Favor Not Justice

I have learned that the journey you are on can be determined by your mindset, and how you look upon every situation that you face. “Do you want to favor or do you want justice?” My grandfather used to have a saying, “Poor people have poor ways.” As I grew older and wiser, I began to see this unfortunate characteristic in my own life, because many times I was always seeking justice, or “things to be fair,” but my results were that I would always end up getting the least amount of blessing that I could possibly receive. And to make things worse, my result in getting complete justice meant that which I already had was sometimes taken away.
Justice had always been taught to me by my British family heritage, and the proper English desire to be biblically correct and to live by the law. But I’ve discovered, “They that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Following the rules is always the pathway to justice, but following favor is the way of the Spirit. 
Years ago I wanted justice when it came to the income tax, and I would literally spend months of time collecting receipts and filling out my tax forms ~ and every year I was audited. It was so stressful and I caused my family to experience much of my stress. At that time my children were very young so they didn’t know what mom and dad were fussing over. To make the tax situation even worse, for three years in a row the IRS agent who audited my taxes would wear dark sunglasses when he met with me. This made him seem so spooky that it just freaked me out.
I finally cried out before the Lord and said, “Help me, God! I need Your favor. What do You want me to do?” After about six months the Lord talked to me about a certain Christian accounting firm and I hired them to do my taxes. I dropped my opinion of wanting things to be “fair.” I just wanted to gain the favor of God. Guess what it happened? They began begin doing my taxes I started to forget about the stress. It was that easy.  For the last 25 years I have been living in the favor of God and tax time is no longer stressful. It actually is kind of fun to see how God’s favor always follows me ~ even with someone like the taxman.
The spirit of poverty is a work of the flesh, and we know, “The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Anytime your flesh (or carnal mind) is seeking justice, it is actually seeking the lowest reward you can possibly receive ~ which is judgment. That is why Jesus came to give us life and that more abundantly. His life is always discovered through the seeking of divine favor.
A person I know was working at a large company at a low level position that dealt with the maintenance of very complex machines. One day the company faced an incredible conflict because the machines were in disrepair and not maintained correctly. Everybody in their department was looking for justice. Who could they blame for the problems and how could they defend themselves so that they did not lose their jobs? But the person I knew, who was a divine favor-seeking Christian, looked at the situation completely differently, and began to look for God’s favor on how to fix the problem forever. Soon God gave him an answer, which included a way to make up for everybody’s mistakes. The result was that they were all promoted, their paychecks were doubled, and they were advanced to management-level positions.
Favor is the way to obtain rulership. Remember that Moses taught this truth to the people of Israel, when he prophesied, “And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath.” This prophecy is still real today and is God’s true purpose over your life. In other words it is still a live promise. It wasn’t canceled at the time of Joshua. Otherwise God wouldn’t keep renewing the appointment for “today.” The promise of “arrival” and “rest” is still there for God’s people.” 
The thing about favor is that it is so cool and so relaxing. It is like living every day on a vacation beach with cup of tea and a sparkling slice of lemon in it ~ smiling and giggling because you are on a vacation resting in the favor of God. To meditate more upon this subject, read Hebrews the fourth chapter in the Message Bible this week.
By gazowsky

God Is Willing To Show You The Future Of Technology

One of the greatest times in history, with the most adventures, was when innovative inventions were released within the first Renaissance, which happened in the 1500’s. During this time the world saw the exploits of Christopher Columbus, the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci ~ and of course the revolutionary release of the Gutenberg printing press, which led to Martin Luther’s transformation of all the religious sects within Europe. Galileo’s telescopes unveiled distant stars, Newton discovered the laws of physics ~ and the list goes on and on regarding the incredibly new areas of science that such men were exploring.

It took a period of time for the rest of the world to realize that each of the visions given to these individuals would later become a reality that the average citizen in the future would experience. For example, Christopher Columbus made the first dangerous journey of discovering the New World, which we know as America. Now any middle-class European family can make a trip to America and experience all of its natural wonders. What was dangerous, rare, and the most exotic new venture imaginable ~ is a common summer vacation today. To take the example further, most of us reading this blog live in America, the land Christopher Columbus discovered.

To even make it more absurd, I live in a place called California, the name that was given to it by a Spanish author in 1510, “Garci Ordóñez de Montalvo.” He described this “island” called California, where the women were more beautiful, the knights stronger, the castles taller ~ a type of a heavenly island! So in a way you could say the conquistadors of 500 years ago considered the neighborhood I live in like heaven!

And if I add the modern technologies and conveniences to that picture, it actually becomes even more realistic: the powerful advancements of the cell phone, supersonic air travel, high-tech cars, and designer clothes conveniently purchased from a local mall. And don’t forget the year-round ability to purchase any kind of fruit, coffee, or exotic spice simply by passing by the nearest food establishment.

What I’m saying is that we are about to journey on an adventure that is just as exciting and breathtaking as those adventures the Christians went on in the 1500’s. The only difference is, their undertakings were on Earth. Our new enterprises will soon allow us to walk into outer space! Like Christopher Columbus of old, the Apollo spacecraft traveled all the way to the moon. There had been a space of time where those on earth waited and contemplated the future. But at the end of 2014 the European space probe landed on small rock beyond the moon and a new mysterious journey began. At my last count there are 19 private companies that are building a new kind of rockets (or I guess we could call them ships to sail into outer space).

Yes, this present generation is going to take us into the greatest adventure that mankind could ever experience ~ and that is exploring God’s wonderful universe that He has prepared for all of us. Don’t worry! Just like the first Renaissance, some leaders will become upset and say negative things about our exploration. Christopher Columbus faced the same opposition.

But Jesus gave us the answer in what we call “The Lord’s Prayer” (which is actually a model for us always to pray): “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” We all have daily been praying that earth is going to become like heaven so we can visit and see how wonderful heaven actually is!

This is why the whole earth is coming to Jesus Christ and His wonderful ways ~ so we can go into outer space and experience the exploration of God’s wonderful heaven. You can just look at pictures of the galaxies, nebulas, and star clouds to see how wonderful heaven is! Heaven is so magnificent that even Jesus, God’s Son, visited heaven on the day He rose again from the dead.

For why else would Jesus make such a journey on such a day? He told Mary, who saw Him at the tomb just moments after He rose again, “Touch Me not; for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, ‘I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God.'” So where was Jesus going?

The amazing thing is, that Jesus at the cross not only rectified us so we could explore, but He also rectified heaven so we could visit the stars. Look at this quote in Colossians: “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence.”

Actually what this is saying is very simple. The gospel of Jesus Christ is going into every nation on earth and God is saving every single human being so we as a people can visit God’s wonderful universe. Get ready! We are about to go into outer space! But stop! Don’t quit reading this blog! Because there’s one more thing I believe you must understand in order to realize how easy this is going to be for you and I.

Scientists currently tell us that the earthlike planets they are currently finding in outer space are too far away for you and I to get to in a lifetime. And yes, according to current inventions this is true. But I declare to you that Jesus traveled to deep outer space (or what the Bible calls “deep heaven”) in just a few hours and returned back to Jerusalem for supper with His disciples in the Upper Room. And that was where He allowed doubting Thomas to reach his finger and touch His side that was wounded at the cross.

What I am simply saying is European travel to America that used to take over a half a year, today takes less than half a day. As dramatic as that change in travel time is, today it is not considered to be dangerous or something we even discuss. It’s just the way it is ~ it’s almost as simple as walking down the street. I am telling you that God’s vision of the future is going to be so wonderful that you and I are going to travel and colonize planets and be back in San Francisco by dinnertime!

In the last series of meetings that we have held (which started on Valentine’s Day) the prophets Timothy Snodgrass and Gershom Sikaala have been taking us into a Renaissance of the Spirit ~ where the future God has planned for the Christian body on earth is being laid out before us. At the same time Jesus is healing all of our diseases, including reversing our ages so we can live longer to experience this incredible adventure! To be honest with you, for me to now go to church is like a child’s first visit to Disneyland. God is showing us such great adventures and wonders that I find myself giggling like a little boy in the presence and power of God. All my life I have dreamt about going on these kinds of adventures and now it’s happening!

So how do you prepare to see God’s future of technology? Well that’s the purpose of the Renaissance Revival that these two men of God are preaching about in San Francisco. When you come to a service date, the worship songs will usher you into the presence of God and then Timothy and Gershom will share with you the visions and teachings that God has given them, to prepare you for the future. What I’ve discovered, as a person, is the best way for me to individually prepare myself to receive what God is desiring to give me, is to exercise the fruit of the Spirit which comes from the Holy Ghost living inside my tummy ~ and that is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.

Probably the richest and most exciting thing about this revelation is that God is teaching you to enjoy wealth. And I really mean this He is going to make you rich and add no sorrow to it. That means every day you live is not only going to be joyful and exciting, but is going to be prosperous and full of first-class riches! Wow! That’s living in the perfect will of God! Come on and enjoy the adventure!

By gazowsky

Getting Close To Someone

I would like to share with you something that is very personal ~ how I’ve learned to get close to God through getting close to others. To be honest, when God first told me this it did not make sense. He said, “When you learn to love your personal family then you will learn to love Me”.  
I knew that loving my family was important. It was a strong principle that I had been taught while becoming a minister, because the Scripture says, “that if a man cannot rule his own house how can he rule the church?” But through the years I discovered that the only true way to success is to be close to God personally, and this was an understanding that I just didn’t quite get.
When I was young I was raised in a very strong conservative religious family and truthfully, God was pretty scary. The first religious experience I can remember was when I woke up one night from a dream where I was left behind while every Christian had gone to heaven. I was stuck on earth with the people that were not saved. I was about seven years old at the time. I walked in to see my mother, who was a famous choir director and also a well-known woman evangelist.
I asked my mother what the dream meant. She explained to me that I needed to be saved and if I wasn’t I wouldn’t go with God to heaven. I recalled telling her, “Wow! If God gave that dream to me I must really be special.” As I grew up (I was finally saved at 10 years old) my relationship with Jesus was very distant. Though I wanted to obey Him I also wanted to be successful in business.
As I became a young man my desire for success became the preeminent factor that motivated my life. But something I didn’t count on was me continually being “interrupted” by God as He steered me to the proper process that would lead me to the real success I desired. His process was very confusing and discombobulating to an observer, but to me it was my life. Finally, in my late 50’s, it all came to a head when God spoke to me and said, “You need to learn to love your family, and in the process you will learn to love Me.”
Now this was a real shocker, because God was telling me that He wanted to be close to me, but He needed me to change the way I dealt with my family so I could be close to Him. This was when I received the revelation about the importance of the fruits of the Spirit in my life. They were not just something I could just casually add on to my personality, but I was to discover they were literally the doorway to everything I was seeking spiritually.
What I’m describing to you is a process (it has taken me three years to reach this point) and I’m still trying to learn more on a day-to-day basis. And the thing that amazes me is how many powerful, influential people ~ and even prominent religious people ~ have lost the importance of the fruits of the Spirit. Did not Jesus say that if He came to a tree that wasn’t bearing fruit He would cut it off and throw it into the fire? But fruit is not “gifts.”
This is why Jesus said there would be many who would come to Him and say, “Have not we cast out demons, healed the sick, and done other grandiose miracles?”, and He would say to them “Depart from Me I never knew you.” And you can see that this truth has been verified by how many powerful people have fallen from favor because certain flaws were found in their characters.
I am telling you that love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, meekness, kindness, and temperance ~ against such there is no law. It is important that you have these fruits so your fruit, your tree, and your success ~ will remain.
The thing that is most amazing about the fruit of the Spirit is that it helps you get close to people ~ and especially to God. The last few years I have been awestruck by how classy, amazingly loving, and gentle that Jesus is. It’s hard to describe the immensity of the experience that being close to Him is. Jesus is so awesome and His presence so breathtaking that it is like walking next to the largest African elephant.
But at the same time Christ can retreat if He senses even the slightest bit of self-will in me. And He moves quickly, like a hummingbird. But what’s amazing is that I never even know when He has left. The only way I can stay close to Him is by constantly keeping my feelers on in my spirit, seeking for His perfect will and obeying Him as accurately as I physically can.
Now here’s the real secret. The more I obey Him in the little things, the closer I end up getting to Him. It is at this point that the most amazing occurrences happen ~ doors open up to new relationships. So by getting closer to God I get close to others. Wow! What an incredible blessing that is!
Just last night Sandy and I were in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and were walking through a mall. Suddenly I gently heard the Lord say, “Look at the jacket in that store.” His voice was so gentle but I knew the elephant moved like a hummingbird and He could go away in an instant if I did not obey His voice. I saw that the entrance to the store was locked. As I was looking inside through the window, suddenly the owner saw my interest and ran over, opened the door, and Sandy and I entered.
The owner greeted us warmly and we responded with much love and friendliness. Then I told him I was interested in the cashmere business jacket that was hanging in the window. Though the jacket in the display did not fit me, he knew the precise amount of the check I was going to need and told me he could order me the right size and it would be there in a few days. Then at the last minute he suddenly turned to me.
“You know,” he said, “I own that same jacket and I think it is exactly your size. I just bought it myself, and if you want I’ll give it to you at an incredibly discounted price.” I looked and the tags were still on the jacket! It was amazing, but he really was willing to sell me his own jacket at a lower price even though it was brand-new!
After I paid for the item, and as Sandy and I were getting ready to leave the store, the owner told me his wife was ill and that it was a very serious sickness. While he was speaking the Lord showed me a prophetic act his wife should do, and if she did the simple thing, when he got home she would be healed.
The gentleman literally choked up and had a hard time speaking. He said he would do it and Sandy and I left. We had almost gotten to our car when the Lord spoke to Sandy to go back and slip a piece of paper with our phone number on it under the store door in case he wanted to call us later. This morning, while I was at the hotel working out in the gym, my phone rang. I did not recognize the number but when I answered, it was the gentleman from the store and he sounded very emotional.
He told me his wife had done the prophetic act last night and then she went to sleep. She woke up this morning and was feeling so good she couldn’t stop crying. She ran out of the door and said, “Dear husband, I’m going to my doctor. I want him to inspect me and see what God has done!” The gentleman was so moved he could hardly speak on the phone.
I realize the story is not yet over, but God had just introduced Sandy and me to another family friend in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Please may every one of you lovely and wonderful people let your relationship with God introduce you to new friends. Just listen and obey His still small voice. What He’s trying to do is introduce you to your future relationships.
By gazowsky

God Is The Smooth Operator

Over the past year I have done my level best to obey God in every minute detail. To my amazement things have gone so incredibly smooth ~ to the point that I’m beginning to call God the “Smooth Operator”. I am finding that a day where I obey totally what the Lord tells me to do, everything goes incredibly smooth ~ the contacts are perfect, the results are perfect, and I am always brought to an expected end. But now comes the mystery of the whole entire process, and that is: “wisdom is known by her children”.
This was the Scripture that was given to me last year when God expressed to me this great truth: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” But the issue that was discombobulating my thoughts was that I thought God’s ways could be reasoned out by my simple human mind.
But the way God really does things is completely different from our thinking, because the Lord’s ways are pure and completely respectable. In other words, they will last for generations. Wow! I know that’s a mouthful to understand. It means obedience to God is to do actions that sometimes can only be understood over time ~ like how long it takes for a mother to raise her children. In fact, His ways are so perfect that people around you who love you cannot even understand the actions that you are performing.
And I use the word “perform” because obedience to God is like being on a stage and performing His perfect will. For example, Moses obeying God and doing everything He told him to do resulted in his starring role being stuck at a dead end ~ with the Red Sea in front of them and the Egyptian army behind. At that moment this catch-22 situation made Moses look ridiculous to every single person in Israel ~ especially the intelligent ones (and some of them started verbally attacking Moses).
Now take a moment and think about the action that the Lord told Moses to do. In response to their criticism he was to take his shepherd’s rod, walk to the edge of the Red Sea, and put the staff in the water. Any intelligent reasonable person would’ve questioned, “Moses, are you crazy? What is that going to do to help your desperate situation?” This is the perfect situation where only the wisdom of Jesus explains the actions of an obedient leader ~ “wisdom is known by her children.”
At first, when the whirlwind of God began to hit our local church, I was confused ~ but still doing my best to be obedient to the exact will of God ~ even though many of the things that God told me to do did not make any sense to me. Now that we have been in the whirlwind for about nine months, I am beginning to understand how far ahead of my thinking the wisdom of God was. I am realizing that the wisest thing I can do is obey God. Even though I cannot understand God, or reason out His actions in my own human mind, I must just be obedient and face the criticism that I may get for obeying Him ~ and trust that wisdom will be known by her children… 
By gazowsky

