Waiting on God can be the most stressful experience that anyone can go through ~ especially when it’s God you’re waiting for. Evil forces know the gift you are waiting upon God for, and that what God is going to bless you with is a righteous blessing that is going to weaken their evil intentions.
The Scriptures are very clear about this scenario. In the book of James, he writes, “But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing.” Patience is female, like a mother. A mother‘s purpose is to help a child to grow up to its full potential in life. In the same way patience is right beside you, just like your mother, helping you to receive your highest promotion. This metaphor works for a person, a family, a company, a church, and even a nation.
First, I want to talk about this metaphor and its largest application in the Bible. When God wanted to change a nation, many times He began His work in a simple house, rather than with the leaders of the nation. In the Bible, in the book of Acts, we see the beginning of God’s transformation of the Roman Empire.
Remember, Jesus said that if you clean the inside of the cup, the outside becomes clean of itself. He starts within then works outward. In the first hundred years of Rome, we never see a Christian emperor of the empire. Instead, the inner workings of the Roman empire were changing. The head of Rome was not purified yet because the inner workings within the nation were not completed enough for it to have godly leadership.
This is patience doing her perfect work, as she was preparing a whole system of government to receive godly leadership. So it is with the governments of today. God intends to bring godliness to every nation on earth. But for this to work, it must begin with the inner workings, or the families, of every person in the nation.
The Bible is the only book on earth which people are working to translate into every spoken tongue. The New Testament has been translated into over 1500 languages. (If you want to verify this and you have a smart phone with a Bible app, take a second and look at how many languages are offered.)
God has been bringing His gospel to the whole world. Every day, people come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and through the miracle of technology can upload the entire Bible onto their phone. There are now nearly 2,500,000,000 people that have access to the word of God on their phones alone! But it’s not only happening on the smart phone, it is also happening in the church world.
When I was a young man there were less congregations than there are now in America. Do you think that number has shrunk since then? No, it has grown exponentially and now there are close to 384,000 congregations in America alone. Why so many? Because God keeps calling more people into His invisible kingdom. Though a denomination is physical, it makes you aware that the invisible is increasing.
It is hard to see immediate results when you are part of a nation that God is changing. It also can also be difficult for us to see that God is changing our family, because we are part of the family. This is why these things are only truly seen through eyes of faith. Sometimes a family member can make a large mistake and it looks to us like they have fallen away from God. But in actuality, their condition has become so bad that they can now realize that they are at the bottom of the barrel and that the only way out is up. A person in this condition does not compromise but surrenders their all to Jesus. This is patience having its perfect work.Sent in Love, Pastor Richard Gazowsky
Yesterday’s pains and regrets can sap the energy that you might have for today. Fear, worry, and anxiety about tomorrow can stop you from accomplishing the tasks you have today. This is why Jesus taught very strongly that we should focus all of our energy, efforts, and actions on today.
One blade of grass grows 1 inch in 24 hours. Of course to do this it requires the right nutrients and environment ~ a very complex process of things that can only be set up by God. Jesus said, “But if God so clothes the grass…” One of the points that Jesus is emphasizing is that grass grows and is cut down very quickly. Even though it’s useful, it is very short term. God goes through elaborate preparations in order to provide what man needs for just one day. This is why Jesus continues the sentence by saying, “Which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven. Shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?”
The underlining premise that is made in the Scriptures is focused on today. Jesus is referring to God’s elaborate preparations in preparing each blade of grass for one day. Isn’t He also making elaborate preparations for you, His special person? As your eyes open you will suddenly begin to see how important today actually is. Yes, this very moment, stop a minute. Smell the air that you are breathing in, and look around you. Become aware of what God wants you to do today.
Becoming spiritually aware of where you are right now will help you be sensitive to God’s voice. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me,” This is the most important aspect of your entire human existence ~ your ability to hear the voice of the Good Shepherd in your heart. Your life will be judged on your personal decisions, not on what leader you followed, or even your husband or wife. You will stand before God the Father and be judged by what you personally chose to do.
In light of this, think of how important it is to develop your skills today, and listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd. I am trying to master this skill every day ~ just to hear the whisper of His voice.
Sent in love,
Pastor Richard Gazowsky
Have you ever wondered why little children live such happy lives ~ especially today, or any day that they’re enjoying? Here are the principles that they go by in their natural thinking: “Someone else is taking care of my needs (usually their parents), so my job is to have fun and feel goofy.”
This is why Jesus said, “Except you become as little children…for such is the kingdom of God.” We must look into how little children think. That’s the secret to the kingdom of God.
Growing up has taught us to take responsibility for all the problems we are facing, and of course that flies right in the face of the teachings of Jesus ~ that we must become like little children. This conundrum is talked about many times in the Scriptures because it seems to be a divine contradiction. But of course it’s not.
Jesus understands that each of us have incredible responsibilities that we face daily. What He is telling us is that we can learn to trust Him completely to work out a plan for our life that will take all of those problems and set them in the order so God can remove them, pay for them, restructure them, and make them go away ~ so you can live in a perfect land of peace!
But this is where it all comes to a head. It must be done today. I mean today, not something you put off till tomorrow, but that thing you do today. When you first read this you’ll probably think, “Oh, that’s easy.” And it actually is. You’ll discover that as you trust Jesus today that everything will be fine, and all of your problems will start going away. But then you’ll undoubtedly say, “What am I gonna do about tomorrow?” That’s the amazing thing because Jesus said, “Tomorrow’s evil will take care of itself.”
You can only learn all of this truth by the doing. It is never learned by talking about it, reading about it, or anything else. You have to physically do it today. And then do it tomorrow. And then do it the day after. And then do it the day after that. Before you know it, every problem will be taken care of because every single day (remember I said “today”) you are trusting Jesus.
Sent in Love,
Pastor Richard Gazowsky
I’m hearing in the Spirit the next 20 days is a time to repent. Get your house in order, get your family in order. Don’t have any preconceptions about what the Lord is going to do, but be obedient precisely to go wherever the Lord tells you. Be at the right place at the right time.
The angels of the Lord are going ahead of you right now to prepare the way for the breakthrough that He has. It has to come through peace. If it comes through warfare, it will be a counterfeit blessing that will burn. It will not last. The breakthrough must come through obedience, through grace, and through precise prophetic acts.
When the Lord tells you to go to the left, or go to the right, your breakthrough will come through peace. You’ll receive the green light through peace as you walk out the vision that the Lord gives you. Whatever the Lord tells you to do, He going to give you little clues, little pieces of the puzzle. You won’t understand it, but just follow the direction to the best of your understanding and the best of your ability ~ go to this city, go to that BART station, go to that Starbucks. Go wherever the Lord directs you to the best of your ability, and as you move in peace your breakthrough will come in peace ~ not in warfare.
There are spirits of division right now that are trying to rob you of your inheritance. If you enter into a wrestling match in the flesh, you will lose everything that you have. The Lord says He is going to grant you your inheritance. It will be a Psalm 23 inheritance in peace as you worship the Lord, as you get out the Word in your quiet time in the morning, as you seek direction for the day, as you begin to pray and say to the Lord, “Here I am Lord. What do You want me to do this day? Where do you want me to go this day?”
Your breakthrough is going to come in joy and in laughter, not in wrestling or contention. The Lord says He is sending the angel of the Lord right now to weigh things in the balance to the left or to the right. It’s time to move in peace, in obedience, and obey precisely what the Lord tells you to do.
You’re standing at the banks, right now, of the Red Sea. Either you’re going to be destroyed with pharaoh’s army by not raising your staff over the Red Sea at the right time, or you’re going to walk through the Red Sea at the right moment, at the right time. Don’t move to the left. Don’t move to the right. For goodness’ sake, don’t go back into Egypt!
You’re standing at the Red Sea. What you’re believing for, the vision that the Lord has given you is totally impossible. Don’t look to man, don’t look to earthly wisdom, and don’t look to the court systems. Don’t look to anything except direction from Heaven. It’s going to take one small act of obedience.
Yesterday as we we’re interceding, we were seeing Jack and the Beanstalk. He was overlooking his inheritance, and he had a small bag full of beans. It’s just going to take one small bean ~ the Word of the Lord. When you throw it into the land of your inheritance that the Lord will give you, everything that you have been promised will surely come to pass.
Don’t worry about the time. We are looking at a three-year period of great shaking, but the Lord can either accelerate the times or He can slow down the times. It’s up to you. Are you willing to repent the next three days of acting in the flesh? Do it God’s way. The Lord is calling you right now into twenty days of intercession and just lying prostrate before the throne of God and giving up the flesh and giving everything over to the Lord.
And believe me, He’s going to have a battle plan for you. It’s going to be a small word, a small seed. The Lord is going to have you go to the right place, and cast that seed into the ground. A great beanstalk will rise up into the heavens, and your castle will be waiting on the other side. But it has to be God’s way.
When I was praying this week with great Prophet Timothy Snodgrass, he made a comment as our family ventured into a restaurant, “We need to get the beans, like Jack in the beanstalk, plant them, and climb the stalk into the clouds where our new houses will be.” His statement had more weight in the Spirit than just common words ~ it was prophetic.
Many times God uses stories, movies, and even fairytales to show us spiritual truths. As in this case with Jack and his beans, a word which God gives you may apparently have as much value as the wind that holds the sound of the words. Matter-of-fact, when Jesus told His parable about the sower sowing seed in good soil, He explained, “The seed is the Word of God.”
