I have found that an honest word that is spoken at the right place and exactly the right time can be like a child arriving home to their mother’s kitchen with a warm fire glowing and being cuddled in her arms knowing that everything is going to be alright. The reason for this is, honesty wings deep in your spirit and resonates with truths that you have found to be ageless and trustworthy.
The great pop lyricist Billy Joel wrote about this subject in his song “Honesty,” reflecting that it is such a lonely word. But his song was about melancholy sadness, and referred to something precious that was lost. I have found myself humming a different tune that resounds in the major keys of inner rejoicing that swells to victory and personal gain. This is the gift that God’s word and honesty brings to you personally.
Most of you who are well versed in the Scriptures understand the importance of honesty when it comes to the will of God ~ for there is His good will, His acceptable will and His perfect will. Something might be God’s acceptable will, but can become a lifetime of difficulty and trouble ~ the exact opposite from His perfect will. God’s perfect will requires a level of honesty that is as pure as a baby’s mouth against its nurturing mother. The trouble is, if you are a person who has experienced any level of authority and power, it is easy for you to choose a lower level of God’s will by blocking out His voice with cleverly devised made-up confirmations that assure you that the lesser choice was really His perfect will.
Let me take a moment right here and share with you a personal experience. In my years of pastoring and praying for people it has been quite necessary for me to give people honest truth from the Lord. But I am shocked many times when I give them exactly what the Lord is saying and it doesn’t match exactly what they’re wanting. Suddenly they reject me personally and treat me as if I’m an enemy of them and God. But now I realize this is the price that a person who is honest must be willing to pay. It has also caused me to value honest words coming out of someone’s mouth even more.
Ralph Wilkerson is a person that I have found to speak such rich words to me, likewise Timothy Snodgrass and Gershom Sikaala. But even more importantly I have found this quality in my wife Sandy and my children, especially my son Sunny St. Yves Gazowsky. Recently my son spoke to me an honest word of correction over my life. At first the word stung a bit. But then, as I let my walls of resistance melt into the realization of the truth of those words, my eyes were opened and I felt the warm fires of home burning throughout my heart. I knew that this truth would become a bond between my son and I for the rest of our lives.
Honesty is so strong that it becomes the granite foundation upon which empires are built. Without it, words just become a flash in the wind on foundations of sand. To my shock and amazement, honesty is the foundational stone of big money. As an inventor, I have been in many meetings with innovation financers and angel investors. As I watched the entrepreneurs field questions raised by future financers, I was shocked at how honesty was more important to them than the actual innovation. This insight became even more relevant when I dealt with executives in the movie industry. Honesty was what they were looking for first.
I know we all hear tales of backstabbing and cheating in Hollywood. But the stories only make the headlines because of their extreme rarity. In actual reality, most Hollywood executives go home to honest families just like you and I. They don’t even allow their children to watch the shows that they produce! I know for a fact that the true money people and decision-makers of Hollywood are looking for clean fun family entertainment that will fill their box offices. There has never been a greater day and a key moment for you to use “honesty”.
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Pastor Richard yours comments in relationship to the Good and Acceptable Will of God verses the Prefect Will of God are right on. I believe that you are Hearing from God concerning these matters.
Thank God for the Ministry of the Holy Spirit with Miracles and Signs and Wonders following, however the Good and Acceptable Will of God (Pentecost) can become the enemy of the Perfect Will of God. Don’t get stuck in the realm of Pentecost. We need to honor those who have gone before us, however, God is not looking to raise up another Kathryn Kuhlman or another Benny Hinn. We have been there and done that.
During the Charismatic Movement there has been a great deal of emphasis on the Holy Spirit with Miracles and Signs and Wonders following, however, there has been very little emphasis on the Rhema or Revealed Word of God (Revelation). There is very little Godly Understanding (Discernment) in the Body of Christ in this hour.
People love Spirit with Miracles and Signs and Wonders following, however, they have not learned to Love the Truth. Satan and his Angel can Produce Signs and Wonder referred to in the Bible as False Signs and Wonders. Satan has Power (Dunamis), however, the Truth is not in him. He is the Father of Lies.
Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no Prophetic Revelation people cast off restraint, they run wild, they perish. But blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.”
God is looking to produce Mature Sons and Daughters of God. Those who are learning to Hear the Voice of God who have a Personal Relationship with God. He is looking to make friends. Those who are able to Discern between that which is Flesh (The Carnal Thoughts of Man) and that which is Spirit (The Thoughts of God). They are having their Minds Renewed. They will no longer feed on that Carnal Garbage it makes them sick. Junk Food.
