How To Handle Pressure

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“Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23

 Are you new to this blog? If so, what is the “Matters of the Heart” blog and why will it bless you to read it?

Matters of the Heart is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to discover what is in your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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One Brave Roman soldier in field. Photo.Have you noticed that pressure is increasing in your life? Are you finding it more and more difficult to handle the pressure as it bombards you from all sides? If so, take heart. There are certain things you can do to subdue the pressure, put it under your feet, and keep it there.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines pressure as “the weight or force that is produced when something presses or pushes against something else.” While pressure is most often used to indicate a physical force, it can be used as well to indicate a spiritual force. In this discussion, we will use pressure to mean those demonic forces from hell that daily threaten to discourage, depress, and destroy the members of the Body of Christ.

We read in the Book of Ephesians that we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”  Some translations use the word “wrestle” to indicate the type of spiritual battle in which we are engaged.

Wrestling involves hand-to-hand combat; indeed, body-to-body contact. In other words, it involves the whole person against the enemy.  The battle can often be vicious, and the fight sustained for long periods of time.

So, how do we handle this unrelenting pressure from the enemy? Our Lord has given us the weapons for not only engaging the enemy but also for conquering him. These weapons comprise the whole armor of God. Let’s take a look at each one.

1-The Belt of Truth. A Roman soldier’s belt held together the rest of his armorIn like manner, truth will hold together the rest of our spiritual armor as we fight the enemy. We must put on truth and walk in it in all of our dealings with God and man. Deception is rampant in our world today. Lying has become second-nature to many people. But the Follower of Christ must dealy truly and truthfully in every situation.

2-The Breastplate of Righteousness. The breastplate protected the Roman soldier from attacks against his vital organs, including his heart. Righteousness means right-standing with God. As born-again believers, we are protected from the enemy by the righteousness of Christ which we received when we accepted Him as Savior.

3-The Shoes of Peace. A Roman soldier wore special shoes that protected his feet from dangerous terrain, enabling him to step freely wherever he needed to step and to stand firm while engaging in battle. The shoes of the gospel of peace enable us to tread safely and to stand firm in the worst of situations.

4-The Shield of Faith.
The Roman soldier used his shield to ward off the fiery darts of the enemy. So do we use our Shield of Faith to ward off Satan’s fiery darts of doubt, unbelief, fear, strife, and every other fiery dart.

5-The Helmet of Salvation.
Just as a helmet protected the Roman soldier from injury to his head, so does the Helmet of Salvation protect us from injury to our thinking. Our salvation enables us to abide in Christ, and abiding in Christ will eventually transform our way of thinking into God’s way of thinking.

6-The Sword of the Spirit.  While all of the other pieces of our armor are defensive, the Sword of the Spirit is used in taking the offense. As the enemy attacks us with his lies, we retaliate by piercing him with the truth of God’s Word.

So, there you have it!  Six pieces of armor that will enable you not only to resist the pressure that comes against you but also to subdue it. Now, take up your armor and win!

Now, it’s YOUR turn: How has putting on the whole armor of God helped you to deal with pressure? Please leave your response in the Comment Box below. Thank you!

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How Free Do You Want to Be? – Week 4

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Matters of the Heart is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to discover what is in your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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Welcome to Week 4, the final week in our discussion on freedom!

During the past three weeks, we have explored the Keys of the Kingdom of God that belong to every born-again follower of Jesus Christ. Today we conclude our study on the Keys of the Kingdom by exploring some reasons that we Christ-Followers are not seeing more of the Kingdom’s promises being manifested in our lives. On the contrary, we are still experiencing many of Satan’s curses, such as sickness, lack, and strife.

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While I certainly don’t claim to have all the answers, I have learned a few things about the Kingdom during my 46 years of following the Lord. Here are a few insights about the Kingdom that I would like to share with you:

1–God’s Kingdom promises are true, no matter what. Scripture tells us that God is not a man who lies (Numbers 23: 19). He says what He means, and He means what He says. When God makes a promise to us, He cannot and will not renegue on that promise. To do so would violate His nature and His character, and He would then not be God. So, because of God’s perfect, flawless character, we can stake our lives on what He says every single time.

One of Satan’s chief strategies is to try to get us to doubt what God has said. This was the strategy he used with Eve, and this is the strategy Satan still uses today. Remember that Satan is a liar and the father of lies (John 8: 44).

2) The Keys of the Kingdom always work when we work them. In order for the Keys of the Kingdom to work, they have to be used–and used correctly. The Keys of the Kingdom work by faith. It is faith that pleases God, and it is faith that is required to use the Keys of the Kingdom correctly.

