By: Richard Gazowsky
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I want to give you a short background to what I’ll be writing about so you can put things in proper perspective. For the last few years many prophetic people have seen from God a special significance in the number 11. (If you recall I’ve already written extensively about this subject.) The leaders in the California Prayer Team are firmly convinced that 11/11/11 is a very important date for the Body of Christ.
It is this designated day, that many the prophetic events will reach a culmination point. It is for these reasons that the California Prayer Team has secured the Rose Bowl for a momentous gathering of Christians, from around the world, and will have other no agenda except to hear what God has to say. Numerous prophetic ministers also felt that Friday, March 11, 2011, was also going to be especially important. But none of us could’ve imagined the magnitude that the day would carry.
3/11/11 began with the most devastating earthquake to ever hit the country of Japan. The resultant gigantic tsunami waves caused destruction in many areas of the world. A prophetic minister, Timothy Snodgrass, (whose name has appeared many times on this blog), had earlier received an email from me asking him to come to San Francisco on 3/11. On his way from the Philippine Islands to San Francisco he had a short layover in the Tokyo airport.
A few minutes before he was to board his plane the 9.0 earthquake hit Japan. Timothy told us later that for the next 38 hours the earth seemed to liquefy during the intense shaking that continued unabated. The massive tremors in the earth subsequently destabilized several of the nuclear reactors in Japan. Suddenly the whole earth became gravely concerned about the radiation fallout that might affect their lives.
What really got the attention of all of us prophetic ministers is that these catacylysmic events, exactly the way they ended up occurring, were predicted by multiple prophecies years ago. Now they were horrifyingly coming to pass. And even worse, the prophecies also pointed to disastrous events that will occur in America, and greatly affect its economy. (I will deal with more of this on Monday)
In the midst of all these traumatic happenings, the Lord unexpectedly told me to stop everything I was doing and go to the movie premier of “Battle L.A.” When I first saw the trailer about three months ago, the Holy Spirit within me was moved when I saw the release date of the movie: March 11. At that time I sensed that there was going to be something spiritually significant about the film. When my family sat down in the theater to watch it, I saw right away that it was portraying a spiritual metaphor of what was happening around us in the physical realm.
The story is about a group of soldiers who had personal issues that had taken priority in their lives. Then, one by one, you see the schedules of the same soldiers become interrupted as aliens try to annihilate mankind. As the film progresses the soldiers are forced to drop their personal issues and turn their whole focus on the war at hand. By the end of the movie those who were able to survive were transformed so completely that they wouldn’t even stop to eat breakfast because their desire to keep fighting to save mankind was so great.
This is the kind of commitment that God is looking for today. It’s time for us to drop our individual agendas and realize that God is getting our complete attention because He desires to speak to us. Of course the messages that God delivers to each person are going to be different. But in every case, it all comes down to putting Jesus first and listening to what He has to say to you.
Not long after we saw “Battle L.A.” Timothy Snodgrass flew in from Japan. After we had gotten together he told me there was a film, that was still playing in the theaters, that he wanted me to see because he believed it had a message from God. The movie was called “The Adjustment Bureau”. It is about a politician and a dancer who meet each other by accident and fall in love, but the angels in Heaven know their relationship isn’t the perfect will of God.
The movie very skillfully describes the internal battle that the main character, played by Matt Damon, goes through ~ whether he should follow his love interest, or his destiny, which is to become the president of the United States. The film dramatically describes that to reach a high calling in God requires great sacrifice. But if you choose to do your own will, God will still love you. He will plan the best life for you though you chose the lower pathway. This message is very powerful because many of us are facing this kind of dilemma today.
The 3/11 events that happened in Japan may not have yet affected you personally in a devastating way, such as the loss of life or property, but one thing is sure: God has gotten all of our attentions. Don’t think that all this is going to blow over in a week or so, because I believe things are going to get worse before they get better. It’s time for all of us to drop our personal agendas and focus on what God wants. It’s up to each one of us to make the decision, “Do I follow God’s good will, acceptable will, or perfect will?”
A rich young ruler came to Jesus and said, “I want to follow You.” When the Lord told him to keep the commandments, the man said, “This I have done from my youth up. What more should I do?” Jesus, amazed by the young man’s request, replied, “Oh, you would be perfect? Sell all you have and give it to the poor.” When the young man heard that, he went away sorrowfully because he had much wealth.
This story gives such a clear insight into the choice that stands before you right now. God may not be asking you to give all of your money away, but He may be desiring you to come into His perfect will. Though it’s definitely going to cost you everything, I encourage you to do it. Later in the same chapter Jesus told His disciples that everyone who gives up houses and lands for His sake would receive a hundred times more in this life. Christ was saying that God’s plan is not to make you broke. But to reach the high calling in God requires you to be willing to sacrifice all you have. Then He can give you everything.
I have to tell you, that this process is not easy. But I guarantee that it’s more than worth it. In fact, the rewards are so great that any other choice you make in life, besides the perfect will of God, will seem so mediocre and boring that it will be like living in a coffin. Has God got your attention yet? Because He is inviting you on the funnest adventure, that goes way beyond anything you could ask, think or imagine.
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Richard Gazowsky pastors a church in San Francisco called The Voice of Pentecost, and is also president of Christian WYSIWYG Filmworks. He has directed the films, “Guardians” and “The Roman Trilogy.”