FOLLOW HIMBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Where Christ lays conviction in the heart … obedience must follow.Put nothing off of what God shows you.Begin to implement, with immediacy, what God has given you to fulfill;Put muscle and heart into it.Attention to discomfort and cost … give none.Attention to how big or little the thing is … give none.Just do the thing you’re called to do and trust the Lord to help you.Do not forfeit eternal blessing for temporal comfort;Do not forfeit eternal peace for fleeting pleasure.Do not resign yourself to a life of mediocrity or shoulder close with those who do.Excellence for Christ is a worthy attainment.Where Christ lays conviction on your heart, be obedient, and follow Him;He will take you to places you've never been.He wants "more" of you;Give Him all of you ...Follow Him.-----"Thy Word is true from the beginning; and every one of Thy righteous judgments endureth forever."Psalm 119:160
HE BREATHESBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Oh heart so bruised and sorely worn,A comfort blows your way;The Savior knows and mends the heart,Desiring to obey.
He breathes a breath and all is new,Where heartache should arise;A healing balm is placed upon,The soul … that sanctifies.
O for the grace that freely flows,In this I will rejoice:No plan of man nor sleight of hand,Can still my Savior's voice.
Though heart should grieve I will believe,God takes our deepest pain;And joy shall come and rivers flow,And fill the tender plain.
------“I will open rivers in desolate heights, and fountains in the midst of valleys;I will make the wilderness a pool of water,and the dry land springs of water.”Isaiah 41:18
IN COLORBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
It is such a strange necessary work God does in our hearts …One can never quite guess what He might draw out of us and call out of us next.Individuals who consider the Christian life to be dull, mundane, and stoic, are likely to have never experienced it ...The personalness of it I mean.It is no ho-hum, dum-ditty-dum business,This breath-taking supernatural intimacy with God …With His Christ:It is real and true,Good and strong,Deep and intense,Expressive and impassioned.Communion with a holy being so surpassing our littleness that we cannot be normal and like the others when He is actively engaged with us.Christ is like ….A living kaleidoscope in the soul, with the lens being turned 1000 times, and the colors diverging, merging, separating, and coming together;All coming at you in this imagery and within a context of expanding vibrant intimacy that articulation and expression of it seems an impossibility.O, my sweet Savior be praised.You are glorious,Majestic,And too good for words.For every single thing I ought to be but fail to be,You love me.For every single sin that I have ever committed and will ever commit,You love me.The heavens declare the glory of God and my soul simply wonders …In color.------“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.”Psalm 19:1-3
Of Jesus ... I cannot get enough.-----"My soul followeth hard after Thee;Thy right hand upholdeth me."Psalm 63:8
Beautiful women, hands linked together forming a chain, encircling,Dancing around me.Two women dividing, hands outstretched, inviting me into the circle.And I know right then, that I'm not alone,I dance with them,And I've found my home ...Among them.Crisis intertwining and breeding a comfort in the circle.Lives interlinked by raw beautiful truths,The rhythm of pain in the dance.Felt in the deep and the touch of the hands.No fear of reprisal or being let go;Honesty, truth,In a powerful hold.Such a mystery.Intermingling, refining, the broken and beautiful;Watching them dance as one.Choreography written by Christ.Contours of courage and character, The movement of "in sync" souls;Confession .. the intimate link.The circle extends to the honest and real;And the dance is a dance that will help you to heal.Come inside.Take ahold ... of my hand.-----"He hath made everything beautiful in His time; also, He hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end."Ecclesiastes 3:11
To be loved and unknown, Happens with regularity.To be known … and then loved;That is another matter entirely.-Darrelyn L. Tutt
THE GIANT WILL FALLBy: Darrelyn L. TuttBattles are fought and won by the Lord. Where we know ourselves to be weak … God reveals Himself as our strength.When we know ourselves to be vulnerable … God displays His power and might.When we see ourselves as subject to God’s authority and power we witness a most magnificent display of His authority and power.He is mighty to save, mighty to deliver, and true to His character and word.God will supply and aid you with whatever is needed to fight the battle that is engaged against you. You will be sufficiently equipped at the right moment with the right weaponry.The giant will fall, the sword will be still, and God will prevail in the end.Gather the stones and pull back the sling … and stand in the strength of the Lord.The battle belongs to the Lord.-----Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in his shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine.… So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. Then David put his hand in his bag and took a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David.1 Samuel 17: 40,48-50
THIS CRAZY JOURNEYBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
What if my deepest desire is to speak a comfort through my crisis that speaks to another in theirs?What if my deepest desire becomes to be consumed with the glory of God and not my own.What will happen as my pride dies,Self is crucified,And Christ becomes the more?What will happen as God translates my need for man’s approval and subjects it only to His?-----Ahhh …I think we’re getting somewhere;This crazy journey where the end of “me” marks the beginning of “He.”Where my soul finally finds its rest,And settles itself on the lees of a settled and atoned grace.Where Christ's defense of me is my surety and certainty;And what He speaks to me ... becomes what matters most to me.We cannot know what God can do until we give ourselves over to Him.And the things which look to be but pain and loss,Are the very things which lead us to the cross.And wherever He leads ...That's where I'm going.Come with me.-----
IF GOD HAS CALLED YOUBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Should we do something rightly if we’re thinking wrongly?Should motivations that are less than pure …Seize us,Slow us,Stop us,Sequester a beautiful noble deed we feel compelled and called by Christ to perform?Should motivations guide our course of obedience,Rule our conduct,Determine our activity?-----I think not.-----How shallow the spiritual life would be if motivations were the guiding rule.Motivations are generally composed ofA concoction of Impure,Improper,Selfish,Faulty,Impregnated thoughts surrounding self.As long as we are human, our motivations for performing even the most noble of deeds is suspect.This is why it is so important to follow the course of God’s word and be obedient, regardless of whether we feel motivated or not, regardless of whether our motivations are entirely pure or not.God’s word trumps our motives and must be heeded.------If God has called you to a thing,Don’t allow a knowledge of “selfish motivation” to prevent you from doing the thing.Trust God to purify your motives and ask Him to be glorified through you and to you in the process.Confess before Him, continually, all the falseness that flows from your frailty and trust God that His Spirit will work … in spite of you.To be aware of all that is not well within you suggests the Spirit’s work mightily at work within you.Let this reality settle you and encourage you.God will continue to:Use you,Empower you,Surround you,Lead you.God retains the power to “overpower” all that is not right within you.To Him be all glory.Amen.-----
“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”James 4:17
READY TO BEGINDarrelyn L. Tutt
God is the most curious, mysterious being I have ever met.When I give up and render myself entirely unfit;He is lifted up and whispers,We’re ready to begin.-----"Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable."Psalm 145:3
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