By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Her eyes bore the look of a woman in pain,
    Filled with regret and unspeakable shame.
    Some knew the body but few knew the name;
    She’s the outcast.
    Something within her was drawn to His side,
    Some kind of love that awoke her inside,
    She heard the words,
    “Come away, come aside,”
    And she followed.
    And that’s all it took, she ignored every glare;
    Went to the One she was certain would care,
    Looked past the gaze and uncomfortable stare,
    And the voices,
    the whispers,
    the shadows ...
    She left them all there. 
    The One who is faithful,
    The One who is true,
    Calls to the one who might even be "you."
    He knows your pain and the hell you’ve lived through,
    and He loves "you."
    He’s calling your name.
    How He loves you.
    "Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little."
    Luke 7:47


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty One who will save;
    He will rejoice over you with gladness;
    He will quiet you with His love;
    He will exalt over you with loud singing.”
    Zephaniah 3:17

    The love of God fills us with a tender empathy and a deeper fullness of compassion.
    His love is poured into us not in small quantitative measure but unceasingly, liberally, benevolently until it overflows.
    His love indwells us, changes us, and catapults us into new ideas, dreams, experiences, and relationships.
    The love of Christ, when it is realized in us, becomes a surrogate extension to others drawing us deeper and "together" into God's grace.
    We love at our best when His best is present in us; 
    when we are radiating a quality of grace and compassion proceeding from the intimacy we are experiencing with Him ourselves.
    When Christ becomes our chief satisfaction and our first source of sustainment;
    our lives become rich and full, and the lives of others become richer through us.
    And together in our midst ...
    We hear Him sing.


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    "For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you and ye shall be clean; from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and ye shall be My people and I will be your God. I will also save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the corn and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you. And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen."
    Ezekiel 36:25-30
    And here we see the value of captivity:
    In confining and "narrowing" the soul and placing it in dire straits (Babylon,) God breaks the idolatrous lust from His people (Israel) and corrects her wandering course.
    Insisting upon her restoration and refusing to participate in her adulterous ways, 
    He breaks His people in order to remake a people.
    He breaks His people that He might consecrate a people.
    And it must be seen that God breaks His people but He never forsakes His people. 
    It is out of the deepest love,God lifts His people out of the deepest sin, and returns them home again.
    The pattern of God with His people Israel is a repetitive one:
    Cycles of sin followed by cycles of captivity.
    Cycles of confession followed by cycles of communion.
    Round and round in constant motion and the two are in constant flux.
    But it's always God who keeps the wheel moving and His people circling back to Him.
    It's God who displays His committed, faithful love to an uncommitted, unfaithful people.
    Israel is the mirror by which we see ourselves; and God is a merciful, loving God in our "cyclic flux."
    It's easy to become disheartened by our sinful condition.
    It's easy to become focused on our frailties.
    It's easy to get lost in our laxness.
    And it's easy to wonder whether God might forget us and forsake us in the midst of it all, but He doesn't ... because He's God.
    He captures us and may, for a time, place us in a seeming period of captivity, but He does so only to captivate and enlarge the soul for more.
    And when He has got it good and clean ...
    He makes manifest His glory so the soul can see and reveals Himself to others in this way.
    And the sinful one is pardoned by the sinless One.
    The faithless one is forgiven by the faithful One.
    Clean and Serene;
    fresh water on the soul;
    the blood of Christ cleanses and makes whole.
    A tender heart of flesh.
    "Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
    Isaiah 1:18


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    A crisis has the power to catapult you into deeper communion with Christ. While it may temporarily paralyze you, it will eventually give way to realizing and appropriating greater spiritual truths and realities:
    The stones you once kicked at, you will now build with.
    The hurts you once harbored, you will now heal with.
    The God you were resisting, you will now find rest in.
    Encouraging and hopeful things are coming your way.
    Be obedient and stay near the One who has His hold on you.
    The plans He has for you are beautiful;
    and the works He has for you, preordained.
    To God be all praise.
    “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."
    Ephesians 2:10


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    "Then stood up Joshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and built the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings thereon, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God. And they set the altar upon his bases, for fear was upon them because of the people of those countries: and they offered burnt offerings thereon unto the Lord, even burnt offerings morning and evening."
    Ezra 3:2-3
    Today's Read: Ezra 3-5
    Of great consideration to this passage is the context which asserts a portion of history we must not overlook:
    God's people (Israel) had violated God's covenant and turned their backs on Him repetitively and with staunch determination to have Him removed from their presence.
    The hardened, unresponsive, unrepentant people were granted their wish and God determined for them a 70 period of Babylonian captivity. The Jewish people were dispersed, enslaved, and made subject to the prevailing powers of oppresive regimes placed over them.
    And then ... the 70 years ended.
    Returning to God at full staff was the order of the day.
    Surrendered flags of repentance were waved by a God-hungry remnant and a promised trip back to the motherland was finally theirs.
    God had kept His promises, preserved His remnant, and protected His people through rebellious years because God is faithful.
    Ezra is a two-part work coinciding with Nehemiah, telling the story about a prodigal son named Israel returning to a faithful father named God.
    It is the story about redemption and reconciliation.
    It is God's story to man about His infinite and immeasurable love.
    The return of God's people into Jerusalem, while mingled with joy and anticipation, was also a solemn one in many regards:
    Fear of the surrounding nations and the "return of the Jews" was not deemed favorable by all. The Jews were viewed as a threat and menace yet by many.
    Their presence would have been unsettling and their "building project" concerning.
    Gratefully, the King's hand (Cyrus of Persia), had procured them with a degree of safety and settlement but still ... the people surrounding them would have created no little anxiety.
    Hmmm ...
    What do we do when we are afraid of returning to a land which God has called us to but which we may not be received well upon return?
    Let's study a blueprint and DNA code of our spiritual predecessors:
    -We begin by securing an "altar" before the Lord.
    The flag of surrender and confession must be appropriately displayed and God's redemptive work fully relied upon.
    The altar begins with the foundation of confession.
    -We submit ourselves and give ourselves over to the construction of His cleansing methods and allow Him to rightfully bring the reconciling terms to us in order to move forward.
    He may remove us from people in order to propel us to new lands or He may return us to people and begin a needed revival back home.
    This is not for man to decide.
    This is God's doing and it ought to be given prayerful and careful consideration.
    Until the altar of a single and corporate heart is "made right" there can be no "flow of Immanuel's blood" flowing through it. And without redemption applied, reconciliation is denied and deemed impossible.
    This is the Gospel.
    The works of God will be made manifest through the realization of these spiritual realities in place but be sure of this:
    God's blood flow will never be shorted by man's deciding.

    God is calling the shots and His Son has provided the blood and until "this" redemptive package is applied to all there is no corporate story of God at work.
    End of Story.
    God's people here, erected an altar that spoke to reliance upon God, even in the midst of the human factors of fear and anxiety they were experiencing.
    Getting the order right and setting the order in place is paramount to witnessing God's great power.
    It was back then ... and it proves true yet this day.
    The "remnant" knew this and governed their activities and lives upon it. The foundation begins with the altar of the soul and confession upon it is the intial act of God at work.
    Everything hinges on this initial reality and flows in succession from it.
    Keep going to the altar, keep offering the sacrifices of prayer, praise, and confession, and God will determine how He is going to be lifted up.
    "And they set the altar upon his bases, for fear was upon them because of the people of those countries; and they offered burnt offerings thereon unto the Lord, even burnt offerings morning and evening."
    Ezra 3:3
    Morning and evening ... keep at it.
    God will be faithful to the end.
    Three Study Suggestions:
    1) Record a promise from today's reading that inspires you internally.
    2) Prepare the altar of your heart and make things right between you and the Lord.
    3) Wave your flag of confessional surrender and watch and see what the Lord does in response to it.
    Lift it high in the sky ... little Warrior.
    Pray for God to do something God-sized and then don't be surprised when He does.


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    People who overcome extraordinary odds know a thing or two about dreaming;
    they aspire to more because they see more.
    Overcomers aim a little higher,
    delve a little deeper,
    and aspire to more than "limits" can suggest.
    Overcomers are optimistic individuals who refuse to settle into the world of negativity and its overpopulated community.
    Overcomers live in a "mind world" of declared affirmatives:
    I'm able.
    I'm willing.
    I'm intelligent.
    I'm hard-working.
    I'm resourceful.
    I'm positive.
    I'm hopeful.
    I'm helpful.
    I'm enthusiastic.
    I'm passionate.
    I'm cheerful.
    I'm expressive.
    I'm a child of God and loved to the "enth" degree by Him.
    It's my desire, dear reader, that you become insistent on living the life God prepared for you.
    Live it joyfully, radiantly, and fervently.
    Live on fire for God ...
    And ignite your world.
    "The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."
    -Ferdinand Foch


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    I love the soul that God is making out of me.
    While I have tendencies to gripe, grumble, and bemoan the painful pruning process; I cannot discount the degree of growth God is producing in me through it.
    My knowledge of God's word, through the difficulties, has been translated and integrated into how I live, how I think, and and how I love.
    The appropriation of truth is refining and restoring me.
    As sure as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, God is with me and mapping out my destiny.
    A God-virus is spreading through me, dear reader, and I find myself ...
     -Better toned and more developed in muscle.
    -Straighter in stature and stronger in resolve.
    -More compassionate and more persuasive.
    -More in love and more impassioned.
    I'm more sure of God than I've ever been of anything in my life.
    I've become an "ear" astute at hearing and learning another's difficulties,
     and a soul that's safe to lean on in distress.
    I've become an "identifier" and not a "criticizer" on the journey of redemption.
    I've discovered that when I tell others the truth about myself;
    it makes it easier for others to tell the truth about themselves.
    And then Christ goes to work, dear reader, and we begin to learn the truth about Him and we activate it in how we live and love through Him.
    I'm learning ...
    When truth is in operation, anything is possible and all things conceivable through the Spirit.
    Mmmm ....
    To live out the terms of our redemption is the most joyful process on earth;
    and to come alongside others on their journey is invigorating and liberating.
    A God-virus is the best virus in the world to have,
    and when it spreads redemptively and benevolently to those around us,
    the works of the Father are made manifest.
    Hallelujah and Amen.
    "The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is."
    -Winston Churchill



    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    I made a remarkable comeback on the heels of an extraordinary setback;
    And my passions have been refueled and reclaimed.
    My joy is real, my faith is deep, and my life is full.
    My world has taken on a new look and I have awoke, as from a very deep sleep, to the wondrous mysteries, promises, and realities placed upon me by God.
    To Him be all praise.
    Sometimes we arrive at a place in our lives that is painful, hard, and difficult.
    It’s not the place we want to be,
    maybe it’s not even the place we ought to be,
    but it’s still the place we find ourselves to be.
    In this confined and narrow space, we come into close and personal contact with the God we thought we knew,
    and then realize … we barely knew at all.
    And this place we earlier questioned becomes inhabited with a development and a concentrated communion with God that nothing on earth compares to.
    God grows us, develops us, teaches us, and envelops us with His love.
    In this narrow space, we are elevated and brought into a wider place,
    where we learn to serve and love God.
    Some of you know exactly what I’m talking about …
    And others of you will learn in a time to come.
    Thank God for the hard places,
    the confined spaces …
    And a love that won’t let go.
    He brought me forth also into a large place; He delivered me, because He delighted in me.”
    Psalm 18:19


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt


    REFOCUS ...
    As many times as you need to."

    Respect yourself in the decisions you make;
    take back the life God intended you to live.
    If you've been living poorly, make this moment one of earnest confession, and begin the next moment with an act of pure obedience.
    Let no one rob you of your eternal calling or destiny.
    Let none decide "for" you what you are to be about.
    You are filled with endless possibility because God has employed and empowered you with endless possibility.
    Claim the promises of God even if you find yourself unconvinced of them;
    repeat them and stake your life to them.
    Order your life according to them, dear reader.
    When the word of God governs your mind, and the Spirit of God guides your feet, you will be employed and enabled with a "more than able" attitude and strength to fulfill your calling.  God Himself will appoint and anoint "you" with special provision, purpose, and power to accomplish what He has called you to do.
    Give no thought to any thought of man,
    unless it is in keeping and in realizing the truth and grace of God at work within.
    To God be all glory great things He will do ...
    "Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 
    Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. 
    Ephesians 3:20-21


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    The next time you drive past an automotive dealership, drive slowly and look at all the different makes and models represented. From new to old, foreign to domestic, factory to modified, make to model, a thriving dealership has a host of vehicles to choose from.
    Hmmm …
    Satan is crafty.
    He drives a lot of different makes and models into our lives. Sometimes we recognize him and sometimes we don’t; sometimes our guard is up, and sometimes our guard is down. Satan drives into our lives driving a different vehicle every day, depending on what he knows about us that day.
    He works to appeal to our appetites and our desires.
    Yesterday he drove a Ford and today he might drive a Chevy.
    Yesterday he was driving a Lamborghini, today he's driving a semi.
     We don’t recognize him often because he’s always driving something different.
    It’s significant to note that Satan has a strategy … but he also has a pattern.
    The closer you walk with Christ, the more sensitive and discerning the Spirit within you. The more aware you become of Satan’s tactics, the more quickly you detect him when he drives in … and "what" he drives in.
    The wondrous thing about God, on the contrary, is that He’s not working to deceive … so He drives a vehicle that is the same every day. He drives a holy white vehicle and He’s a pure and perfect driver. His goal is to keep His passengers clean and take us where we need to be at the time we need to be there. He wants us to know Him as the driver and trust Him as the carrier.
    He wants us to enjoy being seen with Him.
    There’s nothing more frustrating, distracting, or discouraging in one’s journey with Christ than taking a drive in a different vehicle, with a different owner, which temporarily appeals to our senses but drives us nowhere.
    We need to keep our senses sharpened with God’s word and our spirit in tune with His Spirit. We need to choose Him as our driver every day … and we need to confess when we have strayed and selected any vehicle other than His.
    Christ is the only reliable Driver there is … and there will never be any other.
    Father God,
    Help me to ride with You in “white” today.
    Help me to desire a clean ride with a clean driver who will take me to my true home; the only Driver who knows my destination and the only way to get there.
    Keep me in white, keep me on track, and keep me focused on the One who will drive me home.

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