Posts Tagged ‘spirituality’

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

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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

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