We Must Lead Anyway

July 29, 2011

As Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt and into the wilderness where there was constant murmuring and complaining about the lack of food, water and anything else they could think to complain about I’m sure there were times in his own mind if this work was of God or not. In Exodus 17, the people complained about being thirsty and how Moses had led them out of Egypt to kill them in the wilderness. However, as Moses cried out unto God, the Lord said to Moses in (Exodus. 17:5) “Go on before the people, and take with thee the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand and go.”

Thus, what really sticks out in that scripture is the words (Go on before the people); hence, whether the people believe that what you are doing is from God or not, if you know the work has been ordained by God you must continue to go before the people and lead them? As leaders we can’t let what looks to be a bad situation keep us from doing what God has called us to do and that’s lead the people.

We may have to go to God and cry sometimes as Moses did but after the crying is over the next thing the Lord expects from us is to dry our tears and get up off our knees and lead. There will be times that the people won’t understand what you are doing; there will be times that the people won’t see the vision the way you do, it might take awhile but the fact remains that God expects for us to do what He said. Therefore, saints of God when things seem to get a little rough in ministry if you need to cry out to God go ahead, but after you finish crying get up and lead because it’s required of you.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Speak the Things That Are Right

July 27, 2011

As Christians we are to speak the things that are right, we are to speak the things that are of God, we are to speak the word of God. In fact, before we speak we need to be sure we heard from God before it is spoken. Truly I have learned some things about speaking out of God’s timing. I open with this topic because Job had three friends who were supposed to comfort and encourage him in his time of suffering, but it turned out that they spent most of their time just speaking and ministering the wrong things to Job in the name of God.

These three friends Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar just missed God as it pertained to their ministry of Job. In other words, they just missed God in their ministry to Job and there was a price to pay for that. God says to Job’s friends (Job 42:8) “take seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept, lest I deal with you after your folly, in that you have (NOT SPOKEN OF ME THE THING WHICH IS RIGHT), like my servant Job.

The take home message should be that we need to be careful about what we say to ourselves, and what we say to others. If you can’t speak life and encouragement into yourself or someone else under difficult circumstances-be sure that before you say (God said) that you have heard it from God. Because the words you speak could very well affect your relationship with the Lord. It did for Job’s three friends and it will for you as well. But thanks be to God that Job was a righteous man and was able to pray his friends through.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Stop Complaining

July 26, 2011

God doesn’t like it when those who profess to serve him are complainers. In fact, if Christ is your all and all for real what is there to complain about? If He is the one who is our provider…if He is the one who is more than enough…if He is the one with all power in his hand, and we believe in him then why is there so much complaining going on in the body of Christ. If we have our life, health and strength, and the basics of life met…food, clothing and shelter, then we who are believers have nothing to complain about. It could certainly be much worse, but the fact is that the word says “God shall supply all our need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”, and for many of us He has done just that.

If we would look at our lives, some of us are way past God supplying the need and are over into the area of God giving us the desires of our heart and yet we still complain. The Father was so fed up with complainers that (Numbers 11:1) says “And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost part of the camp”.

The truth is it is so easy to become discontented with our lives…it is so easy to get caught up in the woe is me game. It is so easy to fall into that don’t nobody understand what I am going through, to the degree that we find ourselves living in the city called complaining and not even realize that we have moved there, and the Lord has moved out because He won’t live in the city called complaining. And the fact is that there are a lot of Christians at that address. The next time you want to complain, consider first how Christ would fill about it, and secondly, consider what He has done for you, and maybe you will think twice about what you are about to say.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Anointed To Lead

July 22, 2011

(Exo 30:30) “And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office.”

Those who God has called to lead in the body of Christ must be anointed to lead. They must be set apart to lead by the hand of God. As Christians we must understand that just because we got saved, just because we can quote a few scriptures, just because we have a hum in our voice when we speak, does not mean we have been called to pastor.

Those who have been called to the five-fold ministry have been called by God, and if they have been called they want be the only one who recognizes it. Thus, men shall call you the ministers of our God (Isa 61:6). Aaron had certainly been called by God; however, it was confirmed by Moses who was Aaron’s leader. Further, we must also understand that those who have been called by God are not continuing to practice willful sin. They are not lying, stealing, cheating, or sleeping with those who they are not married too. They are dealing with and getting the victory over the secret sins in their heart.

Finally, they are examining their lives constantly through the word of God to be sure that they are in right standing with God and man. The truth is saint’s, that everybody who says they are called by God are not, and if you watch their life long enough you will see it for yourself. I’m not saying that those who are anointed to lead won’t sin, because we all make mistakes. However, you won’t find those who are anointed to lead operating in willful sin, because God’s seed is in them, and when God’s seed is in you (Holy Spirit) you can’t practice sin without some serious conviction.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Will You Worship Him In The Storm

July 21, 2011

In Job 1, Satan is looking for someone to devour and the Lord presents him with Job. Job was a perfect and upright man, even one who shunned or avoided evil. However, Satan was convinced that the only reason Job served God was because God protected and shielded him from evil. Thus, God allowed Satan to test and afflict Job…to the degree that all he had from his children, to his wealth and even his health was taken from him.

But in (Job 1:20) it says “Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped.”
What a man of God! Through all that he went through, through all that he had lost, even through the frustration of his wife telling him to curse God and die, Job worshipped God in the midst of great trouble and affliction. However, though Job’s story has been told, ours have yet to be written, and the fact is will we who call ourselves Christians worship God in the midst of the storm?

Often, the difference between the real Christian and the ones who say they are Christians is how we carry ourselves in the midst of great trouble. When trouble comes do we moan and complain? When trouble comes, do we want everyone to know so they can feel sorry for us? When trouble comes, do we lose that zeal we had for God because we only serve the God of the good times and not the God of trouble?

Is God not the same God in good times as He would be when times are bad? Though we may see God differently during the good verses the bad times in our lives, He is still Almighty God. Job understood come what may, God was still worthy of all worship regardless of what the family says, and regardless of what friends say, and make no mistake about it his friends had a lot to say.

Therefore, whether you believe the harvest is plentiful or whether you believe the harvest is in a state of drought, the call for all Christians is to worship God before, during and after the storm, because praise and worship has a way of causing God to show up and show out on our behalf. It may not happen right away, but wait on it for it shall surely come.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Standing Afar Off

July 20, 2011

(Ex 20:21) “And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.”

This is an account of the Lord’s attempt to approach the children of Israel that they might come to know him. However, because of the power and majesty of God in (v. 18), the children of Israel decided that it would be better if Moses stood in the gap on their behalf or become a mediator between God and them.

Thus, the children of Israel seemed only to want to know God through the eyes of Moses. This attitude of asking Moses to mediate on their behalf kept many of the children of Israel standing afar off from the Lord; it kept them and God at a distance. Hence, their relationship with God was not what it could have been.

However, you see that same attitude in many churches today. Instead of the individual believer pressing into God in order to build a personal relationship with him, they would rather have the pastor do all the praying on their behalf; they would rather the pastor make all the sacrifices on their behalf; they would rather have the pastor pressing into the things of God that they might get a word from the Lord.

Thus, this type of attitude keeps many believers standing afar off. It is true that we need the 5 fold ministry, but the 5 fold ministry can’t build your relationship with you and the Lord. You must be willing to draw nigh to God on your own. You must be willing to take time out of your personal schedule if you are to have an intimate relationship with the Lord.

In fact, (Heb 4:16) says “Let us (all believers) come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Don’t let it be said that you are standing afar off when it comes to your relationship with the Lord, because the only thing standing in the way of you having an intimate relationship with the Lord is you.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

The Man

July 14, 2011

As the religious leaders were preparing to crucify Jesus, Pontius Pilate presented Jesus before the people with the term “Behold the man” (St. John 19:5). And the truth is that He is “The Man”! There will never be another like him. There were none before him and neither will there be after him. Jesus was such a man that even Pontius Pilate himself had to confess that “I find no fault in him”.

Back in the day when someone used that term “The Man”, it signified that someone thought you had it going on, even though you may not have, it at least looked as if you did. However, after examining the life of Christ, we can truly say He is the man. Thus, because He is the man, He is our example of what a real man ought to be. We can emulate this man and not have to be ashamed of it, because this is a man that will never fail! This is a man who came to earth and finished what He started.

This was a man who went all the way to and through the cross for us that we might have the right to eternal life. This is the man now in heaven who lives to intercede for us. This is the man who loved us while we were yet sinners, to the degree that He died for us; and the truth is that if you are truly a follower of this man (Jesus Christ) you have an opportunity for the life and light of the man to live in you.

Therefore, for those who really want to know what a man looks like, put down all the macho stuff that you have been told in your youth, pick up the Holy Bible and begin your own personal study of The Man, Jesus Christ, and you will see what a man looks like from God’s perspective…because that’s the only perspective that matters if you are trying to live holy.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason