Keith Greens, Message of Grace: By Rick Sarver



Many years ago,  I had the incredible opportunity of meeting Keith Green in Boise Idaho and like Keith, I too had an incredible passion and zeal for the Lord, but  unfortunately it was without a true knowledge or understanding of the gospel grace and the free gift of righteousness ( Romans 10: 2-4) and my zeal for the Lord turned into more of a condemnation,  Judgment, hell fire and brimstone type message. The gospel is not about preaching condemnation, but it is about preaching the complete forgiveness that we have through the finished work of the cross. God did not send His Son into the world to, point out our faults and condemn us, but He sent His Son so that through Him we would be saved, delivered and healed! John 3:16.. We were like the man drowning in the ocean and Jesus our life guard jumped in to save us!  My meeting with Keith took place one year before, he and his children were tragically killed in an airplane crash, but before his death, Keith began to receive an incredible revelation of Gods amazing grace, which in turn moved him away from pounding on the piano and from "what are you doing for the Lord !!! You lazy Christian!!!" to a message of what has  Christ has already done for you!,  even today, every time I hear or read the lyrics of this song, my Spirit moves in me and I weep, not because I feel so ashamed of my past, but I weep because I am over whelmed by the Love that God has for me and for the amazing bright future that He has prepared for me. The song lyrics below truly reflects the Gospel of  Gods amazing Grace. In parentheses I did take the liberty to tweak the lyrics.  I really do believe that if Keith were alive on the earth today, that He would be one of the most powerful, prophetic voices of Gods grace that we have ever heard. Thanks Keith, for sewing your life into mine.

Lyrics from " When I hear the praises start" by Keith Green

My son, My son, why are you striving?
You can't add one thing to what's been done for you
I did it all while I was dying
Rest in (my) your faith, My peace will come to you

For when I hear the praises start
Oh, I want to rain upon you
Blessings that will fill your heart
I see no stain upon you

Because you are My child and you know Me
To Me you're only holy
Nothing that you've done remains
Only what you do for (in) Me

My child, My child, why are you weeping?
You will not have to wait forever
That day and that hour is in My keeping
The day I'll bring you into Heaven

For when I hear the praises start
My child, I want to rain upon you
Blessings that will fill your heart
I see no stain upon you

Because you are My child and you know Me
To Me you're only holy
Nothing that you've done remains
Only what you do in Me
Just what you do in Me

My precious bride, the day is nearing
When I'll take you in My arms and hold you
I know there are so many things that you've been hearing
But you just hold on to what I have told you

For when I hear the praises start
My bride, I want to rain upon you
Blessings that will fill your heart
Oh, I see no stain upon you

Because you are My child and you know Me
To Me you're only holy
Nothing that you've done will remain
Only what you do in Me
Just what you do in Me


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