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In Whatsoever State by Pastor Melissa Scott

Paul then tells us, in verse 8, what things we should think

Then he says in verse 12, “I know how to be abased, I know
how to abound.” “I have been in want, I have been when
there wasn’t want.”

But in verse 11, he said, “I have learned, in whatsoever state
I am, therewith to be content.” How many of you have
“therewith” in italics?

It was added by the translators, so scratch it out: it is not
in the original; the punctuation was also added by the
translators. What Paul says is “I have learned, in whatsoever
state I am, to be content.” If you leave the “therewith” in,
you get the suggestion that you must somehow work
yourself over until you learn to be content with the state
of affairs. In Paul’s case he would have to fall in love with
a prison cell. He would have to learn to like being in jail.
That isn’t what he is saying. You don’t have to learn to like
your circumstance but you can learn to be content in
spite of your circumstance. 

And that is what Paul is saying: “I have learned, in
whatsoever state I am, to be content.”

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Each One of Us Has a Place by Pastor Melissa Scott

Now let us look at the diversity before we come to the word.
Each of these men comes from a different starting point.
Watchman Nee, the Chinese theologian, asked what was Peter
doing when God called him? He was fishing. What was Paul doing
when God called him, as a trade? He was a fire-breathing,
hot-headed crusading member of the Sanhedrin set forth on the
 Damascus road to take Christians into bondage, but in
terms of trade and background, he was a tentmaker. Now
what was John doing? He was mending nets. Peter became the
fisher of men, preaching to large crowds: he pulled in the

Paul continued to be the tentmaker of the spiritual house:
he wove the fabric and put it together. And John became the
mender of the tent: he is noted as the pastor and the apostle
of love who held it together and mended the tent.
That means that God knows where you are at when He calls you
and He has need of you. 

In the body of Christ, each one of us has a place. God
will use what you have.

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God is Going to Corner You by Pastor Melissa Scott

God is going to corner you, if you want God’s best, and find out
whether or not you can really live what you are going to communicate. I
faced a crisis not too long ago. Did I really believe what I was preaching
or did I just preach it? Can God be trusted or can’t He?
Pastor Scott continues: Those of you in your life who want power, I am not talking about what we normally think of as power, but the ability to influence the lives
around you for God and the ability to communicate to your loved ones. It
will radiate out of your being, that peace of God and that trust, that can
trust God no matter what; that can look up in the darkest hour and say, “I
know He is able.” Well, you are never going to learn that until you find it
out for yourself.

As F. B. Meyer says, you never really tap God’s resources until you get beyond your own. You never learn what He can do until you get out of His way and let Him do it. That is the message of Elisha at Jordan: he stepped off, and as they two went on, the mantle fell.

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Eternal Inheritance by Pastor Melissa Scott

In the New Testament book of Hebrews, we are told not to be like
that “profane person Esau.” The Greek word translated profane means
“not discerning the true nature of spiritual things.”

The New Testament writer transposes this history into the spiritual frame and tells New Testament Christians not to be profane like Esau, who failed to discern
the true nature of spiritual things, and not to make the mistake that Esau
made: taking something that tickles and satisfies the immediate sensory
appetites, in his case, and miss the birthright that was his.

In the spiritual frame, don’t be satisfied to get that which satisfies now, and not discern the true spiritual inheritance, which is eternal. You can apply that
yourself. But he said, “What do I care about the birthright? It’s not
going to do me any good; I’m about to die.” Jacob said, “Swear to me
this day.” And Esau sold his birthright unto Jacob.

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Get Past What You See by Pastor Melissa Scott

Pastor Melissa Scott teaches from Faith Center


In the book of Revelation the prayers and praises of the saints
ascend as incense before Him. (Revelation 8:3-4)

While everything that went on in the outer court could be seen by the crowd, this inner court was closed off from the crowd, and only one thing happened in there:
burning incense at an altar symbolizing praise and worship to God. In the
inner court, the look was upward to Him instead of outward to men.

The abomination of the people was they never went past what
they saw. They would reduce God’s house and God’s ministry down to
their needs. They would evaluate the church and its ministry on the basis
of what it did for them. A church is a people who belong to the Lord; it
is the house of God assembled together as a household in the Lord’s
house. In this Temple that God was showing them, they had limited their
vision. They only saw ministry to themselves; they wanted a ministry
that would stand before themselves.
God says, “Okay,” and when forced to a choice, “let it suffice
you” to the ministers who followed in their train, “keep on doing it, keep
on leading them in repentance, keep on leading them in dedication.”

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All We Like Sheep . . . by Pastor Melissa Scott

“Repentance” is a simple Greek word in the New Testament. It
means “to turn from, to.” “Sin” in the New Testament is very simple: it
is “falling short of the glory of God.”

The glory of God is Jesus, and Jesus sought always to do the will of the Father who sent Him. But we, as the Old Testament statement says, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way.” We have done what we wanted to do. So God “laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)

Surely He was bruised for our transgressions; He was broken and
bruised, whipped at Calvary. He paid the penalty. Why? Because of a
covenant. Why? Because God wanted us.

And like a dumb sheep, I have gone my way. But when I see it, that when I was a shameful thing wandering in a place of no pastures, He would send for and fetch me to Him with no merit of my own, suddenly…what is my response? God knows the psychological makeup that is man: when you try to do something for somebody to get something in return, you just wall them away from you; but if you ever do something for somebody that is just an act of love and they know they don’t deserve it, what is the response?

Love. This is an illustration often I repeat: if I am drowning in a river
and know it, and you jump in and drag me to the shore, I don’t have to
talk myself into liking you on the bank. It just happens.

To really know that you are a shameful thing in Lodebar, a place
of no pastures, and that the King in His glory sent for and fetched you, is
to stand amazed in His presence. He looked beyond the faults and saw
the need. He went past the lame knees.

That is what brings forth the response of turning from my way to Him. “What am I? What is thy servant that you would give such attention to me?” “Bread alway…for he did eat continually at the king’s table.” We ought to be able to sing until the walls shake in this church, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.”

Pastor Melissa Scott continues her teaching . . . The last picture of this Old Testament saint just boggles my mind.
David’s son, Absalom, later rebelled against David. While David was
running from Absalom across Jordan, Ziba, that old crafty servant, came
to meet David. (2 Samuel 16) David didn’t see Mephibosheth at Jordan.
David, still concerned about Mephibosheth, asked where he was. Ziba
lied and cast a bad picture on Mephibosheth, saying, “Well, he is sitting
back there and he thinks because you are off the throne that he is going to
get it again.” When David finally came to Mephibosheth and was told
Ziba had lied, David did something similar to what Solomon was to do
later. He said, “Since there is a controversy, I am going to divide the
inheritance of Jonathan and Saul. I am going to give you half of it,
Mephibosheth, and I am going to give you half of it, Ziba.” Do you
know what Mephibosheth said to the king? “Yea, let him take all,
forasmuch as my lord the king is come again in peace unto his own
house.” (2 Samuel 19:30) Mephibosheth hadn’t shaved; he had

When David came back across the river and David, to settle
the controversy, would give Mephibosheth half and Ziba half,
Mephibosheth says, “Let him have it all. I’ve got you.” Let him have it
all. I have got you.

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No New Truths by Pastor Melissa Scott

As we have said many times, we don’t need any new truths; we just need to rediscover the old truths. God anticipated that need and provided a source of faith that is always present. Romans 10:17 is so simple and so unglamorous, it attracts very little attention: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” So then…when?

When faith is lacking, for the writer had just quoted Isaiah 53 out of the Old Testament where Isaiah said, “Lord, who hath believed our report?” The prophet addressed an atmosphere of non-belief. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Now, we have been preaching on faith. Faith is defined as hanging on to what God has said; and putting your body behind it, you hang on it. What if you don’t have the motivation? What if you don’t have that push within you that gives the will, the ability to grab hold and hang in there?

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Not Just Mental Assent by Pastor Melissa Scott

We cannot say this enough times: faith is not just mental assent.

In the Bible, faith goes beyond belief. Faith goes beyond confidence, which is the response of the emotions to what the mind has agreed to.

You do not have faith until you hang your body on what the mind has agreed to; and you do not have the faith that God responds to until you have hung your body on the belief that, when God says something, He is going to do it. The God we serve spoke, and His Word created the worlds that we see from nothing. So if you are going to hang your body on what you see and are going to be dominated by that, you have not come to know God’s ways, for He wants men who will take Him at His Word no matter what they see.

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Be of Good Courage by Pastor Melissa Scott


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Pastor Melissa Scott teaching from Faith Center in Glendale, CA.

We are preaching today from the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of John, and from one of His servants who was “born out of due time,” to use his own words, to whom Jesus also addressed Himself. We have been talking about laws of the Spirit, some directives from the New Testament for Christian behavior.

We have talked about God’s formula for joy: the command to rejoice. We have talked about Paul’s command to the Ephesians to be strong in the Lord and in the workings of the power of His might. We have talked of joy; we have talked of strength.

Today, I add another law of the Spirit. In Matthew 8, Jesus was asked for the first time to leave a place where He had administered help. He had cast the demons out of the demoniacs at Gergesenes, and He let those demons go into the pigs. The people who had been glad to be delivered didn’t like losing their pigs.

When they found out what had happened and that they had lost their pigs, they told Jesus to leave.

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Repentance is not Super Emotional by Pastor Melissa Scott

Repentance is not a super-emotional act in the New Testament.  That is something we inherit through Jerome’s Vulgate. The word repentance is a cognate of a Latin word that Jerome used when he translated the Greek text into the Latin for the Vulgate, the Bible used by the Catholics. The Greek word does not put the emphasis on emotion; it puts the emphasis on the will, and it means “to turn from, to.” It is a simple turnaround, from going my way to His way; from justifying my route to accepting the fact He has the right to chart the path.

Pastor Melissa Scott continues, “Furthermore, 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.

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