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Refuge Church isn’t a building, it’s a group of people who have devoted themselves to let God transform them. It really is amazing what can happen when all sorts of different people come together with just one thing in common…JESUS! Jennifer and I are serving here in San Luis Obispo because we love God and we love people. Watching God change people’s lives, it doesn’t get any better than that! We hope to see you at church sometime soon!


— Pastor Jason and Jennifer

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STRAIGHT FROM THE WORD

Devotions with Pastor Jason


  • Dreams, Visions & The Word of God

    Acts 16:6-10, "Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them."


    Paul the Apostle and his entourage began this missionary journey strengthening the churches he once helped establish and watched how the Lord brought the increase. Now though, passing through Phrygia and Galatia they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the Word in Asia and they were not permitted to head into Bithynia. The Holy Spirit was no doubt leading and directing His people as He still does today. But what is interesting to me is why would the Spirit forbid Paul to preach the Word in Asia or go into other areas that he thought needed the gospel?

     

    I can only surmise that there was indeed a work by the Spirit being done but perhaps Paul was not the right person? Perhaps it wasn't the right time or the right place? So Paul by Holy Spirit knew he was not allowed either by a word of knowledge or an impression on his heart by the Spirit or perhaps through some other circumstances. Some bible scholars believe that Paul was struck with some infirmity that affected his eyesight thus not permitting him to move into the areas he desired (Gal. 4:13-15).

     

    I wonder if Paul felt like, "Where do I go now?" "What I'm I supposed to do?" Have you ever asked those questions before? I know I have. Now just as Paul may have been asking those same questions he received a vision! If you've asked similar questions let me encourage you dear brother or sister.... remain faithful, be patient, and be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit because the Lord just might have something else for you to do or somewhere else for you to go! 

     

    So Paul was in that place of wondering I believe, and it was then that the Lord brought him a vision! I know for myself that I have not had a vision from the Lord like Paul had here at this time but the Lord has revealed things to me through dreams at various times. But I must say that that is quite alright with me because of what Jeremiah said.

     

    Jeremiah 23:28 says, "The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream; And he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat?" says the LORD." Jeremiah makes it clear that dreams are as chaff compared to the wheat of the Word of God! 


    If you are looking for the will of God today... If you need some direction...God may just give you a vision like Paul but if I had to choose between a vision, a dream or the Word of God...I'm choosing His Word! Why you say? Because His word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105). Because it's through His word that I get understanding (Psalms 119:104)! Because His Word is enlightening (Psalms 119:130). Because it's through His Word that I am nourished (Matthew 4:4). Because His Word quenches my thirst (Isaiah 55:10-11). Because His Word washes me (Ephesians 5:26-27). Because it's through His Word that I am built up (Acts 20:32). Because His Word is completing and perfecting me (2 Timothy 3:16-17)!

     

  • share this new year

    1Thessalonians 2:4, “But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.”


    Paul the Apostle not only told the church in Thessalonica that they were entrusted with the gospel but so too are we who believe! As believers we’ve been called to share the Good News; to get the gospel out into the world. God entrusted not the angels in Heaven but His servants on earth to deliver the gospel of Jesus Christ.


    Jesus said in Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” “Go” meaning “as you are going.” As you go to the big box store, as you to the grocery store, as you go to the post office, as you go to work, or as you go to school…wherever you are going, share the gospel!


    Now some might be called evangelists, but every believer is called to do the work of an evangelist! Paul the Apostle once wrote to his young protégé Timothy, “according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust” (1st Timothy 1:11). Paul would again write in 1st Thessalonians 2:4, “But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts” emphasizing this sacred trust of the gospel.


    Christian – be faithful to share the gospel that has been entrusted to you even if you don’t see people coming to Christ. How many converts did Jeremiah have? And what about Noah? He was a preacher of righteousness (2nd Peter 2:5) and he didn’t see anyone turn from sin and come to faith in God. After all those years of preaching and still no one really believed. But here’s what we need to remember – Noah was still faithful in what God had called him to do!


    Be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ! Be faithful in what God has called you to do. Be faithful to share the gospel. Be faithful as a witness of Christ as you go about your day. Be faithful in your call as a husband or wife. Be faithful to pray for your children and teach them the Word of God.


    Christian – you may never see the results of your faithfulness, but God does! You might never see the fruit but God does. So simply keep sharing, be faithful, and leave the results up to Him!