Put The Past in The Past

December 30, 2010

There is no doubt we can learn from our past mistakes. In fact, we never want to forget our past because many times our past shapes our future. For example, if you have messed up in past relationships, finances, or child rearing you don’t want to continue down that same path in the future or you will never have success in those areas. It is those mistakes in our past which causes us to re-think how we will deal with those situations in our future. However, we should not allow our past mistakes to keep us down. Don’t allow your past to condemn you, or shame you, or try to keep you down, repent, begin to see your situation from Gods perspective and begin to allow God to make changes in your life. The Apostle Paul puts his past in the proper perspective when he says “But this one thing I do forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:13). If you could see what God sees when He looks at your future, you would put your past in the past and start rejoicing about your future; because in Christ your future looks good. Thus, “there is therefore no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit”.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

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The Blessing Of The Father

December 28, 2010

Many places in scripture (especially in the Old Testament) we find fathers’ speaking blessings into the lives of their children. One place in particular was Isaac speaking blessings into the life of his son Jacob. Never mind that he received the blessing through deception; never mind that his elder brother Esau gave up his birthright for a pot of stew, or a weak moment in the flesh. The fact is, when the father spoke the blessing over the son in (Gen 27:28-29) it came to pass. Thus, to all the fathers’ out there we can learn from the fathers of old and begin to speak blessings in the lives of our sons and daughters’. We must learn to speak life, speak blessings, and speak positive things into the ears and heart’s of our children. As born again believers, God has given us the authority to do just that; he has given us the authority to choose to speak life or death. However, choose life. Saints, our young people have heard enough negativity from the world and us (since we have been saved) because there is still a nature in us, which desires to see failure and say the wrong things. However, when you take on the new nature of Christ Jesus, life-victory and blessings are in you to speak not only to your children, but to other situations in your life. However, let’s begin with speaking blessings into the lives of our children, because they need them desperately.

God Bless You

Pastor Mason


Understanding Why We Praise

December 26, 2010

(Psalm 47:6-7) says “Sing praises unto God, sing praises: Sing praises unto our king, sing praises. For God is the king of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.”

The Christian is commanded to give God the praise, and because he said it we must obey. However, God also wants us to understand why we praise; if he didn’t he wouldn’t have said “sing praises with understanding.” Therefore, we praise God because he inhabits the praises of his people; thus, wherever praise can be found coming from the mouth of a believer, there you will find God. We praise him to relieve ourselves of the stress, struggles and the strains of life; because life in and of itself can be tough on the believer. Praising God brings about deliverance-freedom and breakthroughs in your life which you can’t receive any other way except you praise God. Giving God the praise on behalf of others, such as friends or family members could also bring about deliverance for them as well. As believers we must understand that praising God shouldn’t always be about us, but it should be about others at times. A perfect example of this is when Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises while they were in prison (Acts 16). The praise was never about them because they were already free in Jesus; however, because they gave God the praise for others, the prison guard, as well as his entire family got saved. It all started with a prayer and praise. Thus, if you knew your praise would lead an entire family to Christ wouldn’t you be fired up about praising God? I certainly would. Thus, every time we give God the praise we must understand that something is happening in the atmosphere. This is only a few reasons for understanding why we praise and for the sake of brevity I must close.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


The Gift That Keeps On Giving

December 23, 2010

(ST. Luke 11:13) says “If ye then, being evil know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”

In essence Jesus was saying to the disciples even though you are evil, you know how to give good gift to your children. However, the gift that the heavenly Father gives is better; that gift being the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the gift that keeps on giving. The Holy Spirit gives us discernment as it relates to what is and what is not of God; the Holy Spirit knows what God wants to hear when we pray; thus, without Him we wouldn’t know how to pray. (Rom 8:26) says “Likewise the Spirit helps our infirmities for we know not what we should pray as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” The Holy Spirit convicts us when we are wrong and it also allows the believer to receive the love of God as well as give it to others. Finally, the Holy Spirit gives us joy-peace-faith-goodness-meekness-temperance and yes even longsuffering. These fruit come through the Holy Spirit. In fact, there are so many other things which the Spirit does for us that it would be hard to capture it all. However, at the end of the day I know it is the gift that keeps on giving and thank God for that.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


The Greatest Gift Is Love

December 22, 2010

During the Christmas season life can become so stressful. It can become so stressful because Christmas is more about gift buying, light hanging, Christmas tree raising and even propping up the economy, than it is Jesus being the reason for the season. The world has conditioned us all, even the church to get caught up in this cycle called debt during this season. Thus, I’m not condemning the church for buying gifts for family and friends because if you can afford it, please do so, because on some level it does show that you care for the one who receives the gift. However, whether or not you are able to buy someone a gift at Christmas time is not the measure of real love, especially if you can’t afford it.

The Father showed us the measure of real love when He gave us his only begotten son (John 3:16); and in giving us his only begotten son, he gave us an opportunity for our lives to be changed; hence, if you don’t have the money to buy those things which you would desire to give, how about giving the love of God. To give the love of God would be to share a word of encouragement with others-pray over someone’s life-find a way to spend some quality time with family and friends; in fact, give those who are not saved an opportunity to know Jesus. Listen, I know this won’t be easy for everyone to receive because at Christmas time we won’t what we won’t; however, let’s put Christ back in Christmas for real. Don’t allow this season to bind you up and put you in the bondage of debt or stress because the word of God says “Owe no man anything, but to love one another (Rom 13:8).”

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Often We Don’t Count The Cost

December 21, 2010

As I began to read about King David’s life, namely (2nd Samuel Chpt 11-13) I wonder would he had slept with another man’s wife had he known the real price he would have to pay for his sin. You see his story is a powerful lesson to us who say we love God, in that before we sin we really need to understand that our sin is never only about us; it’s also about those we love. I often say sin takes you further than you want to go, cost you more than you want to pay, and keeps you longer than you ever planned to stay, and in David’s case that couldn’t be truer.

King David’s adulterous affair, his one night of pleasure takes him from adultery, to deception, to murder, to the death of a child, to the destruction of his household…all because he didn’t put sin in check. Child of God there are a number of lessons we can take away from this story but the number one lesson we should learn is that there is always a price to pay for sin. Sin always promises pleasure but it eventually leaves us with a lot of pain and heartache. Secondly, when we sin we don’t only fall but we also fall on others and often the others are those that we love the most.

Finally, we never count the real cost of what we are going to have to pay Satan for the sins we have committed as we run back to God. Though David made it back to God; though David was ultimately a man after God’s own heart the price He had to pay Satan in order to get back in right relationship with God was too expensive because it cost him his family. Thus, no matter how much you count up the cost for your sin, it will always cost you more than you thought you would have to pay. Hence, the best thing to do then is just stay away from sin.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


A Mercy That Endures

December 17, 2010

There is a recurring theme which flows throughout Psalms 136. The theme is the “mercy of God”. The mercy of God is his compassion-care-sympathy-forgiveness and even his loving kindness toward us when it isn’t deserved. The psalmist gives us example after example of God’s enduring mercies in the lives of his people then, and his mercy certainly remains in our lives today. The Lord has given us life, health and strength because his mercy endures forever; he has given us gainful employment; thus, his mercy endures forever. Because of that employment, he has given us the ability to have a roof over our heads, clothes on our back and food on our tables; thus, his mercy endures forever. In fact, for some of us he has allowed us to have things, and go places our parents’ and grandparents’ only dreamed of; hence, his mercy endures forever. When we sit down and examine our lives for real and compare them with many in our world, we don’t have much to complain about. It could always be better, but thank God it’s not as bad as it could be. Child of God, our God has been good to us and we must be willing to proclaim as Israel did in (Psalms 136:26) “O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endures forever.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason