• TRUTH AND GRACE

    ©TRUTH AND GRACE 
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Two voices spoke from single face,
    One named truth, the other grace.
    Truth was stern, direct, and strong;
    Truth declared the right from wrong.

    Truth proclaimed the pure and right,
    Truth distinguished dark from light.
    Everything he spoke was true,
    Truth had perfect point of view.

    Overwhelmed by all he said,
    I sat, I wept, and bowed my head,
    And then in depths of great despair,
    Another spoke to me with care.

    The name behind the voice was grace,
    He wiped the tears upon my face;
    And gently did he speak my name,
    And comfort weary broken frame.

    “I’ve come prepared to comfort you,
    Truth has come … but I have too;
    Linked and joined as one we go,
    Our goal to aid and make to grow.

    Wherever truth should be declared,
    Grace shall also be prepared;
    Both are needed, both are good,
    And when combined be as they should.

    Wise in heart and wise in way,
    Will heed and hear what both will say.”
    And Christ, Himself, the single face,
    Behind the voice of truth and grace.
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    And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 
    John 1:14

    *The Inkwell is going into a much needed rest and hibernation mode.
    Stay in God's word and stay the course.
    God is faithful.

  • SURRENDER

    SURRENDER 
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    If you place your trust in man … prepare to be disillusioned and disappointed.
    A good man, even on his best day, bears the marks of fallibility, fragility, and weakness.
    God did not appoint a mortal man to be a means of your salvation,
    He appointed His Son Jesus Christ.
    Until you make Him Lord of your life and surrender your life to His Lordship you will forfeit the peace that comes only through Him.
    Jesus Christ is man’s only source of salvation and hope … and there is nothing and no one who can give you that this side of heaven but Him.
    He is Infallible,
    Indestructible,
    Immovable.
    He is Consistent,
    Constant,
    and Truthful.
    When He says He will never leave you or forsake you …
    He really means it.
    When He says His word is pure, true, and unchanging …
    You can stake your life on it.
    When He makes a promise … 
    God keeps a promise.
    This is the good news of the Gospel.

    Forsake all attempts to trust in man, my friend, and place them in a more secure dwelling.
    Christ holds the key to whatever it is you’re looking for;
    Look to Him and lean on Him alone.
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    Thus says the Lord,
    “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited.
    Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”
    Jeremiah 17:7-8

  • BEFORE YOUR PROBLEM ARRIVED

    BEFORE YOUR PROBLEM ARRIVED
    By: 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
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    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 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!
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    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 procured a special grace, position, and palace of God's own making.
    This is the promise of God who remains the Overseer of each man’s soul and the Orchestrator who is sovereignly in control.
    Do not fear what is to come or be dismayed by what may temporarily appear as a seemingly great “negative.”
    The pit and the prison will pave a way to the palace and God will, indeed, preserve and position you for good as He has promised.
    Rest in it and believe it ... for it is true.
    Before your problem arrived; your deliverance was determined.
    God will show Himself faithful …
    and that will be the end of it.

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    “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

  • A LITTLE BIT OF SALT

    A LITTLE BIT OF SALT
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Leaving a friend’s house one cold wintry day, I found myself stuck in an “ice root” that kept pulling me back into it’s deepening little hole. First I drove hard and my tires spun, next I drove soft and I 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.
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    Sometimes we face slippery ice spots in our lives; they pull us down and back 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 “feel” of being out of the hole and on to good ground once again.
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    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;
    and the ice and the hole will get left behind.
    God will be faithful and you will overcome;
    Trust Him and keep moving on ...
    and bring salt to another in need.
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    “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

  • COME CLEAN

    COME CLEAN
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Hidden secret sin is a detriment to the soul and a decidedly corrosive element in the spirit.
    Refuse to hide the “ugly” from God.
    Admit, confess, and come clean about your sin, shortcomings, and failures and He will foster elements that contribute to new healing, cleansing, and growth.
    God is an amazing Healer and Restorer and there is no sin that can create a blockage to the wonder-working power of His blood.
    Come clean … so you can be clean.
    You are loved.
    ~~~

    If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.
    But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God who has not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me.”
    Psalm 66:18-20

  • WHEN IT'S ALL BEEN SAID AND DONE

    I woke this morning with the words of an old song playing through my mind.
    It is this morning’s meditation and I pray it blesses the individual who reads it.

    WHEN IT’S ALL BEEN SAID AND DONE
    By: Don Moen

    When it’s all been said and done,
    There is just one thing that matters;
    Did I do my best to live for truth?
    Did I live my life for You?

    When it’s all been said and done,
    All my treasures will mean nothing;
    Only what I’ve done for love’s reward,
    Will stand the test of time.

    Lord, Your mercy is so great,
    That You look beyond our weakness,
    And find purest gold in miry clay,
    Turning sinners into saints.

    And I will always sing Your praise,
    Here on earth and ever after;
    For You’ve shown me heaven’s my true home,
    When it’s all been said and done.
    You’re my life when life is gone …
    ----

    *An individual given over to tears … I am not,
    but this song is different.
    It’s pure strain of simplicity is worth listening to on YouTube.
    “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
    1 John 2:16-17

  • UNCHANGING FATHER

    UNCHANGING FATHER
    By: Darrelyn L .Tutt

    Unchanging Father,
    For Your faithfulness in my faithlessness … thank you.
    For Your light in my darkness … thank you.
    For Your strength in my weakness …
    thank you.
    For Your forgiveness in my forgetfulness … thank you.
    For Your absolute truth and unchanging grace, for Your presence and power at work in my fickle life …
    Thank you.
    Let my life, this day, resemble a little more of You and a little less of me.
    Amen.
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    “The statutes of the Lord are right, 

    rejoicing the heart;
    The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
    The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever,
    The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is Thy servant warned;
    and in keeping of them ...

     there is great reward.”
    Psalm 19:8-11

  • LOVING SHEPHERD

    LOVING SHEPHERD
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    “For thus says the Lord God,
    ‘Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather … There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down,’ says the Lord God.
    ‘I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgement.
    … And they shall no more be a prey of the heathen; neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely and none shall make them afraid.
    You are My flock, the flock of My pasture; you are men, and I am your God,’ says the Lord God.”
    Ezekiel 34:11-16

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    God is a Shepherd to His people.
    He has the power to gather and restore those which have wandered from the fold with a grace indescribably untold.
    As He did for His people Israel, He also does for you and me.
    He delights to deliver His own,
    Redeem them from calamity and rescue from foe.
    He has the power to heal straying hearts and minds, and maintains the power to do something useful and beautiful with them.
    I don’t know how He does it,
    Or why He does it,
    I just know that He does it ...
    And that is enough.
    I will rest in Him,
    My loving Shepherd.
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  • GOLDEN RAY

    GOLDEN RAY
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    There is nothing more suffocating than living within the confines of a lie …
    And there is nothing more liberating than when Light delivers from it.
    How beautiful the golden ray of Light.
    ~~~

    “This then is the message which we have heard of Him and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.”
    1 John 1:5-6

  • IN ALL THESE THINGS

    IN ALL THESE THINGS

    O Unapproachable Light, how can I fold these guilty hands before Thee? How can I pray to Thee with lips that have spoken false and churlish words?
    A heart hardened with vindictive passions:
    An unruly tongue:
    A fretful disposition:
    An unwillingness to bear the burden of others:
    An undue willingness to let others bear my burdens:
    High professions joined to low attainments:
    Fine words hiding shabby thoughts:
    A friendly face masking a cold heart:
    Many neglected opportunities and many uncultivated talents:
    Much love and beauty unappreciated and many blessings unacknowledged:
    All these I confess to Thee, O God.
    I thank Thee, O loving Father, that, holy and transcendent as Thou art, Thou hast through all the ages shown Thyself to be accessible to the prayers of erring mortals such as I; and especially I praise Thy name that in the Gospel of Christ Jesus Thou hast opened up a new and living way into Thy presence, making Thy mercy free to all who have nothing else to plead.
    Let me now find peace of heart by fleeing from myself and taking refuge in Thee.
    Let despair over my miserable sins give place to joy in Thine adorable goodness.
    Let depression of mind make way for renewed zeal and for the spirit of Thy service.
    In all these things, and in Thy strength, my soul now stands secure in Thee.
    Amen.
    -John Baillie
    A Diary of Private Prayer
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    "For with Thee is the fountain of life;
    In Thy light shall we see light."
    Psalm 36:9

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