• THE SOUND OF GOD

    THE SOUND OF GOD
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    We stood talking but hearing nothing;
    the deafening roar of the waters drowning out our attempts to speak and to be heard.
    The sense of our smallness entirely absorbed by a voluminous canopy of descending waters too amazing to articulate:
    The sound of the Falls.
    Niagara Falls is a composition of three wondrous waterfalls producing the highest flow rate of any waterfall on earth.
    Her power, not surprisingly, is channeled into a sizeable source of electricity;
    and to be near her and hear her is to experience the power and presence of God in a wondrous and audible way.
    The sound of God.
    Ezekiel and John try to describe it:
    "And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the East; and His voice was like the noise of many waters ..." 
    Ezekiel 43:2
    "And His feet like unto fine brass as they burned in a furnace; and His voice as the sound of many waters."  
    Revelation 1:15
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    Resounding,
     Reverberating,
    Thundering,
    Deafening,
    This is the voice of God ... and there is a power to be harnessed in it.
    To be near Him is to sufficiently drown out the voice of deficient man and become supernaturally infused with His power.
    When the voice of God becomes so deafening that we cannot hear what others are saying to us or about us ...
    We are in the place called holiness.

    We must stay there,
    Remain there,
    Listen.
    To hear Him is to be silent, in an understood and reverent recognition of the magnitude of His glory and holiness.
    The sound of God's presence is His own,
    It is an experience to be had by those listening.
    And through His voice,
     His power is made known;
    His glory is shown.
    To be near Him is simply to hear Him ...
    and say nothing at all.

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    "The voice of the Lord is upon the waters, the God of glory thundereth; the Lord us upon many waters.
    The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
    The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars, yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon ...
    The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire.
    The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.
    The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve and discovereth the forests; and in His temple doth everyone speak of His glory. The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King forever.
    The Lord will give strength unto His people, the Lord will bless His people with peace."
    Psalm 29:3-11
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    Supremely sufficient ... the voice of the Lord.
    Listen to Him.




  • WHAT IF

    WHAT IF
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    What if ....
    The prodigal son based his response to coming home on the older brother's response? What if the older brother's absence at the celebration took such effect on him that he, himself, left the celebration and returned to his former way of life?
    What if shame would have been the guiding force of his life?
    (Luke 15:11-32)

    What if ...
    The blind beggar's response to the demands of others to "be quiet" would have been heeded, while Jesus passed by? What if his mouth would've turned mute and fear of the "unseen" crowds had caused him to be silent?
    What if shame would have been the guiding force of his life?
    (Luke 18:35-43)

    What if ...
    The scandalous woman's response to the whispers and snickers of a few men and a "Simon" would have been her undoing?  What if she would've picked herself up, grabbed the oil, and shot out the door with not a single look back?
    What if shame would have been the guiding force of her life?
    (Luke 7:36-50)
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    What if shame would have been the guiding force of each of these lives?
    Hmmm ...
    We wouldn't have a testimony.
    Each individual in our story was encumbered with a life or an experience of shame.
    Shame had to be overcome in order for a miracle to happen ...
    And it was.

    Each of these courageous individuals crossed over the line of shame and into the peripheral of hopeful possibility because Jesus became their focal point.
    Fixed on the reality of Jesus, they forged ahead.
    Those who tried to silence them only buoyed them up more and:
    Beautifully,
    Wonderfully,
    Majestically,
    Heroically,
    But not surprisingly ...
    Jesus does something amazing and each of these individuals is catapulted into an unspeakable, unshakeable, unmistakeable, unforgettable experience with Him.
    God be praised for the testomonies of these individuals:
    -The prodigal is blessed with a celebratory feast, adorned with a robe, and sealed with a ring.
    -The blind man's life is restored, his vision is recovered, his begging days are over, and a glorious testimony follows him everywhere.
    -The scandalous woman is forgiven, her worship is held in high esteem, her ability to love is outstanding, and her intimacy with Christ is off the charts.
    Mmmmm.
    We have to love what Christ can do, my friend.
    He's just so beautiful ...
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    What brought "you" to this site is anyone's guess but it is believed this "one" is for you.
    Linger on the reality of Christ's love for you,
    His death for you,
    His desire for you.
    Resist the urge to heed the voice of shame ... and make Christ your focal point.
    Everything changes when you make it to Him.
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    "Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away,
    Behold, all things are become new."
    2 Corinthians 5:17
  • EVERY DETAIL

    EVERY DETAIL
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    For things I would have wanted not,
    Yet things I would not change;
    For much that’s come into my life,
    And much that’s rearranged.

    For lessons learned and trials sent,
    For heartache and for pain;
    For mountains hard to navigate,
    For new and straight terrain.

    For holy hands that hold my own,
    And One who knows my way;
    For transformation taking place,
    And mercy every day.

    For pure and undefiled love,
    And nothing left to chance;
    For sifting every detail of my life,
    Through holy hands.

     For things I would have wanted not,
    Yet things I would not change;
    I’m thankful, simply thankful,
    For the much that’s rearranged.
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    “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning;
    Great is Thy faithfulness.”
    Lamentations 3:22-23

  • EARNEST CONCENTRATION

     EARNEST CONCENTRATION
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    "The prospect of being hanged concentrates a man's mind wonderfully."
    -Samuel Johnson

    Whatever Christ induces in our lives to provoke an earnest concentration of Himself is most worthy of praise.
    Difficulty, calamity, catastrophe, and the appointment of intense testing provides an unbelievable and incomparable "channeling" of the internal man.
    Seeming impediments, in our lives, catapult faith's development and serve as glorious growth contributors in their end.
    Give thanks, my friend, for the provoking of growth in your soul and the "means" which God has used to induce it.
    Be it ...
    Relational,
    Vocational,
    Emotional,
    Financial,
    Physical,
    or
    Mental:
    Be sure that the arena being provoked in your life is intended to invoke a more earnest concentration of Christ.
    Beautiful.
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    "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."
    2 Corinthians 4:17-18





  • LITTLE BRETT JAMES

    LITTLE BRETT JAMES
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Brett James ...
    My eldest brother was born and relieved of earth before my time began, and yet his little life holds a collection of thoughts within me.
     Surviving only a few short months, the little mementos and reminders given me of his life on earth are priceless, precious tokens which quietly satisfy and draw me.
    Reflections of Brett James:
     -He has reached heaven's gates before me.
    -He has witnessed heaven's glory before me.
    -He is experiencing the nearness of Christ without me.
    -One day he will adore my Christ with me.
    -Together we will worship our God.
    That will be heaven.
    The message of his life does not speak to me of morbidity but of fortitude and challenge to  think longingly in a vertical direction while on earth.
    Little Brett James helps me in my endeavor to do this ... and my longing to meet him intensifies.
    So does my yearning to be with Jesus.
    God be praised for all that speaks to us about brevity on earth and longevity of heaven.
    ----
    As Memorial Day approaches, flower arrangements are purchased, gravesides are visited, and memories surface, allow yourself to linger on the realities of what's coming and not what is.
    There's so much more;
    hold out a little bit longer ...
    Your time is coming.
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    "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself, that where I am, there ye may be also."
    John 14:3
  • THE QUESTION

    THE QUESTION
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    The question was recently placed before twenty individuals,"

    "What surprises you most about God?"
    As the provoking answers returned, the realization hit me, that each individual was speaking from their present life situation into their "view" of God. It really was quite an insightful exercise.
    Here are a few of your answers.
    What surprises you most about God?
    -That He would choose to use me and that He still loves me.
    -His unconditional love for me.
    -His amazing grace.
    -His care and faithfulness evidenced in the tiny details of our lives.
    -How He smooths the way, and it all works out for good.
    -That He cares about me.

    -His protection over my son in a recent accident.
    -His faithfulness, even when I'm not.
    -That God remembers the places of our hurt and redeems them.
    -That He keeps His word.

    -That He calls us to Himself, no matter what we have done or not done.
    -That He doesn't strike more people with lightening.
    -I don't know.
    -That prayers are never void, they don't expire. It may take ten years, it may be a "no," but they are never unanswered.
    -That He loves without condition. No hidden strings attached. No "gotcha" moments.

    -That He is unrelenting in His pursuit of us. 
    The last response is mine and, indeed, speaks to my present life situation.
    What would be "your" answer?
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    The personalness of God is extraordinary.
    In God's vastness, He relates to our smallness.
    In God's glory, He welcomes our weakness.
    In God's greatness, He receives our nothingness.
    God is extraordinarily good,
    Exceptionally wise,
    Sovereignly in control,
    And of gentle and merciful eyes.
    Worthy of our adoration ... there is none to be compared with Him.
    Get alone with the Christ and love on Him.
    He loves "you" so.
    Amen.
    ----
    "O Lord, Thou hast searched me, and known me."
    Psalm 139:1



  • OBTAIN THE TREASURE

    OBTAIN THE TREASURE
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field."
    Luke 13:44
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    Have you ever experienced the finding of a "treasure" of such magnitude that it ...
    Seizes you,
    Takes hold of you,
     Emphatically changes you,
     And governs the course of your entire life?
    Have you ever been consumed by such extraordinary spiritual "wonder" that you cannot contain it and do not wish to?
    ----
    Oh ... that Christ would be formed in us, in such engaging and increasing manner and measure that all else would seem valueless to us;
    That the treasure of knowing and possessing Christ would exceedingly grow to a measure that cannot be defined or confined;
    That the contour of the soul would take the shape of the Lover of the soul and be utterly consumed by a burning "want" of more.
    This is what it is to know Christ.
    The effect of redemption is to fill the heart with an inexpressable joy and gladness that cannot be harnessed, hindered, or held back ... and exhausts itself in its grateful expression to others.
    There is so much more to adore in Christ;
    And treasure we've yet to obtain.
    Pursue Him with all of your being ...
    And let Him fill you with wonder.



      
  • TELL THE STORY

     TELL THE STORY

    "Our impulse to tell the salvation story arises from listening to the heartbeat of the risen Jesus within us. Telling the story does not require that we become ordained ministers or flamboyant street corner preachers, nor does it demand that we try to convert people by concussion with one sledgehammer blow of the Bible after another. It simply means we share with others what our lives used to be like, what happened when we met Jesus, and what our lives are like now.

    The true self is not cowed into timidity. Buoyed up and carried on by a power greater than one's own, the true self finds basic security in the awareness of the present risenness of Jesus Christ. Jesus, rather than self, is always the indispensable core of ministry. The moment we acknowledge that we are powerless, we enter into the liberating sphere of the risen One and we are freed from anxiety over the outcome."
    -Brennan Manning
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    We tell the story of Jesus because it is what we are made to do.
    We tell the story ... because He tells us to.
    You are the "poster child" of redemption;
    Let Him use you.
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    "I am the vine, ye are the branches; He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing."
    John 15:5

  • THINGS THAT MATTER

    THINGS THAT MATTER
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    A little hand slipped into mine,
    A dandelion bouquet,
    Little words like, “Thank you, Mom,”
    Are things that make my day.

    Taking time to read a book,
    With you upon my lap;
    Listening while you sing a song,
    And little hands that clap.

    Puckered lips that whistle blow,
    And learning how to wink;
    Watching you develop
    And respecting how you think.

    Finding you a band-aid,
    For the hurt I cannot see;
    Looking at a part of you,
    And seeing a part of me.

    Footsteps padding down the stairs
    For one more hug and kiss;
    These things that matter most to me,
    One day I’m going to miss.

    Help me, Lord, to not regret
    The memories left today;
    In my preoccupation,
    Help me stop for child’s play.

     A privilege being a mother,
    Things that matter most to me;
    A little hand slipped into mine,
    And eyes that help me see.

  • GPS

    GPS
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt


    My propensity for getting lost is something akin to amazing and the only reason I arrive at a given point is because of my faithful GPS. I find comfort in the familiar and distinct female voice that lets me know I am on the "Fastest route possible."
    I enjoy the journey so much more with the knowledge that the GPS knows where I am in relation to where I'm going and, if followed faithfully, will complete my travels with the words,
    "You have arrived at your destination."
    I appreciate knowing that if I choose to get off on an exit, for any reason, my GPS is immediately employing a rerouting of my journey.
    While I feel the language could be a bit more entertaining at times and a little bit of "color" might be contributed to the tone inflection, I'm grateful that the days of the road map are over and that I'm living in the days of GPS.
    -----
    Look over the paragraph above for a moment and imagine that we exchange Global Positioning System for God's Positioning System and let's see how much applies to the spiritual arena:
    Man's propensity for getting lost is something akin to amazing and the only reason we arrive at a given point is because of God's Positioning System. We can find comfort in the absolute and unchangeable truths that line the pages of His word and in the Spirit's prompt which lets us know with repeated assurance,
     "Obedience is the best route possible,"
    though not always the fastest.
    The journey is enjoyed so much more with the knowledge that God knows where we are in relation to where we're going and, if followed faithfully, will accompany us on a journey with timely truths, encouraging words, and countless corrections given in love, to aid us in our navigation home.
    We can appreciate knowing that if we get lost or choose to exit where we shouldn't have exited, that God will show Himself faithful and reroute us ... in order to get us to our true and final destination.
    We can appreciate knowing that our final destination does not appear on the Global Positioning System because it's bigger than that;
    It's an eternal Kingdom that will not rust, fade, or pass away, and made to last for forever.
      God's Positioning System is the only system that leads man home.
    We can be thankful for a positioning system that's bigger than ourselves and bigger than the one which gets us only to an earthly address.
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    Regardless of where you find yourself, my friend, shut out the voices that surround you and tune into God's Positioning System. Open up His word and trust the "prompting of the Spirit" to take you from where you are to where you need to be. God will utilize methods of  rerouting as agents of refining, and "with you,"
     He will make the journey home.
    "You are on the safest route possible."
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    "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path."
    Psalm 119:105


     





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