Wait on the Lord

  • Original Teaching: Wait on the Lord
  • Date: March 3, 2002
  • Location: Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA
  • Teacher: Pastor Star R Scott
  • Scripture: “And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray and not to faint”. Luke 18:1
  • Review By: Jason Felton

In the last couple of months we have reviewed some pretty outstanding teachings.  First we looked at “How To Keep Your Faith From Failing” and then we followed that up with “Ye Are Gods”. In the coming weeks we are going to discuss waiting on the Lord. This is an absolute necessity if we are going to practically live out the faith and power of God. In Luke 18:1, Jesus tells us that men ought always to pray and not to faint. What a powerful admonition! If we are going to truly wait on the Lord then we have to be men and women of prayer. Prayer is essential to the life of the believer, but unfortunately in today’s society it is one of the least practiced things in professed Christianity. The Word of God tells us that we are to pray without ceasing. This begs the question, “How are we to pray?” And that is the focus of today’s post.

      In Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus gives us the model prayer or as we know it “The Lord’s Prayer”. Verse 9 says “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. All prayer should start withlords prayer humility- emptying of all self reliance. All prayer should start with worship. We need to be giving Him the glory, honor, and praise that’s due His name. To many times we come into the presence of God with a list of demands and needs. Beloved, we need to enter into God’s presence with an attitude of worship and thanksgiving. We need to enter into God’s presence looking to make God big and not be taken up with our circumstances. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, He is our Heavenly Father, He is the Alpha and Omega.

Prayer is practicing the presence of God, it’s that communion that we have where we can come and sit as His feet. What a precious gift He has given us! Too often though we enter prayer for what we can get. We see prayer as a way where we can get God to do OUR will or to accomplish OUR goals. God is not some external force to accomplish your agenda! He’s not a Santa Claus or a Genie! He’s not our servant! In fact prayer is not at all about changing your circumstances, prayer is about changing the pray-er (YOU!). It’s a vehicle used to make us aware of the will of God. Look at the next part of the Lord’s prayer (Matt 6:10), “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done”.  Prayer is about accomplishing God’s will, not yours. You haven’t prayed until you’re will has become subordinate to the will of God, until He’s all in all. Prayer is never finished until you’ve resigned yourself to the will of God.

Friends, the fact of the matter is you don’t know what’s eternally best for you and everybody else that may be involved in the thing you are praying about. We get so caught up with we think is best, or the thing that we are praying for, or the circumstances, or the consequences if things don’t change that we forget to realize that God is orchestrating every step of our lives. We think that the power of our prayer is going to somehow do something. It’s not the power of our prayers, it’s the power of the ONE who we are praying to! Our prayers are not based on our own merit, or our own strength, or how long we pray, or how many scriptures we can quote. You want to pray effectively pray “Our Father”!  What’s going to cause us to be victorious is not to be taken up with the thing we are praying for, but to be taken up with a life that’s built in the presence of God. Praying “Thy will be done” will give us confidence in our prayers because we know that NOTHING can change or thwart the will of God no matter what we may “see” or “hear” or “perceive”. Don’t limit what God is doing in your life by your own perception. He was made sin with our sin so we can be made righteous with His righteousness!! HALLELUJAH!! Why are you afraid then that somewhere down the line, God is going to hold out on you?

How many of you would like to have the prayer life of Jesus? He said “When I pray, I KNOW my Father hears me”. It wasn’t just hearing that Jesus was assured of, but the fact that God would respond. The reason God would respond in every situation is because Jesus always prayed according to His Father’s will. Jesus wasn’t asking for a bunch of stuff, for a bunch of things to change, He was simply communing with His Father. Brothers and sisters it can be the same for us. We can have the confidence that when we pray our Heavenly Father hears us and He will respond! But you have to get your own will, your own agenda out of the way first. You have to begin to pray according to His plan and His purposes. Well how long do I have to pray? How long do I wait? What if things don’t happen right away? What if it doesn’t turn out the way I want it to? IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU, IT’S ABOUT GOD!! Don’t be quick to give up on the will of God. Men ought ALWAYS to pray and not to faint. That fainting aspect is what we are going to talk about next week as we continue to look into this series about waiting on the Lord.

Ye Are Gods – Part 3

  • Original Teaching: Ye Are Gods
  • Date: October 30, 1977
  • Location: Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA
  • Teacher: Pastor Star R Scott
  • Scripture: “What is man that thou are mindful of him? And the son of man that thou visitest him? For thou has made him a little lower than the angels and has crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:” Psalms 8:4-6
  • Review By: Jason Felton

ye are gods by Pastor Star R. ScottIn last weeks Calvary temple classics post “Ye Are Gods Part 2” we saw in Psalms 8 that Satan has been placed beneath our feet. Today, we want to look at another phrase in Psalms 8 that shows us who we are in Him and that is the part that states that “we have been made a little lower than the angels”. What’s interesting about this phrase is the interpretation of the word “angels”. In this verse the word for angels in the Hebrew (the original language this was written in) is ELOHIYM and this word ELOHIYM is interpreted God. So, as we look at this more carefully we can actually read this verse this way: “For thou has made him a little lower than God”. What a powerful statement! We have been made a little lower than almighty God himself! What power! What victory! What authority He has given us!

Now if you are like me, your mind is going tilt right now. So Jason, you are saying we have been made a little lower than God himself? No, I’m not saying that; the Word of God is saying that. In John 10:34 the Bible declares “Ye are Gods” (also referenced in Psalms 82:6). So what does this mean? It means that we are partakers of His divine nature. It means that God has given us dominion over every living thing. It means that the only way we are lower than God is that He is the creator and we are the creation. We can do ANYTHING He can do by faith. You say, “That’s crazy talk! That’s fanatical.” Do you know what the word “fanatic” means when it is usually said about Christians? It means somebody who believes the Word of God more than you do. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at a Biblical example in the life of Moses. In Exodus 21 we see that God told Moses to part the Red sea. It wasn’t God that parted the Red Sea; it was Moses. Moses held up his rod, and by the power of God through him, he parted the red sea. Brothers and sisters, that same amazing power lies in us as well!

How can a sinner like me do something like this? Through the redemptive work of Jesus. He was made sin with our sin so that we can be made righteous with His righteousness. Because of His obedience unto death, we have been restored back to God the way He originally intended it to be before Adam sinned. Jesus was sinless perfection! You say, “Yeah but that was Jesus, the Son of God. It was easy for Him.” Let me tell you something: Jesus did not live as a god on this earth. He lived totally subservient to the covenant promises and the will of God. What He can do, YOU CAN DO. In fact John 14:12 tells us that we will do greater works than Jesus did! Remember some of the things Jesus did? He laid hands on the sick and made the lame walk. He cast out devils and caused the blind to see. Greater works than these shall ye do!!! If Jesus could do these things, then we can do these things and greater! When’s the last time you’ve done any of these things? I don’t know about you, but I haven’t done many of these things. But if Jesus has promised it to us, then I want it. By the declaration of the Word of God, we can have it. When you begin to allow Christ to live within you, you will begin to be a partaker of all of His promises. You are an heir and joint heir with Christ and everything that belongs to Jesus, belongs to YOU! You have been raised up and seated in a position of authority over ALL the principalities and powers of darkness.

“How come I don’t see these things working in my life?” Because you lack faith. The reason so many of us are defeated in our day to day lives is because we fail to recognize who we are as the sons of God! We allow Satan to lie to us and convince us that God’s Word is not true, that it’s impossible to do the things God says we can do. Beloved, with man these things are impossible, but with God all things are possible. When Satan comes and tells you that you can’t do something, then you immediately know you can do it! Why? Because he is liar and the father of lies! Lying is his nature, and He hasn’t told the truth yet!! When you know who you are in Christ, Satan can’t mess with you. It doesn’t mean he won’t try, but it means he won’t be victorious, unless you allow Him to. You only get in trouble when you forget who you are in Christ. You lose sight of this truth when you get too busy or start trusting your emotions. And that allows Satan access back into your life, and he begins to strip you of that power and that victory. Don’t let Satan take any ground back that you’ve taken from Him and that you’ve been given by the grace of God!

Friends, we are made complete in Him! You no longer have to be that beat down, drug out individual who is a slave to fear and doubt and turmoil. God’s Word says you’re complete. You are a child of God by faith in Christ Jesus. You are not some lone individual standing against the powers of Hell but a powerful member of the body of Christ; and when Satan is messing with you, he’s messing with Jesus. And you know what? Jesus has already defeated him!!! You are eternally secure! The only way you can be lost and defeated is if you choose to leave God. Free will brought you to Him, and your free will can take you away. DON’T QUIT!!

As we close out this series I want to end with this thought. The thing that will bring you victory in EVERY situation is Christ in you the hope of glory. It’s all done by Jesus. Even though we have been made a little lower than God himself. Even though the Word of God tells us that “Ye Are Gods”, let’s not forget who made you a God. Never forget who has redeemed you and brought you to this place of total victory. It’s JESUS! All the things we’ve talked about in the last few weeks are because of Him, and if He is not totally the Lord and Savior of every area of your life, then these great and precious promises He has given you will not manifest themselves. They are only appropriated to us by our absolute total surrender and our faith in Him. So go out and get what’s rightfully been given to you as a son of God!! Be like Joshua and Caleb and say we can take this land! Be like Elisha and say “there’s more for us then there are for them”. Step out of the boat like Peter and walk on water! Greater things then these shall ye do, because I go to the Father! It has been said, YE ARE GODS!!!

Ye Are Gods – Part 2

  • Original Teaching: Ye Are Gods
  • Date: October 30, 1977
  • Location: Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA
  • Teacher: Pastor Star R Scott
  • Scripture: “What is man that thou are mindful of him? And the son of man that thou visitest him? For thou has made him a little lower than the angels and has crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:” Psalms 8:4-6
  • Review By: Jason Felton

ye are gods by Pastor Star R. ScottI hope everybody enjoyed the “never again” list we included in Part 1 of “Ye Are Gods”. I would encourage you to keep meditating on it! This week as we continue to review the teaching “Ye Are Gods” we are going to take a look at someone who is trying to get us to doubt this Word. From the creation of man, Satan has had one agenda – to destroy mankind. In the original temptation, Satan asked Eve, “Has God said?” And that is still the foundation of Satan’s tactics today. The one thing that Satan will do as he comes against you is to get you to doubt the Word of God. He’ll test you with things like “did God really say that?” or “what God really meant here was” etc… If you don’t know the Word of God, Satan can put doubt in your mind.

Beloved, Satan has one hope for victory. He needs man to be ignorant of the Word of God and of his place in God. His only hope against YOU as a born again believer is to make you think you are less than you are in the eyes of your heavenly Father. Make no mistake friends, Satan is not here to be your friend, to show you a better way, or to help make things easier for you. He is here to steal, kill, and destroy; and he’s been doing it since the beginning of mankind. He’s very good at it! He is the liar and the father of lies. That’s his nature, and anything that comes out of his mouth will be in absolute opposition to God and His Word. It may sound good. It may be filled with scripture, but he has one purpose. TO KILL YOU!! Satan’s time is short, and his fate is sealed! It would bring him no greater pleasure to take you down to the depths of hell with him in eternal damnation! You need to understand the power that Satan has and that, in our flesh and without the power of God in our lives, you are no match for him!

Thank God for His Word!! Thank God for His promises!! The passage above in Psalms 8 says that ALL things have been put under our feet. Let me tell you something. Satan is included in that word “ALL” in verse 6. The devil himself has been placed under our feet. Do you believe that? He has been subdued and placed under the heel of man, and if we are going to walk in victory today we need to realize that. We aren’t trying to put him under our feet, he’s already under our feet, PRAISE GOD!! God put him there!! Believe it! God has given us all authority over the power of the enemy Luke 10:19 says. In I John 4:4 it says that greater is He that’s in me then he that’s in the world. In Romans 8:37 it says we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. James 4:7 says resist the devil and he will flee! But, beloved, in order to resist the devil we have to have something to resist him with. You can’t say you’re the winners and get out there without a sword. These scriptures (and all others) that we’ve quoted above have to be real to YOU! If you go out without the Word of God, you’re going to stir up the devil and you’re going to get smoked. Don’t go out making faith commands without faith! Remember the seven sons of Sceva? What did they say when they tried to cast out those demons? In the name of Jesus Christ (and these next few words are key) whom Paul preacheth. They didn’t believe the Word for themselves! They didn’t have relationship with God to know that His Word was truth! They were trying to stand on their knowledge and what they heard. You can’t go out in the name of your pastor, your spouse, your parents, or any other person who has taught you the Word of God. YOU have to know it! YOU have to believe it! YOU have to stand on it, because of that personal, intimate relationship that you have with Him and you know in your heart that God is true and everything else is a lie!

Brothers and sisters, in the last few weeks and months, I’ve seen friends, family members, people I’ve grown up with walk away from the Lord. One of the common themes in each of their lives is they didn’t trust in God and his Word. They believed a lie. They let their circumstances, their trials, their flesh, and the things that they were dealing with beat them and batter them because they failed to realize that God’s Word (the Sword of the Spirit) is the power of God unto salvation. They trusted their emotions and their feelings more than the promises of God. Once we believe that Satan’s natural abilities have superseded our supernatural abilities given to us by God, we’re defeated. Beloved, I’m burdened and saddened by the state that many people are in as they’ve fallen for the lies of the enemy. Things in this world are only going get worse. Satan is going to continue to go about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. But if you won’t let Satan talk you out of who you are in Christ, YOU won’t lose. And when Satan says, “Who do you think you are, trying to resist me?” You tell him who you are! You’re the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. You tell him that you are the sons and daughters of God, heirs and joint heirs with Christ. And when he questions those things and asks you “Has God said?”, then you counter him just like Jesus did by saying IT IS WRITTEN!! If we do these things and remember who we are in Christ Jesus we will be victorious PRAISE GOD!!

Next week we are going to talk more about what Jesus has done for us and who and what we are in him. Come back and join me and I’m sure you will blessed as we continue to review the teaching and find out what God meant when he said “Ye Are Gods”.

To Keep Your Faith From Failing – Part 2

  • faithOriginal Teaching: To Keep Your Faith From Failing
  • Date: February 24, 1980
  • Teacher: Pastor Star R Scott
  • Scripture: “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:2-4
  • Review By: Jason Felton

In last week’s Calvary Temple Classics blog post, To Keep Your Faith From Failing, we began by asking ourselves the question, “Wouldn’t you like to be able to say you are perfect, entire, and lack for nothing?” Of course, the answer for all of us would be YES, but we also saw that this perfection can only be brought about through the temptations, tests, and trials that we go through in our daily lives. This week, we are going to look at some of the tools the Lord has given us to walk victoriously!

The Bible tells us in Romans 10:17 that “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” One of the biggest tools we have to help increase our faith is the Word of God. When you’re in the middle of these things, Satan is going to attack you from every angle. He will get you to doubt, to fear, to question,  and to twist everything that you believe and that God’s Word says is true. In the Garden of Eden, the first thing Satan challenged Eve with was “Hast God said.” If we are going to have to faith to stand victorious then we MUST know the Word of God.

When Satan comes to you with “Hast God said” you tell him that “We are more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37) and “No weapon formed against us shall prosper” (Isaiah 54:17) and “God will not allow us to be tempted past that which we are able to stand and with every temptation, test, and trial He has made a way of escape.” And you call Satan what he is! He’s a liar and the father of lies! If you haven’t determined in your heart that God’s Word is truth and everything else (no matter what the circumstances may be) is a lie, then somewhere down the line you will faint in your mind and your faith will fail! But, if you’ll read through God’s Word and believe what it says, you will see the outcome has already been determined! WE WIN!!

Another tool that the Lord has given us to help us walk victoriously is the Holy Spirit. John 14:26 says ” The Comforter, the Holy Ghost whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you in all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you”.  The Holy Spirit fulfills the ministry of comforter in our lives. The word “comforter” means to come along side and to assist. He is dwelling inside us to bring us comfort so when we are going through a trial he will bring ballast and support to keep us from sinking. When it seems like this trial will never end and it seems like you don’t have strength to take another step, the Holy Spirit will begin to add the power whenever you need it to get you through the trial. You see, the two things we have talked about work hand and hand. If we will be men and women who do the Word of God and are full of the Holy Spirit, the Lord will allow these two things to work together to bring about victory in our lives IF we don’t faint!

Maybe you’re thinking, “Why do I have to go through all these temptations, tests, and trials anyway? They’re painful.” Yes they are!! But He’s trying to work something in us. “What’s that” you ask? That’s what we are going to be talking about next week. I hope you’ll join me as we wrap up this little series on how we can keep our faith from failing.

To Keep Your Faith From Failing

  • faithOriginal Teaching: To Keep Your Faith From Failing
  • Date: February 24, 1980
  • Teacher: Pastor Star R Scott
  • Scripture: My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:2-4
  • Review by: Jason Felton

This Calvary Temple Classics blog post is the first of many weekly installments, we’re going to begin reviewing a teaching by Pastor Scott that will help us examine the state of our faith and truly see James 1:4 as the testimony of our lives. Wouldn’t you like to be able to say that you are perfect, entire, and lack for nothing? I’m sure your answer like mine is a resounding YES! However, this perfection does not come without the temptations, tests, and trials that try our faith.

Have you turned on the news recently? Seems like everything you hear is bad news that only leads to anxiety. Am I going to get laid off tomorrow? How am I going to put my kids through college? What about my retirement? What if me or one my family members is diagnosed with some horrible illness? How am I going to make ends meet and pay my bills? Am I ever going to meet that special someone? So many questions!! But the good thing is the Word of God has all the answers. Matthew 6:34 says take to take no thought for tomorrow. I Peter 5:7 says to cast all your cares upon him, for he cares for you. Now, you may be thinking “Jason I know all of these scripture.” Then why is there so much anxiety, fear, and doubt dominating our lives?

The reality is that we don’t know our own hearts. We know the answers. We know the doctrine. Many of us even make positive confessions, but we often move in fear that somewhere along the line the pressure will become so great that we’ll crumble under it. Beloved, we need to get our eyes off the circumstances and onto the promises of God’s Word. If you can do that, then I have good news for you. Your faith will never fail. IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN!

If you learn the concept that James is trying to teach us, IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. If you will count it all joy in the midst of temptations, tests, and trials. If you will come to the understanding of the love that Father has for you. If you remember that He said He would never leave you or forsake you and in fact will complete that work that He started in you. If you would believe God’s Word that says you will never be tempted or tested past that which you are able to stand, then you will be victorious. Do you believe that? As hard as it seems right now in your life do you believe that? Maybe you feel like things are so difficult right now and everything is caving in on you. I want you to know, friends, that God will not allow you to be tempted past that which you are able to stand! You have the ability to walk out this thing successful and victorious!

I hope you’ve been encouraged by this classic. Next week we’ll look at some of the tools God has given us to walk victorious in these tests and trials and how we can continue to keep our faith from failing.