Finish What You Started

April 29, 2011

(2nd Cor 8:10-11KJV) “And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.”

In this text the Apostle Paul is encouraging the Corinthian Church to finish collecting seed money for the poor at Jerusalem. They had started a push to be a blessing to those less fortunate; however, they didn’t finish the work. Thus, Paul says “you began this effort a year ago, now I need you to perform and finish what you started”. Saints of God, how many of us have promised the Lord we were going to do something for Him only to discover it was just words going nowhere?

How many of us have started out with a great zeal to do something for God only to discover some how we got distracted and never got back to the work we started? Child of God the Lord is looking for finishers. He’s looking for those believers who will finish the work they have started for him. The Lord doesn’t want excuses, He wants results; thus, it behooves all of us who have made promises to the Lord that we were going to do this, that or the other to get other people with like minds involved in what we are trying to accomplish for God.

Therefore, if we get sick, or God forbid death was to come upon us the work; the vision; the plan of God would continue to push forward. I’m sure all types of things happened to the Church at Corinth to cause them to get sidetracked; however, the Apostle Paul encouraged them to finish what they had started for God, because there is nothing worse than a quitter, or a broken promise to the Lord.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Who Are You going To Serve

April 28, 2011

That’s a question we can all ask ourselves, who are we going to serve? Will it be God or will it be man? You can’t serve both, because when it’s all said and done you will never be able to please both. That’s an important decision which all Christians will eventually have to make because to serve man incorporates our supervisor on the job, church leaders and even our families. Too often, mothers’ get too infatuated with their children or fathers’ make their jobs way too important.

It’s not to say that our jobs or our families are not important to us because they are. We should produce when we are at work-we should be at work on time; we should love, care and spend quality time with our children. However, to prefer our jobs or our children over our time with God on a consistent basis puts us in a very dicey situation. The Apostle Paul said “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet please men, I should not be the servant of Christ (Gal 1:10 KJV).” Thus, we must get the motivation of our heart, and our priorities in line, which starts with putting God first.

He is the one who is able to take care of our families and meet our needs. All of us who are born again have to be sure we don’t cross over into the territory of pleasing men. Not many people get saved with the idea of pleasing men. Their hopes in the beginning are to live for and please God. However, as we grow in Christ (especially if you are in ministry) and gain a name, or begin to make a certain amount of money or live in a certain neighborhood, we have a propensity to change our message.

We begin to water it down so that it will appeal to the masses; thus, it begins to sound good to everyone but God; even the world would agree. When you become more mainstream (where everybody receives you), instead of flowing in the stream of the Holy Ghost, be careful because you could be operating as a man pleaser and not a God pleaser.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Some Trust In Everything But God

April 27, 2011

It seems that believers today are trusting in everything and everybody, but God. We trust that our jobs will always be there, we trust that our family and friends will be there in the time of need, and we trust that our finances will be right for certain things we have planned to do. In fact, we trust in the very things that God has allowed us to have, such as our material possessions. However, one thing is certain, God has always meant for the believer to trust in Him above all else. In the unstable times that we live in everything you own can be lost in a matter of seconds; all you have worked for can be gone up in smoke; then what do you have when you are left with nothing?

My hope is that your ultimate trust is in God. King David said “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God (Psalm 20:7)”. In David’s day if you had an abundance of chariots and horses, then you essentially had a great army and victory in battle was yours. However, David didn’t put his trust in what he could see on the battlefield through natural eyes, he put his trust in the God who is seen only through the eyes of the Spirit.

David is encouraging us to trust God and remember Him above all else. It’s important that we remember the Lord, and what he has done for us; because if He brought us out of a bad situation one time, it’s important to trust Him for the next battle that will come upon us. If we notate and remember what God has done for us in our past battles (down to the smallest of details) then trusting Him in future conflicts won’t be so hard. But we must pay attention to what God is doing in our lives and one of the best ways to do that is to record our conflicts and victories which the Lord has brought us through so that we will have them for future reference. Thus, saints when it comes to trusting God and walking this word out in our daily lives here are some things we should do with the word: Read it out—Write it down—Pray it in—and Work it out, and leave the rest to God.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

God Does What He Wants To Do

April 26, 2011

The God of the Holy Scriptures is said to be sovereign, omnipotent, and perfect. He can do what He desires and He doesn’t have to get anyone’s permission to do it because He is God. In fact, the psalmist said “Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven and in earth, in the seas and all deep places (Psalm 135:6).” Therefore, because we know him to be sovereign, all powerful and perfect, we who are born again believers ought to allow him to direct our lives in every way.

There is no one that can counsel the Lord. There is no one who can really understand God except they understand Him by and through the Spirit God, and even that which we understand is given by the grace of God so we have nothing to boast about, as if we attained it through our own righteousness.

Thus, saints of God because He is perfect we have the opportunity to become perfect. The world has certainly led us to believe that Christian perfection on earth is unattainable. However, Jesus didn’t think so because (Matt 5:48) says “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Thus, if Jesus said it we who are believers in his word must press toward perfection. Whether we get to that place or not, shouldn’t determine our press toward it.

God could do what he pleased because He is perfect, however, because whatever perfection we would ever attain must come through Christ, believers are never in a position to do what they want to do, they are only in a position to do what Christ tells them to do. And as you do what Christ tells you to do every time and act as he would act every time you put yourself in a position to reach perfection.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Good Friday

April 22, 2011

We celebrate this day as the day that Jesus rose from the dead. But the fact is that whether it’s Friday or any other day that ends in “Y” Jesus is alive, therefore everyday on this side of the dirt in Christ Jesus could be deemed as a good. However, as Easter weekend is upon us it’s a good time to reflect on the goodness of God in our own lives. It’s a good time to consider all over again just what Christ did for us when he lived, died and rose again on the third day that we might have the right to the tree of life. It’s a good time to be grateful for all the things God has done for us and will do in the days and months to come.

Yes, for some it could be better, but the fact is that for those of us that would say it could be better; the truth is that it could be worse, and the only reason why it isn’t worse is because of the grace and mercy of God. Because the fact is that if the Devil truly had his way we would be dead and in hell today, but thank God for the sacrifice that Jesus made for us while we were yet in our sins. For (Rom 5:8) says “But God commendeth his love toward us, in while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Christ loved us when we didn’t love ourselves. Christ loved us even when we didn’t love him. Christ loved us in spite of our faults. In fact, he loved us so much that He made the decision to die for us that we might truly understand what it means to live. As we celebrate Good Friday it should be a time of thanksgiving; it should be a time of hope not hopelessness and it should be a time of those who really have come to know Christ to share the love of God with those who don’t.

God Bless You

Pastor Mason

Search Us O God

April 20, 2011

(Psalm 139:23-24) “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way of everlasting.”

There aren’t too many Christians who would pray this prayer and really mean it. There aren’t too many Christians who really want God to shine the light of the Holy Spirit on their hearts for real. We don’t mind God dealing with the stuff on the surface of our heart; however, to go to the root of our hearts is another matter altogether. Hence, if we allow God to dig into the depths of our heart he may find some things we don’t want to deal with…such as past hurts; the bitterness and hatred that still live in our hearts because of what momma or daddy may have done to us. Some Christians are still holding things against people (often loved ones-because that’s where most of the hurt tends to come from) that they should have let go years ago, and they still believe they are okay with God.

Child of God, to pray the prayer of (Psalm 139:23-24) is to allow ourselves to become transparent before God that He might come in and reveal those hidden hurts within us that we still haven’t dealt with yet. It is to allow God to come in and show us those secret sins which we thought we had gotten past. It is to allow God to come in and show a wife that she hadn’t forgiven her husband for something he did, or the husband hadn’t forgiven the wife for something she did, and it’s causing a real strain on the marriage.

To pray this prayer is to open ourselves up so God might show us we haven’t forgiven the loved one for the verbal-emotional or even sexual abuse that may have been committed against us as a child. Thus, to ask God to search us is to say to God we are willing to make a radical change in our lives. When we ask God to search our hearts, He will show us the dark areas of our past and present, and bring them to the light at the right time. The truth is many of us may not have wanted to deal with the darkness of the past that continues to bind us. However, as a believer the time is right to receive our healing while the light of the Holy Spirit leads us to and through our past to our freedom.

God Bless You

Pastor Mason

And He Marveled

April 19, 2011

In (Matt. 8:5-13) there is an encounter that a Roman Centurion (commander of 100 soldiers) has with Jesus. In essence, he is asking Jesus to heal his servant who has been deathly ill. Jesus responds by saying “I will come and heal him.” However, this centurion regarded Jesus so highly, and maybe looked at his own moral guilt in such a way that he said to Jesus “I am not worthy that thou should come to my house, but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” But when Jesus heard this, He marveled. This word (Marvelled KJV) means to become filled with wonder, surprise or amazed curiosity. Now for Jesus to be surprised by the faith of this centurion displays his true humanity because the God man is never surprised by anything we do or say because He knows our heart.

However, this really says more about the Roman soldier than it does Jesus because for a Roman NCO to have this type of faith in the power of a Jewish authority figure (who was not a part of the in crowd) was rare. Thus, it is a testimony of his faith in God. Which should cause all of us who are Christians to pause just for a moment, to ask the question: If Jesus looks at my life, will He find so great a faith that He is marveled by what He sees in me? For many of us that would probably not be the case right now; thus we have a lifetime of work to do if we are ever going to get even to the place of the centurion servant, because his faith was great enough to cause the God man, Jesus Christ to marvel.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason