THE FIRST THING
“Nothing cramps the freedom of the soul to a greater degree than the fear of what others will think and say. The first thing to be done after taking the narrow way is to shut the world out of consideration and look only to the approval of God.”-William Ullathorne-----
MY STRENGTHBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
My strength is the Lion of Judah,His scepter shall never depart;He reigns as a righteous Redeemer,And lives as the King of my heart.
My hope is a holy Sustainer,A giver of all that is free;A river of life-giving power,That washes the blood over me.
O God of the ages, Jehovah,Sufficient in power and might;Magnificent Master and Maker,Omnipotent Ruler of light.
Heir of the promise, eternal,I claim the inheritance mine;My strength is the Lion of Judah,My portion …. A Kingdom divine.-------
“And one of the elders said unto me, ‘Weep not, behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.’”Revelation 5:5
RAIN-WALKBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
The shower falls gentle and I must walk.I lift my face toward the sky and feel the raindrops fall and mingle with my tears.The pain still so raw at times,So fresh,So intense.To know pain,Grow familiar with it,Derive a strange comfort within it.A maturity mixed with emotion, gathering words at her core, and constructing conversation with God from them.A free-falling, life-giving flow of intimate exchange occurring on my “rain-walk.”Inaudible mercy falling soft,Healing me.The derivation of deep character is founded on the premise of deep pain.I know this to be true …I know God to be having His way with me.The rain must fall,And the tears soft, flow.The mingling of the soul with mercy's rain ...The Father's cleansing.-----
MORE TO COMEBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Pain is a universal language,Everyone understands it.So is hope …And everyone needs it.There’s so much more to come,Hold out for it.-----“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”1 Peter 1:13
"Repentance is in every view so desirable, so necessary, so suited to honor God, that I seek that above all. The tender heart, the broken and contrite spirit, are to me far above all the joys that I could ever hope for in this vale of tears. I long to be in my proper place, my hand on my mouth, and my mouth in the dust ... I feel this to be safe ground. Here I cannot err ... He will not despise the broken and contrite heart."-----And the place, called repentance, which so many of us try to escape is an entrance into true companionship with Christ and the richest of fellowship with a few.Somehow, the repentant find one another and are magnetized by the cohesive force of grace and Christ at work within.There can be no explanation for this but the power of God.-----"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise."Psalm 51:17
HIS MYSTERIOUS WAYBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
God takes messed up,Marked up,Broken lives,and He works His mysterious way into them ...And does something supernatural through them.That’s just the way God is.------"But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are. That no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption."1 Corinthians 1:27-30
IN A MOMENTBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
There came into my life, in a moment, a choice to be made.I felt myself at a distinct crossroad where the decision I must make would hold life altering consequences, one way or another.Questioning the sufficiency of my strength, I realized I didn’t possess enough.Questioning the sufficiency of God’s strength, I knew He had enough.So I went with Him, followed Him, and put all of the weight of the thing ... on Him.And something of Him got put into me:An infusion of grace met me in my “soul suffering" season and, in that place, I learned more of Christ.It wasn’t a fun place and it wasn’t an easy place but my soul heard His voice ... and I made a choice:I chose more of Him.He's honored the choice:Instead of talking about a peace that passes all understanding, He has supplied me with it.Instead of talking about my faith, He has helped me to live it.Instead of talking about obedience, He has helped me to perform what He has asked.The purity of God beckons me.The holiness of God draws me.The love of God captivates me … and I know that I want Him more than I want anything or anyone in this life.I have made my choice …And “that” choice has made all the difference.------“Thus saith the Lord,Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.”Jeremiah 6:16
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