God speaking to us personally is the greatest treasure that any person can ever have. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.” In this passage from the Book of John (and in many other places), Jesus makes it extremely clear that the exclusive arrangement of intimacy with Him is defined by your ability to hear and know His voice.
I know these next few words are hard for many of us to face, but your entire life’s destiny will come to the point of you personally responding to the Good Shepherd’s voice. Let’s look at the substantive reality of what the voice of God actually is to you. It can be heard in a dream, an impression in your mind, a thought that comes to you out of the blue, a voice of words that are spoken in your heart, an audible voice that is actually spoken to you, or a Scripture in the Bible that jumps off the page into your heart. After you have exercised your spiritual senses to discern good from evil, and have recognized clearly the voice of the Good Shepherd, one thing becomes clear ~ you have come to the place of maturity of knowing the voice of God.
This place of knowledge of God’s voice also opens the doorway of maturity for the Christian. In order to operate under the human authority surrounding you while you are still listening to the pure word of God, or the voice of the Good Shepherd, you must have reached this point of maturity. In my many years of trying to understand and operate in these rules I have learned how smart and clever the word of God is. It was designed to help me navigate any complex landscape.
In the fourth chapter of Hebrews Paul reminds us how important it is for us all to pay attention to the voice of God when He instructs us to not harden our hearts against God’s instructions. Paul instructs us that God’s spoken word to us is not only powerful, but that it is intricately capable of fixing issues for us without us even knowing it:
“God means what He says. What He says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it-no matter what.”
My father, Victor Gazowsky, was a tool and die maker. When I was just a young kid my father was already machining the tools that surgeons use. One day he brought home a surgeon’s scalpel that he had made. The blade was so sharp that I cut myself and did not feel a thing! The word of God is so sharp it can separate your fleshly thoughts (which try to mess you up and trick you to make mistakes) from the thoughts that are purely of God.
What I just described to you is the key to unlocking your dreams and visions, as well as words from God that you can’t quite understand. These contain metaphors that are so simple, yet so sharp, they teach you about the difference between good and evil itself.
Oh, wow! God’s word to you is a surgeon’s scalpel that is patiently teaching you how to walk the pathway of righteousness, where you can obey all human authority appropriately. At the same time, He advances you miraculously past all man-made hindrances and glass ceilings that exist around each one of us.
As a young child I watched as my mother, Sister Marilyn Gazowsky, followed the word of God. It took her on a God-promoted journey of life that led her to pastoring one of the greatest churches in San Francisco, California. She navigated past the glass ceilings that were consistently put over her head saying that she could not go there, do that, or accomplish the great things she did in her ministry.
God knows and honors all authority. As you listen to His words, He knows how to get you past any barrier that you are facing, whether man-made or demon-made. Whatever they are, hearing His voice can get you past them. It’s the mastery of His Word!
Sent in love,
Pastor Richard Gazowsky