The Amazement of Grace

I woke this morning to the Spirit revealing the thief on the cross asking to be remembered when Jesus enters into Paradise. This thief did not walk down the aisle of the church and obtain the right hand of fellowship. This thief did not have to opportunity to be baptized before his death. This thief only had time to ask to be remembered by Jesus when Jesus entered into His Kingdom.

Why is this so amazing one would ask. Well, the answer is simple. At the close of most worship services, the doors of the  church or an invitation to discipleship is given. If you ever listen to what is being said, there is a inference that if you don’t come forward you have not been saved. Yet, this sinner or malefactor as the King James Version calls him, is granted immediate salvation simply because he looked on the goodness of Jesus, acknowledged that goodness, grieved in his heart because of his sinfulness, acknowledged Jesus as King, repented and simply asked for one thing, for the King of kings to remember him when he entered His Kingdom.

I sit and listen to many sermons preached and though they allude to grace they seem to emphasis the law, the rules one must live by, the behavior that is acceptable and unacceptable, and how condemned we are if we don’t behave in a manner others see as Christ like. When I read in Titus 2:5-6 I see salvation comes through the mercy of God, the washing, regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom is pour out on us in great abundance through Christ Jesus. It does not come through our works of righteousness, because we cannot make ourselves righteous by any means of behavior or works.

The thief found salvation in the mercy, goodness and grace of Jesus Christ, who was taking on his curse, taking on his punishment, taking on his penalty of the grave and he was immediately received into the Kingdom of Heaven. Remember the thief was also paying for his crimes at the same time Jesus was taking on his penalty. Yet, he found solace in the fact that he would not be alone in this ordeal, but Jesus was with him and would carry the burden of the condemnation of his soul to the grave for him. This thief may have had to suffer the physical penalty, but his soul would not have to taste the death of the grave. How amazing is that, even when we are feeling the brunt of our sinful behavior Jesus is in the midst with us carrying the load for us that we don’t have to walk in condemnation, but we who are saved remain the righteousness of God through Him. No matter what we have done or what we may do in the future, we are the righteousness of God, because Jesus paid the price for our bad choices.

To all of us who feel we must do something other than repent and receive victory through the sacrifice of the Lamb by faith, I say Grace only ask you become that malefactor on the cross, look on the goodness of God through Christ Jesus, acknowledge your sinfulness before the King, accept that He paid your penalty in full and immediately you are with Him in Paradise. For Romans 2:4 tells you and me that the goodness of God leads you to repentance.

I pray we allow the goodness of God through Christ Jesus to lead us out of darkness and despair into the glorious light of freedom found in the Kingdom of Heaven. Other than receive Jesus as Lord and Savior through faith there is no work, behavior, deed done, song sung, etc. that will cleanse you of sin. Grace that amazing grace is the only way. Don’t count yourself out because you still drink, cuss, smoke dope, smoke cigarettes, or do the no, no’s others point out so readily to you. You may slip but you are still in the race and He is able to perfect that which He has begun in you.

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Look Behind You

For months the Lord has pressed in my spirit, Mark 16:17a, “And these signs will follow them that believe”. I look around at those of us professing to believe in the risen Lord, yet there are few signs following us. My question today is simply this, “What is following you?” If you cannot see any of the signs, which are only some signs not all of them, then you like I need to ask the question of yourself, “What do I believe?”

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Word Given August 18, 2011

As a minister of the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven, through Christ Jesus I have heard many things in the spirit. I have kept many words spoken to me while in prayer to myself or shared them with Bishop A. Norris Smith pastor of the New Covenant Baptist Church, Washington, DC. Now, I am sensing some of these prophecies need to be placed in an arena for others to glean from so I will begin to post them as directed by the Holy Spirit for public viewing. Be blessed in every way according to the will of the Father, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

I am always in awe when the Lord speaks to me about what is going on in the spirit realm. Not because He talks to me, but because He is God and He has chosen to talk to and through this broken vessel of clay. Below is a word given to me while I was in fellowship with the Lord. It was during a period of time when I was down and simply wanted to sit before the Throne of Grace and find rest for the weariness I was feeling.

Those who walk with Me and who are willing to move by the Spirit in obedience will be the tools I will use to draw others to Me for salvation. You who are called to walk among the lost, walk circumspectly before the people and see what I will bring about in their lives through you. Children of the Most High God, you are moving into a time of unusual signs, wonders and miracles that will cause others to desire what you have in Me. Not all will come with pure motives, but I will sort through and reveal to you who is of Me and who is not. It is I, who knows the heart of man and I will add to My Kingdom daily such as will be saved. The harvest is ready for the harvesters to bring to Me all who are weary and heavy laden. Just as I have given you rest, so will I give them rest in Me through My Son, Jesus Christ.
Many will see their shadow heal those in despair, because you have allowed My presence to manifest in you and through you in your everyday living. Others will simply cry out the word “no” and the enemy will stop in his tracks and flee, because you are well-known by Me. The name of Jesus will be in your spirits so fully that when you speak I will respond immediately without your having to say it.
This is the time for a great awakening of the things I have promised many of you, who are still waiting to see it while in the land of the living. I have promised much and I will now begin to manifest that much into the lives of those who have been faithful and true to whom I Am. I Am is here to reveal who you are in Me to a world that does not believe I Am.
There are many in the valley of decision and now they need to know there is another way out other than suicide. There are many in the valley of decision and they need to know there is another way out besides numbing the pain with addictions. There are many, so many and they need to know a Savior who will walk them through the horror of this world and give them peace in the midst of their storms.
Come and drink deeply of Me so that you will be a refreshing to others. Come and eat of Me so you will be nourishment to the hungry. Come and be who I have called you to be in Me and I will use you to raise the dead, heal the sick, open blind eyes and bring healing to the broken-hearted. No longer are my people to stand in the corner and hide what I have placed in them. No longer are my people to shrink in fear of what the enemy is doing on every corner. No longer are my people to be the outcast of society.
My people are pushed aside in My House because they don’t yield to tradition and religious rhetoric. My people feel like outcast in My House because you have allowed the enemy to enter in and take over the leadership of My House. I have allowed you to have your way in My House long enough. I Am taking back that which has always been mine. I have given to My people dominion over every part of My Creation, except one another. And, now My people are being released to walk in full authority and power of the King on the earth. Let My people go, loose them from their grave-clothes and walk in the freedom I have given you in Me through Jesus Christ. Come and sit on My right hand in Christ Jesus and reign with Me, says your God.

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Word given on August 18, 2011

While in prayer on August 18th the Spirit spoke this word to me. It was not just for me but for all who love the Lord and are the called according to His purpose for our lives in this season.

Those who walk with Me and who are willing to move by the Spirit in obedience will be the tools I will use to draw others to Me for salvation. You who are called to walk among the lost, walk circumspectly before the people and see what I will bring about in their lives through you. Children of the Most High God, you are moving into a time of unusual signs, wonders and miracles that will cause others to desire what you have in Me. Not all will come with pure motives, but I will sort through and reveal to you who is of Me and who is not. It is I, who knows the heart of man and I will add to My Kingdom daily such as will be saved. The harvest is ready for the harvesters to bring to Me all who are weary and heavy laden. Just as I have given you rest, so will I give them rest in Me through My Son, Jesus Christ.
Many will see their shadow heal those is despair, because you have allowed My presence to manifest in you and through you in your everyday living. Others will simply cry out the word “no” and the enemy will stop in his tracks and flee, because you are well known by Me. The name of Jesus will be in your spirits so fully that when you speak I will respond immediately without your having to say it.
This is the time for a great awakening of the things I have promised many of you, who are still waiting to see it while in the land of the living. I have promised much and I will now begin to manifest that much into the lives of those who have been faithful and true to who I Am. I Am is here to reveal who you are in Me to a world that does not believe I Am.
There are many in the valley of decision and now they need to know there is another way out other than suicide. There are many in the valley of decision and they need to know there is another way out besides numbing the pain with addictions. There are many, so many and they need to know a Savior who will walk them through the horror of this world and give them peace in the midst of their storms.
Come and drink deeply of Me so that you will be a refreshing to others. Come and eat of Me so you will be nourishment to the hungry. Come and be who I have called you to be in Me and I will use you to raise the dead, heal the sick, open blind eyes and bring healing to the broken hearted. No longer are my people to stand in the corner and hide what I have placed in them. No longer are my people to shrink in fear of what the enemy is doing on every corner. No longer are my people to be the outcast of society.
My people are pushed aside in My House because they don’t yield to tradition and religious rhetoric. My people feel like outcast in My House because you have allowed the enemy to enter in and take over the leadership of My House. I have allowed you to have your way in My House long enough. I Am taking back that which has always been mine. I have given to My people dominion over every part of My Creation, except one another. And, now My people are being released to walk in full authority and power of the King on the earth. Let My people go, loose them from their grave clothes and walk in the freedom I have given you in Me through Jesus Christ. Come and sit on My right hand in Christ Jesus and reign with Me, says your God.

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God Given Assignments

When the Father, gives us an assignment, it requires a mind stayed on Him. We are guareented to have an assignment that will stretch us in ways we never thought possible. Godly assignments big or small are designed to show us the faultiness of our thinking and to force us to rely solely on the Holy Spirit to get us through. Then they are given to allow us to share His joy as He uses us to lead others to Christ.One thing is certain, in every assignement given there is no way He will allow anyone to give credit to man, for we know whatever is accomplished, it was only made possible in Christ. But, if we are operating in pride we will attempt to take credit. Remember pride goes before a great fall and the Lord will exult the humble in due season.

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Deliverance From the Fear of Heartache

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." 2nd Timothy 1:7
 
Once I was a slave to fear and I did not know it. If I were a novelist I would begin this entry with the words, "A chance encounter", but as a child of the Most High and understanding that nothing is left to chance in this journey those words mean nothing. So I will begin with these words, an encounter orchestrated by my heavenly Daddy, forced me to face buried barriers I thought had been crossed. The encounter made me deal with fears, doubts, hurts, disappointments and yes anger I just knew had been tossed with the rest of the worldly trash. But God has a way of exposing our truths in such a way that we can not move around them nor push them back into the closet.
 
I learned in the past few weeks that I was not trusting Daddy in the area of my personal life relationships. The encounter in and of itself could or could not have importance in my natural life, but it has had a great impact in my spiritual life and relationship with my Triune God. I have heard for several weeks the Spirit whispering "Do you trust Me?" My answer was always the standard "YES!" Again, the question came and again the same answer. But, the truth was I did not trust Him in the affairs of the heart.
 
Like many of us I have made choices that have cause me heartache, pain, disappointment and anger. I set up walls and barriers to shield my heart from the disappointments of my flawed judgements and faulty criteria. After a period of time I decided I could live a full life single, because in Christ I am complete. Everything God has said He has done, I am free to walk according to the spirit without the need of affirmation from man. I am free from the restraints manmade doctrine would attempt to place on me.  But the encounter revealed that one place where I was not free.
 
For weeks I have allowed myself to be tormented by fear of allowing anyone beyond the gates of my heart. Yet, I was saying yes Lord I trust you. 2nd Timothy says God has given us a sound mind. Do you not know that fear causes us to imagine things that don’t exist. Our imaginations can conjure up stuff that makes no sense at all, not even in the movies. This is why the scriptures tell us to cast down vain imaginations, we bring to life things that aren’t real.
 
We allow figments of our imagination to assume power over us to torment our spirits day and night. And to top it off we sin because we come to a place of doubt in what God has said is true. In the words of my pastor, "Your mind is bad." And instead of admitting that we are loosing control of our thinking, we justify it with past experiences which should have died at the Cross, but we resurrected for a time of our own choosing. God is trying to manifest in our lives His promises and we are fighting the manifestation, because we think His choice is going to produce the same results as ours.
 

I am here to tell you not so. Once I spoke to the watchman over my soul and admitted the truth about where I was, I experienced such freedom and peace within, no words can describe it. You shall know the truth and the truth will make you free (John 8:32) is more freeing then anyone can imagine. In confessing the fear of hurt, heartache, disappointment and all the other emotions that encompass failed relationships, I took back the power I had given it. I then was able to breathe and say to the Lord, "Yes, I trust you with my heart." And I really do trust Him. It was said to me not through man, but through the Word of God that I was to marry again and now, today I trust Him to fulfill His word and am relaxed and resting in Jesus the Christ about it. The word has been confirmed by many others, but now I can receive fully and freely without reservations.

 
You see because of an encounter, I found, I was not allowing God to control my distiny in the area of my heart. I was so afraid to expose the true me to anyone, because of the past rejections. I was fearful to tell anyone of my fears. Further, I was not believing God really is preparing someone to walk with me as my natural spiritual covering, who I willing would submit to. And worst, I was denying the fact that the fear existed. When one deceives oneself, then all can be lost. Where God moves from here I can not say, but I freely without reservations trust His heart towards me.
 
