Be Prepared To Share

October 29, 2010

(1Pt 3:15) “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”

To sanctify our hearts to the Lord is to make a space in our hearts for the Lord and become committed to him. It’s also to allow him to overtake our hearts and begin to clean us up from the mess we have been in. Secondly, as the Lord sanctifies your heart, be prepared to share your hope in the Lord with anyone who would ask; be prepared to defend the faith on behalf of the Lord Jesus Christ. You see as Christians we have to have a word in our hearts for those who need it and we may never know when it’s needed, where it’s needed or why it’s needed; but nevertheless we have to be prepared to share it. Finally, let’s be sure we share it with enthusiasm, with meekness and with the fear of the Lord; meaning those whom we share this word with must see our reverence-respect and joy for the Lord if they are to receive from us what God has for them.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Friend Wounds

October 27, 2010

(Pro. 27:6) says “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”

A true friend will hurt you sometimes. Thus, if you have a true friend they are willing to tell you the things they like about you, as well as the things they don’t like about you. They are willing to rebuke you openly instead of talking about you behind your back to twenty-five other people. A true friend won’t try to pump up your ego when it needs to be deflated neither will you ever have to wonder where you all stand in your relationship because a true friend is willing to talk about it if you ask. Thus, if you have someone that will cut you to the depths of your heart with the truth about you; if you have someone that will love you no matter what, then you have a true friend. If you have someone that will celebrate with you, laugh with you and cry with you, then you have a true friend.

However, the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. One of the things you have to watch concerning an enemy is he/she will pretend to be your friend but all the while they never have your best interest at heart. An enemy would rather show you secret love than to rebuke you openly: meaning that they would rather shower you with flattering words whether they are true or not all with the intent to cause you to fall. Because anytime you have someone close to you and the only thing you hear from them is how awesome you are and how fabulous you are and you can do no wrong…a yes man\woman that person is not good for you. Oh there is no doubt that they are good for your ego but for your growth as a Christian or human being in general, that’s not what is best for you.

The truth is that all of us need a good friend and whether you found that friend in the boy or girl you grew up with, a pastor, teacher or your spouse(which I encourage you to find that friend in your spouse) you ought to be thankful for a true friend. Yes we can all say we have found a friend in Jesus but the truth is we need someone on earth from time to time that’s touchable and tangible to reach out to who we can call a friend.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Ambassadors For Christ

October 26, 2010

(2 Cor. 5:20), says “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God”.

An ambassador: is a political appointee whose job is to represent and speak for his/her government before the rulers of other countries. As the word “ambassador” is defined, that is our role as Christians. We have been charged with representing and speaking for the kingdom of heaven on earth. An ambassador never shares his own point of view, he only shares the point of view of the government for which he represents, and as Christians we represent the Kingdom of God. In fact, (St. Luke 17:21) says “Neither shall they say lo here, or lo there, for the kingdom of God is within you”. You have been charged by the King of kings and the Lord of lords, to represent Jesus Christ, and say only what He said. That’s why as an ambassador for Christ, it is important to know the rules of the Kingdom for which you represent. Those rules are found in the bible. You must know the rules to be an effective ambassador if you are going to change the kingdom of earth, into the kingdom of heaven. Furthermore, the kingdom of earth will only become the kingdom of heaven when that which we speak from the word of God, is lived out in the earth.
Remember, the Apostle Peter said we were “strangers and pilgrims on this earth”; and David said in (Psalms 119:19) “that he was a stranger on the earth”. This is not our home if we are Christians, we are citizens of heaven. Therefore, we should represent the Lord as such.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Identity Crisis

October 22, 2010

Knowing who you are and who you identify yourself with is one of the most important aspects of the Christian life. Who you are in your own mind determines your destiny; it determines your fate, and your actions. Too many Christians identify themselves with Adam, whose sad story in Genesis 1-4 shows him falling into sin and being put out of the garden, away from the presence of God. We see ourselves banished from the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. We feel as if we have messed up, and given up paradise forever. Furthermore, we seem to repeat some of the same sinful mistakes over and over again.

However, those Christians who have trusted in the last Adam (Jesus Christ) are no longer identified with the first Adam and his sin, but with Jesus and His righteousness. We are not locked outside of God’s presence as Adam was in Eden, but we are seated even now in heavenly places with Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:6). It’s important that you know which Adam you identify with. Because the first Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam a quickening spirit. You are a part of the quickening spirit generation, which speaks life into your very being.

Know who you are, and don’t allow the Devil to steal your identity, because the fastest growing crime in America today is identity theft and this type of theft is worse than the ID theft that the world talks about- this theft can destroy your life on earth and send you to hell. Be blessed, and KNOW YOUR IDENTITY.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

The Devices of A Man’s Heart

October 21, 2010

(Proverbs 19:21) says “There are many devices in a man’s heart: nevertheless, the counsel of the Lord that shall stand.

There are many devices, plans and schemes in a man’s heart and no matter how this world turns or how old and restless we become the fact is that in the days of our lives the only thing that will stand through all the pain, adversity and uncertainty we face is the counsel of the Lord. The counsel of the Lord doesn’t change with the times, the seasons or the ages because it’s timeless. The counsel of the Lord has been tested by every generation of man in every age and has been found to be the solution to all of man’s ills. The counsel of the Lord will be good for today, tomorrow and the months and years to come because there is nothing that has happened, is happening or will happen that his word is not absolutely prepared for.

With that in mind, we who know our God should hold on to his counsel which is found in the word of God in good times and in bad, whether on the mountain top or in the valley of our lives and on sunny and rainy days of our lives; because we know if we keep holding on to the Jesus found in the scriptures a brighter day is coming. We know that though weeping may endure for a night we know that our morning time is right around the corner and morning eventually brings joy. Thus, with all the fear mongering and hopelessness that seems to be splattered over the airwaves and throughout the media let us who know our God retain the counsel of the Lord in our hearts. It’s not to say difficult times won’t come our way because eventually they will, however, if the counsel of the Lord is your guide you have a better chance of gaining some growth and victory as you come through adversity.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

No Compromise

October 19, 2010

As Moses was praying for the plague of flies to be lifted off the Egyptians, Pharaoh begins to submit to the request of Moses. His request was “let my people go and sacrifice unto the Lord”. However, Pharaoh didn’t mind the Israelite’s sacrificing to their God he just wanted them to sacrifice in the land of Egypt (Ex 8:25). Of course Moses didn’t agree with that so Pharaoh said to Moses in (Ex 8:28KJV) “I will let you go that you may sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away; intreat for me”. Thus, Pharaoh was saying you can go but don’t go too far. Saints of God that’s just how the devil is when it comes to our relationship with Christ, he expects us to compromise. He doesn’t mind us going a little ways with God, but just don’t go all the way with God.

The devil doesn’t mind us having our fund raisers, selling chicken dinners or even having praise and worship, he just doesn’t want us to start living holy. We must understand the devil doesn’t mind us having a form of Godliness as long as we deny the power thereof. He doesn’t even mind you becoming a carnal Christian; he just doesn’t want you to become a spiritually minded Christian. Because spiritually minded Christians grow in Christ Jesus; spiritually minded Christians come against the kingdom of darkness; spiritually minded Christians don’t compromise with the devil. Saints of God compromise doesn’t work when you are serving God because God’s word is never to be compromised or watered down to suit Pharaoh or the devil.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Family Matters-Part 3

October 14, 2010

In (1st Samuel 2-4) we find the priest Eli overlooking the sins of his sons. Their sin was so egregious that they were having sex with the women who would come to the tabernacle to worship. And if they were doing that we know they were open to all types of sin. However, in God’s eyes Eli didn’t do enough to get his sons attention. There is no doubt that he had a conversation with them about what they were doing (Ref: 1st Sam 2:22-25) but it was not nearly enough. For the Lord said “For I have told him (Eli) that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not (1st Sam 3:13).” Thus, God has an expectation that parents will discipline their own kids. It’s not up to the teachers, their athletic coaches or their spiritual leaders to do it, although it does sometimes take a village to raise a child.

However, at the end of the day we as parents can’t blame anyone else for the lack of discipline or control in the lives of our kids because God is not hearing it. He’s is not going to receive from us that because of my situation I couldn’t do, or because of my spouse I couldn’t do…because He gave us a word “To train up a child in the way that he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it (prov. 22:6).” If the Lord didn’t excuse the Old Testament priest (Eli) from dealing with his children He is certainly not going to allow the New Testament Kings and Priest’s a pass, especially with the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us. Thus, let’s get back to raising our kids for real instead of allowing the kids from Jersey Shore and the rest of the MTV generation to do it.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason