By: Richard Gazowsky
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Last week I received a prophetic word from Matthew, one of our young prophets. He said that I was birthing something that was extremely fragile and that it was like birthing a bubble. I sensed this word really was from God when He gave it to me, but I also knew that I needed to sit and meditate upon the word to realize its fullness and richness.
In the past, my leadership style had usually been to do things as quickly as possible so I wouldn’t be delayed by distractions and thereby “beat the competition”. I was motivated by a deep-seated spirit of anxiousness inside me and this drove me to always want to be a go-getter and completer of things. Though this approach appeared to be right in my own eyes, in God’s eyes I was just a man who was fulfilling his own will, and never accomplishing something substantial that would affect the world I was living in for the glory of God.
For the last few years the Lord has been talking to me about the wisdom of “slowing down”. He showed me the Scripture where Paul tells us leaders to be “anxious for nothing”. This truth hit me in the very center of the driving engine that all my life had been moving me forward. My inner anxiousness was about to be removed by the very God I was trying to please by being anxious!
The process has not been easy. The first thing the Lord dealt with me about was my anxious thoughts. I would spend every waking moment of the day imagining ways to succeed. I would think about Plan A, Plan B, C, and sometimes all the way to Z. God began teaching me how to develop a “quiet mind”, which literally meant I would have to start thinking about nothing! When I was first told this by a man of God I thought he was crazy. I instantly imagined people in a mental institution staring at blank walls. That was how far the concept was from me.
It took me a long time before I could relax and get used to the idea. But I can honestly say it was well worth the journey. This all came to a head a year later, while I was writing a blog. Suddenly my mind went blank and I couldn’t even complete a single sentence! For two days I literally couldn’t speak. On the third day, when I did start talking, it was in very slow words. The symptoms I’d experienced appeared to be that of a minor stroke. But when I was medically checked out there was nothing physically wrong with me. It was then I realized that it was all spiritual and God was teaching me to slow down. This process has been ongoing, and in several blogs I’ve shared recent experiences regarding my spirit of anxiousness.
Now God is dealing with me about birthing something so fragile that it’s like a soap bubble. I believe if I don’t treat what I’m birthing so delicately, to where it can only be moved by the breath of the wind, it will pop and cease to exist. In my world this means to really go slow. A problem that you and I might face is that we are constantly surrounded by emergency situations, mostly caused by spirits that are attacking us. It could be the family, business, church or anything else that is trying to bring you into conflict. But God’s word is that you’re pregnant with the Lord’s vision, so you must keep your mind on one thing: protect the baby (or should I say, “the bubble”?)
Some time between now, and a year and a half from now, many of you are going to be starting something new that will be very profitable to you. Make sure you don’t pop the bubble.
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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.”