Pastor Jason – Coffee With The Greats

“Let’s get together for coffee.” I love that phrase. We do it at our daily show, “Wake Up.” Coffee is something that can be shared in so many ways. That friend you haven’t seen in 10 years, “Let’s catch up over coffee.” Your spouse, “You wanna go get a cup of coffee?” Your best friend, “Let’s meet up tomorrow for coffee.” A new client, a possible important contact, that new possible love interest… and asking her out to dinner is too aggressive, but coffee, we could do coffee. You sit across from each other, your friend, your sister, your spouse, no real agenda, just chatting. Relaxed, breathing in life, drinking in relationship, laughing, sharing coffee, a new joke, sharing problems, stories of weariness, stories of victory, sharing opinions, sharing advice.

What if you could have coffee with some women of the Bible, heroes from ancient times? What would they tell you? What would they say? Today we will have coffee with six different women of the Bible, to listen to what they might say to you and me. What advice would they offer us? What stories might they share? Sarah, Leah, Jehosheba, Hannah, Deborah, and one whose name we don’t even know.

Pastor Jason – Led By The Spirit – Off Roading

Today I want to take you all off roading – today we talk about getting off the beaten path and trail blazing. Did you know the Spirit desires for you to go off road, to think different, to live different, to go a different road? Did you know that the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness – took Him off road. Jesus’ whole life was spent going off road, He did things differently, He wasn’t with the pack. He didn’t succumb to the pressures of what everyone else thought or said. The Bible doesn’t use the normal paths, it doesn’t work on the 9-lane freeway. The Bible takes us right over the water, it moves the mountain out of our way, the word of God isn’t saying what the world is saying. It’s a completely different way of living life, and has a completely better destination.

We love the guys who pave new ways, discoverers. They reject status quo, they go against the grain. The world is flat, you’ll fall off the edge, but Columbus sails on. Famous men and women, whose name we still remember, discovered, pursued ideas that were rejected. Einstein claimed light was made up of particles, although it had already been proven light was a wave. Galileo fought even against the pope for his belief in heliocentrism, that the earth and planets revolve around the sun, Neil Armstrong the first man to step on the moon. Discoverers, off the path, marching to the beat of a different drum.

Pastor Jason – Led By The Spirit – The Breath of God

Today I want to talk to you about being led by the Spirit, specifically, the breath of God. The breath of God is the revealer of God’s word, bringing us revelation. Often in the Bible the breath of God is a metaphor for the Holy Spirit. The same word for Spirit is used for breath in both Greek and Hebrew, New Testament and Old. God is wanting to show us that His Spirit is like Him breathing. In Exodus 15, the Israelites are singing a song about God parting the seas, and they say something interesting. Exodus 15:8 (ISV) says, “By the breath of your nostrils the waters were piled up, the flowing waters stood up like a hill, the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.” The breath here broke something off to reveal something that was already there. It describes these deep waters as thickening in the heart of the sea – something hidden in the deep.

Listen to David sing about the breath of God 2 Samuel 22:16 (NKJV), “Then the channels of the sea were seen, The foundations of the world were uncovered, At the rebuke of the LORD, At the blast of the breath of His nostrils.” Ruwach – what’s the breath doing? Uncovering, showing us what’s in the deep hidden places. God’s breath here is a revealer, an uncoverer. It travels/comes with a rebuke; the word comes and rebukes something off of you, and reveals, uncovers things that were hidden before come to light. Consider you, full of the Spirit of God and a new creation. God’s word is full of revelation. Principle and power are there, and His breath reveals what is hidden. Paul said to be Spirit-led, and Jesus said the Spirit is our teacher. A teacher is leading us.

Pastor Jason – The Resurrected King Is Resurrecting Me

Today I want to talk to you about God’s desire to raise us up. I call it, “the resurrected King is resurrecting me.” God has jumped through a lot of hoops to position us to be raised up. We all have been in low places, at the base of a mountain looking up. How will I get my family back on track? The marriage is on the rocks man, and so we dig around, and try and get a footing, trying to fix things, patch up the sinking ship. But God’s desire is for you to be raised to the top of the mountain, great marriage, promoted in the job. Your business has been struggling, but God wants to raise it up to the highest, most successful business.

