Posts Tagged God

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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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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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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