Posts Tagged ‘Christian’

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

“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

During my Bible study time today God showed me that just as it was with Israel as they went up to fight against the tribe of Benjamin for evil that the men of Gilead who were "Benjamites" committed we do not always succeed immediately at a task immediately EVEN when the Lord is with us (read the account in the scriptures found in Judges 20:1-21:25).

The Israelites lost two battles to Benjamin even after the Lord told them that they would succeed. However, the Israelites kept inquiring of the Lord and God gave them the victory when HE determined it to be.

As I read this the Lord put in my spirit to write to someone today that though you have been fighting a mighty battle believing God for a promised victory know that He has has already handed you the victory yet you MUST continue to trust in Him for it.

God promises us victory but what is important to note is that the victory may not always be attained in the manner that we wish it to be attained.

So stay strong today, gear up for your battle, fight with your Godly weapons as hard as you can, get your family of brothers and sisters to fight with you, be encouraged that God has given your enemy into your hands to be "utterly destroyed", and rejoice for your victory is surely near.

He loves you! He interrupted my daily routine with this "special broadcast" JUST FOR YOU!!!

He knows that you have fears and doubts but know that He already knows that you hides them in your heart scared to be judged by others for them, He is not offended by them but He does want you to stop being so religious that you fail to place them at His feet acknowledging that you are too weak to rid yourself of them and that you need HIS power to deal with them.

So lay the doubts and fears at His feet EVERY time they enter your mind and allow Jesus to do what Jesus does every day….fights for you and loves you with His perfect love!!

Be blessed and I pray for you to have strength in the Lord Jesus surrounded by His perfect peace in battle be they physical, spiritual, or both today!

Ron "Big Black" Garrett

The sphere of influence that God has placed around you is NOT for you simply to be “liked”, admired, or just for your benefit.

He has placed you in your sphere so that you can be used to move people closer to Jesus, to spread the message of His salvation, to be an extension of His hands to do work through you, and so that you yourself may grow in Him as you serve others emulating what He has done in serving you.

We do this as we share our testimony and sometimes by not even saying a word but by how we live our lives for Christ before them as we sojourn through this “thing called life.”

He loves you! He wanted me to let you know that He indeed “sees the one who is reading this that feels invisible and unseen by Him.”

He sees you and YOU ARE LOVED BY HIM!!! Your job is to stop listening to and believing “others” and begin to trust and believe in Him.

I don’t know who this is for but know that I added this on and it wasn’t even a part of this message when I first received this message this morning so He gave it to me ESPECIALLY for you!!!

So be encouraged and know that HE IS WITH YOU AND HAS NOT FORSAKEN NOR ABANDONED YOU but loves you perfectly and infinitely!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

A dear brother posed the question to me “how do I get closer to God? How do you do it brother?”
I started writing the following response in the Spirit and decided to share it after a prompting of the Holy Spirit. I pray that it helps someone today:
Comment: “We will talk off line It’s not as hard as it seems and people put too much pressure on themselves to be other than who God created them to be.  
The number one problem is that we often think that if we don’t serve, act, or think like others in the faith that we are somehow inferior and that they are somehow superior…that is wrong thinking.  
Picture this. When you were a kid did your dad disown you every time you did something wrong? Did he throw you out of the house because you made mistakes or missed he mark on assignments or tasks that he gave you (mothers or whatever caretakers also if no dad…not talking about evil ones that abuse their children either)? Good parents STILL love their children NO MATTER WHAT THEY DO and so does God!  
We often equate OUR way of thinking to God’s when His way is perfect and bereft of the nonsensical way we often think.  
He knows our propensity to sin which is why He dealt with it by ransoming Jesus for us as the perfect atonement of our sins ONCE we accept Him as savior, repent, and ask for forgiveness. 
We then reap benefits AS we continue to grow IN HIM (this is individual and each person is different because EACH persons mission is different).  
Lastly, and for instance. I used to always look at my wife and others like Pastor Rusty when they would pray for hours and want to be like them. I would do what they did…lay in my prayer place, put or not put music on, get up dark a.m etc, (nothing wrong with all of this and we should always strive to grow closer in prayer).  BUT I would always end up distracted after a while or I would fall asleep (not talking about being lazy and sleeping), etc but I could never seem to do it with ease as they did so I figured that I wasn’t as “holy” as they were and I often would be so disappointed that I would quit praying all together except for church and “groups”.and then basically pretend that I was doing as they did as to not be embarrassed (can you say the pride was strong in this one…me).  

One day as i rekindled my desire to be like these prayer warriors I got to about ten minutes and I started to get upset at myself again and I felt God speak into my heart “why are you still laying down on the floor frustrating yourself?”   “I answered “I want to be like my wife, Pastor Rusty Nelson and others”.  
God then impressed upon my heart “why?” I was stunned for a second and I thought “because THATS what Christians are supposed to do.  
What happened next was not only life changing but broke yokes of self-doubt and freed me forever. God impressed upon me “son…I made them that way but I made you a certain way also and while YOU may not be able to pray like they do THEY are not able to do the things that I’ve uniquely designed you to do! Son, know that your five minute prayer means just as much to me as someone else’s ten hour prayer WHEN prayed sincerely and honestly” (pray longer if you can but don’t use what I’m saying here to simply be lazy).  
Simply put my brother PRAY and ask God to show YOU how to pray and then simply pray and when you feel like there is nothing else then don’t. 
Also, stop comparing your faith to someone else’s because you don’t have a clue if they are really as “holy” as you THINK they are…they might be but they might not be either.
Lastly, simply LIVE your life and enjoy the little and big things, the joys, and the knowledge that Jesus is with you and ministering to you IN your pain.   
You don’t see what I see in you my friend and the “seeking” continually after JESUS and learning to be honest with Him about your fears, your distrust in Him on certain issues (when I started doing this it was freeing and happened less and less as my trust in Him grew…He ain’t mad at you and can handle it bro).  
Express times that you felt He let you down and ask forgiveness for your period of doubts and ask Him to strengthen your beliefs and give you peace from the doubts (sometime the doubts cause is to seek Him more BTW). 

 Simply put…JUST Chill and enjoy Him my friend and know that just like our children throw temper tantrums and misbehaving until they grow (hopefully LOL) He knows that we will do it less as we grow in Him.  
I have gone through seasons of complete trust only to be followed by one of complete distrust and God has seen AND LOVED ME…and yes…sometimes disciplined me through them all.  
Hope this helps. I was going to keep it very short but I feel that this was also meant for someone else. We still will talk offline my friend. Love you bro and you WILL continue to grow but if you don’t…HE STILL AND ALWAYS WILL LOVE YOU!!!”

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

Just when I think that I cannot be amazed at the hypocrisy of people on social media the hypocrites never fail to disappoint and amaze me at how even more hypocritical people can be.

I’ve been off of social media and regular media for sometime only to watch the news today only to hear the Obama administration’s CIA Director say exactly what myself and those who are concerned with the influx of invented refugees from Syria and the Middle East.

We were called everything from bigots, etc., for saying EXACTLY what the FBI director is saying in this matter and below are three articles that I wrote some time ago and one that I forgot about that was prophetic about Orlando as it concerns Isis, radical Islam, and the LBGT community being in danger from Islamist fundamentalist:

https://ronbigblackgarrett.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/lbgt-community-are-you-awake-yet-our-government-is-allowing-isis-in-this-country-and-they-will-kill-you/

https://ronbigblackgarrett.wordpress.com/2015/11/20/put-up-or-shut-up-before-you-castigate-christians-for-being-wary-of-the-terrorists-that-are-hiding-among-the-refugees/

https://ronbigblackgarrett.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/todays-rant-i-care-about-the-refugees-too-but/

My question is since this man works for the administration are you who castigated me going to castigate this administration for what the Obama administration’s CIA director Brennan is saying in his briefing on Capitol Hill which BY THE WAY contradicts the administration’s past and recent comments on Isis (their strength, their numbers, their progress, etc.):

http://www.breitbart.com/video/2016/06/16/cia-director-islamic-state-intensify-global-attacks/

In my former capacity as an Anti-Terrorism briefer I stated for sometime that ISIS will utilize the refugee stream to come into this country to kill people.

Though I expect none I would appreciate apologies in the comments below yet I know that since many of you fail to recognize the hypocrisy that you spew, lack honor to admit wrong, and are too cowardly or too love struck with this administration to call them out for hypocrisy, duplicity, and outright lying to we the people.

Lastly, I’m further amazed at how lil ole me has been ahead of this administration at every turn in my predictions because mine do not come from emotion…mine comes from educated experience and wisdom from God because emotions are fleeting and can change in an instant while God and the wisdom that He grants one is eternal and true.

Ron “Big Black” Garrett