For the last few weeks I have been praying that God would cleanse my thoughts and the memories stored in my mind which might keep me away from His perfect Christ-like thoughts. Then something happened to me that became a perfect example of how God carefully helps us. I was awakened at 1:30 AM in the morning from a deep sleep by bitter heartburn raging in my stomach. I got up, took a few antacids for the pain, and then lay back down to go to sleep. Just as I drifted off I heard a voice speak, “Don’t worry, it will all go out in the dross.”
As I continued to sleep, I had an incredible dream! I was in a church with a very famous husband and wife team I knew from my past, (but I also realized in the dream that they were now in heaven). After the service, Sandy and I took them out to eat. The restaurant was incredibly crowded so I went with the waiter to look for a place where we could all privately share with each other, because they were a very elderly couple. I found some empty seats and the couple came and joined us.
I knew this was a very rare moment for us to be able to meet privately with this extremely famous couple. We all sat there, ate our dinner, and had some friendly, light conversation. When I woke up out of sleep, I still had the heartburn, but I questioned myself as to why I didn’t ask the couple questions about the mistakes they had made in their lives. I again drifted back into sleep and the same voice spoke again, “It will all go out in the dross.”
Immediately I started dreaming again. Sandy and I were with the same couple, and this time we were about to travel together in a car. Again we did not share any unpleasantries and had a nice, peaceful time together. When I woke up, the heartburn in my stomach was completely gone. What was making my stomach bitter went out in the dross, just as the Lord had said.
Then the Lord spoke to me, “You asked me to cleanse your thinking and your memories. In your dream you could not remember any of the bad mistakes that the couple had made, and that is because those memories are carnal knowledge. Carnal knowledge does not protect you from attacks, instead they are tricks that the enemy uses to make you think you are safe, that you won’t make the specific mistake the other person made, and you’ll win all the time. But the enemy is just attacking you from a different direction. If you trust your carnal knowledge to protect you, you will lose. It is only the fresh words from the Holy Spirit that are your true daily protection, and this is why your daily prayer is so important for your future.”
Wow! I called our family together and told them the dream the Lord had just given to me. My son, Sunny, had an incredible insight to this truth. He said that when he had gone to meetings in Hollywood, he observed that there were so many people in the industry that were trying to impress, manipulate, and trick everyone into thinking they were someone that they only wished they could be. The only protection he felt he could trust was the Word of God in his spirit.
When I heard my son say these words, I understood this was truly the wisdom of God. Carnal knowledge is not our protection. The Spirit of God daily living in us is our only true protection.
Sent in love,
Pastor Richard Gazowsky