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 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.

God Came to Find Us by Pastor Melissa Scott

September 15, 2013 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

 

God had moved out of the eternal and invisible realm, and the Word, that was facing God and was of the same nature as God, dwelt, tented is the meaning of the Greek word: struck a tent in human flesh and moved into a package of flesh called Jesus of Nazareth. (John 1:1-14)

And there was God in a Person on the stage of history. If you wanted to know what God was like, there He was. And when He passed by, they went with Him. That was the good news being proclaimed. Onto the stage of history, a child would come: “Emmanuel” would be His name, “which being interpreted is, God with us.”

Pastor Melissa Scott goes on to say, Dr. Scott told me that he heard Canon Bryan Green at Stanford University once describe some people’s religious search. He said they are like a little child who quit playing hide-and-seek because it was “all seek and no find.” He said that is the way some people seek after God. They are forever looking in the wrong place. God came to find us.

What is Spirituality? by Pastor Melissa Scott

July 1, 2013 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

Do you know what a spiritual person is? In New Testament Greek, a spiritual person is literally “the Spirit’s person.” In the Old Testament, God says He “clothed” Himself with Gideon: God put Gideon on and wore him like a garment. A spiritual person is one so possessed by the Spirit that you can truly say, “That person is His.” That is what the church of the New Testament was. The Lord’s, they called them; a simple designation, the Lord’s. We have another phrase in the New Testament, “we have this treasure,” God’s Spirit, “in earthen vessels.” (2 Corinthians 4:7)

Spirituality is God’s own nature finding an expression through us.

Now, some people do not know how to yield to it. Those who have watched people who are in the Spirit have witnessed the tension that begins to come when they are learning how, and then that breakthrough when the flesh begins to finally yield and flow with the Spirit, and then it flows easily and the struggle is over. This current charismatic renewal is learning you don’t have to tarry and wrestle to get it; you just receive, which is the message.