SOLAR ECLIPSE: A WARNING FROM GOD

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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


PLEASE NOTE: I am sending this post early because it is time-sensitive. 

The United States is gearing up for a major event that will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017: the Total Solar Eclipse that will traverse our country from the Northwest to the Southeast. 

This is an event of major significance in that it is a warning from God calling us to repentance, both as individuals and as a nation. The eclipse will occur only over the United States and over its expanse, meaning this is a message specifically for America.  So, we must take special heed!
 

The  Bible tells us that God speaks to us through the signs in the sky (Genesis 1: 14).  The question is: Are we listening?

God issues these celestial warnings out of His infinite love for us. He is saying that if we don’t repent, we will bring judgment and great suffering on ourselves because we have disobeyed His commands. (See the Book of Revelation). 
 
Please take this warning to heart and warn your children and grandchildren.  This is not something to take lightly and to brush off.  Your eternal destiny and theirs are at stake.
 
 
Many Biblical scholars and other Christians believe that the Lord’s return for His Church in an event called the Rapture is at hand, and that this eclipse is meant to prepare us for the Lord’s return.  Only those who have been born again will be removed from the earth and will escape the great Tribulation which will soon come upon the entire world with the rise of the AntiChrist. Those who have not accepted Christ as Savior and Lord will be left behind and will endure the Tribulation. This will be a seven-year period of horrific suffering and oppression such as the world has never seen.
 

You do NOT want to be left behind! Accept Jesus Christ now as your Savior and Lord and spend eternity in His Presence. Here is a simple prayer to be born again:

“Lord Jesus, I come to You now just as I am—broken, bruised, and empty inside. I’ve made a mess of my life, and I need You to fix it. Please forgive me of all of my sins. I accept You now as my personal Savior and as the Lord of my life. Thank You for dying for me so that I might live. As I give you my life, I trust that You will make of me all that You’ve created me to be. Amen.”

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, you are now a child of God and a follower of Jesus Christ. Please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorioministries.com. I would like to send you a booklet to help you get started in your walk with Jesus. 

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Are you listening for God’s voice as He speaks through His signs in the sky? Are you looking up for the imminent return of Jesus Christ for His Bride? How are you preparing for His return? 

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For additional encouragement, check out my podcasts at the following links:

A Moment with MaryAnn – Podcasts on Living the Good Life

Winning with the Word Podcast Series

Write Your Heart Out! – Podcasts for Writers

NOTE: If you are struggling to know your purpose in life, I can help you! As a highly experienced Certified Life Coach, I will help you set priorities in line with your God-given purpose. For more information or to set up a phone appointment, please send me an email at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. You’ll be taking a major step toward fulfilling your destiny!

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CHANGING YOUR MIND FOR A BETTER LIFE

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach

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

Change.  For a while now, it’s been a buzzword across various social and academic strata. The word means different things to different people. But today let’s explore what it means to God.


In God’s Lexicon, at the place of the word change we find the word repent. According to God, to repent is to change, specifically to change one’s way of thinking. 

Virtually every problem we will ever face in life will result from wrong thinking. Wrong thinking proceeds from a lie, and a lie can never provide a solid foundation to life. Only Truth can do that.

So, when God commands us to change, He means for us to stop thinking the way the world thinks.  And how does the world think? It thinks contrary to the way God thinks.

Well, then, how does God think? We discover the way God thinks by studying His Word, the Holy Bible. In this best-selling book of all time, God sets forth His modus operandi, His M.O., for everything that pertains to our lives. I call the Bible God’s Manual for Man. Wouldn’t it make sense, then, to study it and apply it to our lives?

So, back to the concept of change. When we study God’s Word, we realize that our thinking needs changing. As we begin to learn the way God thinks, we begin to understand that our thinking is so inferior to His.  He Himself says as much in the Book of Isaiah, chapter 55, verses 8 and 9:


For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are My ways higher than your ways
    and My thoughts than your thoughts.

 

God Himself tells us that our thinking is off base and far inferior to His. So, what are we to do to get our thinking on track so that we can live more successful, fulfilling lives?

THREE KEYS TO CHANGING YOUR MIND FOR A BETTER LIFE:

The LORD gives us the quintessential formula for success in Joshua 1: 8-9. Look at it carefully:

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

In this single verse, we have all that we need to live a successful life. It all boils down to three points: 

1–Meditate on God’s Word.

2–Memorize God’s Word.

3–Decree and Declare God’s Word.

Let’s consider each of this points one by one.

MEDITATE
Success starts with meditating on God’s Word. To meditate means to mull over, to think about, to repeat over and over.  The word meditate comes from the Latin word meditor, which literally means to chew, as in the way a cow chews its cud. By extension, this word means to think about or reflect upon, as in “He’s chewing on the pros and cons of his decision.” 

So, when we meditate on God’s Word, we are chewing on it, mulling over it, thinking about it, and reflecting upon it.

MEMORIZE
Memorizing God’s Word means hiding it in our hearts where no one can steal it from us. Why do we need to meditate on God’s Word? David the Psalmist gives us the reason in Psalm 119: 11: I have hidden Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Some translations say “stored up” instead of “hidden.”  

So, the purpose of memorizing the Word is to store it in our hearts so that we will not sin against God. When we store the Word in our hearts by memorizing it, the Word will rise to the surface of our minds when we need it to keep us from temptation and to resist Satan.

DECREE AND DECLARE
The third point for living a better life is to decree and declare the Word. Well, how can we readily decree and declare the Word unless we have hidden it–or stored it–in our hearts? Once the Word is stored in our hearts, we can decree and declare it aloud because it is at our finger tips, ready for use.

Why do we need to speak the Word aloud over our circumstances? Because there is supernatural power in the spoken Word of God. Just as God created the universe by speaking, so do we create our lives by speaking. We are, after all, made in His image.

So we had better be sure that the words we are speaking over our lives are God’s words taken straight from His Word. Far too often, we speak negative words and those negative words will result in an unsuccessful life. If you–as.I have been–are guilty of speaking negative words, repent now.

And so, we come full circle to the word repent. To repent means to change. It means changing our thinking so that it aligns with God’s thinking. When we do, we will be renewing our minds. And isn’t this precisely what our Lord commands us to do in Romans 12: 2?

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person
by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good
and pleasing and perfect.

Indeed, it is!  And why does our Lord command us to renew our minds? The answer lies in the second part of the verse: Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Does that excite you as much as it excites me? God wants us to change our thinking (our minds) so that we can experience His will for us, “which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

There is no better formula for achieving a better life.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Have you struggled to change our thinking to align with God’s thinking? If so, in what ways? How have you handled your struggle?


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Sex and Soul Ties

How to Make Change Your Ally

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A Moment with MaryAnn – Podcasts on Living the Good Life

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NOTE: If you are struggling to know your purpose in life, I can help you! As a highly experienced Certified Life Coach, I will help you set priorities in line with your God-given purpose. For more information or to set up a phone appointment, please send me an email at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. You’ll be taking a major step toward fulfilling your destiny!

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FEAR NOT!

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach

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

The recent and sudden explosion of terrorism both in our country and around the world has incited unprecedented fear in the hearts of countless people. Where once we lived in relative peace, now we face the possibility of being killed just by shopping at our local mall or by opening our daily mail.


Where once we walked freely, now we walk with guarded steps. Where once we trusted our neighbor, now we look on him as a potential enemy. Perhaps for the first time in our lives, we have been forced, both as a nation and as individuals, to come face to face not only with our vulnerability but also with our mortality.

In the midst of this mélange of pregnability and peril, God commands us not to fear. Indeed, the command, “Fear not!” appears at least 111 times in the Holy Bible. Obviously, God wants to make sure we get the message. But how can one obey this command when everything around us incites us to fear?

First of all, let us remember that God never commands us to do something that is impossible for us to do. If He did, He would be unjust and we would have reason to complain. Therefore, if God commands us not to fear, then we are able to obey His command.

How? you may be asking. Perhaps this explanation will give you insight. Fear is an emotion, and emotions can be controlled by the will. Resisting fear boils down to making a decision to resist fear.

For instance, when fear tries to keep you from venturing beyond your four walls, venture anyway. When fear tries to keep you from taking a trip, take the trip anyway. When fear tries to keep you from flying, fly anyway.

While fear is an emotion, courage is a choice. Choices are made by the will. When fear attacks your emotions, your will can override the fear by a simple and determined choice to refuse to fear. Bottom line, we must decide whether fear will control us or whether we will control fear.

Confronting fear and taking action against it will cure fear. The Bible tells us that “God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). By this verse we know that fear does not come from God. If it doesn’t come from God, then it comes from Satan.

The opposite of fear is love. The Bible tells us that perfect, or mature, love casts outs fear (I John 4:18). The person who has learned to love is the person who walks free of fear. When you face fear, ask yourself “What is the loving thing to do right now?” Choosing the path of love will always dispel fear because love is more powerful than fear.

If fear has been threatening to rob you of your joy of living, don’t allow it to do so any longer. Face your fear and take the offensive against it. You will find that as you do the thing you fear, your fear will disappear. 

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Do you struggle with fear? If so, how do you deal with it?

If you found this post helpful, please forward it to a friend. Thank you! Check our archives in the right sidebar for older posts on a variety of topics. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top right. Some of our most popular posts

Sex and Soul Ties

How to Make Change Your Ally

Are You Playing the Blame Game?

Are You a Mess of Stress?

For additional encouragement, check out my podcasts at the following links:

A Moment with MaryAnn – Podcasts on Living the Good Life

Winning with the Word Podcast Series

Write Your Heart Out! – Podcasts for Writers

NOTE: If you are struggling to know your purpose in life, I can help you! As a highly experienced Certified Life Coach, I will help you set priorities in line with your God-given purpose. For more information or to set up a phone appointment, please send me an email at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. You’ll be taking a major step toward fulfilling your destiny!

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ARE YOU CURSED WITH THE BASTARD CURSE?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach

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

Bastard!  Despite the way the word is sadly and indiscriminately used today to demean a person, the word “bastard” in its original definition denotes a person who has been conceived out of wedlock. 

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more commonly used word in our day is illegitimate. An illegitimate child is a child whose parents conceived him outside of marriage. Even if the parents married before the child was born, the child is still illegitimate according to the Word of God.

Contrary to popular belief, to conceive a child out of wedlock and then to marry before or after the birth of the child does not spiritually “legitimize” the child nor protect him from the bastard curse. The reason is that a child conceived out of wedlock is the fruit of the parents’ fornication or adultery at the time of conception. And, according to Scripture, when a child is conceived through fornication or adultery, that child is under the bastard curse. 

The bastard curse also applies to cases of rape and incest. A child born as a result of rape or incest is also considered illegitimate. In short, according to God’s Word any child conceived outside of the confines of the marriage covenant is a bastard.

WHAT IS THE BASTARD CURSE?
So, what exactly is the bastard curse and what are its effects?

The bastard curse is the curse that comes upon both the man and the woman who engaged in premarital or extramarital sex (fornication or adultery) and conceived a child out of wedlock, and also upon the child they conceived. Moreover, according to Scripture, the bastard curse lasts for ten generations unless one is delivered from it by the power and blood of Christ.

Also, if a woman aborts a child conceived out of wedlock, the abortion does not set the parents or the aborted child free from the bastard curse. Of course, the child is no longer alive, but the parents of the child are still under the bastard curse and can pass it on to future children, including those conceived in marriage. Even if the parents have repented of the sin of abortion, they must still repent of allowing the bastard curse into their lives through fornication or adultery and remove the curse from themselves. 

It greatly behooves us, therefore, to understand this curse, its effects on our lives, and how to break its power over our lives.

UNDERSTANDING THE BASTARD CURSE
In calculating the ten generations of the curse, the parents of the illegitimate child are considered the first generation of the curse. The illegitimate child is considered the second generation of the curse. And so on down the line until the tenth generation is reached.

Two passages in Scripture deal with the bastard curse: Deuteronomy 23: 2 and Hebrews 12: 6. 

Deuteronomy 23: 2 – “A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the Lord. An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD….”

Hebrews 12: 6: – “For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”

In the first passage from Deuteronomy, God decrees that the bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord for ten generations. He includes as bastards the Ammonites and the Moabites. You may recall that these two nations resulted from the incestuous relationships of Lot’s daughters with their father (Genesis 19: 30-38).

In the second passage from Hebrews, the Lord makes clear that He disciplines only those whom He accepts as His legitimate children. Bastards who have not been delivered from the bastard curse are not accepted as legitimate children of God.

EFFECTS OF THE BASTARD CURSE
The bastard curse causes many spiritual, emotional, and psychological issues. Chief among them are the following:

–Shame
–Guilt
–Abandonment Issues
–Fear
–Rejection
–Self-hatred
–Double-mindedness
–Feelings of not fitting in
–Difficulty establishing and maintaining intimate relationships

The bastard curse keeps people from fellowship with God and with other people. Satan continually tempts people to fall prey to this curse so that it will continue from generation to generation. 

In addition to Lot’s daughters who gave birth to the Ammonites and Moabites via their incestuous relationship with their father, there are other instances of the bastard curse in the Bible. Here are three more of them:

–Hagar’s conception of Ishmael by Abraham (Genesis 16: 11-12). The descendants of Ishmael are still under the bastard curse. 

–Tamar’s conception of Pharaz and Zarah by her father-in-law Judah (Genesis 38: 1-30). 

–Bathsheba’s conception of Solomon by David. 

“A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord; even to his tenth generation
shall he not enter into the congregation of the Lord.” – Deuteronomy 23: 2

HOW TO BE SET FREE FROM THE BASTARD CURSE
The bastard curse is a powerful curse in that it causes corruption that lasts for generations. This curse is a key means by which Satan has tried to corrupt bloodlines. He particularly attempted to use the bastard curse to corrupt the bloodline from which Christ would be born. But Satan’s plan never transpired because he did not know that Jesus would descend only from the woman’s seed and not from a human father’s seed. 

I would venture to say that few, if any, of us have escaped the bastard curse. If one considers the history of the world, it is easy to see that marauding nations engaged in the rape of countless women, and those rapes resulted in the conception of many bastard children. In addition, as long as people have been on earth, many have committed fornication and adultery resulting in conception.

Years ago, while discussing my family history with my father, I learned that my great-grandfather was quite likely conceived as a result of the rape of my great-great-grandmother by either a ruthless landowner or by a priest.  Such situations, unfortunately, were commonplace in the Sicilian culture of the time, due to the feudal-type society where landowners and others of the ruling class exploited the peasants.

My heroine in my novel, The Madonna of Pisano, the first book in my trilogy titled The Italian Chronicles, is based on my great-great-grandmother’s life. Holy Spirit showed me that she was an innocent victim and that He wanted me to exonerate her good name in my story. While the story is fictional, the seed idea for it came from my great-great-grandmother’s experience.

Since I am the fifth generation from my great-great-grandmother and the man who violated her, I have had to break the bastard curse over my own life so that it would not be passed on and continue in the lives of my descendants.

If you know that the bastard curse is on your life–either because of your own sin or the sin of your ancestors–pray this prayer of deliverance with me now:

Father God, I come to You in the mighty and matchless Name of Jesus. I repent of any and all sinful behavior in my own life and/or in the lives of my ancestors for the past ten generations that opened the door to the bastard curse in my life and in the lives of my descendants. In the Name of Jesus, I place those sins under the Blood of Christ shed at Calvary. I ask, Father, that You would forgive and cleanse me and my lineage of this destructive curse. I thank You, Father, that I can now come freely into the congregation of the Lord and have close fellowship with You and with my brothers and sisters in Christ. I thank You, Father, that You now consider me Your legitimate child worthy of your discipline. I ask, Father, that You would help me to overcome the negative habits that may have embedded themselves in my soul as a result of living under this horrific curse. I thank You and praise You in the Name of Jesus for delivering me and my descendants of the bastard curse. I thank You, Holy Spirit, for filling my life with the blessings of Your fellowship and the fellowship of the saints. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, please let me know. You will experience a dramatic change in your life as the bastard curse is removed from your life and from the lives of your descendants.

Also, if you’d like to read my historical novel inspired by my great-great-grandmother’s life, please check out The Madonna of Pisano  available in both print and ebook formats. 

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Has this post be an eye-opener for you? If so, how?

If you found this post helpful, please forward it to a friend. Thank you! Check our archives in the right sidebar for older posts on a variety of topics. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top right. Some of our most popular posts

Sex and Soul Ties

How to Make Change Your Ally

Are You Playing the Blame Game?

Are You a Mess of Stress?

For additional encouragement, check out my podcasts at the following links:

A Moment with MaryAnn – Podcasts on Living the Good Life

Winning with the Word Podcast Series

Write Your Heart Out! – Podcasts for Writers

NOTE: If you are struggling to know your purpose in life, I can help you! As a highly experienced Certified Life Coach, I will help you set priorities in line with your God-given purpose. For more information or to set up a phone appointment, please send me an email at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. You’ll be taking a major step toward fulfilling your destiny!

