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To Love God Is To Resist Evil

America faces many similarities to Nazi Germany – and we need to start making choices that, while difficult, should be obvious. Are we at the tipping point in the United States of America? Are we Christians demonstrating humble courage at this time in American...

When Resistance Is Futile

MOST OF THE TIME, WHEN WE THINK OF “SPIRITUAL WARFARE” WE THINK OF OPPOSITION FROM THE DEVIL AND DEMONS – BUT THIS IS NOT ALWAYS THE CASE. The Bible tells us how to successfully resist the devil %100 of the time. The truth is, the devil is not always...
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To Love God Is To Resist Evil

America faces many similarities to Nazi Germany – and we need to start making choices that, while difficult, should be obvious. Are we at the tipping point in the United States of America? Are we Christians demonstrating humble courage at this time in American history, when it is so desperately needed? WHAT IF WE DON’T?

Deitrich Bonhoeffer made a deliberate decision to return to Germany, face the Nazis and help the oppressed when many Christians, sadly, fled. He died in a concentration camp at the hands of the Nazis, just two weeks before his camp was liberated – but not before he did a tremendous amount of good. He said “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” He also said “The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”

TO LOVE GOD IS TO RESIST EVIL - Humble courage is the need of the hour.

TO LOVE GOD IS TO RESIST EVIL – Humble courage is the need of the hour.

WHAT THIS MESSAGE IS ABOUT

This past Friday the 13th, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, speaking on behalf of President Obama and his Administration, issued a directive requiring that every public school in the nation – from kindergarten through college – to accommodate transgender students in unheard of, unprecedented ways or be subject to federal prosecution and the loss of financial aid.  This message is a loving, passionate and practical response to the President’s directive. It’s also a call for all Christians to demonstrate love and compassion for those who struggle with their sexual identity. And, it’s filled with SUGGESTED ACTION STEPS.

bonus: click here to watch the Fox News interview with Mike that aired on Thursday, May 19, 2016.

President Obama’s directive requires that boys and girls in public schools (Kindergarten through College) must be allowed to use the bathrooms, locker rooms and shower stalls of their choosing, according to how they “self-identify.” They must also be allowed to play on the sports teams according to how they “self-identify” sexually.

In other words, if someone in elementary school with the body of a male says they identify as a girl, he must be allowed to use the girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms and showers. Likewise, if someone in any public school with the body of a female says they identify as a male, she must be allowed to use the boys’ bathrooms, locker rooms and showers.

Attorney General Lynch warned that school districts that do not comply with the President could face lawsuits and forfeit millions of dollars in federal funding. In other words, public schools are being forced to follow a presidential directive that is unprecedented.

It’s been said that “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” 

What should Christians do if an elected official violates the written law of the nation? Has the President of the United States overreached his authority and power, as written in the U.S. Constitution? Is simply recognizing the problems our nation faces enough for a Christian to do, or will evil triumph because while it marched we did nothing?

Great Relationships: Pour Conversations Through This Funnel

Great Relationships: Pour Conversations Through This Funnel

BULLET BLOG . . .

 

IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO IMPROVE EVERY RELATIONSHIP YOU HAVE, LOOK NO FURTHER. IF YOU REALLY WANT YOUR LIFE TO CHANGE, HERE’S THE GAME-CHANGER. It’s a bit of ancient philosophy that’s timeless and potent for twenty-first century living. If you pour every conversation through this filter – before it begins – your entire life will turn around. God will use you to turn the lives of others around, too. USE THIS FILTER FOR SEVEN DAYS STRAIGHT AND IT WILL SPARK A REVOLUTION. I’m not kidding. Here is the great relationship “funnel” courtesy of Ephesians 4:29:

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. ”

WHY NOT SHARE THIS “BULLET BLOG” ON YOUR FB WALL?

 

Can you think of another “filter” through which to pour your words? Our words are powerful – but let your words be used for good, not evil. In fact, don’t even let them be used for neutrality. Life is too short to live in neutral.

STOP SETTLING. Don’t merely avoid negative, toxic conversations – start using every word like an artist painting deliberately on a palette. Create beautiful things with your words. Our words can bring people together or driver them apart.  They can glorify God – or Satan. What are your words doing? Who are they glorifying?

If you are a Christ-follower, follow Him. Ephesians 4:29 says our words reveal how closely we are following. Consider Ephesians 4:17:

“Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.”

