Growing in Grace and Knowledge

May 30, 2012

(1Pt. 3:18) says “But grow in grace, and in knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.

As Christians, it is important that we continue to grow in the things of God that is appropriated by grace. Or another way of putting that is to continue to grow by means of the grace and favor of God. And we come to grow as we continually seek the knowledge and wisdom of Jesus Christ. In fact, (Hosea 4:6) says “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge”. However, for the true believer it’s not simply the knowledge that we are after; it’s the heart transformation that we are after that comes through the knowledge of God.

Hence, the more we know about him drives us more and more to be transformed, to the degree that we become like him. Some people want the knowledge of God just so they can say they have it. However, it’s only those who transform the knowledge of the word into spirit and life; it’s only those who can transform the knowledge into a life that exemplifies that knowledge that will truly make it into heaven. If we have the knowledge only to impress man, what have we really done? Not much. But when that knowledge becomes a living, breathing word of God in us, then we can say we are on the straight and narrow path which will eventually lead us to heaven.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

No Respecter Of Persons

May 25, 2012

(Rom 2:11) “For there is no respect of persons with God.”

This is one of the many things I like about God, and that is: God does not show favoritism. God loves the poor the same as he does the rich; he loves all nationalities with the same love. He doesn’t prefer a man over a woman as it pertains to the love of God. Yes, he does love us all; however, that doesn’t mean all of us are going to heaven, because heaven is only reserved for those who are living according to God’s standards.

It’s good to know that God is not impressed with the riches of man or the wealth of resources he possesses. Neither is he impressed with the status or celebrity of man. However, he is impressed with a man/woman who will give their heart to him. The fact is, God will receive anybody into his family who will believe and receive his son Jesus as Lord and savior, and he doesn’t care who you are, what your background is or where you come from. We should all be excited that God is not like man because man (even a Christian man) will prefer one believer over another. It happens everyday in the body of Christ.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Watch And Pray

May 23, 2012

(St. Mark 14:38) “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.”

As Christians we must be mindful to keep the eyes of our heart open to things that are going on in the world around us. We must try to see this world and everything that’s happening in it through God’s eyes. One of the ways we can do that is through prayer. Without a consistent prayer life it will be hard for us to see from God’s perspective; without a consistent prayer life it will be hard to keep ourselves from falling into temptation and the snares of the enemy.

Thus, without a consistent prayer life it is more than likely that we will find ourselves getting caught up in the cares of this life. The spirit man which God placed in us from birth is truly ready to serve God, the spirit man in us is truly ready to be led by the Holy Spirit; however, there is another member attempting to gain control over us and that is our fleshly man or (the old man) the man we used to be before we got saved. There is no doubt that if we are not people of prayer the flesh will gain a stronghold in our lives, and it does not matter how long you have been saved, the flesh always desires to be in charge of our lives.

The Apostle Paul said it perfectly when he said “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members (Rom 7:23).” Thus, child of God that which brought him into captivity to the law of sin was the flesh which continually fights against the law of God for supremacy in our lives, and the flesh follows hard after the things of the world. Therefore, we must strive to get closer to God each and every day.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

Control Yourself

May 22, 2012

As Christians we must learn how to control ourselves. We must learn how to control our actions, thought life and certainly our tongues. Show me a Christian without temperance (self control) and I will show you a person who opens himself/herself up to all types of demonic influence which will attack their lives. In fact, (Pro 25:28) says “He that hath no rule over his spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.”

Hence, if your spirit is not under the influence of the Holy Spirit daily, then as a confessed born again believer, you are subject to say or do anything. Without the Holy Spirit ruling over your spirit, your spirit is left unprotected, vulnerable and open to the things of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Let us be sure that everyday we live, we have submitted our will and our spirit to the will of the Holy Spirit so we don’t get caught up in ungodly situations.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason