WHY RAGE IS RAGING IN OUR LAND

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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

Outrage seems to be the new buzzword in our country today. Wherever we turn, people are shouting at one another and hurling insult after insult. We see it on the news, in airplanes, and in the public square. What is going on?

Behind all of this outrage is what Jesus called “the spirit of lawlessness.”  To be lawless is to act without restraint. It is to rebel against the laws of God and man. This is exactly what we are seeing in our world today. And it is exactly what the Apostle Paul described in 2 Thessalonians 2: 7; For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work….”

The spirit of lawlessness is rooted in rebellion and often manifests itself in anger and rage. It is spawned by deception and wreaks havoc not only on society but also on the individual operating under its influence.

As the late prophet David Wilkerson pointed out, at the root of the spirit of lawlessness is the lie that God will not punish sin.  Wilkerson further taught that in the last days, the spirit of lawlessness would become rampant as more and more people are deceived by this terrible lie.

Have you not heard the argument that a good God would not send people to Hell? This way of thinking is one manifestation of the spirit of lawlessness at work in a person’s life.

This lie is especially insidious when it infiltrates the Church and perverts the Gospel. Many churches today teach that God’s grace does not require a change in lifestyle once a person accepts Christ. This is blatant deception. Sin has become a bad word. An unmentionable word, lest we offend. But unless a life shows the fruit of conversion, I would seriously question if one has, indeed, been born again. 

Lawlessness generates anger, and anger quickly turns into rage. A few years back, I was driving and came to a red light. While I waited for the light to change, a young man in a truck in the lane to my left jumped out of the passenger side and began screaming obscenities while shaking his fist in the air at the drivers around him. It was a sight frightful to behold. But more than fear, I experienced a deep compassion for this young man who was in the grips of Satan’s deception, and I prayed for him.

“Sin has become a bad word. An unmentionable word, lest we offend.” 

So why is the spirit of lawlessness taking over our land? The Apostle Paul gives us the answer in 2 Thessalonians 2: 10: “because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” 

People embrace lawlessness because they refuse to embrace the truth. The next verse explains what will happen to them because they refuse to embrace the truth: “For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” 

There it is in a nutshell: Our land is raging with rage because many people have refused to accept the truth of God’s Word and, as a result, their minds are being deceived with Satan’s lies. Unless they repent, they will be condemned to Hell.  

So, what can we, as followers of Jesus, do in the face of rampant rage?

Here are a few tips:

1–Always speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4: 15). Truth without love drives people away. Love without truth drives them farther into sin. Truth combined with love leads people to Christ.

2–Always be a minister of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5: 18). It is to this we have been called as Christ-Followers. Rather than stir up foolish arguments just to prove we are right–arguments that lead to anger and rage–let’s focus instead on pointing people to Jesus Christ so that they can be reconciled to God the Father.  

3–Always stay in God’s Word (Joshua 1: 8). Study it. Meditate on it. Memorize it. When you know the Truth, you will instantly recognize the Lie. When you recognize the Lie, you can renounce it and be free. And then you can lead others to freedom as well. 

Bottom line, the rage problem in our land is a heart problem. And this heart problem can be solved only through the transforming power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: What suggestions would you offer regarding how to deal with lawlessness and the rage that comes from it? Please comment in the box below.

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ARE YOU AN ENVIOUS PERSON?

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
  

Are you an envious person? Has anyone ever asked you that question? Have you ever asked yourself that question?

As we examine the signs of envy, we may be surprised to learn that we all face tendencies to be envious. Indeed, envy is one of Satan’s chief weapons in his attempt to thwart not only one’s destiny but also to thwart the destiny of the Body of Christ.

So, what is envy?

In his 1828 Dictionary, Noah Webster defines envy as follows: 

“Pain, uneasiness, mortification or discontent excited by the sight of another’s superiority or success, accompanied with some degree of hatred or malignity, and often or usually with a desire or an effort to depreciate the person, and with pleasure in seeing him depressed. Envy springs from pride . . .  [and is] mortified that another has obtained what one has a strong desire to possess.”

Envy is an inappropriate, perverted, and misdirected response to our inherent desire for significance. All of us want our lives to have purpose. All of us want to be recognized and appreciated for who we are and what we do. But when the enemy tries to twist this natural desire through envy, the results are disastrous.

