When Fathers Fail To Obey God-4

September 28, 2012

Finally, when fathers fail to obey God, sin enters into our camp (home), and the Ark of the Lord is soon to depart. In other words, the presence of the Lord will depart. And God is not a respecter of persons. You can be a prophet, priest, king, deacon, minister, bishop, or the super supreme bishop, if sin goes unchecked in your home the presence of God will depart; and with the departure of the presence of the Lord Ichabod comes to live in your house.

Ichabod meaning the glory of the Lord is departed. And if the glory of the Lord has departed then the enemy will be the one to take up residence where God no longer resides. And that’s essentially what happened to Israel; one man’s disobedience caused an enemy to move in called the philistines and God moved out…because God won’t reside where he is not welcomed. Hence, if sin is in the camp the message we send to God is He is not welcome.

Child of God, if we are ever going to be prophet, priest’s and Kings in the Church, we must be Prophet, Priest’s and Kings at home first. We must obey God no matter the price, because to not obey him is to cause his glory to depart and an enemy to move into our spiritual space. That enemy may not be called the philistines but he could be called no peace, no joy, divorce, no real relationship with kids, no real love in the home, confusion and no display of the true power of God in the family. Ref. (1 Sam 4:1, 10-11, 15-22)

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

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When Fathers Fail To Obey God-3

September 27, 2012

The third thing we as fathers or men of God must learn is: We must obey the last thing God told us to do before he gives us any other instructions: Listen, there is no new or fresh word from God until we obey the last thing he told us to do. What kind of conversations do we expect God to have with us when we didn’t obey the last thing he told us to do? The fact is that when God saw that Eli wasn’t going to do exactly what he commanded him to do in sternly disciplining his sons he stopped talking to him and started talking to Samuel, and Samuel ministered unto Eli. And when we get to the place where we don’t want to hear and obey God’s word there will be a dearth of God’s revelatory word in our lives.

When God gives us a word, regardless of how difficult that word is to obey, he expects obedience, and anything less could bring about silence from God. Until we obey the last thing God told us to do, why would he give us something else to do? God is not the kind of God that says (Okay, you didn’t obey the last thing I told you to do so let me try something else.) Our obedience to God can never be buffet style…where we get to go through the line and pick out what we want to obey. That’s not the God we serve. He expects us to eat whatever he puts on our plate. And with God you will get to eat a full course meal before you get into his heaven. You will learn to eat the bitter and the sweet, the broccoli and the candied yams before you get into God’s heaven. Let’s obey all of what God requires because obeying the parts you like is just not good enough for God. Ref. (1Sam 3:1, 11-17)

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


When Father’s Fail To Obey God-2

September 26, 2012

The second thing we learn when fathers fail to obey God is, there is always a price to pay for disobedience: when we as men of God don’t obey there is always a price to pay for sin and disobedience. And sin takes you further than you want to go, cost you more than you want to pay and keeps you longer than you ever planned to stay. What (1Sam.2:30-36) shows us is that the priesthood will be stripped from the lineage of Eli forever and given to another lineage.

God was so through with Eli that he told him “that he wouldn’t even have an old man in his house forever.” In other words, young men wouldn’t live to see old age in Eli’s family because the wrath of God would come upon the family line. If young men don’t have the aged or older generation to talk to, if they don’t have the older generation in their family line to gain true wisdom from, how will they ever know who they really are? How will they really receive sound wisdom and the instruction of raising boys to true men of God? How will they understand manhood themselves?

Take away the old and that becomes a problem for the young generation, and no matter how hard momma tries she will never be able to teach a boy how to become a man because young men gain their identity from their fathers. And sometimes that identity can be good and sometimes it can be bad, but until they come to know who they truly are in God’s eyes they will always be looking to the father or some other male figure in their lives to identify with, even though mommy has always been there.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


When Father’s Fail To Obey God-Part 1

September 25, 2012

In (1 Samuel Chapters 2-4) we see what happens in a father, son relationship when God’s men fail to obey him. The crux of the matter was God expected Eli who was a father and a priest to severely discipline his sons because they were sinful and wicked priest, but Eli didn’t go nearly far enough in dealing with the sins of his sons. He did not obey God fully. Thus, we see (2nd Samuel 2:29KJV) saying “Wherefore kick ye at my offering which I have commanded in my sons habitation; and honorest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people.

With that said, there are least four things we can learn when fathers fail to obey God. The first thing we can learn is: True men of God must put God’s will above their own: you see it wasn’t good enough for Eli simply to speak to his sons about their wrong doing, but it was even more important that he do what God expected him to do and that was remove his wicked sons from the priesthood because it was destroying the people and representing God in a very bad light. But yet he honored his sons and allowed them to continue to receive the blessings of the ministry even though they were in willful sin and disobedience.

Thus, the message that Eli was sending to God was that his kid’s happiness was more important than obeying God and men of God should be more concerned with being in right standing with God than to be sure that our kids are happy. There is nothing wrong with our kids being happy but not at the expense of jeopardizing our relationship with God.

We have to decide are we going to be fathers first or men of God first because if we are men of God first it will set everything else in order. We have to instruct and guide our children based upon how God would have us to lead with them. We have to let God show us how to parent. We have to let God show us how to raise our kids because if we do that it sets everything else in order. Eli was more worried about his kid’s happiness than he was with what God thought. Let’s be sure that as we are in this process of raising sons and daughters to be future husbands and wives, that in the raising of our kids we are putting God’s will above our own because if not it will cost you eventually.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


The NT Church then and Now

September 19, 2012

The New Testament Church looks very different today than the early Church. One of the things that’s noticeable when we look at the early church in the Book of Acts and the Church of today, is that they operated in much more signs and wonders than we do today. The Holy Spirit seem to manifest Himself with more evidence then than He does now, that’s not to say that He isn’t moving mightily today. However, there is a scripture that speaks volumes about where the body of Christ was as it pertained to their relationship with God back then; (Acts 9:31) says “then had the churches rest (peace) throughout all Judea, Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost were multiplied”.

The Church in that day had a fear of God that caused them to examine sin in their lives consistently and many Christians don’t have that same fear of God today. Thus we believe that we can live how we want to live and repent for our wrong doing, and somehow think that it is okay with God. They had such a fear of God that they didn’t wait for the preacher to edify, they built each other up. They trusted God, which is why they were able to rest in Him during a time when Christians were being killed and persecuted for their faith. This was not an easy time for them; they needed the glory of God in their lives desperately, as we desperately need him today. If we would only fear the Lord it would change a whole lot of things in the body of Christ for the better. We must maintain a healthy fear of God where it leads us to revere him in all we say and do.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


When We Are Overwhelmed

September 14, 2012

To become overwhelmed is to be upset. It means to be overcome by superior force or numbers; it is to be overpowered in thought or feeling. And the fact is that life can cause us to be overwhelmed sometimes. Family, friends, work ministry and financial situations can cause things to get a little out of control sometimes. However, when we find ourselves overwhelmed there is an answer to getting the victory and his name is Jesus. When King David found himself in such a state he said “From the ends of the earth will I cry unto thee when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to a rock that is higher than I (Psalm 61:2)”. The fact is the Lord has a way of causing us to rise above our circumstances. He has a way of causing us to see being overwhelmed as a way to get closer to him. He has a way of causing us to see being overwhelmed from another point of view, and that’s his point of view. The truth is that I will never say that we won’t be overwhelmed; however, there is a God that tells us “there is nothing too hard for him”. Thus, if you are overwhelmed today, cry out to the Lord in prayer; open your mouth and give him praise; give your feelings and emotions of being overwhelmed back to him. Remember (1 Peter 5:7) says “Casting all your cares upon him for he cares for you”. The Lord really does care for you, and He cares if you are overwhelmed.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Our Hiding Place

September 11, 2012

It’s good to know that when things get rough; when the challenges and adversities of life weigh us down we have a place of security even a hiding place. The psalmist says “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust (Psalms 91:2).” Thus, if He is going to be our refuge we need to confess that He is and then we need to live our lives as if He is. To be our refuge is to be a place of protection, a place of shelter, a place of security. To be our fortress is to be a fortified place, a stronghold, a place where we can go and spend with God and no demon in Hell can breakthrough when we are in that place. The truth is that every one of us should have a hiding place in our homes; a place where we can go to be alone with the one who protects from danger. A place where we can go to receive instructions on how to live this life victoriously; a place where we can go and pour our hearts out to Him in good times and in bad. Therefore, when the storms of life seem as if they are getting the best of you, when the wind and the waves seem as if they are overtaking you, and it seems as if you are sinking in the quicksand of life just know that you have a hiding place where you can go to get peace of mind and that hiding place begins with the word of God.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason