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