• GRAB THE PILLARS

    GRAB THE PILLARS
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, ‘Call for Samson that he may make us sport.’ And they called for Samson out of the prison house, and he made them sport: and they set him between the pillars. And Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house standeth, that I may lean upon them. Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport. And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O LORD GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O GOD, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was born up, of the one with his right hand and the other with his left. And Samson said, ‘Let me die with the Philistines.’ And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.
    Judges 16:25-30
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    The pillars of truth contain the portals which, when grabbed ahold rightly, demolish the attacks of Satan and his advances.
    The Word of truth empowers the weakest saint,
    Supports the weakest mind,
    Sustains the weakest soul …
    Strengthens the stumbling one.
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    Grab the pillars of truth, my friend, in whatever realities you presently find yourself beneath and call out to the Lord.
    Bend your knees and deliverance will come;
    Acknowledge Christ’s might and apply yourself to the task at hand.
    Courageously appeal to the Father for His sovereign strength to be displayed to all …
    And commit yourself to His keeping.

    Don’t be afraid;
    Your soul rests safe in Him.
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    Like Samson,
    Know your strength in the time of trouble and call on Him.
    The Lord will hear you,
    Deliver you,
    Enable you,
    and rescue you in His power, strength, and might.
    Look to Him and lean on Him;
    Grab the pillars.
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    Behold, God is my salvation: I will trust, and not be afraid; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song, He also is become my salvation.
    Isaiah 12:2

  • A NEW WORK

    A NEW WORK
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

     Don’t exude energy in a past that has no future;
    Reflect on the lessons you learned but resist the urge to remain a captive in its cell.
    God has a work for you to do … a new work,
    and He will empower you to accomplish it as you put your trust in Him.
    Let go of yesterday …
    Remember that God is sovereign over it,
    He will utilize it as seems best in your present and future.
    Trust Him.
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    “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
    Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth, shall ye not know it?
    I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
    Isaiah 43:18-19

  • FILL THE CUP

    FILL THE CUP
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    If your enemy is hungry,
    You must give him food to eat;
    If your enemy is thirsty,
    You are not to make retreat.

    It is given you to fill him,
    It is given you to love;
    If you haven’t it within you,
    God will give it from above.

    He will match the most unlovely,
    With a correlating grace;
    He will give you strength to suffer,
    One you’d choose to never face.

    He will strengthen, He will meet you,
    At the crux of every ill;
    Those who’ve done a wrong against you,
    You’re to love them … even still.

    God will recompense the evil,
    He, alone, decide the case;
    You must simply offer mercy,
    Trusting God to give you grace.

    Feed the enemy that’s hungry,
    Fill the cup that’s given you;
    Choose to overcome an evil,
    Trusting God for what He’ll do.
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    “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.
    Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
    Romans 12:20-21

  • TELL THE TRUTH

    TELL THE TRUTH
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

     If you want your children to tell the truth;
    You should tell it yourself.
    If you want your children to live a lie;
    Live one before their eyes.
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    We choose to demonstrate to others, through our lives and lips, a testimony of both ourselves and Christ … or a lie to both.
    When godly individuals own up to “ungodly” truths,
    God has an opportunity to display His redemptive power and might.

    He will work there,
    Reside there,
    Dwell there.
    Abide there.
    God is always on the side of truth.
    He will show up there.
    Always.
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    Sin is a serious business;
    Dealing with it is a redemptive business.
    Those who tell the truth about their sin will be applied the blood of Christ and introduced into a greater depth and intimacy with Christ.
    Those who try to conceal truth,
    Remove truth,
    Hinder truth,
    Or reject truth,
    Will contend with the Truth.
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    Always remember that Truth is a person.
    Truth is, ultimately, Jesus Christ,
    And telling it is paramount to His testimony at work in you.

    Telling the truth exposes the presence of God at work within you; 
    for it is He who is helping and enabling you to do so.
    Be encouraged ... even if it's hard.
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    When Christ becomes the “single” factor in the defining of our lives:
    The garbage gets removed,
    The cracks become exposed,
    The truth gets told,
    And Christ reveals Himself …
    Wondrously,
    Powerfully,
    Beautifully
    and
    Mysteriously …
    In spite of us.
    To God be all glory.
    Amen.
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    "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
    John 8:32

  • WEIGHTY MATTERS

    WEIGHTY MATTERS
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Select a weighty matter you are presently dealing with in your life.
    Select a weighty “rock” and write the matter down.
    Select a scripture and record it beside the matter.
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    Today while you are on your way to “somewhere” …
    bring the rock with you.
    Pull over by the side of the road and, whether you choose a ditch, the shoulder of the road, or a field, get out and place the rock down and get yourself into a posture of prayer and pray over the “matter.”
    You will be amazed at the power and presence of God experienced in that simple place through that one very simple little act.
    Expose yourself to God and He will expose Himself to you.
    Matters on earth are so much less than matters of eternity.
    Scripture is weightier than your “matter” and prayer is more powerful than it.
    Live in the realm of spiritual potential and possibility …
    And let the Rock that rules become your “weightiest” matter.
    Find a rock ... and begin there.
    The performance of one concrete little act can have weighty significance for the soul.
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     For it stands in the Scripture,
    Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.
    1 Peter 2:6

  • DEAR ANONYMOUS

    DEAR ANONYMOUS
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    *Some little time ago a personal letter conveying a powerful message was written to me.
    The letter was simply signed,
    -Anonymous
    *This is my attempt to communicate and convey care to the Anonymous one.
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    Dear Anonymous,
    In the wee hours of morning I awoke in prayer for you with a sense that contact was to be made with you.
    You spoke to “commonalities and experiences” that we shared and worked to identify with me, yet left no route with which to communicate with you:
    No forwarding address or suggestion of identity.
    Your bravery and courage were apparent and realized but a great fear had threatened to swallow you up and you were also very afraid.
    I have experienced each and I understand.
    Still ... You longed for a tie with me.
    I haven’t forgotten you.
    I empathize with you and desire communication with you, for I believe that we have much in common. Your anonymity will be honored, along with any sort of communication you wish to have with me, and your thoughts will remain in deepest confidence.
    This message is for you:
    Christ gave His life for you and has a plan for you no matter what has transpired.
    It isn’t too late and you haven’t gone too far.
    There is nothing a man can do to you … but God’s hand remains the stronger yet.
    My thoughts are toward you and prayers are for you.
    I have a hunch that you will feel safe with a PO box a distance away,
    Please make use of it:
    PO Box 511
    Tea, SD 57064-0511
    Your friend,
    -Darrelyn L. Tutt
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    “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him. For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.”
    Psalm 103:12-14

  • JUST ONE TOUCH

    JUST ONE TOUCH
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    “And, behold, a woman which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind Him, and touched the hem of His garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch the hem of His garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned Him about, and when He saw her, He said, ‘Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.’ And the woman was made whole from that hour.”
    Matthew 9:20-22
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    To know whom to touch in our time of trial and need is to our salvation or its neglect.
    Hemorrhaging of body, mind, or soul requires a physician who exceeds human limitation and surpasses human expectation:
    Who loves us in spite of ourselves …
    and forgives us in His faithfulness.
    Who redeems us in mercy …
    and rescues us in His might.
    Who washes us in His blood and purifies us in His presence.
    Faithful Physician,
    Holy Healer,
    Forgiving Father,
    Gracious God,
     Cleansing Christ,
    Loving Lord.
    The soul which is looking to be made whole will find its sure remedy in Christ alone.
    The hem of His garment is enough and the hemorrhaging of thy soul will be healed and made whole.
    Just one touch.
    Reach ...
     for Jesus.
    "Be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole."
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    “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies.”
    Psalm 103:2-4

  • ONE HEART

    ONE HEART
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Revival doesn’t begin in a church … it begins in a heart.
    It begins when one individual is convicted, to the core, about their sin.
    It begins when one individual takes their sin “load” to Jesus and then takes others with him.
    The goal is not to broadcast sin …
    but to broadcast the shed blood of Christ as the remedy for sin.
    Sometimes there is a domino effect and where one person leaves off confessing, another person jumps in and begins.
    This is called corporate revival and I’ve been told it’s very powerful.
    Revival is a supernatural “grace” that manifests itself through the repentant.
    Revival is the power of Christ at work in sinful lives.
    Revival is an expression of confidence in the finished and final work of Jesus Christ.
    None else matters.
    Nothing else matters.
    Christ alone matters.
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    This season of my life is about experiencing personal revival.
    It has been the most critical period of life I have ever passed through in terms of understanding Christ, “His” church, and the power of redemption.
    And I learn that …
    Revival is merely a word until it begins to happen in one’s own heart,
    And then everything changes and from that point on:
    It’s anyone’s guess what God will do.
    To fear God and to give Him glory
    Is to tell “His” story …
    And that’s what redemption is all about.
    Revival begins with one and then it passes the story on.
    I’m a sinner saved by grace.
    Who are you?
    If you're a sinner saved by grace ...
    Now there's two.
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    “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him to be a liar, and His word is not in us.”
    1 John 1:9-10

  • DOORWAY OF HOPE

    DOORWAY OF HOPE
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    When attempts to hide self and preserve position finally give way to the weightier thing called conviction, remarkable things happen.
    Exposure of one’s darkest realities,
    Acknowledgement of one’s deepest depravities,
    Confession of one’s darkest sins,
    Admittance of one’s human frailties,
    Does not remove one from entering into God’s grace, but rather, ushers him into it.
    Until pride is laid down and fear of man is relinquished …
    There is no freedom into this marvelous thing called grace.
    Relieve thyself, at once, of all darkness and step confidently into the transformative power of Christ’s light.
    A new day emerges for the contrite;
    A Doorway of Hope ...
    In purest light.
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    "How frequently, in the course of our lives, the evil, which in itself we seek most to shun, and which, when we are fallen into, is the most dreadful to us, is oftentimes the very means or door of our deliverance, by which alone we can be raised again from the affliction we are fallen into."
    -Daniel Defoe
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    “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. And there I will give her, her vineyards, and make the Valley of Achor (trouble) a door of hope. And there shall she answer as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.”
    Hosea 2:14-15

  • A TEAR

    A TEAR
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Though language be spoken,
    And message be clear;
    No word utters speech,
    Like the drop … of a tear.
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    “From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee, when my heart is overwhelmed;
    Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
    Psalm 61:2

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