O Give Thanks

October 10, 2012

(Psalms 107:1-2) “O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: For his mercy endureth forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;”

If anybody ought to be thanking the Lord for his goodness it ought to be the Christian. In fact, that’s what the Lord desires and requires is that we should be willing to offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving. Those whom the Lord has saved their soul and made them whole ought to say thank you! Those of us whom God has loved even when we didn’t love ourselves ought to tell God thank you! Those of us whom God has made ways for time and time again where there seemed to be no way ought to tell God thank you. He has done so much for us that it’s no time to get quiet on God now. There is no time to be shy about who we serve now; there is no time to allow others to cry out on our behalf, because those who know their God; those who know how merciful God has been to us; those who know that God has snatched them from the jaws of hell by His grace ought to have a hallelujah praise in their hearts and thank you from their mouths and a dance in their feet because of the things He has done for us.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Thank you Lord-Part 2

October 4, 2012

In the book of Phillipians Chapter 1 the Apostle Paul opens his letter to the Church at Phillipi thanking them for supporting him in the work that God has called him to do. He writes “I thank my God for upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now” (Phil 1:3-5). Thus, he thanks them for their prayers, their gifts of love and their continued support and encouragement and most of all the fellowship.

And we who are Christians ought to thank those who have supported us, prayed for us or encouraged us not only in ministry, but in any goal or work we have completed. We must understand that we didn’t get to where we are on our own. Contrary to what others may say or think, we didn’t pull ourselves up by our own boot straps to do great things for God under our own power. If we think long and hard enough there was always somebody there praying for us; there was always somebody there encouraging us to do a little better; God always had a ram in the bush to encourage many of us to go further… from our parents, siblings, friends, school teachers and certainly the grace of God. Let’s thank God for those who have labored with us; those who have cried with us and those who have encouraged us when we were about to give up and throw in the towel because no one is an island unto themselves.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Thank you Lord

October 2, 2012

(Eph 5:20) “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

As Christians, do we give thanks to God always and for all things? My guess is no. Sure we give him thanks for an unexpected check in the mail; sure we give him thanks for the new job, or the promotion on the job; sure we give him thanks when things in our lives seem to be going well. However, do we give him thanks when things are going bad? Do we give him thanks when the car breaks down or we face a financial situation? Are we prepared to give him thanks when he has to take us through a difficult situation to get us to grow up spiritually? My guess is no for the majority of Christians. But the fact is that we are supposed to thank him in all things.

That’s not natural for people to do; in fact it seems to make no sense, that’s why thanking God always for all things is supernatural. If Jesus is God, and the last time I checked in he was; if all things work together for good to them that love God, and to them that are called according to his purpose (Rom 8:28), then there is no reason not to keep a thank you on our lips at all times. I don’t speak to you as one who has made it over because I struggle with the thank you doctrine from time-to-time.

However, we must strive to put our Christian selves in a position to operate in a genuine thank you mode, because if he hadn’t done anything else for us he at least provided us with salvation. At the end of the day King David said “O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good, his mercy endureth forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy (Psalm 107:1-2).” If anybody ought to be thanking the Lord it should be the redeemed.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason