The Threefold Walk Of The Believer

November 30, 2010

The apostle Paul was writing to the Church at Thessalonica and he said to them “Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God our Father (1 Thess. 1:3)”; and I thought what a word of encouragement. But the truth is that even as it was spoken to the early church in Thessalonica it still stands today. If we are going to be successful on this Christian journey, we too will need these three characteristics in our lives. The work of faith is imperative because this Christian walk is one that we have to walk by faith. In fact, faith is required to get to heaven. It is the currency coupled with obedience that moves God and without it is impossible to please God.

Secondly, this Christian walk must be a labor of love because if it’s not something you love; if Jesus is not someone you truly love it’s going to be impossible for you to truly be who God would have you to be, not to mention, if it’s not a labor of love you will find yourself serving your own interest in your Christian walk instead of serving God. And the truth is that some do serve their own interest and one day the Lord will call them out for that. Though it must be a labor of love it doesn’t mean we won’t get tired, frustrated or a little weary sometimes. However, it does mean that because it’s a labor of love for us we won’t quit and give up on the promises of God.

Finally, this Christian walk must be done through patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ: meaning that we persevere with the belief and expectation that God is going to fulfill and finish in us the work that He started. Thus, as we walk out this Christian journey in faith and obedience to God the hope is that one day we will hear him say well done thy good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of the Lord. It should be the promise of one day being with Christ eternally that keeps us going. It should be knowing that living our best life is not down here on earth, but our best life is yet to come in heaven that give us the hope to continue to serve the Lord faithfully.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Those That Know Him, Obey Him

November 29, 2010

And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments (1 John 2:3).

This particular text of scripture is clear… those who confess to be Christians intentionally obey God. This is the dividing line for those who say they serve Him, and those who don’t. In order to be a Christian (for real) and walk in the power of God, it’s not about how well you can sing or how well your preaching sounds, or even how well you know how to play church; it’s really about how well you obey, and the motives of your heart when you do obey.

The Apostle John makes it clear when he says “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that says I know him and keeps not his commandments are a liar and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:3-4). Thus, we know that no liar will have a place in the Kingdom of God.

It’s also important to obey God if you want the power of God, because the power of God will only be found where obedience resides. God would never give his power to someone that’s operating in disobedience because he/she would likely use it for personal gain or just wrong motives.
Hence, it is clear if heaven is to be ours- we must obey intentionally what we know to be right; because he that knows to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Happy Thanksgiving-Part 2

November 24, 2010

It’s so easy to become pessimistic sometimes. It’s so easy to become ungrateful; it’s so easy to pout and complain about the things we don’t have or the things we should have done that we didn’t do that true thanksgiving can often be the furthest things from our mind. But when we look at all the things that God has given us we have more than the majority of the world. However, we never look at it from that perspective; we simply tend to look at what’s happening in our own little world, never to consider that if you have it bad it most certainly could be worse.

However, the believer has been commanded to give God thanks in everything for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. If you are in Christ and more importantly, Christ is in you then you have someone who is willing to fight on your behalf; you have someone that is an advocate for you. In fact, you have the Holy Spirit in you that is willing to comfort and walk alongside you regardless of what’s going on in your world.

Thus, to give him thanks in everything is not to say that we enjoy what we are going through, but it is to say that we can thank him in everything because we know that what we are going through is working out for our good. Hence, the circumstance that seems as if it’s overwhelming us is actually that which is going to eventually cause us to grow in Christ Jesus and become who He desires for us to be.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Happy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2010

As Thanksgiving Day quickly approaches I want to encourage all to take out sometime from your busy schedule to thank God for something every day this week. It doesn’t have to take you all day to do it, neither does it have to be long and drawn out. However, the season of thanksgiving ought to bring us to a place of thanking God for those things we often take for granted, as well as the people we see everyday which we can sometime take for granted. Remember God said “Oh give thanks unto the Lord for He is good and his mercy endureth forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy” (Psalm 107:1-2).

Maybe you need to thank God for something that you haven’t thanked him for in a while, such as a clean cup of cold water to drink. Now I know that sounds trivial, but when is the last time you thanked God for something like that? We don’t tend to because we just expect our water to be clean and refreshing when it comes out of the tap but everyone doesn’t have that same experience.

For some us we could thank God for the new job, new beginnings, new relationships, hurts and injuries that the Lord has delivered us from, the spouse that continues to love me in spite of me. In other words, what’s the thing that you need to thank God for? Whatever it is let’s get busy thanking God because an attitude of gratitude will change the way we see our situation and it will change the way God sees us. Real happy thanksgivings before God puts us in a place to be blessed because if you will thank him for the little and mean it, the much could be right at your fingertips.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Four Callings Of A Husband-Part 4

November 18, 2010

Called to Lead by Learning

Sometime ago I read a newspaper article titled “Study’s Advice to Husbands: Accept Your Wife’s Influence.” The study showed that men who enjoyed the most stable, happy marriages were also likely ones who listened to their wives’ suggestions and concerns and followed them. These were men who were willing to learn, change, and grow.

I have found that to be true in my own marriage. Over the years, I have learned that my wife is innately gifted with knowledge, insights, and abilities I don’t have. That is probably why the apostle Peter wrote, “[Husbands,] dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife (1 Peter 3:7)” which very simply means that husbands are called on to understand their wives—how they think, how they respond emotionally, and what they need to feel loved and fulfilled in a marriage.

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard men say, “I just don’t understand my wife.” My response to that is blunt: You can learn!
We men can be much worse than lacking in our knowledge of the opposite sex; we can be downright clueless! There is much each and every husband has to learn when it comes to loving their wives. But we can learn, and not only that, we need to learn. It’s not that difficult, either. It’s a matter of taking the time to be a student, a learner, first.

So how can you learn? First, when your wife talks to you, be a listener before you’re a fixer. We men tend to want to rush ahead and “fix situations that our wives talk to us about when most of the time, our wives just want us to listen to how they feel about their situation. For that reason, we should take the time to ask our wives, “Is this a fix-it time or learning time?”
It goes against the grain of most men to hear this, but I have learned that listening is often one of the best ways to fix things.

Second, be honest with your wife. Don’t hide. Share your hurts, your fears, your concerns, your disappointments, your life. Believe me, this will draw the two of you closer than you can imagine. And when you’re vulnerable, you’re leading in love, and she’ll want to follow.

Finally, after listening and sharing with one another, be willing to make the hard decisions which will bring about change in the marriage.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Four Callings Of A Husband-Part 3

November 17, 2010

Called to Lead—and Love—Sacrificially

A husband is to lead in his marriage by example and sacrificially, not by ordering or constantly instructing his wife. He is never, and I mean never, to tell his wife what the Scriptures say she is to do when he is trying to get his way. Rather, his only focus is to be on loving his wife as Christ love the church—that is, sacrificially.

In practical terms, this could mean, among other things, volunteering to bathe the children or massaging the wife’s feet, turning off the football game and talking with her, or going shopping with her—even after you have put in a twelve-hour day at work.

Sacrificial love involves participating in something that is important or a favorite of hers, even if it’s relatively unimportant to you or definitely not one of your favorites. It may mean doing any of the following (although it’s not limited to any or all of them):
• Initiating prayer with her without concern that your prayers may be briefer and more bottom-line than hers.
• Learning to say these five phrases: “You were right, I was wrong, I am sorry,” “forgive me, and “what can I do to help.”
• Calling her with any delay of plans.
• Practicing Proverbs 31:28-29 (praising her) consistently.
• Accepting her communication style and opinions as different from yours, and not necessarily wrong.
• Accepting her femaleness and celebrating the differences that comes from it.
• Asking for her opinion.
• Discovering the uniqueness of her personality in order to understand her and communicate better.
• Being prepared to receive the God that’s in her.

Before we move on, ask yourself which of these you did this past month. Then ask yourself which of these you will do during the coming month. Or if you haven’t done any of them, are you willing to step up and meet the challenge.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Four Callings Of A Husband-Part 2

November 16, 2010

Called to Sacrificial Love

God’s word also calls the husband to be not just a servant leader but also a lover, meaning that the headship of his family is not to exhibit dominating control but the sacrificial love of Jesus.

And how did Christ love when He was on earth? He was single-minded in His mission of love as He spent time with the disciples and communicated with them, teaching them about forgiveness. He also led by example, helping strengthen the disciples where they were weak. He defended the disciples, praised them before the others, and revealed Himself to them. And why did Jesus do these things? It’s because He was concerned about the church’s well-being and future glory.

That is how a husband is to love his wife. A husband represents Jesus in the home, and his role is to bring out God’s glory in his wife and lift her up—for her well-being. This is leadership that leaves a wife feeling special, valued, and loved.

So how specifically can a husband do that? There are many ways, one of the most important being a husband’s putting his wife first over children, parents, siblings, work, TV, and hobbies. Doing this will strengthen a marriage. But conversely, not doing it will weaken the marriage.

Another thing a loving husband can do is learn his wife’s “love language”—in other words, what are the ways she tends to best express and receive love—and package his love in a way that speaks to her and meets her needs.

A husband is also to love his wife unconditionally, the same way God loves all of us. He is not to love her “because she…” but “regardless.” When a husband loves his wife sacrificially and unconditionally, then she more fully realizes God’s love and regard for her, and this in turn brings glory to Him.
God expects us to care for one another. A husband who neglects or demeans his wife robs her of what God wants for her and robs himself of growth and development as well.

What an opportunity a husband has! It’s very much like Jesus’ redemptive work on behalf of the church in that a husband is not to live for himself, but should live to be used as a channel of God’s goodness in his wife’s life. He is to respond, react, speak, and think toward her in ways that enable her to develop who she is and to develop her gifts as a way to bring glory to God.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason