By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Spirit of Christ, and Father Almighty,
    Stir the waters of Thy great sufficiency and submerge my soul in Thy great mercy.
    Saturate my spirit with Thy sanctified presence and in Thy great power immerse my body, soul, and mind until they become one with Thine.
    Cleanse me of contaminant, sever me from all that is not in compliance with Thy great and perfect will, and intensify my desire of Thee alone.
    Drown me, encompass me, envelop me in Thy mysterious life giving grace.
    Let all be settled within my soul by the stirring of Thy holiness within.
    Draw my spirit into Thine ... yet deeper.
    Thou hast loved undeservedly, unreservedly, and wondrously.
    Let Thy name be praised above all.
    "Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folks, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had."
    John 5:2-4


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    The most rare and intimate experience you will ever have with Christ will be when you run headlong into that mysterious thing called grace ...
    and you don't return.



    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    I remember the concerned Surgeon holding the heart x-ray films of my dad up to the light  pointing at the obvious blockage in four arteries preventing healthy blood flow to his heart.
    "We need to do something about this now," he said, tapping the film, "Your dad needs a quadruple bypass, his heart is a mess and the blockage is severe.
    The surgery is going to be complicated, serious, and life-threatening but we have no other options. I'd like to "go in" first thing tomorrow morning."
    Events turned and our lives turned with the knowledge of new unforseen facts.
    My father signed released papers, began heart prep, and underwent open heart surgery within 24 hours of his arrival to the waiting room.
    Thankfully, the surgery was a success and the heart that needed repair found it ... under the skilled, dedicated care, and watchful eye of the wise Surgeon.
    Could there be a better illustration, I wonder, of sin and redemption at work simultaneously?
    Sin creates blockage in the arteries of the heart and prevents healthy blood flow from occuring. The x-ray of God's word is held up, beside sin's corrosive condition, and decisions must be made accordingly.
    We each, of necessity, must make our own.
    One reality is sure: Heart conditions don't go away of their own accord or by turning our heads the other way.
    Sin requires open heart surgery.
    The individual with a corroded heart must sign the release form of confession and submit themselves entirely to the care of the great Physician.
    What God does on that table, alone with the individual behind closed doors, only He knows.
    But it is wondrously, beautifully, seriously life-changing.
    One noteable distinction should be made between a human heart Surgeon and the great Physician:
    His Son's life was given and His Son's blood was shed ... for this very moment;
    It doesn't work most of the time; it works all of the time.
    No life is beyond repair and no sin is too great.
    It is Christ and Christ alone.
    Believe in Him.
    Once the surgery is complete, continue to look to Christ for your follow-up care:
    He will provide you with everything you need for life and godliness.
    A clean heart provides a new start.
    Enjoy and discover the new life that God has prepared you for.
    Live again ...
    "To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He has made us accepted in the Beloved. In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace."
    Ephesians 1:6-7






    "Make the Lord and His immense love for you the defining of your personal worth.
    Define yourself radically as one beloved by God.
    God's love for you and His choice of you constitude your personal worth.
    Accept that, and let it become the most important thing in your life."
    "Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God ...
    Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure."
    1 John 3:1-3



    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    It isn't time to give up and it isn't time to give in.
    The more difficult the season you find yourself in, the more of Christ you shall see within it.
    -God's promises are going to propel you and link you to new faces, places, and providences that you could have never imagined.
    Keep His word and your heart open ...
    He is up to something big!
    Your life will take on new meaning and purpose as God magnifies Himself through this present surrender in your life.
    Give yourself over to Him, He's been preparing you for it.
    -God's presence will permeate your heart, mind, and soul in an entirely fresh new intimate way. You will experience the breath of His nearness, the consolation of a depth with Him you have never experienced ...
    And you'll dance like you've never danced before.
    -God's provisions will be obtained by you in deeply personal and preferential ways. You will enjoy providences that none can remove and freedoms that none can suppress.
    True liberty is yours ... enjoy it liberally and explore it freely.
    Savor this stretch of journey that is difficult ... for it is teeming with possibilities and potential that you cannot presently comprehend.
    Your time has come;
    And your eyes shall see.

    God's blessing on your journey;
    Stay the course.
    "Thine eyes shall see the King in His beauty; they shall behold the land that is very far off."
    Isaiah 33:17


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    What does Christ want of me ... and what does man want of me?
    The latter doesn't matter in the end; so I'm going to leave him out and already I am given better clarity.
    Christ is undauntingly, unflinchingly, eternally invested in me.
    Sordid thoughts, private deeds, unkind words, unfaithful acts ... not a single one could be brought to His attention that He does not already know.
    Yes and No.
    I wonder to myself, with this knowledge, why it doesn't prevent me from being who I am when I am being my very worst.
    I wonder why I can forget about the presence of God but remain very mindful of the presence of man.
    I wonder why habits can't be kicked, addictions licked, and holiness doesn't stick for longer than two minutes in me at times.
    Maybe someone else wonders these things too.
    God doesn't need me to play down my faults,
    Pretend to be somebody I'm not,
    Be what I think I should be,
    But know that I can't ... as I ought.
    Blast and bugger on all my attempts to produce something from all this mess called "me."
    But holy hallelujah for all God does when I show up as "that" me.
    Lord, help me to be just a little more real today ... a little more true and unpretentious. Deep down inside of me I hear You "daring me" to be a little more "me" so that You can appear a little more "You" through me.
    Cause to cease, this unrelenting human desire for applause, admiration, and approval from men. Display Your power through my broken raw self ... and help another to discover that true worth and identity is found only in You.
    For the worst of me and the whole of me;
    I give thanks for the blood that was shed for me.
    It will always be enough.
    I love you, Lord.
    "That according as it is written, 
    He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."
    1 Corinthians 1:31


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    There are some lines that never grow old,
    Words that carry merit in our lives wherever we go;
    Sacred thoughts that hold a mysterious appeal over our lives ...
    And speak to past, present, and future.
    Such lines were being rehearsed in me upon the early waking hours of this day,
    and then quite abruptly,
    the metric stayed the same and new words wafted sweetly through me.
    My own rendition came quite by surprise ...
    God speaking to me, I perceived,
    Unforced and Unsought,
    And thus the more meaningful and appreciated.
    The unidentified author of the first will always be dear and speak sweetly;
    His words read like a brief poetic biography.
    The identified author of the new version wishes to simply extol her Liberator, exercise her wings, and sing a new song ... for Him.


    He placed me in a little cage,
    Away from gardens fair;
    But I must sing the sweetest song,
    Because He placed me there.

    Not beat my wings against the cage,
    If it's my Maker's will,
    But raise my voice to heaven's gates,
    And sing the louder still.

    -Darrelyn L. Tutt

    He opened up my little cage,
    And caught me unaware;
    And now I wish to sing the praise,
    Of He who brought me there.

    With open wing and joy I sing,
    And none more dear to me;
    Than He took the bars away,
    And set my spirit free.

    "Now the Lord is the Spirit,
    and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."
    2 Corinthians 3:17


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    When you have been confronted with your darkest and most evil side, you must determine whether you will serve the god of religion or the God of redemption.
    Religion deals with the suppression of sin;
    Redemption deals with the confession of it.
    Religion is concerned with pretense and the "cloaking" of sin;
    Redemption is concerned with truth and the uncovering of it.
    Religion relies on works;
    Redemption relies on grace.
    Once you have chosen ... you will find your companions have been decided for you.
    Redemption is in Christ alone;
    Look to Him and not to man for the securing of it.
    "Now the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."
    2 Corinthians 3:17


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    If there is a more forceful and powerful place than brokeness to induce the provision and favor of God ...
    I haven't found it.
    The hard narrow places tend to secure the loftiest graces;
    and mountain-top experiences are more fully appreciated when we have been long in the valley.
    Worship where you are and trust God for where you are yet to be.
    Your time is coming ...
    And He said unto me,
    "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
    2 Corinthians 12:9


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    A holy host of witnesses,
    By whom I'm fully known,
    Has dropped my pallet through the roof,
    And brought me to the throne.

    "And it came to pass on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them. And behold, men, brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy; and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before Him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. And when He saw their faith, He said unto him, 'Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.'
    And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone? But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answering said unto them,
    'What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins,' (He saith unto the sick of the palsy,)
    'I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.'
    And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God."
    Luke 5:17-25

    On the pallet lie the ...
    Bleeding and broken,
    Dejected and disgarded,
    Rejected and refused,
    Weary and worn out.
    Battered and beleagured ... they lie quiet;
    They are hurting.
    Do you see them?
    There are times in our lives when we are reduced to a posture of need, where the pallet of brokeness is our own ... where we bring no sufficiency of our own and find ourselves with nothing but a pallet.
    Reflect on the goodness of those who have observed you in your "pallet state" and chosen to carry you to Jesus. Observe the care you felt, the comfort you derived, the compassion that arrived in your hour of need ... from those who loved you well because they loved and knew their Savior well.
    Then choose to become a "lifter" of someone else's pallet.
    Take the comfort that you have received and apply it to someone in need.
    Attach your life and your faith to another individual's "palsy" and be the hands and feet that move them to Jesus.
    Today, Lord, I offer thanks to You ... for the "pallet lifters" in my life.
    I offer thanksgiving for individuals whose faith catapulted my own when my own was too weak to bring me anywhere; when I was to palsied to do anything but be lifted.
    I give thanks to you, Lord, for individuals who appeared unashamedly beside me when it would've been easier and more convenient to leave me lie.
    Help me to be a "pallet lifter" to a life in need today.
    Help me to unashamedly and unreservingly move toward the hurting and toward You in a resolute confidence that You will provide life to all those who come to You.
    To You be all glory.


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