• IN CONTRAST

    IN CONTRAST
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

     We never really know what Christ has up His holy sleeve;
    He’s full of sovereign surprise and extravagant grace.
    He works in contrast and to the contrary;
    He works in spite of and out of the ordinary …
    All the time.
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    When we think we have it most together,
    He thinks we have it least together ...
    And not a lot happens.
    When we think we have it least together,
    He thinks we have it most together ...
    And so very much happens.
    The whole thing is a marvelous mystery:
    This uncontrollable, uncontainable, unstoppable God,
    Unraveling the mystery of grace in unspeakable ways in our lives.
    ----
    Maybe when we get to the end of ourselves,
    We begin to discover the beginning of God.
    And maybe ... until we arrive there,
     We aren't really anywhere at all.
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    “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
    Isaiah 55:9

  • THE GREATER OBJECT

     THE GREATER OBJECT
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Great and loving Father,
    Thy Spirit has made swollen my spirit.
    In tender love and mercy Thou hast swallowed up my mortality with Thy immortality,
    Thou hast exchanged my weakness for Thy strength,
    Thou hast extended to my fickleness Thy great faithfulness.
    And Thou dost become, with growing passion, the greater object and chief affection of my soul.
    Kindle within me a knowledge and understanding of Thy all-surpassing great power.
    Let Thy pleasure become chief endeavor in this day’s undertakings.
    Let me seek Thy face and Thy favor above all others.
    Let my one attainment be of Thy glory revealed to and through me.
    Hold captive my wandering thought,
    Take captive my wandering soul;
    Guard it for my good and keep me for Thy eternal pleasure and name’s sake.
    Allow me safe passage into Thy holy presence and grant refusal to all that is not in accordance with Thy holiness.
    Amen.

  • ON YOUR KNEES

    ON YOUR KNEES
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Prayer is powerful.
    You can achieve more in fifteen minutes on your knees than fifteen hours on your feet.
    Prayer is the place where intimacy is exchanged with the Almighty and the flesh is permeated and dominated by the Spirit.
    Prayer is the place where the posture of the knees changes the posture of the soul.
    Prayer is the place where we quiet ourselves and recognize that we do not wield the control over our circumstances and lives … that we like to believe.
    Prayer is a place where we surrender.
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    Through prayer God …
    Inhabits us with His Spirit,
    Infuses us with His power,
    Instills us with His presence,
    Implants us with His desires.
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    When problems persist,
    Doubts assail,
    Sin permeates,
    Fear derails …
    Get on your knees and pray.
    Fifteen minutes can change your life.
    Prayer is a powerful thing.
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    "Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not."
    Jeremiah 33:3

  • DISGUISED

    DISGUISED
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    The condition of the blessing,
    Comes in various disguise;
    Often overlooked,
    And very rarely recognized.

    We see a difficulty,
    As a problem to be rid;
    We see a certain struggle,
    And we want it better hid.

    To ascertain a truth,
    Within the thing we try and hide;
    Accompanies the person,
    Growing character inside.

    Acknowledging potential,
    In whatever sort of form;
    Certain of the promise,
    That the soul will be conformed.

    Likened unto Jesus,
    In its most unsightly state;
    Trusting in the knowledge,
    He, alone, can recreate:

    A miracle, a wonder,
    Through condition so despised;
    O blessed transformation,
    In the "blessing" so disguised.
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    Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
    Philippians 1:6

  • DISGUISED OPPORTUNITIES

     DISGUISED OPPORTUNITIES
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

     “So the first thing to do about an obstacle is simply to stand up to it and not complain about it or whine under it but forthrightly attack it. Don’t go crawling through life on your hands and knees half-defeated. Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.”
    - Norman Vincent Peale
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    Most often …
    Opportunities originate from obstacles.
    Promotions proceed from problems.
    Accomplishments arrive on afflictions.
    Development comes through difficulty.
    Character grows in catastrophe.
    And faith grows imperceptibly through all of these seeming negatives.
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    Consider past events in your life, degrees of difficulties faced, and all that arrived in the wake of them and see if this is not so.
     Fill your mind, my friend, with a progress report of positive, productive potential blessings yet to come;
    So many dreams are yet ahead.
    See them, realize them ... and attack the thing that is set before you.
    Become a bulldog on the pant leg of obstacle and don’t give up!
    Resist and refuse the urge to reconcile yourself to negativity when faced with difficulty;
    Attack with gusto that thing that threatens to pull you under, and employ your energy in productive positive action.
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    Trust and commit to God whatever He has presently allowed into your life:
    Work with Him,
    Move with Him,
    Adapt to Him,
     and
    You'll arrive with Him.
    Obstacles are opportunities in disguise;
    Give thanks to God for them.
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    “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: Thy mercy, O Lord, endureth forever. Forsake not the works of Thine own hands.”
    Psalm 138:8

  • CONDITIONAL FORGIVENESS

    CONDITIONAL FORGIVENESS
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
    Matthew 6:14-15
    and
    “And when ye stand praying, forgive if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
    Mark 11:25-26
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    Hmmm …
    Forgiveness is conditional:
    We must forgive in order to be forgiven.

