Three Things by Pastor Melissa Scott

November 25, 2011 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

According to Pastor Melissa Scott these words are not used of human strength. These are, the dunameos think of the magnitude of dynamite, this massive force, beyond human. Kratos likewise, not human, when we get to the latter passages we’ll read the kosmokrataros the world rulers. But it’s forces that are not human. And iskous: strength, not human. these three things are already deposited in us and they are not human power.

They are the power; here we go; the power that raised up Christ from the dead, because that is what the next verse is talking about and that’s what texts on the board are. I might get to them. The power; you never know; the power that raised Christ from the dead, that same power that darkened the sky, that same power that shook the ground, that same power that let Him go through that stone, the same power that let Him appear and disappear to the many different times. That same power when He ascended, those two witnesses “ye men of Galilee what are you standing there looking up in the heavens for? This same Jesus, the way He went, He’ll come back again, the same power. That same power is not a human power. Okay, I get that. When Christ moved into a tent of human flesh and inhabited something like what we have. And the process of Him inhabiting that flesh, then laying it down and raising up again. We’re just little Christs. The power of the Spirit comes and takes up abode in us, just like Jesus moving into a tent of human flesh, the Holy Spirit moves into this tent of human flesh and begins to bring forth for His purpose this. That circle that is just going to keep going and keep going.

God Knows What Is In Your Heart by Pastor Melissa Scott

November 10, 2011 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that we tend to separate things into compartments and say that one thing in this compartment, temporal, and another thing is in that compartment, eternal. But the common thread shows why the Gospel is not popular: people do not want to be forced to look at the cross. It has been said many times: everybody wants resurrection without the pain of the cross. Everybody wants that new life without the shame. But Jesus hung there in shame and disgrace, belittled and ridiculed.

Now the life that we have as Christians, we are to live abundantly, reaching in to what God affords for us to have. In the humanistic realm, that has become license to say, “God wants people to possess earthly things,” and that becomes your focus. So I am not misunderstood, I’m not against earthly things, but I believe the words were, “Seek ye the kingdom of God first.” But there is a paradox. Jesus says that if you’re not willing to forsake everything, which means your mother, your father, your sister, your wife, your brother, “and your own life also, you cannot be my disciple.” Once God knows that you are willing to do that, He doesn’t want everything. It is a strange universe we live in, in the spiritual realm. Once God knows what is in your heart, and He sees and grabs hold of that spirit person, He doesn’t want everything of you. I use the reference point of Abraham sacrificing Isaac: the angel stayed his hand saying, “Now I know you’ll trust me. Now I know you’ll be obedient,” and the Lord provided another sacrifice. So when I speak of these things, those people who are not familiar with the passages might say, “Well, that’s very harsh,” but not if you understand the paradox. And at the same time, we don’t do something in expectancy to receive. The things we do are done without calculation, as the Bible tells us.

Prophet Of God by Pastor Melissa Scott

November 3, 2011 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

Now you have to ask the question, did the Jewish people become everything that was promised? Did they become as numerous as the sands of the sea or stars of heaven? No. You have to go back and say there is a division in the road. We’ll follow the division, but I say all this to show you something. Every prophet of God talks about it. Even Jeremiah, in Jeremiah 3, describes God’s people as two sisters, Judah and Israel. And He says, “I want a divorce from Israel because of her idolatrous behavior. I can’t stand her infidelity. I can’t stand her ways anymore. And Judah, this is a warning to you.” But He never divorced Judah. So you have this picture of two different groups woven throughout Scripture.

Now Jeremiah prophesies that the people will be carried away in captivity and they will be captive for seventy years. And the beautiful thing is everything begins to confirm itself as you begin to reach into the Bible. Every part of the Scripture is either one great conspiracy to mess with your mind, or it’s one great tapestry that God has laid out for anybody who has the eyes to see to say, “Wow, this is really amazing!” Isaiah prophesies and says that the deliverer of the people, the one who will deliver them out of the bondage of the seventy years captivity, would be Cyrus. Cyrus was not yet born when Isaiah penned this prophecy. You read in at least three different places in the Bible where it says that in the first year of the reign of king Cyrus, an edict was issued allowing God’s people to return to Jerusalem. There were six hundred and fifty thousand people who had been carried away into captivity in Babylon. Less than ten percent answered the call to come back to Jerusalem.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that before this edict is issued, Daniel is praying in Daniel 9. And he’s praying earnestly that God will honor His word and the time limit of seventy years.  Daniel had read what Jeremiah had written. While Daniel is praying, God says, “It will only be seventy years and I’m going to give you a word.” That is the background for this message.