When we envy, we are actually expressing anger toward God. We are, in effect, complaining that God has treated another person better than He has treated us. This is a dangerous attitude that smacks of rebellion against God and His wisdom.

Moreover, envy indicates that we are putting our own agenda above God’s agenda. As we mature in Christ, we realize that this life is all about Him. Indeed, we come to realize that everything in the entire universe is all about Him. We are simply human instruments designed to point to Him, to glorify Him, and to worship Him. Scripture says that Jesus is the Beginning and the End, implying, also, that He is everything in between.

So, to envy is to say that this life is about us more than it is about the Lord. Envy is narcissistic, selfish, and self-centered–the very opposite of love.

Envy is an inappropriate, perverted, and misdirected response to
our inherent desire for significance.

Characteristics of Envy

What are some of the characteristics of envy? Here are three of them:

1—Envy hides behind a mask of righteousness which is really self-righteousness. When Jesus healed a woman of a disfiguring back problem in the synagogue (Luke 13: 10-17), the ruler of the synagogue protested that Jesus had violated the Law by healing the woman on the Sabbath. In truth, the ruler was envious of Jesus’ power and ability to capture the hearts of the people in a way that the ruler had not been able to do.  

2–Envy seems to be gender-specific and most often occurs among peers: between brother and brother, between sister and sister, or between two employees doing similar jobs at the same place of employment. For example, it is far more common for a brother to envy his brother than for a brother to envy his sister. Likewise, it is much more common for a sister to envy her sister than for a sister to envy her brother. It is also much more common for an employee to envy another employee in the same place of employment rather than someone with the same type of job but at another location. In other words, people usually envy people on their same level of their family sphere, professional sphere, or social sphere.

This characteristic of envy is especially problematic when it is found in the Body of Christ. A pastor can be tempted to envy another pastor in his town. An elder in a church can be tempted to envy another elder in the same church. A congregant can be tempted to envy another congregant with a ministry gift he would like to have.

3–Envy is usually hidden in one’s heart until a situation occurs that exposes the envy.  One of the most common ways that envy is exposed is through the promotion of someone in one’s family, professional, or social sphere. Usually we are not aware of envy in our own lives until someone in one of these spheres is promoted or honored in some way. Then envy rears its monstrous head.

How to Tell If You Are Envious?

How can we tell if we are envious? Here are a few questions to ask ourselves:

–Do I feel slighted, angry, or offended when one of my peers is promoted or honored? Does her promotion or honor make me feel diminished as a person? 

–Do I feel slighted, angry, or offended at the person in authority over me for having promoted or honored someone other than me? Do I feel that a wrong decision was made?

–Do I wish harm upon the person who was promoted or honored instead of me? Do I speak negative things about him? Do I curse him or wish to inflict pain upon him, even physical pain?

If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, then you are guilty of envy.

What To Do To Overcome Envy

As with every other temptation, we can overcome envy because our Lord promised to make a way of escape for us in the face of envy. The Word of God says this: “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” – 1 Corinthians 10: 13

When you are tempted to envy–and, at some point in your life, you surely will be–remember our Lord’s encouraging words. At the first sign of envy, turn to Him. Then pray for and bless the person you are tempted to envy. You will discover that envy will flee and that the love of Christ will reign in its stead.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: What do you do when you are tempted to envy? 

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For an excellent resource on envy, read Bob Sorge’s book titled Envy–The Enemy Within: Overcoming the Hidden Emotion That Holds God’s Plan Hostage. Click here to order.

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HOLDING ON TO HOPE IN PERILOUS TIMES-Part One

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
 

             

             A young Christian friend of mine in her early twenties confided to me her great concern about the future.

            “As a Christian, I know I shouldn’t be anxious,” she said, “and I feel so guilty that I am. But with all the horrible things going on in the world, I wonder if I’ll get to live a normal life. Will there even be a world by the time I’m ready to be married?”

          My friend is not alone in her concern. Across our nation and throughout the world, people of all ages, including Christians, are doubtful and uncertain about the future. Perhaps you yourself are one of them.

            If so, you too may be feeling guilty about your concern regarding the future. You know that Christ commands you not to worry about tomorrow, but you have difficulty obeying that command. What can you do?

            Before we consider why we as Christians can face the future with hope, let’s look at some factors that may be playing a major role in robbing us of this very hope.

