Who do you say that I am?

Sometimes I wonder who people think that I am. What I mean by that is the fact of how I get treated sometimes. It’s really odd how perceptions differ from person to person. That’s why you can’t get upset when you run into a few negative people because for those 3 negative people, God may have 300 positives out there for you. God is a good God.

Do you remember the story in the bible where Jesus asks Peter, “…but who do YOU say that I am?” 

Matthew 16:13-17

13  When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

14  And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

15  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

16  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

17  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar–jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

Jesus knew what people were saying about Him. He knows everything! But, He does give us a chance to answer ourselves. It’s all about trust folks. He trusts that we will tell Him the truth because He knows it anyway. God called to Adam and Woman in Genesis  asking, “Where art thou?” He knew where they were. He gave them a chance to tell the truth. 
There was a female preacher once who got into some trouble. (Lord bless her she’s really a sweet lady.) Of course, people kept asking me if I was her, I suppose because I am a female preacher from the same area. I wondered why people were treating me strangely. It was as though I killed their loved one or something. Then God showed it to me. They confused me with her. I was even asked on several occasions if I was “the one.” On another incident, a man went around telling lies about me. They were outright, ignorant, horrible, nasty lies. The lies that he told were so bad, I thought “I wasn’t even that bad when I WAS out in the World!”  Imagine those who love gossip and believed that stuff. To this day, some still don’t speak and some are afraid to. Who are they saying that I am?
I became saved, answered the call to preach since 1995 (earlier actually), and sometimes I still feel some type of barrier, even between my brothers and my sisters in the Lord.

Matthew 12:46-50

46  While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.

47  Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.

48  But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

49  And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

50  For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Did you ever feel sometimes that people were a bit stand-offish to you? You say to yourself, “I can’t be THAT bad!” Not only that, who is better than the other in this crazy world? You feel as though you have horns sticking out of your head and people are afraid to tell you. A young man told me something once, please forgive my wording but he did say, “Let’s say that you go around town and many people stop, look and point at you. Sooner or later you are going to stop and see if you have a booger in your nose.” 
Of course, everybody doesn’t HAVE to like you. God didn’t pass a law that we must like everybody. You can love someone and not like their ways. You love your family and friends, children and grands but you can dislike their ways. Just because you dislike someone’s ways doesn’t mean that you should use the old adage and “feed ’em with a long-handled spoon.’ I always hated that saying. It makes us standoffish. So many fall for that one and think that they are doing right. If you’ve noticed, everyone that treated Jesus with a long-handled spoon either died or lost their souls to satan. You won’t see them in Heaven. Don’t look down your nose at others, you are playing right into the enemy’s hands. Humility is the key. 
Many people loved Mother Teresa. They loved Nelson Mandela. People loved John Kennedy and Abe Lincoln, George Washington Carver, Albert Einstein, Barbra Streisand, Loretta Devine, Martin Luther King Jr. You know why they love or loved them? They are humble people. Talented, yet very humble. It’s a shame that some people have to die to get a good name. I pray that you get yours now while you are still among the living. Know this: people will talk, you can’t stop that. Most do because they don’t know the real you. To “know” someone is to know them intimately. Adam ‘knew’ Woman. Abraham ‘knew’ Sarah. The men had intimate relationships with their wives. May you have an ‘intimate’ relationship with Jesus and be who He says that you are. 
Who do they say that you are? I’ll ask a better question, who do YOU say that you are? 





Rev. Esther Scott/Min Lex Scott

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Todays message

There is an unmistakable quality about the Christian who has full faith in Jesus Christ and what He has done for us. Nothing can sway him or her from believing all of God’s promises. They will go against the grain, swim against the current in a heartbeat. I am one of them and I pray that you are too. Don’t follow the rules and religiosities of man, follow Jesus, you cannot go wrong.
I was on the phone the other day speaking to an old friend of mine from Pittsburgh, Pa. I lived with her and her family when I was about 20 and we went to her grandfather’s church in East Liberty called Bethlehem Temple. It was a beautiful time in my life. We were Apostolic then. We’ve changed since then. She is now Cogic and about to get ordained and I am ordained Non-Denominational. I asked, “Is it true that Apostolics are ‘Jesus only’?” She said, “They baptize according to Acts 2:38 but we love the Father and Holy Ghost too or we wouldn’t speak in tongues!” We both laughed and then she said, “Just preach Jesus sis and you can’t go wrong!” I loved it. I laughed and said…..”I’ve been right all along!” 🙂  A huge smile came over my face. You try to respect every denomination the best that you can because we are all out here trying to do right. Some miss the mark but they ARE trying. Well, I have to admit that some are just out there too. Everything that shines is not Gold. 
Just when you may be confused about your spiritual authenticity, know that as long as you think, meditate on, talk to and about Jesus….you are A-okay! Love you in the Lord, Essie





Rev. Esther Scott/Min Lex Scott

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This is the time of year to celebrate what Jesus did for you and I. Go against the norm. Bless God for blessing you. His sacrifice on the Cross was enough, don’t you think? (Thank you Jesus.)





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