Work At It

March 29, 2012

(Eccle. 9:9 KJV) says “Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labor which thou takest under the sun.

The Lord allowed King Solomon one the wisest kings to ever live to speak on many of the things concerning life, and his thought on marriage was very interesting. He essentially tells us that in order to have a good marriage, where it may be possible to live joyfully with the wife of thy youth all the days of thy life, you must be willing to work at it. The last phrase of this verse is really the crux of the matter “thy labor which thou takest under sun.” The truth is that a good marriage is available to anyone but you must put in the labor. You must work at it. A good marriage doesn’t only apply to believers but it also applies to unbelievers. In fact, many believers don’t put in the physical effort to experience a good marriage because too often they expect God to make it good for them without any real work on their part.

However, whether Christian or not, we (meaning both husband and wife) have to put in the time, energy and effort if we expect to have a good marriage. The benefit of having God in the midst of our marriage as we work at it is that it brings in a spiritual component where the marriage can become exceedingly; abundantly above all we could ask or think. Thus, because God is the author and originator of marriage He can take us places in our marriage where goodness and mercy follows the union all the days of our lives. He can take us from a good marriage to a God marriage but if there aren’t two in the marriage working as one you get out of the marriage what you put in, and nothing from nothing leaves nothing, and I don’t care how saved you are.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Follow The Pattern

March 27, 2012

In (Exo. 25-26), God gives Moses the blueprint or the pattern of how the tabernacle should be built. The Lord gives Moses the pattern down to the smallest of details, and if the pattern is not followed to the letter, God would not meet the priest there. Hence, his presence would not be there because the tabernacle must be built to God’s specifications.

As Christians the thing we can learn from this is we too must follow the pattern of God. This pattern must be duplicated down to the finest of details. This pattern which the Lord has created for us cannot be changed based on our feelings; it cannot be changed based on what we are going through today, neither can it be changed based on what carnal minded folk may think; thus, it is what it is and the standard can’t be manipulated.

The pattern (the model or the original) must be followed to the letter. Child of God, it won’t be the big sins that keep many people out of heaven (drinking, cussing, fornication) it will be those sins which many Christians believe to be small that will keep many out…such as that little white lie you told, or that little extra which you added to your income tax to increase your refund (when you know you didn’t carry those deductions) or that bitterness you have been holding in your heart against your brother/sister that you believe no one knows about. Child of God, we must be willing to obey God down to the smallest of details, crossing every (t) and dotting every (i) because that’s what God requires in order to get to heaven.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Lip Service

March 22, 2012

(Matt 15:8) “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.”

I have come to understand that people say a lot of things they don’t mean. People say a lot of things they don’t believe. But the fact is that God is paying more attention to our actions than He is the things that’s coming from our mouths because you can tell a lot about what people believe based upon how they live.

Thus, if someone tells you they love God but every time you turn around they’re doing things contrary to the word of God then more than likely they really don’t love God because those who love God keeps His commandments. Jesus understood what lip service was all about during His time as well. He had a lot of so called followers who said they loved him; he had a lot of followers who said they would be with Him.

However, when the going got tough and the way of Christianity got rough, many seem to just walk away. Child of God, as Christians the things that unbelievers are watching the most is our actions. The thing that other believers are watching the most is our actions. People do really want to know if our words fall in line with our behavior.

Words and actions was so important to King David that he said “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O lord my strength and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14).” Thus, the words that come from our lips should be in line with the issues of the heart, because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Becoming Spiritually Minded

March 20, 2012

Becoming spiritually minded is really wrapped up in one word and that’s love. (Matt 22:37-40KJV) says “And Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

When we stand before God it won’t matter how well we sung or how well we preached or even how well we danced before him. The only thing that will matter is how well we loved. In fact, did we love our fellowman so well that regardless of what he said to us or about us, or regardless of what he did to us, when all was said and done, could the person that wronged us walk away from the encounter believing that we loved them; because at the end of the day that’s what it will take in order to get to heaven.

Will our vertical relationship with God manifest itself in a way that our horizontal relationship with man is defined by how well we were able to love in the midst of difficult interactions…because God told us clearly that He is Love, and if his seed lives in us, then we must become love as well?

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Love Works No Ill

March 16, 2012

(Rom. 13:10) “Love works no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law”.

The Apostle Paul spends quite a bit of his time telling us what the love of God is and is not in (1Cor. 13), and with that understanding we get an idea that love does not attempt to bring any ill will to his neighbor. Thus, Love is not out to hurt us purposely. Love doesn’t look for reasons to bring about pain and anguish to our lives unless its purpose is to draw us closer to God.

Love is the fulfilling of the law because if we love one another as God said to love, then keeping the Ten Commandments won’t be a problem. The law says “Thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor”… when we love everybody as Christ did, [because he died for us all], then committing these type of acts will not be possible in our lives because of the love of God inside of us.

Thus, love is the root of the fruit of the Spirit and all the other fruit of the Spirit flow out of the love of God, because God is love. Therefore, without the love of God in our lives there is no real joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness…etc; yes there can be temporary peace and even joy, but nothing that really last. Therefore, we must make sure that our love walk is right with God and the fruit of the Spirit should radiate from our being.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Don’t Blame The People

March 15, 2012

(1Sam 15:21) “But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the Lord God in Israel.”

King Saul was given a charge by God to destroy all that pertains to the Amalakite’s; hence, when you go to war with them bring nothing out with you. However, after disobeying God and saving the best of what the Amalekite’s had in their land for themselves, he attempted to blame the people for his shortcomings or lack of obedience. And isn’t that the case many times, we often blame others for our missteps; we tend to blame others for the way we are or for the way we behave. It’s easier to blame someone else for the way we are, instead of looking at ourselves and taking responsibility for our own actions.

Some of us are still blaming mom and dad for what they did to us twenty years ago or some other relative, and though it was painful, we must begin to take authority over the blame game mentality in our lives, and begin to seek the Lord for victory and healing. I’m not saying things that were done to us didn’t have an affect on us, but how long will we allow it to remain. With that said, we must seek the Lord because he will challenge us to take a real hard look at ourselves, and that’s the one thing many people even some Christians don’t want to do because after examining our life through God’s eyes, we must then prepare ourselves for change.

Saints of God the problem with blaming others is it allows us to justify our personality and our actions based on what someone else has done to us; thus, allowing them to have some degree of control over us. At the end of the day, the only person we want to have control of us is the person of the Holy Spirit because He won’t allow us to blame others for our actions.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Mind Of Christ-Part 3

March 13, 2012

Apostle Paul continues on this theme of the mind of Christ and the thought pattern Christians should have if they desire to have this mind. He says in the last half of (Phil 4:8) that we should think on things that are lovely and of a good report. Lovely being that which is beautiful, lovable or the object of our affection; and the thing that should be every believer’s object of affection is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Jesus Christ should be that for which we hunger for the most because it does provide us with a good report.

Hence, this good report teaches us how to live holy, how to treat our fellowman, how to raise our children, how to handle our finances and certainly how to love and interact with our spouse. And the body of Christ certainly needs to learn how to treat each other better in the confines of marriage because the track record so far hasn’t been good. To think on those things that are lovely and of a good report is part of the process to forming the mind of Christ because without thinking on these things having a spiritual mind is a far off. Following these characteristics are guidelines to see if your thoughts line up with God thoughts.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason