Monday Morning Blog:“Follow The Vein Of Gold”To subscribe call 415-333-1970
By Richard Gazowsky
The Church, as you have traditionally known, is about to change. Yes, the people of God are still going to meet together, and all of the traditional servant-leadership offices will continue to function. But it’s going to be unnecessary, cumbersome, and incredibly bureaucratic to allow the humanly created organizational systems to continue to exist. I am not writing to tear down the old. I just want to share with you that what God is doing is fantastically new among us. The metaphor that God gave me to explain this phenomenon involves the iPhone IOS 7 release that is coming out this fall.
The iPhone 5 has an interface that allows you to communicate with other people. It is inside products we call “smart phones”. The iPhone 5 is about to get a software upgrade called IOS 7. Your body has an interface, like the iPhone, that was designed by God for the purpose of communicating with the Lord Himself, who said, “My sheep know My voice and another’s they will not hear.” This ability to make communication with God is a secure communication, so no other person or spirit can hear, intercept, or steal your identity. It is very sophisticated because God created it.
Just as the iPhone is getting an upgrade in its software, so your spirit is getting an upgrade of it’s internal software, which is called the infilling, or the gift, of the Holy Spirit by the evidence of speaking in other tongues. When you pray in tongues daily you are literally getting upgrades on your daily communication with God. This is extremely important because God is doing an IOS 7 system upgrade with the whole Body of Christ through the gift of the Holy Spirit. This upgrade is extremely important because God is obsoleting some of the old applications that operated through the flesh to help you perform tasks.
This Holy Ghost upgrade will connect you directly to God and you will find it unnecessary to do habits and rituals that your workplace, church, or other man-made organizational system provided for you to have a God-pleasing life. Thousands of years ago the ancient prophet Moses, who wrote the first five books of the Bible, told us about this upgrade in our human spirit when he said, “Man should not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
Jesus repeated this instruction in the New Testament, but He also gave us incredible insight into the meaning of the command, living by every “word” that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. The Greek translation “word” used here, is “rhema”, and it is different than “logos”, which is translated “word” in most of the other Scriptures in the New Testament. Logos refers to the written, settled, never changing words of God. But the word rhema means, “an utterance (individually, collectively, or spiritually) by implication, a matter or topic (especially regarding a narrow command or dispute).”
In plain English, this means that a rhema word is a fresh word that is given to you daily, similar to the manna that was given to the Israeli slaves that escaped from Egypt. For 40 years God fed them daily with manna from heaven. But if they stored manna they didn’t finish eating, or tried to hoard it, the manna spoiled and immediately turned to worms. It is the same way with a rhema word from God. It is only fresh and good for use on the day that God gives it to you. And so it is also with God’s system downloads that are coming with the IOS 7 that God is giving the Church this next few months. I hope you are beginning to understand why the Lord is using the metaphor of Apple’s coming IOS 7.
God has always dealt with us, as His children, as a massive interlocking designed system. Jesus called it the kingdom of God. But it is more than just a design. It’s the whole thing ~ the way we work and interact with each other on so many different levels. Ultimately this design defines so much of our experiences in the kingdom of God. God created us with a profound hunger for simplicity and beauty that is literally childlike in it’s authenticity of freshness. And true simplicity is derived from so much more than the absence of clutter and ornamentation. What God is downloading in the Holy Spirit is a clear representation of this beauty and simplicity.
By taking complicated things, removing the clutter, and making them simple, you actually achieve even more complex, accurate, and efficient results. This literally means that each miracle more precisely fixes the problem. In the past, religious systems (whose purposes were to initiate and equip people with the ability to receive downloads from God) have used numerous humanly created applications that have only cluttered and bogged down the process. But now God is giving a revelation that removes this clutter and allows you, in a more simpler child-like way, to receive the Holy Spirit’s answers instantly ~ to where it almost makes the process invisible. The miraculous actions of the Holy Spirit happen through your personal interface so seamlessly that you become a true reflection of Christ in your world.
WARNING FOR PASTORS:
I need to make a cautionary note for pastors, because if you don’t truly understand what I just said you will think I am trying to eliminate the need for all of the functions that the church has traditionally performed for Christians. This can apply to everything from rehabilitation, Bible studies, ladies’ meetings, men’s organizations, etc. The list goes on as we think of all of the networking devices that have been created through organizational plans. Many of the motivational reasons behind these devices and plans are to link people to our organization so that they will remain faithful to us and thereby provide financial support to us. We are afraid that if people connect directly to the Holy Spirit, without such necessary organizational helps, we will find ourselves in a financial crisis. I admit that in some situations this is very true and it could cause some pastors to fight this new change God is bringing in the church.
But there is a fresh and new side to the picture. God is not obsoleting the Church and its structure that has been around since the death of Jesus Christ, for the Lord said it is the foundation of everything God is doing in the Church. The good news is that God is wanting us as pastors, teachers, evangelists, prophets, and apostles to be flexible and allow the Holy Spirit to progress us into the fluid and spiritual organization that becomes the spiritual structure behind the invisible networking kingdom of God.
For the last few years, I as a pastor, have been instructed by the Holy Spirit to eliminate the 140 or so church departments in my church that were in existence when I took the position of pastor. I am now pastoring a congregation that is active, healthy ~ and is bypassing the traditional church structure by linking up to God directly to answer even their most dramatic family issues. I am also finding that each family network within my church community is making stronger and more complete links with each other and this, too, is incredibly healthy. The most encouraging word that I can give to you Christian leaders is that the church I pastor in San Francisco is also daily growing more financially secure.
God is revealing to us a whole new structure in the Body of Christ, that applies across the entire system, even dealing with the finest minutest details. God is designing a whole new system of communication between people ~ that may even come to the point of eliminating the need of the old grid system of communicating through historically defined channels such as denominations, organizations, businesses ~ even transcending geographical and language barriers. It is amazing how this new revelation is eliminating all walls and hindrances. This way you will have the freedom to link up with someone that the Holy Spirit determines is necessary in order for you to fulfill the work of the kingdom of God.
Even though this new liberty may seem to create a chaotic world where anything goes, the Holy Spirit is establishing a whole new system of hiearchy that is actually bringing order to complexity. I believe there is a whole new, profound, and enduring beauty in simplicity, clarity, and efficiency. Like I said earlier, simplicity is derived from much more than the absence of clutter and ornamentation. It’s about bringing simplicity, order, and a new spiritual sense of hierarchy that is ordained by God. Much of this internal software, which is programmed in your belly daily by the Holy Spirit, is still yet to be defined. That means you will have to daily listen for the rhema words that are downloaded from the Holy Spirit so that you can be in sync with what the Church (or should I say the invisible kingdom of God) is doing in the world today. I will give you more on this subject next week.
Richard Gazowsky pastors a church in San Francisco called A Place To Meet Jesus. He has directed the films, “Guardians” and “The Roman Trilogy.”
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