Posts Tagged Jesus

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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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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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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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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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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