            Factor #1: WORLD EVENTS. Wherever we turn, the media bombards us with reports of disaster, destruction, and death. Wars and rumors of wars so overwhelm us that we find ourselves growing increasingly fearful and cynical about what lies ahead. In an age of sophisticated communication systems, we see close up the sin and suffering of an entire world. Such instant and constant bad news, magnified to global proportions, only fuels our sense of uneasiness and dread.

            Despair, not hope, dominates the news. When the media, instead of God’s Word, becomes our primary source of mental and spiritual food, we build our lives on a foundation of fear.

            Factor #2: PERSONAL PROBLEMS. Not only do world events trouble us, but personal trials also sap our hope. After nearly 25 years of climbing the corporate ladder of success, Jerry, a family friend, lost his job. At age 50, with two children in college, Jerry discovered that his ladder was leaning against the wrong wall. Shattered and defeated, he struggled with bouts of severe depression. After renewing his hope in Christ, however, Jerry found another job.

            Perhaps you too, like Jerry, have lost your job or are facing financial challenges. Maybe health problems or poor family relationships are eroding your hope. Whatever the case, personal problems can definitely rob you of hope for a better future.  

            Factor #3: YOUR THOUGHT LIFE. We become what we think about. What we think about is the direct result of what we put into our minds. If we consume a steady mental diet of worry over our personal problems, it’s no wonder that we lose confidence in the future. The Bible tells us that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7 KJV).

            If you continually sow thoughts of hopelessness into your heart, you will reap a crop of despair. If, on the other hand, you sow thoughts of hope, you will eventually reap a harvest of hope. What kind of thoughts are you sowing?

            Factor #4: LOSS OF FOCUS ON JESUS CHRIST. Fear and anxiety about the future result when we take our eyes off Jesus, the One Who holds the future. Consider the Apostle Peter. When he stepped out of the boat onto the water, his eyes were focused on Jesus. The instant Peter took his eyes off Jesus and put them on his surroundings, he became filled with fear and began to sink.

            This is exactly what we do when we focus on what’s happening around us rather than on the Word of God. When we allow our attitude about the future to be controlled by our circumstances instead of God’s Word, we exalt our circumstances above God. Putting circumstances above God is nothing short of idolatry.  

            Idolatry is placing greater trust in something other than God, whether that “something” be money, self, or world events. To be anxious about the future is to place more trust in the negative situations around us than in God’s promise to take care of us.

            Are you placing more trust in the world’s word or in God’s Word?

            Factor #5: LACK OF SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE.   Unless we feed continually on the Scriptures, we cannot develop a strong sense of hope in the future. The Bible states, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee” (Isaiah 26:3 KJV). When our minds are anchored in God, we will experience peace in the midst of every storm, knowing that God’s plans for us are “for good and not for evil, to give [us] a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11 TLB).      

            Are you practicing the spiritual disciplines of worship, prayer, Bible study, and fasting on a regular basis? 

            Factor #6: YOUR COMFORT ZONE. Strange as it may seem, many of us Christians actually want to hold on to our fear about the future. Like a security blanket, it has become so much a part of our daily lives that we think we can’t function without it. After all, how can we call ourselves responsible if we don’t worry about the future?  

           There is a big difference between worrying about the future and being responsible in preparing for it. To worry about the future is to focus on our own strength as we face the future. To be responsible in preparing for the future is to rely on God’s strength. 

            A classic example of this dichotomy is the biblical account of the two sisters, Mary and Martha (Luke 10: 38-42 KJV). Martha was the worrier, the burden-bearer, the one who put the cares of this world above the care of her soul. Jesus said of her that she was “troubled about many things” (Luke 10:41 KJV).

            Mary, on the other hand, had different priorities. She realized that the most important thing she could do was to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to Him. Mary knew that if she filled her heart with God’s Word, she could make it through anything. Unlike Martha who relied on her own strength to face the challenges of life, Mary depended on God’s strength. Jesus said of Mary that she “hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42 KJV).

            Are you focused on worrying about the future or preparing for it?

NEXT TIME, we’ll consider some reasons that we as Christians can be not only hopeful as we face the future but joyful as well.                                                                     

Now, it’s YOUR turn: What do you do to hold on to hope in the midst of the storm? 

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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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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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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

Eight Signs of Spiritual Growth

Sex and Soul Ties

How to Recognize a Controlling Spirit

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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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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