Maturing In Christ

August 12, 2011

One of the goals of every Christian should be to grow in Christ. We should be striving for full maturity in Christ Jesus. To become mature is to be fully developed; to bring to maturity or completion, or to become due. The Apostle Paul could certainly tell us about pressing towards maturity in Christ Jesus for he said in (Phil 3:12) “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.”

Thus, the Apostle Paul was letting us know that he may not have made it to full maturity as of yet; he may not have made it to perfection at the present. However, he was striving for it, he was chasing after full maturity in Christ Jesus.

He wasn’t going to allow the world, the devil, the flesh, family, friends or even his own mind keep him from reaching full maturity in Christ Jesus; neither was he going to allow the things which had happened in his past to keep him down. Child of God that’s the attitude we must have; every-time we read our bibles, every-time we pray, and every-time we obey what God’s word says we are pressing toward full maturity in Christ Jesus.

Saints of God we know we are maturing when we are changing. Hence, there must be a change that is noticeable to heaven, hell and even among people on the earth. The fact is we may not have gotten there yet, but don’t give up; don’t stop trying to love more, don’t stop trying to give more of your time-efforts-and resources to the work of the Lord. Let us not be so quick to give up on others in their fight for salvation, and for God’s sake don’t give up on your own quest for full development in Christ Jesus. Because regardless of what the world tells us full development is possible.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Night Seasons

August 10, 2011

As Christians we all face difficult times. We all face times of uncertainty. We all face tough times. And if you haven’t yet then consider yourself special; however, if you keep living you will face some times where you won’t know what to do, or who to turn to. You won’t know whether to laugh or cry, you won’t know whether to run on for the Lord or stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, it would even seem that those who you thought could help you won’t be able to. Well consider yourself to be in a night season.

Thus, a night season can be some of the most difficult times of your life. King David spoke about such a season when he said “I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons (Psalm 16:7).” Thus, David understood that getting into the presence of God while things were good, reading and studying God’s word while it was day, even praying while things were going fairly well for him would place the word, presence and power of God in his heart to supply him with what he needed to make it through the night seasons of his life.

Hence, we all should be getting into the presence of God while it is day (while things are okay) because if you keep living night time will come. It’s not a matter of if, but when it will come and we must prepare our reins (heart) to be able to stand during difficult times. That’s why David was able to say “yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for though art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me (Psalms 23:4-5).” Let us prepare our hearts as well for night seasons, because none of us are immune to them.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Being There During The Rough Times

August 9, 2011

(Matt 26:56) “But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him and fled.”

Jesus was about to be delivered into the hand of the religious leaders to be crucified. Thus, he was getting ready to face some of the most difficult hours of his ministry, and it was at that time that the scripture says “The disciples forsook him and fled”. As the ministry of Jesus got more difficult those in his inner circle began to disperse, they began to back away; they began to look for other things to do.

Saints of God if we are going to grow up in Christ, we must stand with our spiritual leaders when times get rough, because in ministry times will get rough. We can’t expect ministry to be easy when we are dealing with an enemy who desires to steal, kill and destroy our lives, and the work which the Lord has called us to. The measure of a believer is not what he/she does when times are easy, but how do you handle yourself when times are hard?

If you have a leader that loves God, one who lives upright before God, and one who seeks after the heart of God it would behoove you to stay with them during the rough times of ministry. Often the need is greatest between the pastor and his congregation when times get hard in the ministry. Although Jesus didn’t condemn the disciple’s for leaving, he did understand who was with him during his time of greatest need, and that was the Father.

Finally, though it was good to know that the Father was with him, it would have also been nice to know that the people who served with him for a few years would be there for him as well. Therefore, when times get rough in ministry, let’s be there to support one another because it says a lot about who we are in Christ.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Not Easily Offended

August 4, 2011

As Christians we must be careful how we handle offense. First we must understand that offense means: a cause or occasion to sin; a stumbling block or a cause to anger. Thus, to be easily offended is to fall into the trap of sin. To be easily offended is to allow sin to become a stumbling block in our lives. We must learn to control and deal with our emotions when it comes to living this Christian life. We must take authority over sin through the power of the Holy Spirit. In fact, when it comes to dealing with being offended, King David said “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them (Psalm 119:165).”

Thus, because of the peace of God that the Christian has; because they understand that there is a peace which God gives that passes all understanding, they don’t allow themselves to be easily angered. Neither do they allow sin to become a hindrance or stumbling block in their lives. Christians don’t allow sin to be a stumbling block to the degree that it keeps them from getting to heaven because they have learned not to be easily offended.

If we are to be angry or offended by anything it should be the fact that sin seems to be rampant in the world (which it should be because it is the world). However, it is also raising its head more and more in the body of Christ today. Hence, our anger or offense if you will, should be a righteous anger against the Kingdom of Darkness. If we focus our energies and efforts against hell we won’t be so easily offended by others because taking offense can lead you to hell.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Stability

August 2, 2011

(1 Cor. 15:58) says “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

The scripture here simply encourages us to be stable. Thus, to be firmly established, to be steadfast, to be steady in purpose, even to endure. And that is what those of us who are a part of the body of Christ need to be. The world needs to see people who are not flustered by their circumstances. They need to see believers who will stand on their post and not be moved by the trials and tribulations of life, but will trust God until the end.

When we are stable in Christ, people don’t have to wonder what mood we are going to be in from one day to the next. When we are stable in Christ, people don’t have to wonder whether or not they can depend on us because we have been found to be dependable. They don’t have to wonder if we are going to be in place when we face difficult times because difficult times cause our stability to rise to the occasion. The Body of Christ needs stability, especially in leadership, because without, it that man will receive nothing from the Lord.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason