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By Richard Gazowsky
There is nothing that excites me more than having a huge project laid out before me that challenges my mind and all of my personal skills. I would say this is one of the most fulfilling experiences that I can imagine, but of course, if you are going to take on a project that is going to challenge all of your skills it would be nice to know if that project was going to be successful. This is a quandary that all leaders face because they want their lives to count, to mean something and to affect the world that they live in; and I am no different, in this case, than any other man. But as I followed the challenges that appeared before me in life I constantly ran into failure, and I found out that the road to success was much harder to find than I’d thought. It was at this time that I began to hear leaders above me and well-learned writers give their advice in saying that life is full of failure mixed with a rare occurrence of success, and even eastern philosophers put it in a different way to say that every success must be balanced by an equal weight of failure or darkness, but I soon discovered that this was literally a doctrine of demons. The Bible says that those who worship idols literally succumb to demons and I can understand this kind of reasoning coming from that darkness. After all, the wages of sin is death so satanic forces have nothing to offer but death.
I am delighted to share with you the complete revelation that the Lord has given me concerning His win-win proposals that He places before us. The first hint of it in the scriptures is when Moses said, “Man should not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Jesus confirmed that this was His method of operation when He said, “The son can do nothing unless He sees the Father do it first.” What I have discovered is that my daily life can be full of joy and adventure if I learn to do God’s “perfect will”. Of course, God leaves you two other options – His good will and His acceptable will, but I have learned that His perfect will is a win-win-win to ever-increasing days of joy. Part of the reason for this is that when you begin to follow God’s perfect will He leads you down a pathway that is filled with treasure hunts of finding His pearl of great price that is hidden in your everyday schedule of events. As you begin to find each pearl day by day a master plan begins to unfold before you. This master plan is an impossible project that God has designed for your life and existence and if you continue to seek and follow His treasure hunt of possibilities a larger picture that is greater than your life will begin to unfold before you.
In my own life this treasure hunt began in the early 60’s when I was a child with different interests that I began to pursue. At first this looked just like child’s play but now as I look back I can see that God’s divine hand was guiding me like that of a skilled adventurer. When I came to each fork in the road where I had to make a major decision, the Lord was patient with me and took time to help me choose the right decision. Even though there were many faults and failures and things that began to appear as dead-end streets, even those dead-end alleys today serve a purpose in my life. It is not until I came to the point where I completely surrendered my daily schedule to His word, that huge pieces of a billion-piece puzzle of my life began to come together in a massive mental design that led me unto a clear path that showed me what I was to do for the rest of my life. Wow! This is the great adventure, the great project that I have always desired to be a part of for my whole life and now I find myself standing in the center of the road of an adventurous journey that is full of mystery, surprise, just pure fun and (I mean hilarious, laughing fun!)
What is given to me appears to be very unique and special and exclusively mine to enjoy, but I also know that God is no respecter of persons; it is given to, “Whomsoever will.” It is not something that you can seek after or you can travel to some distant land to find, but this kind of divine blessing overtakes you, it actually sneaks up from behind and the next thing you know it is right behind you. Moses told Israel that it would be this way, and told them not to go across the sea looking for a word from God. The Apostle Paul, in the New Testament, told the Romans, “It is nigh you even in your mouth, that is the word of God which ye speak.” This is a phenomenon that I constantly see with young people. They are running here and running there trying to find the pathway of adventure to success and they don’t realize that they are constantly running away from true adventure and true success. When I talk to young people about this they have a hard time believing me when I tell them that I got saved in the same church that I am now pastoring. I literally live in the same house that I lived in when I was eleven years old. My house is not far from the church that I pastor and although I have traveled around the world, every great revelation that I have gotten from God has come to me from the place that I live. What Moses said was very true; “Quit chasing God, stand still, and obey His still small voice in your tummy everyday and He will find you and give you an adventure that will literally excite you for the rest of your life.” It is a win-win adventure. It comes from not trying to find it but instead listening for it. Obviously, we all know that God can speak anywhere, but can you hear Him? That is the question. I have found that learning to pray in the Holy Ghost 24 hours a day is the secret to receiving the still small voice from God. It’s not dependent on your location but is dependent upon your willing heart, as long as you are willing to obey the simple instructions that He has given you.
To be honest with you, His simple instructions to me appeared at first to be annoying distractions to my daily schedule. I wasn’t even aware of their divine purpose and they were like little interruptions for the things that I had planned for the day. But as I became more and more sensitive to the Holy Spirit in His tiny whisperings, these interruptions and distractions began to teach me that they are really the true adventure that I have been seeking. For example, there was a very difficult family situation that I had to deal with, while at the same moment there was a call for me to address a waiting audience. I looked at the domestic disturbance as a distraction and the waiting audience as my true pathway, but the Holy Spirit reminded me that God’s ways are not like my ways for as high as the heavens are above the earth so are God’s ways above our ways. When I thought of that scripture in Isaiah, I realized that I must follow the Holy Spirit and attend to the domestic disturbance instead of the waiting congregation. To my shock the domestic disturbance was the place where the miracle was going to happen and I was able to witness God’s divine moving in such intricate ways that increased by personal joy and increased my understanding of how human relationships can be conquered in the spiritual realm. Wow! This was a real adventure in time. This is what amazes me about God’s perfect will. His perfect will is an adventure of complexities that can only be enjoyed if you approach them as a little child, but if you do, I believe you will discover that every day is more fun, wonderful, and adventurous than the day before.
See you next Friday.