Most believers are not able to Hear what God is saying in this hour because they filter what God is saying through what they have come to believe to be the truth their Carnal Thoughts and Ideas (Idols) the Wisdom of this World (Man). What God is saying in this hour never makes it through their filtering system. The Man Centered Humanistic Gospel that being Preached in this hour is making the Word of God of no effect in the lives of Millions of Christians.
One of the Main Problems is that many believers only know the Voice of their Pastor (Shepard). And if their Pastor has not learned to Hear the Voice of God the Little Lambs will end up following their lead and they will not become Mature Sheep who are able to Hear the Voice of God for themselves.
The Little Lambs must learn to Hear the Voice of God by being exposed to those who know God to one degree or another. Those who have developed a personal relationship with God who have been separated unto God and his Word in God’s Caves of Preparation while others have been busy building their own little Kingdoms (Making a Name for themselves). Works of the Flesh.
Those have been building their own Houses rather than building the House of the Lord. Their focus has been on Ministry rather than on developing a Personal Relationship with the Lord. Jesus is having trouble finding a place where he is welcome a place where he can function and operate within the Nominal Church at Large. He is still looking for a Place to Lay His Head (Governments). He is knocking on the Door, however, those who are in Control will not let him in.
Men are very possessive in relationship to that which they have built in the Strength of their own flesh. What began in the Spirit ended up in the Flesh. However, there is coming a Day in the Very Near Future when every Man’s Work is going to be tested by the Fire. Unless the Lord Builds the House the People Labor in Vain.
Faith comes by Hearing and Hearing by the Rhema Word of God. Present Truth. We Need Daily Bread. Fresh Manna from Heaven on a Daily Basis. The Children of Israel did not have the Faith to Enter the Promise Land because when they were gathered by Moses at the foot of Mount Sinai they refused to Hear the Voice of God. We have the same Problem in the Church in this hour. When God Speaks the People Cover their Ears. They Tune Out. They are not Hungering and Thirsting after Righteousness. They are refusing to Hear the Voice of God.
We need both the Spirit and the Word. Your Worship Leader Doug Lanza has grown so much in the Lord over the last couple of years. He is not the same Man that he was two years ago. He is positioning himself with God which is so important in this hour (Humility). He is no longer striving with God and it is beginning to show. You can see the Glory and Presence of God on him when he is leading Worship. He is beginning to Shine. One of the Shining ones.
He and his family are very important in relationship to what God is doing in this hour in “A Place to Meet Jesus.” The Music that he and his Family will produce in the coming years will be out of this World. It will help to produce another World (Jesus Cosmos). Jesus Kingdom is not of this Realm. Having said that I wish that your Worship Services were longer. I am not sure what the rush is to get the Service over with?
Proverbs 29:18 “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.”
PS: The Color Green which is a Combination of Yellow and Blue represents the Fear of the Lord. The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom (Yellow) and Godly Understanding (Blue). The Feminine (Spirit of Wisdom) and the Masculine Side of God (Spirit of Understanding). The reason that I am mentioning this is because the Color Yellow the Color that you were wearing Sunday Morning represents the Spirit of Wisdom.
Honesty is always the best policy, however, just because someone is being honest does not necessarily mean that what they are speaking is the Truth. When it comes to those in the World their whole way of thinking is based on a Lie. Although the Holy Spirit does minister to those in the World and often times those who are in Darkness are able to see and hear things better than those who are supposed to be Children of the Light.
I have Ministered to New Ager’s in the past and when I get done Ministering to them their response to me is that much of what I have been saying is what they have been hearing and seeing. Many of the Jewish Mystics have more understanding of the Spiritual World than those in the Nominal Church. And many of those in the Movie Industry are more Prophetic then the so call Prophets in the Church.
Now I am not saying that I embrace the many false teachings that are being promoted by those in the New Age Movement, however, when we as believers in Jesus Christ actually do what it is that the New Agers have been seeing and hearing in this hour they will come into the Kingdom by the Thousands. Many of the most powerful believers in these last of the last days will be Ex- New Agers.
Now we do not have to Speak Everything that is on our mind. We need to be led by the Spirit of God and when we do Speak it should be what the Father is Speaking (The Mind of Christ) not our Carnal Thoughts and Ideas (Idols). Our Fleshly thoughts and Ideas will Profit a Man Nothing. This is why believers in the Body of Christ need to have their Minds Renewed.
We are to no longer see anyone after the flesh. We do not need to picking on each other’s flesh. Although it is good to bring things to the light. Strongholds in people’s minds are built upon believing one lie after another unchecked. Watch the Movie a “Beautiful Mind.”
A true Bishop (Prophet) in the Church who is Called and used by God to Bishop Peoples Soul’s will be able to discern between the Carnal Thoughts of Man (Flesh) and the Thoughts of God (Mind of Christ).