so dangerous that it actually worked against Jesus Christ Himself when He was ministering in a local neighborhood in His hometown. Jesus had been invited to stand up in the synagogue and read from the Scriptures. It was the prophecy of Isaiah talking about Him and what He was going to do for Israel: “God’s Spirit is on Me; He’s chosen Me to preach the Message of good news to the poor, sent Me to announce pardon to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to set the burdened and battered free, to announce, ‘This is God’s year to act!’”
 
The Scripture then goes on to say that Christ “closed the book, gave it to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all of them that were in the synagogue were fastened on Him and He began to say unto them, ‘This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears.’ And all bear Him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth.” At this historic moment, while Jesus stood before His entire hometown, had they been filled with faith and miracles there’s no telling what could’ve happened! But just then a person with just a little bit of doubt said these words, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”
 
Suddenly the typhoid fever of poisonous doubt filled the hearts of the people of that town. After just a few moments, “They were filled with wrath, and rose up, thrust Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of a hill where upon their city was built, that they might cast Him down headlong. But He passed through the midst of them went His way.” This is one of the most shocking examples of how dangerous a friend can be that carries the spirit and ideas of doubt, and how its infection can spread as quickly as a mass electrocution in poisoning you and your friends hearts from their ability to carry innocent child-like faith.
 
Being asymptomatic is carrying disease but never catching it yourself. You might know someone who never experiences the symptoms of doubt yet they poison you and people you love. Remember, this works through doubt that is given to you through their communication. They made use phrases like, “I’m just playing the devil’s advocate it,” or “You’ve got to look at both sides of the issue to be balanced.”
 
Please listen very carefully to what I am saying. We all need counsel. But it must come from those people who love us, who care for us, and have attained wisdom from living in the realm of faith for most of their lives. There’s a big difference when somebody constantly has the disease of doubt. It is time for you to lose this kind of dangerous friendship.
 
Jonah was friendly, but became dangerous to the point of being deadly. He had an asymptomatic condition that was caused by his disobedience to the word of the Lord. He had joined himself to a ship that was full of innocent travelers going to their appropriate destinations, when suddenly they found themselves in a deadly stormy sea. The ship was going to sink and all of the lives onboard were going to be lost!
 
When the crewmembers cast a lot and discovered that Jonah was the problem, they threw him into the sea, the ship was saved, and everyone was able to continue successfully on their journey. The next part of the story shows us what a gentleman God is, because He prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah so he wouldn’t drown.
 
The whale ended up transporting Jonah to his original destination. When he got there not only was the disease of disobedience gone, but he also became the savior of the city of Nineveh.
 
Sometimes you have to cast your friendship into the sea and never see them again. But God will catch them and put them in the proper pathway so they will be in His perfect will fulfilling their destiny in life. So letting go of some friends that are diseased with doubt might even save them.
 
The important message that you and I must receive is simply this. If a friend brings doubt to you, let them go. Be kind, but still let them go. If we are going to trust God for miracles that we all desperately need, we must also trust Him to provide the fish to save the people that you must throw overboard and out of your life. This requires a real active faith.
 
It also takes strong courage mixed with kindness and gentleness. I remember when the mayor of San Francisco was dealing with very hostile protesters. He simply instructed the police officers to put their steel hands in velvet gloves as they dealt with the people inciting violence. This example shows how you and I must deal with dangerous friendships ~ steel hands inside velvet gloves.
Pastor Richard Gazowsky
By gazowsky

“God’s Perfection is in the Details”

I love holding my iPhone 6 + and feeling the smooth, highly polished edges slide in their perfectly honed construction through my fingers.  Each time I do this, my mind considers how perfectly God fits my daily schedule into His perfect symmetry of necessary relationships and activities. Of course, this complexity of relational unity can only occur by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, a guidance that is so simple it must be approached in a childlike manner.
This week I heard that one of the candidates who is running for President of the United States announced that he wanted to change the tax laws so you can fill out your tax forms on a simple postcard and be done. I stopped and thought for a few minutes, remembering when I first became a pastor and filled out my tax forms they consisted of two pages and took about two days to do. Now that form is 68 pages long, weighs about 5 pounds and took 2 1/2 months to fill all of the necessary documents. Wow! A postcard sounds wonderful!

This is exactly what the Holy Spirit wants to do in your life, take every complex problem that mankind is throwing at you and turn it into a simple trust in God! A few years ago I experienced the pressure of so many complex challenges that it sent me to the hospital and I had to face the reality that I couldn’t fix it. At that point I could do nothing but give it all to God.  As Jesus said, “When they drag you into their meeting places, or into police courts and before judges, don’t worry about defending yourselves-what you’ll say or how you’ll say it. The right words will be there. The Holy Spirit will give you the right words when the time comes.”  It’s amazing how the handcrafted words of God fix your personal problems with highly honed and elegant perfection.

If my day’s schedule was something that I could place in my hand, it would be smooth and elegant and full of quality just like my iPhone 6 +.  The reason I am using this physical example is because your spirit is similar to the iPhone in its programming.  If you learn to use the Holy Spirit’s simple software inside of you, you will find where real spiritual perfection can be experienced. When you purchase your iPhone, one of the first things you learn is to turn off software or applications that you are not using so they do not drain power from your phone’s batteries.  This is the same truth that you learn when you power up and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit inside your human interface.  You must learn to turn off all unnecessary software so it doesn’t drain the love, peace and joy of the Holy Ghost from you. Turn off hate, vengeance, and all the wicked works of the flesh and turn on the simplicity of God to deal with everything.  That simplicity is found in one word, “Love.”
It’s amazing how simple and powerful love is when you use this spiritual software that the Holy Ghost has put in your heart.  Suddenly, all worry, stress and problems literally disappear and you find yourself in a finely tuned environment of love, joy and peace.
One thing that I have noticed over the years is that most people desire these three things: love, joy and peace. Many of them have gotten hijacked along the way and have sought these things through money, power, friends, and possessions. If you have ever relied on any of these things, you know that they’re not all that they’re cracked up to be.  The real method of finding love, joy and peace is by listening to the simple, daily words of God and then as you go to bed at night you will feel His love for your obedience, His peace in your obedience, and His joy and satisfaction in your obedience.
By gazowsky

Bringing All Things Into Remembrance

Today as we were talking, my daughter Rocki, mentioned an event that happened to me 11 years ago, on May 1 2004, I remembered the prophet Timothy Snodgrass mentioning over the last few weeks how important this nearing day was. Now, I realized it was 11 years since that major event occurred in my life. Over years of experience with the prophetic word and the exact timing of the Holy Spirit, I realize that events often occur that appear to be random but are actually fulfilling His promises with an elegance of accurate timing.
On May 1st eleven years ago my family and I had made a major decision in our lives and we had given something very precious to the Lord. I was walking down the stairs of my house and suddenly I was handed an envelope in which there was a very large sum of money that I had promised to give to the Lord.  As if it was planned, my personal phone rang at the same time and an angry and manipulative bill collector was on the phone demanding that I give him the exact amount of money that I had just received and was holding in my hand. It was almost as if the gentleman on the phone who was demanding the money actually saw the post office deliver the check and then instantly phoned to claim it.  Of course, it was actually impossible for anyone but my wife and I to know the exact amount of money that was in the check.

I stood on the stairs and literally started laughing because for the first time in my life I knew that there were invisible spirits watching all of my actions, and that these invisible spirits knew the exact timing of everything. This was a selfie moment in the spiritual realm; I would have to make the decision to obey God or obey the voice of man who was on the phone threatening me. To be honest, I did consider it for about 30 seconds before the decision was made.  I made my decision to obey the voice of God no matter what came against me and so I told the gentleman on the phone he would not get the money, but would have to wait like everyone else for the proper time of payment. The end of the bill collector story is that I actually did not owe the money that he was saying I owed, and the entire bill was eventually dropped. I knew at the time it was warfare in the invisible realm that was trying to block me from my obedience to the Lord.
Many of you are facing very similar situations in your own lives.  The Holy Spirit is about to bless you with the incredible finances necessary so you can complete the journey that God has sent you on.  It’s important that you do not let invisible forces distract you from fulfilling the purpose that God has given you to complete His perfect will.  Many biblical stories can be referred to that have similar situations. In each one of them the people of God were warned to not get distracted.  Jesus sent to His apostles on an errand saying, “Do not talk to anyone in the way.” What Jesus was saying was to not let anyone distract you from the mission that He is sending you on. Each one of you is in perfect alignment to be wonderfully blessed by God. God is launching the big Renaissance that is going to move the earth into the future and it is important that you and I stay narrowly focused upon the task that the Lord told us to do.

Recently I have received frequent invitations to do different “God projects”, to go somewhere to meet some desperate need, or to get involved with a great apocalyptic need. To get involved in each one of these needs seems so necessary and the salesman that is trying to convince me is pleading that the whole earth will be lost if I don’t help him meet them, but this is a distraction from the enemy trying to pull me away from what God called me to do.
Now listen to me; you know that this message is not only for me, it is for you, to do the tasks that Jesus called you to do personally. Don’t let some preacher or evangelist or missionary get you involved in his mission by making you forget your own. You need to do the mission that God has sent you to do in this earth; you need to obey what He’s told you to do. Mothers, it might be for you to raise your children. Fathers, it might be for you to just go to work today. I do not know what God has told each one of us to do as individuals, but I do know, after all of these years, that I’ll be hearing salesmen trying to get us involved in their “God projects”. I am through with it; I want to know what God want me to do. You’ve got to hear the same thing.

Read this scripture in the message Bible, especially noting its pungent words, “I suspect you would never intend this, but this is what happens. When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace. Meanwhile we expectantly wait for a satisfying relationship with the Spirit. For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love. You were running superbly! Who cut in on you, deflecting you from the true course of obedience? This detour doesn’t come from the One who called you into the race in the first place. And please don’t toss this off as insignificant. It only takes a minute amount of yeast, you know, to permeate an entire loaf of bread.” In plain English God is prompting us to listen to the voice of Jesus.  Didn’t Jesus say, “My sheep know my voice and another they will not hear.”? Start listening to God Himself and then let your preacher or pastor or evangelist confirm that you have heard the word of God.  Yes, we do need to listen to the preacher, but in confirmation that you have truly heard from the Lord himself.

It is now 11 years since the monumental event occurred in my family’s life.  On May 1, 2015 we are coming to the day of fulfillment, The number 11 stands for the end of something epic. Ministers and prophets knew on 11/11/11 at the Rose Bowl that it was a sign to the entire body of Christ that something epic in history was ending, but I realized that, this was when God began to birth the new Renaissance. The word Renaissance means a new birthing of the entire society. It gave us Martin Luther, Christopher Columbus, Leonardo da Vinci and the list goes on of the men that God anointed to birth what we now call the Modern age.

Years ago I was ridiculed for saying publicly that we were the generation that was going to colonize another planet.  A few weeks ago it was announced that 50 women and 50 men have been chosen, some from the city of San Francisco, to colonize the planet Mars in 2024. The training for this mission has already begun. Look out; the future is upon you!  It is no wonder that some of the greatest men of God proclaimed what each one of us must do; “Obey the voice of Jesus and what He is personally telling you to do.  This is the mission of mankind.”   

By gazowsky