OCTOBER 1: JOHN 1 and PSALM 1

OCTOBER 1: JOHN 1 and PSALM 1
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt
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A three strand format will be woven into our daily study time which will prove simplistic, effective, and empowering.
1) PRAYER
 We must pray for the Spirit's cleansing and enlightenment, who is the sole eye opener and heart revealer of man. Always begin study with prayer; everything rides on the heels of it!
"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned."
"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God."
1 Corinthians 2:14&12
"Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law."
Psalm 119:18
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2) READING
Each day we will read "one" chapter of John and Psalm.
Personally, I've found it flavorful to contribute my reading of the Psalm as a "before and after" to my reading of John.
Do what's comfortable for you and try basic and different approaches.
3) RECORD
Select "one" key verse from both chapters and record in your notebook. Even if the verse seems strange to you, write it down and highlight it in your Bible (for those of you comfortable with this practice.)
I've learned that the "stranger" the verse, the stronger and more memorable it tends to be. The verse recorded will be utilized for cross-referencing and deeper Scripture delving and you'll learn to love this practice.
Mmmm ...  
Since we each will be directed differently, we'll utilize my daily selections as a blueprint for heart study.
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1) Pray 2) Read  3) Record
My selections from John 1 and Psalm 1:
"And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."
Psalm 1:3
"In Him was life; and the life was the light of men."
John 1:4
"And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."
Psalm 1:3

*The "before and after" blesses and seizes me; anticipate seeing this throughout our study process.
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The gathering and gleaning of these verses and the reading aloud of them is deeply empowering and "felt" in me.
 Truth leads to truth, beloved seeker, and the Spirit masterfully threads us into other life-giving, soul-cleansing passages which heighten the intensity and immensity of His mercy, grace, and kindness.
The Spirit leads me to these additional passages:
-Jeremiah 17:7-8
-Revelation 22:1-5 (*water and light interwoven).
Healing. Revealing. Sanctifying.
Three provoking revelations:
 1) Life and fruitfulness are vibrantly threaded into my soul through a meditation and ongoing recitation of my Father's words.
2) Man's words and God's words are unequal;
Only the latter have the power to heal, restore, and contribute to lasting fruitfulness and internal growth. Christ's light gives life. He alone is faithful.
3) Christ is responsible and dependable for preserving and reserving me for His greater purposes and His glory.
He is my "Light" and I am His tree;
It is well with my soul.
Amen.
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