Stop living like you used to. Let the power of God take you further today in your walk with Him and people.

SUGGESTED PRAYER: Lord, help me follow You. Help me to consciously use my words to fulfill what Ephesians 4:29 says. Help my words build others up, fit the occasion and give grace to every single listener, for your glory.
I’D LOVE TO READ YOUR COMMENTS. ARE YOU REALLY FOLLOWING THE JESUS YOU WANT EVERYONE ELSE TO FOLLOW? Are your words corrupting or encouraging? Do they build people up or tear others down? Are people genuinely closer to God after having a conversation with you? If the aren’t, you’re USING THE WRONG FUNNEL . . .

 

Godfactor founder & president, Michael Anthony. Mike is an author, blogger, Youtuber and award-winning Christian speaker.

“BULLET BLOG” is the name I came up with for my fast reads, designed to give you one solid truth that can powerfully change your life. I typically publish them on Friday mornings. You can catch my other blogs throughout the week, along with my podcast and videos. Your comments are always appreciated. For more about me, click on the image or here. If you’d like to request an interview, or explore the potential of my speaking your group, click here.

 

Becoming Unoffendable

“UNOFFENDABLE” MAY NOT BE AN ACTUAL WORD – BUT IT SHOULD BE. WE IGNORE PEOPLE. WE LEAVE CHURCHES. WE BECOME BITTER – ALL BECAUSE WE WON’T FORGIVE AND WE BECOME . . . OFFENDED.

Janet Paolicelli, Godfactor co-founder and wife of Michael Anthony, is passionate about what the Bible teaches on forgiveness. She delivered this two-part message at Grace Fellowship in York, Pennsylvania’s “Revive” gathering for women, but it will ignite your life for God and challenge you to ask and answer these vital questions:  

1. Can forgiveness happen without a sacrifice

2. Can relationships happen without forgiveness?

3. Is it a sign of weakness or courage to forgive someone?

4. What are the real reasons why we won’t forgive? 

5. How can we move from being offended to becoming unoffendable?
 

What about you? Are you unoffendable? You just may be after listening to this life-igniting, two-part message. 

YOU CAN BECOME

YOU CAN BECOME “UNOFFENDABLE.” LISTEN TO THIS TWO-PART MESSAGE ON FORGIVENESS AND TURN THE DREAM INTO REALITY. THIS IS A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM JANET PAOLICELLI, GODFACTOR CO-FOUNDER AND WIFE OF MICHAEL ANTHONY.

What about you? Are you unoffendable? You just may be after listening to this life-igniting, two-part message. 

This podcast, like all Godfactor resources, is made possible through generous listener and viewer support. You can donate by texting the word “Godfactor” to 50155, visiting Godfactor.com, or by hitting the “Connect” tab on the Godfactor app.

 

What to do with a talking donkey (Consequences of a Good, Long Walk With God)

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A TALKING DONKEY? YOU LISTEN. THERE ARE LONG-TERM HEALTH CONSEQUENCES OF WALKING-WITH GOD. The truth is, God may have to place a few donkeys in your life for no other reason than your refusal to listen to, heed and walk with Him. Until we become intentional in our walks with God, the talking donkeys could keep showing up. How do I know this? Because I’ve had my share of talking donkeys, and I’ve learned that when one shows up, it’s a symptom of a deeper problem.

In the majority of cases, my failures could have been entirely avoided if I were simply humble. I don’t mind being honest about this. I would be willing to bet that this is true for you, too. I’m simply putting my neck out there and saying what any of us could say. It’s nothing profound. It’s simply true. Why be honest with you about this? Because my honesty may spare you pain.

The grace of God is God’s work, our devotion to Him is a labor of love, not an act of the sinful nature.

HAS GOD SENT A TALKING DONKEY YOUR WAY? IT COULD BE THE SYMPTOM OF A DEEPER PROBLEM.

HAS GOD SENT A TALKING DONKEY YOUR WAY? IT COULD BE THE SYMPTOM OF A DEEPER PROBLEM.

OUCH!

