He Lives

March 29, 2013

Luke 24:5-6 says “And they were afraid, and bowed their face to the earth, they said unto them, why seek ye the living among the dead? He (Jesus) is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,

During this Easter Season let us not forget that we serve a savior that came to earth in the womb of Mary through the power of the Holy Spirit, who lived, died was buried and rose up (resurrected) on the third day with all power. Thus, because he lives those of us who know our God don’t have to be afraid of what life holds for us because our life is in Him. We don’t have to live our lives in fear and dissatisfaction because we are satisfied and content in him, for he is more than enough. This season is much more than Easter egg hunts and purchasing new outfits for Sunday service, it’s more about a risen savior with the ability to change your life right now if you would only open your heart to him.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Our Hiding Place

March 26, 2013

(Psalm 46:1) says “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” That’s always good to know. It’s good to know that in troubling times we who trust in Christ Jesus have a place of refuge, a place of shelter in the midst of the storms of life, a hiding place where we can go and hear only from him and tune out all the noise. Consider this: when troubling times smacks you in the face, what is your foundation? Where do you turn to? What or who do you depend on? If you are a Christian, make sure during troubling times that God truly is your refuge and strength and a very present help in trouble, because there are a lot of voices out there that desire to speak to us when we are in a state of trouble…be sure you are hearing the right voice when trouble comes.

God Bless You

PVM


Lord Let Me See

March 20, 2013

In Mark 10:46-52, we find a blind man by the name of Bartimaeus crying out to the Lord saying “thou son of David have mercy on me”, Jesus says “what wilt thou that I should do unto thee”? Bartimaeus replies, “Lord that I might receive my sight”.

One of the most important request we could ever make to God, would be that He would allow us to see, and I’m not talking about physical sight, as much as I am our spiritual sight. As Christians we need to ask the Lord, to open thou our eyes that we may behold the wondrous things out of His law (Psalm 119:18). Having our spiritual eyes open will cause us to see ourselves, our friends, our co-workers, our church family, even our enemy so differently, because we would be able to see them from Gods perspective. You may ask why is Gods perspective so important; simply because if I am a Christian it’s only Gods perspective that matters. In attempting to look at people through our own lenses, the sight will be tainted, corrupted and a blur on our best days. Let us see each others through the lens of Jesus because that’s the only lens that matter.

God Bless You

PVM


Seek To Understand

March 15, 2013

(Prov. 21:16) “The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.”

For the Christian it’s always important that we seek to understand God; that we seek to understand his ways, his thoughts and his acts because without that constant seeking we could find ourselves in the congregation of the dead. To be in the congregation of the dead doesn’t mean that we have fallen to a physical death; however, we could be spiritually dead and not even realize it. Thus, we who believe that we are close to God could actually be separated or further apart from God than we realize all because we don’t seek to understand what God really wants to do in our lives.

To understand God is a lifelong journey and because it’s such a journey we can never get to a place where we believe we understand him enough; thus, this journey keeps us on our knees, it keeps our hands lifted up to him in praise and it keeps our face pressed to the pages of his word. God desires for us to understand him so much that the writer of (Proverbs 4:7) said “Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” It’s been said that wisdom is not what you know but it’s how you apply what you know. However, it’s understanding that directs us to apply that wisdom properly and righteously. Therefore, seek to understand Him.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Put The Past in The Past

March 8, 2013

There is no doubt we can learn from our past mistakes. In fact, we never want to forget our past because many times our past shapes our future. For example, if you have messed up in past relationships, finances, or child rearing you don’t want to continue down that same path in the future or you will never have success in those areas. It is those mistakes in our past which causes us to re-think how we will deal with those situations in our future. However, we should not allow our past mistakes to keep us down. Don’t allow your past to condemn you, or shame you, or try to keep you in a depressed state, repent, begin to see your situation from Gods perspective and begin to allow God to make changes in your life. The Apostle Paul puts his past in the proper perspective when he says “But this one thing I do forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:13). If you could see what God sees when He looks at your future, you would put your past in the past and start rejoicing about your future; because in Christ your future looks good. Thus, “there is therefore no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit”.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Staying Until The Victory Is Won

March 6, 2013

(Exo. 17:12) “But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.”

Even as Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ hands in the battle with the Children of Israel and the Amalekite’s until victory was assured, there aren’t too many men that will stay with you until the battle is won. Oh yes, they may start out with you, but as the fight gets tougher, as life begins to get the best of them, as the leader begins to take their own beatings and struggles in life many will leave you right in the middle of a heated fight. But God is looking for some Aaron’s and Hur’s, men/women who will stay with us until the battle is won.

Saints of God it’s like a Christian ministering salvation to a drug addict: Yes you lead them to Christ, but salvation was only part of the fight. Are you willing to stay in the fight until they get free from drugs? Are you willing to take the late night phone calls when they are being tempted to snort again but they call you for prayer? Are you willing to get them the help they need when it’s beyond your level of expertise to handle the situation? Are you willing to sacrifice your own personal time, efforts and energies to see the brother/sister not only get saved but get delivered from the grip of drug addiction? Are you willing to stay with them until the victory is assured? In essence that’s what Aaron and Hur did in Moses’ life.

They were his support staff, and they remained until victory was won. We need Christians that will stay until the battle is won! We need Christians who will stay with the leadership in good and bad times unless you clearly hear the Lord saying to do otherwise! We need Christians that will translate sinners from the prayer of salvation to deliverance, because getting a man saved is only half the battle. It’s deliverance that will set him free and keep him free.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason