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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 

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

Feed on this one

Posted: April 2, 2017 in Articles, Religion
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Feed on this one folks…far too many people in the “Body” trying to be “popular” whether it be to “church folk”, politicians, the people of their race, their community, or even their family.

Jesus commands us to speak words because they are truth NOT to speak them nor water HIS Word down so that we can be or remain popular.

Lastly, know that this applies when someone is racist towards you too people!!
God has so placed on my heart that many who call Him LORD will not be recognized because they can’t or won’t forgive due to the racism that they have encountered or witnessed in their lives.  

They think that they are right in their continued unforgiveness but I assure you that they are wrong…dead wrong (eternally at that) so if this is you today or if you are suffering from ANY form of unforgiveness I beg of you to lay in at the feet of Jesus today and ask Him to deal with it and to grow you past it.

‭‭Luke‬ ‭6:26-36‬ ‭(MSG‬): “There’s trouble ahead when you live only for the approval of others, saying what flatters them, doing what indulges them. Popularity contests are not truth contests—look how many scoundrel preachers were approved by your ancestors! Your task is to be true, not popular. “To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.

“Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that. If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that’s charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that.

“I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind.” (Scripture ends)
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Ron “Big Black” Garrett
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Numbers‬ ‭13:26-33‬ ‭MSG‬‬:    “They presented themselves before Moses and Aaron and the whole congregation of the People of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran at Kadesh. They reported to the whole congregation and showed them the fruit of the land. Then they told the story of their trip: They presented themselves before Moses and Aaron and the whole congregation of the People of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran at Kadesh. They reported to the whole congregation and showed them the fruit of the land. Then they told the story of their trip: “We went to the land to which you sent us and, oh! It does flow with milk and honey! Just look at this fruit! The only thing is that the people who live there are fierce, their cities are huge and well fortified. Worse yet, we saw descendants of the giant Anak. Amalekites are spread out in the Negev; Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites hold the hill country; and the Canaanites are established on the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan.”
Caleb interrupted, called for silence before Moses and said, “Let’s go up and take the land—now. We can do it.” But the others said, “We can’t attack those people; they’re way stronger than we are.” They spread scary rumors among the People of Israel. They said, “We scouted out the land from one end to the other—it’s a land that swallows people whole. Everybody we saw was huge. Why, we even saw the Nephilim giants (the Anak giants come from the Nephilim). Alongside them we felt like grasshoppers. And they looked down on us as if we were grasshoppers.””

How many times has this happened to you?  

How many times has God given you a promise through a vision or a word from someone that you know speaks His Word truthfully and accurately only to have people who surround you…some “Christians” no less tell you that it isn’t going to happen?  

How many times have these same people or the “world” instead of supporting you in the promise that God has given you instead try to instill fear in you or try to have you follow after a false or substitute promise created in their mind (or even a promise that THEY have been given) in instead of what God has told you?

My friends this happens all of the time (I know that it has for me) and is a tried and true tactic of satan because it quite often works for him to make the believer quit and/or distrust God.

This trick from satan will Not work if the individual truly trusts God to do what He has said He will do and is willing to look past the current day “Anak’s” (“giants” of trouble) that are standing in your way of God’s promise to you and look to God to keep His promise which He has ALWAYS on record to do.

This is for someone specific today!!!!

You have allowed God’s promise for your life to be dimmed to a point that you can no longer see the vision that He gave you so you think that “it’s not going to happen”.

Yet I have something that God put into my heart for you today dear friend so I write this to you that you only feel this way because you are wholly focused on the “Anak” that stands in the path on your road to the “promise” INSTEAD of the Holy God who can and will destroy that giant at a whim if you will only learn to look past them and look forward to Him.

He never promised you that the journey to the promise would be easy…only that it would be worth it and that the ultimate reward would be that the promise would be kept and He wanted me to remind you that all along He has kept up His part of the bargain as He always does.

He knows that you love Him dearly but still much like the Israelites in the desert you have taken your eyes off of Him through grumbling, lack of faith, pride, unbelief, and listening to others (also your flesh and the devil) instead of God (also…even to other “church” people who try to counsel you but don’t even have control of their own lives) and this…NOT HIM…is holding you from His promise for your life!

YET….DON’T you dare despair or be down that you have allied yourself to be distracted…condemnation is NOT what this message is about.

God has given me this message to you to show you what has transpired and how to get back on track….here it is!!

Repent to God right now where you sit, ask for forgiveness for allowing yourself to be distracted, and ask Him to instill and work a spirit like Caleb, son of Jeppunuh (and Joshua, son of Nun…but Caleb was my favorite because he was “old” and still strong like me 😂) into your heart and trust God to do what He has promised you WITH the understanding that it may or may not look in the end what YOU think it should look like but that it will be what God has promised for HIS purposes for your life.

He love YOU!!!  

He gave me this message specifically for someone to receive and you know who you are!

He also intends that others be inspired or re-inspired of the “promise” that He has given them so that they can be “un-distracted” by their “Anaks” and return back to their road and to their journey towards His promise for their lives and He has today used YOU and Me to do it!!! How awesome is that?!!!

Be blessed and lets in unison praise Jesus for His kept promises staying loyal to us even through our failing hearts!

Thank you Jesus for loving us and keeping your promise to us!! Amen!!

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

Matthew 6:15:  But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

People often ask me how I am able to “forgive” when I don’t feel like it. 

 Below is a prayer that I sent to a young person that has been through some hurtful situations lately. 

 God put this person on my heart so I reached out with the following as directed by Him and I hope that it helps someone. I started out saying this prayer and now I’m able to simply tell people that offend me that I forgive them to their face as I’ve grown if the situation warrants it or if God tells me to but know that the most important thing is to seek God and forgive the person to HIM in the very least as it may not always be a goodIdea to reapproach a person who is “hell” bent (literally…that is what it is) on hurting you. Again, I pray that this helps:

“(Content withheld) God put you on my heart with the forgiveness post that I put up specifically. You have to forgive those that have hurt you recently. This doesn’t mean that you forget what they did and continue to allow them to hurt you but you have got to forgive them. I always try to pray similar to this when doing what I’m speaking of here;  

Lord Jesus, You know that this person (name) or group (could be your work, a church or whatever entity) has hurt me and You know that I’m still hurting about what they did to me. I forgive them NOT because I feel like it but because of obedience to You and Your word. I pray for them right now through my hurt and ask You to bless them though I want to do nothing but curse them right now. Lord forgive me of wanting to not forgive them also as I want to be forgiven on the day of Your return. I lay this hurt (name it…what they did or that you perceive that they did to you) at Your feel Jesus for You to deal with on my behalf and I trust You to do it and when I don’t trust You in my heart for it please help me in my untrust. I thank You for the victory over this hurt and I love You Jesus and it’s in Your Holy Name I pray sweet Jesus. Amen!”

I urge anyone in a situation concerning unforgiveness to practice this since if we don’t forgive we won’t be forgiven by God. I have numerous people in my life (family members included) that I no longer communicate with due to the toxicity that they bring into my life but I have forgiven them and I can now through healing from Jesus over the years be cordial to YET ONLY interact with them due to their toxicity when God directs me to.

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

As I went through my Bible reading (devotional to be posted later) and quiet time with the Lord just now God really put heavy on my mind the word “forgiveness” and how many of His people who claim His Name and Him as Lord refuse to forgive for past racism and enslavement of black people (this message though specifically for the Christian black community is also the same for Christian whites and others as God wants us to get past the color labels and be “Christian” first, foremost, and always which would solve most racial problems within the “church” and then we could model that behavior for the world…wouldn’t that be something?)

Further, the same people even go as far as to hold white people of today who have done them no wrong to account for the past being so blinded by this that they fail to see that they are being anti-Christ and unbiblical in their behavior and God reminded me today an now them through me that they must heed His warnings found in His Word that if the fail to forgive that THEY THEMSELVES will not be forgiven.

Please note hat EVEN IF ANY WHITE OR PERSON OF ANOTHER RACE is racist towards a black person and if a black is racist towards a white OR WHATEVER “race” is racist towards another race that in the body of Christ STILL YOU MUST FORGIVE AS CHRIST FORGAVE YOU (with no caveats) or you WILL NOT be forgiven…His words NOT mine!

Lastly, know that it’s my “cheat day” and all that I wanted to do is be in a “fun zone” today eating delicious food that I can only have one day a week so I had nary the intention to post something so heavy today but God had other plans.

So take it as it is or not and/or be obedient to HIS WORD or not…not my problem as I have done my job in obedience…so “hi hay”…”hi ho”…in search of donuts and fried chicken I go!!!
Ron “Big Black” Garrett