Posts Tagged ‘spirituality’

“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

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

The sphere of influence that God has placed around you is NOT for you simply to be “liked”, admired, or just for your benefit.

He has placed you in your sphere so that you can be used to move people closer to Jesus, to spread the message of His salvation, to be an extension of His hands to do work through you, and so that you yourself may grow in Him as you serve others emulating what He has done in serving you.

We do this as we share our testimony and sometimes by not even saying a word but by how we live our lives for Christ before them as we sojourn through this “thing called life.”

He loves you! He wanted me to let you know that He indeed “sees the one who is reading this that feels invisible and unseen by Him.”

He sees you and YOU ARE LOVED BY HIM!!! Your job is to stop listening to and believing “others” and begin to trust and believe in Him.

I don’t know who this is for but know that I added this on and it wasn’t even a part of this message when I first received this message this morning so He gave it to me ESPECIALLY for you!!!

So be encouraged and know that HE IS WITH YOU AND HAS NOT FORSAKEN NOR ABANDONED YOU but loves you perfectly and infinitely!

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

 

 

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I can’t honestly say that I didn’t experience some of these things that Colonel Allen West speaks of in this meme.

BUT, what I didn’t do was sit around and “worry” about these people (racists…or anyone for that matter), waste time thinking about them (their actions, their words or their deeds)’ or even allow what they think of me affect the direction that I was trying to go because I always felt that to allow someone else’s thoughts, deeds, beliefs, or actions to affect me for even one moment as a TRUE sign of weakness.

I always figured that it was THEY who had the problem since they were racist and if the saying that “time is money” was true (and in many ways it is…especially back then) then it was THEM that was wasting time being productive while I continued to rise toward my goals, dreams, and visions.

I considered this “grown man thinking” back then and I still do.

Even now as a Child of God I use these principles in ministry because I can say and do what God’s Word says without considering or “fearing” what “man” (people) think about me.

This is true freedom because it comes from a place of realizing that as Jesus’ Son “other’s” opinions are simply that…their “opinion” and thus has no bearing on where HE (Jesus) is leading me.

Many of us…especially in the “Church” simply need to grow up.

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

P.S:  I would be remiss if I did not point out that it is only because of the sacrifices of those who came before me that I even have the freedom to think this way.

First and foremost this means Jesus and then people like Martin Luther King Jr. And many other heroes.

#GrownManThinking