• DECIDEDLY DIFFERENT

    DECIDEDLY DIFFERENT
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt
    8) But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. 9) Now God had brought Daniel into favor and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. 10) And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, ‘I fear the lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink; for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? Then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.’ 11) Then said Daniel to Melzar whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. 12) ‘Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat and water to drink. 13) Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenances of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat; and as thou sees, deal with thy servants.’ 14) So he consented to them in this manner, and proved them ten days. 15) And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat. 16) Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink, and gave them pulse. 17) As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.    Daniel 1:8-17

    There is nothing like conviction to change the course and the destiny of an individual’s life. 
    Daniel asserted his convictions over details that many would find unnecessary and undesirable, but then again, Daniel was one of those people that never cared what “the many” thought. His life was lived in communion with the Lord and his uncompromising convictions were based and established through that communion; hence, his provoking leadership style. Throughout his life and throughout the book of Daniel we read of an individual who was sold out and committed to his relationship and service to God regardless of cost. Whether it was daily bread or daily prayer, his conduct remained unaltered by the thoughts and lifestyles of others.
    Daniel was decidedly different.
    Similarly, God has not called you to be like others but to be set apart from others and to live a free and God glorifying life.
    Steep yourself in the word, stay committed to the course, and live your life in the context of communion with Him; you'll live a life that’s decidedly different.
  • Under Construction

    UNDER CONSTRUCTION
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Construction projects are messy even in their best state.
    Many years ago we remodeled our home with the desire to enlarge our bathroom and “open up” our dining room. Because old walls had to come down and new walls had to go up; my husband placed a heavy curtain around the area under construction in order to reduce the dust and dirt throughout the rest of the house and to keep us out of his way while he worked.
    While I occasionally took a peak behind the curtain, there wasn’t really much to see; construction projects are like that.
    The remodeling project took months to complete but once the work was done; the result was decidedly favorable and worth every messy moment in-between.
    We had more space, more light, and a lovely interior.
    Anyone who undergoes a remodeling project knows that in order to achieve a finished product; you have to deal with the mess accompanying construction.
    This side of heaven, friend, we are all “under construction” and here is the rub:
    We like finished products and finished people.
    We like clean outcomes and well-ordered lives.
    We don’t like lengthy projects or lives that require much assembly.
    Few of us care to peak behind the curtain and get involved with the restoration of sinful lives but that’s exactly what Christ has called us to do.
    We have been called to roll up our sleeves and share the good news of Jesus Christ in the midst of  sin’s chaos. We are told to get involved in the work of restoration and be the hands and feet of Jesus to messy, blotted, sin-stained lives.
    *Similarly, He has called others to roll up their sleeves and get involved in our lives.
    If this statement bothers you, you’ve perhaps forgotten your own messy state.
    We are ALL under construction this side of heaven though we may be in different stages of restoration and development; we all effectively demonstrate the disclaimer,
    “Under Construction.”
    Roll up your sleeves and get involved, today, in what God is doing “behind the curtain” of someone else’s life and then remember to take time to thank Him for those who have rolled up their sleeves to get involved in yours.
    End products are beautiful and amazing; what a wonder that God chooses, not only to restore us but to use us in the lives of others.
    Be encouraged!

    “Behold, Thou hast made my days as a handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before Thee: verily, every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.”
    Psalm 39:5
    “But we all are as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
    Isaiah 64:6

  • TWO VOICES SPOKE

    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.
    For 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.


    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


     
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