Don’t Let the Outer Shell Fool You

February 28, 2012

As God had told the Prophet Samuel that he was looking to replace Saul as King. He sent him to Jesse’s house (Ref. 1 Sam 16) to anoint the next King. As Jesse’s sons passed before the prophet the first young man he saw was Eliab, and he assumed that this must be the next king because he was handsome and his stature(bodily build) was perfect for kingship.

However, God spoke and immediately told Samuel in (1 Sam 16:7 KJV) “Look not on his countenance or the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but God looketh at the heart.”

And as Christians we too must not judge based on the outward appearance of a man/woman we must be willing to look at the heart of man as God does. Now we know that God can see the heart immediately, however, if we watch someone’s life long enough we too can get a picture of what their heart looks like because their behavior will put their heart on display.

Therefore, when it comes to choosing to follow a leader, or choosing someone you plan to spend the rest of your life with in holy matrimony or even the friendships you decide to build with others, don’t be fooled by the outer shell, because the devil has a way of dressing them just the way you like it. Spend some time watching their lives and praying, and God will reveal their heart so you don’t find yourself regretting the relationships you decided to build and the doors you opened unto them to your heart.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal mason

Praise Ye The Lord

February 23, 2012

(Psalm 147:1) “Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely”.

The Psalmist encourages the believer to praise God. He says it’s good to sing praises unto our God; thus, it’s good because praising God is good for the believer. Praising God will change our lives; praising God will change the way we think, the way we act and even the way we feel about ourselves. Praising God causes that spirit of heaviness to be lifted from our shoulders as we raise a praise to Him. Praising God is pleasant and comely for the true believer. Thus, praising God is fitting for the believer; it’s a natural part of who we are as Christians.

Praising God is to the Christians as peanuts are to peanut butter, it just fits. Praising God is to the Christian as water is to man, eventually you have to have it to sustain life, and if we don’t we die. Praising God is to the Christian as grapes are to Wine. A Christian that won’t praise God is very unnatural; a Christian that won’t praise God is someone who won’t be able to maintain a Christian life. A Christian that won’t praise God will eventually become miserable to be around. The psalmist said to praise God is comely; thus, it is an attractive thing, it is a beautiful thing to see His called out ones giving Him what He deserves and that’s our praise. So I leave you with this: When is the last time you really gave God some praise?

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Stop Complaining

February 21, 2012

As Moses brought the Children of Israel out of the land that had them in bondage (Egypt) for years within a couple of days they began to complain. They began to complain that Moses brought them out in the wilderness to die; they began to complain about the food, they began to complain about having a lack of meat, they began to complain about a lack of water, but in every instance God provided.

However, the complaining angered God to the degree that He told Moses that “the complaining displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and his anger was kindled: and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed them that were in the uttermost part of the camp (Numbers 11:1).

Thus, God doesn’t like complaining, and if you are in Christ and Christ is in you for real, you have nothing to complain about. If you have a good measure of life, health and strength, and in your right mind with the activities of your limbs you have a very good chance to be victorious in America with Christ as your head. Are you one of those that spend most of your day complaining about others or your own lot in life? If that’s you God is not pleased with the spirit of complaining that dominates your life.

We can all find something to complain about, however, if we are Christians God doesn’t expect us to complain, He expects us to pray. In fact, (Phil 4:6) tells us “To be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” A heart that’s prayerful and thankful to God will be a heart with minimal complaining.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Humanity Withers Where There Is No Joy

February 17, 2012

The Joy of the Lord is imperative to our lives because without it we will spend many of our days in confusion, frustration and misery. The Apostle Paul says “Rejoice always again I say rejoice” because without that daily renewal of Joy men will wither up and slowly die. Saints of God to wither means to lose vitality, force or freshness; to make speechless or incapable of action; to dry up or become sapless. Thus, we find this trait more often in men than women because women aren’t afraid to give God the praise; women aren’t afraid to talk about their issues and needs; women aren’t afraid to cry out to God.

However, it tends to take us men a little longer to get to that point and some never get to the place where they will praise God openly, or pray openly or cry out to God openly. And when we hinder God’s access to our lives we hinder our access to Joy, and the lack of Joy brings on the spirit of the withering. Joel said it best to the men of Judah “The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomengranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men (Joel 1:12).” Pay attention to your joy meter and if it’s running low raise a praise to the Lord and watch it begin to rise.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Look Where You Are Going

February 16, 2012

(Prov. 4:26) “Ponder the path of thy feet and let all thy ways be established.”

Most people spend their lives wandering aimlessly through life with no plan. They tend to wake up day after day and declare to themselves “oh it’s just another day” unless it’s Friday. Most people live their lives wishing for Friday just rushing their lives away. Many work all their lives and never put a financial plan together, somehow believing that they will win the lottery, the checks in the mail or the Lord will provide, and the truth is that if we are gainfully employed right now the Lord is providing us a way to save for a rainy day because the rain will eventually come.

However, as Christians we shouldn’t spend our lives not paying attention to where we are going. We shouldn’t spend our lives just wandering aimlessly in the wilderness without any plan. In fact, we know of some people in the scriptures who spent 40 years in the wilderness wandering aimlessly because they wouldn’t obey God. Thus, those who ponder the path of their feet and allow their ways to be established are those who obey God; those who when they don’t have a plan aren’t afraid to reach out and say I don’t know, I don’t have a plan and I need help in bringing this plan to life.

There is a plan and a purpose for all of God’s people and it’s not only what He called us to do in the church or the body of Christ, but it’s also wrapped in the totality of our lives. Thus, we must write the vision and make it plain even more in our personal lives and not spend some of the best days of our lives wandering aimlessly.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

The Faith of Abraham

February 14, 2012

In (Galations 3) it talks about those who are Abraham’s seed. Many of the Jews believed that because of their birth right they would receive the blessings that God had promised Abraham. However, only those (Jews and Gentiles) who had real faith in God would receive the blessings promised to Abraham. Thus, the true believer would be the spiritual sons and daughters of Abraham as they walked by faith. But the faith which Abraham had was a no limits faith. It was a faith that was willing to go all the way with God. It was a faith whereby Abraham was willing to obey no matter the cost, and he proved his faith in God when he was asked to sacrifice the very person he loved the most (Ref. Gen 22), however, thank God for grace.

In saying all of that, when we start talking about being the seed of Abraham through faith in Christ, to all the New Testament believers, are we willing to have the same level of faith that Abraham had? Are we willing to go all the way with God no matter the cost as he did? Or have we already decided that we are only going to go so far with God? Hence, if he asks us to do something, or give something or say something to someone on his behalf have we already decided that it’s too much and we just can’t do it? Listen before we decide that we have the faith of Abraham, (and really in the NT our faith should be greater) we must first figure out if we are willing to give up all to have Christ for real because real Christianity cost you something.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

God Is In Control

February 13, 2012

In the world which we live there are times when we could start to wonder whether or not God is in control but the fact is that He is in control now, was in control in the past, and will be in control in the future. There were some who had that same thought during the life of the prophet Isaiah, but He shut all that down when He prophesied (Isa: 9:6) “For unto us a son is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” And we who are believers have seen this prophecy come to fruition in the life of Jesus Christ. Hence, we know that our God, the Lord Jesus Christ is still in control today to the degree that the Government is upon His shoulders.

God understands exactly what’s going on. God is not surprised by the leaders He has in place, because He knew they would be there from the beginning of time. Thus, because the government is upon His shoulders we can trust that everything in government, everything in leadership is going to be alright. The believers charge is pray for our government officials and trust that the one who is a wonderful counselor, the one who is the mighty God, the one who is the everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace might have the opportunity to speak to a leaders heart and direct him/her in how they should lead because leadership on any level is never an easy job.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason