Keep The Faith-Part 3

February 10, 2011

(St. Mark 11:22-23) says “Have faith in God…For whosoever shall say to this mountain be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe what he saith shall come to pass he shall have whatsoever he saith.” Thus, if you have faith you are going to eventually have to speak to some stuff; you are eventually going to have to put your mouth on some stuff to prove it. You will eventually have to speak a word by faith and tell something to live, if it isn’t anything else but your body.

We know Peter kept the faith, we know he got back up when knocked down because we see him in the book of (Acts Chpt 2:14-18) standing with his shoulders erect and his head held up high preaching the Gospel saying “These are not drunken as ye suppose, seeing it is the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days saith God, I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: and on my servants and handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my spirit: and they shall prophesy.”

Thus, the Lord used him to bring forth a mighty move of God in the early Church because he kept the faith! Thus, it is incumbent upon us all to understand that if we mess up and we keep the faith and fess up God still has a desire to use us to do great things for him. And if you have messed up, don’t stay in the mess; confess your sins and get back in right standing with God because He is still in the business of forgiving us of our sins.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Keep The Faith-Part 2

February 9, 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 come Peter’s way. For He called his name twice to get his attention that Satan was about to get all up in his stuff. But 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 because he knew that if he would keep the faith; he knew if he would hold on to his faith in God, that though he would fall he would have the strength to get back up and run for Jesus.

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 trials and tribulations. Jesus promised us that “many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19).

So, 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. And it is a mandate by God that we keep the faith because Jesus took the time out not only to pray that Peter would keep the faith but He has prayed for all who are Christians to keep the faith because whether or not you make it into heaven is predicated on you keeping the faith; “For without faith it is impossible to please him: For he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Heb 11:6 KJV).

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Keep The Faith-Part 1

February 8, 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.”

As Jesus spoke this word to Simon Peter one of the things that stands out was when he said “Satan hath desired to have you that he may sift you as wheat” because back in the old days before they invented all this modern technology for harvesting wheat, the wheat sifting process was one of spreading the wheat stalks out on a hard surface (concrete floor) and then taking a flailing tool and beating the wheat until the outer shell or chaff was loosened enough to get the edible grain off the stalk. Thus, the first process in order to get the grain was to thresh or beat the wheat. So when Jesus said “Satan hath desired to have you that he may sift you as wheat”, another way this could be defined is “Satan hath desired to have you that he may beat the crap out of you.”

And for many of us that’s what Satan desires to do. He doesn’t want to kill us initially if we are believers. No! He wants to beat us. He wants to beat us to the degree that it becomes embarrassing to the church. He wants to beat us to the degree that if we are known for our infectious smile that he wipes that smile right off our face. If we are known for our Joy, he wants to beat it out of us; if we are known for our vibrancy, enthusiasm or even our praise he wants to sift or beat us to the degree where we just don’t have it anymore and he doesn’t care whether he beats it out of you physically, spiritually or emotionally. He just desires to sift us as wheat. However, Jesus has prayed that our faith fail not and that should mean something to us.

God Bless You

Pastor Mason

The Benefits Of The Lord

February 4, 2011

(Psalm 68:19KJV) “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation; Selah”

When you apply for a job, you are looking for at least two things, a good salary and great benefits. In fact, with the cost of health care skyrocketing, I have to say that good benefits are just as important as a good salary these days. However, serving the Lord produces an excellent benefits package. Daily He gives us life-health and strength; He wakes us up in the morning in our right mind with the activities of our limbs; the Father has even allowed us to have gainful employment, that we might be able to have a roof over our head, clothes on our back, decent transportation, and food on our table.

Furthermore, the Father had a nerve to send His son to die for us, so we might be saved, and all those who want too can be saved. Finally, the word of God continues to tell us what some of the other benefits are in the package. (Psalm 103: 2-5) says “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits; who forgives all our iniquities; who heals all thy diseases; who redeems thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies; who satisfies thy mouth with good things.”

Thus, God will allow you to have a steak and potato every now and then. Additionally, the salary may not be great, but the benefits package is out of this world. Not to mention, if you endure to the end, you will receive a mansion in heaven where the streets are pure gold. How about that?

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

People Pleaser

February 3, 2011

(St. Mark 15:15) says “And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.”

Jesus was about to be sent to the cross to die for the sins of the world. However, Pilate knew he was sending an innocent man to his death. You see Pilate was more concerned about his status and his power than he was about doing the right thing. He thought it best to please or satisfy the people by releasing a criminal than releasing Jesus. But the fact is that you can never please the people because trying to please people is like being on a roller coaster ride, you are up one minute and down the next.

Child of God, as Christian leaders our leadership style should never be about being a crowd pleaser or pleasing the people, it should always be about pleasing God. Thus, if you are looking at your leadership style through the mirror of the Holy Ghost it may not be the most popular place to be, but it is the safest place to be. And Christian leaders should desire to be in such a place.

Trying to please people will have you pulling your hair out; trying to please people will have you doing things the wrong way; trying to please people will have you outside the will of God. If you are leading according to the leadership of God you don’t have to worry about status, position, power, a name or fame. The only thing that really matters is that you led the right way with heaven in front of you and real support behind you. Hence, if you lead the righteous way, people will follow because those who aren’t trying to please the crowd are stable.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

The Yoke Of Bondage

February 2, 2011

(Gal 5:1) says “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage”.

As the Apostle Paul talked to the Church at Galatia he told them not to be entangled again with the yoke of bondage; the yoke of bondage the new believers at Galatia faced was in “the keeping of the law” to gain salvation. In other words, they were being told by the Judaizers that they had to offer animal sacrifices, complete circumcision rituals and etc. in order to be saved. That was a yoke of bondage because all they really had to do was have faith in Jesus Christ. However, there is a yoke of bondage which the body of Christ faces today, and it is the bondage of sin. Once God has brought you out of the bondages of sin you must leave sin alone, but we know those who call themselves Christians who still play with sin.

Sin is so dangerous for a Christian because it will keep you from maximizing your potential in the kingdom of God, it will separate you from the presence and blessings of God. In fact, it will keep you from going to heaven. Furthermore, we can’t call ourselves Christians when we have willful acts of sin in our lives, or when we operate in that one sin we really like to do, that no one else knows about. We can’t get drunk every now and then and call ourselves Christians; we can’t take a peek at internet porn from time-to-time and call ourselves Christians.

We can’t get involved in sexual immorality and excuse it as “God knows my heart” and call ourselves Christians; we can’t spend God’s money (the tithe) on our personal entertainment and call ourselves Christians. Listen, the truth is everybody talking about heaven isn’t going to heaven because of the yoke of bondage called sin which many believers have yet to take authority over. Thus, it is important that you get sin out of your life and if you are paying any attention to your life at all you know where sin is. Therefore, remove sin from your life and begin to walk in the fullness of the destiny which God has for you.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Sleeping When We Ought To Be Praying

February 1, 2011

In (St. Mark 14) Jesus was about to go to the cross and give his life for all who would receive him. However, before all of that was to take place he stopped at Gethsemane to pray. Before He went into prayer he asked Peter, James and John to watch ye and pray, but every time he would come back to look on them he would find them asleep. As a Christian, I have often heard other Christians say when it comes to reading the word and praying I can hardly keep my eyes open because the Spirit of sleepiness comes over me.

Saints of God, we have to fight the urge of falling asleep when it comes time to pray or when it comes time to study. We have to fight against the urge of falling asleep when it comes time to give God what belongs to him. We have to find those times throughout our day when we are most alert and spend some time with God. When it comes time to give God what belongs to him, and you start getting sleepy, get up and do some jumping jacks or some pushups, do something to stay alert so that the enemy doesn’t send you off to sleepy town and your time with God is wasted.

In (ST. Mark 14:32-42) we find the disciples sleeping on Jesus when they should have been praying; we find them sleeping on Christ when he needed them the most, when they should have been praying. The truth is that we often find ourselves tired and worn out when it comes to praying or reading God’s word because we give God what’s left over from our day. After we have given the best of ourselves to the job or our favorite hobbies, too often we have little left for God, and the truth is that we must do better.

Don’t let Christ catch you sleeping when you ought to be praying. There is a time for sleeping, however, if you are a Christian there should be a place of meeting for you and God every day; whether that’s a lunch meeting, a meeting later during the day or an early morning meeting. Ask the Lord to give you the strength during your time of meeting to stay awake and alert so that you might hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church because if it’s not focused effort you will find yourself asleep.

God Bless You

Pastor Mason