This morning during the children’s hour, Elder Tucker was
talking about Adam and Eve. And this morning the message
will start from the beginning. Amen? With Adam and Eve.
If you would, turn in your Bibles with me to the book of
Genesis chapter two. Genesis chapter two. When you reach
the book of Genesis chapter two, please signify by saying
And if you don’t have a Bible, get next to somebody that has
a Bible this morning. Amen. Or somebody pass out as many
Bibles as you can see around. Hallelujah. So that we can all
get this word today. In the book of Genesis chapter two.
It is so important that we carry our Word with us when we
come to the house of the Lord. Amen. Because we need to
know that this is what the Word is really saying. Amen? You
can’t just take somebody’s word for it. You got to know that
God is speaking this from His Word.
Are you ready this morning? Hallelujah. In the book of
Genesis chapter two and verse seven, that’s where we’re
going to come from. It said,
7. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground,
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man
became a living soul.
Let us pray.
Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, once again it is Your
people that come before Your throne thanking and praising
You for another day. Father, hide Your son behind the cross,
that Your people would see You and not me. Father, as I
decrease I ask that You would increase.
Sanctify me today. Oh, and make me holy. And set me apart,
that I would be meet for the Master’s use. Father, we’ll be
careful to give You all the glory, all the honor and all the
praise. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Today the title of the message will be “The Dust of the
Ground.” There’s nothing fancy about the chemical (glory to
God) elements that make up our bodies. The body is a lifeless
shell until God breathes His breath of life into our bodies.
When God removes His breath from us, once again we return
to the dust of the ground. There’s life in us as long as His
breath is in us. And therefore our life’s blood comes only
When we look at the book of Genesis chapter three, and verse
six and seven, the problem came when man decided that he
wanted to breathe on his own. The problem came (glory to
God) when man decided that he didn’t want to breathe the
way God wanted him to breathe. Do you hear what I’m
saying today? The problem came when he wanted to breathe
on his own.
In verse six it said,
6. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food,
and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to
make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and
gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
7. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew
that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and
made themselves aprons.
When we look at the word “to breathe” it means to live. It
means to take air on the inside and to breathe air out of your
body, out of your lungs. Hallelujah.
Man decided that he wanted control over his own life process.
He decided that the process that God had for him wasn’t good
enough any more. He decided that the atmosphere that God
had for him was good enough any more. He wanted his own
environment. He wanted his own atmosphere.
How are you breathing today? What breath are you taking in
today? They went from paradise. They went from the
blessing. They went to the curse.
Look at Genesis three and verse seventeen through verse
nineteen. It said,
17. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened
unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which
I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is
the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the
days of thy life;
18. Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and
thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou
return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust
thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
God was telling man that the land would become worthless.
And in order to produce it would come from the sweat of his
When we look at man, man was taken from the dust of the
earth. And when man sinned, he became a curse, just like the
ground became the curse. And in order (hallelujah, glory to
God) for man (hallelujah) to be productive, man was going to
have to work on himself just like man was going to have to
work on the ground.
I don’t know about you today, but I got to work on me just...
Oh, my God, my God. Who am I preaching to today? Just
like the ground was cursed, I was cursed, until I received
salvation. Oh, this is a revelation. He wasn’t only talking
about the ground, the physical ground. But he was talking
about the dust of the ground.
He was saying that, “You are cursed.” He was saying that,
“You are worthless.” He was saying that, “You were trying
to do it without Me, and I’m going to show you without Me
you are nothing.” And just like you have got to sweat to till
this ground, you’re going to have to sweat to work on
You see, it’s not easy to till the ground when the ground is
hard, is it? It’s not easy to get into God’s Presence when our
ground of our heart is hardened, is it? We have got to learn
how to cultivate the ground of our hearts to make it fertile, to
receive the word of the Lord.
He said the ground was cursed. He said it was going to
produce thorns and thistles. Whenever you got a place that’s
producing thorns and thistles, it’s worthless. And the only
thing that they can do with that place is burn it off. Do you
hear what I’m saying?
