Now, the laws of the Spirit involve you taking charge of
yourself. We have been defining faith as more than just
belief. It’s hanging your body on what you know God has
said in His Word. Will you honestly confess you have been
a little guilty on occasion of not being so “moderate,”
as we’ve defined it?
Pastor Scott continues: How many of us can admit we’ve done
a little anxious caring recently? Would you like to put
God’s law in motion? You can take hold of yourself and
say, “I’m going to put God’s law in motion until my
family and people around me can know my moderation and
can experience the joy I find in the Lord. He is enough.
Take everything else. I know whom I have believed.”
Now, walk out claiming the victory.
Everybody will agree there is a difference between ministry to
human need and ministry to the Lord. And I think everybody can see
that where priorities are named in God’s book He puts the priority on
ministry to Himself. But I submit that we are always hanging our body
on the opposite. Why do some Christians get a sense of defeat in their
life? Because they think they are letting down in their visible outer
I seldom see a Christian in a state of defeat where I cannot trace
the root to a pressure that has dominated the Christian world for years:
success is judged by that which you can quantify in the outer court. How
is an evangelist judged? By the number that he leads into repentance, the
number that he leads into dedication. How is a pastor judged? By the
number he leads into repentance, the number he leads into dedication: the
ministry to human need. When people grow old they begin to feel they
no longer have a place in the program of God. You trace it to the root.
They no longer have the strength to perform in the outer court, and it is
that pressure on them to get the work done from daylight to dark in the
outer court that is pressing in on them.
Pastor Melissa Scott Teaches on The Worship of Prayer
Nobody is guiltless. So since you are guilty, along with this
preacher, how are you going to get over it?
Don’t beat yourself to death because you are anxiously caring
about that one little thing. Put something in its place:
displacement. “But in every thing...” that is: that one little
thing, or those many little things you have been anxiously worrying
about. For every single one of the things you have been worrying
about, when the worrying pressure comes, you put something
else in its place, like a legal cancellation instrument, or like
the turning of a valve...on what? “In every thing by prayer,”
circle the words, “and supplication.” Circle the word
“with thanksgiving.” Circle the word “let your requests be
made known unto God.” Those are four separate Greek words.
Pastor Scott continues explaining that prayer has to do with worship.
It is that word where we express adoration and praise to God.
In the midst of my anxious care, I am told what to do when
that thought intrudes.
Got a pain? “Oh Lord, it’s cancer!”
A little indigestion? “Lord, I’m having a heart attack!”
Have you ever done that? The minute it comes, instead of running
to someone else to spread that refuse of fear, stop! You can’t take
the fear away, but you can turn the spigot on something else.
And God’s Word says “sacrifice praise.” It is pretty hard to keep
worrying if you just turn these lips loose and start praising God.