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Are You a Bruised Reed? by Pastor Melissa Scott

My illustration is Paul. He describes a thorn in his flesh in 2 Corinthians 12:7. I don’t know what you think his thorn is. Nobody is going to be able to give you a final answer. Some people think it was his wife; it could have been his conscience, too. I don’t know what it was that the devil buffeted him with. He calls it “a messenger of Satan,” and I feel I am on safe ground if I say that is what his thorn was: “a messenger of Satan.” But I know he was buffeted by the devil. He had held the coats when Stephen was stoned; he had caused Christians to blaspheme.

I am sure that Paul could have had second thoughts as he sat sometimes with blood running down his back after a beating, or in a prison, or as his life was ending and he said, “There is only Luke with me” and all Asia had turned aside and turned against him. (2 Timothy 4:11)

The devil could camp there in Paul’s weakness and say, “You don’t deserve any grace or anything from God when you consider what you’ve done!”

Well, Paul could write, “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth” (Romans 8:33), and Christ died and they are the ones who have that right. Paul then could say, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

Are you a bruised reed today? This message is for the church as well as for individuals. He is not in the business of breaking reeds and putting out the flax.

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God Measures Out Your Strength by Pastor Melissa Scott

Whatever your darkness is, will you put your trust in the Lord? You say that is not my darkness. We live in a day when economic collapse is on every side. We live in a day of high-pressured work. We are forever wondering how we will make it from one day to the next. An economic darkness is pressuring people on every side. I still insist on demystifying the things of God, that God provided for every darkness.

“Let him trust in the name of the LORD”: Jehovah-jireh, the Lord will provide. God has never promised me riches, but God’s Word says that the Lord is the Lord who will provide. A lot of years I thought I wouldn’t make it, but here I am. The Lord will provide.

People don’t have nervous breakdowns over today’s problems; it is what you think you are going to face tomorrow. God’s Word said, “As thy days, so shall thy strength be.” (Deuteronomy 33:25) Years ago, I made it a premise of my life, no matter how badly I want to quit, to never quit at the end of the day: “As thy days, so shall thy strength be.” At the end of the day it is gone. And the promise is precise, “As thy days.” If you have got a big problem, big strength; a little problem, little strength.

“As thy days…”: He measures out your strength.

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Lodebar by Pastor Melissa Scott

 

Many times we have to read the Old Testament looking beyond the history to that which God is saying to us today. Such a story is in 2 Samuel 9: “David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” David was the king on the throne; in this story he is the type of God the Father. “And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba?

 

And he said, Thy servant is he. And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him?

And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet.” Underline those words, lame on his feet. He was crippled, unable to help himself.

“And the king said unto him, Where is he?” Circle those words.

It is the king asking the question, “Where is he?” “And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir,” and the key words here are “in Lodebar.” Circle that word Lodebar. “Then king David sent, and fetched him.” It is Old English; that is a beautiful word for salvation: you all have been fetched. “Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir…from Lodebar. Now when Mephibosheth,” that is his name; circle it. “Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence.”

 

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.”

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Jesus’ Reaction to Wanderers by Pastor Melissa Scott

Luke 15 has what I consider to be some of the greatest parables Jesus ever told. He said, “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost?”

The Bible gave a pretty good position to shepherds. But I learned this about herding sheep: they are the dumbest animals. They are really dumb! And if one dumb one starts one direction, they all get a sickness of dumbness and follow.

Now I challenge you to find one hint in this chapter that this sheep had any business wandering off. Not a word in the parable about that: “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders,” saying, “you silly dumb animal, you had no business being out here.” No!

What Jesus said was, “He layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing…I have found my sheep which was lost.”  (Luke 15:4-6) “He layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.” It didn’t matter that the dumb sheep should have stayed home. It was gone. It was lost. He went after it.

The parable of the prodigal son is in the same chapter. In a sense, I sympathize with the elder brother in the parable. That son had no business wasting his inheritance on riotous living. But at the end of the road, feeding the swine, hungering for the swine’s leftovers, the Scripture says, “he came to himself,” literally, he “came to his senses”; he came out of insanity. If you trace the words down to their root meaning, he was insane in the path he was following. And when he came to his senses, he said, “Why, the servants are better off in my father’s house,” and he came home willing to be a servant. As he marched up the road, his father ran to greet him with a kiss.

What is that parable saying? Same message. The son had no business leaving, but Jesus is telling us the heart-view of the father. The father wanted him home, rejoiced at his returning and prepared a feast.

What is all that saying? “A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench.”

A Treasure in A Field by Pastor Melissa Scott

Pastor Melissa Scott Teaching

Pastor Melissa Scott teaches on the Treasure in A Field


If you feel worthless in the place where you are, read the
parables of Matthew 13, and know the context of those parables
taught by Jesus. He teaches three parables:
a treasure in a field, a pearl of great price, and fish in a net.
He says the Kingdom is like this: there is a treasure in a field
and the price paid is sufficient to buy the whole field,
that you might get the treasure.
For too long, I’ve heard “the pearl of great price” mistreated in theology. That pearl of
great price is not Jesus.
A goodly merchant will sell everything he has to get the pearl of
great price. And they will drag in the good fish along with
the bad fish; because the good fish have the value, they
can be sorted out later.
Pastor Melissa Scott goes on to explain that in the context of
the three parables, God is talking not about Jesus, who needs nothing
added to His glory, but He is saying to you and me what we are worth to Him that
He would bring out of the bank of Heaven His own Son. “God so loved
the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16), a
price sufficient to buy the whole field because of a treasure
hid in the field.
He would sell everything He had to get that pearl of great price,
and drag in all the fish to get the good ones; and that is you and me!
So if you feel worthless today, look at Calvary. He died
for you, and if no other person had responded from then until now,
except you, He would have done it. That’s worth getting excited and
raising your voice about! “Lift up now thine eyes, from the place
where thou art.”

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God Will Be Like a Mother to You by Pastor Melissa Scott

In Isaiah 66:13, God says, “As one whom his mother comforteth,
so will I comfort you.” Did you hear it? “As one whom his mother
comforteth, so will I comfort you.” God, in essence, is saying, “I am
going to be a mother to you, and all that a mother is and can be; as a
mother comforts, as only a mother can comfort, I will be like a mother
to you.”
Isaiah is the prophet who uniquely shows God’s love for man. It
is Isaiah who shows us the suffering servant, the Son of God who came to
stand in our place and die for us. So it is not out of character that out of
Isaiah we would get this picture of God who would be a mother to us. So
with God’s revelation of His name to Abraham, and with this direct
statement in Isaiah, I can lay a foundation.
Jesus set the pattern when He taught of taking earthly expressions
and using them as an analogy to teach us things about God. In Luke’s
Gospel, Jesus tells of an unjust judge and one who kept knocking on the
door of the unjust judge, until finally persistence broke the judge down
and he answered. Then Jesus took that earthly expression of justice, in
that case, not a very favorable example, to teach a truth about better
justice. “How much more will your heavenly Father,” the eternal Judge,
“respond if you keep on asking?”

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Blessed is THE Man by Pastor Melissa Scott

Blessed is THE Man Whose Strenght is in THEE

Pastor Melissa Scott Teaches on Psalm 84

I’m teaching on a chapter in the Bible that I hope will become the place we will
go to again and again, because your own stage of growth determines what you receive. It is the kind of chapter that is inexhaustible. I am not here to just preach sermons; we are here to do a work of God together. I am only beginning to be satisfied as a preacher when you walk out with the Word of God so real that you can forget the preacher who spoke the Word: the Word itself will take root.
Now, you probably already know that I am going to take you to Psalm 84. I hope you will get used to it. We will come back to it again and again, until this church and this people have made it their life, until the Word that is preached becomes incarnate where we are. Verse 5, “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.”

I pray God will rivet the truth home today.  “Blessed is the man…Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.”
Pastor Scott continues, teaching, Blessed is the first word.

Some of you who have listened to me before have it circled in your Bibles. It is a unique word in the original Hebrew. When I hear the word “blessed,” it is  legitimate to think of places where I have been blessed. Others will think of a particular time when they received a blessing or a kind of experience that was a blessing to them. But the word here describes a state of being. It is not a sometime affair; it is a constant state of being blessed, with no quality of the blessing changing.

It is not a blessing that just anybody has. The definite article the separates this kind of blessed man from the rest of the world: “Blessed is the man.” Circle that word the; “the man,” someone set apart from the crowd. Who? “The man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing….” Circle the word passing. The very verb form implies a journey; the very verb form defies fixation. This man who has the blessing this verse is about is going somewhere; he is not settled down. He is not fixated at any particular point: he is going on.
Dr. A.W. Tozer has said that the Christian journey is forever in danger of being made a destination. Deep in our souls, all of us have that desire to come to a place where we can, whether we say it or not, settle down
and feel we have arrived: no more problems, no more pressure.

