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Colossians‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭(NIV‬‬): “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

I often softly 😂 (lol) when I see all of the posts on social media, hear it on tv/radio, or have conversations with people who say that we are not to “judge” (admonish) people.

 The Bible is clear that we are to not judge ones’ heavenly eternity with our earthly eyes/minds and as we read the scripture above from the letter that our brother the Apostle Paul sent to the Colossi and as we read other scriptures in the Bible it clearly teaches us to among many other things to also admonish one another.

It’s in there folks….yet we should remember to do admonish with the caveat of doing so knowing that we ourselves must FIRST remember the “mud” in our own eye before judging the “speck” in our brother or sister’s eye AND IN LOVE.

This will enable us to judge with a higher level of grace and mercy that Christ has shown us while also coming at it from a place of love which will immediately or eventually “bless” instead of cursing the situation.

I have failed in this area numerous times over the years BUT PRAISE AND THANK JESUS that He has been patient with me and has grown me each year to be more and graceful towards others by using those closest to me to show me the “mud” in my own eye as I judged the “speck” in their eye eye  (I have also had to consider that constantly judging others made me feel better about myself as I judged them and ignored the areas of my life that I should be judging and correcting and IJS that when God made me consider this I either had to change course or stop growing…I can also see that many reading this also face this challenge today from the posts that I read on social media or hear from the mouths of many brothers/ sisters).


Thank you (and sorry at the same time but He has used me for you guys the same way 😂) Tracy Gowen Garrett Sarah Elizabeth Masters Mariah Ann Garrett, Devonte’ Townsend, and Kegan Masters as well as the rest of my family/friends.
I praise God for admonishments because they are not only catalysts for proper change in my life but they also are fertilizer for spiritual and more Jesus-like growth in me as I humble myself before God (He just gave me this as I was typing this btw…had never thought of it this way) He then grants me more wisdom because He know that I won’t “puff up with pride” and use it unwisely.

Even if I do He has seen that I have a history of humbling myself before Him so even when I do become prideful in that way I will repent and to my amazement He STILL grants me even more wisdom and my growth then becomes even more exponential ( didn’t even mean to go this way with this but He gives so I take and pass it on 😂).

SO, admonish others if you must through the prism of God’s grace/mercy granted to you as it does harm to the message of Christ when we don’t i the brother or sister that it’s directed at.  

Even worse not kearning  to admonish in love can entirely close up the hearts of the non-believer to the message of Jesus’s salvation for them and I must add that you will be held accountable for it (note: I say this so that you will take this seriously because God has shown me that He also takes into account our missteps due to the level of growth we are at and even forgets them entirely when we truly repent, ask for forgiveness and allow Him to work on us in this area).

Have a Jesus filled day and go and love on someone today will ya!!!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett 

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I read today that sociologists say that even the most introverted person will influence over 10,000 people in their lifetime.

The question to the “Christian” this morning is…what type of influence will you be?

Will it be the world’s status quo or it’s way of doing things or will it be to show the 10,000 or more persons that you will influence in your lifetime a life that is TRULY submitted to Christ?

Most of us love to say that we are committed to Jesus BUT when confronted with the truth of His Word in our daily lives we quite often show our true allegiance to our race, our culture, our creed, our political system, our heritage, THUS “the world” instead of Jesus as we walk in agreement with those opinions instead of Jesus’s truth day to day.

It’s never too late dear friends!  

Take time today to pray to Jesus and ask Him to cast His beautiful light into the areas that you hide in secret darkness that are knowingly or unknowingly aligned with the world’s way of doing things

Ask Him to purge your heart of allegiances that hinder your growth in Him be they your family, your racial pride, your political persuasion, etc., as they all MUST be secondary to Jesus for if they are not then THEY are YOUR God and God will NEVER play second fiddle to another “god” even one that you create.

Jesus wants and deserves first place in your heart above all others so if you claim Him as Lord and Savior then ensure that your sole allegiance lies with Him when challenged by the untruths that pose as truth in this earth.

Be blessed and have a Jesus-filled day!!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett 

“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

Mark 2:13-17: (NIV)Jesus Calls Levi and Eats With Sinners

13 Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.

15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

I’m always amazed at how Christians shun those who do not share their faith when the very charter of said faith IS that we must emulate or “do what Jesus did” (if you will) and engage them so that through us (willing vessels) the pure, beautiful, life changing light of Jesus can penetrate their dark world and draw them to Him.

We are suppose to emulate our Lord as best we can at the level of grace that we are at yet far too often God has shown me that Christians (myself included) shun the very people that they have been mandated to help.

