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About the laws of giving God’s way by Pastor Melissa Scott

Now back to giving God’s way. Let’s start – I don’t know if I’m going to finish this, this may be one of these long, long things. I’m not sure what’s going to happen. Just bear with me.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that turn in your Bibles to Genesis 4. Now you don’t get any more basic than that, do you? That’s the very basics of the very basics. Genesis 4:3 has the offering of Cain and Abel. Now I’m not wanting to teach on Genesis. I’m talking about the laws of giving God’s way. Cain and Abel, you read Abel’s offering in the 3rd verse I believe it is. You read Abel’s offering “And in the process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstling of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering,” Cain, no, no respect.

Now I know a lot of people have debated over this. I don’t think there is a debate. Cain offered in a bad spirit, he had a bad spirit in him to begin with. He was corrupt from the beginning. Abel brings his offering and people say “Well was it because Abel’s offering was an animal and Cain’s was the toil of his hands?” In part, but think about it, back in Genesis 3:7 God cursed the ground. And then this kid turns around and brings to God what He cursed. “Here let me give you what you just cursed so you can have some of what you cursed.” People give like that. What about Abel’s offering? And I like this because it’s very much looked over. How did Abel know to bring an animal? And I always say this goes back to some common thread somewhere most likely when God killed the animal that became the covering for Adam and Eve in place of their leaves that they made. At that point and then they are thrown out of the garden. I’m sure probably the spirit in them recognizing what they had done. Probably from some part close to the opening of the garden, somewhere nearby within eyeshot they came and probably emulated – if it was instructed by God they certainly tried to emulate what God did because now the children, at least one child is doing it. And then you fast-forward to Noah.

Forgiveness by Pastor Melissa Scott

Well you know what the Bible says? If you want to be forgiven you must forgive others. Do you know how hard that is? Is anybody going to argue with me to argue how hard that is to forgive somebody who’s done something real bad? Only God can do that type of forgiveness. Unconditional. He doesn’t say looking at me and I’m being ludicrous. He hasn’t spoken to me. But He doesn’t say ‘Melissa, I forgive you but.’ Do you see what I’m saying? But He doesn’t say ‘Melissa,I forgive you but.’ Do you I’m saying?

Now, I don’t want to say baby food because every single person that has wrestled with this problem has wrestled with something else. I want you to go with me. We’re going to cover it all. I want you to go with me.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that please turn your Bible to John 8. I taught on this about last year. And last year when I taught on it I didn’t teach on it the way I’m going to teach on it today. I have greater understanding about the way we are. All of us. Oh yeah, I’ve read the story about the woman taken in adultery a thousand times. Read it with me today. And I hope you read it with fresh eyes because I  have something very interesting to say. Chapter 8 verse 3 “And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman, taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, they said unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us that such should be stoned; what sayest thou? This they said tempting him, that they might to accuse him. Jesus stooped down, and with his finger he wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

God sees no color by Pastor Melissa Scott

I would be remembering what he said, what he did – ‘Oh, remember that time.’ ‘Oh yeah that was a fun time that time.’ Or whatever happened in that picture. Okay? “Do this in remembrance of me.” Those elements act like a photo that you look at that helps you to remember the act of what He did. And the act of what He did – well He might have healed a lot of people and He might have said a lot of good things. But He said ‘I’m here now. You’re going to see Me. I’m going to do all these things. But the most important thing is I’m going to lay down my life and I’m going to raise up again on the third day.’

You’d be surprised how many people start on some other premise when they’re addressing the Communion. Some have degrees of sin like ‘I’m not as bad as this person. I didn’t rob a bank, therefore I’m not as bad as that person’ or ‘well I don’t do that.’ Hey. Go read the Bible.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the Pharisee and the publican ‘I thank my God I’m not like so-and-so.’ Guess what? You just did worse. You just did worse in the act of saying you’re not like that person. Spiritual pride and sin of saying you’re not like him when the fact of the matter is you all – we all are born into Adam. And “all have sinned.” It doesn’t say – it says there’s no difference. Do you know what that means? It means black. It means white. It means yellow. It means red. It means God sees no color. He doesn’t see any indication of more or less. There is no difference.

