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This Little Thing Is Huge
You can be undermining yourself and not even realize it. We tend to think power comes with money, formal education, a degree or a promotion, but it really comes down to something everyone has, regardless of our social class, financial status, education, race, or anything else. Chances are very high that you have something you were born with that is very small and exceptionally powerful – but you may not have mastered how to use it to your full advantage. I’m talking about your mouth. If you don’t learn how to use it for good, well, that would be very, very bad.
Your entire life could be suffering for no other reason than the way you are using your little, tiny mouth. That’s huge.
Proverbs 21:23 says,
By all means, think about your mouth – but do far more. With great intention, learn how to use it for good – great good – and not a single shred of evil.
Proverbs 18:21 (ESV) says,
James 3:9-10 (NIV) says,
The words you speak to others (and yourself) affect far more than you may have ever realized. Take your quest for success to a new level: master your mouth. While you are working hard to get a better education, put food on the table, get ahead or whatever it is you think you need to do to succeed, don’t overlook the power of your mouth.
Until we learn how to use our mouths so they speak life and blessing to other people and ourselves, we are undermining God’s very best. We are working against Him, no matter how we may think we are working for Him. You and I can be causing calamity rather than calm, creativity and the culture of goodness that greatly honors God. Your own mouth can cause more problems than anything and anyone else in your entire life.
Learn to use your mouth for good, because that little, tiny thing is actually pretty huge.
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Lead, Follow – And Get Out Of The Way
You may have heard the saying, “Lead, follow OR get out of the way.” I think it’s time for us Christians embrace a new mantra, and here it is: Lead, follow AND get out of the way. I don’t write this as if I’m outside the problem. I think we pastors are part of the problem – perhaps even the epicenter. I think it’s time we became so sick about the condition of the Church (not simply the nation) that we start to lead, follow and get out of the way – out of God’s way.
Yes, it would be wonderful if we had a wise, godly man or womanelected to the presidency this year. Yes, it would be fantastic if wise, godly senators and representatives were elected as well, and if wise godly judges were appointed to the courts. But are these the places where real hope and change begin? Does real change really begin in the White House? I think it begins in God’s House – and if you really read your Bible, you’ll agree.
I think this election year we have it entirely backwards. This reversal needs to be reversed, and it needs to begin with us pastors, elders, deacons and Christian leaders.
In a very unfortunate way, many of us want the world to love a Jesus we aren’t even following. We want others to follow a Jesus we don’t truly love. This is not a small matter. It is the most serious problem facing America.
More and more, I hear pastors, Christians and Christian leaders referencing 2 Chronicles 7:14 – no doubt because we all recognize our nation is slow jamming out of control. But each time I hear this verse referenced, it is almost always misinterpreted. Nearly everyone uses it as a call to intercede for America. Intercession is good and biblical, but 2 Chronicles 7:14 is not a call for intercession. It’s a call for repentance – not among the world, but among God’s people.
If we, the leaders in the Church, aren’t discerning the times and interpreting the Bible correctly, how in the world can we expect the world to do so? No wonder we don’t have a plan of action. God, however, does.
2 Chronicles 7:14 says,
“IF my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, THEN I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
The word “intercession” doesn’t appear in this verse. It is an “if-then” statement – and it all has to do with a serious (re)discovery of genuine, biblical repentance. It’s a call for deep changes in mind and heart that lead to changes in behavior – among God’s people, not the world. If a saving move of God is going to happen in this nation, it must begin within the Church. Thinking otherwise is backward.
Yes, the original context of 2 Chronicles 7:14 was to the nation of Israel, not America or any other nation or people. Yes, there are limitations about how much of a one-for-one parallel we can expect today in the U.S.A. or in any other nation that is broken. But what we should not be debating is the unchanging nature of God, and that He absolutely does wait at certain times for His people to move before He does. If God is anything, He is a gentleman. He will not force Himself upon people who are not eager for His company.
America needs a big time bath, but it needs to begin with us pastors, elders, deacons and church leaders. We don’t get it – and until we do, others won’t either. We need to begin to thoroughly repent for
- Seeing each another as competitors instead of brothers and sisters;
- The spirit of control that we allow to guide both us and ministry rather than the Holy Spirit;
- Depending on our own strength instead of God’s strength;
- Being more interested in speed, size and numbers than real moves of God among our people;
- Teaching the Bible as if it has no relevance for 21st century living;
- Being fearful of being called “political” when the truth is that many politicians have hijacked theology and the issues we, Christian leaders, should have been addressing all along;
- Isolating ourselves from the world when we should be engaging it head-on, and
- The racism and division in our own churches. America is simply a reflection of what we tolerate Sunday after Sunday, and each day in between.
The only agents of change are God and us sinners working together. This divine-human partnership has always been God’s way. He has been waiting. Don’t you think we’ve kept Him waiting long enough?
TIME FOR ACTION
I am humbly calling for the people in every church throughout America to engage in a morning of humility, fasting and prayer to confess our sins and ask God for forgiveness this coming weekend. Leaders, call your people to a solemn time of repentant prayer and dependence upon God during your worship gathering. Start doing this in your church every single weekend from now on. We need an unwavering commitment in the same direction – for as long as it takes.
And don’t just pray for America. Ask God to break you, to start a real spiritual awakening in your own life. When God has answered your prayers, Plan A will be underway. Remember, there is no Plan B.
It is time for the hope and change that only God can deliver. Remember, America, there is no Plan B. Lead, follow and get out of the way.
What do you think? Should we keep God waiting any longer?
Are You “TransChristian”?
America is a “transChristian” nation – and it’s killing our witness. It may be killing yours. The need for real, penetrating spiritual awakening in the United States has never been greater. This week’s shootings of two black men by police, one in Minnesota and another in Louisiana, and yesterday’s sniper attacks that killed or wounded at least 10 Dallas police officers, should convince us. It is the same thing, different day, in America.
Hatred, division and racism are at all-time highs – and so is hypocrisy. If the downward spiral is not reversed by a real move of God, the move of men will triumph. God may not be dead, but if we marginalize him by our actions – and inaction – haven’t we achieved the same end?
TIME TO SAVE OUR FAITH
A “transChristian” is someone who self-identifies as a Christ-follower but whose actions contradict their confession. Look around and you will notice that America is filled with transChristians. Look in the mirror. You just may find one staring back at you.
American Christianity has been hijacked by an inside job. Inside each professing Christian, there seems to be a still, small voice that embraces compromise, complacency, comfort and convenience rather than biblical surrender that alone can save the faith.
Ironic, isn’t it, that Christianity needs to be saved? It’s true. If Christianity isn’t saved, our nation will be truly lost. America in 5-10 years will not be recognizable. If you merely think this is unfortunate, you aren’t thinking deeply enough. You should be cut to the heart – and this is the problem. Most professing Christians living in America have a heart problem. We are not yet cut to the heart over what is happening to our nation. Christian, where are you?
SUNDAY’S BIG GAME
If you plan on attending church this Sunday, ask yourself what you plan to bring to the event. Will you enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, or with a critical spirit ready to analyze the music and critique the preacher, the modern equivalent of Balaam’s donkey? Balaam beat his donkey. (See Numbers 22). Don’t pummel your preacher. God, like Balaam’s ass, may be speaking through your pastor.
Pastors, have you forgotten your high calling? 1 Peter 4:11 says, “If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God” (NIV). If you are preaching anyone’s words but God’s, please do everyone a favor and step away from the pulpit. America is burning. We need to hear the thunderous, inspiring and transforming voice of the Almighty, not your clever attempts at rhetoric and prose. In as little as six months from now, no one will remember what you preach this Sunday – unless God shows up when you open your mouth. Your messages need to count here and now by bringing eternity into temporal lives. If they don’t, please don’t waste anyone’s time. The pulpit is your chance to mobilize your flock to become a mighty army for the glory of God. Don’t squander it.
Elders and deacons, do you fight with your pastors? Do you seek control rather than a real move of God among your people? Is your own reputation and opinion more important than that of Jesus? Can we really afford to be divided any longer? Have we forgotten what Jesus warned when He said,
“And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand” (Mark 3:25, ESV)?
Division among church leaders at this time in America is spiritual suicide. Stop infighting and get focused on the real enemies of the faith – the world, the flesh and the devil. If you haven’t noticed, they are doing a number on America. The reason? You’ve lost your focus.
IT’S NOT SOMEONE ELSE’S PROBLEM
A transChristian is someone who self-identifies as a Christ-follower but whose actions contradict their confession. TransChristianity is responsible for the slow, agonizing death of America. The political freak-show that is now upon us shows no sign of going away any time soon – and it won’t without real revival across America.
We need to stop talking about and praying for “revival” as if it’s something everyone else needs. The truth is that our nation needs a big-time bath, and it’s time for you to draw up your own water and grab a bar of soap. This fake brand of Christianity we’ve all embraced has killed the faith that needs to be resurrected.
The only way to resurrect real Christianity is through genuine, biblical repentance as a matter of lifestyle. Jesus’ first words on the scene were
“’The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’” (Mark 1:15, NIV).
The verb tense of the Greek of Mark 1:15 would be best translated as “repent and keep repenting” and “believe and keep believing.” Biblical belief can’t be separated from perpetual repentance.
If you’re not in the process of perpetually repenting throughout each day – changing our ways, your thinking and your lifestyle so that they really reflect the ways, thinking and lifestyle of Jesus Christ – you are living as a transChristian. You’re merely self-identifying as a Christ-follower, but aren’t actually following Him at all. It’s time to rediscover – or perhaps discover for the first time – what it really means to be a Christian. You simply can’t be one if you aren’t following the Leader.
The National Week of Repentance is coming. It couldn’t come soon enough. You need to participate in this national event from October 30 – November 6, because Christianity in America has been hijacked and it’s time she was saved. To participate, visit RevivalMatters.com – and spread the word. It’s time to crucify the transChristian movement that has overtaken our nation and choked the source of all real hope and change.
AND NOW, A WORD FROM OUR READERS. WHAT DO YOU THINK? HAS CHRISTIANITY IN AMERICA BEEN HIJACKED? ARE YOU “TRANSCHRISTIAN”? DOESN’T OUR NATION NEED REAL REVIVAL – AND DOESN’T IT NEED TO BEGIN WITH YOU?
It’s one of the most important questions you’ll ever face. The answer, therefore, is even more important. After all, what good is asking a question if you can’t find the answer? More importantly, finding the answer to this key question is vital if you really hope to sop the most out of the only life you’ll ever live.
Here’s the million-dollar question: how can I maximize my faith, so that I reach my greatest potential? How can I squeeze every last drop out of the sponge of my life, so that when it’s over I’ve wrung all I can out of it?
Here’s the billion-dollar answer: to build your faith, lift your Bible.
To get the life of Christ flowing out of you, the Word of Christ must dwell within you. One can achieve many things in this life, but it’s always important to remember that we only go around once. We cannot afford to miss the vitals along the way. Colossians 3:16 says this:
There is simply no substitute for a steady diet of God’s Word, the Bible. Consider what Romans 10:17 says:
To build your faith, lift your Bible. You absolutely can do something very practical, no matter who you are, to build your faith and change every day of your life. You can read your Bible. It’s God’s prescription for filling the reservoirs of belief, hope, and faith.
I keep a Bible on my nightstand. It helps me reach for it in the morning, first thing, and at night, last thing. In this way, I can “sandwich” my days with the Word of God. I have found that when I start and end my days in the Bible, everything in-between goes far better. I’ve learned this by trial and error, constantly reminded of the great grace of God, who is so very patient despite my lapses – and I’ve had many. But God used even those lapses to teach me this very simple, very powerful truth: there is power in the Word of God, the Bible. Like no other book, it builds faith – and who can’t use more faith in these troubling times?
Begin your day with the Bible
Read it and seek to apply it. This is what will keep you from becoming merely more familiar with the Bible. God’s objective in your life is that you become a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2), not a walking contradiction. The best way to become a living sacrifice is to read the Word of God with a keen eye and open heart for ways in which you can apply it. It’s the application of the Word that will transform your life. If you don’t believe me, ask any Pharisee. Though there were thousands of them during the time of Christ, not only of them was chosen by Him as an Apostle. In the end, Jesus chose “unschooled, ordinary men” (Acts 4:13) to pick up His mantle and change the world. The same is true today. If you are an unschooled, ordinary person, God can use you.
End your day with the Bible
One of the secrets of Bible memorization is to read it right before you turn out your light and lay your head on your pillow. Your subconscious mind and the Holy Spirit are great bedfellows. They work well together while you rest. If you read your Bible – distraction free – and really pay attention to what you read, and do this as your very last thing each day, you will be amazed at what you retain. In the morning, you’ll remember what you read the night before. It will have sunk into deeper depths, a ready reservoir from which you will be able to draw throughout your day.
Wring all you can out of the life you’ve been given by soaking in the handbook for life, the Bible. If you do so, yours will be a life worth living – and one that others will want to emulate. Why? Because they will see in you a living, breathing example of what it means to live by faith in a very fear-filled world. They will see in you a solution to the same problem you once had – the problem that began with the question “how can I maximize my faith, so that I reach my greatest potential? How can I squeeze every last drop out of the sponge of my life, so that when it’s over I’ve wrung all I can out of it?”
Life is happening. To build your faith, lift your Bible.
What are your thoughts? I’d love to know.
We’re extremely grateful for The Daily Wire and their exclusive interview with Michael Anthony on his thoughts about Donald Trump, Christianity and Religious Freedom. This interview is the result of Mike’s spontaneous interview with Dr. James Dobson that went viral about Mr. Trump allegedly giving his life to Christ recently.
CLICK TO READ THE INTERVIEW:
– EXCLUSIVE –
INTERVIEW WITH DR. JAMES DOBSON
DID DONALD TRUMP RECENTLY ACCEPT CHRIST?
JUNE 29 UPDATE . . .
EXCLUSIVE: Q&A With Pastor Michael Anthony On Trump, Christianity, and Religious Freedom, The Daily Wire, released moments ago.
JUNE 27 UPDATE . . .
CNN LIVE: Michael was interviewed about his interview with Dr. James Dobson that went viral. Continue reading this blog for more commentary, and to listen to the actual audio interview that got the conversation started.
June 25 update (Original post below) . . .
It’s been a whirlwind day, with the news in this blog getting picked up by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, Charisma, The Blaze and literally dozens of other news outlets. The story was even a trending topic on Facebook – and sparked thousands of tweets. (You can read mine at @Godfactor. Catch me on Facebook at Facebook.com/Godfactor). Additionally, this blog post was viewed over 50,000 times today alone as a result of the report I provided within. Clearly, people are interested in this story. But what is the REAL story?
I’m thrilled about how widely the story is being spread – not because I care about clicks on this blog, but because I care about the message of this blog. And that message is this: Regardless of what somebody thinks about Donald Trump and whether he did or didn’t surrender his life to Christ, salvation is real and available to all. What excites me isn’t the political discussion, but the spiritual one — all across the country, people are talking about how Jesus saves. And Christians, I hope, are praying and repenting – as I urge at the end of this piece – not just for Trump but also for our nation. My prayer is that we would, as a church, embrace repentance and welcome revival to our land. Because it is urgently needed. (This is a key reason why the upcoming October 30 – November 6 National Week of Repentance is so vital, and why that is so heavily on my heart. Visit RevivalMatters.com to participate and spread the word).
If you have a moment, help keep the conversation going and share this blog – or one of the stories linked to above. Let’s flood the web and social media with the truth that all of us — from presidential candidates to ourselves – need not only to accept Jesus, but to worship and follow Him. If, after all the debate, we miss this important truth, we will have missed THE REAL STORY. That, would be tragic.
And, no, this is not an endorsement of Donald Trump or any political candidate. It is to bring the Bible to bear on a relevant topic for everyone, so we can all THINK, PRAY and live for Christ in a day when doing so is very much out of fashion . . .
HERE IS THE ORIGINAL JUNE 24 POST AND INTERVIEW THAT’S GONE VIRAL . . .
I WAS AT TUESDAY’S HISTORIC “CONVERSATION WITH DONALD TRUMP AND BEN CARSON” at the Marriott Marquis on Broadway. About 1,000 evangelical leaders attended this historic event. While there, I met Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family and Family Talk. I asked Dr. Dobson his views on the meeting and he shared some things that will not only blow your mind, but should also have you on your knees, praying for Mr. Trump and our country with a fresh perspective. Click here or below to listen to this “you heard it here first” interview.
MY THOUGHTS, WITH A CHALLENGE TO ALL CHRISTIANS, ARE BELOW . . .
I was also interviewed along by the American Family Association, here. My comments come at the end. Here it is:
And, Cortney O’Brien from Townhall.com interviewed me on my thoughts. You can read the interview here.
Here are my thoughts – whether Trump did or did not accept Christ – and what YOU should consider and do no matter what:
I remember when I accepted Christ, it took me two years to begin to understand what God did in me. Two years. My walk with Christ was more akin to a crock pot than a microwave. It is for many Christians. And then, even when we think we are walking with Christ we have blindsides. I think anyone who doesn’t realize this doesn’t really understand the depth of our sinfulness.
In regard to Trump, I think – if he really accepted Christ – that it is important to understand 1 Timothy 1:12-16:
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.”
Saul wasn’t at all like Christ when he began his journey. He spent 14 years in Arabia, so that God could get a hold of him before he began ministering as “Paul.” See Galatians 1. Often, we expect instantaneous change – complete and absolute change – in a person. When, in reality, God’s work is often gradual. It is often dramatic in some areas, and subtle in others. If Trump really gave his life to Christ, it is already changing – in ways that neither you nor I can see, but God sees. And, people closest to him, will see. It can take a long time to see a dramatic change in someone who has so dramatically missed it. But, in the end, haven’t we all, if we are really honest?
Check out Acts 9:26-27:
“When he came to Jerusalem, he was trying to associate with the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took hold of him and brought him to the apostles and described to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had talked to him, and how at Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus.”
If God gets a hold of Trump, it won’t be the first time people didn’t believe it. It won’t be the first time that a terrible person who lived completely against Christ, came to know him. Saul, who became Paul, is a great example. I’m not saying Trump is a real believer. I don’t know. But if he is, there will eventually be fruit. In the meantime, it’s not surprising to see people be skeptical. They were with Saul/Paul until they could begin to see his change in behavior. If you are a Christian, pray for Trump. See 1 Timothy 2:1-5. It’s not a suggestion. It’s a command to do so for all who really know Christ. In fact, anyone who doesn’t believe they weren’t a terrible person, a sinner, before accepting Christ, doesn’t really understand the Gospel. One sin is all it takes to make one a sinner, in need of forgiveness.
Pray for Trump, whether he really accepted Christ or not. He needs it. Let’s not make excuses for him, but let’s also not belittle what God can do through a man.
America needs a bath. This is why the October 30 – November 6 National Week of Repentance is so vital – and YOU need to participate. Every single person on American soil should. True change begins in God’s House, not the White House. participate by signing up now at revivalmatters.com.
GULLIBLE OR BIBLICAL?
Is one gullible to believe God could save and transform Donald Trump? Maybe so. But, then again, God has done so in the past. Maybe, just maybe, believing it’s possible is to believe more in God than in man after all. This is what it means to pray for change, see it happen, and then believe that God could do what man cannot. This is what biblical faith looks like, after all.
Wouldn’t it be classically ironic (and hypocritical) of all of us who say Trump needs to change, if we who prayed for that change wound up not believing when/if God actually answered our prayers?
To those who keep screaming about “tolerance,” and rail against hatred – are you intolerant and hateful? Do you love your enemy, as Jesus commanded? Or, are you selective in who you love, editing the commands of Jesus? Do you love only progressives? Only conservatives? Jesus commands you to love everyone – especially your enemies – if you say you “follow” Him. We are to love our enemies and pray for them.
And when you pray for your enemy do you pray with bitterness and hatred or true concern, compassion and brokenness? The whole idea of praying for an enemy is to pray without enmity. If you pray with enmity for an enemy, you miss the whole point.
Pray for Trump. Regardless of where he stands with God, it’s not stupid to pray for him and believe God can transform him. It’s actually exactly what biblical praying and faith looks like. if you ridicule this practice you don’t understand the Bible in the most basic of ways, and are, in the final analysis, a very poor Christ “follower.”