Contrary to popular belief among Christians, God does not respond to our pleading, our whining, or our tears. He responds to our faith–and only to our faith. Faith is the bridge between the Kingdom of God and the Earth. Like a magnet, our faith draws from the Kingdom of God whatever we need to fulfill our destiny here on Earth.  

3–Circumstances do not equal doctrine.  Far too often in the Church today, I come across believers who base their theology on their circumstances rather than on the Word of God. In other words, if their circumstances do not align with what God has said in His Word, then they question the Word, not themselves.

For example, God says He heals ALL of our diseases (Psalm 103: 3). So, if I pray for healing but it does not come, then I question God. I might even blame Him. Oh, I may not blame Him outrightly, but I say things like, “Healing is not for today,” or “God doesn’t want to heal everyone,” or “God is sovereign and can heal whomever He wants to heal.” These excuses–and that is exactly what they are: excuses–sound so good. Yet, they are all lies from the pit of hell. But worse than that, by believing these lies we are calling God a liar. This is blasphemy. 

For me to say that healing is not for today is to say that God lied when He said He heals all of our diseases (Psalm 103: 3)

For me to say that God made me sick is to say that God lied when He said, “I am the Lord Who heals you” (Exodus 15: 26).

For me to say that I don’t have enough money to pay my bills is to say that God lied when He promised to give me the ability to produce wealth so that He can establish His covenant (Deuteronomy 8: 18).

The truth is this: If I do not receive my healing or my provision–or any other of God’s promises–the problem is not with God nor with His Word; the problem is with me. It is my responsibility, therefore, to find out what my problem is. Usually, it is unbelief. Sometimes it is a lack of knowledge (Hosea 6: 2). Always, the problem is on my end.

I know this is a hard pill to swallow, but it is the truth. And only the truth will set us free (John 8: 32).

You see, when God created man and woman, He called them to rule and reign over the earth. The Earth is our domain, and our domain is under our dominion. God made us stewards of the Earth, so the Earth is in our charge (Genesis 1: 28). Through the death and resurrection of Christ, God has given us everything we need to rule and reign in the Earth. In other words, He has given us the Keys to the Kingdom, and it is our job and our responsibility to enforce the laws of the Kingdom of God in the Earth. We do this by using the Keys of the Kingdom in faith. We do this by resisting and thwarting every attempt of Satan to remain an illegal squatter in the domain God has entrusted to our care and management.

By giving us the Keys of the Kingdom, our Lord has provided us with everything we will ever need to live out our destinies here in the earth. So, take the Keys of the Kingdom that Jesus has given you, and use them with all of the authority and power that backs you up as a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Have you been using your circumstances to determine your theology? If so, are you willing to take God at His Word? Please leave your response in the Comment Box below. Thank you!

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How Free Do You Want to Be? – Week 3

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Welcome to Week 3 in our discussion on freedom!

Last week we learned that all of us who are born again have been given the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. We learned that the keys represent authority and power. This week we will explore how to use our keys to enforce God’s rule in the earth.

The Kingdom of God has a King. His name is Jesus Christ.  As King, Jesus rules over the entire universe and everything in it. Psalm 103: 19 says this: The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.  Moreover, God’s Kingdom is eternal, which means it will last forever. Daniel 4: 3 says this: His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion endures from generation to generation.

Many of us live in countries that are ruled by forms of government that do not have a king. Consequently, the concept of “kingdom” may be difficult for us to grasp, especially for those of us who live in a republic or a democracy, where the people have a large say in their governance. Not so in the Kingdom of God.

In the Kingdom of God, Jesus is the King, and those who are part of His Kingdom willingly and gladly obey Him. From this perspective, we see that the Kingdom of God has not only an external aspect (the entire universe), but also an internal one (the hearts of those who are born again). The Kingdom of God reigns in the hearts of those who love and follow Jesus. Jesus told us in John 18: 36 that His Kingdom is not of this world. By this He meant that His Kingdom is a spiritual kingdom that rules in the hearts of those who choose to be its citizens. We saw that one enters the Kingdom of God by being born again–that is, by repenting of one’s sins and accepting Christ as one’s Savior and Lord.

Because we are citizens of the Kingdom of God, we have been given an assignment to bring others into the Kingdom. Why? Because God loves everyone and does not want a single person to perish. This assignment is called the Great Commission and is described in Mark 16: 15-18:  “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

ornate vintage metal key on a white backgroundSince this assignment requires supernatural authority and power to over-rule the natural realm, Jesus gave us this supernatural authority and power so we could complete our assignments. This supernatural authority and supernatural power reside in the keys of the Kingdom.

So, how do we use those keys? To use the keys of the Kingdom effectively as born-again Christ-followers, we must first remember the following:

1-We do not fight FOR victory; we fight FROM victory. By His death and resurrection, Jesus earned the victory over Satan once and for all. The Word tells us in Ephesians 2: 6 that we are seated with Christ in heavenly realms and, therefore, share with Him His victory over Satan.

2-Satan is a DEFEATED foe. He has no power over us unless we give him power by believing his lies.

3-The keys of the Kingdom are designed to establish on earth what is ALREADY established in Heaven. This is the meaning of the words in the Lord’s Prayer: Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. By using the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, we bring this Kingdom and God’s will into the earth.

Once we understand the above truths, we will use the keys of the Kingdom with confidence. How? We will boldly do what Jesus commanded us to do in the Great Commission.

  • We will preach the Gospel.
  • We will cast out demons.
  • We will be baptized in the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues.
  • We will not be harmed if we are attacked by a snake. (See Acts 28: 3-5 where Paul escaped harm after being bitten by a snake.)
  • We will not be hurt if we accidentally drink something poisonous.
  • We will lay hands on the sick, and they will be healed.

As we obey these commands of Christ, we will be enforcing His Kingdom in our sphere of influence; in other words, we will rule with Christ in our domain.

Next week, we will conclude our study on the Keys of the Kingdom by exploring some reasons that we Christ-Followers are not seeing more of Heaven’s blessings manifested in our lives but are still experiencing many of Satan’s curses, such as sickness, lack, and strife.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Are you using the keys of the Kingdom that Jesus has given you? Are you enforcing the laws of the Kingdom in your assigned domain? If not, what is keeping you from doing so?

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How Free Do You Want to Be? – Week 2

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach™

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Welcome to Week 2 in our discussion on freedom.  Did you know that the Bible is the story of the violent conflict between two kingdoms? These two kingdoms–or governmental jurisdictions–are the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Satan.  

Did you also know that your whole life is a wrestling match between these two kingdoms–or, to put it in other terms, between these two governments? In fact, every decision you make will promote the rule of either the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Satan in your life. There is no neutral ground.

For example, if you make a decision in obedience to God, His Kingdom and its blessings will reign supreme in your life, but if you make a decision in rebellion to God–in other words, by giving in to your carnal nature–then Satan’s Kingdom and its curses will reign supreme in your life.

Each kingdom has its own set of laws by which it operates. Before we are born again, we operate by default in the laws of the Kingdom of Darkness because the sin nature is the default setting of humanity. We are born into this world spiritually separated from God and, consequently, in spiritual darkness. When we are born again, however, God gives us a new spirit that allows us entrance into the Kingdom of God. Holy Spirit then begins to teach us the Laws of the Kingdom and how to operate in them. 

But even after we are born again, we must choose to operate by the laws of the Kingdom of God. It is critically important, therefore, that we know what those laws are and how to enforce them.

Pearly gates of heaven opening to a high altitude sunrise between two layers of clouds in a landscape orientationThe Kingdom of God is the place where God originally intended for us to live. But sin moved us out of that place and into the Kingdom of Satan.

The Kingdom of God operates by laws that produce the Blessing. The Kingdom of Satan operates by laws that produce the Curse. 

In Matthew 16: 19, Jesus made an astounding statement: “And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”  What exactly did He mean?

The Amplified Bible translation sheds a good deal of light on the meaning of this verse: I will give you the keys (authority) of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind [forbid, declare to be improper and unlawful] on earth will have [already] been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose [permit, declare lawful] on earth will have [already] been loosed in heaven.”  Several important truths are revealed in this verse:

1–Keys represent authority. The keys of the Kingdom of Heaven represent the authority of the Kingdom of Heaven.

2–God has given those keys only to us who are born again. To qualify for the keys, we have to be citizens of the Kingdom.

3–The Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven are to be used for a particular purpose. That purpose is to block the curse of Satan from spreading in the Earth and to enforce the blessing of the Kingdom of Heaven in the Earth.  With the keys, we bind the curse and loose the blessing.

4–The Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven lock and unlock, bind and loose. The authority (the keys) God has given to us will unlock the blessings of Heaven for us. The authority (keys) will also lock up the curses and keep them from operating in our lives. In the Kingdom of Heaven, certain things are forbidden (sin, sickness, pain, death, poverty, sorrow, etc.), and in the Kingdom of Heaven certain things are permitted (holiness, health, well-being, life, wealth, joy, etc.). As Christ-Followers, we have the authority to forbid on Planet Earth everything that is already forbidden in Heaven (e.g., sickness, disease, poverty) and to loose on Planet Earth everything that is already loosed in Heaven (health, peace, prosperity). Not only do we have the authority to do this; we have a mandate from Christ Himself to do this. It is called “the Great Commission” and is found in Mark 16: 15-18.

