The Marriage Manual

August 30, 2012

Marriage can sometimes be tricky. It’s very often a delicate balancing act. In fact, it can become frustrating, especially when you don’t read the manual that comes with any marriage. The manual is the word of God. Too many people are getting married believing that they understand marriage, believing that every day is going to be like their honeymoon, not understanding that the honeymoon is the dessert in your marriage but eventually you are going to have to sit down and eat some meat and vegetables. In other words, you are going to have to chew on some stuff in your marriage that you don’t like.

Thus, if you are really going to understand your marriage; if you are going to understand what makes your spouse go; if you are really going to understand how to love your spouse; if you are really going to come to understand what to pray about concerning your marriage you must start with opening the manual so you can maximize each other’s potential and come to discover all the amenities that each of you have.

I liken it to buying a new video camera that you’ve never had before; you typically don’t just open the camera and start operating it without at least glancing at the manual to understand how to operate it, especially if it’s an expensive buy. You open the package and read the manual so you don’t damage or abuse the video camera. However, our marriages are much more expensive, they are much more important than a video camera but we rarely pickup the manual and ask God to show us how to interpret his word concerning our marriage so we can apply it in a way that brings us that love experience that Christ had for the church in the midst of our marriage.

But what often happens is we spend many years in our marriages abusing each other because if you don’t know how to operate the merchandise you abuse what you don’t understand. Saints of God, read the manual because if you ever experience the love that Christ had for the church in your marriage you will never ever be the same. However, it starts with understanding and applying the manual to the degree that it becomes a part of who you are.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

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Pleasant Words

August 29, 2012

Those of us who are married in the body of Christ should strive to speak pleasant words in our marriages. Words that encourage, uplift and affirm our spouse; words that bring joy and laughter to the faces of the ones we said “I Do” to. Those whom we promised this union would be for life. Pleasant words are words such as I love you, I believe in you, I trust you, I’m sorry or we can get through this; words that cause us to think and consider, words that strengthen, words that bring about excitement. A word that should bring about excitement in any marriage is “let’s make love”!

I know this is uncomfortable for many in the body of Christ but the fact is the body of Christ has as high a divorce rate as the world, and part of the reason why the divorce rate is so high is because we won’t make love to our spouse. In fact, some couples are even uncomfortable talking about it, but it is of God. Pleasant words are so powerful that King Solomon wrote “Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to thy soul, and health to thy bones (Prov. 16:24).” Thus, if we desire to see healthy marriages, if we desire to see some child like fun in our marriages every once and a while, if we desire to see the divorce rate fall in Christian marriages, let us deposit pleasant words in the ears of our spouse and be the change we want to see.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Fellowship

August 21, 2012

(Phil 1:27) says “Only let you conversation (conduct) be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.

If we as Christians are ever going to get to the place where we are standing fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the gospel we must be willing to put away our petty differences, grievances, jealousies, disunities and fellowship one with the other. Fellowship is one of the keys to spiritual growth and it occurs when Christians share their walk with God in an environment of love and mutual respect; when we are sometimes willing to make ourselves vulnerable in the midst of believers, as we come to know one another by the Spirit, because it is only by the Spirit of God that we would even have the power to become one and strive together for the faith of the gospel.

You will not see this type of unity among the believers without fellowship. Because how can you really become one if you never come together with the army of believers to share your faith. The plan of the enemy is to keep the BOC striving and fighting each other because as long as we are at odds, as long as we are looking at one another out of the corner of our eye with any level of distrust then we won’t have time to strive together for the faith, and that exactly what Satan desires.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Unfinished Business

August 16, 2012

(Psalms 138:8 KJV) “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hand”.

Those of us who are in Christ, who have received him as Lord and savior know that we are a work in progress. We understand that we have not arrived and everyday there is an opportunity to be changed even more into the image of Jesus Christ. In fact, the only place that Christians should be concerned with arriving at is heaven when we hope to hear him say one day “well done thy good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of the Lord”. Thus, if we are to really make it to heaven there is some unfinished business that God still needs to attend to in our lives; there is still some perfecting that must take place in our lives.

Maybe some of that unfinished business is allowing God to show us how to be more compassionate or loving. Maybe we need to allow God to show us how to be more forgiving and patient with people. Maybe we need to get some things from our past worked out with those that have hurt us in some way so that we can begin to really walk in our future.

Whatever our situation is, and wherever we find ourselves the good news is if we will allow God to finish perfecting us; if we will allow him to finish shaping, making and molding us; if we will allow him to finish the business that he started in us He will finish the work and maybe those of us who really allow him to have his way in our lives might actually get to heaven one day.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Checking Sin At The Door

August 14, 2012

In the Church at Corinth there was some fornication going on in the body and Apostle Paul was upset that the sin had not been dealt with properly. It was as if it was okay for some in the body, but Apostle Paul was very upset with their lack of removing the leaven of sin from the body.

As Christians we must be diligent when it comes to dealing with sin. Whether we are dealing with it in our own lives or in the lives of someone in our sphere of influence, sin must be checked at the door and dealt with from God’s perspective. If you allow sin to go unchecked, whether in the church, family, or home, the leaven of sin (leaven being that which permeates all) will take over and you will find yourself in a church, family or home that’s run by Satan.

However, it’s not simply the removal of sin that resolves the problem, after removing the leaven of sin it must be infused with the leaven of Holiness. Thus, even as the leaven of sin fills all with wickedness, the Holiness of God fills all with His presence. Saints of God, don’t let sin rule and reign anywhere in your life, when you see it or if someone else has caused you to see it, deal with it, take dominion over it and walk in victory; because sin always lie’s at the door that’s why it must be checked at the door. As the gatekeepers of your home, family and churches you must be watchful for sin.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


People Of Standard

August 1, 2012

(Isa. 59:19) “So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.”

As Christians, we are men/women of a standard. We have been called by God to live our lives a certain way; to talk a certain way, and to act a certain way. We have been called to live holy, thus, whatever, whenever, or however God wants to use us we should make ourselves available to be used for his glory. As a result when the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of the Lord is going to lift up a standard against him, and we (the Christians) are the standard which He is raising up in the earth to do battle with the enemy.

If God’s called out ones don’t stand and take authority, who will? If the believer doesn’t fight for what’s just, and what’s righteous who will? If we aren’t willing to reclaim the territory that the enemy has stolen from us, and our friends, communities and loved ones who will be available to do it? He has raised us up for a time such as this, so when the enemy rises up, don’t be surprised if the Lord calls us to the frontline of the battle to do war. The Lord didn’t save us just so we could be sure we got to heaven, he saved us to pull as many as we could from the snares of hell through the power of the Holy Spirit. With that said, we are the standard which the enemy should see when he shows up to try to takeover. The question is: are you preparing for war during your days of peace?

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason