God said to Moses, “I have been known before by my other names but through you and to this people I am going to reveal myself as JEHOVAH.” (Exodus 6:3) And then He began to do it, and a series of names began to unfold. In fact, the use of the name Jehovah attached to other revelatory names had occurred before Moses, but it began to flower in fullness under Moses. Now that word “Jehovah” involved the expression of what He wanted to be to His people. He was going to come, if you will, from behind the cloud and take Himself out of the abstract and the general, and let His people know what He really was willing to be with them. That is all there is to the names of God. As you go through God’s book, know that God, when He gives Himself a name, or reveals Himself in such a way that under inspiration those writers of the Bible could give Him a name, it is God saying, “This is what I want to be to you.” Be specific with God.

The Scripture says, “Ye have not because ye ask not.” (James 4:2, John 16:24) In the prayer of faith in the book of Romans we are told we are not to believe we must ascend as though we would bring God down or descend into the depths and bring Him up; it is already nigh us. It is in our mouth; speak it forth. (Romans 10:6-10) There is power in the specific expressions of prayer to God. In Romans 8, we read that Jesus is up there interceding for us and doing a good enough job, but in our limitations there needs to be articulation with specifics, because God responds to specifics. And I have said if your toe hurts, will you not pray some big long prayer to God, “O God, high on Your throne with angels flying around, door post shaking, smoke billowing, great and wonderful to be seen and heard….” Just say, “Lord, my toe hurts, will You heal it?” “Little toe,” if you need to be specific: “My little toe hurts.

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mscott on July 1st, 2013

 

Jesus would neither yield to the flesh nor be a spiritual show-off. The devil offered Him kingdoms if He would just come under him. God had offered Him kingdoms, but He had to die. The devil offered Him kingdoms if He would bend His knee. He turned from the temptation and said No. When you look at it and quit making it a big mystery, while clothed with the same kinds of desires that you and I have, He said no to the flesh; He said no to spiritual pride; He said no to power. He walked out and treated His life from morning to night as though it had one reason for being, and that is to do the will of the Father that sent Him. (John 4:34)

As soon as He gathered the disciples around Him, they too challenged His commitment. When He spoke of the cross, they said, “Be it far from you.” His own agony of soul resisted. In the garden, He prayed, “If it be possible let this cup pass from me. But nevertheless not as I will, but thine.” (Luke 22:42) While He was on the cross, the rulers cried out, “If you be God, come down.” He held Himself as though He did not hear them. There is no easy way to be like Jesus. As we go through this year, we will lay on ourselves again and again the sacrificial purpose and sacrificial

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Do you know what the problem is with some of us? How many are old enough to remember that commercial that used to be on TV, which had a humorous picture of a child saying, “but Mommy, I want to do it myself!” We don’t really say it, but this is the way we do it: “But, Lord, I want to do it myself!” And we just keep struggling in our effort until He breaks us. “Happy art thou…O people saved by the LORD.”

 

This preacher knows he frustrates not the grace of God: if righteousness came by my works, then Christ is dead in vain. (Galatians 2:21) This Pastor knows she can’t carry the load of this church or save anything, but the Eternal God, and the One with the everlasting arms, and the giver of strength, He will do it. And we can sing the song when it’s over, “Happy art thou, O God-governed ones, saved by the Lord.” What is the Lord? He is “The shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency!” And, hear it, everybody: “Thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee.” Did you hear that? “And thou shalt tread upon their high places.” Glory be to God.

mscott on January 20th, 2013

If you have been battling the devil, unable to take the good things
of God because of a sense of sin, will you listen to the Lord today?
You don’t have anything to be scared of.
Read Romans 5: if while we were rebels and outcasts and outlaws 
and not even knowing about God and His love, God commended His
love toward us enough to send His Son to die; how much more will
He keep us? Grace abounding.
Let your sins be wiped out in a stroke; bring it to Calvary, and
then let healing come. If you have been claiming a promise and
intimidated that maybe you were too bold; and yet you know
secretly in your heart if you could just touch Him, you would
be made whole, thy faith can make thee whole today.
Are you in a storm?
Don’t be scared: the Lord is there with you.
He never has promised that we will bypass the storms;
He has promised to be with us. Are you worrying about tribulation?
It is our steady diet, but don’t you get scared about it. I want
to say to this church, will you get rid of fear? God is not
the author of fear. Jesus has overcome the world. He can make
even our enemies to be at peace with us. He has overcome it all;
just don’t lose your courage. Are you afraid that what God has
promised you is not going to work out? I would guess that the odds
against you are not as great as they were against Paul. “Son and
daughter, be of good courage.”

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admin on December 27th, 2011

Pastor Melissa Scott continues her teaching on The Potter’s House.

“We are His workmanship.” That’s true. There’s an element that I added: The water. In the process of spinning, remember we looked at those power words and I said the Bible says the power is in us already. Those words tell me that while He’s working the work, He’s empowered me. The Bible says He won’t tempt me beyond what I’m able. Sometimes I think He thinks I’m really, really able, but He says He won’t tempt me beyond what I’m able. In fact it says He’ll provide a way of escape.

The thing that I marvel at every time I come back to this, whether it’s by hearing it on the network, whether it’s by reading it anew or studying it for this message is the method.  That is why I think God Is The Greatest Artist. He’s not only the greatest wordsmith; He’s the greatest artist in the world.

He can make something that is a throwaway reject as beautiful as anything you’ve ever seen.  He has a way of opening our eyes.  There have been days when it’s rainy outside and gloomy. In times past I’d say, “Aw, I hate the rain. Why can’t it be sunny today? I hate the rain.” Even when it’s rainy now I go outside and say, “Wow! Look how green everything is. Look how beautiful.” Even when it’s gray and cloudy it’s like God opens your eyes to say, “Quit griping and start appreciating my masterpiece that I made.” You’re going to spend your whole life griping about something. You might as well spend your whole life saying, “Thank you for this rainy, ugly day because it’s really beautiful. You made it.” Right?

admin on December 20th, 2011

Now I’m definitely not done with this text but let me show you why; I’m going to come full circle. Let me show you why I started with Deuteronomy 15:15, lest anybody forgot where I started. All right. Deuteronomy 15:15, I’m going to read it to you one more time, “Thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman” a slave “in the land of Egypt” in the land of the world, the flesh and the devil “and The LORD Thy God Redeemed Thee.” When you read verse 11 it will be like connecting a plug that says this carried all the way through the Bible, “Wherefore remember,” same thing, a call to recall, where you will “remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh.” What’s he saying?

The same thing: remember God delivered you out of your condition, a slave to the world, the flesh and the devil. But I love what Paul does. He says there’s hope. There’s hope beyond hope. Why? Because, he gives the answer at the end of verse 5, “By grace ye are saved.” Not by works, by grace. That will be the message of this church until I die: by grace and by faith.

admin on December 14th, 2011

And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he make it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.” And for those of you who don’t have something underlined, underline, “as seemed good to the potter to make it.” Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? Saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.”

Now, in G. Campbell Morgan’s work, he, G. Campbell Morgan makes the correction to say that this article “a” work should rather read “His” work because God as pictured as the potter is not making some abstract piece of work over there. He’s working His work on the wheels. So you can take that “a” and put a circle or a line through it and put “His” on top of it. It is His work. Now it’s kind of ironic how God enters into all these situations.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the years that I’ve listened, the years that I’ve with much – this is probably my favorite message of all the messages. That it would come to me how many times I heard my husband say Jeremiah who was the toughest guy, the toughest man in the land. And then you read about Jeremiah’s beginning, when he was born. He says, “From my mother’s womb I was chosen.” But he says, “I was the smallest, the least in my village.” In other words, “what would God want of me?” Jeremiah goes on to speak some of the greatest prophetic words regarding the seventy years and the people taken away in bondage.

admin on December 9th, 2011

We’ve been taught, we have a word for sin’s canopy, missing the mark (Greek: hamartia).  We’re also going to need some other words.

We have hamartia; we have the Greek word paraptoma, the root of it. There’s another one, which is parabasis. Those are our three words that we’re going to contend with throughout Paul’s writing.  It’s pretty simple. But if it’s not complicated, it will become complicated because we have other words that will enter into the equation.

We already saw from the Romans Series words like asebian, ungodly; adikian, unrighteous or against, the opposite way; anomia, against the law. There are words like akia, which is evil; poneria, evil, moral wickedness.

So we have many different words. And this is important for us because we have at least defined this hamartia as “we all fall short and miss the mark.” That’s our whole condition.

As I began to study for this, I re-opened Romans 5 because Romans 5 talks about how by one man sin entered the world, that one man being Adam. And guess what? In that one chapter of Romans all these words are being used and it’s quite a study to see this hamartia.

admin on November 30th, 2011

I want to read out of Deuteronomy just one verse. “And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee.” Let me put the right word in there. “And thou shall remember that thou wast a slave in the land Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee.” I use that as a point of departure.

 

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that sometimes we can read the Bible, and we so tune out on the reality of life. Of course that passage goes on to talk about that one in servitude, willing servant, to nail the ear with an awl to the door. But the frame of reference was the recognition, God’s people, what you were. I quote out of Deuteronomy. It’s very easy to read the Bible and say this picture of servitude, this picture of slavery; what was it? All you have to do is journey back into the closing chapters of the Book of Genesis. Jacob and family pushing towards the land of Egypt on behalf or because of Joseph and his favor, and they prospered in that land. Thirty years passes. And then you read in the opening verses of Exodus, “There rose up a king who knew not Joseph.” Thirty years period elapsed that enmity and hatred that begin to rise, the people numbered. It was overwhelming.

 

This new king would bring the people into bondage. It says three or four generations if you read the record given to Abraham in the Book of Genesis. The fifteenth chapter it says, “And the fourth generation.” The promise was to tell Abraham the people would go in but they’ll come back more prosperous, fourth generation. We know the picture of those that served in Egypt. Some that went into bondage went in knowing what freedom was, that we’ll call the first generation of those in bondage. They went in knowing what freedom tasted like. But those that were born in Egypt, second, third and fourth generation, that’s all they knew. They were born into that life, a life of servitude. Some served in the palatial environments that would never lend someone to say, “What could be better? If you’re here and you live in this, serving in this palatial environment, then, my goodness, it’s much better to be here than to be outside. How rough it is out there.” Contrary to those that worked under the tough taskmaster and the whip to produce and to work and the penalty of not doing it. You either preformed or they killed you.

admin on November 25th, 2011

And when I disconnect from this, I’m disconnected like Adam from the source of life because that is life eternal right there. Not me and not even words that I speak or even you just hearing them. It’s got to be by absorption. That finally you come to the conclusion I must stay plugged in by faith and I maintain that connection by which power: faith. Yes, faith.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that we’re saved, the Bible says, “by grace you’re saved through faith and not of works lest any man should boast.” all well and wonderful, but the power that entered in, you’re looking at it. That dynamite force, that kratos that force beyond rulership or control. And the iskous, which is that strength not human; I don’t want to say superhuman, because it’s beyond anything that can even explain. That same power raised Him up from the dead.

I’m going to take one translation, because I’m kind of worried that I might not get through this. And I brought different things to show you. So, I want to focus on the Syriac for a minute. We’ve got; we’ll do it this way. They need to get me a little platform. I’m not as tall as Dr. Scott “he worked or who worked” beth meshua “in” this makes it “the Messiah” all right “and raised Him;” this he makes it “him from” this word men “from.” This is the thing I really want to focus on. If I don’t get to any of this stuff, it’s the least important than this one, which is actually the most important of the translations.

This word here, I’m going to just write it phonetically. It would look like beth mita, which translates beth you know, same like Hebrew.