THE COTTAGEBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Helen Keller went from an untamed, wild, angry child to a bright, articulate, and highly intelligent adult. The affliction of blindness which permeated every area of her life, and the lives of those around her, proved nothing but destructive until a certain woman by the name of Miss Sullivan made her entrance.Miss Sullivan made all the difference; her method of training and instruction was vastly different than that of Helen’s parents. She commanded an unswerving discipline over her unchaste angry pupil by requesting a new environment for Helen to learn in. This new environment consisted of a small little place outside the influence of doting parents and accommodating factors that rewarded ill behavior. This new environment was simply called the cottage.The cottage began as a combat zone. Helen furiously fought against her environment and her teacher; she physically and literally destroyed everything in her path, striking even Miss Sullivan, who remained adamant and consistent in her training. It paid off.Within two weeks the angry, wild child began to change and demonstrate signs of temperance and discipline. Helen Keller had begun the process of becoming a promising young woman of unlimited potential whose voice would eventually be heard around the world. I note three significant growth factors in Helen’s life:- The affliction of blindness.- The teacher Miss Sullivan.- The uncomfortable cottage.-----Some of us have an untamed, wild, and destructive child living within. We are angry and forced to live within the confines of an affliction or trial that God has ordained and imposed upon our lives. We throw tantrums and reward ourselves with fleshly cookies and doting friends who encourage ill behavior.God has a different plan.He gives us a teacher named the Holy Spirit who has one primary objective: -To conform us to His Son’s image. With this in mind, He appoints us a new environment with a certain little "cottage" called trial where He begins to teach us something about ourselves, and even greater ... something about Himself. He listens to furniture being strewn about and the demand and desire for old accommodations to be afforded ... and He provides none of the above. Over time, and with consistent loving discipline, we emerge from the "cottage of affliction" tempered by the compassion of a loving heavenly Father and immersed in a communion with Him that produces life changing results.-----Christ brings each of us into a "cottage" of our own, of His own making and of His own doing,In His own time.-When resistence turns into repentance;-When correction is met with reception;-When hardness of heart is replaced with softness and compassion within ...God is at work and the necessary conformity process is occuring, albeit, through some difficulty and discomfort.The cottage of affliction will turn into a cottage of conformity,And God will be glorified.-----“Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
I WILL HOPEBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
My heart is led by an able hand,How He works with me,I don’t understand.I don’t claim to know,How the sea divides;But it does for me,For 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
IN THE ENDBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
“Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a coat of many colors. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.”Genesis 37:3-4----Joseph was given the favor of an earthly father and the favor of God … but that favor would also subject him to a demonstrative jealousy from his brothers that would bring him great pain.The brightly colored robe that adorned him and set him apart would be taken from him and torn apart.His own brothers would turn on him and try to work an unspeakable evil against him.Joseph would grow familiar with time in a pit and time in a prison and, yet in spite of all of this, none would be able to thwart or remove the hand of God from Joseph’s life.In the end ... Joseph would be preserved for life in a palace, and from “pauper to prince,” he would see God’s loving hand at work in a providential and supernatural way.God’s faithful hand would remain on Joseph’s life and weave the “seemingly” evil and cataclysmic events imposed upon him into a divine tapestry of sovereign protection and preservation of not just Joseph’s life … but an entire people group (the nation of Israel).Those that despised Joseph would, in the end, bow down before him and deliverance would be procured through the “one” that so much evil had been devised against.Praise be to God for His unspeakable and unfathomable ways; Truly they are beyond searching out.----The same God that worked in Joseph’s life is at work in your life and He remains sovereignly in control of all events regardless of how “out of control” things appear:-Where another has violated you; God has the power to vindicate you.-Where another has used you; God has the power to make use of you.-Where another has hurt you; God has the power to heal you.There is nothing that a man can subject you to that is not first subject to God.The one who schemes and does evil may prosper temporarily but will not ultimately prevail,And ...The one who is obedient and perhaps even suffers temporary mistreatment will most certainly advance and be determined special graces.This is the promise of God who remains the Overseer of each man’s soul and the Orchestrator who is sovereignly in control.The “seeming” negatives will translate into powerful positives and God will make manifest His great glory to you and through you.The pit and the prison will pave way to the "palace" and God will, indeed, preserve and position you for good.This is His promise.Rest in it. Before your problem arrived ... your deliverance was determined.-----“But as for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass as it is this day, to save much people alive.”Genesis 50:20
DAWN IN THE DARKNESS“Is not this the fast that I have chosen:To loose the bonds of wickedness,To undo the heavy burdens,To let the oppressed go free,And that you break every yoke?Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;When you see the naked, that you cover him,And not hide yourself from your own flesh?Then your light shall break forth like the morning,Your healing shall spring forth speedily,And your righteousness shall go before you;The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.Then you shall call and the Lord will answer;You shall cry, and He will say,‘Here I am.’If you take away the yoke from your midst,The pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness,If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul,Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday.The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.Those from among you shall build the old waste places;You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;And you shall be called,'Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell in."Isaiah 58:6-12-----Mmmm ...And when we are finally free; We live again,Breathe again,See again ...And we help others to do the same.God be praised.
THE RED HERRINGBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Red Herring – A diversion intended to distract attention from the real issue.Webster’s Dictionary (1961)----The term “red herring” is frequently used with an inference to a centuries-old dog training technique.When a dog was being trained in a specialized arena such as hunting (foxes and pheasants), policing (criminals and cadavers), or working with the disabled (visually or physically impaired), he had to undergo a series of tests pertaining to the keen sensory organ, called smell, which he was so naturally adept at. He had to learn how to keep his nose on the job and avoid being distracted by tempting but irrelevant aromas.A smoked fish, called a red herring, would be dragged directly in front of him to assess his readiness for work. If the dog followed the strong tantalizing scent of the red herring, he wasn’t deemed properly “work ready.” If, however, he could overcome the scented temptation of the red herring and move toward the relevant need beyond, he was deemed ready for action.----Hmmm ...Satan utilizes the “red herring” strategy with frequency and has great success with it. With the techniques of a seasoned veteran he employs “red herring scents” that tantalize and suggest fulfillment to the most mature of believers … all in an effort to dissuade him from the greater work of the Gospel. Through numerous vices ranging from money, to pleasure, to earthly treasure, he seeks to distract God’s elect.He seeks to distract you and me.He is good at what he does … but God is greater.----Christ the Creator defeats the unrelenting deviator, Satan, again and again.Utilizing His blood, His Word, and His Spirit, He delivers the pure fragrance of truth and grace in timely ways ... to His own.Victory is an assured promise and not a question of possibility.The scent of Christ will always be stronger than the scent of the red herring ... even when we are led astray and our "noses" take us elsewhere.Whatever “red herring” is placed before you, my friend, be assured that there is something far greater, beyond, that makes it work foregoing any scent being transmitted temporarily to your senses.Keep to the path God has you on and pray for wisdom to discern the “red herring.”If you have yielded to the "red herring", confess it, and entrust God to utilize it in helping others pick up the scent.God works in a myriad of ways ... He is not afraid, threatened, or thrown off by Satan's tactics.For every "red herring" moment,There's a "truth bearing" grace ...And God will use all for His glory.----
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”1 Corinthians 10:13
FULL COVERAGEBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Imagine for a moment that the blood of Christ was only as strong as our health care coverage;That our confession of sin was met by a reminder of services provided and not provided:In reviewing your account, Paul, I see that you have a $10,000.00 copay and 80% coverage. I know this sounds severe but, unfortunately, your sin was a little off the charts and it’s not reasonable to think that Christ’s blood has the power to manage all of that.I’ll put you in touch with collections and you can begin submitting payment in notes of guilt, shame, and isolation to those who will be managing your case.When payment of the $10,000 is made and coverage begins, we will remind you frequently of the billing charged in order for you to tend to the remaining 20%.I’m glad you’ve chosen Me as your provider and I hope you appreciate the debt amount swallowed up by My Son’s blood in the remaining 80% of your sin.Prices are subject to change in the “sin policy” manual so please be aware of premium adjustments due to your most recent account of sin.Sincerely,The Internal Sin Treasury Department-----How about for this moment, We take a moment, And thank God for the full-coverage to sin He applies on a daily basis?How about steeping our sin-stained souls so deep in Calvary’s blood that we come out crimson-colored and walk out a testimony of God in “living” truth and reality to a needy, hurting, broken unspoken group of people who have no coverage, no hope, and no sense that there’s a “Christ” even available to them?How about coming clean about our black side;How about quitting all attempts to cover up our backside,And simply applying full-coverage to the whole side of ourselves?The company of “crimsons” is a wondrous group of fully covered, wonderfully "uncovered" naked-souled Saints, made clean by the blood of Christ.Apart from Christ we are nothing; But because of Christ and in Christ,We are fully redeemed.Full coverage applies to all ...No "sinful" exceptions.Praise be to our Provider,------The blood that Jesus shed for meWay back on CalvaryThe blood that gives me strengthFrom day to dayIt will never lose its powerIt reaches to the highest mountainIt flows to the lowest valleyThe blood that gives me strength From day to dayIt will never lose its power
It soothes my doubts and calms my fearAnd it dries all my tearsThe blood that gives me strengthFrom day to dayIt will never lose its power-Andrae E. Crouch-----"In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace."Ephesians 1:7
CRACKS AND FACTSBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
When a crack begins to spider-web across your windshield, it’s time to fix it.-It doesn’t get fixed by blaming the gravel truck that flew past you and threw a stone your way.-It doesn’t get fixed by throwing a stone back at the gravel truck.-It doesn’t get fixed by talking about getting it fixed.A cracked windshield gets fixed when the owner assumes responsibility for his windshield, brings it in to the appropriate “fix-it” place, and gets the job done.There’s a time factor and a cost factor involved …But there's also a clean windshield involved.-----Individuals who assume responsibility for the sin and the “cracks” in their lives and utilize the redemptive service called “confession” are blessed individuals.Temporarily, they may appear to suffer setbacks, inconveniences, and perhaps even a few perceived “injustices,” but in the end the “crack” is dealt with by a supreme “Serviceman” and Christ, Himself, gives a special regard to the individual who drives into His repair shop and asks to be restored.Christ has a way of sufficiently caring for the “time and cost” factors involved and, in His way and in His perfect time, He maintains the power to grant a flawless windshield to the child He provides coverage for.How He does it and why He does it are some of life’s beautiful mysteries,And that He does it …Is a most perfect and blessed reality.------Assume full responsibility for what you see and what you’re looking through;And absolutely refuse to focus on the rocks thrown your way.Drive yourself into the repair shop called Redemption and allow Christ to take care of you.Confessing “cracks” allows redemptive “facts” to surface in a most beautiful way.What He does with you, I cannot say,But what He gives to you,Is clean ...And coming "your" way.Watch for it.-----"I acknowledged my sin unto Thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and Thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah."Psalm 32:5Mmm ...Clean and beautiful.
EVERY DETAILBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
For things I would have wanted not,Yet things I would not change;For much that’s come into my life,And much that’s rearranged.
For lessons learned and trials sent,For heartache and for pain;For mountains hard to navigate,For new and straight terrain.
For holy hands that hold my own,And One who knows my way;For transformation taking place,And mercy every day.
For pure and undefiled love,And nothing left to chance;For sifting every detail of my life,Through holy hands.
For things I would have wanted not,Yet things I would not change;I’m thankful, simply thankful,For the much … that’s rearranged.------“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning;Great is Thy faithfulness.”Lamentations 3:22-23
HIS WAYSBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
If you are unsettled, rest in the settled One.If you are fearful, hide in the faithful One.If you are questioning, trust in the certain One.If you are hurting, lean on the loving One.----Christ, alone, meets the needs of the soul.His ways are perfect, pure, and satisfying.His word is sound, unchanging, and gratifying.He is the giver of all,He is gracious to all,And His mercies have no end.You are safe in Him,Look to Christ alone.He'll settle you,Silence you,And speak to you.----“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will guide thee with Mine eye.”Psalm 32:8
FROM A TO ZBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Many years ago I attended a family “Gospel-singing” inspiration night. Song after song was filled with a declaration of praise to God and the building was filled with excellent and praiseworthy chords. Still, as lovely as the music was, nothing was so sweet or inspiring to me as when the two youngest brothers in the family began to recite Scripture back and forth from A to Z.Challenged and inspired by this deliberate and basic Bible memory system, I went home and immediately began to work on my own spiritual alphabet. I’ve found that this simple but systematic system containing 26 verses can be worked on anywhere and at any time. Contained in this alphabet is the means to godly edification and exhortation for my own life and for the lives of others. Once the alphabet is complete I simply move on to a “new” 26 verses.Here’s a look:All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquities of us all. Isaiah 53:6But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matt.6:33Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. Jer. 33:3Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Ps.37:4Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Ps.46:1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almgihty. Ps.91:1In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins; according to the riches of his grace. Eph.1:7Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne; mercy and truth shall go before thy face. Ps.89:14Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 2 Peter 1:20Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. Matt.6:19Mark the perfect man and behold the upright for the end of that man is peace. Ps.37:37Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us. Eph.3:20Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. Ps.119:18Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 2 Timothy 4:2Quench not the Spirit. 1 Thess.5:19Rejoice evermore. 1 Thess.5:16So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereunto I sent it.Isaiah 55:11Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Prov.3:5Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. Ps.123:1Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life. John 6:47While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Cor.4:18Exalt ye the Lord our God and worship at his footstool for He is holy. Ps.99:5Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Ps.23:4Zion heard and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments O Lord. Ps.97:8Mmmm ...Absolutely beautiful.-----While there are many renditions of the alphabet hidden in my heart, this one remains my personal favorite. My goal is to know my spiritual A,B,C’s and recount them as often as possible. This is an intentional, worthy and empowering endeavor and I never cease to be blessed by it.If you are looking for a deliberate and simple approach to Bible memory, this may be an excellent and praiseworthy investment for you. God bless and grant you a special portion of His word.
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