October 27, 2011
Regardless of who we are or how powerful we are in the Lord, fear seems to come upon us all at some point in time. There are situations and circumstances which come upon us at times when we don’t know what to do, and the first or natural reaction is to fear. I know God has not given us the spirit of fear; however, fear still has a place in our lives.
King David who was one of the mightiest men of God in the scriptures shows us how to handle fear when he says “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me (Psalms 56:3-4).” Thus, David let’s us know if we want to take authority over fear we need to trust God and believe in the promises of God which are revealed through his word.
Saints of God, the strongest Christian may have a moment of fear; however, we don’t have to be overtaken by fear if we would only trust in the promises of God. Every generation has faced some difficult times, some times of fear and uncertainty, but God has brought us through them all.
Therefore, in challenging times don’t let man dictate how you are going to feel; don’t let the your situation overtake you with fear because when fear shows up rational and spiritual thinking seems to take a backseat to irrational and worldly thought processes which never leads us to a heavenly outcome.
God Bless You
October 25, 2011
(2nd Tim 3:1 KJV) says “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”
Child of God I can’t exactly tell you we are in the last days. However, what we do know is that we are living in perilous times. Hence, we are living in dangerous times. When I was growing up you could still go to bed on a warm night with your windows open, and even if you had forgotten to lock your front door you would still be alright. However, try going to sleep and leaving your windows up and your front door unlocked now and you might not wake up the next morning…if you know what I mean.
When you examine the way life is going on a broad scope you have to agree that it’s getting dangerous out here. Listen, when children have no respect or fear for parents, adults or authority figures (police) there is danger in the air. When people will take your life for nothing, without remorse, we are living in perilous times. When those who we have elected to represent us in various levels of government are morally challenged, corrupt and can be bought whether by money or sex, we are living in perilous times.
When pastors in the pulpit are beginning to fall like dominoes because of their collaboration with the world, the flesh and the devil, we are living in perilous times. Furthermore, as the economy get’s worse, if society doesn’t learn to depend on the Lord, things in America will certainly get worse; because an unemployed hungry man is most certainly a dangerous man. However, for those who trust in the Lord, David said “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth him out of them all (Psalm 34:19).” Thus, the body of Christ could see some perilous times, but how we handle them will speak volumes about where our trust lies.
God Bless You
October 18, 2011
(Eph. 5:11) “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
The body of Christ has gotten so used to people sinning in their presence that we like to tell ourselves “don’t be so quick to judge” or the bible says “judge not that ye be not judged”, when the truth is that the apostle Paul told us that we should reprove, which means to condemn, disapprove or expose sin. Thus, we have to be willing to call sin out when it’s in our presence, whether it be a friend, family member or otherwise.
Not only did Paul tell us to expose it, but he also said that we should have no fellowship with those who are practicing sinning, meaning that we are to come out from among or separate ourselves from those who really don’t want Jesus. And if you hang around someone long enough you will know whether or not they want Jesus.
Too often we want to justify the sin in someone’s life because we (as Christians) like hanging out with those who really don’t want God; we like being around them; in fact, some would rather hang out with the world than they would those in the Church who are genuinely trying to live for God. Hence, what does that say about us.
But the fact is if there is someone that we (as Christians) are spending copious amounts of time with and we know they are living in sin we have a duty to call it what it is and we have a duty to help them come out of the sin they are in if they have a will to do so. However, if they decide they want to continue to sin and not seek a real change then we (Christians) must come out from among those that would hinder our walk and growth with Christ Jesus.
God Bless You
October 17, 2011
In Judges Chapter 20 a very heinous crime (sodomy) took place by some men from the tribe of Benjamin, and Israel declared that these men of Gibeah would be brought to justice and put to death for their crimes. However, the tribe of Benjamin arose and went to war with Israel to keep these depraved men from ever having to face the penalty for their crimes. In Israel’s fight to bring justice on behalf of God they went to war with Benjamin and in the first two battles Israel was defeated.
However, in the third battle victory was won by the Israelite’s, and victory was so complete that they had the mighty men of valor from the tribe of Benjamin on the run. For many people losing to the same opponent twice would cause them to give up and throw in the towel, but not Israel. Israel had already made up their minds that they would be knit together as one man and see the victory through until the end in spite of the past defeats (Ref. Judges 20:11).
Thus, the word to the body Christ is: will you be knit together as one man to bring glory to God in a crooked and perverse world, in spite of the past defeats in your local congregations? Will you mobilize the various congregations throughout the city, state and nation to become one strong arm for Christ in spite of your differences?
In order to defeat the plan of the enemy in our communities, cities, and nation, it’s going to take a unified Body of Christ who have had some defeat in their lives, stared that defeat in the face and still have declared that we will fight again and this time the outcome will be different. Israel didn’t give up after the first or second time, they went back to God in prayer and fasting and the third time was the charm. Saint’s of God, don’t ever give up because you are closer to the victory than you realize.
God Bless You
Pastor Versal Mason