SPECIAL NEEDSBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Special Needs.Who qualifies?Google Answer:Individuals requiring special assistance …Physically, Emotionally, Mentally, Developmentally.Special needs individuals are individuals who require external or internal extra help.------Remedies for special needs might include the following:Medicine, therapy, special teachers, specific environments,A specialized and prescribed treatment plan.------Hmmm …God looks down on mankind.What do you think He sees?Do you think He nods His head with approval at "a few" and suggests that He is satisfied by superior qualities possessed?Or ...Does He see individuals who have special needs and require specific assistance:Mentally, Emotionally, Physically, Spiritually.------God looked at His special needs kids and He decided that we needed more than: Teachers, Trainers, Educators, Entertainers, Medications, Doctors, Writers, Therapists, and Theologists.God got really serious and He sent us a Savior Jesus Christ and the very Spirit of His Savior to indwell, comfort, console, correct, counsel, teach, and assist us.He did this because He saw us as His “special needs” kids and none of us were exceptions.Emotionally, mentally, developmentally, and spiritually …God saw we lacked sufficiency.And so He gave us His “All-Sufficiency."Jesus.------You can resist, refuse, and resent your needy status or you can accept it for exactly what it is and receive redemption from a Savior who longs to fill you.The God of special needs ...Do you know Him?-----"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."Romans 3:23
MAKE A DIFFERENT TURNBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfill ye My joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.Philippians 2:1-11------God's word is able to deliver, uphold, and restore the most downtrodden of hearts.God's truth is able to liberate and set the captive free.God's grace is able to replenish, restore, and renew the most vile of souls.God's word is the only word that can set man free.He will do this work in you like He's doing this work in me. God and His precious word can be entirely trusted.If you wish for your life to take a different turn, you must make a different turn.The turn begins the moment you tell the truth and act on it;The moment you invite the Spirit in to perform His needful work.The moment the word penetrates your soul in such a deep and profound way that you begin to respond to the power of it, and your soul is taken up with the desire to please Him more than any other.When the voice of God gets very very loud,And the voices of men grow very very d..i...s...t....a....n.....t Then God is doing something very very special and personal in "your" soul.Bend your knees,Your time has come,He's calling "you."Read this passage over seven times and let it burn in you and see if your entire day doesn't change as a result.------Every other month the Inkwell provides a personal reflective "Study."Tomorrow we begin a study called,Focal Points in February.Join me and experience the power of God.Go deeper ...
PASSAGEWAYBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
I say farewell to yesterday,For yesterday is gone;I let her go deliberately,And choose to travel on.
I understand perhaps in part,What many never see;That yesterday’s a passageway,To where I need to be.
For I’ve been preordained a path,That’s mine alone to trod;My lot has been apportioned by …The very hand of God.
The boundaries are drawn for me,And all has been secured;When trials seem to overwhelm,Of this I am assured:That all is single-handedly,Determined for my good;If God has chosen “it” for me;I’ll praise Him as I should.
Eternally advancing,In an orchestrated grace;Sufficient for arriving,At a predetermined place.
I welcome in this passageway,That’s been ordained for me;For God, alone, knows what I need,For where I am to be.-------“The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup; Thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; Yea, I have a goodly heritage.”Psalm 16:5-6
BACK AND FORTHBy: Darrelyn L. TuttLeaving a friend’s house, I found myself stuck in an “ice root” that kept pulling me back into its deepening little hole. First I drove hard and my tires spun, next I drove soft and simply went deeper … back and forth to no avail.Getting out and surveying my little dilemma I remembered that there was a small supply of salt in our trunk for just such an occasion.I littered the ground with the bag of salt and gently applied my foot to the pedal;I could feel the tires take hold and traction was now on my side.I got out and made my way home;I left the ice and the hole behind.----Sometimes we face slippery ice spots in our lives. They pull us backward and the more we try to get ourselves out the deeper the hole grows. Nothing seems to work … first the slow then the fast until, finally, we’re in very deep.These times cannot be fleshed out or worked out,They must be eaten out by the salt of God’s word.Once the salt is applied, a slow steady movement called prayer needs to be added, and soon with consistent application on the pedal of obedience … traction is gained, momentum is given, and we are once more free to move on.How glorious the freedom of being out of the hole and on to good ground once again.But it takes time and deliberate, wise activity.----If you are struggling with an arena of life that feels like an ice patch … confidently assert your position in Christ, as His child, and steep yourself in the word of God and in prayer until the “salt of it” moves you on.The traction and momentum will come,Leave the ice and the hole behind.God will be faithful and you will overcome;Trust Him and keep moving on.----“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”1 John 4:4
SOMETHING HIGHERBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Our purpose in life is not simply to leave a legacy of good works and kind living. Whatever worthwhile tasks and goals we may pursue here on earth, it is ultimately God’s pleasure, not our productivity, that validates our existence.Neither are we here just to secure our salvation far away from the heat of hell. We have been called to something higher than insuring an eternity spent in peace instead of pain. As those who have been created for God, the major thrust of our existence is not our safety, but God’s glory.God is the beginning and the end of this sovereign story.He is our purpose, and He is enough.-V.BrooksThe Reach of the Heart
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