Posts Tagged ‘spirituality’

Youth leaders often stand in the gap for youth who have parents who are too busy for them.  

They stand in the gap for parents who simply don’t care for or who abandon their children.

They also stand in the gap for parents who are not too busy and love their children as a “help” or assist to their children in their spiritual development or simply to walk beside both the parent and the youth as they navigate through this thing called life.

All of these roles and many more define the youth leader of today yet know and understand that we do not simply stand in the gap for our youth.

Our real mission is to first lead them into a life filled with Christ and then as Paul did for Timothy mentor them to become leaders themselves to replace us so that they can in turn mentor the next generation of our youth to do the same.

This is mine and any Jesus-fearing youth leaders passion and is what drives us to spend our time, prayers, and quite often resources on this segment of society that is often ignored because they are quite often “hard to deal with”.

So I want to encourage all youth leaders and those who have mentored, helped, or supported them (we ALL have a hand in their development BTW) to continue to “dig in” and invest in our youth in the Name of Jesus Christ.

The weariness that you often feel and the pain that you feel when a youth in your care is harmed, dies (for whatever reason), abused, and the list goes on of the terrible things that we walk through them and their families with is worth it and is recognized by Jesus!

So strengthen yourself in the Lord Jesus today ESPECIALLY that youth leader that He had me pen this for this morning who is contemplating quitting because it has become “too hard” to continue.

God is about to refresh you with some of the youth that you have mentored as you see how you have impacted their lives so stop focusing on the “lost ones” and focus on Jesus and the ones that you’ve mentored to good growth in Jesus!

He loves you and last but not least I want to thank all of the parents out there for allowing us to mentor your children and I apologize for those who evily abuse your trust by abusing the privilege of mentor ship of your children by committing unspeakable acts or who only do what they do for selfish reasons.

We who take this deal seriously and simply love your children wanting to see them flourish and allowing the Holy Spirit to use us to do so thank you for this privilege and we vow to not let this honor given to us by you go to waste.

Love and blessings on this awesome day!

Ron “Big Black” and always a youth leader at heart “Garrett

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Romans‬ ‭3:23-24‬ ‭(NIV‬):  ‬ “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”‭‭‬

As I read this scripture God firmly placed in my heart that we (Christian’s) need to remember this verse when ministering to others since far too often we go about it from a position or feeling that somehow we are better than those we are ministering to when this verse points out that we are not.

We are no better than the drunk, “druggie”, the criminal, the “other” religion people, etc., because the ONLY thing that makes us “better” if you will is that we chose to heed Jesus’s call.

Without Him no matter our station in life or how well we’ve “got it” we’d be in the same boat headed traveling on hell river headed towards eternal damnation ocean and it would be wise that we remember that when ministering as not to “puff up” lest pride enter our preaching as it is a major reason that many refuse to “be like” us.

I’ve found that the most effective form of ministry that is non-threatening is to simply be loving to people as Christ has loved me and to preach the gospel less with my mouth and more with my life.

As I do this those around me become intrigued so I get to actually preach Jesus’s message of salvation and transformation of “our” (theirs and mine) and if they are already in the faith but growing I do my best to humbly show how I grew and am growing so that they can seek God for the best way for them to grow.

Let’s ensure today in our attempts to reach “the lost” or to help our hurting brothers and sisters who may be younger in faith that we do so with the humility that comes from the knowledge that we are all “sinners saved by grace”.

I love you and speak blessings and he Peace of Jesus over all that you do today and I pray that you pray the same for this sinner saved by grace surely needs it.

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

My Advantage 

Posted: September 25, 2017 in Articles, Religion
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The seeming advantage that I have when it comes to faith in Jesus is that I remain fully aware of how lost I am without Him, what my lot was when I sought and found Him, and that I am keenly aware that I’m a complete sinner that is only saved by grace.

Remaining aware but not living in this awareness allows me to run headlong into my day serving Jesus with fervor, passion, and with relentlessness all the while doing so with an ever growing level of grace as taught to me by His Holy Spirit.

So I ask you dear brothers and sisters to take a second and recall what He as done for you, where He has brought you from, what He has saved you from/for, and thank Him/praise Him/Worship Him for it.

Have a Jesus/filled day!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

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

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