As we can see from the scriptures above that Jesus did not shun anyone and regularly hung out with “sinners” and people who were “disreputable” according to the religious people of His day.

Fast forward to current day and all throughout the history of our faith we see the same pattern of “religiousness” played out today as God’s people routinely showers the world with vitriolic rhetoric and quite often hateful comments instead of showering the world with the same love that Jesus showed us when we were still steeped in our sin (some of us are still there…we just look good and Christian in our church clothes).

It seems that in our “holiness” we in the faith sometimes get off track and get so offended at how the world acts that we forget that it is THEY who WE are here FOR, that WE are no better than THEM for “all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God (except for our relationship with God through Christ Jesus), and that God still loves each and every one of THEM and desires that “NONE should perish”.

Getting back to the scriptures above we see that Jesus ate with sinners so we can surmise that at these meals He laughed with them, He conversed with them, and since we know that many among them had issues He also cried and grieved with them yet WE walk around in a religious fog behaving as if we shouldn’t do the same.

As I close I’ll leave you with what God impressed upon me to write this today with and that is “son…meet them where they are at as I did with you”.

God didn’t wait until I acted “perfectly” (trust me..still don’t) or until I behaved like the Christian that others think I should be in THEIR eyes.

He first lured me in through people (watch this) who were simply kind to me who never preached one word of the gospel to me yet their kindness and the lives that they lived intrigued me to ask them questions about why they were so kind to me…THEN they were able to speak on Jesus!

Through a twenty year process they ate with me, cried with me when tragedy befell me, prayed with and/or for me EVEN when I shunned them (sometimes cussed them for it) or told them not to, and it was through this long process of interaction that the many showed me enough of Christ Jesus that I eventually decided to see if He was indeed real for myself and as you can now see…I KNOW THAT HE IS!!!

Sadly, the Christians that most hindered me from seeking after Jesus were the fake, phony, Holy in front of everyone but a devil in the dark (I saw them though because I was there too), looking down at a sinner, and if don’t join my church now Christians who I viewed as not much different than the “hoods”, thugs, and criminals that I knew from “da hood”.

Which “Christian” will you be today?

Shed off all of the religion and show the world Jesus by meeting them where they are at.
This doesn’t mean that you have to become like them and do what they do.  NO…if they hang around a Holy man, woman, or child of God long enough God will use YOU to change THEIR atmosphere and YOU will infect them with Jesus instead of them being able to corrupt you.

Lastly, ensure that you do what Jesus did by staying “prayed up”  before encountering the darkness of the world and ensure that each sojourn that you make is led by His Holy Spirit.

May the peace of Jesus be with you today in all that you do.
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

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Whenever something “racial” happens and you side with your “race” instead of inquiring of the Lord Who Is Truth and Who you claim is your God you sir, ma’am, child have yourself an idol that you revere MORE than the One that you claim to love above all else (His command, eh?) and you MUST ditch that idol.

This does NOT mean that we stand up or against in justices but far too often lately the Lord has shown me time and again that people of an affected race who claim Christ as Lord side with their “skin” no matter what even when their “skin” perpetrate wrongs when seeking justice lumping the innocent of another “race” alongside the evil in the offending race.

This is unGodly behavior and the Lord is sick of it and is warning whoever reads this or hears it via the passing of it to someone that there will be a great judgement for perpetuating this sin…IN HIS NAME SOMETIMES NO LESS!!

REPENT of this evil for the time of the Lord is near and His desire is that you throw this shackle off of your life and trade it for His burden for it is much “lighter” and chocked full of promise.

Oh yeah, there is one that is reading this right now whose words are “this n—- done lost His mind!” Know that the Lord SPECIFICALLY is pointing this message to you today for you have mocked His servant (your boy) for preaching this as HE has given to His servant to save souls in the past.   

Know that indeed that my “mind” is completely healed and it is yours that is sick and polluted by your “racial” thinking and black-first (insert YOUR race here for everyone else) mentality instead of a Christ first mentality and no matter how many times you go to church, how many songs to Jesus you sing, no matter how much “good” you do, no matter how many times you raise your hands or pay your tithe, etc., it is for naught in God’s eyes because you have an idol of your race that is your God…you know it is true YET you continue to disobey God because you fear being judged by your race.

Who do you serve? Who is truly your God?  

Search the scriptures to see if what God has had me say is true. You yourself has said (God just gave me this by the way) “yeah, I know what he (Ron) is saying is true BUT.”

There IS NO “BUT”…you are either obedient or not and your either serve God or your “skin god”….”as for me and my house….

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

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