Stuck At The Gate-Part 2

August 31, 2011

As Christians we see people every day stuck at the gate in their lives; we see people stuck at the front door of the house of God but the saints never invite them in. We see people who have a need for God but instead of us helping them to draw nigh to receive their change, instead of us helping them to draw nigh into the holy of holies we leave them stuck at the gate in the outer court, where there is no real power.

We have to encourage people to get up from the gate called beautiful (because if not, they will sit there and gaze at the gate for the rest of their lives); we have to encourage people to leave the place of familiarity and draw nigh unto the holy place. We who know our God must be willing to offer the true and living God to those we know are hurting so that their lives might be changed forever.

Never let it be said, that you walked by someone in need and never offered them the very thing that could change their lives forever. Because you could be the very one that the lame spiritually is waiting to pass by so that you can offer them Jesus who has the ability to move them from outside the gate of the temple to inside the house of God where change and continual growth can take place.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Stuck At The Gate-Part 1

August 30, 2011

This is the story of the lame man who was carried to the beautiful temple gate daily to ask of Alms (charity) as people passed by. However, on one of those days he discovered two powerful men of God by the name of Peter and John passing by and they fastened their eyes upon him and said “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I unto thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” And the rest is history, for the lame man was healed right outside of the temple. Thus, daily we saw this man stuck at the gate hoping that help would soon come.

And the truth is that, that’s where many people are today. They are stuck at the gate of the temple instead of being inside of the temple where real change comes. They are stuck at the gate hoping that someone passing by will provide them with the real help they need. This man didn’t need charity, he needed a life change, and that life change came through a man of God that was not afraid to take notice of a man in need and decree the power of God over his life. Thus, it is incumbent of us as believers to pay attention to the needs of other’s and offer the only real solution to humanity’s problems; the solution being Jesus Christ.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

A Fool’s Mouth

August 25, 2011

(Pro.18:7) “A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare to his soul.”

As Christians we have to be very careful with the words which come out of our mouth. What comes out of our mouth often determines the difference between us operating as fools (a person lacking in judgment or prudence) or wisdom (applying God’s word to our lives with skill). Thus, those Christians who constantly speak negatively, those who constantly speak pessimistically are living their lives as fools.

You can profess to be a Christian all you want to; however, speaking negatively about the majority of things in your life or others will bring about your destruction, and eventually trap your soul in a pit of darkness. We have to be very careful with words because once you speak them you can never get them back. It doesn’t matter how much you apologize, the fact is that those words have been loosed in the ears of another, and will bring about damage to those who are not mature in Christ.

In fact, mature Christians are often affected as well. Saints of God, words are used so freely today, especially with the invention of email, twitter, facebook…etc, that we often don’t pay close attention to the words we speak. Thus, even written words are spoken words. Therefore, let us who are Christians speak life, even when it looks as if the situation is hopeless, because as a believer the power of life is in your mouth.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

A Jealous God

August 24, 2011

The God which the believer serves is a jealous God. Thus, he won’t have any other god before him; he won’t have a rival in our lives, neither will he tolerate unfaithfulness. The Lord Jesus Christ desires to be the only God in our lives and he will not tolerate another. In fact, (Exo. 34:14) “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is jealous, is a Jealous God.” That’s why Idolatry is such a great sin because it places other things or other people above God in our lives. And if God is our life then he should be number one; we should make time for him in our lives daily.

In fact, there should be time set aside in our lives each day just for him. (Col 3:2) “Set your affections on things above, not on things of the earth.” Thus, we will never be able to get beyond the gods of this world…such as our jobs, spouse, money, material goods and even our own selves if we don’t take the time daily to set our affections (mind) on heaven. Saints of God the only way to leave this world just for a little while is to seek that heavenly world through prayer, praise and the word of God daily.

If that’s not something you are doing on a regular basis you will always have some other god before the true and living God. You may not recognize it right away but it is very apparent to God. Ask the Lord to reveal those idols to you. What is that one thing you just have to have no matter what? What is that one thing that just consumes you? When you take inventory of that thing, how much time are you giving to God versus that one thing that gives you ultimate satisfaction or pleasure? If God is not in it, it’s probably your idol.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

The Wisdom Of God Over Wealth

August 19, 2011

(Psalm 119:72) “The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.”

What good is it to have an abundance of silver and gold, and not know how to use it? What good is it to have wealth and not the wisdom to handle it? What good is it to have an abundance of material possessions and not have the sense to use it wisely? Not much sense at all. That’s why the psalmist said “The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.” Because to have wealth and be clueless in how God would have you to use it is utter foolishness. Thus, a fool and his money will soon depart.

Instead of the body of Christ praying for more money we need to pray that the Lord will instruct us in how to use the wealth which we already possess. God can take the little which we have now and make it go so much further (supernaturally) if we would only seek him on how we should go about spending our money on our needs and desires.

In fact, (Psalm 37:16) says “A little that the righteous man hath is better than the riches of the many wicked.” Let’s get back to the wisdom of God when it comes to spending our money; let’s stop spending foolishly; leave that big screen television in the store if you have to use plastic-credit card to pay for it; keep that automobile a little longer if you are payment free if at all possible. Finally, find a way to save something from one pay period to the next, and don’t forget to give God what belongs to him, and allow him to direct you during these difficult and challenging financial times.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Bring Your Best

August 18, 2011

(Leviticus 1:3) “If the offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord.”

As the Lord spoke to Moses he told him to tell the children of Israel to offer a male animal sacrifice without blemish. Thus, he was telling Moses when they bring me an offering it must be their best. Don’t bring an offering that’s weak and sickly; don’t bring me an offering that you would only give to your enemy; don’t bring me the leftovers; I will only receive the best of what you have.

Thus, saints the lesson learned here is even though we don’t have to offer animal sacrifices (thank God), as Christians we are expected to bring God our best offering. In whatever God has called us to do we must do it to the best of our ability and leave the rest to God. Too often, we give our best to everything else, such as our jobs, our favorite sporting activities, or whatever it is we gain pleasure from.

However, when it comes to the things of God we often bring him the leftovers; we bring him a tired praise, a complaining spirit, and we drag ourselves to church instead of showing up with pep in our step. Child of God the Lord wants our best, so if you sing-sing with all your might, if you usher—usher with all your might, if you clean the sanctuary-clean it with all your might. Whatever your hands are doing for the Lord bring your best. Because if it’s not your best, and you know whether it is, then it probably won’t be acceptable to God.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

A Timeless Word

August 16, 2011

(Psalms 119:89) “Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.”

For the word of God to be settled in heaven there must be agreement by The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit that the word of God is so, and no matter what happens the word of God will always stand. As a result of that agreement, heaven and earth can pass away, but the word of God will always be. And for the Christian that’s good news; the good news being that the word will never change.

We won’t ever have to worry about God changing his mind as it pertains to his word. We won’t ever have to worry about whether God made a mistake when it came to the word which he spoke in the scriptures. In fact, this word is timeless, eternal and ageless. Thus, we can always depend upon the word of God to be the same yesterday, today and forever.

The word will not change because our culture changes; it won’t change because man decided to change; it won’t change because we have new political parties in government. Our understanding of the word may change as we grow up in Christ; the Lord may give us greater illumination of the word as we mature in Christ; however, the word of God will always be what the Lord meant for it to be from the time he spoke it into existence. Therefore saints, no matter what situation you find yourself in the word of God is stable, dependable and timeless. Thus, it is sound doctrine for us who have a relationship with the Lord.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason