January 19, 2011
For the believer, as it pertains to giving, what you put out is what you will receive. If you give a little to God you will receive little from God. Conversely, if you give much to God you will receive much from God. Also the attitude with which you give is as important as what you give, because as the title of this message says, God loves a cheerful giver. If you intend to give God something such as money, time, energies…etc, and you are complaining about it the whole time or you give it grudgingly, then it is best that you don’t give it at all because God won’t honor it.
God is bound by His word, thus He want do anything outside of what His word says, so if you sow sparingly you will reap sparingly and if you sow bountifully you will reap bountifully (2 Cor. 9:6); hence, however you sow at least you will reap. I don’t know about you but there is a need to sow much because there is so much that we (the body of Christ) have need of.
Child of God, in the world in which we live today, the only one we can depend on is God. You can’t possibly believe your job will always be there, and even if it is always there, you can’t possibly believe you will always make enough to provide, because when you get sick, there isn’t enough money in the world to heal your body. We have to sow into the God account with our time, energy, effort and finances so when we have a need we have some fruit stored up for God to work with.
God Bless You
Pastor Versal Mason
January 18, 2011
(Phil 4:19) says “But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”.
Christians for the most part love this particular scripture, because all of us want our needs to be met by God. However, this scripture doesn’t necessarily apply to everyone in the body Christ. It only applies to those who sow and give into the things of God. When the Apostle Paul made this statement, he was speaking to a church that was known for their generosity in giving to support the work which he was doing on behalf of the Kingdom of God. The Phillipian Church was known for their giving, they were known to communicate with the man of God during times of affliction, and they were known to sow into the things of God when other churches wouldn’t. Thus, they understood that one of the ways to be blessed by God, one of the ways to be sure that all your needs are met was to sow into kingdom work.
Therefore, if you are a giver this scripture applies to you, but if you are one who attempt’s to hold on to every dollar you get, and you don’t tithe or sow offerings in your local ministry, this scripture is not for you. Yes I know that we believe that this scripture applies to all Christians, but all who say they are Christians are not faithful in their giving. As Christians we must understand that every-time we give what God has required, we open ourselves up to be blessed, we open ourselves up to having our needs met, and even some of the desires of our heart are given to us by God. As you examine (Phil 4:19) go back and read (Phil 4:10-20) and you will understand why Paul was able to speak this into their lives; and we want God to be able to say the same thing about us today.
God Bless You
Pastor Versal Mason
January 17, 2011
I was watching a piece on 20/20 sometime ago about those who volunteered their time and/or gave their money and one of the interesting things they shared was about those who gave, (especially older men/women) were living longer, and their health was improving in their latter years. They even spoke with a gentleman that believed it was through his giving and volunteer efforts that he was able to begin to walk without a cane after many years of being dependent upon a cane to help him get around. Thus, we see that giving has made a difference in their lives, and as Christians we know that giving will change our lives, because (Acts 20:35) tells us “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. You see in Gods mind receiving is good but giving is better; giving is so good to God that He called it a blessing, and if giving is a blessing in the eyes God, then those who give cheerfully, willingly, and with the heart of God are blessed; and as Christians we need to learn to give more, it’s not just about the money, although that is critical to running a ministry, because bills have to be paid in a ministry just like any other business.
However, the giving of our time, effort and energies without expecting anything in return is important to our spiritual growth. It is important that when you give, to never expect anything in return from man, but if there is to be any return (and God will reward) expect it to come from God. Seek God to find other ways to bless your church or community through giving; we can all do a better job in that department.
Pastor Versal Mason
January 14, 2011
(St. Luke 22:31-32) says and the Lord said “Simon, Simon behold, Satan hath desired to have you that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”
The Lord knew that Peter would fall. He knew that Satan was setting him up to deny that he ever knew Jesus. He knew that trouble was about to comes Peter’s way. However, through it all Jesus prayed that his faith in the midst of adversity and disappointment would stand. In other words, Jesus prayed that Peter would keep the faith; and for those of us who are Christians we too must keep the faith when faced with disappointment; when faced with adversity and when face with heartache and pain. Jesus promised us that many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers them out of them all. However, as we wait upon deliverance, as we wait for the break though, as we wait for our heart to be comforted we must keep the faith.
We don’t always understand what God is doing when disappointment comes, but what we do know is that if we will have faith in God we will get the victory and God will do exceedingly, abundantly above all we can ask or think. I’m sure Peter thought it was all over when he denied not once but three times that he ever knew Jesus, however his faith in God in the midst of a difficult situation gave him the opportunity to win and see his destiny fulfilled. Saints of God, let me assure you that disappointment will come your way if you keep living, but the difference between those that win and those who don’t; the difference between those who will take home the spoils of war and those who will leave empty-handed are those who will keep their faith in God.