The salvation experience many times is wrongly communicated by evangelists as some magical experience that forever stops all human problems. Too many evangelists have hung out salvation as magic. “Come to God and everything will turn bright; problems will cease; joy will be constant.” That little trip up the aisle and kneeling at an altar and a few uttered words is the “once for all” solution to all of life’s problems.

Not so! Sorry! Most of the New Testament Christians, after making such a decision, were assured of rejection by the world around them, beatings and possibly death; but hope is eternal.

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The Potter by Pastor Melissa Scott

Pastor Melissa Scott continues her teaching on The Potter’s House.

Every single person has something wrong with them and maybe not an outward thing that you can see. But I have plenty wrong with me. You’ve got plenty wrong with you. That’s the concept of the potter’s house and if God will empower you, you can be victorious over anything that is ruling the flesh because God empowers us to. It doesn’t mean that you’re going to have the victory over everything but you can be like Paul and say, “This, I can get victory over.”  Yes. All things. And I can say, “all things are lawful, not all things are expedient.”

And that brings me to the person. The potter. The God that we serve doesn’t look like the creation of my mind. If we could let modern day religion paint the picture of the potter, we’d be sitting in the potter’s chair while we’d be doing the work, working on the potter. That’s the attitude instead of saying perfect submission, “Have your way, Lord. I’m just a lousy, rotten piece of clay anyway. You do with me what you will and I know when I come through this I’m going to be something good because you made me good, not because I brought anything to the table.”

Not By Works by Pastor Melissa Scott

Pastor Melissa Scott continues her teaching.

For we are His workmanship. Something He is doing in us, to us, by His hand, by His Spirit. Nothing that I bring to the table is going to help in that capacity.

Dr. Boice frequently would quote from Dr. Barnhouse. In fact, if you read Dr. Barnhouse, you’ll find a lot of Dr. Boice’s thinking comes straight out of Dr. Barnhouse. You will see it is this good mindset to say, “No works, but…” And what we end up having are people that are so confused about what we’re supposed to do now.

When it says the Spirit of – the evidence of – that the evidence of one’s salvation, had it been prefaced by saying the fruit, what comes out of the person once the Spirit is deposited, what comes out of you.

The fruit Galatians talks about, could include you doing things that you would never normally do. But if you’re going to try to equate your salvation with something you can do, then let me ask the question. Why do you need God and why did you need Jesus to hang on the cross for you? If you can do it yourself, why do you need any of this other stuff?

I mean you can say, “Poor Jesus died on the cross. I’m going to bring to you a list.” Well let’s make a list. Let’s write down a list mentally of all the things we could write down and do as good, to be presented and weighed in the balance. Here, let me make a list of good things I can do. I could do things for elderly people and I could be seen of all people as a humble worker feeding the poor.

“Here is the place where sound,” – he says “sound,” emphasis on “sound Protestant and Roman Catholic theology part company. Many Roman Catholics insist that justification is by the grace of God through faith. Ephesians 2:8 says so. But they answer questions about the relationship between faith and works differently than Protestants do.” Now this is like saying, “All people have two legs.” There’s not going to be a definition of what the criteria is underneath that. This is so generic and therefore it is wrong. Watch what I’m going to show you.

“Catholic theology says that works enter into justification in the same sense that God justifies us in part by producing good works in us, so that we are justified by faith plus those works. Sound,” – he emphasizes, “sound Protestant theology also insists on works.” I’m not sure what that means: does that mean that everything else is unsound? That’s what he’s going to say.

He’s going to go on to say that if your faith doesn’t have works attached it’s unsound. Listen carefully. It says here, “Sound Protestant theology also insists on works, but it says that the works follow justification as a consequence and evidence of it. Catholic theology says faith plus works equals justification. Protestants reply faith equals justification plus works.” I’m going to say with all due respect, no. No. NO.

I have multiple commentaries on this. And every single person did succumb to the same mistake. And it’s a mistake. Paul said, “not of works, no works.” In this particular thing he’s saying, “By grace, through faith; not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Water and Fire at the Potter’s House by Pastor Melissa Scott

Let’s continue talking about the Potter’s House.  I’m going to add water to our  metaphor. How do I know these things? Because unlike Dr. Scott who traveled to the potter’s houses, I made pottery. You need water.

The water in our application will only go so far as to represent the Spirit of God and His word because that is needed to be the flow on which God will press His hands on us in our life situation.

And fire. You need a kiln. You need to bake this final product. And I know. I was the kiln girl because I took charge of making sure everybody’s art got safely into the oven.