Finding Peace In God

In this passage of scripture the prophet Elijah was searching for peace from within. Elijah in chapter 18th had just demonstrated the power of God by calling fire down from heaven, killing the 450 false prophets Baal.
However, what he failed to realize is the Devil is not of afraid of the power of God but he is terrified of the presence of God.

There is a difference between the power and the presence. All too often we dwell looking for the power of God to fix us and our situations and when it is not given or doesn’t show up then we are lost.

Jezebel didn’t turn tail and run but she dug in even more threatening to kill Elijah because of what he had done. The Devil is not afraid of the power of God he is terrified of the presence of God.

When we plead the blood of Jesus it doesn’t bring the power but it evokes his presence and his power to do battle on our behalf. Elijah realizes that he in his power has failed so he flees. He asked God to kill him because he realized in his power he was nothing. But this is where God’s wants us. He wants us to understand that we can’t fix it or fix us.

So God begins to feed Elijah…And he wants to feed us his word. He knows the more we feed on Him the stronger his presence becomes in us. Elijah gains peace when he learns to listen for God’s voice then to seek his power.

It is in God’s small still voice that victory and peace is waiting for you.

Jesus said my sheep know my voice!

If you need peace today listen for your answer of hope and strength by following the voice of God and stop looking for the power.

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Victorious Mindset

How It All Began

It is 7:15 a.m and I am on my way to work. I make a coffee stop at a popular fast food chain. The weather is fairly mild. However, there is no sunshine just clouds.

I don’t know if it is the weather but today I wished I could stay home in the bed. It was tough getting up this morning. I got up on time but found myself getting dressed only to lie down for an additional 10 to 15 mins because I was so tired this morning.

I don’t know how you feel but this is my story. I didn’t wake up beaming with joy, I didn’t wake up chipper but my mood was somber, reflective and ungrateful.

You know the irony of it all was I felt totally different yesterday. I was motivated, eager and overjoyed by life but some how today I felt the opposite way. Today I felt repugnant, recalcitrant and self reflective.

Wow what a difference a few hours can make in ourlives.

But before I go down the road of selfpitty and woe is me Blvd…I caught myself. I restrained my mind from controlling my feelings and had to put some things into perspective.

If you didn’t know it proper perspective is so important for one trying to see life in focus. Whenever, I find my perspective skewed I but always seem to make improper judgments about things around. So I work hard to put life and situations in proper perspective.

The day Before I was on fire!

Yes, the day before I was on fire for God. I had just released to my listeners (who I am so appreciative of) a podcast episod entitled, “Building The Mind Of Victory.”

And the reason why I share this is I must be accountable to live the advice I give to others. This is a trait I see in myself and some people that I come in contact with. We can give everyone around us life saving advice but when it comes to us we won’t follow our own advice.

This can be a troubling character trait, not practicing what we preach. It is like the person that floods your internet feed with their content but never take time to read someone else’s post. This type of behavior smells and it stinks.

So, I made up in my mind today while sitting at my desk that I must have the mind of victory. I purposed in my heart that depression, selfpitty and doubt would not control me. I purposed in my heart that I would practice what I preached.

Just because doubt and despair speaks doesn’t mean we have to listen or follow.

So I am writing this to hopefully encourage someone today that is fighting the voices around them to stand. You control your mind, feelings and behavior.

Make a choice today to have a victorious mindset.

Blessing,

Mike Anthoni

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Make This Your Year Of Independence 

If you want heartburn try eating everything.

No matter what you do you will not be able to please everyone.  So why try? You know coming out of last year I felt the need for detoxification.  No, it is not what you think! I wanted to detoxify from people.

Yes, people.  I have watched others,  including myself, at times fall viticm to people pleasing. I have allowed some people knowingly and unknowingly to control parts of my life. It is one of those behavioural patterns that left me scratching my head.  I would sometimes say to myself, “what were you thinking signing on to that crap.”

People pleasing can become counter-productive to your success, if not, checked at the door.  I find myself becoming so irritated when I see people allowing themselves to become someones doormat for a, “that’s a good boy!” 

I have witnessed over the years the destructive effects of people that have loss a since of themselves because they have allowed others to control their lives.  Witnessing adults that can’t make sound decisions because they are so afraid of being singled out and ostracized is a sobering reminder, people pleasing is a destructive behavior. 

