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 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.”