By: Richard Gazowsky
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This week was a real tough one for me. I feel like God hung me up on His meat hook and slowly, but surely, flayed my insides. Nobody around me even knew I was undergoing such an intimate cleansing. If asked how I was doing, everyone would’ve replied, “Oh, Richard’s fine. He’s having a good week.” But, oh boy, if they could’ve only seen what the inside of me was going through! I honestly could say, “It was the best of times and it was the worst of times” (of course I’d be stealing from the Dickens classic, “A Tale Of Two Cities”).
There’s no doubt in my mind that we Christians are never going to have an effect upon Hollywood, and it’s resulting influence upon our society, until we change our own lives, our family lives, and our work lives. If I, as a Christian, cannot get it together in my personal relationships around me, how can I think for one moment that I’m capable of changing a whole generation? I had a dream this week that literally turned my world upside down.
I drove into the driveway of a house that I knew I’d been to before. I thought there was no one at home, but when I walked around the house I noticed a woman standing on a balcony above me. She was dressed very plainly and looked like your average housewife. There also seemed to be nothing inappropriate about me, a married man, being alone there with her. All of the sudden she changed into a woman of sophistication, wearing in a business suit. She was now holding an open Bible and started reading the word of God to me. Suddenly I knew she was married to a very powerful man this was their house.
I immediately turned away my gaze and checked myself for any thoughts that might be improper, for this was another man’s wife. But I wasn’t aware of any wrongful thoughts or desires within me. When I looked up the woman had turned into the most incredibly looking bombshell, and her clothes were partially revealing a part of her that no one should’ve seen but her husband. All at once she began walking down the wall of the house towards me! Suddenly, out of her mouth, came the most powerful words of God I’d ever heard: “I’m anointing you and giving you power to use in the world around you. With this power comes a great responsibility for you to control your own flesh.”
At this point in the dream I felt a heavy accountability rest upon me because of the power that had just been given to me. I knew I couldn’t use it for my own personal desires or it would separate me from everyone I loved! I also realized God had given my wife, Sandy, to me, and He was telling me that I was never to misuse her. I finally understood how sacred she, and her power, were.
Suddenly I woke up. When I bolted to a sitting position on my bed, a Scripture reference suddenly came into my mind. It dealt with the High Priest going into the Holiest of Holies. The other priests would tie a rope around his foot before he entered. If even an unholy thought entered his mind while he was ministering inside, he would immediately be slain and the other priests couldn’t go in and get his body lest they also die. Only the High Priest was allowed to enter the Holiest of Holies. They had to drag him out by the rope.
After this dream I realized that every difficulty I was going through during the week was spiritually cleansing the “inner me” of unholy thoughts that would become a danger to me when I entered into the hallowed presence of the Holy Spirit ~ which in Hebrew is referred to as El Shaddai, “the breasted One”.
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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.”