Posts Tagged ‘God’

“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

#don’thatethemessenger

#prayandwaitforGodbeforeyouspeak

#ourwordsmatter

“When Ye Fast…”

Posted: August 12, 2017 in Articles, Religion
Tags: , , , ,

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

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

‭‭

‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:29-32‬ (NIV):  “They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”

This passage of scripture sounds like a lot of the church and many “Christians” today…especially the “approve of them” or the approval (saying that these things (these actions or “sins” are not going against God or even worse that He approves or is okay with sin.

Nor does this mean that we as Christians use the words of these scriptures to go out and beat people with them either. Jesus didn’t do that to “you” did he?  

I know He didn’t do that to me. He placed the choice in front of me…Him or the world…let me choose….once I chose told me to obey YET loved me either way but since I chose Him I gained His eternal life and became His eternal son.

Showing love towards people doesn’t NOT make one guilty of or says that we approve of sin either as so many in the church seem to think. We (the church) shun sinners and hold them to a standard that they don’t yet know how to attain with our “stinking in God’s nostrils” religion thinking that we are doing God some kind of favor when Jesus Himself hung with the “riff raft” not becoming one of them but changing them as they communed with, ate with, talked with, and listened to His message that was full of love, mercy, and grace (we don’t show a lot of grace these days especially towards the people of the world that don’t know any better).

If the people who run around “preaching” all of the time ACTUALLY, TRULY, and HONESTLY lived a Christ-like life out before the world (including their homes) it would do more to entice people who are not in the faith to want to be IN the faith.

YES, we never “water down” the gospel or walk in agreement with sin but what did Christ do when He met people? He often simply talked with them, found out about their lives, healed them of their ailment and THEN told them “go and sin no more” AND He did so in complete love, grace, and mercy.

It seems to me that He saved His most vitriolic comments for those who KNEW God’s Word church folk) who put the burden of the law around people’s necks without keeping it themselves, and the religious hypocrites of the day calling them “hypocrites” or “brood of vipers” revealing their true nature…I DO NOT WANT TO BE ONE OF THEM (hypocrites) and work daily to lay my life out before Jesus that I am not.

So let’s declare that today we will find at least one person to show the love of Jesus to without condemning them to hell before they even know that jell is real or showing them the Jesus that can keep them from going there.

Let’s walk our lives out before the world like the champions for Christ that we are filled with love as we exude pure, unfiltered grace, and mercy towards others as Christ has done for us.

Call, visit or show that person that you have a “beef” with that you forgive them even if they don’t forgive you so that they can witness for themselves that there is a God in Heaven that “forgives” and that you are choosing to forgive because He first forgave you.

Read the scriptures and proof me wrong in this…better yet proof the Holy Spirit that gave me this insight and put this word into my heart this morning as I communed with God.

Lastly, ensure that you know that I fully understand that someone that you approach may reject you…it’s cool and you are being no less than what Jesus said you would be at times…”rejected”. So show Jesus (to them) and move onto the next soul that He puts in front of you or minister Jesus into the next and every situation that comes before you today as you will undoubtedly be the only glimpse of Jesus that some will see today in this evil and dark world.

He loves you and so do I dear brother and sister!  

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