Please tell your family and friends about this blog and please pass this post on to them. Thank you!
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DANCING WITH THE CHILDREN

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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

MARYANN’S NOTE: At Holy Spirit’s direction, I wil be posting a few personal experience stories over the next few weeks. These experiences happened to me personally and reveal God’s supernatural presence and power in our lives. I trust that these stories will encourage you, inspire you, and reveal to you how much God loves you and is involved with your life as well.
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DANCING WITH THE CHILDREN
by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD

The church sanctuary filled with the sweet fragrance of Holy Spirit’s Presence.

As I raised my hands in worship and sang praises to the Father from the depths of my heart, I suddenly found myself transported in the spirit to another realm. I was standing in the throne room of Heaven, participating in a magnificent worship service. Millions of saints, with uplifted holy hands, sang in joyful praise and worship to the Father.

My eyes scanned their faces, radiant with love and adoration. All eyes faced forward and focused on the front of the room. Following their unified gaze, my eyes beheld a Brilliant Being Who sat on a magnificent throne at the far end of the huge space.

Abba Father.

My heart instantly knew.

And my heart instantly bowed.

His countenance glowed with intense pleasure at watching His children enjoy His presence. His lips held a smile that was beyond description in its beauty and its grace.

His demeanor was at once kingly yet common. Common in the sense of humble and unassuming.

I could not take my eyes off of Him.

Nor did I want to.

Lights of colors the likes of which I had never seen emanated from His Being. Sounds of frequencies the likes of which I had never heard emanated from His voice.

The music was festive. Lively.

And very Jewish.

My feet began to move in rhythm to its joyful sounds. All around me, my brothers and sisters in Christ began to dance before the Father, their faces beaming with the fun of the moment. Tambourines sounded; cymbals crashed; voices rose in glorious timbres and tones to praise the great and wonderful God of the Universe.

The joy in the hearts of the saints was palpable as they filled the atmosphere with their loud shouts of praise.

Suddenly, my eyes noticed movement on the Throne. To my great surprise and even greater delight, Abba Father got up from His throne, descended the long stairway leading up to it, and joined His children in the dance.

Cheers arose from the congregation as they watched Father join them in their dance.

My heart beat wildly. Tears flowed from my eyes. I was taken aback by His utter humility. He had become one of us. Indeed, I could tell that His enormous delight lay in that very act of becoming one of us.

My eyes remained glued to the Father, as did my heart. One at a time, He took the hands of His children and spun them around in circles of joy. Laughing. Singing.

Blessing.

No one was slighted. Everyone was touched by His loving hand.

And His loving heart.

As I watched, mesmerized by His love, He turned toward me.

My heart skipped a beat as He headed toward me.

Straight toward me.

All time stood still as His compassionate eyes penetrated my spirit with their infinite love. Now He stood before me, kind and expectant. Nodding slightly, he took both of my hands in His, and I felt the merging of His heart with mine.

In that instant, I was the only one in the large hall. Everyone else had disappeared into the background.

Abba Father had eyes only for me.

The next thing I knew, He was whirling me around the dance floor, as a Father does with His little girl at a wedding.

And, as a little girl dancing with her Papa at a wedding feels the delight of His acceptance, His approval, and His love, so did I.

Together we whirled around the dance floor, His strength carrying me, His eyes never leaving mine. They twinkled and sparkled and laughed. They danced in merriment and rejoiced in delight.

And, most of all, they loved me.

My heart joined my feet in being lifted off the ground.

I had the distinct impression that as Abba danced only with me, He was also dancing only with each of His children in that great hall. On a level I cannot explain, I knew that, in relating to Abba, everyone felt as though he or she were the only one in the entire sanctuary. That is the way of the Father.

There is something about the Father’s love that makes one feel that she alone is the apple of His eye.

For several beautiful moments, I was caught up in the ecstasy of that other-world experience. Then, slowly, and a bit sadly, I stepped back from the spirit realm and returned to the church sanctuary to rejoin my physical body.

But I returned a different person. I returned as one who had experienced the goodness of God in a profound way.

I returned as one who would henceforth know firsthand that I am deeply loved, totally accepted, and warmly approved by the Father.

Most of all, I returned as one who had caught a glimpse into the Father’s heart and would never again be the same.
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