Long-Suffering: A Holy Spirit App ~ The Deeper Burn

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By Richard Gazowsky

Last week we dealt with the applications of the Holy Spirit that work inside of you, especially the fruit of the Spirit known as “long-suffering”.  Of course this app’s real power is only realized if you have the companion applications running at the same time ~ which are love, joy, and peace.  If you have these three powerful apps running over the app of long-suffering, you will produce sweet fruit and everybody around you will smell it’s incredible aroma.  If you remember, I called this the cross pollination of the fruits of the Spirit, and it’s an important operation that occurs among people who are wise concerning the technology of the Holy Spirit.

The Apostle Paul talks about the fruit of long-suffering and it’s power in such a cool way: “A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything ~ or destroy it! It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that.  By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony into chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell” (The Message Bible).  This is why the application of long-suffering can protect you from such a devastating raging fire and, instead, cause your forest to grow into mature and highly strengthened trees that bear sweet and delicious fruit.

Years ago when I was starting a new business venture, many of the people that I had spent the early years with had grown into a strong forest of friendships.  But then, unexpectedly, we experienced our first major crisis.  In the middle of this crisis I had a very important friend come and ask me to do two small things (at least they appeared to be small to him).  He asked me to give up my position as head of the company and give it to him, and then he asked me to fire my best friend from the company.  This conversation was held in a small restaurant in San Francisco and though it was a small spark, I knew in just days it would rage into a firestorm that would literally destroy everything that God had built in our company structure for years.  I also knew if I announced what this person had suggested to the rest of the company it would cause a fire among us that would also destroy valued relationships.

At that time, even though I intellectually did not know what to do, the Holy Spirit inside my tummy began to run the applications of love, joy, and peace ~ though I wasn’t aware of it.  I tried to love the person who had spoken these words (I cannot repeat what they actually said because even today these words could start another fire) even though their words had hurt me deeply and had wounded some of those I love.  Words are very powerful, and bad words can cause damage that can last a lifetime.  This is why it is so important to run the applications of love, joy, and peace simultaneously as you are going through long-suffering.

The event I mentioned happened a long time ago, the smoke and fire that occurred way back then has long since disappeared, and the new growth that was a result of it is alive and well today.  The people in that organization are stronger today in their friendships and relationships than ever before.  This group of friends has literally become a mighty strong forest with ancient roots gathering from a deep water supply that is bearing fruits that remain.  The application of the Holy Spirit, long-suffering, has been in operation the whole time and has caused us to reap incredible benefits from this fruit.

Today I experienced the sweet fruit of long-suffering in a different way.  A friend of mine was riding in the car with my children and me to pick up something from the store.  As we were leaving the store I felt the Lord tell me to speak to a person that was selling something on the sidewalk.  My friend told me that they were cold and asked if they could borrow the keys and wait for me in the car.  My conversation with this person selling something ended up being rather long, but I knew God was about to reveal something to me through our conversation.  I soon realized that the person was a member of a cult that wanted to deliver food to people’s homes in the neighborhood so they could propagate their religion.

The Holy Spirit told me exactly what to say to the person, and after I said it everything changed and I knew my task was done.  The cult member was witnessed to in a very gentle way that might lead to their eventual salvation.  After this I went to my car but it was gone!  My friend had decided to go and leave my children and me on the side of the street.  I hugged my daughter and said, “This is so exciting because now we get to use the app operation of long-suffering.  But we must also use the applications of love, joy and peace at the same time so the long-suffering becomes a sweet fruit.”  As we began to walk home we immediately began praying blessings on the person who drove off with my car.  We thought of all kinds of super blessings to put on them.

As we continued walking I suddenly saw a house that was being built that my wife, Sandy, had seen earlier and really liked.  Carpenters were working on the house and one of them yelled out to my children and me, “I’m building the foundation of this home and it is secure.”  I was rather surprised because it sounded exactly like he was building this house for my family and me.  He then told us about all the new improvements he and the workers were putting into the house:  energy-efficient windows, a state-of-the-art kitchen, the latest style in bathrooms ~ with every detail being upgraded to perfect elegance.  Yet all of the old-world glory that Sandy loved was still being preserved.  My children and I started laughing because it was almost a prophetic miracle that happened through the operation of the application of long-suffering.

See, when most people are forced to walk home because they suddenly don’t have their car, they call it suffering and their reaction is to complain and mulligrub.  But since we have learned to turn on our Holy Ghost interface and let the Holy Ghost programming respond to every situation, it’s made even the worst experiences turn into a fun-filled life of vacation.  As we got several blocks closer to our home, our friend suddenly pulled up and we all started laughing because we knew that the application of long-suffering had given us sweet fruit!

Come to find out, our friend had some errands they needed to do, and thought they could finish them quickly enough to be back before I was done speaking with the young man.  But obviously God had a greater plan, and that was to give us sweet fruit that we could only enjoy if we were willing to taste the deep burn that comes with long-suffering.  At first this fruit has a little “Ouch!” to it.  But if you run the companion operations at the same time believe me, it will be sweet.

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Long-suffering: A Holy Spirit App

Monday morning blog “Cross-pollination of Applications in Your Spirit”

By Richard Gazowsky

An application is a programming download that the Holy Spirit will give you to facilitate your performance doing the perfect will of God. This works exactly like applications work on your iPhone. The uniqueness of the application, “long-suffering”, is that it actually works as a fruit of the Holy Spirit, and just as the taste of the grape is determined by the vine, so is a fruit of the Spirit determined by your connection to God and your connection to the people around you. In the natural world some fruit is bitter though its intention was to be sweet. We may, for example, have sour apples and even sour grapes, until this fruit becomes fully ripened. The intention of the fruit of long-suffering is to be sweet and joyous. Continue reading

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The Win-Win Life With Ever-Increasing Joy

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By Richard Gazowsky

There is nothing that excites me more than having a huge project laid out before me that challenges my mind and all of my personal skills. I would say this is one of the most fulfilling experiences that I can imagine, but of course, if you are going to take on a project that is going to challenge all of your skills it would be nice to know if that project was going to be successful.  This is a quandary that all leaders face because they want their lives to count, to mean something and to affect the world that they live in; and I am no different, in this case, than any other man.  But as I followed the challenges that appeared before me in life I constantly ran into failure, and I found out that the road to success was much harder to find than I’d thought.  It was at this time that I began to hear leaders above me and well-learned writers give their advice in saying that life is full of failure mixed with a rare occurrence of success, and even eastern philosophers put it in a different way to say that every success must be balanced by an equal weight of failure or darkness, but I soon discovered that this was literally a doctrine of demons.  The Bible says that those who worship idols literally succumb to demons and I can understand this kind of reasoning coming from that darkness. After all, the wages of sin is death so satanic forces have nothing to offer but death. Continue reading

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His Perfect Will: The Grand Prize For The Day And For Life

By Richard Gazowsky

If you’ve ever had the chance to meet and be with a successful, highly influential, world changing person, for any amount of time, one of my first questions is: What is their terminal motivator, that engine that drives them to success?

The first time I ever realized there actually was an internal motivator inside all of us was when I was in my early 30′s. It was at this period in my life that I began to meet very powerful leaders in society, and I realized that they were not all looking for God’s perfect will ~ but had other motivators such as money, powerful positions, accolades, and some things too ugly to mention.

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When God’s “No Is Misconstrued To Be A Yes

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There is the paradox I constantly face; my listening to the voice of God is constantly muddled by me hearing my own self-will. To clarify the point in question, let me explain that I am not talking about the times when I mistakenly stumbled down the wrong way.   Many times in those instances I would feel a sensitive check or darkness and my spirit that would tell me, “You’re going the wrong way”. In this instance I am referring to the point in time where I have many decisions that appear to be right, but I want to know which one is God’s perfect will. Continue reading

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God, You’re My Greatest Distraction

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I’m sure the word distraction is not the appropriate word, but it is the truth. I desire God to speak to me daily and to lead me in even the littlest of my decisions.  But every time He does so ~ I often act like it’s a distraction. What I am facing here is the perfect internal storm. My personal ego and desire is facing my unquenchable love for God. Oh, believe me, I’m wanting the Lord to win this battle.  But internally I constantly fool myself by masking my personal will and desire, in my misconceived thoughts that I am doing His perfect will. Oh, what a wretched man that I am! Continue reading

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The Delicate Word Structure Of God’s Instructions

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For those of you who read this blog weekly, I am sure that you remember me saying that God has been changing His way of communicating with me and that He is speaking more quietly.  At the beginning I was not completely sure what He was actually meaning but now, after three weeks of experiencing this new spiritual technological development between God and my communication with God, I now realize that what was actually occurring was that God was training me to be more precise with my listening ear. Continue reading

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