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I often settle for less than Jesus has in store for me.

Here’s the twist though …quite often with all of the distractions in my life I don’t even notice it.

It’s ONLY during my prayer time, Bible study time, my quiet time (with Him), and yes even the not so “holier” times in my life when Jesus walks me back through the past hours, days, weeks, years, and shows me the moments that I have “settled” that I even take note of it. 

Know if this is you also this morning please rest assured that God is not making you nor I aware of this to beat us down or discourage us.

In fact this message should encourage us that though we are being made aware of our “settling” that in doing so we are in the least hearing from His Holy Spirit so we have the ability in HIM to change and/or get better.

The message to you and I this morning is simple…Jesus never desires that we ever settle for less.

He wants us to continue to seek more and more after Him for we are by the royal bloodline that we inherit as His children once we have given our lives to Him and we are PRINCES and PRINCESSES so why not seek after all that comes with that inheritance?

It is only when we realize that we have “settled” that we (in Christ) are more willing to do what is necessary to NOT settle for less than what He has promised us.

For example…if you went to a very expensive top of the line restaurant that promises the most “wonderful, unbelievably juicy, mouth watering steak in the world (now I’ve gone and made myself hungry…dang!!!) and paid the corresponding very expensive price for it there is no way that you would dare sit there and remain silent if the server placed a plate with a simple hamburger and soggy fries before you. 

You would do everything possible and go to great lengths to ensure that you received the meal that was promised you yet in our walk with Christ we quite often even put up a fight for what is rightfully ours due to the “Blood” that Jesus shed for us that made us co-heirs to the “throne” with Him.

My prayer today is that you and I fall prostrate before Jesus today asking Him to reveal to us times that we have “settled” in the past so that we can know what “settling” looks like.

Also, let’s ask Him to reveal via His Holy Spirit in the future times that we begin to “settle” for less than He has promised us since He paid a horrible, gruesome, yet necessary death by being “hung on a tree” to do it so we should in my humble opinion at least fight to attain said promises.

He love you today!

He woke me up this morning ESPECIALLY FOR YOU (and me) to pen this message so that we may have hope that He sees our “stumbles” in our walk with Him and that He is always there to pick us up when we fall.

He reminded me that all babies fall as they learn to walk and that they must go through that full process before they can run YET babies are not downcast during the process but excited and it is that kind of spirit that we should have while learning THIS walk (with Christ…and if you’re having trouble getting excited…pray for that also…He is faithful and NOT bored with even the simplest requests).

I love you dear brothers and sisters and have a Jesus-filled day!!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett 

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Love over Fear 

Posted: November 6, 2016 in Articles, Religion
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(Devotional from “Shaken” Discovering your true identity by Tim Tebow-Day 3 of five)
For Jesus, giving His life in return for our freedom from sin was a daunting task. In fact, on the night before He was to be crucified, He wrestled with God, His Father, while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me” (Luke 22:42).
It’s evident His heart was torn between doing what He knew was necessary and being shadowed by the fear of what it required. In fact, the Bible says that Jesus “being in agony… was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground” (Luke 22:44).
Jesus wasn’t in agony over a little something; He was sweating drops of blood. That is a big deal! While I’m sure He was partly afraid of the physical torture that was coming, there was a greater fear. His crucifixion also meant separation from God.
He would bear the entire weight of the world, of my sin and yours, on the cross. And that meant that until His resurrection, His heavenly Father would turn His back on His Son. That perfect relationship would be severed. Physical torture is one thing, but abandonment can hurt even more.
So Jesus asked His Father if maybe, just maybe, there was another way. Yet, He didn’t park on that thought for a long time. Jesus’s prayer quickly continued, and He ended His tear-filled plea with the following: “Yet not My will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42). This is what needs to be done, so I’ll do it.
Fear doesn’t make you give your life for someone else. Fear doesn’t make you run into a burning building to save your child. Oh sure, you may hightail it into that building afraid that something bad is going to happen to your kid, but your love for that child will overwhelm that fear.
Fear doesn’t make you take a bullet for someone. But love does. Let love dominate, the kind of love that we choose over our feelings, over peer pressure, over our selfish desires, over our fears, and over our disappointments.
When you want to be the most powerful or the strongest you can be, always choose love over fear.
What are you scared about today? How can you act out of love in that area of your life instead of out of fear?

‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:17-18‬ ‭MSG:
“God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.”