Preparing For Christmas

As our family is traveling through the great cities of Europe, we can’t help but noticing the wonderfully overwhelming celebration of Christmas! This celebration is so complete; there are decorations literally on everything from the biggest shopping mall to the smallest mom and pop store. At the same time, it makes strong declarations to the foundational rock on Christ Jesus, that Europe has sustained for over 2000 years.

Nearly two years ago the Lord gave me the instruction in a vision ~ of the earth being covered with the love of God. He told me, through the Prophet Timothy Snodgrass, “Do not pray about your own situation, but instead pray for America and God’s concern for the world.” I am sure that those of you who are leaders understand my “situation” includes strong ties to the city of San Francisco, and how hard this has been for me to pray for the world ~ while every day I just want to intercede for our beautiful city of San Francisco.

But I know I can’t. Another reason is that, “no flesh (Richard’s ego) should ever glory in His presence”. Especially this week, with the news of our city constantly all over Europe, I realize God‘s instructions are made clear in the third and fourth chapters of Hebrews, when He tells us to rest in Him and not to be like Israel in the provocation in the wilderness.

I have seen such a strong foundation in Jesus throughout Europe. Even though national leaders and the news media present a vision of Europe as being godless, I see the strong and immovable foundations of this continent are extremely firm in their belief and trust in Jesus Christ.

Suddenly it hit me. That’s what God is causing to happen in San Francisco! All of you are His strong foundation. You are “Peter the Rock” that He will build His church on. You who are praying daily are the strong foundation that will make San Francisco a strong Renaissance city. Remember, the word renaissance means: 1. a renewal of life, vigor, interest; 2. rebirth; 3. revival. Another dictionary put it this way: for all of society to be born again.

 

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By Gazowsky

Cartoon Foxes On Her Nylons

The woman:
“Then you must protect me from the foxes,
Foxes on the prowl,
Foxes who would like nothing better
Than to get into our flowering garden”
Song of Songs 2:15

To all of us, who have been called to the mission of intercession during these troubling times, the Lord has made it very clear that we are not to participate in the conflict that sometimes is happening before us ~ maybe even in our own families. Instead, we are called to be the victors healing the wounded, and the repairers of the broken breaches. To understand this position in Jesus, you must understand the Scriptures in Hebrews, the third and fourth chapters, regarding Paul’s teaching about “resting in Christ.” I will speak about this in more detail next week, but now let’s look at the warning concerning the foxes.
When God’s blessings come with great abundance, most of us are prone to let down our protection system because we are so blessed. We are initially set on loving and accepting everyone. This is why, in the Songs of Solomon, the woman asks the prince to protect her from the foxes that try to act as if they are helpers. In reality, they desire to devour you and every blessing you’ve been given.
Every time I have met someone new that would have a dangerous effect upon my life, God has always warned me in a small way. Usually it’s when I first mention the name of Jesus, or maybe it’s just something to do with His presence ~ that I see who they really are and what they will be in the future ~ simply by their response to that wonderful name. Didn’t Jesus say in John 10:7, “I am the door of the sheep”?
I must remind you that this is not something you can just do by memory, or by repeating the same thing each time. You must be led by the total guidance of the Holy Spirit to discern what type of person you are dealing with, and whether you are to connect with them or not!  In today’s news, a powerful editor of a ladies’ magazine shocked her staff because she wore “foxes on her nylons.”  I believe the lady with the foxes on her stockings is a message alerting us intercessors that we need to pray.
I’m asking all of you to pray that editors of ladies’ magazines around the world are not influenced by foxes, but by God’s sheep. Join me every day on Periscope as we pray together. t

By Gazowsky

“Swedish Prayer Adventure”

The Gazowsky family, from San Francisco, California, has been called by the Lord to pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” In obedience to this word, they have been led by the wind of the Spirit. They have linked up with other intercessors by the smart phone app “Periscope,” and about 800 intercessors have answered the daily call to prayer.

Their daughter, Rocki Starr, had a dream in 2016: “A beautiful girl sat by a body of water. She wore a wetsuit that was for her protection. The young girl dove into the water and started swimming like a mermaid. The Gazowsky family dove in the water behind her and followed. The Lord revealed that this was Sweden. The young girl noticed that the water was stagnant and was full of crocodiles. But as the family swam and kept following the mermaid, the stagnant waters began to drain away and the crocodiles began to leave. Suddenly the family was at Vello Vaim’s house. He opened his arms wide and said, ‘Welcome!’ to Richard, who said, ‘We can only stay for two days.’”

For over a year the family discussed this dream, wondering what it could mean. Then, while the family was visiting Iceland, the Lord spoke to Richard and said, “Buy a plane ticket that costs under $100 and fly to the nation that it sends you to.” There was only one place that was selling a ticket for under $100 ~ Stockholm, Sweden. Without telling Vello and Ingalill they were coming, the Gazowskys arrived at their house. Vello answered the door, opened his arms wide, and said, “Welcome into my home. I am so glad to see you!” Ingalill also welcomed them with gladness. It was exactly like Rocki had seen in her dream. Now they knew the dream was coming to pass!

That night a group of young people, from the local university in Aldenbug, came to the house for prayer. One of the young ladies, Maral Der, said the Lord spoke to her to give the Gazowskys a tour. The family believed she was the mermaid from the dream, so they planned for their prayer time on Sunday to go wherever the mermaid led them. Cornelia, a Swedish pop musician, said she wanted to go pray too.

On Sunday, the Gazowsky family linked up on their periscope prayer broadcast with 164 intercessors worldwide, and the “mermaid” led them through the Vivalla neighborhood. Here, they heard that the terrorist group Isis was recruiting young men and women. As they drove through the neighborhood praying and interceding (which you can still watch by logging onto Periscope), Richard heard the Lord saying that God was answering their prayers. As they pulled out of the neighborhood he saw the spirit in the murky waters leaving!

At this point Cornelia remembered a dream she’d had a year and a half ago. She said, “I had a dream where I was driving my car through the forest, and suddenly many alligators came out of the forest. I drove my car over the alligators, crushing them!” There they were, both dreams fulfilled, right as they were in the car praying! Wow!

An hour later, the Gazowsky family was sitting in the most beautiful church, listening to wonderful Swedish worship. As the people were praising Jesus, Pastor Richard saw a vision: “In God‘s presence, all of the Swedish people began to grow bigger in the Spirit from within, and they became a very large and mighty people. They turned into sheep. Suddenly, these great sheep began to sheer their own coats and build factories. The sheep took the wool that they had just produced and began to cover the people of the earth with the warm love and hugs from the spiritual coverings they were producing.

“All of this was being done by the sheep. There was no leader but Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd. The pastors were rejoicing because they were also being blessed. In the background was a very large whale, that had sharp razor-like dangerous teeth, and it began shrinking away. As the sheep and their factories grew in power and success, the whale (which looked like Leviathan, and had a huge tattoo branded on its back that said “atheist”) just slipped back into the ocean never to be seen again.”

As the exciting adventure continues, you can join up by praying with Pastor Richard Gazowsky on Periscope, every day!

By Gazowsky

“Your Smile Brushes The Clouds Away So I Can See The Morning Sun.”

God’s smile in the morning is the warm hug of His presence setting everything in order. At this beautiful starting point everything looks like a grand adventure. To enjoy the excitement of the day we must learn how to think God’s way. Below are a few hints.

Waiting on God is experiencing the joy of patience, and the perfection of high-quality experiences. Remember that waiting is worth it; God always gives you rewards that are more than abundant in their fulfillment. Any task that requires anxiousness or that is done in a hurry is probably not worth doing in the first place.

As you can see, the ways of God are not easy to master because they are so contrary to our normal ways of doing things. Though today’s experience with God will be so wonderful that you want to repeat it ~ He never repeats Himself.

God’s unique way is that He always makes the complex seem simple ~ even childlike. It is God’s straightforward approach to every task that He assigns to you which makes His mystery so wonderful. When I obey God’s tiny whisper suddenly the most complex problem is dealt with, answered, and completed with a bow on it.

This discovery has made my life completely different. Each day I listen for His wonderful voice. Then I do my best to fulfill the task that He has asked me to perform with simplicity and straightforwardness ~ letting my, “Yea be yea and my nay be nay.”

Oh, how beautiful the ways of God are! May you also experience His wonder every day.

By Gazowsky

“The Value Of A Thought”

A thought can be nothing more than a breath of wind from the Spirit of God. But this slight gentle wind can blow and turn a person’s life and career completely around ~ and make them rich in the wonder that life has to offer! Just think of the first chapter of Genesis, when the Spirit of God was hovering upon the face of the water. I imagine a simple thought came into God‘s mind, and He said, “Let there be light.” Ask any scientist how important light is to life on earth, and you can see how important that single thought from God was.
 
The purpose of this observation is to help each one of us recognize the treasure and importance that a single thought from God can be to our lives. These thoughts are the treasures that are going to bring the New Renaissance upon the earth in our generation. It takes a special type of person to receive these treasures from God.

God‘s thoughts are higher than our thoughts. This same aspect is true when it comes to receiving God’s thoughts. To receive God’s thoughts, you must have faith that what you once believed was impossible, is now possible, just because God said it. This ability to believe is actually a childlike attribute that Jesus required His disciples to have when He said, “For such is the kingdom of heaven.” This means that a grown person definitely has the ability to think in a childlike way.
 
Secondly, Jesus also said, “In your patience posses ye your souls.” Wow! That means childlike in receiving, but maturity in believing. Now comes the thing only you and I can do: remain steadfast and faithful in the course until the end of the journey. I am sure some of you have seen the task that God has placed upon me and my family to go all across America praying for the nation. Now, we are going around the globe praying for the world. We are holding tightly to the word of God given to us by the prophet Timothy Snodgrass,  “Do not pray about your own situation, but instead pray for America and God’s concern for the world.” 
 
At first this might sound silly to some of you. But if you were with our family on this incredible journey, you would see how God daily supplies our ever-present needs.  He also supplies things that I didn’t even know were possible! For example, the prophet Timothy Snodgrass prophesied that there would be moments when I would be praying and people would be translated to the place of that prayer and able to join in. Last week in Los Angeles, as I was preparing to go to our first destination in Europe, the Lord spoke to me to go down the street to a certain shop. Come to find out, a company had just invented a new 360° device to go on a smartphone, that links people up to periscope. When the man asked me to try it out, I said, “If it works on my phone I’ll buy it.” To my amazement it worked perfectly!
 
When my family arrived in Iceland for the first destination of prayer, I was amazed to see suddenly all of you were translated into the physical place where I was, and you could see everything I could see! What Timothy Snodgrass prophesied was coming to pass through our daily prayer session on Periscope. Every time I pray, I sense the presence of all of you around me as we are praying together for the world. What a wonderful spiritual experience this is every day!
 
I’ll be looking forward to praying with you tomorrow on Periscope from Sweden.
By Gazowsky

Threading the Needle of Faith

My sweet darling wife Sandy is working on a cross stitch, using different pleasantly-colored thread, to create an intricate picture of a home for the celebration of Christmas. Our family is in the prayer pod (our van) going from city to city praying for America. I’ve noticed that sometimes the needlework becomes very tedious for Sandy, as she labors with the sewing needle and thread while we are traveling.

Suddenly the Lord spoke to me and said, “The intricate journey of faith I’m calling you, and all the people faith, on right now ~ is like threading the needle of faith through the hidden riches that will add no sorrow and create a tapestry of God’s beauty.”
One day at a time. When you are designing a beautifully detailed picture in needle stitch, the only way you can complete all its complexities ~ is to perform it one small section at a time. This is how Sandy has been working on her bigger picture ~ mastering each minuet stitch one-by-one.
Instead of talking about some grand plan, looking for some sign, or worrying about how you’re going to accomplish that overwhelming thing~ just take one day at a time in perfect obedience. Focus on doing that one simple small stitch.
If you simply keep your eyes peeled to the original vision that God gave you at the beginning of your journey, you will see that the day-to-day small little stitches are at the heart of that great masterpiece!
By Gazowsky

Perfect Peace

It’s amazing when you see what discoveries and innovations can come to your mind during periods of peace in the midst of troubling storms. The ways of God are very unique and lofty when He exposes them to us. Yet, the more I understand His gentle ways of speaking to us, the more I realize how important it is to catch His whispers and gather them together in order to discover the treasures in the sky-lit breath of the wind of His Spirit.
 
Moses experienced this as he led the nation of Israel through the 40 years in the wilderness. When they ran out of water,  Moses was surrounded by complaints from all 12 tribes. He heard the gentle voice of God say, “Speak to the rock.” Instead, he smote the rock. This is a perfect example of how dangerous the moment can be when God gives you great revelation.
 
It’s just like Peter walking on the water, Philip being translated, and Abraham’s obedience to God on Mount Carmel (with the ram given him to replace his son’s life). All of these great spiritually epic events relate to a moment of peace in the midst of a storm. All of us are ready to receive very great blessings from God that will bring us financial prosperity ~ that dream mate, new house, cutting-edge career, renaissance church, profitable investment ~ plus have more than enough to leave our grandchildren. God, give us peace in the midst of the storm!
 
By Gazowsky

Clean-Hearted Innocence

When an entire nation experiences being “born again” it is called a Renaissance. “Born again” so aptly applies because it refers to the re-institution of pure innocence. I have witnessed this phenomenon in my own adult life. The ability to approach certain things with an honest child-like innocence in my mind is probably the most precious spiritual possession that I have.

This innocence of thought can occur to an entire social network that goes beyond national borders. When the phenomenon of the Renaissance occurred in history, it brought about great innovations, discoveries, and launchings of previously unobtainable innovation. The printing press, the discovery of the New World, the telescope, and more opened mankind’s vision of the universe.

The importance of innocence as a foundational basis for the advancement of all human thought and creativity is amazing. You would think that having more knowledge would increase creativity, but it actually blocks it. The foundation of our innocence gives us the ability to hear simple instructions from God. We then receive complex ideas that previously would’ve been considered absurd even in our current advanced state of knowledge.

Having the pure innocence of a child depends upon acquiring child-like thinking: “Since Daddy says it, it’s true!” This in turn becomes the foundation for new discoveries. And, oh how wonderfully creative these new discoveries will be! Father, please make America innocent again…

You might be tempted to doubt whether this could even be done. But this is the miraculous power of prayer. God answers prayer. The purpose of prayer is for God to intervene on our behalf, and do things that you and I are incapable of doing. To change and rid the entire nation of evil seems to be so complex, that at first it appears impossible. Our own attempts to do it, or even consider it, seem absurd.

And of all people, I certainly would not consider it ~ unless it was prophesied by God that it would happen. God, the One who created everything, said He will “present to Himself a church having neither spot nor wrinkle nor any such thing.” In other words, you and I can have nothing to do with it. We must rest from our labors and just give Him permission to “run the washing machines.”

That means cleaning up our hearts, our family’s hearts, the hearts of those at our workplaces, our city’s hearts, our state’s hearts, our nation’s hearts ~ the hearts of the whole world! Such an enormous task is exactly what God has been expecting you and I to ask Him to do since time began. So praise the Lord, grab a cup of tea, sit back and relax ~ and watch God scrub.

By Gazowsky

Clean-Hearted Innocence

When an entire nation experiences being “born again” it is called a Renaissance. “Born again” so aptly applies because it refers to the re-institution of pure innocence. I have witnessed this phenomenon in my own adult life. The ability to approach certain things with an honest child-like innocence in my mind is probably the most precious spiritual possession that I have.

This innocence of thought can occur to an entire social network that goes beyond national borders. When the phenomenon of the Renaissance occurred in history, it brought about great innovations, discoveries, and launchings of previously untenable innovation. The printing press, the discovery of the New World, the telescope, and more opened mankind’s vision of the universe.

The importance of innocence as a foundational basis for the advancement of all human thought and creativity is amazing. You would think that having more knowledge would increase creativity, but it actually blocks it. The foundation of our innocence give us the ability to hear simple instructions from God. We then receive complex ideas that previously would’ve been considered absurd even in our current advanced state of knowledge.
Having the pure innocence of a child depends upon acquiring child-like thinking: “Since daddy says it, it’s true!” This in turn becomes the foundation for new discoveries. And, oh how wonderfully creative these new discoveries will be! Father, please make America innocent again…

You might be tempted to doubt whether this could even be done. But this is the miraculous power of prayer. God answers prayer. The purpose of prayer is for God to intervene on our behalf, and do things that you and I are incapable of doing. To change and rid the entire nation of evil seems to be so complex, that at first it appears impossible. Our own attempts to do it, or even consider it, seem absurd or astronomical.

And of all people, I certainly would not consider it ~ unless it was prophesied by God that it would happen. God, the One who created everything, said He will “present to Himself a church having neither spot nor wrinkle nor any such thing.” In other words, you and I can have nothing to do with it. We must rest from our labors and just give Him permission to “run the washing machines.”

That means cleaning up our hearts, our family’s hearts, the hearts of those at our workplaces, our city’s hearts, our state’s hearts, our nation’s hearts ~ the hearts of the whole world! Such an enormous task is exactly what God has been expecting you and I to ask Him to do since time began. So praise the Lord, grab a cup of tea, sit back and relax ~ and watch God scrub.

 

By Gazowsky

A Divine Mystery ~ God’s Selection Process

In this critical time of entering into the new coming Renaissance, we must be aware of understanding the ways of God. The book of Hebrews cautions us concerning this aspect of our journey, “Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, ‘They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.’”

The Lord Himself, through the prophet Isaiah, declared how different His ways are: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways.”  I have come to the personal conclusion that I cannot understand the ways of God. Yet, I come to know His ways through observation and recognition.

The Apostle Paul mentions one “way of God” that is extremely important to the next Renaissance generation in his letter to the Corinthian church: “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in His presence.”

This is an ego-wrenching personal insight, and I hope this helps you to be included in the list of God’s selected people just mentioned. In my personal relationship with God through prayer, I see those foolish, weak, base attributes of the group that Paul mentions in myself when I look in the mirror! Of course I am humbled by these observations (and find this extremely difficult to admit).

When it comes to God’s way of choosing of people, it makes me take a second look at those whom I have made relational links with. Normally we would reason that if we’re planning on heading somewhere great, we should make connections only with people who have admirable attributes ~ which is not necessarily the list of people mentioned in Corithians.

The friends that are closest to me are the most treasured people of God. I value their friendship, and our relationships together, as a true treasure box of open wonder.

This spiritual revelation concerning the relationships that will birth the New Renaissance is so exciting and refreshing, because it is not filled with pretense. “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich and he addeth no sorrow with it.”  This Proverb is especially true when it comes to God building your relationships. Allow Him to do it “His way”.

 

By Gazowsky