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!

Sometimes God Seems to Overact by Pastor Melissa Scott

May 24, 2015 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

Sometimes God seems to overact.

There are times I wish God would have knocked me down like He knocked Paul down. God knocked him off of his animal and shined a light and made
him blind, then sent him to a man who had never seen him before who
would tell him everything about him, lay hands on him, pray for him and
he would see again.

That would make a quick believer out of anybody!

When I was doubting, I wanted to find something Thomas had said, and
speak with him. It looks to me like God didn’t quite tighten the screws
on Thomas the way He did on Paul. He boxed Paul in. With others He
deals more gently.

I do not understand the mystery of God’s initiative. I am not a
predestinarian; God leaves room for decision and freedom, but the
initiative starts in God’s sovereign will. It is embodied and immortalized
in that poem about “The Hound of Heaven.” God goes after a man. It
might come from a contact with someone who starts jarring your frame
and opening your eyes, or it might go to the extreme, as in the case of
Paul, where God literally knocks you down or checks you and brings
you to a dead stop on your trail. But anywhere God comes into a life, it
is not an accident. David said, “Where is he?”

In the New Testament, the Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:10) God is the seeker. The first question God asks man in the Bible is “Where are you?”

Now, I could preach for an hour on “the unpardonable sin.” I have heard evangelists trying to scare people to death with stories of someone on a deathbed wanting to come to God, but who could not come. Just scratch that out of your theological portfolio, will you?

The devil is sure not going to make you want to come! Jesus said, “No man
comes unless the Father draws him.” I do not really know what the unpardonable sin is. The Pharisees were guilty of crediting Beelzebub,
the devil, with the acts of Jesus. When Jesus said there is an
unpardonable sin, He referenced that act. Another place in the New
Testament speaks of a “sin unto death.” (1 John 5:16)

The book of Hebrews speaks of those acts for which there is no remission of sin. There are lots of different expressions in the New Testament that speak
of putting one beyond the pale. In Romans 1 and 2, Paul speaks of
believers who know better, but persist in their sins until after a while
God turns them over to a strong delusion, they believe a lie and are
damned; God leaves them alone.

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.

God Sent For and Fetched Us by Pastor Melissa Scott

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

I’m examining my Christian experience as I preach today. I always preach to myself and then let you listen in. What does Jesus mean to me and to you? Do we really know what has happened?

Do we really understand that while everybody is wandering around in a place of no pastures, God sent for and fetched us?

This is the test: take the whole world, but give me Jesus. “Let him have it all. I got You!”

The one who has come unto the king’s table and begun to eat there has come to Jerusalem. Jerusalem means “the foundation of peace.” From Lodebar, a place of no pastures, to the foundation of peace.

That is what salvation is about.

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.

How Long Should I Pray? by Pastor Melissa Scott

June 22, 2014 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

Now, I don’t think God gets excited over long prayers just
because they are long. If you’re going to pray for all the missionaries in
the world while I’m waiting to eat, I’m going to be eating before you get
done. I happen to believe some people never pray until they get a chance
to show their prayer off, and it’s obvious when they start praying. Some
people can zero in and hit it home in a stroke; they are there at the
Throne.

I’m not suggesting a penance of long prayer. The issue is consecutive order. When you have tuned out the pressure of that outer court, and you have turned off human need and you’ve brought Him center stage in your attention, stay there a while. Minister to Him! Have you ever known those times when the Spirit begins to move in and you
lose all concept of time?    Stay there.

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.

Are You Abiding in Jesus? by Pastor Melissa Scott

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

That is what I ask of this church today: a band and a company of people who will settle for nothing less than genuine spirituality, who will ask themselves week after week, “Am I abiding in Him?”

Hereby we know, “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” Analyze your commitment: does it match His? If it doesn’t, then draw nigh.

Analyze your concern; if it doesn’t match His, then draw nigh to Him and renew the experience.

Analyze your attitude about being a flowing light of the gospel and a flowing spring of His nature wherever your life, routines, and tedious detail take you.

Analyze your dependence upon what other people do. Analyze your attitude toward the sinner.

Analyze your motives. Do you come to church to be ministered to or do you live to minister? Look at your humility; look at your own results among loved ones. For too long the church world has been running out bellowing with the mouth in little formulas of salvation.

We need to bring that ineffable nature of Jesus until those closest to us will wonder, “What’s made him different? He’s different every day.” That is what spirituality is, and the Spirit came to be that in you and me if you give Him the chance.

God’s Formula for Joy by Pastor Melissa Scott

January 5, 2013 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

 

Pastor Melissa Scott teaches from the Bible

Another word is also necessary to understand this law: “Let your
moderation be known.” Kenneth Wuest translates this passage:
“Let your reasonableness and your willingness to be content with 
less than your due be known.” Now, English is a funny language.
If you use the word post, you are liable to think of everything from
a fence post to dropping a letter in a mail box to a breakfast cereal.
The English word known has many varieties of meaning, but the Greek
word here is very precise.
There is knowing that can come from just seeing something
and having the mind assimilate it; logically, it is consistent
or it has meaning. There are other kinds of knowing. The Greek
word being used here is a knowing that is the result of
experiencing. It is a knowing that is strictly limited to a
knowledge that occurs only when you experience something.
Paul is saying to these Philippians, and to me and you today,
forever conquered by our circumstance, forever fretting, forever upset,
never exhibiting joy, “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say,
Rejoice.” How? Let your state of mind be known, and let it so be
exhibited, that your willingness to be content with less than your
due will be known. Let it actually so flow out of you that you
are experienced by other people as being that kind of person.
Pastor Melissa Scott continues by saying that's easier to say than to do.
Have you ever seen a family argument? Have you ever been in one?
You are dying to have it made up. But you sit there and boil and
say, “You are going to apologize for every jot and tittle,
item by item, lay them all out and make every single
element right!”
Or somebody has done you some damage. You would like to have peace,
but “He did this to me and I’m going to have my pound of flesh.
I’m going to get what I have coming!”
Pastor Scott goes on to explain that only then, when you’ve forced
it out of them and every inch has been explained, apologized for,
and paid for will we graciously smile and “forgive.”

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