By: Darrelyn L. TuttCourage is an expression of activated confidence in the Lord;And trials and testings, the landscape by which she grows and is made manifest.Until we deal honestly with our cowardly and self-preserving side, we cannot hope to become much or attain much on the spiritual side.Christ desires that His bride act courageously in her acknowledgement of truth,And He supports those who fight valiantly in the upholding of it.Barak's battle is every man's battle ...And the "Deborah's" will surely prevail.*Be blessed and inspired by today's devotional on the "31 October Study."-----"Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might."Ephesians 6:10
SWEETEST THE RAYSBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
The greater the odds stacked against me,The higher my heart seems to soar;The stronger becomes the resistance,The strength that is only … the more.Surely the woes of affliction,The strain of adversity great;Is merely the sign of a pruning,A marking and sealing of fate.Look on the man with the sorrow,Not with a pity or strain;But see how his pathway is straightened,Thrust by the springboard of pain.
O for the heights that do tower,That teach us the lessons we learn;And O, for the heart cultivating,The wisdom to rightly discern.
Joy shall be mine in the morning,Sweetest the rays of the sun;On he who has walked through the darkness,And waits … for the morning to come.------“But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble."Psalm 37:39Beautiful and Amen.
WONDERFULLY GOODBy: Darrelyn L. TuttTo learn something new and share it with others is decidedly, wonderfully good to me.This morning as I was "googling" an old Sunday School song, I learned accidentally that the words I'd learned as a child were merely the smaller lines of a great hymn.Blessed by the weighty stanzas, I offer them as a contribution to your day supposing they will inspire you as they have me.-----DARE TO BE A DANIELBy: Philip B. Bliss
Standing by a purpose true,Heeding God's command,Honor them, the faithful few,All hail to Daniel's band.Refrain:Dare to be a Daniel,Dare to stand alone;Dare to have a purpose true;Dare to make it known.Many mighty men are lost,Daring not to stand;Who for God had been a host,By joining Daniel's band.
Many giants great and tall,Stalking through the land;Headlong to the earth would fall,If met by Daniel's band.
Hold the Gospel banner high,On to victory grand;Satan and his hosts defy,And shout for Daniel's band.-----Consider:Daniel's will to be obedient to God overshadowed his desire to be favored by men.When God becomes our primary audience and our lives revolve around a "resolve" for Him, all things around us are ordered and made clear.Praise be to our God.
BECAUSE OF HIMBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Our greatest weakness is our perceived strength and our greatest strength is our understood weakness.Apart from Christ we can do nothing,We have nothing,We are nothing.But in Him,Because of Him,Through Him …-His strength becomes ours and we are made whole.-Fleshly weakness fades and spiritual strength prevails.This is the beginning of spiritual transformation;Where we recognize no strength but His.In Christ the possibilities are endless and the impossibilities are made void.Look to Him, and not to yourself or others for your spiritual strength and mobility.What He chooses to accomplish through you and me,Is worth living and dying for.When His glory becomes our story ...True life begins.----2 Corinthians 12:9
Please move out of the way so He can make His way toward them.That's what He came for.His church.-----"To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace."Ephesians 1:6-7
OBSCENE WARNINGSBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
I’m in such a lather exhausting myself on the opening of an aluminum casing pill package that I’m ready to take an Advil for my headache.Gosh and golly … for packaging these days.And then the obscene warnings:-If you put this in your eye socket instead of your mouth, you might experience pain and discomfort.-If you inhale this up your nostrils instead of swallowing it, you may experience dismal effects in the sinus region.-If you experience a heart-attack, stroke, severe allergic reaction, or begin to convulse, you should consider seeing a Doctor.Hmmm …What creatures have we become to induce warnings such as these on basic products utilized?What money-crazed ridiculous attempts have driven companies to have to display such words and defining on their products?------Consider:God offered us a detailed message of grace through “derailed” sinful lives in the Old Testament.Character studies that seem “off-the-charts” gross, weird, and crazed, grace the pages of God’s holiness and find their way in the lines of “God breathed material.”Sometimes it seems really crazy to me;Like many of the characters composed in the Bible are a display of “visual obscene warnings” comparable to the strange warnings given on packaging.Do such lives really happen?Do perverts, predators, prostitutes, prodigals, and profligates of every kind get to seriously be immersed in things like holy geneologies and God's precious and holy Word?-----Hmmm …All that God has selected to share with us;His repeated attempts and desires to display to us what we look like apart from Him are really quite something.And then ….What we become because of Him remains the greatest mystery of all.-----If ever a need arose for mouthfuls of Advil,Mortal man has surely given it to the Immortal God.But He keeps at it …He keeps loving us,Drawing us,Gathering our wayward hearts to His holy heart,And rendering us worthy of the cross,His Son’s blood,Desirous of hearing the heartbeat of eternity beating within us.----It’s just such a mystery:God’s unchanging and never-ending love …For you and me.We must not forget who we are apart from Him.----“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgements and His ways past finding out!”Romans 11:33
EXPOSUREBy: Darrelyn L. TuttWhen attempts to hide self and preserve position finally give way to the weightier thing called conviction, remarkable things happen.Exposure of our darkest realities,Acknowledgement of our deepest depravities,Confession of our darkest sins,Admittance of our human frailties,Does not remove us from entering into God’s grace, but rather, ushers us into it.Until pride is laid down and fear of man is relinquished,There is no freedom into this marvelous thing called grace.We must relieve ourselves of all attempts to hide our darkness in the darkness … and step confidently into the transformative power of Christ’s light.For where there is light there is hope,And where there is light there is life,And where there is life,There is Christ.A new day emerges for the contrite:A doorway of hope ...In purest light.-----“For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."John 3:19-20and"Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."Ephesians 5:10-11
HELP MEBy: Darrelyn L. TuttFaithful Father, In accordance with Your will these requests are presented:For fidelity of spirit in union with You,For fervor, For favor,I want more of You.O God, help me love You much more than I do.Grant these desires,I beg You.Amen.----“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God.”Psalm 42:1
By: Darrelyn L. TuttEach of us must contend with this dastardly, ghastly, grotesque creature called self.Enflamed by every kind of insatiable lust, self imposes itself into every moment of our waking hours.For men to ask, how men could commit vile acts, is a great mystery to me.Haven't we all got something so sick lurking within ourselves that we shudder at our capacity for evil in some arena?Hmmm ...-Could we be done with the ridiculous attempts to make "ourselves" a standard?-Could we be done with portraying "ourselves" as images of success and perfection?-Could we be done with acting like "we're" something when we're really nothing ... apart from Christ.-----When we finally arrive at the intersection of our vileness and decrepitness;When we finally see ourselves for what we are instead of what we want to be;When we finally become truthful about ourselves,The truth of God finally escapes and He makes Himself known to us.We become what Christ intended us to be,We become alive and live as truly free ...When we come naked.When we commit our true dark selves to God;His light breaks in.------A truthful reality check:"Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me."Psalm 51:5
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