    This is the Scripture and the Scripture tells the truth.
    Forgiveness is a key element to sanctification; the walking out of a redeemed and renewed life.
    It rarely is a one-time and completed act but rather an ongoing repeated process by which
    Humility is developed,
    Character is transformed,
    and the spirit within becomes conformed to the image of Christ.
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    To question whether we have or have not entirely forgiven another is a waste of great time;
    Such attempts will heighten anxiety and arrest an unnecessary energy that might be employed and put to greater use by simply engaging in confession the moment our minds return to an unresolved matter.
    Any matter which returns in a repeated fashion is considered unresolved and must be worked through each time it arises;
    It is the signature of the Holy Spirit at work, arresting the heart to become more like His.
    It is not a reason for concern but rather a testament to experiencing more growth in godly character and establishing deeper intimacy with Christ.
    The work of forgiveness is of great practicality to growing in Christ likeness because it involves the supernatural work of the Spirit to complete it;
    See it as such and thank God for the work of sanctification occurring within.
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    Slowly and with time, the fruits of righteousness and peace will grow, and replace arenas of hostility and unforgiveness … until they are no more.
    Abide in constant communion with Christ,
    It is the key to forgiveness …
    And life.
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    Forgiveness is not an emotion.
    Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function, regardless of the temperature of the heart.
    -Corrie Ten Boom

  • PASSAGEWAY

    PASSAGEWAY
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    I say farewell to yesterday,
    For yesterday is gone;
    I let her go deliberately,
    And choose to travel on.

    I understand, perhaps in part,
    What many never see;
    That yesterday’s a passageway,
    To where I need to be.

    For I’ve been preordained a path,
    That’s mine alone to trod;
    My lot has been apportioned by …
    The very hand of God.

    The boundaries are drawn for me,
    And all has been secured;
    When trials seem to overwhelm,
    Of this I am assured:

    That all is single-handedly,
    Determined for my good;
    If God has chosen “it” for me;
    I’ll praise Him as I should.

    Eternally advancing,
    In an orchestrated grace;
    Sufficient for arriving,
    At a predetermined place.

    I welcome in this passageway,
    That’s been ordained for me;
    For God, alone, knows what I need,
    For where I am to be.
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    “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 good heritage.”
    Psalm 16:5-6

  • WHOLE-HEARTED STRATEGY

    WHOLE-HEARTED STRATEGY
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

     What if God worked half-hearted measures in half-hearted people?
    What if our fickleness, faithlessness, frailties, and fears resulted in a Holy divorce?
    God separating Himself:
    Serving papers,
    Demanding alimony,
    Calling it quits,
    Drawing the line.
    Done,
    Complete,
    Over,
    Final.
    No more abiding together.
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    What if God loving man depended on man loving God?
    Then what?
    Hmmm …
    Dismal, distressing, disheartening, depressing realities would be ours.
    We don’t have what it takes to love God decidedly, deservedly, deliberately for even one day;
    Sometimes one hour is a monumental task.
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    God implemented a whole-hearted strategy to love half-hearted people:
    He named His plan “Jesus.”
    His Son, our Savior.
    His life-blood, our hope.
    His nearness, our need.
    His love, our remedy.
    The act of reconciliation in the Holy ceremony called salvation.
    God made a full way to love half-hearted man,
    And …
    God will always be the better half;
    And “we” will always be the half He loves.
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    The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying,
    Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: 
    Therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
    Jeremiah 31:3

  • HOLD OUT

    HOLD OUT
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

     Pain is a universal language,
    Everyone understands it.
    So is hope ...
    And everyone needs it.
    There’s so much more to come,
    Hold out for it.
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    “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, 
    be sober,
    And hope to the end,
    for the grace that is to be brought unto you
    at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
    1 Peter 1:13

  • YOU ARE LOVED

    YOU ARE LOVED
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    “And the Jews’ Passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: and when He had made a scourge of small cords, He drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves,
    ‘Take these things hence; make not My Father’s house a house of merchandise.’
    And His disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of Thine house hath eaten me up.”
    John 1:13-17
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    Zeal for God’s house does yet eat His Spirit.
    As chief Intercessor and Abider of the soul Christ remains adamantly fixed on the “keeping of that soul” until eternity.
    To all those who sincerely regard Christ as Lord and have given themselves over to Him, He maintains the right to keep His dwelling clean and He will not lessen the degree or standard of holiness by which we have been called to, in order to pacify our nature.
    We are His temple:
    “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”
    1 Corinthians 1:16-17

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    The scourge of small cords is made repeatedly by the Spirit to drive out all that is not in keeping with His holiness;
    It is both an instrument of chastisement and a rod of correction intended for the purpose of inducing cleansing, confession, and depth of intimacy with God.
    Those unfamiliar with “scourging” methods or those who dislike the idea of reproof, correction, and humility will likely dismiss and resist, even the word association with themselves.
    This is most unfortunate and will result in hardness of heart and unfruitfulness.
    But for those individuals bent on a heavenward intentional walk of holiness with God, the scourge and the rod are viewed as preliminary works to a substantial calling.
    And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?
    ‘My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by Him. For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.”
    Hebrews 12:5-6

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    To love Christ and become associated with Him, even to His death, will most certainly involve the purging effects of “chosen uncomfortable instruments” for our chastisement, good, and God's glory.
    Let each of us who seek to be holy, humble ourselves accordingly and confess ourselves willingly ... to the hand which conveys the discipline and loves the soul.
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    Great God and Perfector of holiness,
    Thou has witnessed my soul in drought, depravity, and decay. Thou hast observed my ways since infancy and found me wanting.
    Yet it is within my soul to have more of Thee and less of me.
    It is within my soul to be cleansed of all that divides and robs my soul of peace and intimacy with Thee.
    For tools of purging yet ongoing … Thou art praised.
    For the perfecting of faith and the goal of glorifying Thy name … Thy will be done.
    Gently but continually allow Thy holy corrections to make right my continual imperfections.
    Quit and stop me of all sins that might bring me to ruin or internal corruption.
    For all that is not in keeping with Thy true and Holy Spirit,
    Bring them now to bear upon my mind and let me confess and be true to Thee once more.
    Until Thy Kingdom becomes the residence of my spirit …
    Contend with me,
    Quiet me,
    Draw me,

     Bring me to Thyself.
    In Thy precious and most holy name.
    Amen.

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