5–Christ-Followers are Ambassadors of Heaven temporarily assigned to Earth. We are first and foremost spirit beings who have a soul and who live in an earthly body. I like to call it our “earth suit”. 🙂 We are citizens of Heaven who temporarily live on Earth. Our job while on Earth is to enforce the Laws of the Kingdom (the Laws of Heaven) on the Earth in our given sphere of influence. We are spiritual military people on assignment at different locations (bases, posts) in the Earth.

6–That portion of Earth to which we are assigned–our circle of influence–is our spiritual domain and subject to the Laws of the Kingdom of God.  Just as every US Embassy belongs to the United States and operates under its laws, so does the “embassy” where God places us belong to the Kingdom of God and operates under its laws. But we as earthly ambassadors who represent the Kingdom of Heaven must exercise and enforce that dominion–those laws–in our assigned post.

7-The keys of the Kingdom of Heaven work only by faith. And faith works only by love. In other words, we must have faith, motived by love, in order to unlock the blessings of the Kingdom of Heaven and bring them to Earth and in order to block the curses of Satan from operating on Earth.  

Next week, we will explore how to enforce the laws of the Kingdom in the earth. We will then touch on reasons that we Christ-Followers are not seeing more of Heaven’s blessings manifested in our lives but are still experiencing many of Satan’s curses in our lives, such as sickness, lack, and strife. Until then, meditate on today’s teaching and let it sink deep into your spirit. As you do, Holy Spirit will reveal to you who you truly are in Jesus Christ and the power and authority you possess because He lives in you and you live in Him.

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Freedom comes in many shapes and sizes. We talk about physical freedom, political freedom, financial freedom, emotional freedom, psychological freedom, and spiritual freedom. Some of these freedoms–like physical, financial, and political freedom–can be taken from us, but the freedom we have in Christ–spiritual, psychological, and emotional freedom–can never be taken from us.

One definition of “freedom” is this: the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. In his 1828 Dictionary, Noah Webster defines freedom as follows: A state of exemption from the power or control of another.

For the next few weeks,I will be addressing the freedom we Christ-Followers have from the power and control of Satan. Knowing how to enforce this freedom is critical to living the abundant life that Jesus promised us. So, please don’t miss any of the blog posts in this very important series.

To begin, let’s take a look at where freedom starts:

Freedom is a choice. And that choice is a function of the will. We must first will or want to be free before we can ever be free.

Once we have made a choice to be free, then we must turn our attention to that place within us where we find the root of freedom: the human spirit.  When we are born into this world, our human spirit is separated from God. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, we receive a new spirit that is now connected with God. This process is called being born again.

There can be no true and lasting freedom without being born again by receiving Jesus Christ into our lives. Christ is the origin of freedom. He is Truth, and He Himself has told us that only Truth will set us free (John 8: 32).

In order to be free, we must ask ourselves three questions:

1—Do I really want to be free? Would you believe that some people don’t want to be free? Instead, they want to be taken care of and willingly relinquish their freedom for unnecessary dependence–dependence that grows out of laziness or lack of awareness. We see this happening in our government every day.

2—How free do I want to be? The degree of freedom you attain is entirely up to you. Those who are the most free are those who desperately want to be free and go after freedom. The degree of your desire to be free is the chief indicator of how free you will be.

3–Am I willing to do what it takes to be free? You’ve most likely heard the statement that freedom isn’t free. This is a true statement. All freedom has a price attached to it. The greater the price paid, the greater the freedom earned or received. The ultimate price for freedom was the Blood of Jesus Christ. What price are you willing to pay to be free? Free in your spirit, free in your soul, free in your body, free in your finances?

Instant Access to Kingdom as a Key ConceptBecoming free is a major problem for most people. Perhaps you have been trying to get free of anger or addiction, of poverty or procrastination, of depression or despair. No matter what is standing in the way of your freedom, there is a way out.

In order to help you be free, Holy Spirit has instructed me to begin a weekly series on the Keys to the Kingdom of God. You see, we Christ-Followers live in a supernatural kingdom. This supernatural kingdom has laws by which it functions. Unless we unlock those laws, we will live earthly lives of continual struggle under the curse–in other words, of continual and increasing bondage. But as we learn to operate in the laws of God’s Kingdom, we will live under the blessing–in other words, of continual and increasing freedom.

In the weeks ahead, we will be taking a look at the Keys of the Kingdom that unlock the mysteries of the Laws of the Kingdom. We will learn how the Laws of the Kingdom operate. We will learn that the Laws of the Kingdom are directly opposite from the Laws of the World and usually don’t make sense to the natural mind. We will learn that only by living according to the Laws of God’s Kingdom will we experience true freedom and true life.

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