John 11 and Psalm 11By: Darrelyn L. TuttThe word "Rhema" is a special and uncommon word reserved for a special utterance. How beautifully it attaches itself to our Savior's words, who gives us life-giving Rhema words daily, hourly, and moment by moment.We weave our "three strand" study format into our communion with Christ in order to become empowered, engaged, and employed for His service.1) PRAYERIlluminating Father,Thou who opened the eyes of the blind,Who cast out demons,Who gavest Thy people bread,Who raised to life the dead;Illuminate the eyes of my soul that I might see.Let the holy and deep provision of Thy pure word sanctify, cleanse, and enlighten me.Be pleased to let Thy holy light pass into me.Be pleased to let Thy blessing be dispersed visibly and forcibly upon me.Bless this child and intersect this day with needul sight, warmth of light, and internal illumination.Amen.-------2) TODAY'S READ:John 11 and Psalm 11The "Oreo" practice of situating the creamy white of the Gospel into the blessed wafers of the Psalm is deliciously addictive and habit forming.Taste and see for yourself.Psalm 11 ---> John 11 ---> Psalm 11-------3) RECORDSelect one truth from each of the chapters and record them together. Ask the Holy Spirit to weave additional passages of His word into you while you're reading, and enjoy an intimately expanding thread of fellowship as He leads you.This is a pleasurable and meaningful practice of intimacy between one's soul and God ... and profoundly personal.Here's the beginning of my thread:"For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness; His countenance doth behold the upright."Psalm 11:7"And when He had thus spoken, He cried with a loud voice, 'Lazarus, come forth.' And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and His face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, 'Loose him, and let him go.'"John 11:43-44"For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness; His countenance doth behold the upright."Psalm 11:7-------Additional Threads:Psalm 11:7 ---> Ruth 2:11-12John 11:43-44 ---> Isaiah 61:1-3Psalm 11:7 ---> Psalm 37------Today's Rhema leads to three provoking thoughts. 1) God's eyes are all-seeing and His mind is all-knowing.The realities of His full sovereignty ought to impart comfort to our souls and impact us in concrete and solidifying ways.God's sovereignty is ruling and ordering this very day and all that takes place within it.From peoples and faces, to surprising new places, God's plan is ultimately orchestrating, determining, and delivering our placement and calling.2) The raising of Lazarus from the dead is too marvelous for words;such power avails itself to us in our time of need.The timing of God's empowering acts, while not understood by us, are sufficient testaments to His glory and His ongoing story at work in our lives.His timing and His power can be trusted.3) "Loose him and let him go."John 11:44None but Jesus has the right to speak such words;And none but Jesus has the authority and power to fulfill such words.The truthfulness and force of God's word prevails over, through, and in our lives.It is God's word to restore, redeem, reclaim, and bear witnesss to the resurrection and rebirth of the soul.It is God's work to defend, deliver, and determine the alotment ordained for each of our lives."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 16:5-6Hallelujah and Amen to lives made whole.Lord, Let Thy blessing fall on me this day.-----
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