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Arise, and Walk! by Pastor Melissa Scott

January 6th, 2014
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They were still there when the Pharisees were gathered around in Jesus’ day. God Himself, the Word of God incarnate was there. They said, “Show us a sign.” The sign hunters!

Do you know what it says in 1 Corinthians about speaking in tongues? I am very much for it; I  want the world to know that. But do you know what it means when it says that tongues are a sign to those that believe not, to unbelievers? It is the exact same Greek word that you find in Hebrews 3. It is the exact same Greek word that you find when God describes those who simply would not believe Him and would not accept what He was doing unless He gave them a new sign. Tongues are a sign, not to those that believe, but to those that believe not. But to those that believe, prophecy suffices. (1 Corinthians 14:22)

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.

Pastor Melissa Scott continues, 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!

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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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