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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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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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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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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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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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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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