God’s guidance by Pastor Melissa Scott

June 25, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

This is the water that you can rest beside. This is the place where you can drink and eat of God’s Word and your cup does run over and your head is anointed by just the very aspect of understanding what His provisions are. I’m blessed and you’re blessed beyond any possible word that we could ever possibly speak. But this one encompasses it.

This is, truly if you’ll go back in you and your own time read and reread the story in I Kings 17, that miracle cruse of oil that it says, “It did not fail.” It ran abundantly, could not contain. So when we speak of God prosperity let’s put in the proper context. I’ve got to look to Him. He’s watching over me. And it’s not just to get something from Him. My prosperity is named in there, I have food for my belly, I have got provisions, I’ve got leading, I’ve got guidance, he lines-and in fact there is seven for sure and possibly ten instructions for His shepherd hood toward those that read and say, “That’s it.” God’s guidance is sufficient. His care is enough. 

If you’re in a situation today, if you’re in your state of mind or where you are today finds you in a place where you think, “I am lost,” the Lord is my Shepherd. If you’re finding yourself in a place, whether it’s a sickness, whatever it is, I could go through all the names of God, but they’re all encompassed in that one name, because His constant care for every dimension of those creatures tells me for food, for prevision, for guidance, the most; the greatest one, He restores my soul. I lift that out and I said, “He restores my soul.” He lets me Sabbath with Him.

When I receive my crown that fades not away, I get to Sabbath with Him: promise obtained. Now I’m praying that through the week you’ll make this your place of meditation, your place of prayer, where you latch onto this just one simple verse; four words, nine in English.

I don’t care if you say it in English or in Hebrew. Just start claiming that. If you’re in a situation, “The LORD is my shepherd, the LORD is my shepherd. He’s leading me, He’s guiding me, and He’s there with me ever present. His care is to see that I am making it in, going the right direction. Trust me that care encompasses every nature and every dimension of every single person in the sound of my voice today. That’s my message.

God is the Great by Pastor Melissa Scott

June 18, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

If you really read this passage closely you’re going to see every single need is provided. Every single need; there’s not a need left out here that when you look at this, it’s not just some He snaps His fingers and happens. There’s care, very detailed care, the leading, “He leadeth me beside still waters.  He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Sorry, not for Melissa Scott and not for you; for His name’s sake. Do you know how many times I’m sure I thought I’m going to teach on this but you know what so many people just read this and its second nature, we recite it, we know it?

The care that goes in to shepherding and now I’m speaking about the Good, the Great, the Chief Shepherd of our souls is immense. It doesn’t just happen like that. It’s says even here, “Thou preparest a table before me”-”preparest.” He’s not like “I Dream of Jeannie” and He just twitches His eyes and there it is. There’s a preparation process for life in a believer to be able to sit down and sup with Him.

You think all these things and you recognize that David in his maturity reflecting back on his younger years has learned something of the nature and care for God; for God to him and for God’s people. Staggering. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” I missed one. I’m sorry. “The table in the presence of my enemies,” so for all you folks out there that say, “The people of God have not don’t have any enemies,” read the Scriptures. The more you press closer to God the more enemies you’re going to have.

The more you press close towards the heart of God, the more Satan and those opponents come to tear you away. But there is a Shepherd shepherding you, looking after you. And I, I fit into that group of people, God chose some under-shepherds.

That’s me. But He is the Shepherd and under His watchful care and under His watchful guidance with rod and staff. But the sheep need to understand God is the Great, the Good, the Great and the Chief. He gave an under shepherd and the under-shepherd comes with the Word of God and says, “This is your equipping. This is your green pasture. 

Cross as a Symbol by Pastor Melissa Scott

June 11, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

Six thousand years almost if the scholars are correct. Who knows? And it had nothing to do with a country or cult per se. It had to with, if you look at the swastika outside of its menacing white circle and red background, which it never it did not have at the beginning. It just had the symbol.

It was clockwise symboling the changing or symbolizing the changing of the seasons. Nothing to do with the menacing Nazi Germany in a much nearer future; much closer past, I would say. So these things evoke emotions, but the Star of David that was found, which is sometimes called the Seal of Solomon, had no emotive meaning to it in the 6th century.

You’ve got to trace the meaning and watch it develop. And what happens is staggering. Now I tell you this because it will be important when we get to the cross. The Star of David; there are many people that say, “But what about the psalms? Because the psalmist talks about, “thou art a star and shield”-Mogen, Mogen-the Hebrew word. But in fact, whether we want to conjecture and fabricate ideas, there is not star per se that we can lift out of the Old Testament and claim this to be the actual, factual thing that is produced down the road. However, factually, these are the small miracles of the evolution of a culture and religious belief.

Here, fast forward to the year 1354 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. The holy Roman emperor, Charles IV, let’s his Jewish populace, the Jewish population of that city demonstrate their flag, which, by the way, has nothing to do with the flag of Israel, today’s flag, but it was nonetheless a flag with the star of David on it. And by the way, that flag is still on display at the oldest synagogue in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Little history factoids nestled in there. That symbol goes to Bohemia, to Eastern Europe and suddenly there by the time of the 17th century-this is pretty late in comparison to where we are. The 17th century in Vienna, the first inscription defining a people, not a community, but a religious faith by the emblem, the Star of David; as you know this inscription; in fact it’s kind of; it’s very bizarre because it points to one place with a cross, saying, “This is the Christian quarter,” and one place with the star of David, “This is the Jewish quarter,” in Vienna, 17th century.

Temptation by Pastor Melissa Scott

June 4, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

He must rule and have sovereignty, not just as Creator but within this creation and thereby, by that means, His name is manifested, His kingdom is manifested and by this very container, His will is manifested. And I love this. I’d read by it. I did the old-fashioned thing, which is to circle every single word and dissect and spend probably an hour on each individual word and I thought, isn’t it interesting, “Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven,” you know the italics are added by the translators. But I thought a reflection of this as we say glibly, “Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven,” I began to think like a body of water, like a lake.

When we look at it, it looks blue. In fact, it may not be blue; it’s only reflecting the sky, so it’s a reflection on earth of what is above. So God is anticipating what we will be as a reflection on earth as is what is above. That’s the best way to define this passage. And you begin to see. You stop for a minute and you say, “Let me reflect on this.” It’s no longer something I just recite and go through.   Now as we begin to and as I begin to teach on prayer, because I do know this. It is needed. This putting the self aside for a minute and just addressing Him and once that’s done; this is again, the staggering thing, He makes provisions for us: daily bread. He’s not saying, “Hey, kiddo, talk to me about tomorrow.” He says, day, “for today.”

Provision for today, then He talks about forgiveness which I can’t wait to talk about and gets down to this one thing that makes me think, Lord, have mercy on us who’ve read through this so many times and just rotely said, “and lead us not into temptation,” because it’s when in Luke, they come and they say, “Teach us to pray,” and He’s teaching them how to pray this prayer after this manner, then including temptation says to me Jesus not only knew we needed provision for sustenance, that we needed help in relating to our standing with God daily, asking for daily forgiveness and with regards to others. And then temptation. And just that is enough to make you sit down for a minute and say, “I need to think about this,” because if He made a provision for this and then something, something happens that, again, I’ve said when God repeats something pay attention. It’s repeated again. Not in a prayer but more likely and literally in a command.