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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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Stay Upon the LORD by Pastor Melissa Scott

“Let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.” “Stay” is a word that originally comes out of the nautical world. It was used by sailors: you “stay” a ship on something other than itself. You cast your anchor on the Lord. And notice the personalization. The first act is to trust in the name of the Lord: find the specific name that fits. But then when you have found it, tighten the screws on that focus meter and leave it there.

And suddenly that specific quality of God changes and instead of it being just the name of God, that expression in regard to your specific problem becomes your God for that moment. He becomes very personal. To somebody sick, your God is the God who heals, Jehovah-rapha. To somebody in need, your God is Jehovah-jireh. To someone who lacks peace, your God is Jehovah-shalom. If you lack righteousness, your God is Jehovah-tsidkenu.

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By His Blood by Pastor Melissa Scott

You know the old hymn, “Through many dangers, toils and snares we have already come, ‘tis grace hath brought us safe thus far and grace will lead us home.” That’s what this verse is saying here, “hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost.”

Now listen, you saints, “when we were yet without strength,” and the Greek has it “having no strength at all,” “when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die.” Look in your heart, don’t just listen to theological words. Who would you die for today?

Well, scarcely for a good man would one die, yet maybe, “peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,” short-fallen ones, not deserving anything…someone might possibly die for a good man, but God’s love is commended toward us in that while we were unmeriting, “Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified,” that is “held right,” “by his blood.”

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God’s Testaments and His Rights by Pastor Melissa Scott

Why do we call this the Old and New Testament? It is God’s will
and testament, a unique kind of covenant relationship. In law, you can
write many kinds of covenants: two-sided ones, multi-sided ones, group
ones, corporate ones, but we have tended to restrict the word testament
to a kind of contract where one party writes all the terms; you don’t do
any bargaining in it.

Pastor Scott continues: When you write your “Last Will and Testament,”
you decree who will inherit what. We call this the Old and New
Testament because it is God’s will and testament. Both the Hebrew and
the Greek, the root languages of this book, chose a word for a contract
relationship that is singular in every respect; one party writes all the
terms: “God says.” He did not ask me my opinion about it. God says
how I will inherit in His estate; no debate, no argument.

“Well,” you say, “I know all that.” Do you? I preach it, but if I am gut honest, as they say, I have to say I talked back to the Potter within the last seven days.

I don’t remember many seven-day periods in my life that I haven’t talked
back to Him. As the squeeze is put on, I have to bring myself anew to
this fix, the benchmark, the point of departure: God has a right to do with
each one of us what He will.

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God’s the Boss by Pastor Melissa Scott

Pastor Scott continues her teaching on the “Potter’s House.” 

And of course my analogy (of the Potter’s House, God being the potter) breaks down because we have a tendency to think that somehow the potter’s work is easy. Well it’s easy if you’ve got malleable clay. It’s easy if you’ve got the water that’s flowing on this vessel. It’s easy if you understand submission to the potter.

Now I think it’s interesting we have four principles. Most of you will have these in your Bible. If you don’t, you can just put them somewhere.

Starting point number one: God’s the boss. The supremacy and the sovereignty of God, His divine governing we saw in the Book of Ephesians. In the economy of God, the principle is that God had the absolute right to do with this piece of clay what He wants. And if He wants to mash it and throw it in the trash, that’s His business not yours.

Likewise for every person sitting beside you. Same thing. We have this idea: “Hey look God, you’ve got a hard enough time with all these other pieces of clay around me. I think you should let me govern the wheel, let me adjust the speed. I can do that you know. I can be trusted to do that.”

God’s the boss. The perfect illustration Isaiah says it and Paul says it, “Doth the clay say to the potter, ‘what makest thou?’ Does the clay have the right to talk back to the potter?”

Too many times we can read by a passage in the Bible and say, “Well that’s somebody else.” But you start reading Romans 9 and really recognize what Paul’s saying: God’s is saying, “I’ll have mercy on whom I want to have mercy. One vessel made to honor, another to dishonor. Jacob I love, Esau I hated.” He had every single right to do what He wanted to do.

 

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The Flow Of What’s Going On by Pastor Melissa Scott

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that we”re in the world, just going with it. We are in that self-serving, do for me, profit for me, don’t tell me how bad I look, don’t tell me how tired or how fat or how skinny or bad or how good – - “Oh tell me that I’m good.”   Right? That’s how we are.

“Among whom also we all” – notice it changed from “ye, ye walked, ye” he says, “and you, and ye.” Verse 3 changes, “Among whom also we all had our behavior in times past in the lust of our flesh.”

There’s a very strange thing that happens here. Flesh (we know when we study the Bible) is usually the antithesis of spirit. We know flesh covers my bones and covers everything.

Flesh is a magnet that pulls me in to serve myself, serve itself (the flesh) and serve the devil. And by the way, the world, the flesh and the devil, is usually a  little trilogy of words that people just toss around so casually. You know the song You Can’t have One Without the Other?

I know people that tune into the network. Most Christians that tune into our network and hear Dr. Scott teaching on demonology and Spiritual Warfare and Screwtape Letters.  People will say, “My you folks really make a great deal about the devil.”  Well read the record and the first thing that you’ll encounter about Jesus is the devil coming to tempt Him. So if the devil’s going to come tempt Him, what makes you think that suddenly when Jesus went to the cross everybody went home and it’s all good and there’s no more devil?

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The Blood of Christ by Pastor Melissa Scott

Let’s make a list. Let’s write down a list of all the things we could do as “good”, to be presented and weighed in the balance.  For example, I could do things for elderly people and I could be seen of all people as a humble worker feeding the poor.

I could do all those things, write them on a list and put them in a scale and let the balance weigh whether the shed blood of Christ and my little piddling things that I think I did, that, to me, are as great as Mount Vesuvius.  But God views those like a little ant hill. “You want me to accept that in place of what my Son did?” Talk about insulting God!

Pastor Melissa Scott continues her teaching:  This is what I love about the Bible. Everything you ever wanted to know is in there, and then some. The one thing that you can be sure of, Paul is talking right there about salvation. And in future teaching, I will show you by comparison other texts that will lead the way.

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The Concepts Of Omniscience by Pastor Melissa Scott

Pastor Melissa Scott teaches from the Bible: Many are called, few are chosen.

But what are the many? How many are the many? Are the many one trillion? Is that the many? And the few are five? Or the few five million?

We don’t know so I don’t want to try and define God. I don’t want to try and get into meddling in areas that too many people already meddled in.

I’ve got boxes of books, boxes. Boxes and boxes and boxes of these very people including those Luther and Erasmus debates, the Calvin and Armenian debates. I’ve got Augustine’s letters here. I’ve got everybody under the sun in my library.

Now, I tell you this because there has to be some theological footing. The concepts of omniscience, omnipotence and omnipresence; those are the concepts that came out of the German idealist realm with some very mutually contradictive ideas about things. Now, I don’t want to tread and say, “I’m going to take a position.” I already know what the position is: God said it.  And, at the same time, the same God who spoke and gave His word can turn around and say, “Hey, that derelict over there or maybe that lady with the bun who’s pretended to be so good but she’s really a rotten egg underneath; I’m going to save that woman.” How do we know?

This is the danger of the world we live in.  The world of we play God, because we assume to know what God wants and who He’s going to save..

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The Greatest Testimony by Pastor Melissa Scott

Watch how everybody discounts him. Ananias says, “this is the man that was breathing out threatenings. Don’t trust him!  He had such a reputation. So for him to invent this cockamamie story that the Lord knocked him off of a horse and he got converted and had this Damascus road experience and now the Lord tells him to get up and to go somewhere and wait for somebody to come and give him his sight.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that it’s the most preposterous story in the whole Bible or the greatest proof of the power that comes in to any container to take over and can take the most hardened, worst person in societies’ eyes: Saul of Tarsus, accuser of and destroyer of the church into the greatest evangelist and responsible for the bulk of the New Testament. Here’s not a man like, you know some others say, “well now this particular disciple and head of the church, the early Church heard from another witness who heard from another witness that he had exposure to the risen Lord.” you’re getting it straight from an eyewitness to Jesus. The greatest testimony of the power of God to change a person comes in by way of this. These forces, they’re unseen forces and they change your inside.

Now there’s going to be people saying, “Well do I have this power? Yes, you have this power. From the moment you first faithed in Christ and the Spirit comes in, that deposit that we’ve already taught on, you are endued with that power. You are endued to say turn around, it’s the power that lets you open your mouth and say, “I rebuke you, Satan, in Jesus name.” you rebuke those things that come upon you. It’s that power an ordinary man would say, “that’s foolishness. That person’s lost their nuggets.

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