“The Super Suddenlies”

As you remember, the Lord spoke to us that 2015 was going to be a year of “suddenlies”. But I didn’t realize it would happen so fast! This week, as I was driving pastor Gershom to his next appointment, we stopped at Starbucks to get coffee. I started having a lively conversation with Pastor Gabriel about the upcoming United States championship football game, the Super Bowl, and how expensive the commercials were that are broadcast during this huge event.
Suddenly Brother Gershom remembered that he had been offered an advertising spot at the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration to share Jesus. Within a few minutes he was on the phone with the event planner that had contacted him numerous times over the last month. Gershom asked the godly gentlemen if the space was still available. He checked and, yes it still was, but Gershom would need to respond within two hours or it would be too late, for the NuGospel Network Gospel Celebration event was just a few days away.
All this appeared to be so impossible that we all just sat there looking at each other and wondering what we should do. For fun I quickly checked my account and to my amazement the sufficient amount of funds was there! In less than an hour we sent the funds to the appropriate account. Just as miraculous as it was for God to open the eyes of the blind man at the gate Beautiful in Jerusalem, the Lord has provided a special advertisement about Jesus that will be seen by millions of people on national television.
The ad will be on display at the only faith-based Super Bowl sanctioned event, where over 50 NFL players shed their rough image and share their testimonies. Football and Grammy-winning gospel celebrities have put together a “Faith & Football” message that gets a bigger turnout every year ~ at the NFL Player’s event the night before the Super Bowl, at the Super Bowl charity golf tournament and dinner, and at the Celebrity Super Bowl viewing parties sanctioned by the Super Bowl. This advertisement with Dr. Gershom Sikaala and Prophet Timothy Snodgrass will also be on banners and flyers talking about A Place To Meet Jesus.
There is no doubt about it ~ God is getting ready to shock us this year. We know that in the book of Acts the Holy Spirit descended upon the first Christian church and suddenly the whole place was filled with God’s glory and presence. I believe that Jesus is about to visit A Place To Meet Jesus in the same way. This Sunday we are going to have a wonderful service where five pairs of shoes from Nordstrom’s will be given out as a prophetic act ~ signifying that all of us are going to walk and possess the land that God has given us. It will be amazing when you see the blessings and surprises that God has waiting for you this year!
By gazowsky

Intercession And The Weight Of His Glory

As I mentioned to you last week, intercession is all about being intimate with Jesus Christ. But there are things that you must consider when you are expecting God to get close to you. This is why true intercessors must be willing to change much of their personal character and attributes that they might of be proud or protective about. Let me explain.
Years ago I invited a famous evangelist, Billy Cole, to preach for us. He had held world-famous revivals in Thailand and in Ethiopia, and now he was coming to our church in San Francisco. I asked him up to the platform but he politely refused. He continued standing until he had finished speaking prophetically to the church and then we took him to his hotel. I never quite understood why he did not sit down on our stage, and it later caused me to remove all the seats on the platform that we had reserved for ministers.
Later, when I was visiting Billy Cole at his church on the East Coast, he told me that he never sits down at people’s houses when he visits them. He explained to me that because his personal weight was so heavy (over 400+ pounds) that he was afraid we might break the chair if he sat on it. Years later, when I ran across the Scripture where Moses described the ark of the covenant, where the presence of the Lord would descend upon the holiest of holies, I remembered the incident with Billy Cole.
On top of the ark of the covenant Moses placed, between two cherubims, a “mercy seat.” This was where the presence of God would fill the holiest of holies. I could see the divine picture that was being shown to us in this biblical metaphor. The weight of God’s glory is so great that only mercy is strong enough to support its weight.
As I mentioned last week, only the person that has a close relationship and intimacy with God is someone who can be considered to be an intercessor. But this close relationship with God requires personal holiness. This is not achieved by obeying religious rules, but it is achieved by extreme obedience to God’s will. You cannot find this type of purity by reading someone else’s religious book or copying some other person’s example. It is only by your observation in obedience to the little things that God asks you to do.
For example, God has asked me to personally make sacrifices concerning little things that other people usually do as parts of their lives.  But when you give up the little normal things that other people do, you can start to think that you are personally holier than they are.  Suddenly pride begins to take control and mercy has no room in your spirit. If God’s glory was to rest upon you at that time you would collapse under its weight because there is no mercy in you to support the glory.
What I have just described to you is a complexity in the spiritual world that is hard to understand. It has been especially hard for me because I have met many powerful men of God who do not possess the mercy of God. As a result they are very judgmental concerning others and it has caused confusion in my spirit.
Now I understand that at this place of God’s power and glory my mercy must be even greater and I must depend upon obedience to God to a high level. When He says, “Be friends with that person and treat them with love and kindness,” I must move aside all of my human intellect, reasoning power, and sense of personal justice and bathe myself in God’s mercy and forgiveness led by obedience to His perfect will.
I realize that what I’ve just said may cause a few of you some difficulty, but I feel it is time for us to enter into a new level of Christian maturity where we can be around sinners, powerful transgressors, and still love and treat them with God’s love and mercy. That means we must lay aside all issues of judgment and self-righteous justice. These things must be turned over to God Himself, for God is the Judge ~ not me, the church, or anyone else. Only God.
Some of you who have a clear intellectual understanding of right and wrong may read what I am saying and feel troubled by it. Just remember this: the goal of intercession, and the reason for this article, is for you to experience the glory of God’s presence. It is easy for you to determine if what I am saying is true. When you come to our church, “A Place To Meet Jesus,” do you feel His glory? Are real genuine miracles happening? That is the test!  
This Sunday morning, on January 25, 2015, we are having a special service just for you ~ to introduce you to A Place To Meet Jesus. The service will start sharply at 12 noon and will end at 1 PM. Please come and meet us there this Sunday and see if you feel His glory. If you do, then God’s mercy is in the house!
By gazowsky

“Intimacy In Intercession”

In the Executive Office of the President of the United States, the highest ranking employee is called the Chief of Staff. And essentially, that person acts as the nation’s intercessor. An unknowledgeable citizen they would think this person’s position is just to introduce proposals for the President to consider. But this is not what their intimate responsibility is at all.

The Chief of Staff must fully understand the office of the President, the unique personality of the President, and the political concerns that the President feels are important. This type of insight can only be accessed by a person that is close to the President in a personal way. Because the Chief of Staff has been given this quality of access, it also means they have the ability to shield, or reveal, certain crises that the nation might be facing.

Abraham was the first patriarch that was called and intercessor, when he made intercession to God concerning Sodom and Gomorah.  The Lord said, “Shall I keep back from Abraham what I’m about to do? Abraham is going to become a large and strong nation; all the nations of the world are going to find themselves blessed through him.” In this example, God respected the call and the blessings that were already upon Abraham’s life. This caused Abraham to have such an intimacy with God that God shared his intimate plans with Abraham before he even committed them to action.

Abraham’s role as an intercessor was kind of a heavenly Chief of Staff for God. Of course there is no way that any human enterprise can reflect the vast array of authority and power in the kingdom of God,  but He gives us an insight of how you and I ~ if we are to truly become intercessors, must be in a place of intimacy with God that causes us to understand what God is concerned about on earth.

Usually prayer warriors are concerned about things that affect them personally ~ their church, or their individual concerns ~ whether they be national, economic, or business. For example,  if they work at an accounting firm they would be concerned to intercede about the financial situations around them. But this is not what a true intercessor is.  A true intercessor will leave their own sphere of influence, their own area of responsibility, their own world of understanding and start to enter into the world and dreams of God Himself. They only become concerned about that which concerns God.

To the average person this would seem be a dream world where only a chosen few enter into the glory realm of Jesus Christ. I agree with you, yes, it is a dream world  ~ but it’s an accessible dream world for any person desiring to become a true intercessor. If you leave your own realm of concerns and focus totally upon God’s will and purpose,  guess what? God takes care of all of your problems and fixes everything in your own personal life.   That’s what the Lord was saying about Abraham. Bear with me, at first this is something that is hard to see.  God knew Abraham was going to become the father of a mighty and blessed nation. And because God had spent so much time blessing Abraham, He would not do anything bad to Sodom and tomorrow unless he first talked to Abraham about it.

By default, God’s blessings and intimacy with Abraham ~ based on Abraham’s personal obedience to God ~ actually put him in the position of an intercessor. It was never Abraham’s goal to be an intercessor.  It is something that occurred to him by default.  And so it is with you and I.   If you’re trying to be an intercessor, you may miss the mark, if your desire is just to control others.  But if you are trying to be intimate with God, to bless the Lord and fulfill his purpose in the earth, then by default you become an intercessor.

Intercession is a very deep subject.  In next week’s blog, I hope to share much more of how important intercession is in your life.

By gazowsky

“Jesus – Instead Of Worry At The Center Of Your Life”

The prophetic word given to Pastor Richard on New Year’s Day by Timothy Snodgrass: “As I was praying for you today, I saw a significant lightning strike which would hit your ministry  between 12/25 – 1/25. Although there will be many breakthroughs, this one particular lighting strike with be greater than all the others. It may be a …[private word to Pastor Richard], if you cast off all negative mindsets in 2015, live totally in the Spirit, and be moved precisely by the Wind as it blows.”
As you can tell this was a significant word given on January 1, 2015. It tells us as a church that God is going to visit the house in a special way. God has been calling me to a significant time of intercession and I have really been looking at the role of intercession in the actions of Christ. Intercessors are chosen because their lives are close to the presence of God.
It is this closeness to God that gives them access to intercede before the Lord. Obviously if a person is going to intercede before a king, they must first have a very close relationship with the king. They are chosen to intercede because of this previously established relationship. So it is in the church. An intercessor’s relationship personally with the Lord must come first before they ever consider being an intercessor.
Timothy’s word to us for the year 2015 was to prepare us for a sudden visit by the purpose of God to us as a church. But he also told us that there are things we must do for that preparation. One thing was to get rid of all negative mindsets. What this means is that we need to remove all forms of worry from our minds and fill them with Christ. Listen to how the apostle Paul instructs us in this area:
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”
Timothy was instructing us that this is exactly the way each one of us should think as we come into this New Year. God is going to bring a lightning bolt of the events in your lives that are going to be blessings to you. But don’t allow any sliver of doubt in your mind, or negative mindset, so you don’t miss any of the great blessings that God is bringing to you.
This now brings me back to the intercessor. If you are an intercessor then you already know that God is a gentleman, and that He is kind, thoughtful, gentle in every movement, and cares for the littlest details of our lives. So with this knowledge you know how important it is how each one of us is to treat other people and their needs, and that our intercessions that we bring before the Lord for them are done with such care and concern. Our intercessions shouldn’t be filled with annoyances, quick jerky movements of attitude and responses, or a desire for quick fixes.
Instead, we want all intercessions to become perfectly in line with God’s will on the earth. Remember Jesus prayed what we call “The Lord’s Prayer” and He said these important words: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” The intercessor knows God so well that they are aware if they are praying for God’s perfect will. It is the gentlest merciful kind action that could ever be done. This is why the intercessor does not pray “their will,” but rather God’s will.
Now I believe you understand the reason for this blog. If you put Jesus at the center of your will, purpose, and prayer ~ you will also remove all worry, doubt, fear, and negative mindsets against you. If you are an intercessor you already know these assets of God personally. If you are not, you now may want to become intimate with the Lord, learn how kind and gentle He is, and how glorious the music of intercession will be in your life. The secret to becoming an intercessor is spending time praying in the Spirit (other tongues). It is during these times that you come to know the Lord personally.
By gazowsky

The Intellectual Cost Of A Quantum Leap

A few weeks ago when I was in intercession the Lord spoke to me and asked me a simple question, “Richard, are you willing to ignore all of the laws of science and intellectual theories that have been taught to you, and learn the ways of God concerning innovation?” At the first receipt of this question I was immediately shocked by its contexts and implications. And then my flesh responded, “Who’s going to believe me?”

The intellectual cost of true innovation is priceless. The reason for this is simple because most the masses of population just seem to want better sameness. Haven’t you noticed this whenever you’ve gone to a church where the service was repeated from the last week, and the week before that, and so on? This is nothing but the drone of repertory sameness! But believe me it does have its benefits. If a pastor can get his congregation to faithfully continue to give in the offering without ever being upset or disrupted in their weekly routine, he actually has a pretty good and clear set of finances coming to him most of his life.

What a way to live, right? That’s why literally hundreds of thousands of churches throughout the world operate in this repetitive process. The only thing that messes this moneymaking system up is if the pastor is trying to connect the people with the living Jesus Christ. That’s because the Lord is a person and He does not like having a relationship with a machine, even if the machine is run by religion. Now you can begin to see the struggle I am going through.

I realize the premise that I just described to you about a church, is the predicament I am also am facing in my own personal life. Think of this absurd example. A farmer wants a field to look perfect every day so he plants plastic wheat, which always looks the same. But it can never fulfill the purpose of what real food was designed to do, and that is to feed the hungry. Oh, it’s nice to look at, but it has no reality. Now you see how God might look at dead churches. What is their real purpose?

This is where the true cost of making an intellectual quantum leap comes into play. Its expense is actually felt in your daily dying to intellectual premises that have supported your fleshly reasoning and have been the foundation of your own personal ego. This is why one of the breakthrough moments that I had in 2014, was the day the Lord told me I was narcissistic.

That statement explained to me why I was having such a hard time receiving the new innovations that God was downloading into my mind. It was really a battlefield going on in my thought process because any idea that was truly innovative was intellectualized in my mind by my personal pride, which was based on my previous understanding of scientific law.

But this is the new premise that I now must live by in the year 2015: my entire foundation of intellectual law and knowledge will be based upon the relationship that I have in Christ Jesus ~ through the salvation experience which is described in the Bible as being born again, which includes the infilling of the Holy Spirit by the evidence of speaking in other tongues. Through this experience God lives inside me and talks to me about new innovations.

When God talks to me about these innovations I realize they will not make sense to my intellectual understanding that emanates from my flesh, so I must be willing to move forward on these new premises in spite of my own restrictions and confusion. This is going to cost me, and I must be willing to pay the high price of being rejected, mocked, and even persecuted by the intellectual community around me.

Yet if I can do this and exude the fruit of the Spirit in every communication, then I will receive the greatest prize that a man in my time can receive. And that is innovations, which will increase man’s ability to extend his existence, enjoy the pleasures of life, and live well with his family and loved ones. I believe this will be the same group of people who will spend eternity with Jesus.

By gazowsky

“Theorized Second-Guessing God”

The Lord spoke to me this week to stop theorizing on what He’s about ready to do. God had spoke to me to just do it and stop thinking about it. Just obey Him and act! But as the message increase in revelation, it became much more clear that what He was saying was turn your mind into a blank page and don’t try to figure things out first.

A good example of this is Sherlock Holmes. He would approach a crime scene with no previously conceived idea. Instead, he would follow the facts as they occurred and spoke for themselves. This method of investigation changed the entire world of criminal CSI investigations. Today every criminologist knows that they must approach a crime scene with an open mind and not allow preconceived ideas to influence their investigation.

This same phenomenon needs to occur among Christians that are following the prophetic word of God. Too many times when we receive a dream, vision, prophetic word, or maybe just a word from opening our Bible, we can jump to conclusions which result in expectations that are in themselves proper and accurate ~ yet are much less than what God is promising us.
Sometimes following logical consequences actually causes us to try to fulfill the prophecy or the dream that was given to us by our own means and for own purposes ~ and then we take the chance of missing the plan of God completely. This kind of thinking has been one of my most difficult problems to understand. But I have also seen that if I patiently wait for the Lord to perform the word that He gave me, He not only fulfills my expectations but He exceeds them!
2015 is now before us, and until the last few weeks I had not heard any word concerning what was going to happen in this coming year. Last week Gershom Sikaala gave us the word, “2015 is the year of suddenlys”. Then I received a prophetic newsletter from Timothy Snodgrass who is in the Philippine Islands. He said, “Miracles are not planned, they explode unexpectedly. Do not plan your breakthrough ~ just expect it.”
This seems to be the directive that God has for us in knowing Him in the year 2015. It is important for you and I to keep our minds as blank as we possibly can, to allow God’s plans to occur before us every day. Yes, it is going to be a year that is full of unexpected breakthrough miracles!
By gazowsky