BRIMMING WITH POSSIBILITYBy: Darrelyn L. TuttToday is a new day brimming with possibility, potential, and hope.Yesterday is over.Let God fill your cup, fill you up, and satisfy you.Open up His word and tap into the unending reservoir of His grace, mercy, and love; Allow Him to fill you up with His unlimited compassion, kindness, and forgiveness.Spend time with the One who loves you, knows you, and chose you.Hold tightly, and don’t forsake, the One who holds your life in His hands,And desires to extend new life to others through you.You are His, Your lot is sure, Your purpose secure.Christ has got His hold on you and He wants to fill you to the full with His goodness.Let your soul be satisfied in Him ...Commune with Him.------"O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance."Psalm 16:5-6
WHAT WOULD HAPPENBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt"What would happen if we holed up in an upper room, knelt at an altar, or locked ourselves in a prayer closet and said, 'I'm not coming out until I receive the gift my Father promised.' I'll tell you what would happen: Pentecost would happen all over again.You cannot plan Pentecost. It's not like Peter woke up on the day of Pentecost and had 'speaking in tongues' on his to-do list. He didn't plan on baptizing three thousand people that day. But if you pray for ten days, Pentecost is bound to happen."-Mark Batterson------Challenged by Mark Batterson's "Draw the Circle," I've been incorporating people and specific prayer requests into my life circling specific arenas of life.Right now seven godly women are encircling a "Jericho" with me with a desire to see walls fall and God's sacred redemptive glory appear in 40 days of committed prayer.It's happening even now;I perceive it.-God is glorified when we empty ourselves "of ourselves" and seek to promote Him and His glory alone.-God is glorified when we seek nothing but Him ... from Him.-God is glorified when we subject ourselves to the terms of true surrender required by Him and seek nothing but His glory in our lives.-----Direct your thoughts to the story and glory of God and ask Him to display His glory to you through praise, adoration, and fixed prayer.Do as you are led.Watch what "He" does. And prepare to be amazed.------"My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise.For Thy mercy is great unto the heavens and Thy truth unto the clouds. Be Thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Thy glory be above all the earth."Psalm 57:7;10-11
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.
Oh for the heights that do tower,That teach us the lessons we learn;And oh, 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.-------“Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away; and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you."John 15:2-3
*Sometimes I do a study that rises emphatically above the others in my soul; this is one of them.Be blessed and consider the grace of God.YAH AND THE JAWBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt"And he found a new jawbone of a donkey, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith. And Samson said, 'With the jawbone of a donkey, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of of a donkey have I slain a thousand men.' And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramathlehi. And he was sore athirst, and called on the Lord and said, 'Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of Thy servant; and now shall I die of thirst and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?' But God clave a hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof Enhakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day. And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years."Judges 15:14-20Today's Read: Judges 15; Hebrews 11-------If you don't find the Bible a penetrating, probing, provoking "read," I'm not quite sure what can be done for you. The story of YAHWEH (Hebrew name for God,) is so fantastic on every level that it's nothing short of miraculous that we should be entrusted with it and led into relationship through it with a holy God.Think on it, my friend:-Consider God's holy character and then consider the unholy "cast" He chooses and selects to commune with throughout the Bible.-Reflect on His righteousness and then reflect on the rebels, rejects, and renegades He responds and relates to throughout the Bible.-Think on the sovereignty and absolute authority of God and then think on the foolish, frail, fickle minds of men and His desire to "desire" them.Start to finish, God is just crazy good, amazing to His creation.None of what He does makes "holy" sense.God is too good for us,Too much for us,Too loving to us,Too holy for us.Hence, this is why He must do all the "finished work" for us.This is why I love my Savior so ...Let all God's people say, "Amen."------God isn't afraid of controversial figures or controversial issues.I suppose He's not afraid because He was the One who enlisted a solution to the controversies ... which was Jesus (His Beloved Holy One.) When we can get our small minds wrapped around His redemptive love then magnificent things happen and we start to see God, His character, and the characters He uses as a witness and a testimony to His utter greatness.Today's passage provides three lessons:1) God can use anything and anyone, at any time and at any place, for His glory. The jawbone of a donkey, in the hands of a man like Samson, proved to be an effective military tool that would make a "Smith and Wesson" look like a child's toy. Samson was filled with a supernatural power from God that allowed him an unreasonable power against Israel's formidable enemy, the Philistines.Hmmm ...Likewise, the availability of resources at our disposal, though they may appear weak, insignificant, and ineffective, support the superior notion of God's unlimited strength and might.Give no regard to your weaknesses but that they serve as a double exclamation to God's glory.End of Story.2) God is all about His glory yet He cares about the story of you and me.Samson had been played by others and he had played others.He had judged Israel for twenty years and men are still judging him today.It's a curious thing, isn't it?God also places him in the famous chapter of Hebrews 11, "Hall of Faith.Hmmm ...YAHWEH doesn't do things man's way; He's got His own way.He's a controversial figure filled with controversial, committed love.He's undefinable and indescribable.He's my God and I love Him.I hope you do too.Blessed are the servants of God who know themselves to be nothing and know Him to be a very remarkable something.Who speak to His name and love Him with true affection.Samson loved God and experienced a "side of God" that few of us are privy to.It's enough to bless and encourage me wonderfully.Pay attention to a "jawbone" in the hands of a Samson.It's faith inspiring.3) Thirst can only be satisfied by God.Samson slew a thousand men and yet lacked the strength to quench his own physical thirst. Throwing the lifeless jawbone down, he sees no availability of water, and he thinks he's going to die for lack of it.God picks up the "lifeless jawbone" and He finds another use for it;He "carves" a hollow in the jawbone and makes water come out of it.I'm absolutely, enthusiastically delighted over this mystical wonderful act on God's part.Mmmm ....YAH and the jaw.A beautiful fit and a nice closure to the Hero of my story.God be praised ...What He can do with a jawbone.------Three Study Suggestions:1) Delight yourself in today's passages. Reconstruct the "scene" and engage with Christ about it. It's really very wonderful and He'll lead you to new realities through it.2) Delight yourself in the true message of the Gospel and ask God to "carve out" a hollow in the "lifeless jawbone of your soul" that you might drink from Him and be revived in Him once again.3) Satisfy your thirst in Jesus. It's really tempting to look to visible sources for invisible soul filling but, I can tell you first hand, apart from Christ we're all dry jawbones and nothing more.Look to YAHWEH ...And live.
A DOORWAY OF HOPEBy: Darrelyn L. TuttWhen attempts to hide self and preserve position finally give way to the weightier thing called truth, 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.A new day emerges for the contrite;A Doorway of Hope …In purest light.-----“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. And there I will give her, her vineyards, and make the Valley of Achor (trouble) a door of hope. And there shall she answer as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.”Hosea 2:14-15
HE LEADETH MEBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
My heart is led by an able hand,How it works with me,I don’t understand.I don’t claim to know,How the sea divides;But it does for me,And my God provides.
Surely I will hope in unfailing love,For I do perceive from His hand above;That He knows my way,And appoints the sea;And it will divide,For He’s promised me.
So I rest my hope in His able hand,For He leadeth me to a Promised Land,I don’t claim to know,How the sea divides;But it will for me …For my God provides.------“Thy way is in the sea, and Thy path in the great waters, and Thy footsteps are not known.”Psalm 77:19
Playing chauffeur for my husband, who was suffering with an abscessed tooth, we drove to Huron, SD, where he does his dental work.Since we arrived at the dental office on fumes and prayers, my husband directed me to go immediately for a gas fill.One must remember that the severe snowfall over the weekend had a profound impact on driving. Snow is hoisted up like piles of Everest down the medians and slippery ice spots are difficult to see.To put it mildly, driving was a mess in the downtown district.Hmmm ...Working to gain momentum and get across the busy intersection, my tires hit a patch of solid road followed by a patch of icy road and I flew across to the other side of the road, performing a complete 180 degree, death defying "skid" in the process.Two four-wheel drive trucks were driving toward me with enough traffic behind them to lead a graveyard procession.I swear those boys were working in unison ... almost like they saw me before I entered.Simultaneously adjusting their brakes slowly, they kept the traffic behind them and somehow managed to give me time to "right my vehicle" and move in the right direction.I wanted to hug them, stop and tell them thank you, but I never got the chance.-------It was one of those head-pounding, heart-stopping moments where the "shakes" are yours for the rest of the day and you realize how close you came to experiencing something fatal.God be praised ...For such tender grace.God be praised for seasoned drivers who tempered my possible fatality with wisdom in applying the brakes at just the right speed and at just the right time and came to my rescue.It was God at work in them,It was God at work in me,I gave Him praise.------Over and over again in our lives, God provides "drivers" in our lives who come to our aid.Over and over again, if we really stop and look, we can turn and see agents of God's grace at work on our behalf protecting us, purifying us, providing safety for us on our passage "home."Over and over again we are given cause to experience the "shakes," which cause us to experience the God of glory in a new way, with the realization that apart from Him, we are simply one small fatality away from losing something or someone very precious.It's God's grace which redemptively and repeatedly restores us,Redirects us,And returns us ...To our Redeemer.Let all men rejoice whom He lovingly turns around.God be praised for His redemption in our 180's.------
When we are perplexed with doubts concerning the methods of Providence, are tempted to think that it is fate, and not a wise God that governs the world, then we must set ourselves upon the tower, to see if we can discover that which will silence the temptation and solve the difficulties, must go into the sanctuary of God, and there labor to understand the end of these things. When we have been at prayer, pouring out our complaints and requests before God, we must carefully observe what answers God gives by His word, His Spirit, and His providences."-Matthew Henry
Tender thoughts of little Willow.
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