Now I’m going to say this because maybe there are some of you that are like me.

Christ in the Old Testament by Pastor Melissa Scott

Now Jesus turns around in Revelation. He’s already won the victory. He’s resurrected. Glorified. He’s talking to the over-comers “To him that overcometh I will give to him authority over the nations” which means “to him that overcometh the right to rule and rein. To him that overcometh he will shepherd them.” There’s been a change here. It went from the Father hypothetically speaking to the Son and the Son now talking to we who are co-heirs of the promise to us “to him that overcometh I’ll give to him authority over the nations. He will shepherd them with a rod of iron” – the same thing, just like the Son, coequal – “And he will shatter them” – the promise that was given to Christ in the Old Testament, Christ turns around and says ‘Now I paid the price and I’m the first-goer of the faith, I’m the first achiever and I’m turning around to you church of Thyatira and I’m saying to you if you’ll overcome, if you’ll overcome,” if you’ll read the last line of Psalm 2. Read the last line “Blessed are they that put their trust in him.” “If you’ll put your trust in Me, church of Thyatira, if you’ll put your trust in Me, church where ever you are in whatever age, if you’ll put your trust in Me you will be given, coequal, the same inheritance that I have been given, that the Father promised me. I will turn around and give it to you. If you put your trust in Me, church you will overcome. You will rule and reign with me.”

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the promise of life eternal with Christ Jesus and I can’t say anymore than that because to add anything more to this – the only one thing that I’d say as a footnote: there’s a reason it says like the ceramic the vessel of the Potter that He will break. When the church is gone, what will be left when the church is gone? Are those people who are like hardened clay they would not harken. Like Pharaoh their hearts were hardened.

They would not hear. Don’t tell me about the fact He’s going to come again and there may be some who are saved. That’s a sidebar. It’s a side issue. There are many who are going to be smashed to pieces in the end. Is that the Jesus Christ we serve? Well He’s come and how long has He been here? People take the text out of context and say ‘at the end, the last church, Christ is knocking at the door will you answer?’ He’s not knocking outside somebody’s nonbeliever door. He’s knocking on the church. He’s talking to the believers. Will you hear what He’s saying? “To him that overcometh you will be just as I was to the Father you will be with Me!”

And that’s my message.

Why Do You Believe? by Pastor Melissa Scott

You have a right to believe what you want. Know why you believe it and where your beliefs came from and then make you decision based on that.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that if we’re teaching the message of Jesus Christ, people will get saved and people will latch on, trust and believing in the Lord. But then let me tell you something. No threat of a bomb in this country, no natural disaster, nothing should shake you because you know in whose arms you’re going to be when you get there.

We’ve said it to our Jewish friends, if you’re going to be Jewish know what the scriptures saith. Know why you are a Jew, not because you were born into a family and Judaism without really understanding. If you’re going to believe, know why you believe and back it up with something, so that you have underneath everything something to stand on. I know what I stand on. I listened long enough. I’ve read enough to know what I’m standing on is solid.

The Gospel by Pastor Melissa Scott

Ten meaning an intensifier; ten making it so intense you’re going to have ten, you’re going to have intense days, ten being the number of intensity, of tribulation.  What does He say? “Be thou faithful unto death.” I put this here because it’s so beautiful. He gives an imperative ginou pistos, ‘be faithful.’ My command to you, you folks at Smyrna, my command to you, you people that are saying, professing I’m Christians and I am, “Be faithful, and I will give thee a crown of life.” If I had more time, one of those days where I don’t, this is your crown, stefanon.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that it’s interesting, that’s the crown of life, the word for crown, stefanon, it’s interesting when we read in the Gospel records about Jesus when they put Him on trial and they put a crown of thorns on His head, that crown the word in the Greek stefanon and the first Christian martyr after Jesus, Stephen, stefanon. “I will give you a crown of life.” For you laying down your life, this is your reward the last place that it reads, it’s like Jesus saying listen I am already, I’ve been there, I’ve done that you don’t have to worry about it. Look to me, I’m living proof you’re going to overcome, you’re going to come through. “To the person that has ear, let him hear what the Spirit’s saying.” If you can understand what Jesus is saying, if you can understand what I’m saying, the message has been trust in Him. Trust in Him. Keep trusting in Him. Trust in him, He’ll never leave; He’ll never forsake you. He’ll never misguide you. He’ll never lead you down a wrong path and I can’t say that for the rest of the people out in the world.

“And he that overcometh,” we covered that word, onikon, “to the victor shall not be hurt of the second death.” I want to tell you something this whole text, if that doesn’t give you the greatest hope like plugging in to a power cord where you’ve just been rejuvenated because Christ is giving us these instructions.  He says to those of you who are going to follow faithfully and stay the course of things and not veer your eyes from me, because He had not one word of rebuke to these people, they won’t be hurt of the second death.

Man, if I could believe that. Not me I do, you know if people really believed that we’ve have people stepping forward and saying “By God’s grace and by His power and by His Holy Spirit, I am here to help you push the Word of this wonderful Gospel out to the world and there’s nothing that will stop me. I’m going to be like that band at Smyrna not some Ephesian church, not some church that will come ebb and flow with whatever the religion de jour is. I’m going to stay with the stuff. You can’t pry my hands loose from the plow. I’m going to stay by the goods because I know the person that stays by the goods gets the stuff.”

About tribulation by Pastor Melissa Scott

Okay, now odia, ‘perfect knowledge.’ I’m going to say to you in passing wherever you are, whatever problems you’re at, whatever suffering or troubles or trials you’re in, He’s got perfect knowledge. This knowledge that He knew about Smyrna, He has about you and about me. His knowledge is perfect about us and so “I know your” let me write under here. “I know your,” this is a definite article not being translated ‘the,’ but it’s not translated, thlipsin.

Now, your tribulation I want to talk about tribulation for a minute, maybe longer. We know when we read the book of Romans, Romans 5 talks about tribulations, tribulation and tribulations.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that this is a singular tribulation and it’s going to matter in a minute. This word and I hope, please don’t tune me out, this is so important, this word is a noun. That’s all I’m going to tell you about that word right now. Noun: person, place or thing, okay? Except for two instances in the Bible, except for two times in the New Testament 1st Thessalonians and 2nd Thessalonians, every other time this word is used as a noun, which means it’s not a person, it’s not a place so it’s got to be a thing, right? Right. Okay.

Now follow me and please stay with me. If this is a thing it’s not something if it was a verb we could – let me try and make up a word, we could ‘tribulationify’ ourselves out of something. Do you get what I’m saying? But we can’t because it is a thing and in this word tribulation you’ll find this is being referred to as troubles, tribulation, not “Tribulation the great tribulation,” no, but even “Tribulation the great tribulation” is a thing. This is going to be important.

Now as I started studying this I thought you know, I wonder is there a difference between tribulation – we have the definition we’ve seen of that ugly looking scraping things that crushes the wheat and makes it into flour, that’s from the word in the Latin tribulum.

Seven commendations by Pastor Melissa Scott

We finished looking at the 2nd chapter; we saw the church at Ephesus abandon its first love. They had to deal with false apostles; the works of the Nicolaitans; a rebuke; seven commendations; a rebuke, and then to those that overcome a promise is given. What is so ironic about this book because it’s been so discounted: The devil is, he’s like a counterfeit 20-dollar bill, sometimes you have a hard time recognizing what it is. And you really don’t know until you try and pass it off on somebody. That’s how, that’s how cleaver he is to dissuade us from reading this book with eyes of the Spirit and make it nothing but either something that people say you can’t understand it or it’s something that John wrote that’s too crazy for any of us to even make sense of. Not so, not so, not so.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that one of the beautiful things is in Jesus’ rebuke to the church at Ephesus. He says if you don’t change your ways I’m going to take your candlestick from you. You know what I wish? I wish that you folks would really digest what’s being said here because not only did it apply to the church at Ephesus it applies to the Church present day. If you don’t change your ways, church, this church, any church anywhere, if you don’t change your ways and stop your ways, Jesus can take the church. “Well how could that be?” It’s His church, that’s right. He has the right to say okay lady you’re a faithful servant, I’m going to pluck you up with those faithful ones and stick you somewhere else. You think the message only applies to those Ephesian people. This is a message for all ages and all times and it’s a tough message.

If we would heed the warning when He says “If you don’t change your ways,” look at what’s left in Ephesus. If you are a person who has traveled to that land you will see nothing is left but strewn ruins of past splendor of what used to be. There’s not even a church there. Then you travel some thirty plus maybe forty miles at best north to Smyrna. There’s something ironic and you can say coincidence, there’s something ironic about the fact that He told this church at Ephesus “If you don’t change your ways” with the rebuke “I’m going to take your church” and there’s nothing there.

The Book of Revelation by Pastor Melissa Scott

Now, setting the stage because we’re going to go to the book of Revelation setting the stage, Paul encountered people that said they were Christians, or Christ followers, that were not. People encountered, Paul encountered people who were still in the Judaic frame; he encountered sorcerers; he encount , all kinds of people! Just in the 19th chapter you have an overview of what he had to come against. The mere fact that he singlehandedly, I’m sure Timothy and Erastus and Apollo and all these others, Priscilla and Aquila, I’m sure but it was Paul who going in and kind of duking it out with these people. And it takes perseverance.

Now there’s one last footnote I want you to, I would like you to take a look at. I had you circle those words, we’re going to get to them. There’s one word in verse 35. It says “when the townclerk,” Acts 19:35, “when the townclerk.” That word, neochoros in the Greek, that’s a word that’s still used today in the Greek Orthodox Church for a custodian of the church. Come on up here for a minute again; last time maybe, I’m not sure. This inscription take a picture of the inscription, please this inscription is found. I’ll show you where on the theatre, okay? I’m going to turn the page on you.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that this inscription is found right at the top here of, it’s out of the picture but it would be right at the top of the theatre, okay? Still existing today. This reads “Ephesus, the first and greatest metropolis of Asia and three times temple warden.” I point that out, that’s good enough, I point that out because that town clerk, neochoros, appears in here: neochoros, ‘town warden,’ ‘temple warden.’

Don’t base your Faith on these things. Base your Faith on the Resurrection, but when you start to see all of these little pieces of history that are left behind, it’s almost like God said, with His great sense of humor, “I’m going to leave you a couple of crumbs here so you can pick at this and pick at that and, those of you that really want to pull your hair out, go to town and put it together!”

The Church of Ephesus by Pastor Melissa Scott

“These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks.” Notice something. You notice we had the full description of Christ by John. We had Christ describing Himself in this passage and now we have a little cutout of Christ, says “Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write, unto the pastor, that’s who He’s talking to, not some ethereal or some celestial being. It’s “Unto the pastor of the church of Ephesus write, Jesus speaking   it’s to the Church from Jesus, if you want to just simplify it   walking “in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks.” I like this, Jesus in the midst of the Church. He never stopped being, by the way, in the midst of the church. He’s still in the midst of the Church right now. “I know thy works, erga. Sorry, you can’t cloak it.

I’m going to, we’re going to pick at this for a while. I may not get to everything I want to say but we, we made it out of the 1st chapter, that’s pretty good! Making good time in here. “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy”   it says ‘patience; it should be ‘endurance.’ Now listen carefully, how many of you have this, are open at this page? Show me your hands. Not all of you are open at this page, then. Okay, let me read what it says. “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast endured, and so on and so on.

Now let me tell you, if we were reading it for today’s Church not this Church, but today’s Church world   it would say “I know your coffee shops, and your vitamins, and your millionaire for Jesus schemes.” That’s what’s wrong! Remember, Jesus before He was crucified, He warned the disciples. Paul fought the same thing: many tangental, many false voices. Now, not speaking to you folks who are here, but anybody listening out there, I’m going to challenge you to challenge me on anything I’m saying because it’s straight from the Bible.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that we have our eyes fixed, people live on this premise, “The breath of eternity’s upon us. Awh, come on now! Let’s go out and do something   forget about the Church! Oh, the breath of eternity’s upon us all, but it’s somebody else’s problem.”