I’ve got to get in the place where I allow God to burn this off
of me. I got to get in the place where I let God burn it out of
me. I’m worthless without Him. I’m nothing without God.
We came from the dust of the ground. So He was telling us
that we were cursed also.
Let me show you that in Hebrews chapter six. Go there with
You see, sometimes we get to a point where we’re not
working on ourselves any more. We’re trying to work on
everybody else, but we’re not trying to work on us. We can
find thorns and thistles in everybody else, but we can’t find no
thorns and thistles in us. Hello, somebody.’
In Hebrews chapter six, and verse seven and eight, it said,
7. For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft
upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is
dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
8. But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is
nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
I’ve got to get in a place where I allow everything that’s not
like God to be able to come out of me. Everything that’s not
like God in us is cursed. But everything that’s like God in us
I don’t know about you but I been in a place lately where I’ve
been allowing God to work on me. Do you remember I told
you how sometimes a person can be irritable? Listen to what
I’m saying. Do you remember how I told you how sometimes
a person (glory to God) can seem like they’re not themselves?
See, God is working on them. You don’t understand it. You
think that there’s something wrong with them. But there’s
something right about them. The... Oh, my God, my God.
God is doing a new thing with them. He’s tired of the old
them. And He’s bringing a new one of them into... Oh, my
God. Ain’t nothing wrong with me. God is working on me.
You remember how I talked about a wife can pray for her
husband? And how when that husband starts getting
irritable... You don’t hear me today. When that husband
just... Oh, my God, my God. You don’t want to pray for God
to work on them. Let God work on them. He’s getting the
thorns and the thistles out of them. And let me tell you
something. It don’t feel good.
Come on, give God a handclap of praise today. Oh, my God,
my God. Ain’t nobody mad but the devil. Ain’t nobody stiff-necked but the devil.
After salvation that land that the dust of the ground came
from had to be cultivated. You see, even farmers know,
because they are in the farming business, that if you’re going
to keep getting product from that soil, you’ve got to turn it
over every now and then. Do you hear what I’m saying?
If God is going to continue to get product out of us, if He’s
going to get us to continue to produce, He got to turn us over
every now and then. He got to stick something in the ground
of our hearts and begin go turn it over, and turn it over, and
turn it over, and turn it over again.
He begins to take the weeds that started growing up out of us.
And when a weed plants itself, if you know anything about
weeds, they plant themselves. You can’t just pull a weed
from the surface. You got to pull a weed from the root.
You see, some people just be going through because they
mean as the devil. But some folk be going through because
God is working on them. Oh, who am I preaching to today?
Is God working on you today?
He said the land was cursed. And the revelation is, it wasn’t
only the land that they walked on. It was their land. It was
themselves. Until Jesus came along. The ground had to be
cultivated. Had to be fertilized. The ground of our hearts
have to be cultivated and fertilized in order for it to bear fruit.
See, you can’t continue to bear fruit every year and all the
time except that soil is worked on, except there’s a pruning
that takes place. See, we think that we can just continue to
grow (my God, my God) and spread forth. But God has got
to first cut some of that stuff away.
When you look at trees, when you see a gardener that has
worked in a yard, and there were trees there that are flowering
trees, you’ll see that they have cut on that tree. And God said
that we’ll be like trees planted by the rivers of water. So He’s
cutting on these trees. And it doesn’t always feel right. And
it doesn’t always feel good. But let God do it.
All God was asking from them was obedience. That’s what
He was asking for. He gave them a choice, because He didn’t
want them to be like they were in prison and in bounds. So
He gave them a choice. But he still wanted them to choose to
See, God has given us a choice this morning. Will we be
obedient to His Word? We follow some things, but then other
things we don’t follow. We read thirty-three books, but leave
the other thirty-three out.
You’ve got to till that land. The Bible talked about breaking
up the fallow ground. Breaking up the fallow ground is a
place in prayer. When you get into a place in prayer you can
till this ground. When you get into the Word of God you can
allow it to cultivate this ground.
Go with me today to Isaiah chapter forty-five. Sometimes we
don’t want to be worked on. But I ask God to work on me.
Oh, do you hear what I’m saying? In Isaiah forty-five and
verse nine, it said,
9. Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the
potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay
say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work,
He hath no hands?
Do you hear the word of the Lord today? Can you tell God
what to make of you? See, we get in a position where we
want to tell God how to make us. We want to tell God how to
do with us what we think He should do. We want to tell God
how to move in the timing in which we want Him to move in.
And if God doesn’t do those things, we shut down, don’t we?
We refuse to be productive until God lets us have our way.
Go with me to Jeremiah chapter eighteen. In Jeremiah
eighteen, and verse one through six, it said,
1. The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD,
2. Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will
cause thee to hear my words.
3. Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he
wrought a work on the wheels.
4. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the
hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as
seemed good to the potter to make it.
Now wait a minute. He said, “When I made it the first time, it
wasn’t right.” But don’t you love God that because when it
was mad the first time it wasn’t right, He didn’t just throw
that clay away? Hello, somebody. He said, “I’m going to
take that same vessel, and I’m going to make it over again.”
You see, you may not have came out right the first time. But
let me tell you something. God is going to make you all over
It said in verse four,
4. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the
hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as
seemed good to the potter to make it.
5. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
6. O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith
the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are
ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
We are in the Lord’s hands. And some people it takes longer
to make than other people. You better believe that because
it’s true. Some people take a little bit even longer in the oven
to bake than others.
He was looking for obedience. He was looking for them to
choose the right choice. That’s what He’s looking for today.
He’s looking for you and I to make the right choice. See, you
got a problem, a dilemma, a situation, a circumstance. He’s
looking for us to make the right choice.
You see, it’s easy to make the wrong choice, isn’t it? It’s
easy to try to get out of something. But it’s harder to try to fix
something, isn’t it? So we choose to get out of it than to try to
He said, “I can’t do...” Oh, I felt the Holy Ghost hitting me.
He want me to stay right there for a minute. You see, when
we’re in a thing, and it’s not going exactly the way we want it
to go... Oh, I feel the Holy Ghost moving all over me. We try
to take the easy road. Do you hear what I’m saying? We
want to get as far away from it as we possibly can.
But see, when you got an anointing on your life, that means
that you got a fix-it ability on the inside of you. And see, that
fix-it ability on the inside of you is going to begin to come out
of you. And that problem that you used to have, all of a
sudden it became an opportunity for God to get glory. You
better give God some praise in this house today.
Opportunity. Not for opportunity for us to prosper
necessarily. Not for opportunity for us to have some type of
gain necessarily. But opportunity for God to get glory.
The dust of the ground. What kind of ground are you? What
kind of receptivity does your ground have? In other words,
what kind of hearer are you?
Go with me in your Bibles to Mark chapter four. In Mark
chapter four we’re going to look at verse fourteen. It said,
14. The sower soweth the word.
15. And these are they by the way side, where the word is
sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately,
and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
16. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony
ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately
receive it with gladness;
Listen. The first type of person, the first type of hearer is an
indifferent hearer. In other words, there’s hardness of heart.
In other words (glory to God) they hear the Word, but they
reject the Word.
You see, it’s so easy to pick and choose what I want to hear.
But see, as soon as the Word start hitting me I turn off my
ears. Hello, somebody. As soon as the Word hit me, I start to
get upset. And my receptivity changes, doesn’t it? I don’t
want to hear it until you’re talking about the blessing again.
The hardness of the heart, the indifferent hearer.
The second one was (glory to God) the one on the stony
ground, and the one that didn’t have any root in them. They
were the emotional hearer. They hear with their emotions.
They get all happy. Oh, hallelujah. Glory to God. They
shouting all over the place. Rolling all over the floor. But it
was all emotions. As soon as the devil come (my God, my
God) he takes them out again.
The next kind of hearer is the worldly hearer, the kind that the
Word is sown among thorns. And they heart the Word, but
the cares of the world begin to drown the Word out. They’re
the carnal hearers, aren’t they? Oh, my God, my God.
They’re carnal in mind. They’re carnal in their ways. And
everything about them, they’re carnal. And the Bible says
that the carnal mind is enmity or hostility against God.
What kind of hearer are you today? What kind of ground is
the Word trying to penetrate?
The next kind of hearer is in verse twenty. It said,
20. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such
as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some
thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
My God, my God. These are the receptive hearers. These are
the ones that demand results.
You see, when your heart is right, and your listening and your
hearing is right, it will demand results. When the soil is
perfected (Do you hear what I’m saying?) and you drop seed
into the soil, it demands a return. You see, when your heart is
right, and the Word of God is sown in your heart, it’s going to
demand a return of what was sown.
The dust of the ground. What kind of ground are you today?
What kind of ground are you? I don’t know about you, but I
want to be good ground. Do you hear what I’m saying today?
No matter what the Word is saying, it can crush my toes. If
it’s talking to me, Lord Jesus talk on. If it’s walking on me,
Lord Jesus, walk on. That’s what I want. I want the Word of
God to deal with me.
You see, if the Word don’t deal with you every now and then,
then you got a problem. You become in that place where
you’re all by yourself, and there’s nobody around you that
could ever be on your level.
But when that Word hits you every now and then, when you
can say ouch every now and then, you know you’re on track.
You know that God can still do something with you.
What kind of ground are you? Ask yourself that question.
We all came from the dust of the ground. But in the same
question, what kind of ground are you? Are you good ground
You better be real with yourself. (Tongues.) If you’re not
good ground, you better tell the Lord, “Lord, I’m not good
ground. Lord, I need You to work on this ground.
Everything I’m producing (glory to God) is worthless. I want
to produce something that’s priceless.
Good ground. I want to be real with God. I want God to
work on me. I really do. I want Him to work on me.
See, when you’re in the ministry of the prophet, and you tell
other people what’s wrong with them, you better know what’s
wrong with you. Hello, somebody. You better know that
you’ve got feelings in you that need to change. And just like
Paul you count it a privilege and an honor to be in His
You’ve got to know. You’ve got to know that He’s working
on you. You’ve got to be able to receive criticism when
criticism comes to you in love. Do you hear what I’m saying?
Some folks just want to criticize you because they want to tell
you what’s wrong with you. And they want to leave you right
there. But God want to tell you what’s wrong with you. And
He want to get you right.
That’s why I love Him. He wants the best for us. That’s why
I love Him. He doesn’t want us to stay where we were.
That’s why I love Him. He wants to fix us. He wants to
make us a vessel of honor. That’s what He wants to do.
So this morning I want you to ask yourself, what kind of
ground are you? What kind of ground are you? It’s not a
question that everybody needs to know the answer about you.
It’s between you and God. Because the Holy Spirit will
reveal it to you.
If you’re stubborn, let Him work on that stubbornness. If
you’re rebellious, let Him work on that rebellion. If you’re
jealous, let Him work on that jealousy. If you’re easily hurt,
let Him work on that immaturity. Let Him work on it.
You’ve got to let Him work on it.
And when you get to the place that that place is perfected,
every devil in hell better look out. Because he’s going to try
to come that way. And he’s going to see an angel standing at
the door saying, “You can’t come this way no more. This
way has been perfected. And you need to keep out.”
What kind of ground are we? What kind of ground? Receive
that word today. Don’t just look at the faults in everybody
else. But look at the faults that are in you. Look at the ones
in you. Let Him get them thorns and thistles out of that
ground. Let Him get it out. Let Him get it out.
That doesn’t mean that you’re not somebody because God
needs to work on you. That means you’re somebody because
you’re allowing Him to work on you. That means that you
don’t want to do it your way. You want to do it His way.
That means that you don’t want to breathe on your own. You
want His breath to cause you to breathe and have life.
You’ve got to get in that place. And I’ve got to get in that
place. The dust of the ground.
Come on, give God a handclap of praise today.