Bring Your Doubts to God by Pastor Melissa Scott

June 28, 2015 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

God is not going to fall off His throne over your questions. He
can take it. Don’t wait until you get all your answers before you come.

In Luke 6, Jesus prayed all night, “And when it was day, he called unto
him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named
apostles.” One of those was Thomas. Only God knows what it meant to
me to know that God would take him as he was.

If your problem is doubts in your mind that give you agony, the
Bible gives the same answer that we preached concerning the woman
taken in adultery: “A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking
flax,” and here it is very relevant, “will he not quench.”

Bring your doubts to Him!

The Altar: Place of Sacrifice by Pastor Melissa Scott

May 24, 2015 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 
His wife was beautiful. He was afraid he might be killed in that
heathen land by someone who wanted his wife, so he had her agree
with him they would tell a lie and say she was his sister. So lack
of faith produced the circumstance of fear, which produced a
situation of sinful lying. It almost cost him his life.
Pharaoh was more honest than Abram and asked him why he had told
such a lie, and then Pharaoh sent him away with his wife.

Genesis 13 finds Abram returning to the place: “Abram went up
out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot
with him...he
went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the
place....”

Circle those words, “unto the place where his tent had been
at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai; Unto the place....”
Circle those words again, “unto the place of the altar.”
(Genesis 13:1-4)

Abram returned from the place of his sin, and where did he
return? “Unto the place of his tent” and
“unto the place of the altar.”

The tent and the altar characterize Abram’s life, and that is not an
accident. A tent was always ready to move and Abram’s
characteristic was that of obedient following of the Lord.

The tent characterized that state of mind of submission to
God’s leading: wherever He said, “Strike the tent and go,” he
went. An altar is always a place of death in God’s book. 

It is a place where God’s rights are recognized, our rights are
denied and our lack of rights recognized. An altar is a place
of sacrifice, where one gives up and God receives. It is a
place where you recognize God has the right to do what He wills.
You give up the right to any claims on yourself and you die
a “living death” in the expression of obedience to God as
you offer a sacrifice in your place.

God’s Nature in the Stuff of History by Pastor Melissa Scott

May 3, 2015 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 
Jesus was a friend of sinners: He loved them. I want the 
world to know we love them. We don’t have to condone their sin;
we don’t have to wrap holy robes around ourselves. I don’t think
Jesus made a big deal out of His spirituality. I don’t believe
we have to make people so uncomfortable with our presence all
the time.
If you have God in you, you do not have to work so hard to
announce it. You will be different, because “He that saith he
abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he
walked.” If you are totally committed to Him, if nothing
matters as much to you in this life as doing God’s will, then
that will make you different. His burden will consume
you. You will be aware of His presence in the ordinary stuff
of the day when you iron clothes in the home, when you drive
down the freeway and when you work on the job. The majority
of this community will never come to hear a preacher preach,
but they will watch your sermon, that bringing of God’s
nature into the stuff of history.

Faith is . . . by Pastor Melissa Scott

September 14, 2014 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

Faith is hanging your body in action on what the mind has seen
and the heart has responded to. In the English language we have a nifty
separation between faith, as we define it, as just belief and obedience, so
we can sit in a congregation and say, “Well, that’s obvious. Amen, sure
it’s true!” and march out the door and promptly hang our body on
something else.

The Pearl of Great Price by Pastor Melissa Scott

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

Worthlessness, unworthiness. I feel unworthy every day that God would let me be a part of His creative work in the lives of men; unworthy as a vessel because “we have this treasure in earthen vessels.”  (2 Corinthians 4:7)

I feel as unworthy as Isaiah felt when he saw the Lord. (Isaiah 6:5) There was a time when I was silly enough to “volunteer” for God, when I was younger and wanted to do His work for Him. I think I’ve begun to understand what a wonder it is that God, who has angels to do His work, lets us do it. I’m not the only one who feels this way. When you really understand God, a sense of unworthiness comes, and the sin that God forever has to deal with most harshly is pride. You can’t even get through that barrier; but once God’s broken the barrier of pride, then the devil starts gathering his forces and would press the attack until we feel worthless.

Now, God never dealt with man with rose-tinted glasses. When Jesus came, He said that we were lepers, we were blind, we were sick in need of a physician. He came to seek and to save that which was lost. He said it is the sick who need a physician and to them He came. Again, I want the Word to penetrate individual hearts.

You can smile at the world, but down deep the devil has you on the defensive. So if you feel worthless in the place where you are, read the parables of Matthew 13, and know the context of those parables taught by Jesus. He teaches three parables: a treasure in a field, a pearl of great price, and fish in a net. He says the Kingdom is like this: there is a treasure in a field and the price paid is sufficient to buy the whole field, that you might get the treasure. For too long, I’ve heard “the pearl of great price” mistreated in theology.

That pearl of great price is not Jesus. A goodly merchant will sell everything he has to get the pearl of great price. And they will drag in the good fish along with the bad fish; because the good fish have the value, they can be sorted out later.

Take Up Your Bed, Walk! by Pastor Melissa Scott

December 8, 2013 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 
Pastor Melissa Scott Teaches from Faith Center, Glendale, California

Pastor Melissa Scott Teaches from Faith Center, Glendale, California

 

If you are here today helpless, beaten down, physically sick or sick in spirit and your real need is way down deep behind the front; though your neighbors and the friends who would carry you may not know it, there is an ever-present sense of personal guilt and personal attack on yourself; will you listen to Jesus today? “Be of good courage; thy sins be forgiven thee.”

In that wondrous promise to the saints: “Is any sick among you?  let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up.” (James 5:14-15)

What does James add? “And if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” Jesus is here. He is trying to tell you, don’t be afraid because of your past sins. Don’t cower in His presence because of your past sins. That grip of “penance” on the heart of the church, which we inherited from one of the great streams of the church, stands between so many people and the cross. “He paid it all,” as the old song says, so throw away your fears and let me do what the translators did in Exodus 14:13.

Instead of saying “be of good courage,” let me say, “Don’t you be even one little bit afraid, thy sins be forgiven thee.” Get that out of the way, and then listen to Him say, “take up your bed, walk.”

Be Specific With God by Pastor Melissa Scott

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

In Romans 8, we read that Jesus is up there interceding for us and doing a good enough job, but in our limitations there needs to be articulation with specifics, because God responds to specifics. And I have said if your toe hurts, will you not pray some big long prayer to God, “O God, high on Your throne with angels flying around, door post shaking, smoke billowing, great and wonderful to be seen and heard….”

Just say, “Lord, my toe hurts, will You heal it?” “Little toe,” if you need to be specific: “My little toe hurts.” That is what the names of God mean. Are you in darkness?

“Who is among you?” Your darkness no doubt is specific, and you have no light? “Let him trust in the name of the LORD.” Find a name that gives light to the specific darkness you are in. Are you sick? Is that your darkness? Exodus 15: “I am Jehovah-rapha.

I am the LORD that healeth thee.” The phrase, “Let him trust” uses a word in the Greek Septuagint that is translated “faith” in the New Testament, which always adds a dimension beyond mere mental assent. You are not trusting if you just believe with your mind.  You are not even trusting if, in addition to believing with the mind, you respond with your heart. You are not trusting until you literally hang your body and attach it in action on what the mind has agreed to and the heart has responded to. In my darkness, I am told if it is sickness, “Let him trust in the name of the LORD”: God’s name, in Exodus 15, is Jehovah-raphe . He said it.

Rejoice in the LORD by Pastor Melissa Scott

September 2, 2012 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

PHILIPPIANS 4:4: “REJOICE.” Circle that word, please. “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” When God repeats Himself, pay attention. “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”

Have you ever wondered why the apostle Paul in the New Testament and David in the Old Testament are quoted so much and why they have had such an enduring impact on Christianity? Of all men, they seem to have lived the Christian life where we have to live it.

David, the writer of psalms in the Old Testament, knew joy but he also knew defeat and sorrow. He knew victory and he knew isolation; he knew rejection and he knew success. He just about had it all in the way of experience. So he can write to us about what God means in the kind of life that we have to live. You can always find him talking right to the point.

When you read David’s psalms, you don’t have to feel that there is some esoteric, far-out spiritual phraseology that cannot reach you. He speaks to you right where you are.

Paul does the same. Two-thirds of the New Testament Epistles are from his pen. He lived life in the arena. In order that he might give the gospel without charge, he made tents; he worked like other men.

When Paul tells you something, you can always know that he is not preaching down to you, mouthing words. When he says it, inexcusable is the man who says, “He just doesn’t understand what I’m going through or he wouldn’t say that.”

Do you know where Paul was when he said, “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice”? He was in prison, and not a pleasant one, either. Do you know to whom he was writing? To people who 11 years earlier had been born.

Now, the laws of the Spirit involve you taking charge of yourself.

We have been defining faith as more than just belief. It’s hanging your body on what you know God has said in His Word. Will you honestly confess you have been a little guilty on occasion of not being so “moderate,” as we’ve defined it? How many of us can admit we’ve done a little anxious caring recently? Would you like to put God’s law in motion? You can take hold of yourself and say, “I’m going to put God’s law in motion until my family and people around me can know my moderation and can experience the joy I find in the Lord. He is enough.

Take everything else. I know whom I have believed.” Now, claim the victory.

Fishing for Men and Women by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 12, 2012 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 
Pastor Scott teaches Sundays at Faith Center, Glendale CA

Pastor Melissa Scott teaches

I’m searching for men and women today.  But I’m fishing for the real trophies: the the uncommon kind of person who is not satisfied with the ordinary. So much of life squeezes everybody into the ordinary.

I don’t know what modern society would do with some of the “heroes of faith” if one were to come in and say that a bush talked to him. Or if another (Balaam, not a hero of faith) were to come in and say that his donkey talked to him. But God’s ways are not our ways. (Isaiah 55:8)

God needs some people who are willing to give it their all.

There is a strange saying in the Gospel of John, at the end of chapter 2, speaking of Jesus: “When he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.”

Pastor Scott continues . . . In the name of evangelism, some people forever picture God, or our Lord, hesitantly waiting outside a heart’s door begging to come in. This is why, in our services, we have added the chorus “He is Lord” to the chorus “He’s the Savior of My Soul.” In the eagerness to get the good news out, we may caricature the fact that God comes in love. He comes to us in love, but He doesn’t come begging.