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“Everybody wants to be elite until it’s time to have to be elite.”

P.J. Fleck 

Head Coach University of Minnesota)

As I watched the show “Being P.J Fleck” …the cameras follow the dynamic coach as he mentors the young people assigned to his program he made the statement that is quoted above.

God (as He often does) impressed upon my heart that this statement is true among those who claim Him by Name some want to be “elite” (closer to Him) but are unwilling to put the work in when it’s time to do so.

Many in our faith look at others in the faith with secret or overt envy because it seems that they are “elite” as a “Christian” and “want what they got”.

Now know that this is a worldly way of thinking that is wrong because God loves each of His children and “all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God” but there are things that Christians can do to draw themselves into a closer relationship with Jesus which to anyone watching them would make them seem “elite” in their envious eyes.

First of all would be to pray and lay everything in your life at Jesus’ feet or as My Pastor Rusty Nelson said a week or so ago in a teaching to nail it to the cross because “the devil has access to anything that you haven’t nailed to the cross”.

Next, develop a habit of spending quality, quiet time with God praying to Him, thanking Him, worshipping Him, and just as you do in developing any relationship spend time getting to know Him by reading His love letter and instruction manual for this thing we call life the Bible as it’s teachings when truly applied to a “life” is proven to change said life.

None of this will make you anymore “saved” but what it will do is usher in more and more peace into your life and it is that peace that makes one Christian look more “elite” than another.

Lastly, don’t be discouraged if you are not at some level like another person of faith either because your assignment may be different than theirs and it’s not wise to continue to always be watching others (it’s okay to get your bearing upon salvation and at times as you “grow”) since you cannot fully focus on YOUR walk with Christ if you have your eyes sternly focused on others walk with Him.

Be “elite” today!! Focus on the things that matter and those are the things that concern our Lord and Master Jesus Christ.

He loves you and if I can let me let you in on a lil secret….You are already elite of Jesus is your Lord!!!!

It’s your mindset that must change if you feel less than elite because you can never know who you are in Christ Jesus if you don’t spend the time to get to know Him by doing the things that it takes to develop that closer relationship with Him.

He loves you and so do I!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

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

If the first words out of our (the Christian’s) mouth when an incident like the one in Charlotte or any other hate-filled event happens is NOT prayer then we are part of the problem and not a part of the eternal solution.

Everyone has words to say when an event happens but are those words fruitful?  

Do they hinder or help? And most importantly are they words that have been crafted and let out of your mouth guided by God’s Holy Spirit?

Let me give you a hint…if your words return hate for hate, if they tear down and don’t build up, or if they are words that stoke fear or anxiety instead of hope it’s a good bet that they are not words that are led by His Spirit EVEN if they are spoken from a pulpit or by a religious leader.

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

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“When Ye Fast…”

Posted: August 12, 2017 in Articles, Religion
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I normally don’t talk about it too much when I’m fasting unless it’s with other believers that I’m in a corporate fast with or with my family.

Even then in my personal fasts I sometimes don’t even share that I’m fasting with anyone to include my family yet over time and since I’ve done it so much they quickly figure it out if I’m not participating in food, abstaining from television, social media, etc. that I’m probably on some sort of fast.

Just recently our Pastor (Rusty Nelson) called for a corporate fast for our entire church and it has been particularly hard for me because I had recently been on a couple of personal fasts so that I could hear clearer from the Lord and I already felt weak going into the fast so I really didn’t want to but in obedience I must so I am.

I bring this up only because this time has been different and I’ve actually shared the fact that I’m fasting to a group of people (being vague as not to identify them) since they are always bringing me food so that they would not waste it.

I couldn’t quite figure out why I felt compelled to talk about fasting this time after not talking about it much over many years but today God impressed upon my heart why He wanted me to share what? why, and how I (we) fast.

This particular group that I’m speaking of is mostly a group of people who routinely go to church and profess some belief in Jesus and once I asked them not to bring me food because I didn’t want to waste it they understood.

However an incredible thing has happened as these people most of whom have never tried the discipline of fasting have engaged me time after time with questions about the various ways to fast be it corporate, Daniel, fasting of various medias (social, Tv etc), and personal to name a few.

Of course some (most) were intrigued, some were put off, and a few had no comment on the subject but the beautiful thing is that because God chose this time to have me be open about the discipline of fasting and put me in a situation where I needed to let people know what I was doing His Name has been on our lips all week.

Also, I have constantly been pulled aside with questions which evolve into other questions of faith and I have even gotten to pray for healing for someone (even a few people whose face looks like someone just broke wind in front of them when I talk about God have had questions and thus have heard about Jesus).

Now please understand that the Bible is clear that we are not supposed to bring light to our fasts if possible: Matthew 6: 16-18: 16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Know that this verse is always on my mind when I fast but God impressed upon my heart to “not be religious” and in this case that it was fine because of the fruit of increased faith and/or belief in Him that would result because of the conversations…and He is of course correct.
Just felt like I needed to share this one with you all today ESPECIALLY my brothers and sisters who are fasting with me.

Lastly, please ensure that we follow the referenced scripture in the paragraphs above as far as fasting goes unless God as I feel this time has given you the green light to speak out on it.

Also, if you are a believer who has not tried the discipline of fasting I encourage you to pray about it and try it.
Start off small if you have to with something like social media, Tv, maybe sugary foods, coffee (trust me..if you are a big coffee drinker this one is tough 😂), and/or you can find many credible, Bible based resources to guide you as you learn the fasting WITH prayer discipline that Jesus modeled for us to emulate.
Be blessed and have a Jesus filled day!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

Mark 2:13-17: (NIV)Jesus Calls Levi and Eats With Sinners

13 Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.

15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

I’m always amazed at how Christians shun those who do not share their faith when the very charter of said faith IS that we must emulate or “do what Jesus did” (if you will) and engage them so that through us (willing vessels) the pure, beautiful, life changing light of Jesus can penetrate their dark world and draw them to Him.

We are suppose to emulate our Lord as best we can at the level of grace that we are at yet far too often God has shown me that Christians (myself included) shun the very people that they have been mandated to help.

As we can see from the scriptures above that Jesus did not shun anyone and regularly hung out with “sinners” and people who were “disreputable” according to the religious people of His day.

Fast forward to current day and all throughout the history of our faith we see the same pattern of “religiousness” played out today as God’s people routinely showers the world with vitriolic rhetoric and quite often hateful comments instead of showering the world with the same love that Jesus showed us when we were still steeped in our sin (some of us are still there…we just look good and Christian in our church clothes).

It seems that in our “holiness” we in the faith sometimes get off track and get so offended at how the world acts that we forget that it is THEY who WE are here FOR, that WE are no better than THEM for “all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God (except for our relationship with God through Christ Jesus), and that God still loves each and every one of THEM and desires that “NONE should perish”.

Getting back to the scriptures above we see that Jesus ate with sinners so we can surmise that at these meals He laughed with them, He conversed with them, and since we know that many among them had issues He also cried and grieved with them yet WE walk around in a religious fog behaving as if we shouldn’t do the same.

As I close I’ll leave you with what God impressed upon me to write this today with and that is “son…meet them where they are at as I did with you”.

God didn’t wait until I acted “perfectly” (trust me..still don’t) or until I behaved like the Christian that others think I should be in THEIR eyes.

He first lured me in through people (watch this) who were simply kind to me who never preached one word of the gospel to me yet their kindness and the lives that they lived intrigued me to ask them questions about why they were so kind to me…THEN they were able to speak on Jesus!

Through a twenty year process they ate with me, cried with me when tragedy befell me, prayed with and/or for me EVEN when I shunned them (sometimes cussed them for it) or told them not to, and it was through this long process of interaction that the many showed me enough of Christ Jesus that I eventually decided to see if He was indeed real for myself and as you can now see…I KNOW THAT HE IS!!!

Sadly, the Christians that most hindered me from seeking after Jesus were the fake, phony, Holy in front of everyone but a devil in the dark (I saw them though because I was there too), looking down at a sinner, and if don’t join my church now Christians who I viewed as not much different than the “hoods”, thugs, and criminals that I knew from “da hood”.

Which “Christian” will you be today?

Shed off all of the religion and show the world Jesus by meeting them where they are at.
This doesn’t mean that you have to become like them and do what they do.  NO…if they hang around a Holy man, woman, or child of God long enough God will use YOU to change THEIR atmosphere and YOU will infect them with Jesus instead of them being able to corrupt you.

Lastly, ensure that you do what Jesus did by staying “prayed up”  before encountering the darkness of the world and ensure that each sojourn that you make is led by His Holy Spirit.

May the peace of Jesus be with you today in all that you do.
Ron “Big Black” Garrett

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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

Amos‬ ‭5:21-26‬ ‭(NIV‬‬) ” I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! “Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel? You have lifted up the shrine of your king, the pedestal of your idols, the star of your god — which you made for yourselves.”
(Please note that the questions that are posed by me in this piece are questions that God asked me to pose as I wrote it.)
As I conducted my daily quiet time with God and read His Word this morning He showed me again what He has been placing on my heart when He has me speak to His people (and myself) on hypocrisy, righteousness, duplicity, honesty, and walking in agreement with the world on issues instead of walking in the standard of HIS Truth (see the scriptures below from Amos).

So many people go to church, give their tithes/offerings, lift their hands up, jump, shout, scream, cry, have religious meetings, etc., not realizing that while those things are things that are “good” without God they mean nothing.

How do we leave God out of these things? We have left God out of it because we leave God and His truth out of our daily lives BEFORE we go and do these things.
He has shown me how we leave Him out of and walk in disobedience in many areas but the two that He constantly uses as glaring examples are politics and issues dealing with “race”.

In politics we have His people aligning with their preferred party so they castigate the other party of their wrongs yet when their party does the exact same thing they are either silent or make excuses for their aligned party.

In “race” issues His people who SHOULD ONLY be aligned with HIS race will castigate even the innocent of another race that is doing or has done evil things yet when the people who they identify with as “their kind” (this is nonsense if you claim Christ whether you like it or not) perpetrate the same kind of evil towards others they either make excuses or remain silent.  

This behavior is unGodly NOT because I say so but because HE says so both in His Word (look it up..start with Gal 3:28) and via revelation to me some 12 years ago when He told me that I could NOT serve Him with my “black first” or “black pride” attitude the way that He designed me to. I either had to serve it or Him…as you can see I chose and will always choose Him even at the expense the black community’s shunning of His Word from me that I mostly serve and love (love everyone but He has mandated this as my main mission field).

No matter the issue be it politics, race, religion etc., the standard should ALWAYS be Jesus!  

Our love, our ways, our way of doing things will fail since we’re not perfect but HIS love, His ways, and His way of doing things never will because He is so let’s today declare that we will stop aligning with things that have no chance to “save” and align with the truth of Jesus.

If this is you today (speaking to someone in particular that is reading this right now…he knows who he is) wipe that scorn off of your face towards me right now because you disagree with this word EVERYTIME He has me write it (YES…He sees your face, hears your prideful words that you speak against His servant simply for doing his job.  Know that the servant doesn’t give a rip though only in the context of where you are being disobedient to the Lord…I fear for you there).

God has a couple of questions for you with your “prideful” self.  

Are you really wanting to be on the side of your racial pride instead of on His side? Why do you even go to church if you are not willing to serve and listen to Him as Lord?  

You believe in Him and that’s “good” but don’t you want to receive all that He has waiting for you? You pray everyday but you have made your “race” your God since you sometimes overlook the Truth to walk in agreement with your race even when they walk against God’s teachings…do you really think that God doesn’t see your duplicity and cowardice to follow Him instead of worrying about what your “race” will think?

As I close, Joshua’s said it best Joshua 24:15 (KJV): 15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Lastly, there are many of you (along with the other that God had me speak to earlier) who continue to castigate me for simply speaking the word that God gives me on these things.

I beseech you to go to His Word to witness if what He has told me is true or not. 

 What is sad is that most of you already know but just like the Israelites in the desert you have become so “stiff-necked” that you continue to defy God in this area and it will eventually cost you.

And with that…I’m out!  

Have a blessed day!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

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