Let This Mind Be In You-Part 5

October 30, 2012

The final characteristic which is identified in (Phil 2:8) as it pertains to the mind of Christ is: He was totally obedient. Jesus was obedient all the way to the cross or until the day He died. And if we are to hear the Lord say “well done thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of the Lord”, we too must be obedient until death or until the rapture, whichever comes first. You see we won’t get to heaven for any less than what Jesus did. Jesus had to obey the Father all the way to, and through the cross. If obedience is the price, then we must pay the price as well. Also, we must realize that obedience is the main currency in heaven. In other words, it causes God to move on your behalf. Obedience in God’s eyes must be total; there is no such thing as partial obedience; it’s either all or nothing, and that’s the thing I like about God, when it comes to obedience He leaves no grey area.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Let This Mind Be In You-Part 4

October 25, 2012

In thinking about Jesus humbling himself (Phil. 2:8), we know that humility doesn’t come naturally; it comes about supernaturally, when Christians submit to the power of God. Humility is so important to God that (1Pt. 5:6) says “Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God that he may exalt you in due time”. Thus, when we bow down our lives totally to the will of God, even as Jesus did, He eventually lifts us up and causes us to be what He desires for us to be. However, the exaltation won’t come until the humility is evident on earth, in hell, and in heaven. When true humility is evident, people can tell, demons can tell, and God certainly can tell. We don’t have to broadcast it when we are truly humble because people will see it. Finally, humble Christians are those who are approachable, teachable, gentle, and loving; humble Christians don’t think too highly of themselves, neither do they operate in low self esteem, but they look for balance in their lives through the power of God.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Let This Mind Be In You-Part 3

October 23, 2012

The third attribute we find in (Phil 2:8) as it pertains to the mind of Christ is: He humbled himself. Jesus operated in humility during his time on earth and the first thing we must do is define humility. Humility is characterized by a freedom from arrogance and an understanding that everything we are and everything we have comes from God. Another word you think of when you hear humility is meekness, because a believer that’s meek will exhibit humility; and we know that the word of God says “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth”. Thus, when a believer exhibits true humility, it gets the attention of heaven, because humble Christians are hard to come by.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Let This Mind Be In You-Part 2

October 18, 2012

The second attribute we see in (Phil 2:7) as it pertains to the mind of Christ, is He had a mind to serve. The scripture says “He took upon him the form of a servant”. Jesus didn’t come to be served, He came to serve. In fact, (St. Mark 10:45) says “For even the son of man came not to be ministered unto but to minister, and give his life a ransom for many”. Thus, if we as Christians are to have the mind of Christ, we must become well acquainted with serving; even the word minister means servant or to serve. And all who call themselves Christians are servants of God, meaning we are all ministers whether we carry an official church title or not.

Many believers associate the term “minister” with pulpit ministry, when that is not always the case. You see God needs somebody to feed the hungry, to visit the sick, to provide food and shelter to the homeless; He needs somebody to clean the bathrooms at the church, somebody to mop the floors…etc; you see that’s ministry as well.

Additionally, Jesus gave us probably one of the greatest examples of servant-hood when He washed the disciples feet in (St. John 13:5); and then he told them “If I then, your Lord and master, have washed your feet; ye ought also to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you” (St. John 13: 14-15). Thus, if Jesus rolled up his sleeves and served, we must be willing to serve for Jesus sake as well. Somehow today it is assumed that everybody who is called to the ministry, is called to preach (Pulpit ministry), however, God didn’t call us all to a pulpit ministry, but He did call all of us to serve; and if you are not willing to serve, but you are looking to be served, you need to check the motives of your heart; for service is one of the attributes of the mind of Christ.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Let This Mind Be In You-Part 1

October 17, 2012

We can learn a lot about the mindset of Jesus during his life on earth from (Phil 2:5-11). If we are to have the mind of Christ, which we have to obtain if heaven is to be ours, we must understand a few concepts. The Apostle Paul shares with us vital steps in order to have this mind of Christ. The first step he shares is He made himself of no reputation: Though he was with the Father from the beginning, though He was God incarnate; Jesus hid his heavenly fame in an earthly frame and submitted his whole life to the will of the Father. Jesus didn’t spend a whole lot of time talking about himself and what He wanted. He spent His time talking about what the Father wanted. In the Gospels we constantly read where Jesus said “He didn’t come to do his will, but the will of the Father that sent Him”.

What we learn is in order to make yourself of no reputation, the ministry can’t be about you, but it must be about the one that sent you. To all the believers’ out there, it was Jesus Christ sacrifice which saved you and it was He which called you and said “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature”. Therefore, you too must make yourself of no reputation and operate in the ministry which is above you; which is the ministry of Jesus Christ by the leading of the Holy Spirit. If you are saved, your life, your ministry can no longer be about you. You must let go of the life you have known and allow the Holy Spirit to re-shape your life, to the degree that it changes your total thought process.

Finally, to make yourself of no reputation means you must decrease so the Holy Spirit has the opportunity to increase in your life. Because as long as you are in charge of your life there can never be increase, and as Christians we need increase.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Endure

October 16, 2012

To endure means to persevere, to stand or to remain. And for the Christian endurance is something we have to become very familiar with because Jesus said in (Matt 24:13) “But he that shall endure unto he end, the same shall be saved. Thus, what that should say to us is if we are being told to endure, then obviously there are going to be some challenges in our lives between now and the time we get to heaven. It doesn’t matter who you are no one will leave this earth without having to face some very challenging situations. However, through them all, Christ told us to endure.

Therefore saints when things get tough, and they will, don’t give up on Christ! When life becomes too much don’t let go of the one who said “come unto me all ye that are heavy laden and I will give you rest”…when trials and tribulations are stirring you right in the face and it looks as if you going under have faith in God and endure, persevere, stand, stay on the Lord’s side until the very end. Don’t allow the circumstances of life to cause you to give up on God. God is still in the business of saving mankind but mankind has to desire to be saved, and it’s only those that will endure through it all to the very end that will be saved.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Praise

October 12, 2012

Praise is one of the most important things a Christian can do if they wish to be close to God and free form the bondages of the world. However, there seems to be a misunderstanding in the body of Christ about what praise really is. To praise God is an act of worship or acknowledgement by which the virtues or deeds of another are recognized or extolled. Our praise to God is the means by which we express our joy to the Lord, because the joy of the Lord is our strength; hence, we display that joy back to God through our praise. We are to praise the Lord for who he is and what he does. Praising God for who he is… is called adoration; praising God for what he has done is called thanksgiving.

Our display of praise unto God may be in song or prayer, individually or collectively, spontaneous or prearranged. Our praise unto God originates from the emotions of the will. Hence, you must be willing to freely give God praise. Psalm 150 shares with us the where-why-how and who of praise. The psalmist says God should be praised in his sanctuary and the universe (firmament of his power); he should be praised for his mighty acts. Thirdly, he should be praised with every instrument known to man.

Finally, he should be praised by every living creature; which most certainly includes man. God gave man everything he needed to praise him at birth. He gave us a mouth to sing-hands to clap-feet to tap and a life to live that can exemplify praise. You don’t need an instrument to praise God; instruments enhance our praise. However, it shouldn’t be the focus of praise.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason