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Full of Water by Pastor Melissa Scott

She had terrible arthritis and I remember watching her hands and they’d shake. I remember watching her hands and thinking, “Ph! That’s easy!” Right. I was a kid. Excuse, excuse, excuse. So I sat down with my first piece of clay and actually it was recommended don’t think big, think small. Of course when you’re a kid everything is easy and it’s no problema. Right? So I sat down and I had that wheel going about ninety miles an hour.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that they have these pump peddles that you would, like a sewing machine, you’d pump it, pump it like that for five minutes to get the thing to start going. And then another peddle, which was the speed regulator. Well I had that thing going so fast it was just going and going and going. Actually I was watching that little center dish on there and it was going round and I thought, “Wow, that looks like a record in there.” What is a record, right? Now I put that block of clay and got my hands all full of water and I’m ready to go and I just “mmmm!” I just pressed right in there. And the thing went whirrrr-poof! One down.

On the second one I got a little wiser. I slowed the thing down a little bit. I was probably now doing the legal speed limit on the wheel and I said I won’t press that hard. And man, that thing probably took me an hour to just make a little dent in it because I didn’t want it to fly off and hit the kid next me like I did the last time. So that didn’t go too good though because I at the end had to rush because class is going to be over. Of course it ended up somewhere also.

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Empowered by Pastor Melissa Scott

Pastor Melissa Scott continues her teaching:

Five different episodes occur until finally he says the Lord quickened his mind to understand that these forces around him, the people that were urging him to step forward, those people could not understand what God had revealed to him in his spirit, that he had been quickened from the inside. Still living in this fleshly vessel, still trapped as I’ve said many times with wrestling of Romans 7, the Spirit and the flesh duking it out.

And when that realization comes you then begin to understand why Paul says we’ve been empowered. People take that text and then it becomes a license to say, “You’re empowered to sin no more.” Well I’ll sin no more when I get my glorified body, but right now I’m still living in this thing that I inhabited before God found me. Yes, He’s come in and He’s probably done some interior cleaning and some redecorating. But He hasn’t built a new house yet.

So with that mindset he says, “You were walking according to the course” – the flow. And it’s more important to hear the spirit than to make the actual corrections of the words being used. We know the words in the Greek for “prince of the power of the air.” The King James rightly so makes it so he being a prince must have right to a throne. The world is his throne. This is where his rule is.

Arkas, at the front or at the beginning of one that is in line to reign, which he does. And “the spirit that now worketh in the children” – literally “the sons of disobedience.” Now I find that fascinating.

The more I study what Paul says, the more I think inspiration by God, even though there are times Paul says, “I don’t know if I’m speaking or if it’s the Lord” inspiration: “the sons of disobedience.” Well just look at what Adam did, his act, an act of disobedience.

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Evidence of . . . by Pastor Melissa Scott

For we are His workmanship.” Something He is doing in us, to us, by His hand, by His Spirit. Nothing that I bring to the table is going to help in that capacity, my salvation. He goes on to say, Dr. Boice frequently would quote from Dr. Barnhouse. In fact, if you read Dr. Barnhouse, you’ll find a lot of Dr. Boice’s thinking comes straight out of Dr. Barnhouse. You will see it is this good mindset to say, “No works, but…” And what we end up having are people that are so confused about what we’re supposed to do now.

Had this read, when it says the Spirit of – the evidence of – that the evidence of one’s salvation; had it been prefaced by saying the fruit, what comes out of the person once the Spirit is deposited, what comes out of you.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that fruit Galatians talks about, which could include you doing things that you would never normally do. But if you’re going to try to equate your salvation with something you can do, then let me ask the question. Why do you need God and why did you need Jesus to hang on the cross for you? If you can do it yourself, why do you need any of this other stuff?

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God is God by Pastor Melissa Scott

We will probably work for the next ten, fifteen, twenty years chiseling away at who said what, why and when. But I’m interested in what the Bible says, so when I bring the subject to you about predestination, we should be more focused on one thing: calling and election because that’s what Jesus talked about. If we want to say, “Did He talk about those that are predestined to this and predestined to that? Or are there those who are predestined to salvation and others to damnation?  That’s the question everybody wants answered.

Well if you read what Jesus says, He gives the answer. The answer is that in the world there are – this is the wheat and this is the tares. And God is God. He can say, “I’ll change those tares into wheat because I’m God, I’m sovereign.” But He says, “The wheat and tares, let them grow together until harvest time. The wheat I’ll take into my barn. The tares I’ll burn up.” He gives the answer. Do we need to make a box so everybody can color in the box now and know, “Now I’ve connected every single dot; there are no gray areas.”

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that having laid that foundation, which I just covered about probably seven hundred years of crazy theology in less than five minutes. Having laid that foundation, my text brings me back to this: God’s plan for mankind, to redeem us. And if you know why these people were in bondage, if you read the record in Genesis when – I think it’s Genesis 15:16 when He says the fourth generation, they’ll come back out. Was it A) the father’s sins being visited on the children? Was it B) whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth? or was it C) I’m going to get this stiff-necked people in line before I lead them into the Promised Land because if I don’t do thus-and-so they ain’t never going to appreciate it. God’s the boss.

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The Gospel Records by Pastor Melissa Scott

Throw it aside. To whom did he appear outside of the Gospel records? Well poor John, old John; well we know the Gospel of John, but outside the Gospel records. The book of Revelation, poor John is on the isle of Patmos. Poor old fellow, you know some people, they just criticize and say shouldn’t be in the Bible. Trust me it needs to be in the Bible. It was intended to be in the Bible. But the risen Lord appears to Him in that passage and He says, “I was alive and I became dead and I’m alive now.” scared the liver out of him. Poor old man, “oh my goodness.” he fell at his feet like he was dead. He couldn’t believe it and not recognizing who was in front of him immediately because this was the glorified Lord. Completely glorified.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that well John wrote that Gospel so maybe he was still hung up on the fact that he needed to support some of his other writings, so throw that out the window. I don’t. I believe it, but for the sake of the skeptics. So what you’re left with is the most preposterous testimony in the whole Bible. You’re left with the most ridiculous story. Paul. He had no association with any of the Apostles. He had no reason to write and convolute this crazy story, because he was, as it says in Acts 9, he was breathing out threatening and took pleasure in persecuting the Church. The craziest story in the whole Bible is that story of Paul. And I pray that there’ll be some skeptics that will say, “well I’ve heard all of the proofs.” this one to me is the greatest one, because his testimony doesn’t count for anything.

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God’s Looking by Pastor Melissa Scott

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that let me ask you and it’s rhetorical. No answer needed. What do think will happen if somebody is not told the purpose for their being called out to go through this process, to end up as the ideal man? What do you think happens on the last day of a person’s life? And people say, “well I believe.” but what did you believe while you believed? And by the way belief another anglicized anomaly. We faithe. Belief just something simple in the mind, if you don’t have the action in front of it, you’re only half way there. It’s like people saying, “yeah, I’ve got a car. But I don’t go anywhere because I don’t even get in the car, put the key in the ignition, put it in drive and press on the gas.” that’s action. My belief is that once I do that I’m going to start going. And the confidence is everybody else is going I will go too. But if there’s not that attachment to this ideal man, God help those people who are not seeing and understanding what the church exists for.

Now solely on the basis of what I’ve just said we always come back to the same thing. We exist here to bring forth the ideal man. No one will be made – we’re not perfect. God’s looking for people to trust Him, we’re not perfect, we become perfected. We’ll never be perfect here. We become perfected. It’s almost like saying, “when I cross the threshold, the glorious time between my last breath and my first encounter over there I’m perfected. If I’m sick, I’m healed.” I’m not going to have people come and say, “what is you doctrine? What do you believe?  My belief is that the church’s responsibility; the church is not taking responsibility to produce this. It’s just like the Navy, Army, the Marines: “the few the proud.” those people who say, “well my son or my daughter went” and it’s tough; only a few, a small percentage make it. “are you meaning to tell me when it says, ‘many are called, few are chosen’ it’s like that?  Well it’s pretty close. Because the fact of the matter is we know it’s a tough trip.

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Jesus Confirms Zechariah’s Promise by Pastor Melissa Scott

It says in many places in Daniel that the antichrist will strike a covenant for one week, and then he’ll break it in the middle of the week. The reason why people are confused about these passages is that they have the wrong starting point. Remember that the Holy of Holies refers to the temple.  Solomon’s temple was the first temple. After Solomon’s temple, Ezra’s rebuilt temple is referred to as the second temple. During the Maccabean rebellion period, the temple fell into disrepair again. And then because of the Maccabean rebellion, the temple is refurbished. And then something really great happens. Jesus confirms Zechariah’s promise, “a righteous branch shall stand therein,” which is still that second temple. And everyone who does not want to believe this may cringe when it is said, but that second temple was destroyed in 70 AD. Since Daniel says that the substitute deliverer, the antichrist, will commit an abomination in the temple, these events that are described could not have happened yet: the temple was destroyed so there is no place yet for the substitute deliverer to commit these abominations. The third temple hasn’t been built.

So when people ask, “How do you know this?” I would tell them to go back and read Ezekiel, go back and read what Daniel says and you’ll find that in several places, the Scripture is going to be confirmed. There will even be a fourth temple. The people who insist on interpreting prophecy from the historicists’ frame will say, “Well, the abomination committed in the temple was already committed: that passage is about Antiochus Epiphanies.” No, and these passages are my rebuttal to the historicists. Yes, Antiochus Epiphanies sacrificed a pig in the temple, but the prophecy in Daniel we are teaching on relates to a future prince and a future temple that has not been built yet. This is why I love the Bible so much because once you get into it, it is like opening up doors.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the Septuagint Greek version of this passage has some similarities with the Hebrew version. It says, “Seventy weeks have been determined upon thy people, upon the holy city for sin,” singular, “to be ended, to seal up transgressions, to blot out the iniquities, to make atonement for iniquities, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal the vision and the prophet.” It is in agreement with the Hebrew here. But then it goes on to say, “and to anoint the most holy….” They missed the boat there, because in the Hebrew it is plural.

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Christianity Begins With A Miracle by Pastor Melissa Scott

Christianity begins with a miracle. If you cannot solve that going out the gate, you are not going to get anywhere. And I say that with all due respect. I urge those of you who have not heard my husband, Dr. Gene Scott, preach on the proofs of the Resurrection to listen to that teaching. Dolores Press sells the DVD of his Resurrection message. Listen to it if you are trying to decide what Christianity means to you. “Christ in you” should not start as an emotive premise.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that Christ in you should start as a foundation, as a recognition of an historical fact that actually occurred. You can get emotive about it once you’ve settled the facts. But if your faith is based on emotions, it is like shifting sand and other things that can easily be moved around.

I say that because teaching on prophecy will not help anyone who does not have that foundation. Someone will say, “Well, if I could believe prophecy then that would encourage and strengthen my faith.” No! If you have not solved the first miracle, that Jesus died and rose and He came out of that grave, then prophecy is going to be nothing but confusion and it’s going to sound awfully silly. So you need to look at prophecy through the eyes of someone who recognizes the miracle of the Resurrection.

You can ask anybody out in the world about the Resurrection, and no matter what their dogmatic beliefs are in other areas, without hesitation they will say that the Resurrection did not occur. You can even ask people across every denominational line in the church world: there are those who will not question the virgin birth, for example; they just take it for granted as an absolute fact. Yet when you get to the Resurrection, every skeptic comes out and says that it could not have happened. I think that is kind of an ironic statement from someone who claims to have faith.

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God of the forefront by Pastor Melissa Scott

The Spanish translation reads Su morada en Lo Alto y acá baxo sus brazos eternos arrojará de tu presencia al enemigo y dira, Quedate desmenuzado. Habitará Israél confiademente, y solo, basically saying the same thing, ‘underneath the everlasting arms,’ but here it says Lo Alto, ‘of the High,’ certainly meaning ‘of the Most High,’ but it’s saying ‘of the High’ and there ‘underneath, the arms eternal.’ You’ve got the same sentence being said with the contrast with ‘the Most High’ and ‘bottomless arms.’ “The eternal God is thy refuge,” there’s another translation that reads ‘as your dwelling place,’ “and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee.” There are two words being used differently: ‘dwell’ and ‘refuge.’

The Greek Septuagint reads kai skepasei se Theou arche, ‘the God,’ genitive, ‘of the beginning,’ kai hupo ischun, ‘underneath,’ and I love what the Greek does, ‘underneath the strong,’ brachionon, ‘underneath the strong arms everlasting.’ I like that, ‘strong arms everlasting.’ I didn’t do that, the Septuagint did it, kai ekbalei; ek, meaning ‘out,’ balei, ‘to throw out;’ apo prosopou, ‘from your face.’ God’s got you covered.

When we get to the Hebrew, the first word reads me‛ownah. Your King James translates it ‘refuge.’ I want to point out the difference between ‘refuge,’ me‛ownah; the word toward the end of the verse, vayashakan, being translated ‘to dwell;’ and vayamishkan, which translates ‘to tabernacle.’ Me‛ownah Elohi, ‘God,’ notice when we normally read, we read Elohiym, this is Elohi, there’s no ‘m,’ there’s no plural, it’s the singular. Elohi qedem, ‘God of the front,’ you may have your Bible already noted the ‘God of the forefront.’

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Faith in the Bible by Pastor Melissa Scott

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that there are many expressions of Faith in the Bible. There are people in the Bible that you’ll encounter, particularly in the Old Testament, who have little or no Faith, for example, Gideon and his vocabulary of doubt. Moses didn’t lack Faith. He just said “What am I going to say?” When God called him, he said “Who am I? What am I going to say? What am I going to tell the people?” I don’t believe it was a lack of Faith. Remember this is the man that lived in the palaces of Egypt and left them to follow God. That took courage, and courage is a large part of Faith.

We always go back to these basic principles. “Without faith it’s impossible to please God” and there’s got to be a Faith element in the whole equation. We have been taught Faith is an action. These are the ABC’s of Faith: ‘Action, based upon belief, sustained by confidence.’ It’s not based on emotion. People tend to equate Faith with ‘I hope’ and hope can be crushed, Faith cannot. I’m going to use a picture analogy, “The stone that the builders rejected,” your Faith should be as solid as that. The disciples prayed “Increase our faith.” That can be our prayer as we grow and study and hear, Faith comes by hearing God’s Word. If your Faith increases and increases and then somehow your Faith is on the decline like the Stock Market, you’ve got something wrong with where you’re investing your Faith. I can tell you it’s not in God and His Word. For He is God and changes not.

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