I recently watched a Youtube interview of a well-known pastor who fell from grace in a big way and is now mustering a comeback. Why, if the issue is God’s glory, I don’t know.  (You can probably find the interview by searching “devotional life and preaching” on Youtube). He planted and pastored a church that became huge but then collapsed because of his long-tenure of abusive conduct, misuse of language, alleged plagiarism and misuse of church funds and his refusal to listen to just about anyone but himself. Filmed a few years before his fall and the church’s dissolution, the Youtube interview is agonizingly painful to watch, just like the pastor’s ministry and dissolution of the church. He is asked to talk about his devotional life, and it becomes obvious that he didn’t have one. He talks about how he prepares his sermons and enjoys his family – but the striking thing is that he says nothing whatsoever to indicate that he enjoys God. In fact, he outright admits that he believes in “grace,” rather than a devotional life, as if spending private time with God were a sinful deed. He entirely misses the point that grace from God is not the same as devotion to God. The grace of God is God’s work, our devotion to Him is a labor of love, not an act of the sinful nature. In fact, our devotion to God could be described as our humility – or lack of humility – before Him. Remember: there are long-term consequences to walking with God. We must truly walk with God – not simply appear to be walking with Him.

Our devotion to God could be described as our humility – or lack of humility – before Him.

WARNING AND ENCOURAGEMENT

If a pastor is not enjoying God personally – rather than the ministry (which is really an spiritual way to describe his “work” – every single Christian is called to ministry), it will only be a matter of time before he stumbles. If he is not willing to pay attention when he stumbles, he may very well, as in the interviewed pastor’s case, fall. Moreover, if a pastor is not in love with the Jesus He preaches, his people won’t be in love with Him, either. Jesus said “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:40, ESV). If you are a pastor or Christian “leader” ask yourself this question: what is it, exactly, that I want people to do? What do I want people to become as a result of my life’s work and message? Don’t ever forget that a disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. Someday, those who follow you may grow up and be just like you. That’s supposed to be a good, God-honoring thing. Make choices, accordingly.

To not love God and not have a devotional life, where you read His word, pray and deliberately consecrate yourself in a purposeful way – and to then intentionally live the rest of the day as you interact with people, is to demonstrate a fundamental dependence upon self rather than God. There is a word for that: pride. Jesus was the most humble person who ever walked. Ours is a humble God. If we are not walking in humility, are we really following Him? I mean, really, what is one doing if one is not walking in humility while all along calling oneself a Christ “follower”?

Most of the lessons we learn in life came from not being humble. I have found that the lack of humility is exceptionally costly. You have too – and if you haven’t just yet, one day, you will. In every single instance where we see the “greats” in the Bible stumble or fall, it wasn’t the final, notorious act that did them in. That was simply a symptom of a deeper, unaddressed issue. The preceding pride is what set the stage for the straw that broke the camel’s back. Public failure often comes after years of secret ambivalence. We cannot be red-hot for God in public if we are luke-warm for Him in private.

WHICH DONKEY IS THE REAL ODDITY?

The lack of humility is the number one cause of problems in life. Think about it long and hard – and you too will agree. God was speaking through Balaam’s donkey, yet Balaam was so deluded by his own determination to do what he wanted, rather than what God wanted, that when the miracle of a talking animal should have mesmerized him, he instead added insult to injury and beat the miracle (Numbers 22).

God is so merciful to us, too. We often strike the talking donkeys in our lives, failing to recognize that God is speaking to us through a variety of unlikely messengers. If we don’t heed the talking donkeys, we leave God no resort but to speak more overtly. This is where it can become very painful, very costly . . .

God was so merciful to Balaam. He took the extra step of opening his eyes so he could see what he wouldn’t have needed to see – if only he had listened to his donkey. In the final analysis, the story of Balaam and his donkey is the story of two donkeys, not one.

GOD IS SO MERCIFUL TO US, TOO. We often strike the talking donkeys in our lives, failing to recognize that God is speaking to us through a variety of unlikely messengers. If we don’t heed the talking donkeys, we leave God no resort but to speak more overtly. This is where it can become very painful, very costly . .

WALKING WITH GOD HAS POSITIVE CONSEQUENCES, AND CAN KEEP US FROM COMING ACROSS TALKING DONKEYS . . .

WALKING WITH GOD HAS POSITIVE CONSEQUENCES, AND CAN KEEP US FROM COMING ACROSS TALKING DONKEYS . . .

God’s subtle voice should be enough – but we won’t hear it if we are not intentional in walking with Him. There are long-term consequences to walking with God – among them the growing ability to recognize His voice when He whispers, so that He need not shout to get our attention. Real humility is a key consequence of walking with God. It is to not merely hear what He says, but to listen, so that He need not send donkeys our way.

Most certainly, God has placed a donkey or two in your life. He may have placed one along your path right now. He will certainly do so in the future. Don’t strike the donkey, listen to it, because donkey’s don’t really talk, God does. If God sends a talking donkey your way, it may be that you desperately need it. It’s the talking donkeys in life that sometimes reveal the clear voice of God, who speaks to those humble enough to stop when they see what often is, naturally speaking, unwelcome, unexpected and sometimes, uncomfortable.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? ARE YOU A DONKEY? ARE YOU LISTENING TO THE MESSENGERS GOD IS PLACING IN YOUR LIFE? ARE YOU A GENUINELY HUMBLE PERSON? ARE YOU TRULY WALKING WITH GOD, OR HAVE YOU BECOME SATISFIED WITH MERELY LOOKING LIKE YOU ARE?

The Elephant In The Nation

IS THERE AN ELEPHANT IN THE NATION? Maybe you’ve heard the metaphor “there’s an elephant in the room.” When someone says this, they are referring to a huge problem that everyone sees, but no one is willing to address because it’s more comfortable – at least in the immediate term – to pretend it doesn’t exist. But the long-term consequences of ignoring the elephant in the nation could be catastrophically irreversible. When it comes to America’s problems, there seems to be an elephant in the nation. What is it? And, how should American Christians address the elephant in the nation in a biblical manner that honors God? 

Has God been speaking to American Christians? We’re long overdue for a real revival in the United States of America, but how does real revival come? This riveting message was delivered on the opening day of 2016 The National Week Of Repentance (RevivalMatters.com). What should Christians be doing at this vital time in American history?

THE ELEPHANT IN THE NATION - This special message was the kick-off of The National Week of Repentance, April 3, 2016 - yet it's timeless, and an important one for every Christian in America at this key time in history.

THE ELEPHANT IN THE NATION – This special message was the kick-off of The National Week of Repentance, April 3, 2016 – yet it’s timeless, and an important one for every Christian in America at this key time in history.

Even if America doesn’t experience real revival, Christians everywhere need to heed God’s voice at this key time in history. Christians in America have not yet begun to respond to the elephant in the nation the way the Bible says must happen if we have any hope of real revival.  It’s time we start – before it’s too late. 

This podcast, like all Godfactor resources, is made possible through generous listener and viewer support. You can donate by texting the word “Godfactor” to 50155, visiting Godfactor.com, or by hitting the “Connect” tab on the Godfactor app.

C&P Copyright, Michael Anthony. All rights reserved.

When Resistance Is Futile

MOST OF THE TIME, WHEN WE THINK OF “SPIRITUAL WARFARE” WE THINK OF OPPOSITION FROM THE DEVIL AND DEMONS – BUT THIS IS NOT ALWAYS THE CASE. The Bible tells us how to successfully resist the devil %100 of the time. The truth is, the devil is not always the one who should concern us. There are times when God Himself can be resisting us. This is the ultimate form of spiritual warfare – an exercise in futility – because no one has ever resisted God and come out a winner.

James 4:7 is the classic verse with which most believers are familiar:

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

1 Peter 5:9 says this:

Resist him (the devil), firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

Even the youngest of believers can successfully resist the most ancient of dark entities by standing strong in Christ. But what is often lost in the discussion about spiritual warfare is the reality of James 4:6-7:

Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Submit yourselves therefore to God.

And 1 Peter 5:5-6 reinforces this, saying:

Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.

Yes, even the youngest of believers can successfully resist the devil and his henchmen – but nobody has ever resisted God and come out a winner. Nobody. Interestingly, the books of James and 1 Peter are written to believers. It’s possible for a believer to experience the ultimate spiritual warfare experience: resistance from Almighty God. If God is resisting you, no resistance in return will rectify the situation.

The way we invite divine resistance is through pride, the original – and root – of all sin. A simple, powerful way to understand pride is resistance to God. When we resist God, He resists us. Our resistance in such circumstances is entirely futile. Humility is the opposite of pride . . .

WHY NOT HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE GOD BY NO LONGER RESISTING HIM? COULD IT BE THAT GOD IS RESISTING YOU BECAUSE OF YOUR OWN PRIDE? HAVE YOU BLAMED THE DEVIL FOR OPPOSTION THAT MAY ACTUALLY BE COMING FROM GOD? ARE YOU IN ANY WAY RESISTING GOD?

 

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