If you are fearful of hurts and rejection, admit it to yourself and God. Then as He leads, tell someone you can trust to pray with you through the struggle. I tell you this truth it is usually the last stronghold the enemy has on us and is the hardest to break, but once it is out, it is over and the freedom from Babylon is oh so sweet.
 
Go forth from Babylon!
Flee from the Chaldeans!
With a voice of singing,
Declare,proclaim this,
Utter it to the end of the earth:
Say, "The Lord has redeemed
His servant Jacob!"
Isaiah 48:20
 
Shout for joy, for victory is ours in Christ Jesus, the Lord over our lives.
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The Isolation Chamber

 

I am not the author of  this piece. It was sent to me and u maybe here too.

The Isolation Chamber
Be still and know that I am God…. – Psalm  46:10

There is a time and place in our walk with God in which He sets
us in a place of waiting. It is a place in which all past experiences are of no
value. It is a time of such stillness that it can disturb the most faithful if
we do not understand that He is the one who has brought us to this place for
only a season. It is as if God has placed a wall around us. No new
opportunities–simply inactivity.

During these times, God is calling us
aside to fashion something new in us. It is an isolation chamber designed to
call us to deeper roots of prayer and faith. It is not a comfortable place,
especially for a task-driven workplace believer. Our nature cries out, "You must
do something," while God is saying, "Be still and know that I am God." You know
the signs that you have been brought into this chamber when He has removed many
things from your life and you can’t seem to change anything. Perhaps you are
unemployed. Perhaps you are laid up with an illness.

Most religious people live a very planned and orchestrated life where they know almost
everything that will happen. But for people in whom God is performing a deeper
work, He brings them into a time of quietness that seems almost eerie. They
cannot say what God is doing. They just know that He is doing a work that cannot
be explained to themselves or to others.

Has God brought you to a place of being still? Be still and know that He really is God. When this happens, the
chamber will open soon after.

 

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Be encouraged this day

Whatever venture you lay your hands to do, labor as though its success depends upon you, knowing without an abiding relationship in Christ it is doomed for failure.
 
"Unless the Lord builds the house,
  They labor in vain who build it;
  Unless the Lord guards the city,
  The watchman stays awake in vain." (Psalm 127:1 NKJV)
 
"If you abide in Me and My word abides in you, you shall ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you."   (John 15:7 NKJV)
 
 
Be blessed in all you do this day.
 
Rev Dusty
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So It Begins

I have been home now for a week now and in this one week I have seen the hand of God move in circustances, that have cause me to bow my head and simply say, "So it has begun."  When the Lord tell us that vengence is His, stay out of his way.  In our humanism, we desire to see the results of His vengence on another, forgetting that our enemy is not flesh and blood, but powers and rulers in dark places.  In 7 days, the Lord has revealed He is about doing what He said He would do, because His little ones and righteous ones have been harmed.  The snares and traps set for the righteous are now taking those used by the enemy as prey.  Three persons have suffered physical illnesses or injury in these past 7 days.  What is sad is those in leadership, who set the traps in place, are looking at these events and have no clue as to why they are happening.  I have no desire to see people harmed, only God’s will be done in the lives of everyone involved in this situation to His glory, by any means necessary. 
 
Warnings have been spoken, warning flags have been raised and yet, no one heard.  She is full of hot wind, who does she think she is, she is nobody important, my preacher, my spiritual guide, my soothsayer, has told me different.  But, in the midst of this I have learned one valuable lesson, or maybe two.  Speak even if you are not heard, truth is truth, wether it is believed or not.  Second pray for those who spitefully use you, that their idols be exposed and their pet demons show their true faces; their salvation and if saved their santification.  There are no greater blessing than these in the world.  Then pray for their wisdom to make the informed choice as to whom they will serve.  I would hate for someone to spend eternal damnation because of ignorance of the Truth.
 
Even if no one hears, but keep shouting the truth anyway, and know that God will confirm your words if they are truly from Him.  He gives us each mercy and grace to get it right.  It was in January of this year that the word went forth that judgement has begun.  And He gave us six more months to get our thinking and heart conditions straight with Him.  Lord I thank you for mercy and grace, but above all I thank you salvation and the continued process fo sanctification in my life, in Jesus’ name.  Amen.
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