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Jackie Joyner Kersee once said “it is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.”

As Christians we need to from time to time look back at where God has brought us from so that when we provide our testimony we give hope to those who are In likewise situations so that they know that God is with them in all things.

 But far too often we as brothers and sisters in Christ can fall into the trap of an almost worship of our past focusing on it more than where God is taking us to.  

The truth is that our past and present circumstances are simply a vehicle that the Lord uses to get us to our final destination and it is “we” who allow ourselves to be distracted from the grand reward that awaits us at the end of this earthly journey via worry, doubt, unbelief, and mistrust of God (don’t worry though..He knows all of this and STILL loves us and is with us in ALL things!).

So today I encourage you to look back ONLY when you need to but to spend more time enjoying this wonderful journey that we are on by spending your time looking forward to what God has in store for you…it is well worth it and a more awesome way to spend your time.

He loves you insatiably and has many great and wonderful “plans” for you!!!!

Trust Him today with your future as He grows you into whom HE desires you to be using the proverbial fertilizer that IS your past as the fuel to do so.

He is perfect and is worthy of your praise and worship so take a moment to simply thank Him for not only what He has done for you but for Who He is.

My prayer for you today is that you realize how much He truly loves you and He proved as much by providing His One and only Son as a perfect sacrifice so that you may not die but live!

Blessings from the “Big, Black Dude”!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

Our nation WAS intended to be “one nation under God” though many today foolishly try to imply otherwise due to their lack of knowledge of our history.  

Did the founding people always follow God as they should in every aspect? Well that answer would be a big, fat, NO…but that does not diminish the fact that the intent was for our nation to be under the guidance of the Judeo-Christian God and even the simple “deitists” among the Founders postulated to that with the caveat that the government not be able to force anyone to serve or not serve said God.

THAT was the “original intent” and NOT the falsehood that is bandied about today that “separation of church and state” means that God had to be left at our front doors and had no place in our government or that people that believed could not invoke His Holy Name if they were government servants or when introducing policies or legislation or as the basis of how they would govern (as long as they did not force the people to serve their God) and history proofs my position on this. 

Having said that and/or whether or not one is in agreeable with those truths or not is NOT my point today ((so I’m not debating it since it stands on proven, historical merit) but the point is that the scripture below teaches us that if “we the people” of this country want to prosper, be protected, etc., that God BETTER be the God of our nation.

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭33:10-22‬ ‭(MSG)‬: “GOD takes the wind out of Babel pretense, he shoots down the world’s power-schemes. GOD ’s plan for the world stands up, all his designs are made to last. Blessed is the country with GOD for God; blessed are the people he’s put in his will.

From high in the skies GOD looks around, he sees all Adam’s brood. From where he sits he overlooks all us earth-dwellers. He has shaped each person in turn; now he watches everything we do.

No king succeeds with a big army alone, no warrior wins by brute strength. Horsepower is not the answer; no one gets by on muscle alone.

Watch this: God’s eye is on those who respect him, the ones who are looking for his love. He’s ready to come to their rescue in bad times; in lean times he keeps body and soul together.

We’re depending on GOD; he’s everything we need. What’s more, our hearts brim with joy since we’ve taken for our own his holy name. Love us, GOD, with all you’ve got— that’s what we’re depending on.”

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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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

https://www.facebook.com/RickAndBubba/videos/10154281318864570/

Love my brothers Rick and Bubba (the link is to a video…once you watch it the following will make sense).

I was speaking to a gay friend about these issues (the current debates on Islam, Christians, religion, Islamist terrorists, and the constant accusations of Christian “hate” when we really only want to live according to our beliefs) some time ago and said basically the same thing.

IF you truly love and serve Jesus you CANNOT participate in “hate”.

I have friends from almost every persuasion and respect their right to live as they see fit yet I as a Christian rarely am afforded the same.

I don’t expect the Muslim, the Hindu etc., to be forced to believe what I believe yet daily there are attempts to force me into either denouncing my beliefs or to walk in agreement with others.

What’s sad is that many in the LBGT community are tired of the overt activism that is done in their name.

How bout we simply be truthful to one another (even if it hurts), agree to disagree and love one another regardless of our disagreements.

What’s sad is that that is the desire of most Christians yet the media, activists, and other “True haters” (the ones who are truly spreading hate) continues to define hate as anything that is Christian…even more sad is that it is often faux Christian’s who claim relationship with God who are really the problem.

#rickandbubba

Acts 4:13: Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.

Jeremiah 29:11: 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

As I finished reading today’s “Coffee Break” devotional by my dear sister @Lorraine Ezell (Link: http://coffeebreakdevotional.blogspot.com/) the Holy Spirit guided me back to the scripture from Acts and impressed upon me “the story of your NOW life, huh?”.

Since I am a person who loves a life that is filled with humor I knew that God was sort of poking his beautiful finger in my side saying “that’s you!!!” so of course I LOL’ed because it’s “soooo” true.

Most people don’t know that I struggled in school due to all of the distractions in my environment (no father, domestic abuse, surrounded by violence, generational curses, etc.) and I was routinely called a “dummy” and someone who would “never amount to nothing” by many of those as I grew up that should have been encouraging me and helping me instead of beating me down (this practice is continued today no matter what “hood”…black, white, or “other” people live in…stupidity is an equal opportunity foe).

But God!!!

Close to the time for me to hopefully graduate high school I looked around and determined that if I stayed where I was that I would either be selling drugs (had already sold some weed..sorry Momma…now you know), working a job that I hated due to my lack of education, in prison, or dead so I determined to “get out” any way I could and I did through the Army (no way at that time could I have gotten into college or a trade school).

When I gave my life to Christ He walked me back through those times and showed me that He was with me all of the way and that even through my bad choices He always had a “plan” for me, it was “good”, and that He would see me through it…and this was even when I was angry at Him and even staring my “hate” of Him on more than one occasion for allowing me to grow up in my mess of a childhood…Praise Him!

What does this walk down memory lane have to do with Acts 4:13?

Well, as you can see I was never a rocket scientist and couldn’t even stay I’m a Holiday Inn Express so that I could pretend to be one.

This is the reason that so many that knew me before I gave my life to Christ ESPECIALLY those that I grew up with stand in amazement when they read anything that I now write.  Further, sometimes when I go back to my hometown I have gotten used to the question “is that YOU?”  Or “nawww…that can’t be you…you couldn’t even put two,sentences together when you were a kid!”,  LOL!!!

Here I am…this “uneducated” and “untrained” man being used by the Lord whomNOW has so much confidence and who is such a far cry from the little boy who used to only puff his chest out only pretending to be one (many “men” do this today trying to fool people into believing that they are real men when in fact they are not…real men serve Jesus!).

So as I read this scripture today God reminded me of my past which lead Him to show me how HIS wisdom and my access to it makes me “wise” among men (I appear “stupid” sans of it), and how He will continue to grow me in wisdom as I continue to follow Him towards eternity…Ain’t He GREAT?

There is someone reading this today who struggling and who feels dumb, stupid, a failure, broke down, etc., because that is all that you have ever been told that you are and that you will ever be.

I have news for you…you can either continue to listening to that nonsense or you can start listening to what God has to say about you…His plans of “prospering” YOU, and His plans to give you “hope and a future.

He is using this blogpost RIGHT NOW to get your attention to tell you to get your eyes off of this world and to get your eyes onto Him!

You are INTELLIGENT because you have access to HIS intelligence!
You CAN be WISE because you have access and the key “Jesus” to the vast storehouse of His wisdom.

And most importantly…YOU ARE LOVED with an everlasting love that penetrates your person down to the tiniest cell into the very depths of your spirit!

He said and did all of this for me and If He did it (for me He will surely do it for you and one day you will look back and do as I did today thanking God for how far He has brought you and for giving you wisdom that the whole world will marvel at.

He loves you today, forever, and always!

Your brother in Christ (the former “dummy”…only because I listened to and received it from the people saying it instead of listening to what God’s word says that He said I am),

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

Job 7: 11-18:

11 “Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
12 Am I the sea, or a sea monster, that you set a guard over me?
13 When I say, ‘My bed will comfort me, my couch will ease my complaint,’
14 then you scare me with dreams and terrify me with visions,
15 so that I would choose strangling and death rather than my bones.
16 I loathe my life; I would not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are a breath.
17 What is man, that you make so much of him, and that you set your heart on him,
18 visit him every morning and test him every moment?

Sometimes I feel like Job…not that I’m suffering from anything like he did in my personal life but I suffer a deep pit in my heart and soul when God reveals to me the depths of foolishness that He has shown me in many of my family and friends who claim Christ yet fail to hear from His Holy Spirit.

I know this is a hard thing to hear…trust me, it was when God put it in my heart today as I read from His Holy texts and to tell the truth this is one of many posts that I have been loath and heartbroken to write as of late because God has shown me that many people (many people whom I care deeply about) who read the words that I write have no clue that the anger and disgust that they have when reading the things I write or in hearing the things that I say are in reality suffering from the “pride” that God so warns us to avoid through His many prophets, teachers, and scribes in the Bible and though the people that He currently speaks through that TRULY hear and recognize His voice via His Holy Spirit.

Again, I know it’s tough to hear and I can feel the “un-friends” or “unsubscribe” clicks that are about to happen as I type this because God has already placed the knowledge that some will do this even before I post this BUT if I truly am going to live as He says that I will… I MUST do as He says and pen this warning of the many heartfelt warnings that He has given me to share with HIS people and all that know me knows that even when faced with the pressure of the ever-increasingly “PC” (politically correct) world that we live with that this (me) man of God will do…what…the…Master…instructs….me….to…do.

I don’t claim to be anything special, I don’t claim to hear any more from God than anyone else does, I don’t claim to always fully comprehend what He is telling me or what He instructs me to say.

Heck, and since I’m an honest man I don’t always agree with what He tells me, and as I have stated I’m not always thrilled to be the “mouthpiece” that God uses me to be

However, I MUST always at least have a “willing heart” that will allow me to soar past my “questions”, my doubts, my flesh, the devil’s negative whispers, and my own selfish desires (wants/needs) so that He can use me not to fulfill my own wishes BUT so that I may fulfill HIS will for THAT IS why He created me and THAT is what I signed up for when I joined HIS Holy Army and just as I do daily..I reaffirm this commitment RIGHT NOW before you dear brothers and sisters.

I could understand if anything that I ever wrote or said was much like what I wrote or said in my former life was laden with “death” because there was no “life” anywhere in it but I do my best represent Jesus Christ in the best way that this (me) vessel (that’s all that I am) can with the level of God’s unmerited grace and mercy that I’ve learned to utilize in the 48 years that I’ve roamed this earthly realm.

YES, sometimes I fail but ONLY when I use MY words NOT HIS and I praise Him that even with all of my perfections He STILL chooses to use me and more importantly HE STILL LOVES ME!!!! PRAISE GOD!!!

So, it is without any further hesitation that I speak what God spoke into my heart today as was engrossed in reading His Word today.

There are many of you dear brothers and sisters who are ignoring HIS word and falling for the world’s “word” and He wants you to know that “it’s” word is the enemy’s word.

Further, there are many of you that (much like His people Israel did over and over again in the Bible) who are ignoring what His Word says because it makes you uncomfortable and put’s you at odds with “man” and his society.

In accepting this comfortable life you are not only turning your back on God you are aligning yourself with the dark, evil forces that rule this world no matter how much you think you are aligned with God.

By your acceptance of this world’s ways you are rebelling against the God who saved you from “hell, death, and the grave” and you will face judgment on the day that the Lord returns in all of His “might and glory”.

You have accepted what the world says is “right” and have disparaged God’s people (your brothers and sisters) when they’ve only tried to relay the message from Him that you are “wrong” and your “pride” is causing you to stumble towards a great “fall”.

BUT…God in His forever grace and mercy also wanted me to let you know that it’s not too late and all that you need to do is simply seek Him and you will find Him, ask Him for forgiveness and you will be forgiven, repent and turn away from the world’s evil, and that He is waiting for you with open arms only if you will humble yourself before His mighty hand.

Shucks, you are not alone in this for in writing this there are things that God has shown me that I currently allow in my life that are a compromise to this world’s way of doing things and I must proceed in the same steps in the fore-mentioned paragraph and know that I paused while writing this and repented for what He showed me in my heart, asked for forgiveness for it, and ran into His open arms with worship and praise thanking Him for not letting me “reap” what I was “sowing”…PRAISE GOD!!!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett