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Rejoice! by Pastor Melissa Scott

May 24th, 2015
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Paul could say, “Rejoice,” because God was with him in prison.
He got out of that prison where he wrote to the Philippians.
Years later he was in jail again; and he would not be
delivered from that one. But, undaunted, he could say,
“I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is
able to keep that which I have committed unto him
against that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12) 

Pastor Scott continues: That is the law of the Spirit to you
today. You can rejoice in all things. “Again I say, Rejoice.
Let your moderation be known.” Let the world know you live with
the expectancy of the Lord. Do not be beaten down with even
one little anxious care. In its place, release praise,
supplication and thanksgiving. Tell the Lord what you
want and then let His angels “garrison your hearts and
your minds with the peace of God, which passeth
understanding.” We can “do all things through Christ.”
Do you believe it? Pastor Melissa Scott asked.  Well then, “Let your moderation be known.”
And don’t you be anxious!

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God Repeats Himself by Pastor Melissa Scott

December 28th, 2014
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You have heard me say that when God repeats Himself, I pay
attention. In John 16:32, Jesus is giving His farewell messages to His
disciples. He says, “Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye
shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and
yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.”

In the preceding verses, He had described horrible persecutions and trouble that will come upon them. He says, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye
might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation”; this is a
certainty. “But be of good cheer.” Circle that word cheer. “I have
overcome the world.”
Go to Acts 23. Here is the one “born out of due time.” Paul had
felt led of the Lord to go to Rome. He had written from Corinth that he
was not ashamed of the gospel; it was the power of God unto salvation.
He had sent a letter to Rome to assure them that he intended to come. He
set out on his way, and he stopped at the house of a man named Philip.

A prophet named Agabus bound Paul with cords and prophesied that he
would be bound if he went to Jerusalem. The Christians didn’t want him
to go. Paul was sure he was in God’s will and that was the way to go.
When he arrived, he was brought before the chief priests and the council.
In Acts 23:10, there arose such a dissension, the chief captain feared “lest
Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them.”

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Not Sinners Because of Sin by Pastor Melissa Scott

September 14th, 2014
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But as men get close to God, they begin to find out that the
problem is this, and this is subtle, but important: they are not sinners
because they sin; instead, they sin because they are sinners. There is a
condition of sin: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned
every one to our own way,” that root of sin that makes us want to be boss
rather than God. (Isaiah 53:6) There is a “bent” in our nature; we are
born out of fellowship with God. We not only don’t do right, we can’t
even think right. In the Old Testament they had to have a sacrifice to
cover even the sins of ignorance; we were so far from God we could not
walk in His way. So God gave them two kinds of sin offerings: for the
sins they knew about, the trespass offering; and for the condition of sin,
the sin offering.

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Man is Not a Sinner Because He Sins by Pastor Melissa Scott

March 9th, 2014
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When we come to God, our problem is not the sins we have
committed. When you dig deep into the theology of this book, you find
that man is not a sinner because he sins; he sins because he is a sinner.

When God outlines the laws to the people in the Old Testament, He lets
them start where they are.

But when He unravels it in His book, He starts where He is: He always defines the burnt offering first and ends with the trespass offering; but in giving the people their orders, they had to start with the trespass offering and come to the burnt offering.

The burnt offering dealt with man’s condition; the trespass offering dealt with specific sins that the man knew he had committed. From the trespass offering, God moved to the sin offering, which was a little deeper. Eventually man started to ask himself, “Am I a sinner?”

When he thought he was a sinner, he would then catalogue what he had done or hadn’t done. If you ask any man if he is a sinner, he is going to start calculating: “Have I robbed? Have I stolen? Have I murdered?” Then he gets a little more subtle as he comes to an understanding of the sins of the spirit as distinct from the sins of the flesh. But eventually, if he comes to God’s view, he will see he sins
because he is a sinner. There is a “bent” in our nature; there is something
wrong with us. We suffer because of the fall of another.

When Saul’s kingdom was tumbling, Mephibosheth’s nurse was
running, and she fell while carrying him. He was crippled because of the
fall of another, and he was lame in both feet and unable to help himself.
No man can come to God save the Spirit draw him. That is why God
goes to you!

It does not matter whether you were raised in the church or
out of it. Don’t let the devil beat you over the head because of your sins.
But don’t pat yourself on the back as though it doesn’t apply, if you think
you are a little better than some.

Because of the fall of another, the father of this race, Adam, we
were born out of fellowship with God. We were crippled in our ability to
come to Him, unable to even know God’s will, much less do it. Yet God
on His throne, able to speak the universe into existence, kept that
covenant He made because of what was agreed to in the councils of
Heaven. Clear back in time, when the worlds were founded, the Lamb
was “slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:8) Because
of that covenant to be written in His blood, He sent for and fetched you.
That is why we are here.

Shameful things…in Lodebar. If you are there, you don’t need me
to define it.

Ever-seeking, never finding. Lodebar: a place of no
pastures.

When Mephibosheth came, “David said unto him, Fear not.”
David said, “Mephibosheth.” God knows your name, shameful thing.
But David didn’t need an introduction: Mephibosheth. I don’t know
where you are today, but God knows your name. Slipping into God’s
presence, wearing a mask in the presence of the saints, hoping that no one really knows what goes on inside. Listen to God. David said unto him,
“Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s
sake.” Will you write it down? “God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven
you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

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Faith in the One Who Never Changes by Pastor Melissa Scott

February 16th, 2014
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I want to narrow the topic of faith down to one subject today: divine healing. I would like the message to go to those who are well; the well who are strong enough to follow the admonition to lay the framework for the day when weakness comes. As Christians, we are too dependent upon sources of faith other than the One that never changes.

The reason my faith left when circumstances changed was that my faith was dependent upon the circumstance: the sight of a miracle, the atmosphere of a service, the presence of a person. The Word is with you all the time.

 So please get a pencil and write down these verses I am going to give you. I am going to give you keys to unlock doors and enable you to walk into the sphere of faith. If you are sick, will you remember you have written these down? If you can’t call on anybody, get to any atmosphere, or see a miracle; then be one, and start by planting the seed.

There are so many doors through which you can walk to plant the seed of faith in divine healing; if you don’t get faith by walking through the first door, then take the next key and unlock the second door. Somewhere, before you get through all of the doors, I will guarantee you that, in your moment of weakness, faith will come. Don’t try to “work it up,” just plant the seed. The promise is “Faith cometh by hearing.”

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Pulled Apart in Your Circumstance? by Pastor Melissa Scott

December 8th, 2013
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Go to Acts 23. Here is the one “born out of due time.” Paul had felt led of the Lord to go to Rome. He had written from Corinth that he was not ashamed of the gospel; it was the power of God unto salvation.

He had sent a letter to Rome to assure them that he intended to come. He set out on his way, and he stopped at the house of a man named Philip. A prophet named Agabus bound Paul with cords and prophesied that he would be bound if he went to Jerusalem.

Pastor Melissa Scott continues, the Christians didn’t want him to go. Paul was sure he was in God’s will and that was the way to go. When he arrived, he was brought before the chief priests and the council.

In Acts 23:10, there arose such a dissension, the chief captain feared “lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them.”

Have you been sort of pulled in pieces and pulled apart in your circumstance in the last few days or weeks? Tune in on this man, in the will of God, with much of his work still lying ahead. “Fearing lest Paul 
should have been pulled in pieces of them,” the captain “commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.”

Verse 12 says, “When it was day,” the next day, “certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.” Paul went  from facing a mob to being the target of a murder conspiracy.

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Don’t Bring Any Needs . . . Into the Inner Court by Pastor Melissa Scott

October 6th, 2013
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Let me tell you something: you don’t bring any needs into the inner court.

That’s all taken care of in the outer court. Human need is adequately met at the altar of sacrifice. In the inner court, God is the Recipient.

You come in here to kindle an altar of praise to Him. If in the last few days you have not found a place to pray, and tuned every pressure of your need and every other need out, and done only one single thing: lift praises to Him, then you have not moved into that inner court. Every prayer is, “Give me this and give me that” and “Worry with me about this.” Leave it in the outer court! You don’t take anything into the inner court! You bring yourself to God. That’s not just Old Testament doctrine; Luke 5:15 says, “So much the more there went a fame abroad of him,” speaking of Jesus, “and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.”

Now they needed to hear, and they needed to be healed. Nobody can challenge that. He had the words of life, and He could heal them. A conjunction is in the Gospel: “And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and there prayed.”

He made the very press of the crowd and its needs an excuse to go pray, and He was the Son of God. You turn away from the line of people with their needs.

Pastor Scott continues: The second item is no more glamorous than the first: “They shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me,” in that Old Testament sense of “stay there a while.” “Well now, wait a minute, God! I’m in here now. You’ve created the world in days. I’m here, I am ministering to You; bless me quickly because the crowd is out there. While I’m in here, there are at least 15 ‘while you were out’ messages on my desk. The world that You sent Your Son to die for is begging for attention. Get it over with!”

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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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