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Live Like It’s Beneath You

Live Like It’s Beneath You

Here’s what you need to know to live like your enemies are beneath you — because if you’re sitting in the right place, they already are. But if you don’t know the truth, defeat will be a regular occurrence. To live free, you need to know the...

TownHall.com Op-Ed – Divided We Fall: America’s Massive Humility Crisis

AS PUBLISHED IN TOWNHALL.COM, September 30, 2017 — Divided We Fall: America’s Massive Humility Crisis. “Does kneeling during our national anthem make one a son of a perverse and immoral woman, deserving to be fired, as President Trump suggested Friday night? Does standing during the anthem prove one’s patriotism? We can talk about the symptoms of America’s woes all we want, but only when we get honest with ourselves and each other will we have a prayer of dealing with the real root of what ails us: America is in the thick of a massive, and growing, humility crisis. North Korea aside, the pandemic of arrogance in our nation has festered into the number one threat against our very existence. If we don’t reverse this trend, it won’t be a nuclear bomb that melts us . . . ” Read the op-Ed

Live Like It’s Beneath You

Live Like It’s Beneath You

Here’s what you need to know to live like your enemies are beneath you — because if you’re sitting in the right place, they already are. But if you don’t know the truth, defeat will be a regular occurrence. To live free, you need to know the truth. Are you under attack or facing a challenge? You really can live like it’s beneath you.

You have three arch enemies in life, in no particular order: the first is the world. It has a mold that it is constantly trying to press you into, to get you to conform to the status quo — or worse.

Your second arch enemy is your own flesh. Have you noticed that you can, at times, be your own worst enemy? That’s because it’s true.

IT’S TIME TO SHED SOME LIGHT on what defeats your enemies.

If you’re not careful, you can talk yourself down (or talk yourself up), into believing things about you that are not true. Once you take the bait, it’s all downhill thereafter.

Your third enemy is the devil. And, yes, I realize you may not believe in him, but that won’t change the reality of his existence. Denial will simply strengthen his ability to negatively influence you.

Denying the existence of your three primary enemies won’t do anything but guarantee an ongoing cycle of defeat. The first step toward defeating an enemy is to acknowledge its existence. But simply acknowledging your enemy is not enough to bring it to its knees. You need a strategy to not merely recognize your enemy, but to defeat it. This is where understanding your position comes into play.

 

YOU REALLY ARE ABOVE IT ALL
Ephesians 2:6-7 (NIV) says this: “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

The truth is that if you have given your life to Christ as your savior, you have more than you could have ever dreamed. You not only have all your sins forgiven, once and for all — even though that would have been enough in itself. (Having all our sins forgiven is massive, a huge gift from God, who was not in any way obligated to rescue any of us).

The moment you receive Christ, you are seated with Him in His position of absolute victory. This is why Christ’s ascension is so important.

YOUR ENEMIES REALLY ARE BENEATH YOU. The key is to live like it.

There is no one higher than Jesus. Consider that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11, NIV). The point of these verses is to show us that God the Father is so totally pleased with His Son, Jesus, and no one is above Him.

Guess what that means for you, if you have given your life to Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and invited Him to be the Master of your life? It means that the world, the flesh and the devil are beneath you. They may seek to bring you down, but given your position with Christ, at the right hand of favor with the Father, every single one of your enemies is beneath you.

You don’t have to settle for giving up and giving in to your enemies. The truth is, you can live above them all.

Have you given your life to Christ? If not, what are you waiting for? Victory over your foes is only possible when you’re in a right relationship with Him. Until you are, you’re wasting precious time, and the only life you’ll ever have this side of eternity.

Right now is a great time to surrender to God by accepting what Christ did for you on the cross. And, if you know Christ as your savior, make sure you live as if your enemies are beneath you. The truth is, they are. 

 

HOW HAVE THESE TRUTHS ENCOURAGED YOU? HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING OUT OF LINE WITH YOUR POSITION IN CHRIST, OR PERHAPS PUT OFF GIVING YOUR LIFE TO HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE? WHY POSTPONE GOD’S BEST?

Michael Anthony and Family

Simeon, Janet, yours truly, and Titus

ABOUT ME: Most of the lessons I’ve learned in life I’ve learned through failure. I typically publish my blogs Tuesday through Friday, here and on Facebook. We welcome and read comments from readers just like you because they help us (and others) think and grow. Don’t be shy. Chime in.

My first book, to be published by Thomas Nelson, is slated for release in March 13, 2018. If you want to learn more about me, just click here. If you’d like to request an interview, or click here to explore the potential of having me speak to your group.

If you like solid Bible teaching and want to enjoy God fully, you’ll appreciate the Courage Matters App, available on iTunes and Google Play. If you’re near York, Pa, come visit us on a Sunday at GenesisYork.com— and be sure to introduce yourself.

Your Fortune: Life In Overflow

Your Fortune: Life In Overflow

I love Chinese food – especially when it’s spicy. One of the reasons I enjoy eating at Chinese restaurants is because I know what’s coming at the end: the fortune cookie. I simply love surprises. It was famous philosopher Confucious who said, “The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.” 

What kind of person are you — one who pursues virtue or comfort? Your real fortune lies in living your life in the overflow. Lasting comfort, the kind we really want deep down, is a byproduct of pursuing and living a virtuous life. In other words, when we choose to live life from the inside-out, things begin to fall into place.

YOUR ADVENTURE begins when you make good character the foundation of all you do. Lasting comfort is the result of good character.

If there is one thing that can be said about what’s become of America, it’s that our nation needs change from the inside-out — one person at a time. The change we need to see “out there” needs to begin with you and me — in the secret recesses of who we are.


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MISSED OPPORTUNITY
Theologians debate about whether we are body and soul (dichotomists) or spirit, soul
and body (trichotomists). For all the spirited debate, I think most people engaging in it miss the point: we have unseen and seen parts of who we are — and both need tending. 

The most obvious thing we gravitate toward tending is our physical appearance. It’s what we, and others, easily see. But the part that is not easily observed with the human eye is actually the part of who we are that is most important. It’s the most important thing about us — from which everything else flows, for better or worse. It is the neglect of the unseen that eventually makes its way into what is seen.

Your real fortune in life comes from living in the overflow of good character.


YOUR BEST VERSION OF YOU

Life is happening, and if you don’t prioritize the kind of person you want to become, you run the risk of missing the best version of you. Good virtue is not an accident. it’s the result of living the only life you have with intentionality. Good character is the result of many things, including (but not limited to) these:

  • The people with whom you spend time. You become like the people you associate with most closely;
  • Evaluating the hardships and challenges you face in life, seeking ways to learn, grow and improve;
  • Reading good books, blogs and articles that make you think about what matters most in life: people, love and developing a positive, lasting legacy, and,
  • Having a daily discipline of “quiet time,” where you reflect on your life, pray and think. I’m highly partial to the Bible because it’s responsible for every good character change in my life and in the lives of many others. Sure, there are hypocrites in the world, but the truth is that we are all hypocrites in need of recovery. The Bible is what can help move an individual from being a mere hypocrite to a recovering hypocrite.

Don’t waste your life. You won’t get another.

 

2 Peter 1:5-8 (ESV) says this about the secret of living life in the overflow:

“For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (bold mine, for emphasis).

 

WHAT ABOUT YOU? IS GOOD VIRTUE AMONG YOUR HIGHEST PURSUITS IN LIFE? HOW HAS THIS POST HELPED YOU THINK . . . AND GROW?

 

The National Week of Repentance is a chance to reset your life and family by using all the truly free resources that are specifically designed to help you develop good character (aka virtue). Download them for free, until October 2, 2017, at WeekofRepentance.com/free-resources. You’ll be glad you did. Our nation needs change from the inside-out — one person at a time.

 

Michael Anthony and Family

Simeon, Janet, yours truly, and Titus

ABOUT ME: Most of the lessons I’ve learned in life I’ve learned through failure. I typically publish my blogs Tuesday through Friday, here and on Facebook. We welcome and read comments from readers just like you because they help us (and others) think and grow. Don’t be shy. Chime in.

My first book, to be published by Thomas Nelson, is slated for release in March 13, 2018. If you want to learn more about me, just click here. If you’d like to request an interview, or click here to explore the potential of having me speak to your group.

If you like solid Bible teaching and want to enjoy God fully, you’ll appreciate the Courage Matters App, available on iTunes and Google Play. If you’re near York, Pa, come visit us on a Sunday at GenesisYork.com— and be sure to introduce yourself.

 

 

How To Move Forward With God

How To Move Forward With God

Most of the lessons I’ve learned in life I’ve learned from failure. If you’re willing to learn from your failures, you increase your odds of succeeding. One area you can’t afford to fail in is your walk with God. If you get stuck there, everything else is downhill. The great news is that you really have more of a say in moving forward with God than you may have thought.

What I’d like to do is share with you one thing I’ve learned that has helped me move forward with God — and, therefore, it’s helped me in every area of my life. 

Someone you know needs to read this.

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RESISTANCE TO GOD is worse than an uphill battle. It’s an attempt to defeat the One who has never been defeated. #foolish

In earthly combat, the army that surrenders is the one that loses. But when it comes to moving forward with God, until we surrender to Him we’ll keep on losing.

You may not think you’re losing much in life, but success in life is really a relative thing. The real question is whether or not you are allowing something to come between God and you. If you are, you’re missing His best — and your best, too. You have a huge say in whether or not you will let that trend continue. Do you want God’s best, or do you want to settle for far less? This is where surrender comes into play.

“I don’t know about you, but I want as much of God’s grace poured out on my life as possible.”

No one who truly surrenders to God will ever live to regret it. Read that last sentence again, out loud, and let it sink in — deeply. Listen as you read it. That understanding has saved my bacon numerous times when I had a choice to make. I bet I’m just like you in many ways — including my tendency to trust myself when I should only be trusting God.

James 4:6 and 1 Peter 5:5 say the same thing: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” I don’t know about you, but I want as much of God’s grace poured out on my life as possible. These verses teach us that we absolutely do have a say in how much of God’s undeserved favor (grace) we can experience. Pride, therefore, is the arch enemy of not everything I want to accomplish in my life, but more importantly everything God wants to accomplish.

ASK GOD TO GET YOU OUT OF YOUR MUD. Surrender to Him in every area of your life. You can trust Him because He designed you and knows what’s best.

The most foolish thing I could ever do is allow something to be unresolved between God and me. I’ve come to realize that pride is usually very subtle. I must, therefore, watch for it very closely — and pull it up from the roots. The number one way pride manifests itself is in how we think about and interact with people. I’ve learned this from personal experience.

Here, for example, are some powerful questions I’ve learned to ask myself to help me make sure I’m not unconsciously resisting God (being prideful):

 

  • Have my words created division or unity?
  • Do I say things behind the backs of other people that would upset or shock them if they were to find out? In other words, am I “two-faced”?
  • Am I in any way defeated or stuck? If so, is it because I have not done something I should have done, or done something I should not have done?
  • Do my relationships with people truly reflect a love for God?
  • Do I seek to control situations or people, or do I seek to encourage people and embrace them as they are, looking for ways to be an encouragement?
  • Could it be that the reason I’m stuck is because I am, in some area of my life, resisting God?

 

Surrender to God and leave the results to Him. Resistance to God is an exercise in futility. Surrender is what will move you ahead — not only with God, but in every area of life.

All of the above questions are part of today’s Action Guide for day 3 of The National Week of Repentance. Use your free Action Guide to go deeper with God and people — and you’ll be on the same page with literally thousands of others around the nation during this historic week. It’s a real, nationwide movement of thousands of people. We’re not alone. We’re in this together.

ARE YOU IN ANY WAY RESISTING GOD? WHY RESIST HIM ANY FURTHER? AFTER ALL, NO ONE WHO HAS EVER RESISTED GOD HAS EVER COME OUT A WINNER.

Michael Anthony and Family

Simeon, Janet, yours truly, and Titus

ABOUT ME: Most of the lessons I’ve learned in life I’ve learned through failure. I typically publish my blogs Tuesday through Friday, here and on Facebook. We welcome and read comments from readers just like you because they help us (and others) think and grow. Don’t be shy. Chime in.

My first book, published by Thomas Nelson, is slated for release in March 13, 2018. If you want to learn more about me, just click here. If you’d like to request an interview, or click here to explore the potential of having me speak to your group.

If you like solid Bible teaching and want to enjoy God fully, you’ll appreciate the Courage Matters App, available on iTunes and Google Play. If you’re near York, Pa, come visit us on a Sunday at GenesisYork.com— and be sure to introduce yourself.

 

 

Television: The National Week of Repentance

September 22, 2017: Michael Anthony speaks with CBN about The National Week of Repentance, a nationwide movement with thousands of participants that is gaining momentum. Michael put out a call for this week-long time of self-examination, prayer and repentance after realizing that America is suffering from a massive humility crisis. The week is based upon 2 Chronicles 7:14, an often misapplied verse of Scripture that calls for repentance, not intercession, among God’s people. Read Michael Anthony’s Courage Matters blog for special posts throughout this important week. 

Click the image to watch the interview.

Michael Anthony CBN Interview - The National Week of Repentance

If you like solid Bible teaching and want to enjoy God fully, you’ll appreciate the Courage Matters App, available on iTunes and Google Play. If you’re near York, Pa, come visit us on a Sunday at GenesisYork.com— and be sure to introduce yourself. This is all made possible by generous listeners, readers, and supporters like you. Please consider giving towards Courage Matters to ensure our nation has the opportunity to hear the message of TRUTH and LOVE. You can donate by clicking the “Give” tab on CourageMatters.com or on the Courage Matters app.

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