Quench Not The Spirit

July 12, 2011

As Christians we should never put ourselves in a position where we are quenching the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is the ministry that is leading us, guiding us and teaching us on the earth, and we must be in a position where we are able to hear the voice of the Spirit at all times. To quench the Spirit is to extinguish, put out or to pour water on.

Thus, to extinguish or pour water on the fire of the Holy Spirit is to extinguish the flame or light that burns on the inside of us. As Christians we must be willing to yield fully to the Spirit of God; we must be willing to let God have his way as my grandmother used to say. In fact, letting the Holy Spirit shine from your life was so important to God that (1 Thess 5:19) “Quench not the Spirit”.

As Christians we want this light of the Holy Spirit to shine daily, not just on Sunday morning during the praise and worship, or when it’s time to preach the word, but it is just as important that it shines on your job, in your home and in the community at large. Child of God we don’t want to quench the very thing which gives us life, and when our attitude is not right the Spirit is quenched; when our heart is not right the Spirit is quenched, and when we operate in disobedience to the will of God the Spirit is quenched.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Remembering Victory

July 8, 2011

The children of Israel were good about remembering what the Lord had done for them. They were good about celebrating victories over their enemies. They were so good about it that they would build memorials and tell their children about what the Lord had done for them. One of the victories we see that the Israelite’s celebrated was the Passover in which the Lord brought victory over the Egyptians.

Hence, he brought freedom to the children of Israel through obedience to a blood sacrifice (Ref Ex 12). Moses told the Israelite’s “to remember this day in which ye came out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out from this place: there shall be no leaven bread eaten (Ex 13:3).” As Christians we should use the examples of those who served the Lord before us; we should take the time out of our busy schedules to remember the victories the Lord has won for us. We should take the time out to record those victories in a journal, celebrate those victories annually or when the Holy Spirit touches our heart to do so.

Furthermore, we should tell our children about what God has done for us from time to time. Allow them to hear and understand some of our struggles, but also allow them to see that through all of those struggles the Lord brought victory in our lives. If we really take the time to remember the struggle and the victory it would increase our faith, and maybe even cause our children to think that maybe there really is something about the name Jesus.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

No Strange Incense

July 7, 2011

(Exo. 30:9) “Ye shall offer no strange incense thereon, nor burnt sacrifice, nor meat offering: neither shall ye pour drink offering thereon.”

The Lord continues to talk to Moses about the consecration of the priest’s and the altar of worship and he tells him “ye shall offer no strange incense thereon”; meaning that God didn’t want any offerings offered unto him that he didn’t recognize as holy. We know that offering strange incense or strange fire to God caused two of Aaron sons Nadab and Abihu to be killed at the altar by God (Lev 10:1-2).

Therefore, when we attempt to go into the presence of God, we too must pay attention to the offerings we attempt to offer to God. Thus, we shouldn’t try to offer God praise when there is sin in our heart, because (St. John 9:31 KJV) “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.” If we would be honest with ourselves we know that we go to God sometimes attempting to offer praise-prayer-or worship and our hearts are not right with him.

We must understand that if our hearts are not right with God then our offerings become strange incense to God and viewed by God as unacceptable. We must understand that we can’t offer God any kind offering, on our terms, and in our ways and expect it to be received by God because it won’t be. To go before God with a heart of bitterness-un-forgiveness-hatred…etc, is a waste of time unless you are going to repent. Thus, the believer in Christ Jesus must be in right standing with God before they can go to the altar of worship.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Marriage in the Beginning

July 6, 2011

(Gen 2:24) says “Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother and shall cleave unto his own wife: and they shall be one flesh.

From the beginning of time God expected at least three things to happen in every marriage:

The first thing is that a man would leave his father and mother: This implies that he would leave the parent’s behind and the family he grew up in to take a woman’s hand in marriage and publicly declare his love and union with her. When the husband and wife have made such a declaration, they have a greater reason to give themselves to building a committed relationship one with another.

Secondly, the man would be joined with his wife: To be joined in the Hebrew means (to stick or glue together). Like two pieces of material being glued together, the husband and wife can’t be torn apart unless one or the other decides intentionally or unintentionally to separate or tear themselves from the marriage. However, in the beginning God expected the two to be joined for life, to stick together through thick and thin, good and bad, and in the ups and downs of life. In other words, marriage is work and nothing from nothing leaves nothing. If you want to see something good come out of your marriage you must be willing to put something good into it, and the only thing that’s good is God.

Finally, they would become one flesh: to become one flesh involves making love. However, it goes beyond the physical press of the flesh. It also means that the two must become one from a spiritual standpoint: Meaning that they come together and they share their dreams, hopes, fears, possessions, feelings, difficulties, successes, failures and finances with God and with each other. It means that as husband and wife we must become transparent with each other.

It does not mean that somehow the two personalities no longer exist, but the two personalities should be developed in partnership with our spouse for the benefit and edification of the marriage. Too often, one spouse or the other desires to make the relationship about them, but when we share those things I talked about earlier, successes, failures…etc; it now puts us on a path to see some victory in our marriage… and the truth is that everyone needs to see some victory from time to time to stay in the battle for their marriage.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

With My Whole Heart

July 1, 2011

(St. Luke 10:27 KJV) “And he answering said, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.”

This verse defines what it means to love the Lord with thy whole heart. You see in order to love the Lord thy God with our whole hearts, it takes our body, soul and spirit coming together as one with constant, and continual help from the Holy Spirit in order to climb whole-heart Mountain. It is a daily, steady and continual pursuit of the love of God being shed abroad in our hearts if wholehearted service to God is to be ours.

Those who would serve God with their whole hearts are not those who are caught between two opinions. Those who would serve God with their whole hearts are not men/women who are double-minded. But they are those with a single-minded pursuit of God. In fact, David said “One thing have I desired of the Lord that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple, (Psalms 27:4).”

Thus, he had climbed the mountain of whole-heartedness, because there was nothing he desired on earth more than the presence of God. Finally, David confirms his whole-hearted service to God when he says “With my whole heart have I sought thee: Oh let me not wander from thy commandments (Psalms 119:10).” Those of us who believe that we have climbed this mountain of whole-heartedness still have much more work to do.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason