The Tragedy and Hope of Jonathan’s Example by Pastor Melissa Scott

September 15th, 2013
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“David was in the wilderness” in trouble and Jonathan went to him there “into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God. And he said unto him, Fear not.” Jonathan encouraged David. “The hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee.” Jonathan puts himself down under David. “And that also my father knoweth.”

Jonathan was a friend in need; he was a believer, one who expected to make it in. “And they two made a covenant before the LORD.”

But here is the tragic word: “And David abode in the wood, and Jonathan went to his house.” He loved David, but when the crux of the decision came, “David abode in the woods, Jonathan went to his house”: he went back to the house of Saul. He wouldn’t make that total, complete, 100 percent commitment and identification with David in the wilderness where he was. He went back to the house of Saul; he died with Saul on Mount Gilboa.

I am not talking about the man Jonathan’s eternal position in the Kingdom. I am talking about the drama God made him play. The friend in his friendship wasn’t enough. He wouldn’t make the 100 percent commitment. Yet he made it in.

Read 1 Samuel 22 closely: “David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam.” Now focus in on the second verse: “And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented….” Isn’t that a miserable band.

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Bring 100% of Your Self by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 19th, 2013
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In every dimension He won’t have anything less. You can’t bargain with Him. You can’t hold back. It is 100 percent or He will take the lame and the halt and the distressed and the debtors and the discontented who have nothing to lose but giving their all. That is the way it is. That is the tough side. Turn the coin over for the bright side: all He wants is you. The thing I fight as a preacher across this land is some inherited perfectionism out of Puritan New England. I have got friends all over the country who say, and it is admirable on the surface, “When I come to God, I’m going to live it.” They are going to be worth what they think they should be if they give themselves to God. If God demanded us all to be of the caliber of Jonathan or the rich young ruler it would eliminate some of us, wouldn’t it? But when I see Him build His Kingdom on these Adullamites and on those disciples, I say we all have a chance!

All He wants is you. All He wants is you 100 percent. The terms will never change. Bring your problems! Bring your faults! Bring your sins! Bring your doubts! Bring you!


Are you going to let Him abide

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Find A Name to Fit Your Need by Pastor Melissa Scott

July 1st, 2013
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Whatever your need, there is a name to fit it. “Let him trust in the name of the LORD, and then stay,” hang in there, and cast your anchor on that name. I have oft said, if I walk through the parking lot of the church and drop dead claiming “God is my healer,” I will ask Him about it when I get there; but it’s a good way to go out. “Let him stay on his God.”

H. G. Spafford wrote a hymn. Do you know of it? His wife was crossing the Atlantic with their four children. The ship sank in a storm. The cable came to him in Chicago that his wife had been rescued. The cable consisted of two words, “Saved; alone.” Four children, gone. He sat down at that point and wrote, “When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.”

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A God You Can Approve? by Pastor Melissa Scott

June 2nd, 2013
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We live in an age where everybody wants to create a God they can approve, but the facts are, that if God exists, it is more important to be on His side than it is for me to somehow make Him conform to my opinion. I learned a while back that if God existed at all, I had better get on His side. God is not shaking at all over my opinion. If He doesn’t exist, don’t mess with it; but if He does, this is His Word and He says the ultimate proof of God’s right to put everybody in one man is what happened after Adam. Did they die? They sure did: all of them are dead. Go find one of them still living; they’re all dead.

Therein is the proof, God can just bundle us all up and put us in one man.  In Adam, for one’s sin, He could let us all die; now for the life and death of One, He can put us all in Christ, and treat us all as dead on the cross, and now let us live in Him. It is an act of grace.

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God Has Only Just Started by Pastor Melissa Scott

December 9th, 2012
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Pastor Scott Teaches

Let me tell you, God is going to do something with this church.
Some of you are aware of the great things God has done and
without that foundation and platform we could not go from here,
but God has only just started. I want you to know that. 

And the true King gives the same opportunities today.
In 1 Samuel 23 there is a personality. He is nothing like
Nabal; rather, he has come to symbolize friendship. His name is
Jonathan. 

Remember, God is communicating the eternal with the drama
of these lives. Jonathan didn’t doubt David’s kingship.
Jonathan was the son of Saul, so in the natural he was the
true inheritor to the kingdom. He had to take quite a
step within himself not to resent David, but he didn’t
resent David: he loved David. He recognized that David was
the true king. He wanted David to be the king. He even
expected to be in the kingdom when it came. When David needed help,
Jonathan was always running there to help him. As a good man he was
hard to beat. He himself abdicated in spirit what he had in the natural a
right to claim.
He went to David one time when David was in trouble and said,
“You are the true king. You are going to be king. The Lord is
going to make you king and I will be next unto you.” That was not
pushing himself up but putting himself down under the true king that
God had anointed.
There are lots of people in today’s world, Pastor Melissa Scott tells us,
who are cut from that kind of cloth that inspire respect and
love and admiration. 

I have learned sometimes I can count on men outside the
church when trouble comes who rise to the challenge and want to
help the Lord more than some within the church. In terms of
quality and character I have to be honest and admit that sometimes
there are people outside the church more tenacious in their
everyday business and moral activities than some inside the
church who are forever crying out to God for mercy. 

Jonathan typifies that kind of person: a friend of God, one who
loves God, one who knows the truth of Jesus’ Kingdom, one who even
wants to be in the Kingdom when it comes. And anytime the Lord needs
a helping hand, the kind of good person who will go and help Him out
is a Jonathan.

Pastor Melissa Scott

Lift Up Your Eyes and Walk by Pastor Melissa Scott

November 11th, 2012
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Pastor Scott Teaches on Abram


Now let me tell the world, I think this tongue is the most unruly
member in our body. An inevitable accompaniment of the baptism of the
Holy Spirit is that that which is capable of being used to God’s glory
comes under God’s control. When man is filled with God’s Spirit, this
most unruly member is going to come under His control and the Spirit
will give the utterance.
But I have to be true to God’s Word and say it is those weak ones who
forever want a sign, those with a persistent heart that will not
accept from God what is clear in His Word, unless it is accompanied
by some new sign.
Abram didn’t say that. He didn’t say, “Give me a sign.” God
said, “Arise, and walk,” put your legs on it, “from the place where
thou art;” now, not tomorrow, not the next day, not when the
circumstances change. 

Get up and start walking right where you are!
God has not changed; the devil has not changed; man has not
changed. God changes not. He still calls, He still leads. He still
demands availability, symbolized by the tent. He still demands sacrifice
and death to what I want, symbolized by the altar; but He is still a God
of promise. The devil has not changed: he will still try to break us
down.  

And man hasn’t changed: we’ll still have our failures as well as our
successes. But wherever you are on your journey now, God’s Word
claims the promise in Christ for you: “Lift up now thine eyes.” From
where? Wherever you are.

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The Purpose by Pastor Melissa Scott

December 29th, 2011
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Pastor Scott continues her teaching on the Potter’s House (Jeremiah 18).

God has the right to save whom He wants. And we get stuck in this format somehow, “Well I want to submit to God, but can you not make it so difficult. God’s the boss, I know, but…”

Now listen carefully.  Let’s discuss the purpose presented in this lesson. I’m going to outline the purpose in one word: His. It’s His purpose.

“Well I know I’ve heard you say, Mrs. Scott, God wants to conform us to the image of His Son.” That’s true. And Ephesians 4 says, “Until we all come to the unity of the faith.” That’s true. To be conformed to His Son’s likeness, to bring out the Christ-likeness in me, absolutely. But there’s an element missing from the beginning.