With this verse in my mind, I knew what Timothy meant. We need to plant beans that are seeds of the Word of God. These are what will grow the beanstalk that will lead us into the new adventures that God has for all of us at A Place To Meet Jesus.
Remember, the word of God is your seed. This word from God will be a new word that you have never heard before. Confirm it out of the mouth of two or three witnesses, but And most of all, believe it!
It’s just going to take one small bean, the Word of the Lord. When you throw it into the land of your inheritance, the Lord will give you everything that you have been promised.
We are truly the sheep of His fold. Sheep approach everything peacefully and trust the Good Shepherd in every single detail. This is where the sheep find safety. They never trust in their own cleverness, but instead lean upon The Good Shepherd. Every second of every day, let us listen and follow God.
Sent in love,
Pastor Richard Gazowsky
In the beginning God said, “Let there be light.” Spoken words caused all creation to begin. And so it is today. With one simple word spoken in obedience, the whole nation of America could be changed. This is a spiritual principle that the apostle Paul was trying to get us to see for the last 2000 years when he said in Romans (MSG), “But if you see that the job is too big for you, that it’s something only God can do, and you trust him to do it—you could never do it for yourself no matter how hard and long you worked—well, that trusting-him-to-do-it is what gets you set right with God, by God. Sheer gift.” When God changes a nation and its atmosphere, it’s a sheer gift.
God does nothing unless He first tells us: “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets.” This is why we pray every day for God‘s will to be done in America and on earth. Many times He has asked us to do simple acts of obedience, and suddenly amazing changes occurred! It is this simple obedience that is the sign of us giving ourselves to God’s will to do it.
You can test this simple truth by praying for your family and asking God to fix any situation that needs to be fixed. Just put your total and complete trust in Him to do it (by the way, this means that you will not say anything to anybody). Wait upon God faithfully every day, and if He tells you to do something simple, obey it. You will be amazed at how suddenly a desperate situation disappears!
Now magnify that simple experiment into prayer for the nations of the world. When we are in alignment with heaven, we will certainly come to the day when a national leader will say one word and the entire planet will feel the affects of that word. Just ask those who are old enough to remember when Ronald Reagan said these famous words, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” Literally hundreds of millions of people were affected during the next few months when the Iron Curtain was removed all across Europe.
Today in prayer I was given a simple revelation concerning my complete trust in God in every single detail of my life, and my learning to walk into every day with the realization that I am walking into the future that God has designed ~ and that I have nothing to do with it! Paul put it this way, “That trusting-Him-to-do-it is what gets you set right with God.” What an amazing experience to hear just one word from God. And to obey!
Sent in love,
Pastor Richard Gazowsky
One thing I treasure is my attempt to understand the Lord and His ways. He is extremely accurate in His promises to bless us, and we are now entering into a season of His great blessing. As Scripture says, “His lord said unto him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.’”
It is clear in the Bible: non-shepherds find it difficult to distinguish between sheep and goats, but the shepherd knows the difference and easily separates them. There are differences in behavior: sheep tend to follow, while goats go their own way. At the Last Judgment the Great Shepherd (“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen”) will know the difference and will separate those who followed Him (Matt. “And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me, is not worthy of Me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it”) from those who went their own way.
The prophets saw the Lord bringing down a gavel of judgment, part of which will be the separation of the goats to His left and the sheep to His right. This is an ancient Biblical truth that is going to be displayed in our nation. As all of you know who pray with us on Periscope, we pray daily, “Lord, not my will but Thy will be done.” Little did I know when we began this prayer and supplication that this is an important point of God’s determination of our thoughts and intentions whether we are sheep or goats.
On November 6, for America, for California and the election, let us pray for God’s will to be done. On this date, my family will be praying at a special prophetic place. Enjoy this season of His great blessing. We hope to see you with us on Periscope!
Sent in love,
Pastor Richard Gazowsky
The Lord spoke to me in prayer and said these simple instructions, “Place a candle in your window until November 6.” I am very familiar at the power simple obedience can have when we simply obey a word from the Lord. He told me that my little obedience and your little obedience to this simple instruction will cause very powerful things to happen all across America on Election Day.
I am always amazed at the power of simple obedience to what God says. When we traveled through Germany, a tour guide told us Martin Luther felt a word from God to have the German Christians place a candle on the tree in their front yard on Christmas Day, and then invite wayward travelers in to have dinner with them. This simple act hundreds of years ago is the reason millions of trees will be lit this Christmas all around the world, even as far as China.
We as a people are fasting and praying for this election; God said that if we do this simple act, things will change. Already in my daily prayer I am sensing the atmosphere all over America is changing. Wow! The power of simple obedience to God’s word!
