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Make Time To (Consistently) Relax

Make Time To (Consistently) Relax

The problem with consistent stress is that if we’re not careful, it consumes us. It raises our blood pressure, robs us of sleep, tempts us to eat poorly, keeps us from exercising, and diminishes the overall quality of our lives — and relationships. (Have...
Clean Out Your Clutter

Clean Out Your Clutter

I typically blog with my sons thoroughly in mind, knowing that after I’m long gone perhaps my words will provide direction, comfort and counsel for them in a world that’s gone mad. In a way, reading my blog is like looking over my shoulder, to take a peak...
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BULLET BLOG: How To Keep From Falling In A World Full of Chaos

BULLET BLOG: How To Keep From Falling In A World Full of Chaos

Yes, America and the world seem out of control in many ways — but history is filled with examples of other times when stress was high, morale was low, and it seemed like the end of the world was at handThe return of Christ may be soon. Then again, it may be very far away. Without realizing it, you may have been using the “Rapture” or the return of Christ as escape clauses they were never meant to be. My theory is that many Christians have checked out, looking for a divine bail-out when the hope and change we need are found in each of us being salt and light in an increasingly tasteless, dark, world.

How do you keep yourself from getting sucked into the cesspool of negativity, gossip, slander and hatred growing and spreading like fungus in today’s world? You do it by having a battle plan that keeps you focused on what’s eternally important. The Apostle Peter’s words, written nearly 2,000 years ago, are just as practical to us today as they were when he first penned them. Here’s what he says in 2 Peter 1:5-9 (NIV, bold is mine, for emphasis):

“. . . make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.”

Living for Christ doesn’t happen by accident. You need to be intentional. The beautiful thing is that when you have a battle plan of drawing near to God, and you “make every effort” to do so, sin takes a back seat.

The best way to keep yourself from being ineffective and unproductive for God is to make it your highest ambition to live for Him. When you do this, sin is put in its place and you move forward, in light of your created, eternal destiny — regardless of the chaos around you.

HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING AS IF WHAT’S UP TO YOU IS UP TO GOD? ARE YOU MAKING “EVERY EFFORT” TO GROW IN YOUR FAITH, AS PETER SAYS YOU SHOULD?

Michael Anthony Blog - Godfactor.comABOUT MY “BULLET BLOGS”: A “bullet blog” is blog that gets right to the point, can be read quickly, and gets you on your way making practical, positive changes so you can reach your greatest potential.

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. For more about me, click here. If you’d like to request an interview, or to explore the potential of my speaking to your group, click here.

Make Time To (Consistently) Relax

Make Time To (Consistently) Relax

The problem with consistent stress is that if we’re not careful, it consumes us. It raises our blood pressure, robs us of sleep, tempts us to eat poorly, keeps us from exercising, and diminishes the overall quality of our lives — and relationships. (Have you noticed how angry people seem to be these days?) The truth is, there’s a tremendous amount of stress in America. It’s coming from all angles, constantly. One of the most important things you need to do is learn how to consistently plan — and take — time to relax.

What I want to help you do is rediscover the importance of consistent relaxation — and to make some basic changes in your life starting this weekend. It’s important, for your own emotional, physical, and spiritual health, to take time to relax – often. Every week — and every day throughout the week — you need to take time to relax. Let’s jump in with 5 things anyone can do, immediately, to reverse the stress trend in your life. Give one (or all five) a shot and see how they positively help you.

5 THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW TO BEGIN REDUCING YOUR STRESS

CREATE A PRIVATE QUIET TIME FOR EACH DAY.

1. GO TO BED, AND GET UP, 15-30 MINUTES EARLIER. This is a small adjustment in your life that will pay off big time. Doing this creates “quiet time” for yourself. There is so much noise in our lives, that we need to be deliberate to shut it all off, and do nothing but relax, sit quietly and recharge your battery.

My best days are those when I go to bed early, get up early, and sit quietly, with my Bible, and read, think, and pray back to God what I’ve been reading and thinking about. As time passes, you may want to increase this time from 15-30 minutes.

Remember, however, that you eat an elephant one bite at a time. Start with this small increment. It will convince you of the importance of a daily quiet time in reducing stress, reconnecting with your Creator, and living a better life all around.

EXERCISE DAILY, BUT DON’T OVERDO IT.

2. EXERCISE — BUT DON’T TRY TO BECOME AN OLYMPIC ATHLETE IN A MONTH. It’s better to exercise consistently, even if a little, than to adopt a “feast or famine” approach. Take time to exercise daily, or at least three to four times a week.

Resistance training (like using weights or performing pushups and sit-ups), as well as aerobic exercise, is good for you. It not only affects your body, but also your mind. It releases endorphins, which are your body’s natural chemicals that create a positive mental outlook. In other words, what you do or don’t do with your body will affect your outlook on life, one day at a time. 

 

MAKE ONE DAY EACH WEEK YOUR DAY OF REST.

3. MAKE ONE DAY OF THE WEEK YOUR REGULAR “SABBATH.” Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27). Long-term, working every day of the week will work against you in every way. It will decrease, not increase, your productivity, mental alertness, sense of humor, ability to listen, and just about everything about you.

These are good reasons why God, our Architect, commanded us to take one day off from all work each week. Since I’m a pastor, my day off is Friday. Are there times when I don’t really take it off? To be honest, yes. But is that a good practice to get into? Not at all. I’ve found that taking one day off a week is the best thing I can do to make the other six days the most enjoyable and productive. I think you will, too.

Don’t get hung up on which day of the week you should take — but by all means take off one day of the week as a day of rest from all your regular work. If you are married and have a family, make it the same day, so you can enjoy it, together.

I learned this the hard way: you will get more done, and enjoy your life far better if you take God at His word and take one day off as your day of rest. God commanded you to rest because He knows you need it. These days, we need it more than ever.

DON’T LET OTHERS RAIN ON YOUR PARADE.

4. DON’T LET SOMEONE RAIN ON YOUR PARADE. People are angry and stressed-out these days, and this is manifest by their tearing other people down. When someone is rude to you, consider that it’s a reflection on them, not you. I used to take it personally when someone called me names, was rude, testy or inconsiderate.

Once I learned the value of #1 and #2, above, I found that negative, rude, angry people didn’t affect me as deeply as they used to. I think you’ll find the same to be true for you. When your own stress decreases, it’s more difficult for the stress of others to rub off on you.

PAY ATTENTION TO THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE, WHO ALSO LOVE YOU.

5. STAY ENGAGED, BUT PAY ATTENTION TO THE OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF, TOO. This is the most difficult thing to do, but it’s something you need to master in these turbulent days in America. Too many people have disengaged altogether, become apathetic, and are out of touch with what’s happening in our nation.

I’m reminded of this important statement, the origin of which is uncertain, but the truth of which is undeniable: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.” You need to care deeply about the moral, political, racial, financial and other problems in our country, and be part of the solution. But you  also need to make sure that paying attention to the bad stuff doesn’t keep you from focusing on the good stuff.

If you have a family, love them. Pay close attention to your spouse, and your children. One day, you won’t have the time you now have, to revisit. Be present in mind, not just the body, when having conversations, sharing a meal, doing things “together.” Make sure you are paying attention, because the only life you’ll ever live this side of eternity is happening — right now.

WHAT CHANGES HAS THIS BLOG HELPED YOU CONSIDER MAKING THIS WEEKEND AND IN THE COMING WEEKS? DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO COULD BENEFIT FROM READING THIS?

Michael Anthony Blog - Godfactor.comABOUT 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. For more about me, click here. If you’d like to request an interview, or to explore the potential of my speaking to your group, click here.

An Open Letter to America: Why Innocent Until Proven Guilty Matters

An Open Letter to America: Why Innocent Until Proven Guilty Matters

Today is a big day for our nation. A former FBI director and sitting president will be under intense scrutiny. If you’re smart, you’ll form your views by reading and watching accounts presented by multiple news outlets — and you’ll use your brain to think deeply. The problem with thinking deeply these days is that very few people are doing it, and our nation is suffering as a result. The cornerstone of the American justice system is fundamentally different from that of other nations. In America, the law says that an individual is innocent until proven guilty. But we have tossed this out the window, and if we don’t correct our course it’s going to come back to haunt us. America will cease to be America. Many of us have let our anger get the best of us — and anger, in the end, leads to destruction.

“I have a respectful reminder for all of us: in America, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. It is not the other way around. If it were, this wouldn’t be America.”

America, it’s time to take a chill pill. How would you like it if you were assumed guilty, and had to prove your innocence or face fines and imprisonment? Thankfully, that is not the way the legal system works in America. Here, the accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Remember our Constitution? It still matters here in America. This is why the sixth and seventh amendments to our Constitution are vital. It is up to the accuser(s) to prove guilt. How different America would be if it was the other way around. But wait a minute, isn’t this what many of us are doing? It absolutely is — and it’s killing us. It’s killing what America has been, up until this point.

This is not about defending Mr. Trump. It’s about defending the American way of justice — because this matters for each and every one of us. This matters more than any other time in our history. If we don’t stop our childish nonsense, now, everything will be destroyed — for everyone.

WE ARE EACH INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY: In America, we do not presume guilt, but innocence. Forgetting (or undermining) this approach would fundamentally change everything about our nation.

I understand that many people don’t care for President Trump. I also understand that many people didn’t care for President Obama. I understand that the President is not popular with many — and that he is also very popular among others. You may wonder what I think — but that really doesn’t matter, unless what I believe ends up subverting the American way of justice. Then my opinion would end up doing more damage than good. If this is true for me, it is certainly true for big time journalists, news outlets and politicians.

I have a respectful reminder for all of you and for all of us: in America, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. It is not the other way around. If it were, this wouldn’t be America. By behaving as if the president is guilty until proven innocent, you are behaving as if we live in a communist nation. We don’t — but we certainly will be if you keep up the nonsense. You are killing us.

I understand that America is polarized, that many of us disagree. But we must disagree with diplomacy, tact and maturity, not the nonsensical, emotional partisanship that has taken over as if we were living in a political zombie apocalypse. If your disagreement ends up subverting and undermining the Constitution and the American way of justice, there is no other way to say it: you’re a bigger problem than Mr. Comey or President Trump. Your a bigger problem than the Russians. The world is laughing at all of us, because at the end of the day we’re the ones who have created and are perpetuating this political circus. It’s not entertaining. It’s embarrassing — and dangerous.

If it there is strong suspicion that the president obstructed justice or conspired with the Russians, formal charges will be filed, evidence will be submitted, and he will be tried. He will then be found guilty or innocent. If he is found guilty, I’ll be among those approving of his removal from office. If he is innocent, I’ll be among those encouraging each of us to move on to bigger and better things, for the sake of our great nation and for freedom itself. But until such time, it is incredibly ignorant — and outright dangerous — to presume an individual’s guilt and require him or her to prove their innocence. That’s not the way the American legal system works. Remember that, America, because our distinction as a nation depends upon this fundamental understanding. Someday, your own well-being could depend upon others remembering the same.

It’s time we remember how we do justice here, or we will no longer be America. If that happens, it will be no one’s fault but our own. We would all pay an exceptionally heavy price for letting our emotions, rather than the law of the land, get the best of us. It’s time to straighten up and reverse course before it’s too late. In America, individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty, and I thank God that it works this way. At least it’s supposed to.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? WHAT IF YOU WERE PRESUMED GUILTY UNTIL YOU COULD PROVE YOUR INNOCENCE? DO YOU REALIZE HOW DANGEROUS THE IDEA OF GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT IS — NOT JUST FOR AN ELECTED OFFICIAL, BUT FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US WHO LOVE AMERICA AND A FAIR JUSTICE SYSTEM?

 

Michael Anthony Blog - Godfactor.comABOUT 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. For more about me, click here. If you’d like to request an interview, or to explore the potential of my speaking to your group, click here.

Clean Out Your Clutter

Clean Out Your Clutter

I typically blog with my sons thoroughly in mind, knowing that after I’m long gone perhaps my words will provide direction, comfort and counsel for them in a world that’s gone mad. In a way, reading my blog is like looking over my shoulder, to take a peak at what I am trying to impart to them and glean a thing or two in the process. Today is no exception, and I want to write to you about how to clean out the clutter of your life, because if you don’t learn how to do this — and master the practice — the clutter will suffocate you. Jesus said so, and there isn’t a soul on earth smarter than Jesus:

“Still others, like seed down among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.” — Mark 4:18-19

The context of Jesus’ words is within the famous “Parable of the Sower.” Within, Jesus reveals that there are four kinds of people in life:

  • Those who have no interest in God;
  • Those who have little interest in God;
  • Those who are worried, distracted, and who eventually allow themselves to be devoted to something or someone other than God, and,
  • Those who hear God’s word, accept it, and whose lives, empowered by God Himself, accomplish great things in light of eternity.

My sons, you want to be among that fourth group, because that’s the only group that Jesus commends. At the end of the day only God’s opinion matters. Be careful, boys, because if you aren’t, you’ll be swept away by things that really do not matter in light of eternity. You must always remember eternity, because it’s where you’ll spend most of your time. Since you’ve already given your lives to Christ, your eternity with Him has already begun. Now, it’s up to you to stay the course, finish strong, and live daily in the power of the Spirit. To do that, you must deal with the clutter in your life.

LIVE INTENTIONALLY: SWEEP IT AWAY

You must constantly be in the process of sweeping away the things that don’t matter. William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, said, “The tendency of fire is to go out. Therefore, watch the fire on the altar of your heart.” I’ve found this quote to be life-changing. Doesn’t it drip with practicality for you?

MAKE TIME TO CONSTANTLY SWEEP AWAY those things that masquerade as important, when they really aren’t in the eternal scheme of life.

From time to time you will need a thorough “clean sweep” of your life, to address and turn from things that could consume you and detract you from being entirely sold out to God. I have also found that a bit of diligence goes a long, long way in preventing the build-up of spiritual “toxins,” those things that choke off love for God. The clutter often is seemingly harmless things, and sometimes even things that are “good.” But I have found that the enemy of God’s “good” is often man’s best.

When God has something good to offer, it really is best. Remember this, or you will allow secondary things in life to distract you from what is possible only through a life entirely surrendered to Christ. No one who truly surrenders to God will ever live to regret it, but there are millions of people who have found out the hard way that resistance to God is futile. No one ever gets ahead by resisting God.

Books, television shows, time spent on a smart device or a computer can all end up cluttering your life, pulling you from what’s best. Before you know it, a large chunk of your life will be over, never to return. Your life will eventually, and thoroughly, reflect your use of time. You will become like the people with whom you spend time, whether in real time or through the things they create (and you embrace) one way or another. The philosophies of other people will rub off on you — the question is whether or not those philosophies are helpful in the achievement of your life objective: to love and enjoy God with increasing momentum. Be careful and attentive, because love for God does not come naturally. It only comes with deliberate cultivation.

Take time each year to specifically clear away the clutter. And get into the habit of doing this every single day of your life. Get rid of things that have been taking your time and energy away from your life objective. Say “no” to the distractions so you can keep the main thing the main thing. The main thing in life is to love and enjoy God above all else. Take this endeavor off the back burner and make it front and center. An increasing majority of people are not interested in this at all these days. You must be on your guard, listen to Jesus, and be among the minority.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? IS THERE CLUTTER YOU NEED TO CLEAN OUT SO THAT YOU CAN LOVE AND ENJOY GOD WITH INCREASING MOMENTUM? HAVE YOU SETTLED SOMETHING LESS THAN GOD’S VERY BEST, AND GIVING HIM YOURS?

 

Michael Anthony Blog - Godfactor.comABOUT 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. For more about me, click here. If you’d like to request an interview, or to explore the potential of my speaking to your group, click here.

An Open Letter to #theResistance: You Don’t Get It

An Open Letter to #theResistance: You Don’t Get It

I GET IT. Some people are having a hard time with President Donald Trump. It’s understandable — to a degree. I don’t agree with every one of his policies or his approach to executing his policies. But, then again, I didn’t agree with every policy or approach of our previous president, Barack Obama. But the difference between the way many of us disapproved of President Obama’s policies and procedures and the way you are expressing yourselves over your displeasure with President Trump is a case of night an day. Your conduct is immature, disrespectful and arrogant. The temper-tantrums are reflecting poorly on you and negatively affecting all of us. It’s not constructive; it’s destructive.  Kathy Griffin’s mock beheading of President Trump crossed a line — but much of the attitude and expressions of “progressive” Americans has been crossing the line ever since the election. Your nonsense is over the top, completely out of step with everything America stands for.

A PICTURE WORTH 1,000 WORDS: At the end of the day, it’s this photo that captures the childish, out-of-control temper tantrums being thrown by the left. It’s one thing to disagree with someone, but how we disagree tells the world more about us than it does about those with whom we are at odds.

It’s time people in #theresistance ask yourselves three simple, powerful questions before you embarrass yourselves further. Here they are:

  1. DO I RESPECT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, OR NOT? Last time I checked, there was nothing illegal about the election. Ah, yes, the Russian conspiracy. Have we forgotten that in AMERICA, a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty? I think you have — and this is the problem. We live in AMERICA, and American law dictates that we give an accused person their day in court. President Trump’s day may be coming — and then again it may not. But the system of law we abide by in AMERICA is one based on presumed innocence until enough evidence has been amassed to begin a criminal trial. If that happens, I’ll be the first to tout the need for a trial and potential impeachment if the evidence is clearly there. But until such time, it’s important to remember that presuming someone’s guilt before it has been proven is incredibly dangerous and detrimental to AMERICA and the American criminal justice system.
  2. WHAT KIND OF NATION WILL AMERICA BECOME IF VIOLENCE, ARROGANCE AND TEMPER-TANTRUMS BECOME THE WAY IN WHICH MOST OF US “RESIST” THE THINGS WE DON’T LIKE? What will our schools, communities and families resemble? What will be the outcome? It will be full-fledged anarchy — and that wouldn’t benefit anyone. At the end of the day, the way you are protesting President Trump is contradictory to everything you expect and demand from those who disagree with you. It’s time to grow up, learn healthy relational skills associated with adult living, and demonstrate them. If your children disagreed with you and showed their displeasure the way you are showing yours against a legally elected president, you wouldn’t stand for it. You are modeling a huge #doublestandard.
  3. AM I HUMBLY PRAYING FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND FOR OUR LEADERS? I mean are you really praying for him, and for America? If you aren’t, your participation in #theresistance is ungodly, immature and self-centered. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” If you claim to be a Christ-follower, then follow this command from Scripture and pray for the President, his cabinet, and all those in government. They need your prayers, not your sarcasm.

Resist all you want. It’s how America was born — but learn to resist with dignity, humility and maturity. Your outbursts are ruining your reputation, and undermining the already tarnished image of America here at home and abroad. Make your resistance constructive by encouraging sound, mature dialogue, not through the nonsense you’re propagating.

ARE YOU PART OF #THERESISTANCE? DON’T YOU THINK IT’S TIME TO ADOPT MORE MATURE, CONSTRUCTIVE WAYS TO “RESIST”? If you aren’t part of #theResistance, don’t you think it’s time you lovingly, firmly put your foot down and insist #theResistance stop the nonsense? If you really care about the future of our nation, you won’t tolerate what should be intolerable . . .

 

Michael Anthony Blog - Godfactor.comABOUT 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. For more about me, click here. If you’d like to request an interview, or to explore the potential of my speaking to your group, click here.

 

How To Keep Your Cool In A Nation of Brats

How To Keep Your Cool In A Nation of Brats

Is it just me, or does it seem like America has become a massive middle school of children without manners? No one seems to be able to have a civil discussion anymore unless everyone agrees on every point. Gone are the days of diplomatic disagreement – and it’s killing us. When people don’t get their way, they scream, holler, stamp their feet and shame opponents. It’s nonsense, for sure – but this is also what America has become. How can you keep your cool in a nation of hot-headed brats?

SOCIAL MEDIA OVERFLOW

Social media, texting, and email allow people to express themselves in ways they would have never adopted just a few years ago. But they do far more: they enable poor behavior. They’ve become breeding grounds for passive-aggressive behavior. A passive-aggressive person is someone who is nice in person, but who often resorts to underhanded, mean, or divisive behavior by other means. Email, texting and social media have become tremendous enablers for people to say and do things without tact, diplomacy, kindness and love. Are they signs of the times? I think so.

Jesus said that one of the characteristics of the world just prior to His return was an “increase in wickedness.” He said, “Because of the increase in wickedness, the love of most will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). Is the world’s chilling wickedness being exacerbated and accelerated by social media, texting and email? I think it is. If you’re not careful, you your love is going to become icy, too.

” . . .we become like the people we spend time with.”

We are being bombarded every moment of the day with sensory stimuli that has no accountability when it comes to being kind. Think about it: social media, texts and emails are all designed for fast self-expression. It’s all about speed, not diplomacy. This has created a huge problem for all of us. The chickens have come home to roost.

THE CHICKENS HAVE COME HOME TO ROOST: We are seeing the negative impacts of emailing, texting and social media on a large scale basis.

HEAT UP YOUR RESISTANCE

In order to combat bratty behavior, you need to be on your toes, alert, and vigilant against your own love growing cold. Remember that hot food begins to cool down the moment it’s taken out of the oven. Likewise, your love and good manners will also wane – unless you take deliberate steps to keep it hot. So, what’s a person to do in order to ensure you don’t go along with the growing crowd that is absolutely wrong when it comes to manners, kindness and love?

The Bible says that “God is love” (1 John 4:8). Since we become like the people we spend time with, the most practical thing you can do to make sure you don’t behave like a spoiled brat is to spend time with God. He’ll rub off on you – and that will make you rub off on others.

You can cultivate your prayer life and Bible reading – but don’t just delight in the time you spend doing this. Get heaven-bent on putting what you’re reading into practice, immediately, in your own life. We have thousands upon thousands of Christians in America – but in the Book of Acts we see that it is the spirit-led Christians who are the movers and shakers of culture. Spirit-led Christians are the ones God moves through with consistent power. We need to rediscover the power of the Holy Spirit.

You and I need to not be satisfied with simply knowing Jesus Christ as Savior. We need to pursue spirit-led, spirit-empowered living. This is only possible through consistent prayer and Bible application. (Forget your Bible reading program if it isn’t leading you to applying what you read).

Yes, America has become a nation of brats. We’re like a group of middle schoolers without manners, and it’s time this nonsense stop. How about being part of the solution to our nation’s decline?

Spirit-led, spirit-empowered living is exactly what you need at this time in your life. It’s what our nation needs, too.

Now, it’s time for your thoughts. What can you do to be a person of manners in “Middle School” America?

 

Michael Anthony Blog - Godfactor.comABOUT 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. For more about me, click here. If you’d like to request an interview, or to explore the potential of my speaking to your group, click here.

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