God says in Deuteronomy 28:1 (NKJV), “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. I like how it says it in the NET in Deuteronomy 26:19, “Then he will elevate you above all the nations he has made and you will receive praise, fame, and honor. You will be a people holy to the LORD your God, as he has said.” His desires, His strength, His thoughts, His wisdom, His emotions, His favor, His victory, His armor, His sword, His authority, His promises, His angels to serve you. He wants to elevate you. Who is okay with God elevating them some today?

Pastor Jason – Led By The Spirit – The Winds of Change

Today I want to talk to you about the winds of change. Change is inevitable, and though most resist it, it is happening. The Holy Spirit is the “winds of change” in your life. Isaiah 27:8 (NKJV) says you contended with it. He removes it by His rough wind in the day of the east wind (spirit). God has fixed the system that was broken by putting His Spirit in you. Now there was lots of other stuff in you when that Spirit came in, but according to Romans 8, you are controlled by the Spirit. He tells you what to do, and you’re all, “I don’t want to do that.” So he changes your desire. Now you do want to do it. You think, “I’m going to lose who I am.” NO! You are becoming who God created you to be. Some of you will change easily. Maybe worry was a very small part of your life and it fell off easily. Maybe it’s easy for you to be happy and unoffendable. But are there stronger places in our life that resist change? My wife wants to change me. I had no idea why she married me at first, but after we got married I realized she was getting someone she could possibly fix into a workable husband.

We sometimes resist change. We say, “Well, not me, I’m not doing that. I’ll never be that guy.” Maybe it’s a quality you always hated in someone else. You’ve said, “Man I will never do that.” “I’m not angry, I’m just a guy.” “I’m not jealous, I’m just in love.” “I don’t ever want to be the boss, that’s just not me, I don’t need the hassle.” “I don’t need God’s riches, I’m happy with meager means.” (Which may be exactly why God has laid up riches for you, it’s for His kingdom.) I don’t want to be raised up, I don’t want my name made great, I don’t need that. I’m fine being where I am. I can’t talk in front of people. I’m a background person. There are strongholds in our old life that are set to resist the change God is bringing. I want to talk about how God is winning that war as well. You see, you are not going to change you. Today instead you are going to learn how to receive His change for you.

Pastor Jason – Led By The Spirit – Desire’s Gate

Today I want to talk to you about desire’s gate. We are discussing being led by the Spirit, and looking specifically at the Spirit of God as the wind of God. Exodus 14:21 (NKJV) says, “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.” God implants His desire in our life, so that we want to do what He wants us to do. He fills us up to the full so that as we run our race, regardless of the resistance, tough days, obstacles, we enjoy what we are doing. “What can I do for you, God?” He says, “What do you want to do for me?”

Certainly you have wrong desires, well you always have, but now you have some right ones, so that serving God is anything but a chore. I love what I do. Romans 8 says that the Spirit nature desires to do certain things, this is burning in you, it’s your desire now. There is a problem, though. Many Christians are skipping through desire’s gate, leaving too soon. They want to be spirit-led, but they forget that means that God’s Spirit goes before them, and they follow. They feel that desire and run ahead early. It’s like wanting to eat some steak, man you want it, you desire it so bad, you’re so hungry, but you gotta wait till it’s done cooking. There is a timing to pay attention to. The desire hits, but it is in the waiting that we grow on the inside, grow so that we can succeed in the race. You feel that burning to get started on a business, so you run into a partnership that is wrong. You get wrecked and you wonder where God is. You want to get married so bad that you take the first one instead of the right one. You feel the wind pushing you to a new position, a new company, but you quit early, and the new job isn’t ready yet, and quite frankly, neither are you. You feel so passionate about starting that ministry, and God has called you to it, but you start early, you weren’t ready, and everyone involved ends up hurt. Where was God? He was in it, but not yet.

Pastor Jason – Led By The Spirit – The Wind Of God

Today I want to talk to you about being led by the Spirit – the wind of God. The Holy Spirit in the Bible is often described as wind. Like wind, the Spirit is invisible, and yet we can feel it. Wind opens the sails and powers the boat to distant lands, and we want our ships to go where the wind of God sends. So many Christians desire to hear God’s voice, “Just tell me where to go God! I’ll go.” Or we say, “Just tell me what I’m supposed to be doing and I will do it.” Can I surprise you? This is not how the Spirit leads. The Spirit leads in a much deeper and more effective way than this. In fact, the Spirit is leading you right now, you were led here today. And so here’s the problem, so many Christians are feeling completely unled, like they’re the only ones not being led, searching for direction, destiny, “God just tell me what to do and I’ll do it.” I just want to hear your voice, turn here, turn there, marry him, what do I do?

Over the next few weeks we are really going to look at the Spirit of God with a fresh perspective. Today I want to bring you peace when it comes to being led by the spirit. I want to get us into rest, to know you actually are already being led. God knows how to work this thing, and He isn’t making His will some unimaginable hard to find mystery. There isn’t a treasure map. In fact, you were led many times last week. You are led by the Spirit, you may just not have known it, let me reveal it to you today. We start here: Romans 8:9 (NLT) “But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit (pneuma) if you have the Spirit of God living in you.” You see, you are being led by the Spirit, let me show you what God has done.

Pastor Jason – Silencing The Voice Of Defeat

Pastor Jason – Silencing The Voice Of Defeat

Today I want to talk to you about silencing the voice of defeat. In the book of Nehemiah is a story about an Israelite who was cup bearer to the king of a nation that was ruling the land of Israel. The city of Jerusalem had been taken, and the walls of the city were fallen. When Nehemiah heard this he asked the king for permission and money to go to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls of the city. The king sent him. Nehemiah surveyed the wall privately, then gathered up the Israelites living there and gave an inspirational speech. Everyone was moved, but three different leaders from the area weren’t so excited. Nehemiah 2:19 (NKJV) says, “But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?” These men represent the voice of defeat.

There is a voice of defeat that speaks to you. Psychologists call this voice our inner critic. The Bible exposes this. And there are three main areas the voice will attack; our value, our authority, and our ability. Each of us has a voice within that reminds us of what’s wrong with us. And as we set out to rebuild the walls, we set out to grow, to win, to climb new mountains, to repair our marriage, or to succeed in this life, that voice of defeat is right there to try and tear us back down, to steal our joy, and keep us where we are. Whether this voice is fueled by Satan, or friends, or enemies, or wounds or our own insecurities, the voice poses as a friend, as an ally of sorts, and pretends to motivate, but hurts us, discourages us, shames us, tells us were not loved, not funny, we are ugly, you’re out of your league, you’re not a winner, you’re a sinner. Today we learn how to silence the voice of defeat, we learn to silence this inner critic.

Pastor Jason – Turn Around

Pastor Jason – Turn Around

Today is your day for a turn around. Mary Magdalene is standing at the site where Jesus was buried, His body is missing, and she is lost. Standing just behind her, though, is Jesus. And when she turns around, everything is about to get better. Whether you’re lost somewhere in life, lost in purpose, lost in destiny, lost your ambition, your drive, you may just be a turn around from being back on course. Or maybe you have been going the wrong direction in life, and sometimes we know it’s the wrong direction, we have intentionally moved away from the Lord’s path. Other times we are trying to go the right way, but we keep getting further from where God wants us.

Maybe it’s your economy, debt, or your marriage, or your emotions, your insecurities, maybe fear has been creeping back in, an old addiction has reared its ugly head, or hopelessness is trying to take root. Heavy is the load you are hauling, you’ve been balling, crawling, stalling and now you are free falling. Some places in your life are going great, job is awesome, business is booming, but still, we all have places in our lives that might seem off the path, not working. Well, I’m here to announce to you today, for those places in your life, today is your day for a turn around.

Pastor Jason – Love – You Gotta Get It To Give It

Pastor Jason – Love – You Gotta Get It To Give It

Today I want to talk to you about receiving God’s love. I call it, “You gotta get it before you can give it.” God has given His love to the whole world, but many are not receiving His love. In 2013 a car mechanic from El Monte, CA named Hung Nguyen walked into a store and purchased a lottery ticket. His numbers were selected and he won one million dollars. Problem was, he didn’t know it. There were 300 one million dollar winners who never collected, in 2013 alone. In fact, on average two billion in winnings go unclaimed every single year. What God has given us through His love is worth far more than one million dollars – eternal salvation, his Spirit, authority, His Name, the church, power, healing, favor, blessing, HIS LOVE, all of this “for God so Loved the world that he GAVE..”

God is giving but so many are not receiving, they let all this love go unclaimed. Marriages struggle, the kids don’t want to be around you, tension with the in-laws. Jesus said a new commandment I give unto you… People are all out of love, “I don’t like you, I don’t like that person, I don’t even like myself.” Hating on yourself people turn to addictions, to punish themselves, they sabotage any love they actually find. I leave before you have a chance to hurt me or find me out for the fraud I am, and I’m seeking love, starving for love, when I don’t have any love, I can’t give any love.