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If you are black how are you going to minister to the white person who God puts before you if you are so caught up with dealing with and seeing racism instead of seeing it via the prism of the Holy Spirit that it is NOT a white person but simply an evil person whose skin color is white who needs the blood of Jesus in their life?

The reverse is true also if you are white and you get so offended by “black first” groups that you start to feel that you cannot minister to a person of color because they have called you a racist when you know that you are not when you should be viewing them through the prism of the Holy Spirit as someone who has been so hurt by racism that it is blinding them to now return hate to you which is also a trick of the enemy.

You see the TRUE problem is NOT racism but the evil that perpetrates it…the devil!

He (the devil) loves how we make our personal points and leave God’s Word out of the equation because he knows that it fosters hopelessness and in the end anger to the point so that we “choose sides” INSTEAD of choosing Jesus.

THIS is what God has shown me that is happening today and what He is most sad and furious at (He just impressed this to me now as I sit in my car writing this as HE instructed me to) is that His people have become some of the worst actors in these dramas behaving like little devils instead of the children of God that they were made to be.

Even worse is when “leaders” in HIS church rant and rave sans His Word returning hate for hate instead of love for hate and all in His Name no less when He has authorized no such thing and never would.

Ensure that you are not attaching Jesus’ Holy Name to your earthly priority of YOUR brand of justice that is aligned with this worldview.

Further, ensure that you leave His Holy Name out of your “returning hate for hate” diatribes that you claim comes with His Name simply because you serve Him.

Read your Bible…even earthly, secular Kings who did not know Him “served” His will so servants are a dime a dozen…it’s obedience that He is after and when we align ourselves to these various movements simply because they “seem” righteous does NOT mean that He is with us because not everything that looks “good” is not “God”.

Stand up against evil yet ensure that when you do you allow yourself to do so being led by the Holy Spirit and definitely do not act like the devil and accuse an entire race for what some in that race have done as each man’s (woman and child also) sins are credited to them only and not someone else.  

A few scriptures to let sink in:
Ezekiel 18: 20: “The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.

Jeremiah 31:30: “Instead, everyone will die for their own sin; whoever eats sour grapes–their own teeth will be set on edge.”

Galatians 6:4-5 “But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.”

Romans 14:10, 12 “For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.”

James 4:17 “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

Romans 1:21-22 “because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools.”

Lastly, let’s all remember what Galatians 3:28 teaches us: 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
So we are either with Jesus all the way or with the race that has been assigned to us by man.

I don’t know about you but “as for me and my house we will serve the Lord”!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

https://www.facebook.com/Illumeably/videos/255895358148905/
This awesome lecture (linked by Mrs. Angela Lee Duckworth) is nothing more than a worldly version of many of the of the New Testament and specific the author of many of its writings the Apostle Paul on how to “succeed”.

God impressed in my heart as I watched it that if we lived life with “grit” commitment to Him, His Word, His teachings, and led by His Holy Spirit then we would garner the means of “success”. Not as the world views it but if an eternal one.

I am not the smartest, I’m not the best looking, I’m not the wealthiest…I am not a lot of things but what I am most importantly is a child of God who does his best to keep his commitments and who does not quit AND who raised his kids to hold their commitments once they made them (my daughter will attest to that).  

If you signed up for something you followed through and you definitely weren’t allowed to quit ESPECIALLY if I put $ in it, 😂.

This taught my children to first be wise in choosing their commitments and if they did commit that they would have to follow through even to the point of loss and this was BEFORE we became Christians…even more so now.
Ron “Big Black” Garrett

Something that God has placed on my heart the past couple of days that He asked me to pose to those who “follow” Him.
Are you really obedient? Are you really obedient to His word?

My heart breaks when I see people due to political preferences, political party, or simply because they “hate” the current president who was elected YET cannot bring themselves to pray for him as God instructs us to.

And please don’t get “Holier than thou” since many who support President Trump (may God richly bless and protect him and his family) failed to do the same under President Obama (may God richly bless him and protect him and his family) and would not pray for him for the same and other reasons.

This does not mean that we have to walk in agreement with their policies, leadership styles, when they lie, when they commit evil (ALL “MEN” DO…yes, even Pres Obama and Pres Trump), or their policies.

But what it DOES mean…and if you want to know the truth AS GOD has placed on my heart the past couple of days (though I’m only posting this NOW…should’ve been yesterday) due to disobedience that there are many of you who profess Christ as Lord that during the past administrations and now during the current administration continue to go far past political discussions with your jokes about the authority that God has either placed or allowed to placed over us (some of you are laughing yet God is NOT amused).
He specifically brought me back to the “racial” and other jokes about President Obama and He has shown me the SAME with the “racial” and other jokes about President Trump that “Christians” have been publicly making then and now and even worse with a NASTY and “stinking in HIS nostrils” pride that has reached His throne that HIS people should grow OR be growing past…but they are not…and this is your warning (now you may understand my disobedience in putting off writing this one for a day or so).

If this is You (as it has been me in the past) GOD (not me) wants you to repent, ask for forgiveness, and begin to act like HIS children who are “called” by HIS Name instead of continuing to behave like the people who are trapped in this world.

Lastly, the scriptures below testify to what God has put in my heart in this writing and He SPECIFICALLY has a word for the one who scoffs at this post with the attitude “who does this n—– think he is?” AND the one who has committed this act against His word yet pridefully ask…”surely not me? Or…”Trump is awful, un-Godly, doesn’t support MY values or beliefs so it’s okay to make fun of him” or President Obama was/is is awful, un-Godly, doesn’t support MY values or beliefs so it’s okay to make fun of him”.

Let me assure you that God has told me that this “pride” is the kind that “kills” and it is NOT about accepting your President or not it is about OBEDIENCE IN AND TO HIM and if you CANNOT bring yourself to do as He says then WHO is truly YOUR god?…it surely cannot be Jesus.

Let that sink in, pray about it, and I bid you peace as NOW I have peace because I myself have done HIS bidding in posting this (I ask forgiveness Lord and will do better with your strength).

Scriptures:

1 Timothy 2:1-3(NKJV):

Pray for All Men

2 “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, andgiving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,”

Proverbs‬ ‭21:1-4‬ (‭NKJV‬‬):
1 “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts. 
3 To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 
4 A haughty look, a proud heart, And the plowing of the wicked are sin.”
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 ‘Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive.’
C.S. Lewis

God has reminded me for the second time this week of what He put on my heart when He dealt with my “black pride”.  

He said “son, you cannot serve me the way that you are supposed to until you stop putting your “black pride” before MY Word and TRUTH. ANYTHING that comes before ME including your “black pride” is an “idol” and you know how I feel about them.”

Most importantly He reminded me that MOST black people who claim Christ as Savior CLAIM that they have forgiven whites for horrible slavery and racism BOTH past and present (AND vice vers sense racism goes both ways and ANYONE is capable of it) but their words and actions prove otherwise.  

The Bible is clear “forgive or you won’t be forgiven” God modeled how we are supposed to forgive when He gave us His Son Jesus to die for and as forgiveness of our sins.

He forgives us NO MATTER our sin and He doesn’t throw our sin neither past, present, or future back in our faces everytime that we do something wrong.  

Why does God not have me address the former slave-owner or racist?

Don’t know…don’t care…I stay in my lane and do what HE tell me to do and NOT what others including the black community tells me to do.

Mayhaps He chose me because I use to have a “taught” level of hatred of for whites that it took me to the brink of becoming so radical that I almost came to a point of hurting people who had no more connection to slave-owners or racism than I did to inventing the “wheel”.

So when God showed me the truth..I TRULY forgave and became “free” and when I asked Him why others like me don’t do the same He let me know that sadly there are many who know His Word and truth just as I do but they CHOOSE to continue to walk in the sin of unforgiveness and that I did NOT want to be in THAT “number” when the proverbial “saints coming in.”

Don’t “hate” the messenger!!!  

Well… even if you do I don’t care anyway so whatever.

Ron “Big Black” Garrett 

(Added: 

(The following is a comment that I made to a dear sister Bridges Hope as she thanked me for the article that God put on my heart as writing it brought me to tears as I recalled that time in my life:

 “Thank you my friend! When He first convicted me of this (JUST BEFORE He sent me to “bus ministry” and then youth…I know you remember those days) I was scared to death to say anything to black folk about it. But God was patient with me and at a Verge He finally released me to start writing so I knew it was time YET I still didn’t write about it for about two years. For a black man who is not afraid of much I knew the attacks that were going to come my way were going to be fierce because I used to treat people that way so I knew what was coming but I realized that Christ knew what was “coming” to Him before He went to the Cross to die for me yet He STILL did it anyway (I’m tearing up writing this) so fearful or not I knew it was time so I started writing and saying it and I’ve been free ever since. (I’m going to add this to it by the way)”

If you know me well you know that with my sense of humor one of the things that I find funny is that few people fail to understand why veterans are so vocal when they stand up for their rights. 

The reason that it seems that many of us have ice water in our veins when it comes to expressing ourselves is that for however many years we served we were often denied many of the very rights that many “civilians” in their apathy take for granted.

No “free speech”, “pursuit of happiness”…as long as it doesn’t hinder the mission, the right to “redress your government with your grievances”…ONLY if the grievances come about if they violate their oath or the law and then ONLY by taking it up the chain-of-command….etc., and so on…you get the picture and if you don’t you’re exactly who (the apathetic person) that I’m talking about).

So you see…if it seems that a service brother or sister seems to fight you harder than a “normal” person on an issue know that the first thing is that we are already used to fighting ( for your tail to express the very right you wish to deny him/her) and because we once volunteered to give up those rights now that we have them back we take them very seriously because we know how precious they are (one only knows how precious something is when it’s lost and found again).

Lastly, WE WILL ALWAYS BE SEVICE MEN AND WOMEN and we are always just a call away NO MATTER our age and physical limitations to “pick up a weapon” to once again defend this God-blessed nation and it’s ever-increasingly hostile against us peoples (smh…the very ones that we fight FOR) and our way of life.

So sleep well, warm, and cozy without a care in the world under the very “blanket of freedom” that every military man and woman has crafted for you.

A blanket that was sown with the blood, sweat, tears, and yes even deaths of those who run into the face of danger as you run back into your comfortable house peeking out of the curtain terrified because WE dare to face death as we face those who desire to destroy our way of life and take away our freedoms.

I leave you with one of the greatest quotes from one of my favorite movies (A few good men) that will sum up what I’ve said here:

Col. Nathan R. Jessep: “You cant handle the truth! Son we live in a world that has walls, and those have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it you, you lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury, you have the luxury of not knowing what I know, that Santiago’s death while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence while grotesque and incomprehensible, to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you talk about parties; you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall! We use words like honor, code, loyalty, We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something, you use them as a punch line. I have neither the time,or the inclination, to explain myself to a man, who rises and sleep under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner, in which I provide it. I’d rather you just say ‘thank you’ and go on your way. Otherwise I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn, what you think you are entitled to!”
So I suggest you just say “thank you” and be on your way!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

1 Chronicles‬ ‭29: 1-20 MSG:
“Then David the king addressed the congregation: “My son Solomon was singled out and chosen by God to do this. But he’s young and untested and the work is huge—this is not just a place for people to meet each other, but a house for GOD to meet us. I’ve done my best to get everything together for building this house for my God, all the materials necessary: gold, silver, bronze, iron, lumber, precious and varicolored stones, and building stones—vast stockpiles. Furthermore, because my heart is in this, in addition to and beyond what I have gathered, I’m turning over my personal fortune of gold and silver for making this place of worship for my God: 3,000 talents (about 113 tons) of gold—all from Ophir, the best—and 7,000 talents (214 tons) of silver for covering the walls of the buildings, and for the gold and silver work by craftsmen and artisans. “And now, how about you? Who among you is ready and willing to join in the giving?”
Ready and willing, the heads of families, leaders of the tribes of Israel, commanders and captains in the army, stewards of the king’s affairs, stepped forward and gave willingly. They gave 5,000 talents (188 tons) and 10,000 darics (185 pounds) of gold, 10,000 talents of silver (377 tons), 18,000 talents of bronze (679 tons), and 100,000 talents (3,775 tons) of iron. Anyone who had precious jewels put them in the treasury for the building of The Temple of GOD in the custody of Jehiel the Gershonite.
And the people were full of a sense of celebration—all that giving! And all given willingly, freely! King David was exuberant. David blessed GOD in full view of the entire congregation: Blessed are you, GOD of Israel, our father from of old and forever. To you, O GOD, belong the greatness and the might, the glory, the victory, the majesty, the splendor; Yes! Everything in heaven, everything on earth; the kingdom all yours! You’ve raised yourself high over all. Riches and glory come from you, you’re ruler over all; You hold strength and power in the palm of your hand to build up and strengthen all. And here we are, O God, our God, giving thanks to you, praising your splendid Name.
“But me—who am I, and who are these my people, that we should presume to be giving something to you? Everything comes from you; all we’re doing is giving back what we’ve been given from your generous hand. As far as you’re concerned, we’re homeless, shiftless wanderers like our ancestors, our lives mere shadows, hardly anything to us. GOD, our God, all these materials—these piles of stuff for building a house of worship for you, honoring your Holy Name—it all came from you! It was all yours in the first place! I know, dear God, that you care nothing for the surface—you want us, our true selves—and so I have given from the heart, honestly and happily. And now see all these people doing the same, giving freely, willingly—what a joy! O GOD, God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, keep this generous spirit alive forever in these people always, keep their hearts set firmly in you. And give my son Solomon an uncluttered and focused heart so that he can obey what you command, live by your directions and counsel, and carry through with building The Temple for which I have provided.”
David then addressed the congregation: “Bless GOD, your God!” And they did it, blessed GOD, the God of their ancestors, and worshiped reverently in the presence of GOD and the king.”

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As I finished up my Bible reading and time with God this morning I read the scriptures above which made me reflect on the huge process that Pastors Rusty Nelson and Leisa Lowery Nelson (and the rest of our church leadership) are leading us into with the purchase and transformation of our new church home in the Butler High school facility.

When David gathered Israel before the crowning of Solomon as his replacement as King and for the commissioning for Solomon to begin the building of the temple he honored thanked God for the opportunity to help prepare for His house to be built by Solomon.

As I read these scriptures I recalled the “vision” walk through that our pastors provided for the servant leaders to not only view the future church home but to also provide the vision that God had given them as he blessed us with the opportunity to reclaim a facility that had long been thought as lost and was mothballed. But God saw something different and had planned for this day fifty years ago when the building was first built to be a house for His people to minister to His people, a home for the “lost”, a refuge for people who find themselves in life’s many “storms”, and a place where the Name of Jesus would be exalted as His message of Salvation is spread throughout the earth.

Just as David did in this passage Pastors Rusty and Leisa have already invested monetarily with money for this “building” (refurbishing and rebuilding in some cases) his church home but they have also tithes and lifted up offerings from their lives to the service of the Lord as an example of how “we” the servants of God can help.

I’m so proud and honored to serve side by side with these two people who live what they preach and I’m further honored to join with them in seeing this “vision” come to fruition as I’m sure that we all do.

I ask you to pray and seeks God for what you can do be it financially, prayerfully, or in service in building this new church home and I pray that we have this same spirit that David and Israel had when faced with the building of the Temple in our service and/or giving for the project.  

These are exciting times…I’m so stoked!!!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

2 ‬ ‭Thessalonians 3:1-13‬ ‭MSG‬‬:  “One more thing, friends: Pray for us. Pray that the Master’s Word will simply take off and race through the country to a groundswell of response, just as it did among you. And pray that we’ll be rescued from these scoundrels who are trying to do us in. I’m finding that not all “believers” are believers. But the Master never lets us down. He’ll stick by you and protect you from evil.
Because of the Master, we have great confidence in you. We know you’re doing everything we told you and will continue doing it. May the Master take you by the hand and lead you along the path of God’s love and Christ’s endurance.
Our orders—backed up by the Master, Jesus—are to refuse to have anything to do with those among you who are lazy and refuse to work the way we taught you. Don’t permit them to freeload on the rest. We showed you how to pull your weight when we were with you, so get on with it. We didn’t sit around on our hands expecting others to take care of us. In fact, we worked our fingers to the bone, up half the night moonlighting so you wouldn’t be burdened with taking care of us. And it wasn’t because we didn’t have a right to your support; we did. We simply wanted to provide an example of diligence, hoping it would prove contagious.
Don’t you remember the rule we had when we lived with you? “If you don’t work, you don’t eat.” And now we’re getting reports that a bunch of lazy good-for-nothings are taking advantage of you. This must not be tolerated. We command them to get to work immediately—no excuses, no arguments—and earn their own keep. Friends, don’t slack off in doing your duty.”

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I’ve always known that “welfare” the way “man” administers it is a flawed perversion of God’s perfect example of how to deal with the poor.
Welfare in this country started out with good intentions and WAS an extension OF the church’s heart given to its people by God (people forget that the church used to work hand in hand with the government to help people) to help people through even our government that “we the people” elected.
As normal though and as “we the people” moved further and further away from God men/women perverted this “help” from something that was meant to be “good” into a political tool to accrue power for themselves and/or their particular political party’s (BOTH sides are guilty of this by the way).
As I read the scriptures above this morning God brought me to remembrance of how I felt as a child growing up in welfare and how I knew that many of the people administering the program didn’t care about me/us (my family) didn’t truly care about us (there were many workers in the program that did truly care) but that we were simply numbers in a game of political money and no “love” was administered along with the assistance that we were provided.
But as I read those scriptures God showed me what true welfare is and that it comes from a heart that is centered on Jesus and through people that are willing to be used by Jesus to help people and NOT to simply get an EBT card for food stamps or to receive a paycheck but as a vehicle or avenue for them to be exposed to the gospel THROUGH receiving said assistance and thus receive “living food” and “living water” (perfect assistance) that will never run dry no matter their situation.
When welfare was first administered it was a cooperation between church and government as churches often received money to assist the poor but once politicians got into office who hated God and knew that this assistance helped to spread the name and way of Jesus they, over the years reduced the churches influence in government based on the lie of the “separation of church and state” (which is another topic for another day).
AND it was “we the people” who allowed it to happen through our vote just as we allow evil to happen in our government and in our land through our vote today.
Lastly, we should most certainly help the poor as it is most certainly God’s command and our duty as citizens of Heaven.
However, we must also heed the warning from our brother the Apostle Paul on how to deal with the “lazy” (those who won’t “work”) on this issue as noted in these scriptures 
I’m not talking about the people who truly need help. I’m talking about the people who sit on their “rump” and do nothing when they are fully capable of working and providing for themselves.
These Scriptures clearly tell us how to handle them and I pray that as you read them that we as a community pray and ask God to embolden us all as brothers and sisters to (in love) help people without leading them to a life of dependency on the federal government who then quite often becomes the false god in their lives that they depend on for sustenance instead of the One and only TRUE God who gives them “meat” and “drink” that would help them live forever.
My name is Big Black and Jesus approves of this message (since He is the One who gave it to me).
Ron (Big Black) Garrett