To help us understand the purpose, go turn in your Bibles to Genesis 2. I covered this when I taught in Genesis.  Start at verse 7. We’re going to go backwards. “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils.” And read at verse 6 when it says, “There went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.” Well dust and water makes muck. Clay. And if you read the Hebrew, we looked at that word when it says, “the LORD God formed” as this Hebrew word here yawtsar “the one being potter, the one making.” Being translated as that takes you right back to Jeremiah 18. If you read it in the Hebrew, “the Hebrew says…”Get up, go you down to the house the one being potter” (ha yawtsar).

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The Holy Spirit by Pastor Melissa Scott

December 21st, 2011
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Pastor Melissa Scott continues her teaching on the Holy Spirit.

Why does Paul say, if there’s no more demonic activity, “Put on the whole armor”? That’s why I love these people that say, “Well, if you’re predestined to a certain circumstance,” why do you need armor then? You know how it’s all going to work out. Just go about your business. Just keep going in the flow of things. I’m not trying to be ludicrous. I’m trying to make a point.

We so over-caricature the power of the devil. And I’d be the first to stand here and tell you had somebody talked to me fifteen years ago about the devil I’d be sitting where you are saying, “Okay. Right.”

If you are a faither, it should be axiomatic. You understand that there are spirit forces. And let me show you how crazy this is. Can you see the Holy Spirit? I cannot. I know what happens. The Holy Spirit takes hold and it’s doing something to me inside, like radioactive material. But I can’t see the Holy Spirit. So what makes you think there are no demon forces in the air about us? This is how crazy we are, “Well the devil doesn’t exist, but I believe in the Holy Spirit.” Help us. Lord, help us.

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We are God’s Poem by Pastor Melissa Scott

December 15th, 2011
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Scripture must confirm itself. You cannot take this as a doctrine to confuse people. “Well we’re saved by grace through faith, not of works lest any man should boast, but now I’m going to tell you…” Do you think Paul was that confused?

“Now I’m going to tell you, you were created for this to go out and do good works.” Something very subtle is being said. Faith is the element. God starts with where we are.

The Bible is as crystal clear as can be: by grace, through faith. Now, verse 10, “we are His workmanship.”

Pastor Melissa Scott continues her teaching:  It tells us that this possessive pronoun, “His” (in the Greek, autou).  This makes it genitive: His.

Oof course Paul wrote a letter. He didn’t write chapter and verse; the Greek always puts the first thing at the front. This is what our attention should be drawn to. “His” for” (Greek gar) “we are” (Greek esmen) we get our English word “poem” from this Greek word poiema. Now that’s not bad. That’s not bad to say, “We are His poem.” But considering God’s the greatest wordsmith that ever lived and in the beginning was the Word and the Word spoke.

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By The Will Of God by Pastor Melissa Scott

December 6th, 2011
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Open your Bibles to Ephesians 2. Now I know some of you are probably still saying, “What does Deuteronomy 15:15 have to do with Ephesians?  I was a slave out in the world. I was a slave to the world, the flesh and the devil. Dead in trespasses and my sins. Now how could I make this big jump? The people born in that realm of Egypt, in slavery, they were born in bondage, they had nothing to compare it to.

I was born in Adam. I have nothing to compare it to. And you turn around and you say, “The Lord redeemed me.” The Lord redeemed you. It’s too easy – I elected not to start right here because it’s too easy to read this and say, “And you hath He quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins” and say, “Well that only applies to some prostitute and some drug addict and some freak show down the street, but it sure doesn’t apply to me. I’ve been saved and sanctified for thirty years.”

Pastor Melissa Scott continues her teaching and tells us that we’re born in a condition. It is this mindset: we have a culture that has acclimated ourselves to what we want, what serves us, do for me. Me, me, me, me, me.

Why did Paul start with the usual, “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God”? Why didn’t he just start by saying, “And you hath He quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins”? That’s way better to just start out to just go POOF! Just tell somebody they’re a loser at the beginning. Paul knew. He wasn’t planning some systematic theology.

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