Listen Up

March 25, 2011

James 1:19) say “Wherefore my beloved brethren let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.”

As Christians we must learn how to listen. And learning to listen is not always easy because most people tend to want to tell it instead of listening and receiving. It’s been said that God obviously wanted us to listen more because he gave us two ears and only one mouth. Certainly there must be some truth to that because after reading (James 3) which ministers on the power of the tongue we all need to be sure that we listen more and talk less.

In fact, we also need to be swift (quick) to hear and slow to anger as well. A good listener must be one who makes eye contact with the speaker, one who doesn’t allow himself/herself to be distracted by the things going on around them or in them (thinking about other things); it’s also important that you be able to give the speaker some positive feedback on what you have heard.

Hence, it would be nice to know that you understood what you heard. Listening was so important to the Lord that he said “He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” Thus, God can tell who is listening to the word of God and who is not by how they live their lives. If heaven is to be ours we must become good listeners, because there are those who hear but don’t receive or perceive the things of God. However, those who really listen to God’s word by the Spirit make the necessary changes to grow in Christ and become who God ordained them to be from the time He spoke it from our mother’s womb.

God Bless You

Pastor Mason

Suffering For Christ

March 23, 2011

The believers who are suffering for Christ are few and far between in America. There are not many who can truly say they are being persecuted for Christ sake. Most Christians are suffering because of the sin and bad decisions we have made, not what we are doing for Christ. Is that to say we can never get to that point; absolutely not! However, the Christians who are being persecuted for Jesus sake are those who have gotten beyond worrying about what they want, or how they feel and what other’s think. The Christians who are suffering for Christ already understand that life doesn’t revolve around them and in fact is not about them at all. The Christians who are suffering for Christ have moved from carnal thinking and carnal ways into spiritual thinking and spiritual ways. The scriptures tell us that it is an honor to suffer for Christ; however, not many really desire to do that. Ask the average Christian to turnover their plate and fast for three days on behalf of Christ and watch their response. They will look at you as if you are speaking in an unknown tongue, but we know fasting is of God. The Apostle Peter sums it up beautifully when talking about suffering for Christ; he says “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf (1 Pt. 4:16).”

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

The Reward After The Temptation

March 22, 2011

There is a reward which the believer receives after he/she has endured temptation. By endure I mean to have gotten the victory over the thing which tempted you. The reward which the believer will receive is a crown of life. In fact, (James 1:12) says “Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him.”

Thus, if you have gotten the victory over the thing which tempted you and you have a love for God the crown of life will be yours. We must not take this reward for granted because those who are blessed to receive the crown of life are those believers who are willing to go through whatever they have to go through to get to heaven. Hence, that’s not everybody.

Although salvation is said to be free, rewards are earned by works of faith; and the truth is that when we get to heaven some will receive rewards which others didn’t attain to because of their works of faith on earth. One of those rewards will be the crown of life. I know all of us who are believers certainly want to get to heaven. However, what rewards we receive in heaven will speak volumes about what we did on earth with the talents, gifts, and time we were given. Therefore saints, let’s use our time wisely and our faith with purpose here on earth that we too might receive our reward one day, because it’s those that endure unto the end that will one day receive the prize.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Knowing God

March 18, 2011

It’s so important to know the Lord. It’s so important to have an intimate and personal relationship with the Lord. Knowing the Lord changes everything about us. It changes the way we think, it changes the way we talk, it changes the way we act and most certainly shapes our belief system. King David said “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee, (Psalms 9:10 KJV).”

Child of God those who know the Lord, trust the Lord regardless of the situations and circumstances of life. They trust him regardless of the political climate, regardless of the economic climate and regardless of the ongoing conflicts around the world. These are three major issues which America has been dealing with lately, and will certainly have to deal with in the future. However, God is still in control.

Our Lord is not surprised by what’s going on around us, he is not wondering what in the world does he need to do in order to fix the situation, he is not surprised at how bad some people think it is. In fact, because we live in a sinful world and many of the things which are done by man is through the avenues of sin, we know that things in the world can and will be difficult at times. However, those that know the name of the Lord must trust him to see us through. We must trust him to lead us through difficult times and if he has done it once he can and will do it again. Child of God our job is to trust, obey, pray and leave the rest to the Lord.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason