It's really a very strange matter.Why does the truth make us so afraid?Consider:"God is a Spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth."John 4:24-----*Chuck Colson is a provoking and excellent subject study;Look him up and be blessed by God's extraordinary use of him.-Join me on the " October 31 Study."I want "you" along...
O Thou before whose eyes all human hearts lie bare and open, forbid that I should seek to hide from Thee anything that I have this day done or thought or imagined. What must forever be hidden from the knowledge of others, that let me now openly acknowledge in Thy presence. What no proper shame kept me from committing, that let no false shame keep me from now confessing.O Thou whose tender mercies are over all Thy works, humbly and sorrowfully I crave Thy forgiveness for all my sins this day:For every weakening and defiling thought to which my mind has given harbor.For every word spoken in hastiness or passion.For every failure of self-control.For every stumbling block which by deed or example I have set in another’s way.For every opportunity lost.For every blessing thanklessly received.For loitering feet and a procrastinating will.And grant that, as the days go by, Thy Spirit may more and more rule in my heart, giving me victory over these and all other sinful ways.Amen.-John BaillieA Diary of Private Prayer
WHO LIVES TO TELLBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
The darkest deed you’ve ever done,Will be the greatest battle won,And Christ shall rule the hour.Where sin has proper been exposed,There, light illuminates and grows,In triumph and in power.Tis not a single sin or deed,But that the blood will yet exceed,When once the soul confesses.And all the men on earth shall bear,The cross they made another wear,Yet not the man He blesses.Stand not in fear nor be afraid,Of man who as the tender blade,Shall as the grass soon wither.Tis Christ alone and on His throne,Who consecrates, defends His own,And so shall reign forever.
Immortal shall the mortal be,Who through the blood was sentenced free,As son and heir of glory.Tis by the merciful decree,The captive stands forever free …And lives to tell the story.------“I, even I, am He that comforteth you. Who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass?”Isaiah 51:12
CAN THESE BONES LIVE?By: Darrelyn L. Tutt
“The hand of the Lord God was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones. And caused me to pass by them round about: and behold, there were very many in the open valley, and lo, they were very dry.And He said unto me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ And I answered, ‘O Lord God, Thou knowest.’”Ezekiel 37:1-3------In the most desolate periods of our lives, when we are seated with the corpses of death and situated in the midst of a “dry bones” place,how utterly and impossibly difficult the entire landscape can appear.Yet … out of this landscape and out of death’s valley whispers the witness of the Spirit’s sufficient power and might evoking the question,“Son of man, can these bones live?”------And in this very dry and desolate place …I believe that the voice and power of God will be magnified within the elect, and the megaphone of grace and triumphant life shall be heard, understood, and realized within the hearts and minds of those in affinity with Christ;These shall hear the bones come together and see God’s vast army made alive. Ezekiel’s valley shall spring to life again,And Christ’s redemptive blood shall empower and make fully alive again.And the glory of God will be revealed ...For no other power wields such authority.Redemptive power is a power unto its own; Made alive, Fully alive, In Christ,Through Christ... Alone.-----“… There was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them above, but there was no breath in them.And He said unto me, ‘Prophecy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man and say to the wind, ‘Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.’So I prophesied as He commanded, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.… And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up out of your graves, and shall put My Spirit in you and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, Saith the Lord.”Ezekiel 37:7-10 and 13-14-----“O Lord God, Thou knowest.”Mmmm ...Be empowered by the redemptive power that flows freely from the living Christ and brings life, healing, and vitality to the dry spirit.The dry bones shall live again,The valley shall spring to life,And Redemptive power shall be the theme of those alive in Christ."And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenlies."Ephesians 1:19-20Selah and Amen.Let it be ...-----*Steep yourself in Ezekiel 37 and strength will be given you in the valley.
THROUGH BLANKSBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
The “blanks” quiet me and comfort me in a most strange and unusual way.-----A precious friend of mine opens her Bible study before me and I’m invited to take a look inside and view the questions.But the questions garner no attention from me.Instead I stare at the “blanks” presented me of questions unanswered,And I must know …“Why did you leave “blanks?” I ask my spiritually-seasoned, wise friend.“Because I don’t have the answers,” she softly replies.And all at once, Blanks have never been more powerful to me,And I wonder at this truth afforded me through a moment of such simplicity:More blanks,Fewer answers.And I realize …It’s what I want my life to be.And God be praised,Through "blanks" He speaks to me.-----Psalm 46:10
UNTIL WE KNOW
We do not love one another deeply,Until we know one another deeply.Until we share at a level that supersedes our fears of ...Rejection,Reprisal,and response;We shall know very little about love at all.-Darrelyn L. Tutt-----Ephesians 4:25-32
RECKLESS ABANDON-Darrelyn L. Tutt
Select for your day those things which lead to holiness. Assume full responsibility for your walk with Christ and strive to take in more of Him hourly.Fearlessly, fervently, feverishly, Pursue Christ unapologetically, In reckless abandon,And with everything in you.Let nothing come between you …And the One your soul loves."Reckless abandon typically is applied to actions that are, well, very active. The word "reckon" (to account, to tally, to figure), means without thought to the consequences."Mmmm ...That's just too beautiful.------
NOTHING BETWEENBy: Charles A. Tindley (1905)
Nothing between my soul and my Savior,Naught of this world’s delusive dream;I have renounced all sinful pleasure;Jesus is mine, and there’s nothing between.
Nothing between my soul and my Savior,So that His blessed face may be seen;Nothing preventing the least of His favor;Keep the way clear and let nothing between.Nothing between, like worldly pleasure;Habits of life, though harmless they seem,Must not my heart from Him ever sever;He is my all and there’s nothing between.
Nothing between like pride or station;Self or friends shall not intervene;Though it may cost me much tribulation,I am resolved and there’s nothing between.
Nothing between, e’en many hard trials,Though the whole world against me convene;Watching with prayer and much self-denial,I’ll triumph at last for there’s nothing between.------“I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength.”Psalm 18:1
ALL THREEBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead said unto Ahab, ‘As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, ‘Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.’And it shall be that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith that is before the Jordon. And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. And it came to pass after awhile that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. And the word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon and dwell there; behold I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.’So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering sticks; and he called to her and said, ‘Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel that I may drink.’ And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her and said, ‘Bring me I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.’1 Kings 17:1-11------Elijah was appointed a prophet to Israel during the reign of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel.This wicked “duo” robbed God’s people of internal and eternal blessing by attempting to snuff out all that was good and godly and replace it with idolatry and every form of evil.The drought and famine predicted by Elijah, over the land, for an extended period of time (3 ½ years according to James 5:17,) was a severe consequence given by God to chasten and correct an ungodly nation.In the meantime, the godly prophet, Elijah, is forced to face the consequence of articulating an unpopular and undesirable message and King Ahab and Queen Jezebel have imposed the death penalty on him.He’s a man on the run … not having fun;Life is painful and difficult for Elijah for a season, all because he was obedient.-----Consider the extraordinary unique blessings provided by God to Elijah, in his desperate but obedient state, and allow it to bolster your own faith as you walk with God, and entrust to God, the consequences of your obedience. You may find yourself very surprised by the methods He secures for "you" and provisions He supplies to you, in your time of need.Consider ...-Provision #1: The Brook CherithThe word Cherith means “cutting or ditch.” Little is known about the brook except that it was in a remote and obscure area.Consider how Elijah went from standing before a King to standing before a remote little brook out in the wilderness.And yet God provided and utilized this unlikely little brook as both a haven for hiding and source of drink for Elijah’s physical and spiritual well-being.We never know what little "brook" we may be brought to and what special provision may spring from it.------Provision #2: The RavenThe raven, which brings Elijah bread and flesh in the morning and evening, is of noteworthy significance.Why?Because in Leviticus 11 we find the raven listed as an abominable and unclean fowl … yet God chooses and uses this unlikely and unclean source as His means of provision to secure a godly and law-abiding prophet with the sustenance of bread and meat.This is fascinating, original, and breathtakingly beautiful and speaks to the vast supply of resources at God’s disposal and His unique approach to personalizing Himself to each of us … as we are obedient.God works in mysterious ways and many times “outside of the box.”The “ravens” He provides us with just might surprise us.------Provision #3: The Gentile WidowA man of God did not receive provision from a widow, and most certainly he didn’t seek a “lone” one out in the wilderness, as his reference and stopping point for his chosen haven.A Gentile widow would have been considered outlandish, extremist, and ungodly on all accounts, not to mention that it might have been in the “prophet’s manual” of things “not to do” while traveling alone.This is simply an unspeakable act that would have run contrary to the law at every point.*Note also that the city of Zidon was Jezebel’s stomping ground and where her father reigned as King.Yet, in this literal God-forsaken place, Elijah is secured refuge, safety, and full provision of God.-----All three of these provisions seem so risky, strange, and unusual when viewed against the backdrop of God’s word and His holy character.To get enough of this story … I cannot.On all accounts and in every arena God desires to display to us His sufficiency, glory, and personalness ... with total disregard for the "box" we attempt to place Him in and with committed love to us in response to our obedience to Him.The same God that provided for Elijah will provide for you and me.May we drink from the brook Cherith, be fed by the raven, and dwell securely in whatever Zidon God should place us.Amen.
NOTHING AND EVERYTHINGBy: Darrelyn L. TuttAnd He looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And He also saw a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And He said,“Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all that living that she had.”Luke 21:1-4-----Christ’s eye is drawn to the different one:The vulnerable,Lone,Overlooked,Left-over one.Looking beyond the blindness of the religious, powerful, and wealthy,His eye remains steady and transfixed on the beautiful silent widow.She is loved by Him, known by Him ... Understood by Him.She is a beautiful captivator.“She” is the participant in the crowded audience that garners Christ’s attention;She is the giver who identifies best with His mission.She is the woman who, with deliberate intention, knows how to give in intimate expression.With a single drop of the coin she says nothing and everything all at once …And she is rewarded by the commendation of her Savior.Did she feel Christ’s presence that day so near?I think so.Did she experience the watchful care of the Holy One upon her?I’m guessing she experienced a presence of Christ that the others had never even come close to.-----Quietly and deliberately she slips away from the milling masses congregating around Jesus and she turns and walks toward home.It’s been a good day.In giving herself to Christ ...He gave Himself to her.And there are some things that money just can't buy.-----“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”-Jim Elliot
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