Are You Ready for It? by Pastor Melissa Scott

May 24, 2015 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 
THERE ARE PLACES IN GOD’S WORD that sometimes we are ready
for, sometimes we are not; sometimes we are partially ready
and only get a part of it. 

That is why the Word of God is so rich. Have you ever read
a passage you have read many times, but because you were
ready for it, it leapt out at you? You see something that
you have never seen before; and the Spirit has taken the
Word and applied it to you. The Word I bring you today,
from His Word, is like that. God drove me back to it because
now is the time. 

Go to Genesis 13, the story of Abram. In the previous
chapter, Abram had failed miserably. The “father of faith,”
the one who symbolizes faith’s beginnings, had failed.

I don’t know if you can put yourself inside of Abraham in Ur
of the Chaldees, the greatest city in that land in that day.
There was a stirring in his spirit. The Bible does not tell
us how God spoke to him, but he was called out of Ur. By
faith, he went seeking a city he had never seen, one that he
did not know existed. If you know the geography and if you
can put flesh and blood on these Bible personalities, imagine
the kind of faith that took this man across deserts, across
rivers, through treacherous mountains, not knowing where he
was going. The only word, apparently, he had from the Lord
was a call to come forth. 

His faith enabled him to literally hang his body on what he
believed the Lord had called him to do. His faith caused him
to defy deserts, rivers, mountains and dangers en route to
bring himself to a place that lies between two mountains: 

Gerizim and Ebal, later to be called the “Mount of Blessing”
and the “Mount of Cursing.” In modern Israel, the city called
Nablus occupies a site near this place.

The Christian Journey is Warfare by Pastor Melissa Scott

January 4, 2015 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

Pastor Scott teaches at Faith Center in Glendale, California

I find Christians all over the world forever being intimidated by
that “accuser of the brethren” who says that when things go wrong, “You
are out of God’s will.”

They are wrong and bad enough in themselves, but he just adds on more weight: “It is happening to you because you did something wrong.” Not so! This kind of circumstance is not happening to you because you did something wrong. To those Christians who have said to me that the sign of being out of God’s will is things going wrong circumstantially in your life, I have oft responded: then all the saints in
God’s book were out of God’s will most of the time!

The Christian journey is warfare.

The Initiative Starts with God by Pastor Melissa Scott

March 9, 2014 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

There are times I don’t know why God wants me, but amazing
grace and glory to God, as long as He does, I know the door is open. The
initiative starts with God, and you are not brought to God by chance.
When He starts scratching the surface or pounding on the door, thank God.

This story puts it in dramatic perspective; David is asking, “Where is he?”
“Is any,” underline that word, “Is any of the house of Saul…?”
Now, what is the nature of the one he was seeking? Notice that God does
not seek the sinner because of his merits. That is why I keep saying we
are not in the business of transplanting saints; we take all who come.

But He still came to seek and to save that which is lost; and it is the sick, He said, who need a physician. David wasn’t looking for a particular quality of person to receive the benefit of his kindness. He says, “Is there any?” and Ziba says, “Yeah, there is one which is lame, crippled, whose name is Mephibosheth.” Do you know what Mephibosheth means? Literally it would translate “a shameful thing.” A shameful thing.

Determined to Get the Best by Pastor Melissa Scott

November 10, 2013 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

 

What about those “sons of the prophets”? They show me that the crowd is equally happy for you to get along without some things in God. The person who is determined to get the best tends to make the crowd nervous. And forever there is that watering-down influence that would package Christianity in one palatable formula so that everybody can get it and be done with it. With a wave at God on Sunday, like a friend in the house, they can then go their way.

 This book is teaching me that there is a place in God where God will let you get along without; indeed He may even test your resolve and put up resistance to you getting it. It teaches me that the majority in the kingdom are quite willing to get along without it. Indeed, they want you to stop and stay with them. These sons of the prophets discouraged Elisha, but he would not be satisfied staying where they were.

The Third Ingredient of the Inner Court by Pastor Melissa Scott

October 6, 2013 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

In the New Testament, “And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus went out into a mountain to pray, and he continued all night in prayer to God.” (Luke 6:12) Before He chose His disciples He spent all night in prayer. If the Lord of Glory spent time, I’d better spend it. Stay in His presence.

What is the third ingredient of the Inner Court? Ministry to the Lord is hidden.

Hear me closely. In this outer court where I minister to human need, I am seen. There’s a guard at the gate, another guard over there, and the line of believers. Everybody sees me perform out here. They see me get the job done. Ministry to the Lord is hidden. Nobody sees what you do in there. And that, by the way, if I can parenthetically put it in, might be why the God who knows the heart puts priority here. Only a people with the faith who truly believe that the invisible God is with us will go into the inner court. You can get lost in the activity of working for the Lord, but you have to really believe He is alive to do what one old saint did, which is to just sit down, put a chair in front of him, believe God was right there and talk to Him.

This is hidden; nobody sees you do this.

God help us in our Puritan dominated work theology of the Kingdom if somebody thinks I’m not working for God; if you are hidden away ministering to Him you are viewed as a failure.  But not to God.

The Blessed Man by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 19, 2013 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

 

Psalm 84 says, “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.” “Of them” is in italics because it was added by the King James translators, but it is not in the original. The word “ways” modifies God, not the people who are in the valley.

Literally, “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee and in whose heart are the ways of thee.” You read in the Bible that God’s acts were made known to the children of Israel. They saw the acts of God and the results of His acts, but to Moses God revealed His ways. It takes time to learn these things.

Again, let me demystify spiritual things. That is common language: have you ever said of any close friend, after you get to know him long enough, “That’s just the way he is”? You become familiar with your friend’s ways. Well, God has ways, and we are forever getting ahead of Him. God has always dealt with these extremes. There are those who come along who want to do it in place of God. Those are the matchbox, self-made fire builders that we are talking about here. They don’t need God; they will light the way with their own instruments. The other extreme is someone who leaves it all to God. This passage reminds me of a story about a farmer who had a marvelous crop and somebody said to him, “You ought to thank God for the crop He gave you.” The farmer said, “I do, but you should have seen the field when God had it by Himself.”