Sent in love,
Pastor Richard Gazowsky
I am learning daily how to receive the blessings of God. His blessings are so wonderful and overwhelming! The only way I can describe it, is that I’m living in literally heaven on earth. I am not exaggerating! Every day I actually feel like I’m the richest man that ever existed. When I wake up in the morning, immediately my thoughts go to praising God. My spirit rises up to an area of joy that doesn’t even compare with yesterday‘s joy. It seems more wonderful than it could ever get.
Then I take a look at my wife Sandy, the most beautiful young lady in the world, and she keeps getting younger every day. Her voice caresses my mind with kindness and joy. I find I am so in love that I’m like a newlywed! But that’s not all! Then I look at my three children Rocki, Misty, and Sunny. They bring such joy to me that I giggle and laugh all day at their beautiful godly insights about everything.
I haven’t even mentioned to you about the wealth of health that God has given me. How wonderful it is to have my mind sharp, tuning in to the amazing observations and wonders that God gives me every day. What a way to live in the richness of pure clean thoughts ushered in by the Good Shepherd through the exercise of listening to His still quiet voice.
About a year ago the Lord spoke to me to slow down as I walk through every day ~ to smell the roses, while sensing and touching all His creation around me. It amazes me how beautiful that experience has been. It is literally showing me that we are truly experiencing heaven on earth!
Then God brought to my mind the congregation in San Francisco, at A Place To Meet Jesus. I see their names appearing each day on Periscope as they join me in prayer. I am tickled to see how much they love the Lord. I feel like I am the richest pastor in the world to have a congregation that loves the Lord with such passion and desire.
Wait a minute! I haven’t really told you half of it! Because I have traveled all over the United States praying, I have seen the wealth of Christians that are in our nation ~ and the blessings that are rising in every sector of the economy. Wow! America is rich! And then I saw one of the greatest wonders that is coming to the whole planet earth! Everyone is prospering. Praise the Lord!
Sent in love,
Pastor Richard Gazowsky
Today we are very excited about the power of communicating with our smart phones. Using my smart phone has made me aware of the lightning communication that occurs when we pray. The key to discovering this awesome and reliable communication is praying in harmony with the will of God.
Perfect harmony and timing are important factors in the will of God. There is also the requirement for lightning-fast action. Jesus’ best friends told Him that Lazarus was deathly sick. Instead of going immediately to his bedside, Jesus waited in the town miles away. This had nothing to do with communication breakdown between Jesus and the Father, but literally was Jesus waiting so that His timing and God‘s will were in perfect harmony.
I believe Jesus also knew that prayer would get a bad rap, and that the people would think that the problem was with communication. If He did pray when they asked for prayer, then it would look like God put them in a long bureaucratic line with an extended waiting period just to see if they really wanted it. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Any thought that a prayer takes a millisecond longer to be answered after a prayer is communicated is wrong, and is a lie from the enemy. Prayer is lightning fast when it is done at the right place and the right time. It is like a combination lock. When the right series of numbers is dialed, immediately the door opens. So it is with prayer. When everything is aligned properly, then God answers your prayer instantly.
Jesus knew many people would face this question regarding prayer, so He gave the following explanation for the reason He waited and did not go to Lazarus’ bedside when he was sick.
“Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.’ These things said He: and after that He saith unto them, ‘Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.’
Jesus knew that if He went immediately and prayed for Lazarus, he would not be healed because it was not the right time that the Father chose to perform the great miracle on His friend’s body. Jesus was letting His disciples know that the reason He did not pray for Lazarus at that point (and the reason they needed to go to that city) was because He was going to the right place at the right time to where the miracle could occur. This lesson is so vital! Miracles occur only in the perfect will of God.
Notice how quickly the Lord’s prayer was answered when He finally came to the right place at the right time ~ and the combination lock was turned correctly. “Then Jesus prayed this prayer, “Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me. And I knew that Thou hearest Me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that Thou hast sent Me.’ And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth.’ Lazarus immediately rose from the dead completely healed, and began walking out in his still tightly-bound grave clothes.”
Notice how lightning fast this answer came when Jesus prayed at the right place at the right time. This is the phenomenon that I have been seeing daily in our prayer time on Periscope. When we come into perfect agreement at the right place at the right time things happen instantly. I believe we all will see this same phenomenon in California, in America, and throughout the entire earth. As we pray in secret God rewards us openly, and we see the great revival that is coming to the earth happening before our eyes. Wow! Let’s continue this lightning-fast phenomenon called “prayer”.
See you daily on Periscope in prayer. Just download the Periscope app onto your iPhone and type in my name: Richard Gazowsky.
Sent in love, Pastor Richard Gazowsky