The Favor Of God

March 14, 2011

(Ex 9:5) says “And the Lord shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all the children of Israel.”

It’s truly good to have the favor of God upon our lives. Israel had such favor as well. As the leaders of Israel were battling with the God of Egypt (Pharaoh) for their freedom, God had demanded through Moses that Pharaoh let the children of Israel go, but Pharaoh continually refused.

Therefore, God began to show this king that he truly favored the Israelite’s when he told him if you don’t let my people go “on tomorrow I will begin to kill the cattle of Egypt, but the cattle of Israel will live.” Thus, the Israelite’s were shown favor by the hand of God. Those of us who are believers in Christ Jesus are shown great favor as well. We know this to be true because (Psalm 91:7) tells us “A thousand shall fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee;” that certainly sounds like favor to me.

In fact, have you ever wondered why something happened to someone else, but it didn’t happen to you. For example…a storm comes through your neighborhood and destroys your neighbor’s property and leaves yours untouched; that’s favor. There are various examples of favor that God has shown each of us at one time or the other where we all have to say “that was nothing but God”.

Child of God even if we look at our lives today we have to confess that things aren’t as bad as they could be. Though the price of everything is going up, God’s people are still up; though the enemy of our souls would love to destroy us, he can’t do what he would like because we serve an all powerful God. If we take stock of our lives again we will find that the Lord has shown us the favor of Israel, if not more as a New Testament believer because he gave us Jesus.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Is Jesus In Your House-Part 4

March 10, 2011

(St. Mark 2:1) says “And again he (Jesus) entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.”

In Deut 6:4-7 the Lord told the Israelite’s “Hear O Israel… King David saw his family destroyed because for a time (The Lord) was not in his house because murder, rape and deception had moved into his house and ravaged his kids.

Joshua just decided up front that his house was going to be right with God when he declared to the Israelite’s “And if it seems evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me in mine house, we will serve the Lord.” And if you are willing to make such a declaration you must at least be willing to be first partaker. Meaning you can’t make such a statement and the husband or the wife or the child can’t see that same Jesus in you at home.

Even Jesus had to deal with some issues of the home when he ministered to the Samaritan woman (St. John 4:7-20) and he said “Go call thy husband” knowing already that she had been married five times and the man that she had at the present was just somebody she was shacking up with. In other words, before you can really do anything for God sister, before we can really start talking about this living water, there are some things that you need to get right at home and it starts with having The Man in your house (which is Jesus) and not all those other men you have been through, or should I say that have been through you, for I am the living water in which you will never thirst.

In fact, what’s the first thing the enemy wants to know when he comes to your house? Is there a man in the house and finding none he proclaims himself to be in charge? This (man in the house doctrine) has nothing to do with physical stature, or having a man physically in your house because you can have a man in the house and he could be a spiritual chump and then all you have are two miserable people in the house.

This has more to do with the enemy being able to recognize if Jesus is in the house; and if he truly lives in you then the enemy has to declare that a man does live in that house and his name is Jesus. Therefore, let us examine whether Jesus really does live in our homes because a house will never be a home unless the love of Jesus resonates from inside those walls.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Is Jesus In Your House-Part 3

March 9, 2011

(St. Mark 2:1) says “And again he (Jesus) entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.”

Thus, is Jesus in the house? In fact, could it be said by someone other than you that Jesus lives in your house? We have Christian husbands and wives that haven’t touched each other intimately in their homes in months; we have parents who won’t sit down and talk to their kids about anything, especially if they are teens because we don’t want to invade their privacy, is Jesus in your house? We have homes that haven’t heard or even seen a vacuum cleaner in weeks but we want to believe that I am in Christ and Christ is in me.

Really, is Jesus in your house? Many come to church Sunday after Sunday and they make these bodacious declarations about how good God is; they come to Church and are the first ones to jump when it’s time to give God praise, they have that “O how I love Jesus mentality” but as soon as they get home the devil begins to remind them of who is really in charge. It is time out for that! We need to be the same person on the other days of the week that we say we are on Sunday.

Jesus being in our house is major because it set’s the destiny for your whole household. Many in the scriptures can identify with that. Adam and Eve’s problems was at home (pointing fingers at one another for the sin they find themselves in instead of them both taking some responsibility for the mess); Cain and Able’s issues with one another was at home, more so Cain’s issues, but nevertheless a home issue. And we will discuss others in the bible as we go through this series. Thus, God always challenges us to put things in order in our homes if we plan to serve him effectively.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Is Jesus In Your House-Part 2

March 8, 2011

(St. Mark 2:1) says “And again he (Jesus) entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.”

When Jesus is in the house regardless of what we think or how we feel or what we want He will always have the last word. You see saints even as it began to circulate throughout the community that Jesus was in the house, can the same be said for our own homes today. In other words, if Jesus is really in our lives and homes we won’t have to broadcast it; we won’t have to walk around with our bible in our hands, neither will we have to stand on a street corner and shout it out because people will be able to tell.

They’ll be able to tell in how we carry ourselves, in how we conduct our affairs, even in how our children carry themselves. Thus, the light of Jesus will be on display wherever we go. Hence, the question remains: Is Jesus in your house?

Is Jesus in your house is a very valid question because most of our problems originate at home. Most of the issues we have with the spouse or the sibling start at home and if you don’t add Jesus into the equation you could be headed down a very slippery path because the bible says that “A man’s foes shall be they of his own household.” Meaning that those that are closest to you can sometimes be your worst enemy.

For it’s those that are closest to you who really know what it takes to light your fuse; it is those that are closest to you who knows exactly what to say and the fight is own. It is those who are closest to you whom you have put so much trust in that will break your heart, to the point of frustration. It is those that are closest to you that if the wrong thing is said you won’t speak for a week.

It is those that are closest to you who see you during your good, bad and in between times, and they know you aren’t all you say are because when it really gets tough at the house the light of Jesus has a propensity to become dim in your life. And for the Christian God is not pleased with that. Thus, the real community evangelism should start at home.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Is Jesus In Your House

March 7, 2011

(St. Mark 2:1) says “And again he (Jesus) entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.”

There are some amazing things that can happen in your home when Jesus lives in it. Just as miracles and healings took place in this house in Capernaum, so can these types of miracles take place in your house if Jesus is there?

This house the people heard Jesus was in was said to be in Capernaum and many scholars believe it was Peter’s house. However, the question I propose to you all is not so much whose house he was in, but more so: Is He in your house?

The truth is that you can tell when Jesus is in the house because of the way the family interacts. When Jesus is in the house husbands and wives talk to each other instead of bickering and fighting. When Jesus is in the house divorce or separation is never an option because the two understand that God hates divorce. Thus, he expects the two to remain one until death do us part. And for this cause shall no man put us under.

When Jesus is in the house the children are taught not to disrespect or talk back to their parent’s or any other adult. When Jesus is in the house fathers and mothers find the time to spend with their kids to see what’s going on in their lives. When Jesus is in the house the family pulls together during difficult times. When Jesus is in the house peace, love and the joy of the Lord abounds.

In fact, when Jesus is in the house there is agreement about the direction we are going in. When Jesus is in the house there is communication from both parties. Thus, you have a tendency to talk through your misunderstandings and disagreements. Therefore, one the family goals should be to introduce our homes to Jesus Christ.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

The Spirit Speaks

March 4, 2011

(1Tim 4:1) says “Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.”

You know we are in the latter times because the Spirit is revealing to the church so many Christian leaders who started out in the faith, but have now departed from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. As Christian leaders attempt to make more of a name for themselves than for Jesus you know they have departed from the faith; when leaders care more about the size of their paycheck than the spiritual health of their congregation you know they have departed from the faith; when leaders are sleeping with the sisters and peeking at the brothers in their congregation, not only have they departed from the faith but they have given heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. Child of God, the Spirit is drawing a line of demarcation and he is revealing to us those leaders who are genuine in their service to him and he’s revealing those who are disingenuous. Let us who are true believers pray that our leaders would be upright before God, and be men/women of Godly standards; because the days of faking it is over. Thus, the Spirit of God is always speaking, sometimes louder than other times. As Christians we must be willing to hear, understand and obey.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

The Word Of God

March 2, 2011

(Heb 4:12) says “For the word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edge sword. Piercing even the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

The word of God is the lifeline of every Christian. In fact, you shouldn’t be able to separate the two. (Heb 4:12) tells us that the word of God is alive (quick) active and energizing (powerful) to all those who would believe, apply and obey the word of God. The thing that’s so fascinating about the word of God is not how much you can quote (although I’m not against it) or even how well you can preach it, but how much of this word can you live. Because what’s going to please God is how much of the word were you able to live, not what you were able to preach.

Further, the fascinating thing about the word of God is that it cuts right down to the heart of the matter. If you allow the word of God to work in you, it will burn up anything in you that’s not like God, down to your very soul, spirit and even the joints and marrow. Child of God this word is so powerful that God ask Jeremiah “Is not my word like a fire? Saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces.”
Thus, as this word enters into us, and we allow it to work in us, it breaks up that stony heart and seeks to destroy all ungodliness in us.

Finally, this word is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart; hence, it’s the word which we will be judged by down to the thoughts and the very intentions of our heart; it’s the word of God that will speak for you or against you as it pertains to whether or not you really lived this Christian life. God didn’t give us this word just so we could walk around with a little knowledge, but he gave it to us because it is the standard by which we will be judged and of course by which we must live. Thus, it will speak.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason