Miracles like this will happen every single day if we will just listen to the still small voice of God. This has been the best year of my life, but I can’t wait for the rest of it to unfold before me. That’s because every promise God made to me prophetically is coming to pass. And the same will happen to you, in Jesus’ name. Amen!
Pastor Richard Gazowsky
This spring my family went to the French city of Lyon. We did not know at the time that this was the gastronomical paradise of France. Many times my wife Sandy had heard on the food network that dishes were called “Lyonnaise” cuisine but she did not know that the reference was to this wonderful city in the center of France. The old section of the city is literally filled with hundreds of restaurants specializing in specific French cuisine. We also discovered that there was a restaurant in this wonderful city that is actually depicted in the Disney movie, “Ratatouille”.
When the five members of my family sat down in the elegant, world-class restaurant, the two sections of their menu pleasantly surprised me. One section was al-a-carte from which you could order individual items, and the other section was a “set menu”. The set menu was refreshingly helpful because it had set prices for complete meals making it very easy for us to purchase a family brunch knowing the price of the entire meal with no surprise costs. To our family’s wonderful amazement the set menu was so detailed that it included little extras in the meal that we would not have known to order. Misty, for example, ordered an onion soup that was made with fish that had been roasted and ground into savory dumplings and then put into a fine sauce. The onions were added to it and fresh large croutons were given to her to place in the soup at the right moment; it made an incredibly wonderful experience for Misty! Rocki enjoyed potatoes cooked in four different and original ways, and she still remembers it as a thoroughly unique experience. The most wonderful thing that our family enjoyed was that the set menu was complete, including even desert and beverages. The chef provided every delicious detail in the set meal price.
This week the Lord has shared with me that miracles occur in the supernatural like a “set menu”. God gives a simple word that promises He will do something specific for you. When He told Moses to place his rod in the Red Sea, it was like a “set dinner” for Israel. All the details for the parting the Red Sea were taken care of, including the removal of the Egyptian army.
Many of you have heard the story about how my daughter Rocki Starr was given as a download from the Holy Spirit the skills for writing a complete symphony score. The gift that God gave Rocki was so complete that it included even nuances that I, as a skilled musician, did not know. I remember hearing the Budapest Symphony Orchestra play her score with the violas and trombones doing complex harmonies that satisfied even the most discerning critic from the first chair of viola section who wrote, “Daring music, Rocki”. When I saw this note that the viola player had sent to Rocki, I realized that the Holy Spirit had taught her how to score parts for a symphony orchestra in just ten days. This complete package was like the complete “set meal” in the French restaurant; God had provided every single minute detail.
God told Moses that His name was, “I am that I am.” The meaning of this carries a very simple message: God is everything that you need at the moment you need it. I mentioned to you last week that the Lord told me He would teach me how to be kind, but now He has enlarged this revelation to say, “I will show you how to be like Me and serve every need that your fellow man has.” Wow, how awesome it is that God could make us servants to everyone and help answer every single problem by plugging them into the power of God! It’s an awesome thought!
Anne Lanza gave me another beautiful thought for this week; “Pastor Richard, going to church on Sunday morning is beginning to feel like a trip to Disneyland!”
As the prophet, Timothy Snodgrass, said… there is so much fun and “goof” ahead for all of us!
The Tour de France, which is currently in it’s 9th of 21 stages, began this year on July 4th. The race was started over 100 years ago and is based upon the single concept of this Scripture, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” This very powerful concept which Jesus taught is displayed so eloquently in the Tour de France, which goes on for 21 days, and just over 2,000 miles through the hills and roads of Europe.
The race involves almost 200 professional bicycle riders who race towards ownership of wearing the yellow jersey at the end of the 21 stages in the race. Only one rider can win this extreme endurance test. What amazes me about the Lord’s statement concerning endurance is that He says those who endure are the people who are going to be saved; endurance is a big portion of our race. By endurance, I believe the Lord is referring to your faith: that it does not waver, and you are consistent in your belief that God will save you. This faith is tested in extreme ways which I never expected. In all of this, you must be consistent and as solid as a rock in believing what God originally told you to do. Stay there, even if it looks like the ground underneath you is going to collapse in an earthquake. You must stand solid and say, “What God has called me to do, I am going to do!” In my case, this means being a pastor in San Francisco and staying until God brings the revival He promised to our city.
Endurance brings you to the edge of every one of your emotions; at this same edge, you must decide if you are going to waver or stay steady. A week ago, I went with some friends to see the newest Terminator movie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Three times during the film, the message was made to the main character, “Stay steady, straight on course, do not waver.” To me, this message was very simple and was meant for our church in San Francisco. We are to stay on course, no matter how confusing everything is around us. The timeline of expected events may change, but God never changes. The things He called you to do have never changed; they are the same exact things you’re supposed to do now! Stay steady on course. Remember, it’s a race of endurance, and with endurance everything around you can change, but you must stay steady.
Oh how important the message of endurance is to all of us. Paul said, “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” He was saying the promises of the Gospel will only benefit us if they are mixed with faith. 24/7 Faith. That means that you and I must wake up in faith, talk in faith, sneeze in faith, laugh in Faith and even go to sleep in faith.
In this year’s Tour de France, my favorite racer is Tejay van Garderen. By the seventh day of the race he had remained steadily in third place, 13 seconds behind the leader. Remember, this race is for 21 days and in the sixth stage of the race, the current leader broke his collarbone and was taken out of the race. Sometimes in the race of life, an unexpected accident can stop you from even competing in the race, but you need to be steady and unwavering (even if they take your bike away) that you’re going to stay in the race. Tejay’s racing team BMC explained how they protect him in the race from crashes. Two bikers will follow him and weave back-and-forth saying, “Before you run into TJ you are going to run into us! We will crash before you are allowed to hurt TJ.” Wow! I could see the dedication of those who were called to protect the main racer, and how we must protect all whom God has called to the vision.
This week brothers Timothy Snodgrass and Gershom Sikaala both have made extreme gestures to protect your pastor and keep him in the race. It is this kind of love that will help us to truly endure to the end.
Pastor Richard Gazowsky
It’s amazing how a word from God can turn an otherwise boring day into an incredible adventure. Take this actual historical event. Moses, a sheepherder, had been working at the same job for 40 years. One day he sees a burning bush and says, “Wow! I think I’ll step aside and see why this bush is burning.” Wow! He didn’t know it, but at that exact moment God was about to light up an adventure that would not only drastically change the life of Moses, but would dramatically alter the lives of 3 million slaves and the history of the world.
Of course this is one of the most extreme examples of having one day turn into a lifelong adventure recorded for time immemorial. But it’s not the only time it can occur. It can happen to every one of you ~ today, right now at this time, especiallythis time! The secret to receiving the great adventure is to first know how to hear His voice:
“And when He putteth forth His own sheep, He goeth before them, and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.” This is actually one of the most precious skills you can ever possess in your lifetime.
Now here I must be very honest with you. For a large part of my adult life I could not distinguish between my excitement and desire for wanting adventure ~ from the still small voice of God that speaks in my heart. To make matters worse, I was at a position of leadership where I was able to accomplish many things because of my desire for adventure. There was just one simple piece missing in my grand adventurous puzzle. That was, God is the Alpha and Omega, and the beginning and the end of the adventure.
He must start it, provide every intermediate step along the way, and finish it. It’s wonderful how simple it sounds. But it took me a lifetime to discover this secret. Oh, but now things are different! Because I now realize how God’s adventures work, I can enjoy the complete process of following His every step. And this is where the real fun begins! Learning to listen to His simple instructions, learning to follow the prophetic task no matter how significant or insignificant it might seem to be. Before you know it, the little seeds of faith you plant today will become a forest of trees that are full of adventure!
Over a year ago the Lord spoke to me when I walked into a Starbucks café. He said simply, “Ask the barista if there is something you can pray for.” Little did I know, this little act would become a great adventure of miracles, signs, and wonders. You just don’t know what exciting adventure lies in store for you as you continue to learn to hear the voice of God!