Possessing within oneself the strength to say, “No” is a powerful and sought after quality in my opinion.  To have ownership of ones life is a must.  It is a sobering reminder that we must harold and respect appropriate boundaries for our lives. 

I believe that if we live our lives to please God then we won’t spend so much time trying to please others.

So I have come up with my mantra and you can rock it too…,

“It’s time to detoxify.”

 I have made up my mind that I will rid myself of hurtful and harmful habits and emotions such as people pleasing.

People pleasing can be extremely harmful to our mental health and self-esteem. You don’t have to look any further than social media to see the devasting effects of people addiction.  

Likes and dislikes have become the new form of people pleasing and some people will almost kill themselves to trend in likes.

We have to combat and confront such harmful patterns of self-deprivation and ineptitude.  We must begin to form and practice good habits of self-love. We must strive to see ourselves in a positive light.

How we see ourselves is so important to how we treat and let others treat us.  Why should someone else respect you when you don’t respect yourself? We must practice good habits and detoxify our minds from the grips of people pleasing.

Serving others and caring for them with respect and love can be extremely valuable.  However, when we allow ourselves to be self-serving trying to please others to please ourselves, we cause great emotional and mental harm to ourselves.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to see people happy.

The problem comes in when we allow other peoples desires to become idols to us.

For example: We can’t sleep unless everyone is pleased with our decisions.

This kind of behaviour is a problem. We should do our best to be fair to all. But the key is not to lose ourselves in pleasing others to the point of making idols out of them.

Stop waiting for people to sanction your every move. We must trust God to direct us and put the right people in our paths to take us to the next level. 

Pray while you’re moving.  Make a God sought decision for your life by prayer, thoughtfulness and trusting that God will not steer you wrong.

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Your Date Must Be Qualified Not Just Cute

Relationships are extremely important. Believe it or not choosing a partner will arguably be one of the most important decisions of your life. 

It amazes me how we can be so focused on money, clothes and carreers and totally be disengaged with the quality of our souls and who we choose to live in our space.

 Just because she is beautiful doesn’t make her qualified to walk with you.  Just because he is handsome shouldn’t give him the key to your heart.

 You must be qualified!

Treat dating and choosing a partner like finding your dream job.  Don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions upfront.

Keep this in mind? Who you allow in your space will impact your life.

But what do I know? It’s is only your life we’re talking about right? 😉

 

Becoming A Better Me for Jesus Christ Part 2.” on YouTube

This video is about having the desire to become a better you in Jesus Christ.  You know we should just try to become a better person in life period in my opinion?

Everyday we wake up the question should be to God, “How can I be better for you today?”

It is easy to point the finger at others. However, the only life you can change is yours.  If we want better then we must first do better.

God has really spoken to me on how important it is to take responsibility for the seed you sow.  We are always looking for a harvest.  But sometimes we don’t want to be responsible for the seed (The Work that it takes to make it happen).

We oftentimes have the tendency not to take responsibility for our actions.  If we talk to some people it is everyone elses fought but theirs.  If they would have done this my life would be better…  Well I would say to that person they didn’t do it… , “So what are you going to do with your life?”

 If we want to grow in our walk with God then we must be able to look at that person in the mirror.  This can be an extremely difficult thing to do.  Confronting ourselves actually can be so intimidating sometimes.  Why?

When we truly confront ourselves we are saying, “I am ready to deal with it all (the shame, guilt, the wins and oh boy the losses).”

That person in the mirror has the capacity to do great things if we will accept our wins and build and correct our losses.


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Forgiveness…The Milk For The Heart

Forgiveness is the milk for the heart. This is a hard thing to forgive.  It is hard to forgive someone that has wounded you deeply.  If the truth can be told sometimes it can be hard to forgive yourself for causing the offence.

However, this was the very premise by which  Jesus taught. Jesus taught pray for those that despitefully use you…even if they betray you with a kiss. So I pray that we will each learn to forgive in the good and bad times.

I pray that God will be able to soften our hearts where we have felt the need to build walls to protect them.

Don’t go another day feeling bitter. Let the joy and love in your heart heal some one else while it is healing you.

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A Small Tip For Big Minds

You know I can find myself buzzing like a busy bee.  I am doing this thing and doing that thing but at the end of the day…I have been busy but not effective. 

 I think this is something we must guard against, The willingness to be busy for the sake of saying, “I am busy.” 

Let us map out our lives and become more strategic in our planning and doing.  

So the next time busy shows up tell busy, “you don’t have time because you are too busy being effective.”

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