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Ministry to the House by Pastor Melissa Scott

Now, what is this ministry to the house?
In the laws of the offerings in the Old Testament, God established a pattern of talking first about that which is closest to Him. But in application, when He tells you
how to come to Him, He makes you start with that which is closest to
you. So God speaks first of the burnt offering and then speaks of the
sacrifice for the people. But let me turn it around and speak of the
sacrifice for the people first, followed by the burnt offering, because that
was the way you came to God in that day.  The sacrifice for the people encompassed the broad group of sacrifices called the “sin offerings.”

There were two kinds of sin offerings. Most people, when they are made aware of sin, or if you ask them why they are a sinner, they will start cataloging the things they have done. Or if they think they are not a sinner, they will tell you what they haven’t done. Those are the trespasses: the specific things that you know violate God’s rules, which
you know you are guilty of, and you can specify them.

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Attention to the Master by Pastor Melissa Scott

Visualize the Temple.

Visualize a people who did not see past the barrier into the inner court, a people who would limit their view of God and His ministry to their needs. Visualize a ministry left just with that activity and a core group close to the heart of God that had been brought nigh to Him. Move into this sacred place where ministry is to Him.

Two things need to be pointed out in this chapter: the first one is
that there is a difference between doing the work of the Lord, designed to
minister to human need, and ministering to the Lord Himself. That is not
just Old Testament doctrine.

Jesus says, in Luke 17, “which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field,” now “Go and sit down to meat?” He has worked all day for the master and has done a good job. Now he
comes in, “Sit down and eat, pull your table up to the window, count the
furrows you’ve plowed, catalogue the cows that you’ve taken care of.
You’ve been a good servant, now eat hearty.” That isn’t what He said.
Jesus said, “which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding
cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go
and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready
wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and
drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?”: added attention to the
master himself, even after having worked for the master all day. “Doth
he thank that servant because he did those things that were commanded
him? I trow not,” He said. In modern language, “I should say not.”

And then He applies it: “So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those
things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we
have done that which was our duty to do.”

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What is the salvation? by Pastor Melissa Scott

What is the salvation?

It is personal: He knows your name; He wants you. It is not just something loosely thrown out. He wants you.

The message is “Fear not, shameful thing that you may be. Fear not.

God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you, and ‘thou shalt eat bread at my
table continually.’” You know what I like about that table? When
Mephibosheth came up to the king’s table and slid his knees under it, he
looked like every other son of the king sitting there. Glory to God! No
crippled knees showing under the Lord’s table. God for Christ’s sake
hath forgiven you!

Now, what is the response? That is why I preach. You know, I
have got a little bit of Moses’ attitude and I talk back to God on occasion.
I am guilty of foolishly wanting to claim more from God than I should.
But when I look at this chapter and look at Jesus on Calvary and know
way down deep what God has done for me, I learn what the neo-orthodox
theologians in one of their few really good contributions have said: the
only adequate motivation for Christian service is a realization of sins
forgiven. You can’t whip people into performance.

That is what is wrong with second and third generation Christianity. They are whipped into serving God. But when you know you are a shameful thing and you have wandered in Lodebar finding no satisfaction, and God just brings you in and lets your knees slip under His table and you eat bountifully from His table, then you have a reaction.

Pastor Scott continues, it is crude Old Testament language, but this is what I call real
repentance: “What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a
dead dog as I am?” Mephibosheth didn’t say, “It’s about time you
thought of me, David. After all, my dad was the king and I have been
stumbling around on these crippled knees long enough. The least you
could have done was come after me sooner.” He said, “What is thy
servant?”

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Faith Cometh When the Hearing is Started by Pastor Melissa Scott

I have been told over and over again, “You’ve just got to have faith.” Well, I know that. The Bible says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6) I have said there are times you shouldn’t pray because the Bible says, concerning prayer, “Let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.”

Not a thing wavering.

“For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing from the Lord.” (James 1:6-7) So you are just wasting time praying without faith. I know that!

So when someone verbally beats me on the head because I don’t have faith and says, “You’ve just got to believe.” I say, “Lord, help me. I know that. But how?” How do you get from the “not having” to the “having”? Right here. When you lack faith, quit beating yourself over the head because you don’t have it. You can’t manufacture it on your own, but you can do something on your own: you can start the hearing process.

God’s Word says, “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” I may be so weak in faith I can’t even lift myself up, much less hang in there, but I can start hearing. Start planting the seed of faith. Quit worrying about your lack of faith, and start the hearing process: packing in the Word. My responsibility begins and ends with the hearing task.

God’s Word says “faith cometh” when the hearing is started, and the hearing “by the word of God.”

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The Message of Abram by Pastor Melissa Scott

So the message of Abram was “from the place where thou art.” “I don’t have anything. I’ve just lost the best. I’ve come back from failure, and I’ve returned to the tent and to the altar. I’ve given myself to You; now what?”

Look up! Lift up now, not tomorrow, now. From where you are, lift up now thine eyes, and do what? Arise and walk.

“Well now, God, You spoke and the worlds were created, why don’t You send an angel down? If You really are going to do what You said, I’ll believe it if You send an angel now and pick me up from between these two mountains and carry me east, and carry me west, and carry me north, and carry me south. Then I’ll believe You.

Show me a sign, Lord. Show me a sign, then I’ll believe You.”

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Be of Good Cheer by Pastor Melissa Scott

In Matthew 14, after Jesus had fed the five thousand, “Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.” It was the fourth watch of the night; it was the darkest hour.

Again, put yourself into the scene: these fishermen knew the dangers of the sea. In the darkest hour of the night, the ship was in the midst of the sea, tossed with the waves. “And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer.” Circle that word cheer. “It is I; be not afraid.” (Matthew 14:22-27) 

You have heard me say that when God repeats Himself, I pay attention, Pastor Scott notes. 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.

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What Did Jesus Think About “Born Again”? by Pastor Melissa Scott

 

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“To be born again” is not something super-mystical. We have grown up in the church and inherited words that I call “spiritual semantical massage.” People shout about them and then walk out of the service not knowing what they mean. Pardon the bluntness: “to be born again” is not some experience that is going to cause lights to go off and glue you to the ceiling or anything like that.

Jesus was dumbfounded that Nicodemus, a teacher in Israel, did not understand what it meant to be born again. And He was dumbfounded that a man who didn’t want to accept the truth would engage in rhetoric and try to make something complicated that was not complicated. “To be born again” was an ordinary phrase of the day when Jesus was here. When a Jew proselytized a Roman until a Roman changed his mind in regard to the Roman deities, ceased to serve his own god and accepted the one God, Jehovah, he was said to be born again. It was a statement parlayed all through the land.  Pastor Scott continues, here was a teacher trying to use rhetoric to complicate simple things; and Jesus was mystified that Nicodemus didn’t know what it was to be born again: to be born again is to change your mind.

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Stop – - Leave the Outer Court by Pastor Melissa Scott

Paul said, “We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)

The problem of outer court ministry is: “It’s so good I can’t find sufficient reason to leave it.”

There will never come a break in the pressure out there. As quickly as I lead a man into a sacrifice for sins, right behind him is another man with a trespass offering. Just as quickly as I lead him into that specific repentant act, behind him is a man with a burnt offering. As quickly as I lead him in dedication, behind him is another one. Down the valley and up the hill, as far as you look, human need is lined up. There will never come a break time when you’ve got it all done in the outer court.

The only way you will start ministering to the Lord is just—stop! You just stop and you tune it out and you bring Him in. Does He have to tap you on the shoulder? No! They had to just leave the outer court and go in there.

I settled my faith one day after studying the Resurrection. As Jesus said to the sign hunters, “There will be no sign given you, but the sign of Jonah,” and He linked that to His own death and Resurrection. When God brings His Son out of the tomb, then and there, He proves He keeps His Word. 

It took me to reach a point where I said, “There’s no other explanation: He came out of that tomb.”

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Nothing But 100% by Pastor Melissa Scott

There is nothing wrong with riches; it is whether or not you look at those as your possession or whether or not you are the Lord’s completely and wholly, and alert to that which God would give as an opportunity to share in His Kingdom. Nabal missed it.

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 another 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.

Pastor Melissa Scott continues, 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.

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God Wants Your All by Pastor Melissa Scott

God will have nothing less than all of you. And that God would take such stuff on which to build His Kingdom as typified in the Adullamites and illustrated in the disciples tells me that it means a lot to Him to have 100 percent. He will start over with such as these, like the parable Jesus told of a certain man who made a great supper and sent invitations. And all those invited made excuses. One had a wife, another had a yoke of oxen to look at, another had a piece of ground. The man said to his servant, “Bring in the lame and the halt.” (Luke 14:16-24)

Pastor Scott continues in her teaching: When God calls, He wants all of you; that is a serious side of this message. That God would take such as these means He will have nothing less. You might, on the surface, be head and shoulders above the Adullamites. You might be a giant in character and deed like Jonathan, and you might help God more than some of those miserable complainers that came and made him captain; but they made him captain. There is nothing mystical about that; you just stop being the boss and let Him be the boss. That’s all it is.

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