God Bless You
January 13, 2011
(Heb 7:25 KJV) “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that comes unto God by him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them.
The Apostle Paul let’s us know there is only one who can save us; there is only one who can deliver us; there is only one who can set us free and His name is Jesus. In fact, He is able to save us to the uttermost, meaning we are complete in Him. Because He is an everlasting priest, and has made the only true atonement for sin; he is able to save from all sin to the uttermost, in all places, at all times, and under all circumstances. However, many in the body of Christ treat their pastor’s as if they are able to save, deliver and set free.
They treat their pastor’s as if they are God or a holy idol. Child of God you must understand that no matter how well your pastor preaches he/she can’t provide salvation for you; no matter what size their congregation is, they can’t save you. In fact, it doesn’t matter how many books they sale or truth’s they tell, they don’t own a heaven or a hell to send you to. The truth is they too will have to stand before a holy God and give account of their works just as you will. I’m not saying we shouldn’t love-submit and obey our leaders, however, many believers in the body of Christ are treating their pastor’s as if they are celebrities, and even worse is the fact that many pastor’s are receiving it as such.
Finally, there shouldn’t be but one celebrity in the body of Christ as far as I’m concerned, and that’s Jesus Christ. Because He is able to save to the uttermost and He lives to make intercession for us. I doubt that there are many pastor’s in America living to make intercession for the members of their congregation. Especially in large ministries, because the pastor probably doesn’t even know you let alone pray for you. Therefore, if you have a pastor that’s living for the Lord, love them-support them and submit to them, but don’t put them on a pedestal because there is only one who is high and lifted up and able to save to the uttermost and His name is Jesus.
God Bless You.
January 12, 2011
For the most part the mind of man is impure because in his nature is sin and iniquity. In fact, (Psalms 51:5), says, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me”. But in order to move our minds from the thought processes of sin and death, we have to stir up our pure minds by way of remembrance. To stir up our pure minds we must go to the word of God daily and take to heart what He is saying in His word through his holy apostles and prophets. To stir up our minds daily, we must remember what He has done for us in the past; how He brought us out, how He made ways out of seemingly no other way; when you were sick and you needed healing, it was God that did it; when the mortgage and utilities were past due and you didn’t have the resources to pay it, it was God coming through once again for you; when the children wouldn’t act right you began to remember the times when things were better with the children, and God delivered once again.
Listen, to stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance as the Apostle Peter said, we have to begin to think about the goodness of Jesus and all that He has done for us down through the years, and begin to encourage those days back into our lives-homes and yes…even our jobs. Not only are you encouraged but God is encouraged when you begin to say things to Him like…Lord remember when you did this for me…remember when you did that for my son or for my daughter or wife…etc. And when you encourage God, you also encourage the blessings of God upon your family line.
I encourage you to stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance-because adversity comes, and it’s what you do during times of adversity that will determine whether your good times in the Lord will be long and lasting or short and sweet. Ref (2ND PT 3:1-2)
God Bless You
Pastor Versal Mason
January 11, 2011
(St.Luke 4:1-2) says “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being forty days tempted of the devil.
It is so amazing that Satan never gives up on us. He never gets tired of trying to get the saints of God to fall for his deception. He never gets caught up with the hype that we are too full of the Holy Ghost to fall. In fact, he doesn’t really believe that we are all that we say we are, thus he keeps coming at us in various ways. Here Jesus shows up and he is full of the Holy Ghost, about to be led in the wilderness by the Spirit, and has had his plate turned over for 40 days, yet the devil makes multiple attempts to get him to bow down and serve him (Ref. Luke 4). Jesus is at his strongest spiritually having gone through a forty day fast, yet the devil is not impressed. He is not discouraged; he is not running away from the opportunity to try and get Jesus to fall.
This should encourage all of us who are Christians that we should never let our guard down when it comes to dealing with the enemy of our souls because he never quits. He is NOT overly impressed by what you do in the church; he is not impressed by how gifted you are, or what your title is or how many you have in your congregation. His job is simply to see if he can get you to serve him. If you read through the first thirteen verses of Luke 4 you will find that he was at least impressed enough by Jesus to leave him for a season. However, leaving him for a season was only so he could regroup and figure out what he could do to get Jesus to fall. We know that Jesus got the total victory over Satan; however, those of us who are believers yet have the total victory to win over the devil. Therefore, don’t get too comfortable in your Christianity and keep your guard up because the minute you drop your guard the devil will hit you with a blow that you never saw coming.
God Bless You