Arise and Walk by Pastor Melissa Scott

Looking northward on a clear day you can see snowcapped Mount
Hermon, to the west of Damascus. Southward, you would see the
uplands of Samaria and Jerusalem, which was only a fort in that day.

Eastward was the land he had already given to Lot. Looking westward,
were you to climb one of the mountains, you could see the Mediterranean
and the plains of Sharon, clear down to the coast.

“For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy
seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that
if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be
numbered. Arise....” Circle that word, “Arise, walk through the land....”
Circle that word walk; “in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I
will give it unto thee.”

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Heel Grabbers by Pastor Melissa Scott

He came to a well and there was a big rock on the well; he 
asked about it and found this was where Laban, his uncle,
watered his sheep.
And Rachel, Laban’s daughter, came to the well. Jacob fell
in love at first sight. He wanted to marry Rachel, so he met
the family. He went to work for his uncle and asked if he
could have Rachel’s hand in marriage.
He said, “I’ll work seven years for Rachel, thy younger
daughter.” How would you like to have your man work for you that

Seven years he worked for Rachel, and Laban fooled him and
gave him Leah. Seven more years he worked then for Rachel;
that’s 14 years for Rachel! 

When this old heel grabber wanted something, he never let go!
That is the point being made:  that side of the nature that,
in its own strength, will never  say die, will never give up,
will grab for himself. 

Corner him, he’s still fighting!

Keep Going On! by Pastor Melissa Scott

I am not suggesting you earn access to God. I am worth no more to God because I have made the journey than I was worth when I started.

I stand, at the end of the journey, on the sprinkled blood, just as I stood when I accepted the sacrifice at the beginning. But if I truly love God and want to please Him, He has given me a road map. I don’t want to camp at any point. I don’t want to feel I am so clean I don’t have to wash, that my life is so bright I don’t have to have new oil, that I have given enough I don’t have to replenish, or that the incense is going up
until I don’t have to kindle it anymore.

Do it all and keep “going on!”

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Ministry to the LORD by Pastor Melissa Scott

I want to talk about ministry to the Lord.

What is it?

What is involved?

I think I know my heart, and I’m sure you know
yours. I want God’s priority. I want to put first what He puts first, and I
don’t have to go back more than two days to find what’s been first: more
doing in outer court than inner court ministry. I challenge you to take the
same look.

What is this ministry to the Lord? I wish I could make it more glamorous. If I could define it that you had to starve for three days, sell your home, go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and climb a mountain to a certain place, I’d probably get more candidates than the less glamorous thing I’m going to talk about. There is nothing mystical about ministry to the Lord.

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Inner Court Ministry is Hidden by Pastor Melissa Scott

This inner court ministry is hidden, and because it is hidden there
is only one motivation, and that is the second reason I think God puts it in
priority: only your love for God will bring you in here.

In the outer court, acclaim for accomplishments can keep you going. Somebody sitting there says, “I want you to watch that man. I never have seen a guy that
can get as many animals slain in one 24-hour period in my life. He can
lead more people into repentance and into dedication than any 10 other
guys in the court.” And subtly, before you know it, you might slip into
outer court performance because it is seen. You might do that because it
is seen; you do this because He wants it.
Last, because it is hidden, there is only one way to evaluate
ministry to the Lord. In the outer court, skills differentiate.

You know, some people just have a way with the knife. They not only get the job
done, but when they lead somebody to repentance and offer that sacrifice,
they just have such a flourish in the way they do it that you forget for a
moment what is being done in the joy of watching the performance.

They just grab the sacrifice and the knife, and they do it with a sweep and
grace. You like to watch them perform in the outer court while other
people are all thumbs. “I’ll get the sacrifice offered, and you may cringe
thinking I’ll cut a thumb off in the process, but I’ll get it done.”

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Grace Shown by David by Pastor Melissa Scott

Now, you who know your Bible know that Saul typified this
world; he ruled the kingdom that God intended David to rule.

For a long time David didn’t really become the king, but now he is king in fact, and he sends out this message asking if there is any of the house of Saul left.

Why is he asking that question? Long before he became king in fact, in
that familiar story when he was hunted in the woods by Saul, Jonathan
went to him and they two made a covenant in the woods together. In this
covenant, David promised to show kindness to the descendants of
Jonathan. So the action of David is based upon a covenant made with
another long ago. Now Mephibosheth will become the beneficiary of that
covenant previously made; and for the sake of another, the king “sent,
and fetched him.”

Now when Mephibosheth came unto David in the king’s court, he
fell on his face and did reverence. “And David said, Mephibosheth….”
David called him by name. Remember that! Mephibosheth answered,
“Behold thy servant!” The first thing David did was call him by name.
Then David said, “Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for
Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy

Look what happens to this son of Jonathan: “thou shalt eat bread
at my table continually.” Mephibosheth was overwhelmed. “He bowed
himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?” The king just poured out blessings. In verse 10,
David said to Ziba, “Mephibosheth thy master’s son shall eat bread alway
at my table.”

In verse 11, “As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall
eat at my table, as one of the king’s sons.” In verse 13, “So
Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king’s
table; and was lame on both his feet.”

The Spirit Abides by Pastor Melissa Scott

I John 2:6:  “HE THAT SAITH HE ABIDETH IN HIM ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” Hear it again, “He that saith he abideth in him…” and I might say, “Who is among us that saith this?”

We who are filled with the Spirit say that He abides in us because we know the promise that the Spirit comes to abide. In verse 5, John asks a question by implication; and then he answers it in  the statement: “hereby know we that we are in him.” How do we know? “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.”

There is a lot of talk today about spirituality. There are those who point to someone else and say, “He is spiritual” or, “He is not spiritual.” I wonder what these people mean by that word spiritual. Some people think that in order to be spiritual, you have to float 40 feet off the ground and act funny. They relate spirituality to certain kinds of “feeling” phenomena, having not learned to distinguish between “manifestation” and “demonstration.” It is a subtle distinction.

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John 16:33 – Courage by Pastor Melissa Scott

Now turn to John 16:33; this is getting repetitious, isn’t it? That is the point. “In the world ye shall have tribulation.” If you listen to a lot of preaching today, you would find that hard to believe. For the last several years, audiences have gathered around spokesmen of a new kind of “gospel.” It is all going to be rosy and cheery, everything is going to get better; and, if you stay in God’s will, you are not going to have  any problems. But piercing through all that rosy glow is Jesus’ last message to His disciples.

 Here He is telling them the devastating news: they are going be left alone; they are going to fail Him; they are even going to forsake Him. He wants them to have peace, and in the same paragraph, He says, “In the world ye shall have tribulation.” Will you let me say it to you again? “In the world ye shall have tribulation”: that is never going to change. If you keep looking for magic, you are going to miss Him.

If you follow Jesus, He said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good courage .” Please circle the word and write it in the margin of your Bible again, courage.

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What Does the Jordan River Represent? by Pastor Melissa Scott

What does the Jordan River represent? I have heard it called everything from the baptism of the Holy Spirit to the “second definite work of grace” to a half dozen other things. But let me keep simplifying and demystifying it. Do you know what I think the Jordan River represented? I don’t think that this desert man Elisha could swim at all, and if he crossed that river in Elijah’s power, he had to have the same power to get back or it was a long dusty walk and an embarrassing return.

 As long as he was on the front side of Jordan, he could back out and save face. He could go back and say, “I went further than any of the rest of you,” to the sons of the prophets. But when he stood on Jordan’s side, if he went across that river in the power that Elijah had, he had to have the same power to get back. It put him beyond himself. I don’t know what your crutch is. I know my problem. The hardest problem that God’s had with me for many years is to get me to a point where I would really trust Him, to where I would take a step following Him that put me beyond myself. I’ve had what Dr. Tozer calls pseudo faith:

 I would trust God only if I had an insurance policy in my pocket, figuratively speaking, that I could use to “bail God out” if He let me down.

 I don’t want to create fanatics who run out and hunt for a Jordan River today and try to create an extreme circumstance. If you are following God, you can count on the fact that He will bring you to a point where He will test your ability to trust Him. Maybe it’s been your talent, maybe it’s been your education, maybe it’s been your skills, maybe it’s been your position; but whatever that crutch is, whatever it is you lean on every time you get to a point where you find out what God could do for you, you are going to have to lay it aside when you cross Jordan River.

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Everything in the Bible is Written for Us Today by Pastor Melissa Scott

Everything in the Bible is written for us today. It is God’s covenant to us, His Testament; His writing of the terms by which we relate to Him and have an inheritance in His Kingdom. When you read Old Testament stories, they are not just history. God elected a people. They were called “God’s elect.” They changed the meaning and put the emphasis on privilege, but as with many biblical and spiritual concepts, if you go to ordinary language you come closer to the meaning. We elect people to responsibility. We expect them to do something. God elected a people with a responsibility. They were His oracle.

God would reveal Himself to them. His covenant would be written in them, through them and with them. As His elected people, God would treat them as His instruments on the stage of history until they became the elements in a drama, sometimes in spite of themselves. And though their lives were real and historic, God was injecting a control into their lives that would make them act out truths that are eternal.

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