Opposition From The Enemy

April 15, 2011

Anytime you are trying to do anything for God there will be opposition from the enemy of your soul. The prophet Nehemiah was a prime example of that (Ref- Neh. 4). God had given him a vision to rebuild the wall in Jerusalem; however, there were a couple of guys by the name of Sanballat and Tobiah who tried to hinder the work, those who tried to keep the work from coming to pass.

Thus, I said all of that to say this, when you are trying to make a change for righteousness sake, when you are trying to bring about a change for God in your home, in your community, in your workplace or even in your own life you can expect opposition. The Devil doesn’t want anybody trying to live right, he wants fear not faith, he wants hatred not love, he wants chaos not peace, and he wants strife not reasoning.

However, as Christians we must follow Nehemiah’s model and fall on our knees and pray and seek God for answers when opposition, adversity and challenges arise in our lives. The Lord has the solution to any problem we face, and we have to be willing to seek him out and obey his instructions in the face of opposition. Child of God when opposition comes your way don’t allow it to destroy you, don’t allow it to keep you down, don’t allow it to cause you to give up, just set your face toward heaven and keep pressing toward finishing what God has called you to do, because (Jeremiah 32:27) “Behold I am the Lord, God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?” The answer to that is a resounding “NO”.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

He Hears Us

April 14, 2011

(Pro 15:29) “The Lord is far from the wicked: but he hears the prayers of the righteous.”

Saints of God if you are walking in obedience to the Father be encouraged in your prayer petitions before God. He hears and understands our prayers; however, we must be patient as we wait for the manifestation of the prayer. The waiting seems to be hardest thing to do sometimes but it is in “the wait” where we find strength, encouragement and growth.

I am reminded of Daniel 10 where he is praying and fasting, and in need of hearing something from heaven and at the time when there seem to be no strength left in him an angel showed up and said “Fear not Daniel: for from the first day thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words (Daniel 10:12).”

Thus, the Lord heard his prayer petition from the beginning, but he had to deal with some demonic principalities in heaven first. Not to mention the fact that God needed to probably work some things out in Daniel, because he had literally and physically come to the end of any strength which he had in himself. Thus, when God finally did answer his prayer there was no doubt (in Daniel’s mind) that it was God.

Therefore saints, “Whatsoever things ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them (St. Mark 11:24).” However, remember that you need to be praying according to the will and word of God, because God desires to answer prayers which line up with where He is trying to take us, not where we are trying to take Him.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

One Voice

April 13, 2011

(1 Cor 1:10) says “Now I beseech you brethren by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

What the Apostle Paul was telling the Church at Corinth was that they needed to operate in Godly unity. In fact, to take it a step further the unity was to be so perfect that the Church at Corinth needed to hear one voice. And that’s really how the local church should operate today; there should be one voice speaking throughout the ministry. When I say one voice, I mean regardless of how many pastors or ministers or elders you have they should all be saying what the senior leader is saying, as long as the senior leader is speaking from the word of God.

It may not be expressed the same way or even shared the same way but the interpretation the local congregation should walk away with is it sounds as if the ministry staff is on the same page. Thus, we should speak the same thing to the degree that we are perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. Thus, to be perfectly joined together is to let nothing or no one come between us. It’s to let nothing divide and conquer what God desires to do in the local church through his leadership.

If we allow nothing or no one to divide us regardless of what comes our way, (because the Devil will make sure your unity is tried), then we can say that we in the local church are perfectly joined together. Thus, you can tell whether or not there is one voice based on what the rest of the leadership is saying and if we are going to have perfect unity we need multiple levels of leadership saying the same thing.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Who Are You Looking For?

April 11, 2011

(St. Matt 11:3) says “And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?”

This is the question John the Baptist had two of his disciples ask of Jesus after he was imprisoned. After hearing of all the miracles and hearing of all the great things Christ had done, John wanted to know was he the one…was he the messiah? Of course he was the one and today we who have confessed Jesus Christ as Lord also know he is the one and only savior. However, there are those who are still asking that question today…Has the Holy Spirit come or shall we look for another? The fact is that the Holy Spirit is actively in the earth teaching, preaching, healing and delivering through the hand of man. When you see supernatural works are being done in the earth all the glory belongs to God, even though it’s done through the hands man.

Thus, God is to be glorified. Therefore, because the Spirit of God is doing great and mighty things in the earth; because we see Him doing great mighty things in our own lives, as well as others we don’t need to look for another because the Holy Spirit of God is here; and He will be here working on behalf of the saints under the ministry of Christ Jesus until the Church is caught up to meet Jesus in the air. Therefore, if you looking for healing it’s already here; if you looking for deliverance it’s already here; if you looking for the solution to life’s problems it’s already here in the person of the Holy Ghost. There is no need to look for another because we who know Jesus recognize that the Spirit of God is already here. Hallelujah!!!

God Bless You

Pastor Mason

Dealing With Our Emotions

April 7, 2011

As Christians we must learn to control our emotions. In fact, Apostle Paul said “Be ye angry and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath (Eph 4:26).” In essence, what he was telling us is that there is nothing wrong with anger as long as it is pointed in the right direction. Thus, if we are to be angry we should be angry at what sin has done to America.

Further, he was also teaching us that we must learn to control our emotions. As physical feelings are to the body, so are our emotions to the soul. Child of God nobody really enjoys pain; however, if you didn’t feel pain, you would be in danger of serious injury and infection. And if you didn’t feel anger, joy, sorrow…etc; your soul would be in trouble. Emotions are God’s alarm system to let us know what is going on inside of us, and without them you are a shell of a human being.

Emotions are not necessarily good or bad, they are a part of the human makeup. Just like we respond to physical pain in our bodies, we also need to respond to the emotional signals going on inside of us. There are a number of ways to deal with our emotions: We can deal with them through the flesh, the world, or Satan, or we can deal with them through the power of the Holy Spirit.

We can keep our emotions locked up inside of us until it starts eating us up from the inside out, or we can share that which is locked up inside of us with someone who loves, cares and will pray for us and with us. Thus, at the end of the day the Lord’s concern is that we be spiritually and emotionally whole. Therefore, it behooves all of us to examine our emotional and spiritual makeup; because the one who made us is well able to show us where we are.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

The God Who Became Man

April 6, 2011

The fact that we serve a God which wrapped himself in a womb of flesh and became a man, he certainly knows how it feels to be us. You see it wasn’t good enough for God to create us; he had to become us if he was going to save us. Thus, (Heb 4:15) says “ For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Hence, he knew what it was like to experience weakness; he knew what it was like to be hungry, thirsty, tired and even to have lack.

Child of God it’s hard to understand what a man/woman is going through unless you been there. If you’ve never been broke then you don’t understand what it means to be without money; if you’ve never been sick then you don’t understand what it means to be sick. If you never suffered need then you don’t understand what it means to operate in lack.

Our Lord and savior Jesus Christ understood this from the throne room of heaven; however, if he really was going to have the proper love and compassion for humanity and save us to the uttermost, he was going to have to become us that we might become him (take on his character and his thoughts). And if I may say so—what a great job he did in taking on our infirmities that anyone who would believe in him might come boldly to the throne of grace that they may obtain mercy and find grace to help in their time of need.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

True Fulfillment Is in Christ Jesus

April 5, 2011

As King Solomon was sharing his heart as one of the wisest and richest Kings of his time, he declared in (Eccl 5:10KJV) “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver: nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.” Thus, the point of view of a man that had it all was simply– real life is not found in the abundance of stuff or the money that we have. In fact, he said it was vanity (empty, of no value). And if you study the book of Ecclesiastes all the way through I think we would find that ultimately the King attempts to tell us that true fulfillment, real life is found in Christ Jesus.

However, many, including some who would profess to be Christians really don’t find true fulfillment in Christ. Many fill their life isn’t fulfilling if they don’t have a spouse, or if they don’t have the house they want or the car they want or maybe even the career they desire. They are so consumed with trying to attain the things of this life that they forget that the empty space in their heart that they have been trying to fill with stuff really needs to be filled with Christ, because He is the resurrection, the truth and the life.

It’s not that Christ is against us having stuff (material things); He just doesn’t want the stuff to have us. When the stuff has us, we don’t have time to serve God. When the stuff has us, we find ourselves trying to work another job or all the overtime we can stand to pay for the stuff and we miss out on the life that God truly desires for us. Thus, Brother Luke comes back and confirms the Kings writings when says in (St. Luke 12:15 KJV) “Take heed and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesses.”

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason