Melissa Scott Wescott Christian Center

July 25, 2012

Spirituality by Pastor Melissa Scott

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There is a lot of talk today about spirituality. There are those who
point to someone else and say, “He is spiritual” or, “He is not spiritual.”
I wonder what these people mean by that word spiritual. Some people
think that in order to be spiritual, you have to float 40 feet off the ground
and act funny. They relate spirituality to certain kinds of “feeling”
phenomena, having not learned to distinguish between “manifestation”
and “demonstration.” It is a subtle distinction.
When you deal in semantics, you can talk in “reportive” or
commonly agreed upon meanings. Or you can stipulate just about any
meaning you want. I can call a blackboard a “bicycle”; and once I
stipulate that meaning, ever after when I talk about a bicycle I mean
something I am going to write on. Only those who heard the stipulation
know what I am talking about. When you trace many words to their
roots, you come to some common meanings and the word
“demonstration” puts the emphasis on my reactions to reality.

 

Demonstrations are as different as the multitude of personalities.
I don’t act the same way other people act at a Rose Bowl game, and
some wouldn’t act as I act. Someone might elbow the people sitting
next to him and yell and wave things around and jump and holler. I
don’t give up on football or baseball because of his demonstration; I just
write it off and say, “That’s the way he is.” Other people just sit silent
and boil; it is an inner fire that is flowing. Anytime you encounter
reality, this mechanism is designed to react. My Bible says, speaking of
God, that “in thy presence is fulness of joy.” (Psalm 16:11) Well, that
means that if you are going to encounter ultimate reality, “in whose
presence is fullness of joy,” you have to expect some variety of
reactions and demonstrations.

 

Again, it is a matter of emphasis: the word manifestation comes
more to the root of revealing that which was not seen. Sometimes God
manifests His presence with either demonstration or non-demonstration;
and once His presence is manifested, there is a spectrum of multiple
demonstrations. None of that defines spirituality, though manifestation
comes closer. Demonstration is not necessarily a mark of spirituality on
the part of the demonstrator.
The way some people approach producing spirituality is like a
farmer who goes out to an apple tree and, shaking the branches, demands
“Now, give me some apples!” They think they can “work it up.” Well, if
it is a good apple tree, it is going to bear good fruit. It is not a good apple
tree just because it shakes when the wind blows: every tree in the yard
shakes when the wind blows. There is nothing special about responding
to ultimate reality: that doesn’t make a good tree. The good apple tree,
because of what it is, produces fruit.
In the New Testament Greek, the literal meaning of spirituality is
“the expressions of the Spirit.” Literally, it is God being Himself through us. It is God having an opportunity in a garment of flesh to be Himself,
the expressions of the Spirit.  Pastor Scott continues teach that when Paul speaks to the Corinthian church of their riches in the gifts of the Spirit, he calls them by a word in the Greek from which we get the English word plutocrats: literally, those Corinthians were “overfull.”

I challenge you to diagram the sentences of the Corinthian letter. Never once is there a suggestion by Paul that at any time were these Corinthians having less than a genuine infilling of the Holy Spirit: they were plutocrats in the Spirit.

December 28, 2011

The Book of Ephesians by Pastor Melissa Scott

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Pastor Melissa Scott continues her teaching on the “Potter’s House.”   The potter, God, who was in the beginning, is the boss. He formed and created. 

We have a tendency to make this an abstract picture that somehow the clay formed itself. The clay formed itself, right? In Genesis 2 isn’t that what it says? The clay made itself. No.  That’s not what it says. It says, “The one being (the Potter),  He did this work.” The same thing is being spoken of.

 And, by the way, the pot was marred in the hand of the potter. It marred itself. It’s not because God pressed too much or did too little or too fast or too quick or… The clay, the vessel marred itself. “What do you mean?” Go back to Genesis.  That clay is Adam. That clay is Eve. The clay marred itself through distrust, disfaith, disobedience.

And too many people want to blame God for their circumstance. God, in His purpose, is going to take us back to the Book of Ephesians and His purpose. He chose out from among others. 

The Bible’s full of the purpose, God’s purpose.  Can you live with the purpose?  The purpose is: “I’d like to be more of Him and less of me.”

I already know that. But do you look at yourself as a vessel of grace?  Because until Ephesians 2 we were dead in trespasses and sin. At that point in my life I looked at myself as a finished product. Now I look at myself as a vessel that every day, little by little, abides to crucify the old man. Little by little every day that old nature of me is dying away. Little by little; sometimes very, very little, but little by little being transformed.  And this occurrence makes me a vessel of grace.

I find it interesting, as many times as I read this, that it didn’t dawn on me that we start with a potter who’s got the wheel. And it says the clay. But he says, the vessel he made of clay. It means while God was doing His work, it transformed itself from a dull, lifeless nothing piece of clay, being transformed into a vessel. And at that point it was marred. It’s very subtle.

December 23, 2011

The Church by Pastor Melissa Scott

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and I really like what the Greek does here, because Paul uses flesh twice, sarks twice. One time he uses it and he says, “the lusts, the desires.” And the one time he where it says, “desires” in your King James, it’s saying; let me write it phonetically; it’s saying the thelema. Remember “the will of God” thelema? This is the thelema, the will, which tells you there’s a double happening for everything. The thelema, the will of the flesh; why do you think the Bible says the spirit helps us, but the spirit is willing, the flesh is weak. Where our flesh has a will, it is to cater to me. “Seek pleasure and run from pain.” This is my self-serving thing here. Do for me, be for me, serve me. It’s my will. I am my own ruler in my own territory.

Now I have to tell you something. I was so reluctant to do this because I said so many that have been taught and have heard the teaching will say, “Well I’ve heard this before.” We need to be reminded of it again and the people that are listening for the first time to know this is the condition. Not of some abstract persona out there. Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that this is the condition we’re found in. I don’t care if you were – I love these people who say, “My child was born into the church.” But you child, even though you’re going to raise your child and teach your child and your child will grow up and fill a seat in this building or whatever building we’re in.

December 14, 2011

His Workmanship by Pastor Melissa Scott

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That’s not bad. Because it takes good words, choice words, selectively picked to make a poem. But it’s more than that. This word in classical literature was used of a craftsman; and not a handyman, like handy-work, a craftsman, an artisan; something so precise and so down to the last. So when it says we are His workmanship, yes we are – I would go so far as to say this would represent like a masterpiece. Now this word here should say, “having been created.” “Having been created,” ktisthentes meaning something that was previously not what it is.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that they give you an example of this word and this is very important because it will color in some of the text. II Corinthians 5:17 the new man in Christ, the new creature in Christ, this is it right here. Something that wasn’t there before, that is now, used exclusively of God’s creation. It could be when God spoke and created something before when there was nothing. Now it is. He spoke and it was. It is. So we are His masterpiece, something that He created that was not before. Lest a lot of people you’re probably like me when you think we’re His workmanship, “All right. I’m special.” Right? Well you are. But it’s God who’s the Specialist and we are His specialty, before I put myself to the front.

December 7, 2011

Body Of Believers by Pastor Melissa Scott

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He knew when he was addressing these people, this body of believers; he knew he had to first tell them he’s sent, by whom he’s sent. “Let me catalogue all the things the Lord has done for you. Let me narrow it down a little bit. This is my prayer for you. I’m going to narrow it down to three whats. And then I’m going to narrow it down a little bit more to the power that’s in you because that same power raised Christ from the dead. Now…” It’s like “Now concerning the offering.” “Uhh.” Right? “Now you hath He quickened…”

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that now some of you have been around. You know when you have italics in your Bible it means, “added by the translators.” I have put the Greek on the board. “And” kai humas “you” ontas “being” – I put being as in brackets like that or in quotes – “dead in the” paraptomasin – remember we say that previously, “in the trespasses” – that was good – “and” kai “and in the” hamartias “in the sins of you.” Why, why they put these words added in? Because if you read down in verse 5, it says, “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us” – speaking of God – “with Christ.” Whoever did the translation thought it would flow much better to say, “We’re dead in our condition, but He made us alive.” But, you know what the translators did?

They took the oomph out of it, because this text being read, “And you, being dead.” This by the way “being dead” an adjective, being describing you, me; spiritually dead nekros, “and you being dead in the trespasses and in the sins of you.” “Well let me soften the blow and say, ‘He’s quickened you. He’s made you alive.’” Now that comes later.

December 1, 2011

The Power Of God In Us by Pastor Melissa Scott

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“And gave Him to be, gave Him as head over” – literally it should say “over His ekklesia.” It says here the church “gave Him to be head over all the out-called-ones.” Not just two thousand years ago. The same power that raised up Christ from the dead two thousand plus years ago, that same power operating. When it says, “not only in this age, but in the one to come, giving Him authority over everything which is His body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all.”

Something tells me if we don’t start working to get people to understand this concept, I cannot do it on my own. And I’m not being helped when you try and sell me some Jesus-junk or a salve to treat me like a child and insult my intelligence. My Lord and Savior that died for me, He sent this Spirit to empower me to become this for His purpose. For His purpose not for mine, that’s why Paul could say, “this is life eternal, not me, I mean I live, yet not I. Christ in me.” that power not Paul, Saul or whomever, but the power of God in us. That comparison. Why do you think brilliant mind Paul who verbally sparred with the greatest philosophers of all time, why do you think he didn’t start with the resurrection? Or better yet, why didn’t he start with Chapter 2 being  Chapter 1? There was no Chapter, but why didn’t he put “you who are dead in trespasses and sin” – why didn’t he start that at the beginning? The mind of Paul, brilliant thinker that he was, he started off by cataloging all, the whole blanket, the whole panoply of what God has done, then he narrows it in a little bit more, and he narrows it in a little bit more until he pinpoints it. This is the place you’re going to. See this big picture here, now keep focusing, it’s a little bit smaller, it’s a little bit smaller. There it is. That power that raised Christ from the dead in you already, giving you the power to be victorious in Christ.

That’s my message.

November 23, 2011

We are Faithing by Pastor Melissa Scott

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Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that we are faithing. Belief is in the mind. It can be activated at the front. The abc’s of faith: action, based upon belief, sustained by confidence but the King James translated a lot of times belief, for a myriad number of reasons. Faithe. To faithe, faithers, faithing ones. The King James actually did a pretty good job when they translated that passage, except; of course there has to be a but attached to everything; except I’m going to – we use the King James here. The King James Bible and very seldom will I say something is better translated.

This is one time where the Revised Standard Version helps us to understand what Paul is saying a little bit better. I’m not abandoning the King James. I’m just telling you this is one time, an exception to the rule. Verse 19 in the Revised Standard reads “and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power in us” the power in us. Now what’s in a little word? “power to usward,” I had the text up here last week, the little particle, which is a relative particle, which is the word eis. Eis, that particle, which has a relationship to something, it’s going somewhere. Usually it’s going into or towards. So the King James did right to say “to usward.” but the Spirit of what Paul is saying is captured brilliantly in this translation. “the power in us who believe” – they should have said “who faithe” then it would have been perfect! “according to the working of  His great might” I had to add that in.

Now if you can see what I’m going to say. The power to usward sounds like that it’s there, it’s coming my way, but it might not be in me.

November 8, 2011

Tabernacles, Atonement and Trumpets by Pastor Melissa Scott

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Now God is not playing some game where He says randomly, “Hey, I hope it will work out this time. Good luck to you!” He has put out a plan. Throughout His book, in Daniel, Revelation, Zechariah, all of these things are put out for us to see crystal clear. Nothing is ambiguous to cause us to say, “Well what am I supposed to think?” The feasts that will be fulfilled are yet to be fulfilled in the future, which are spoken of many, many times over.

And the time schedule laid out in Daniel’s prophecy will be very important for us to see when we come to that final missing week: before that seventieth week can begin, something has to happen. Today I won’t go into all of God’s set times, except those three feasts that haven’t been fulfilled: Tabernacles, Atonement and Trumpets.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that we started at Revelation 1:10 with the sound of the trumpet. You read of it again in Revelation 4. That sound as of a trumpet is not a mistake. It’s not a confused imagery. I will leave you with this. The Feast of Trumpets, like every other feast, must be carried out and fulfilled before the seventy weeks begin to happen. All of those feasts were shadows and types, and Jesus is the One who cast the shadow and the light, simultaneously, unfolding all these things for us.

So when people ask, “What about the rapture?” Well, aside from all the other things I’ve laid out for you, God has with such precision laid a roadmap of things not yet; some have and some not yet fulfilled in these seventy weeks prophesied, and there is a final “week” to be fulfilled. And if you read the many Scriptures where it talks about that final week, then I’m going to look back at my Bible when it talks about the Feast of Trumpets and I’m going to earnestly read that and understand that the blowing of those trumpets will be a glorious sound in my ears and yours and for the church: it means we’re out of here! That’s my message.

November 4, 2011

The Division Of The Kingdom by Pastor Melissa Scott

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Go back in Genesis 48 and 49; that’s where you’re going to find the origins of “thy people.” Let’s go to the word “Jewish” first. That word was not used until the kingdom was divided after Solomon’s death. No one has a precise date, but the division of the kingdom occurred somewhere in the 920′s. Before then, the word “Jewish” was not used to describe the people.  After the death of king Solomon, the kingdom splits into two parts: one to the north and one to the south. Rehoboam becomes the king of the house of Judah in the south; Jeroboam becomes the king of the house of Israel in the north. The northern kingdom was composed of 10 tribes. The southern kingdom encompassed the tribe of Judah, Benjamin and the Levites. And the citizens of that southern kingdom were known as the Yahudahe or Jahudahe, which became the words Judah and Jewish. That is the first time this name for the people came into use.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that and we make a mistake thinking that all Hebrews are Jewish. Throughout history, the Jewish people want to claim Abraham. If you read our Christian Bible, we also claim Abraham. And if you read the Muslim Koran, they claim Abraham, too. You must trace back where this all begins. You go back to the book of Genesis where God called a man out of Ur whose name is Abram. Read Genesis 48 and 49 and follow the flow of the birthright and the promises given through Abraham to Isaac, not Ishmael; Isaac was the child of promise, not the child of other things. Then it was passed on to Jacob, not Esau. Jacob, when he came out of his mother’s womb, was described as what he would become: a conniver and heel-catcher. Amongst other things, he lies to his brother, cheats his brother, lies to his dad, and cheats his uncle. Then came the time when he wrestled with the angel and he became broken, clinging and reduced to nothing, and God changed his name from Jacob to Israel.

You watch that whole progression of the promises being woven and handed down over time, and this is where people get into trouble: they come to the end of the road and they’ll say, “Well, the promises couldn’t have all been fulfilled. Because the promise says that the people would be as numerous as the sand of the sea and the stars of heaven. And if the promise was to the Jewish people, we know that didn’t happen. And the promise says that there would be simultaneous kings ruling kingdoms, and that didn’t happen, either. Initially, there was a small fulfillment of the promise, but it didn’t happen on a large scale. The promise also said that they would possess the gates of their enemies. But the Jewish people have been probably the most persecuted people throughout the Bible and throughout time.

September 6, 2011

God sees Faith by Pastor Melissa Scott

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Let me tell you the two things it says. When Peter says “If it’s you, Lord, bid me come,” He bids all of us to come to Him, and then when we start making the trip and things get a little rough, “Oh my God! Lord, save me.” “Okay, it’s okay” and they walk back, and I’m sure they both walked back on the water. He bids each one of us, and when we get out there we think it’s going to be a cakewalk and then suddenly it’s a lot tougher than we thought and instead of doing the things we know, we begin to revert back to leaning on the arm of the flesh and take our eyes off Jesus. Stay focused on Him!

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that ‘Underneath the everlasting strong arms,’ here you can be sure of one thing. He might have told you to come, and now you’re following and you can’t believe how hard thetrip is, but don’t worry. Underneath His everlasting arms, those strong arms, He’s there and He’s not going to let you fall. That’s part of our Faith. Faith says “You know what? I’m never going to know what it’s like until in the midst of it all, having done all, I stand on His promises.” God sees Faith like that and honors it. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus-that’s Faith.

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