February 25, 2011

When God called Moses to return to Egypt to deliver the children of Israel, Moses made excuse after excuse of why he couldn’t do it. We know this to be true because (Ex 3-4) records his conversations with God. After the Lord said to Moses “Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt”; Moses begins to make excuses. His first excuse was “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh; his next excuse was “the people won’t believe that you sent me”. Finally, he says in so many words “Lord I am not an eloquent speaker”.

Saints of God we must learn that if God called us to do a work for him, he already knows that we have what it takes to get the job done. There is no sense in making excuses because the only thing the Lord wants to hear is “I will obey”. Making excuses causes us to never realize our full potential in Christ; making excuses causes us only to prolong the inevitable, because God will get the work done with or without us.

However, many Christians stunt their own growth because they would rather make excuses about why they can’t do for God, than just doing it. Furthermore, if we turn our back on God when he asks us to do something for Him, we never know if we will ever get the chance again. Therefore, let’s pay attention to what God is calling us to do and be quick to rid ourselves of excuses-excuses and more excuses.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

No Compromise

February 24, 2011

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

Resist The Enemy

February 22, 2011

(James 4:7) says “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.

Many Christians have problems in their walk with God due to two reasons. One is because they won’t totally submit themselves to God and the other is they won’t resist the Devil, and both are imperative for victory in Christ. If I am going to submit myself to God I am willingly and voluntarily going to give my life over to God without a fight. The intent is to give him all of me to the degree where He is the one thing I desire; where He is the one I love more than all else and above all else. King David said it like this, “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life…(Psalm 27:4). Thus, David had totally submitted himself to God because there was nothing more important to him than being in the presence of God.

However, there is something else which we must do and that is we must resist the Devil. Resisting the Devil is much like electrical current flow. Electricity will take the path of least resistance to complete its circuit: meaning that electricity would rather flow through a short thick wire than a long thin wire because it has to work harder to complete the circuit in a long thin wire; thus, it needs more electrons in order to push current through. Electricity looks for the easiest path to complete the circuit.

And that’s how the Devil is; he would rather attack someone that’s going to put up little resistance than to attack someone who he knows will fight. He would rather attack someone that won’t pray, that won’t study the word of God, that won’t fast, that won’t attack him with the word of God than to go after someone that will. Thus, he comes after us all, but if he has a preference; if he is looking for an easy target it will be the one who won’t fight spiritually that he targets because he knows that if he comes after one of God’s true resistor’s, he will have to bring breakfast, lunch and dinner because it’s going to be a long night. Thus, let us submit ourselves to God and resist the Devil at every opportunity.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Follow The Pattern

February 18, 2011

In (Exo. 25-26), God gives Moses the blueprint or the pattern of how the tabernacle should be built. The Lord gives Moses the pattern down to the smallest of details, and if the pattern is not followed to the letter, God would not meet the priest there. Hence, his presence would not be there because the tabernacle must be built to God’s specifications. As Christians the thing which we can learn from this is we too must follow the pattern of God. This pattern must be duplicated down to the finest of details. This pattern which the Lord has created for us cannot be changed based on our feelings; it cannot be changed based on what we are going through today, neither can it be changed based on what carnal minded folk may think; thus, it is what it is.

The pattern (the model or the original) must be followed to the letter. Child of God, it won’t be the big sins that keep many people out of heaven (drinking, cussing, fornication) it will be those sins which many Christians believe to be small that will keep many out…such as that little white lie you told, or that little extra which you added to your income tax to increase your refund (when you know you didn’t carry those deductions) or that bitterness you have been holding in your heart against your brother/sister that you believe no one knows about. Child of God, we must be willing to obey God down to the smallest of details, crossing every (t) and dotting every (i) because that’s what God requires in order to get to heaven.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Controlling The Tongue

February 16, 2011

Most Christian’s problems come because they can’t control their tongue. Controlling our emotions has a lot to do with what comes out of our mouth, because you will have what you say. If you keep telling yourself and others “you can’t seem to do anything right” then everything you do just seems to be wrong. If you keep telling yourself “I will never be able to do this” then you won’t ever do it. If you keep telling yourself “I am sick and tired of this that and the other” you can fill in the blanks, then you will always operate in a state of being sick and tired. Saints aren’t you tired of that! It is truly time to live above and not beneath! It is time to be the head and not the tail, and it starts with what you say.

Thus, as you speak- your mind and body receives it and will make every attempt to operate through your words. On the other hand, if you begin to speak life; if you begin to tell yourself “I can do,” if you begin to tell yourself “I can get that degree,” or “I can be what God is encouraging me to be; “I will get that job… my kids will grow up to be productive in the community…they will grow up to declare the works of the Lord” then the possibilities are endless and the sky is the limit.

King Solomon declared “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof (Pro 18:21)”. Thus, it behooves all of us to control our tongue so we might introduce life into our daily walk with Christ because it’s easy to assume that everyone who claims to be a Christian is doing that. However, we know that many speak destructive things into their lives and the lives of others everyday without giving it a second thought.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

God Given Dreams

February 15, 2011

Christians have a tendency to allow their comfort zone to keep them from doing great things for God. We often don’t want to leave the place of familiar; we often don’t want to move out to a place where the builder and maker is God. We would rather stay in the land of comfort in our spiritual recliner than to pursue destiny. Fear is also a spirit that keeps us from pursuing our God given dreams. Fear is a natural response when we are stepping out of a place that we have built our whole life around (comfort) to an unknown place.

However, fear is not necessarily a bad thing because without fear there would be no courage. Thus, courage is the strength to go forward in the midst of fear. Therefore, child of God if we are going to fulfill those God given dreams, we are going to have to move beyond fear to faith and courage. People like Abraham, Moses and Joshua are prime examples for us who pushed past the fear of moving out of the place of comfort to a place of God.

In fact, Abraham was told to leave family and the familiar behind and go and “Look for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Heb 11:10). We know that those moves of faith didn’t come without challenge, conflict and maybe even frustration at times. However, the end result was seeing their God given dreams come to past, and at the end of the day that’s something we all should be striving for.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

For The Lover In You

February 14, 2011

For the believer the lover in you should be the person of the Holy Spirit, because God is Love and the Holy Spirit is the third person in the Godhead. Thus, if the Lover of your soul lives in you, you ought to be able to display that love as well. And on this Valentine’s Day if you haven’t loved your spouse like you should have, or I should say as Christ would have you to, make a promise to yourself that you will do better going forward. We know, like any other heavily commercialized day, that the world would have us go broke over our spouse on this day. However, it’s not about how much money you spend that counts, it’s the thought that you put into what you give and a heart that’s genuine.

The truth is that because of the lover that’s in you, everyday for a Christian marriage should be like Valentine’s Day, whether our day was rough or not; because if I can just get home to my wife everything else will be alright because the Lover in her (the Holy Spirit) will greet me when I get there. (Ephesians 5:25) declares “Husbands love your wives even as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it.” However, it also says in the same book “Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord (Eph 5:22).”

Thus, there is still much work for all of us to do if the Lover in us is going to perfect our marriages that we may be able to offer it back to God without spot or wrinkle. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a pressure filled day, however, since the world is attempting to remind us to love the one that is special to us, and I deem that to be our spouse. Let us take the time at some point today and examine are we truly allowing the Lover in us to show us how to love our spouse. Happy Valentine’s day.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason