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

The Good And Perfect Gift

March 17, 2011

(James 1:17) says “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

As Christians we always have things in our lives which we can thank God for. In fact, James 1:17 tells us that every good and perfect gift come from above; hence, those gifts come from God. Some of the good and perfect gifts which the Lord sent from above were our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. And out of that amazing gift came salvation. Further, out of salvation came the love of God, because we didn’t know how to give love or receive love until that gift of salvation came from above. Another good and perfect gift we receive is the joy of the Lord; peace is also one of those good and perfect gifts, and it’s not the peace which the world gives and takes away but it is a peace that passes all understanding. This peace is a peace which the world can’t comprehend; this peace is what God has given us in the midst of the storms of life. The Lord also allows us to have good health which is often taken for granted as if we have a right to it. There are so many good and perfect gifts which the Lord has given us that it could take months to write them all. However, you can take one each day and begin to thank God for it. Finally, there is no one that can give to us the way God can because there is no one who can compete with the Lord.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Like Father, Like Son

March 16, 2011

(1Kings 22:52) says “And he (Ahaziah) did evil in the sight of the Lord, and he walked in the way of his father, and in the way of his mother, and in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.”

In the book of Kings one of the things you notice is when a King dies and his son takes the throne, very often they are a mirror image of their father. Thus, if daddy was a wicked king, most often their heir would be. That may not be every single case, but the vast majority was of the same mold their parents were. And that certainly was the case for Ahaziah the son of Ahab. The curse and ways of his mother and father were passed right down to him.

Therefore, if you really want to know what type of character your child is going to have at various stages of their lives, take a look at who you were at that age and I guarantee you will find some similarities and many of us as parents, don’t like what we see in our children, but we are looking at ourselves in the face of our children; we just happen to be older now.

Therefore, if we want our children to be different; if we don’t quite like what we see when we look at our children then it is incumbent of us to become different: meaning if we desire for our children to have the right attitude then we need to display the right attitude ourselves. If we desire for our children to operate in truth and integrity then we need to operate in the same as well. If we desire to see Christ manifested in their lives we need to display Christ at home so they can really see what He looks like.

Ultimately kids will be what they see at home; and what they see at home could be good or bad. These kids of the Kings (how ironic) didn’t all of a sudden become messed up. They watched mommy and daddy do wicked things and mirrored those things and brought that same attitude to the throne. As parents today, who are children of the true King, Jesus Christ, don’t let it be done or said by your child that you were not a Godly example for them, because they will be what they see, and what they see most often is you.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Growth In The Midst Of Affliction

March 15, 2011

The Children of Israel were a people who were blessed; those who were fruitful and increased abundantly under the leadership of Joseph in Egypt. However, as Joseph died and a new King came to power in Egypt things began to change for the Israelite’s. Thus, the new King set over the children of Israel taskmasters to afflict them with burdens, and commanded them to build cities for Pharaoh. Hence, the good old days of Joseph was over and now the Israelite’s were beginning to be persecuted and afflicted by the Egyptians.

The new king made the Israelite’s serve with rigor; making it hard for them to live in Egypt. As a result of their affliction, the strangest thing happened, the more they were afflicted, the more they multiplied and grew and it caused the Egyptians to be grieved (Ex 1:12). It seemed as if the children of Israel were growing and getting stronger in the midst of persecution.

The thing that all Christians can learn from the Israelite’s plight is we all have the opportunity to grow in the midst of affliction. We all have an opportunity to get closer to God during troubling times. Even as the Israelite’s increased and multiplied physically, we have an opportunity to grow spiritually in Christ Jesus during times of persecution. The Church doesn’t like to talk about this much; however, the New Testament church in the book of Acts was birthed in persecution. In fact, King David said in (Psalm 119:71) “It was good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.”

Thus, David would have never gotten as close to God as he needed to, had it not been for affliction or some stressful situations. I’m not telling you that we need to look for affliction, but if affliction comes our way we need to get everything out of affliction (or trouble) that God has for us so that we might grow closer to the Lord. Further, if we never had any affliction in our lives would we have really sought the Lord? The answer to that is probably a resounding no!

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason