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.

When we fail, we fail by Pastor Melissa Scott

January 6, 2014 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

We have to face up to the fact that when we fail, we fail. “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper” (Proverbs 28:13); but having done it, don’t let the devil beat you to death! Abram didn’t have to pause very  long back in that place where he had started and where faith had originally brought him to this land.

The Lord said, “Lift up now thine eyes”: not tomorrow, now! Put it behind you, all failure once for all; put it behind you, if that’s where you’re at! Do you know what Philippians 1:6 says? “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you,” what does it say? “will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” That’s my promise! Just as literally as God spoke to Abram, that’s my promise and your promise. “Lift up now thine eyes!”

Do you need healing? Is there anybody sick here? Have you been prayed for lots of times? Well, let the Word penetrate today. God’s promise says, “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them anoint him with oil and pray over him: And the prayer of faith….” What does the Word say? “Shall save the sick.” (James 5:14-15)

God says in His Word, “I am the LORD that healeth thee.” (Exodus 15:26) How many need healing? “Lift up now thine eyes, from the place where thou art.” As literally as when Abram got up and began to walk in that land possessed by heathen, it became his, in God, established that day. As you arise and walk today and claim the promise as the Word goes forth, God will back His Word. If we walk in it, He will back us.

Sick? Be of Good Courage Jesus Says by Pastor Melissa Scott

December 8, 2013 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

What was the condition of the first man to whom Jesus addressed this word? He was “sick of palsy” on the surface, but that wasn’t what Jesus treated first. Jesus, who knows the heart, doesn’t waste words.

This chapter doesn’t make any sense to me unless Jesus saw something in the heart of that man sick of palsy that wasn’t so apparent to everybody else. To everybody else, he was sick with palsy, helpless, needing friends to carry him into Jesus’ presence and let him down before Him. But that is not where Jesus focused in. He first addressed Himself to something hidden. Jesus said, “Son, be of good courage,” to use the literal meaning; write it in the margin of your Bible. “Thy sins be forgiven thee.”

Jesus lived in a culture and came preaching in a culture that was forever linking physical sickness with sin. In John 9:1, He came upon a boy blind from birth. The scholars asked Him the question, “Who sinned, this boy or his parents?” Jesus said, “Neither one of them” and went ahead and treated the need. Everywhere a sick man was encountered, the onlookers would begin to suspect sins. Something was wilting the courage of this sick man. Jesus, in the giving of courage, removes the cause of non-courage, removes the basis of fear. He says, “Be of good courage; thy sins be forgiven thee.”