Posts Tagged ‘Faith’

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 

You can’t claim that you “hate” racism or act as if you hold some high moral ground in your criticisms of it when you yourself when among your “peeps” throw “racial shade” at other races in an attempt to dim their light.

When among your peeps you use offensive words like “blackie”, “nigger”, “wetback”, “honky”, “whitey”, “yella fella” (or whatever racial term used among YOUR “peeps”) yet somehow you get offended when someone uses a term that you find offensive….YOU ARE JUST AS GUILTY and a hypocrite at that ESPECIALLY if you sit in a darn seat at church calling yourself a “follower of God”.

No….you don’t really hate racism…you are a hypocrite who needs to repent before Jesus because you don’t hate racism you just hate it when it’s directed towards the color of your skin or your “peeps” and that is NOT a characteristic that the follower of Jesus should aspire to.

In all things we MUST as followers of Christ handle racial issues with the model provided for us in:

Galatians 3:28-29 (KJV):
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

#thatsrightisaiditGodgaveittome 

#nofiltertoday

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

“Sniff” The Air

Posted: March 24, 2017 in Articles, Religion
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Skyler (my son in law’s dog) is a beautiful, golden-haired, most beautiful light blue-eyed, and one of the most intelligent dogs that I have ever known.

She actually talks and groans at you to mark her joy or delight to you at whatever it is that’s going on especially if you aren’t giving her enough attention since the world DOES revolve around her.

As I prepared to begin my quiet time this morning I caught her in my peripheral vision in the door window (to the backyard) to my right and normally I’m so used to her walking around the back there that I don’t pay attention especially if I’m preparing to feast on God’s Word and commune with Him…BUT GOD!

I tried to look back down at my Bible app but was drawn back to Skyler and for the next minute or so this kept happening so I knew that God was trying to make me aware of something so I stopped what I was doing and focused on her (He did speak to Balaam Son of Beor via a donkey in Numbers 22 didn’t He? 😂)

As I watched Skyler it seemed that God made me pay particular notice to how she was sniffing the air to see what was happening around her as dogs do to be more accurate in assessing their environment.

It was then in that moment that God reminded me that we as Christians should symbolically “sniff the air around us” (pay attention) via His Holy Spirit to see what’s happening so that we know how to properly pray about it as well as how to respond to it in the Christ-like fashion.

Far too often many of us Christians in this brutally fast-paced world have come accustomed to simply “running off at the mouth” without thinking about what God has to say or what He desires to be done in a situation just as the “world” does yet somehow we still walk around “high and mighty” like we are a spiritual giant when in reality when we behave like this we have the power of a dust mite (need we be reminded of Romans 12:2: “And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable perfect will of God.”)

So let’s all as brothers and sisters in Christ slow down and take time to “sniff” the spiritual air to see what God is doing instead of letting politics, the news media, family drama (to include “baby mama/daddy drama”), fleshly influences, and even differences within the “Body of Christ” on how we should worship, praise, serve, or apply His Word (to an extent though…we have to keep it 💯 which is real and authentic for the ones who are sans of today’s vernacular and NEVER dilute the word to appease anyone).

So as I leave you let’s all right now take a moment, say a quick prayer for God to show us what’s going on around us and then “sniff the air” as we work through it via the Holy Spirit throughout this entire day today.

He loves you!  

He died a horrible, gruesome, yet necessary death just for YOU as proof of how much He loves you and He simply wants the best for you for all of eternity.

Lay your burdens, trials, fears, troubles, doubts, anger, and lack of faith at His feet and let HIM handle them instead of continuing to try and do with them what only Jesus can do (He did die so that you could you know).

I love you and pray that you have a Jesus-filled day!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

“I want to disabuse the Jews today of the false claim that you are the chosen of God – that Israel or Palestine belongs to you. I want to disabuse you of that. I’m going to tell you about your future. You that think you have power to frighten and dominate the peoples of the world. I’m here to announce the end of your time!”

“But I am here to announce today the end of his world and the beginning of a brand new reality that all human beings will enjoy peace, freedom justice and equality under the rule of Allah,” Louis Farrakhan 

Now I want you to go and read your Bible about what GOD says about HIS “chosen” people and then ask yourself WHY ANY Christian churches would entertain his presence in their pulpits.

Exodus 19:5: ‘Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine;

Deuteronomy 7:6-8: “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. “The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharoh king of Egypt.” (Verses end)

He despises the very tenants of our faith yet black folk and the Democrats who profess and allegiance to Christ as well as Republicans who want to be “in” with blacks gloss over his anti-Semitic rhetoric and vile words towards US (Christians) while speaking before HIS people (Muslims) only to wax and smile eloquently with charm and kind words to our faces.

Now before any of you fake, phony, part-time Christians dare disparage what I’m saying here due to your admiration of this man…I ask you to remember that I ALMOST became a Muslim and it amazes me that so many in the black community don’t truly understand Islam the way that I do since I have been to Mosques for “sacred meals” and was in study of the faith that try to act as if they who only know what Islam IS instead of listening to someone who have lived and almost became IT has to say.

Why did I NOT become a Muslim?  

It was a God thing YET He allowed me to go through that experience so that WHEN I experienced the sincere Truth of Jesus that I would recognize it and KNOW whenever ANYONE tried to deceive me…which is why I humbly praise God for that knowledge…AND now I can share this truth WITH FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE instead of regurgitating what someone else…ESPECIALLY the black community…even worse the “church” in it and being deceived by these false prophets.

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 president who was elected YET cannot bring themselves to pray for them as God instructs them to BUT can continue to poke fun of them to no end.
And please don’t get “Holier than thou” 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 day 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  (Pres Bush and previous ones) and now during the current administration who claim Christ as Lord YET go past politics 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? 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 the WHO is truly YOUR god?…it surely is not 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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I posted the following to a post that a dear brother in Christ shared on his Facebook page (link below) of words that Frederick Douglas penned about the church and since you all know me I had to add my thoughts and they are below but please first read he contents of the following link for context:

https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/evangelical-history/2017/02/02/one-of-the-most-haunting-paragraphs-i-have-read/
The irony in this piece here is that today’s church often still mirrors this as the church is more and more walking hand in hand with the slave-owners of today (ANY part of our society that is not submitted to Christ enslaves the people). 

The leaders on the church quite often collude and sell their souls and (as they lead them) the souls of their congregants to the highest bidder under the guise of serving Jesus for the “few pieces of silver” that corrupts their souls and leads “men” astray.  

As a young man I witnessed this and it was this that kept me from aligning myself with the church because I figured that I could do “bad” or what they were doing on my own.  

Some of the best “hustlers” that I’ve ever seen were church leaders as they hustled the spirit straight out of people with their anti-Christ behavior and false doctrines.  

Some of the most powerful pimps resided in the church as they pimped out men and women for their purposes instead of teaching them their worth as God intended them to do with the position that He put them in and some of the most sluttish prostitutes spew hate from their pulpits as they choose to genuflect in their “Jezebelish” ways before their true god satan INSTEAD of the One True God whose Holy Throne resides in Heaven.

Characters like these made me (and many others like me) run in a full sprint from anything “God”…..BUT GOD! My whole life I stayed away from the church BUT THEN I ran into “The Rock” (my home church The Rock Family Worship Center) as Pastor Rusty Nelson and people like you (Patrick Aube) my friend who simply serve as they are told to, who love people where they are like Jesus does, who never water down the gospel, who are not afraid to expose their imperfections and weaknesses to teach others how God makes them stronger through them, and how to lead others who have been hurt by the church back into the fold and then allowing Jesus to use that pain for His glory!  

How awesome is that?

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

As I read the following scriptures God brought back to remembrance the numerous times that family and friends would instead of listening to what God had put on my heart through the things that I write or speak about would chide, deride, or make fun of me for simply doing my “job” that He assigned me to do.

They treated me this way because I simply was pointing out hypocrisy or exposing long held “religious” or community beliefs (from the black community that I came from) that clashes with the pure truth of not only God’s written Word but also that He spoke to me and challenged me to confront the people that I love so that they could hear what HE (God) was saying to them through me.  
I didn’t ask for or did i want this responsibility as I was happy simply serving the homeless, working with our youth, praying with people who were hurting, and all of the other “God-like” things that Christians do.
I have to admit that in the beginning I was a bit disobedient and wouldn’t even bring these things up until God impressed upon me that I was caring more about being “liked” instead of doing HIS WILL which I claimed to “love” doing.
When i realized my wrong I started doing what He was asking of me and freedom began to reign in my heart and since then I’ve done my best to speak what He tells me to speak without reservation or care of what the person that is hearing about it even thinks.
This way of living has also been a blessing because it also sharpens me to hear from God when He speaks to me through others when they do the same towards me….in other words “game recognizes game”…HOW AWESOME IS THAT? 
So as the following scriptures or read I pray that you keep in mind that this is what God put on my heart this morning to show me the significance of them as they pertain to MY life.
Yet I also challenge you to look at these Scriptures according to what YOU may be going through as you confront family, friends, brothers, and sisters with what God is putting on your heart to speak into their lives about things that are contrary to Christ so that you also may be blessed by being able to hear more succinctly what GOD is saying through them or others to teach or correct you…be blessed:
Galatians‬ ‭2:17-21‬ ‭MSG: 
“Have some of you noticed that we are not yet perfect? (No great surprise, right?) And are you ready to make the accusation that since people like me, who go through Christ in order to get things right with God, aren’t perfectly virtuous, Christ must therefore be an accessory to sin? The accusation is frivolous. If I was “trying to be good,” I would be rebuilding the same old barn that I tore down. I would be acting as a charlatan.
What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that. Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.”
Ron “Big Black” Garrett

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