How to Be Healed

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is May 3, 2021, and this is Episode #13 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “How to Be Healed.”

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I frequently receive prayer requests from around the world and am always honored to pray for people. Significantly, the request I receive the most is the request for physical healing. Perhaps you, too, today need a physical healing. If so, this message is for you.

Today I’d like to share with you what the Bible says about healing and how you, too, can be healed if you only believe.

Sickness is a plague that has afflicted mankind since the Fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Sickness entered the world through sin. When Jesus came to earth to die for us, He paid the price not only for our sin but also for our sickness. In other words, He redeemed us not only from sin but also from sickness. Sin and sickness no longer have dominion over the born-again child of God unless we allow them to.

The defeat of Sin and the defeat of Sickness are the two parts of the Atonement. This is the reason we use both bread and wine in Holy Communion. The bread represents the broken body of Jesus as He took 39 stripes on His back to pay for our sicknesses. Interestingly, there are 39 official categories of disease recognized by the medical profession. So, the 39 stripes that Jesus took covered all 39 categories of disease.

The wine in Holy Communion represents the Blood He shed to pay for our sins. That Blood washes us clean and makes us righteous before God. Hebrews chapter 9, verse 22, referring back to Leviticus chapter 17, verse 11, says that “without the shedding of blood there is no remission” of sin. In other words, forgiveness of sin requires the shedding of blood.

In the Old Testament sacrifices, animals were killed every year on the Day of Atonement, and their blood was shed so that the people’s sins would be forgiven. When Jesus died, He was the final Sacrifice. He was the Passover Lamb Who fulfilled the Old Testament law and established the New Covenant or New Testament. He was the One Who forgave our sin and healed our sickness once and for all. 

Both sin and sickness were paid for by Jesus on Calvary. Forgiveness and healing are part and parcel of the New Covenant into which we enter when we accept Christ as our Savior and Lord.  As born-again believers, we should expect to walk in health just as much as we expect to walk in forgiveness.

But the reality is that most Christians do not walk in healing and health. Most Christians are sick. This should not be the case, but, sadly, it is. The chief reason for this state of affairs is, I believe, a lack of knowledge. In Hosea chapter 4, verse 6, the Word of God says this: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

The lack of the right kind of knowledge will bring destruction. So, what do we need to know about healing in order to receive it and to stay healthy?  Here are some key truths that we must believe in order to receive our healing:

1___God CAN heal. I think most of us would agree with that statement. We recognize that God can do all things because He is God. Psalm 89, verse 13 describes God as follows: You have a mighty arm; Strong is Your hand, and high is Your right hand.”

2___God WANTS to heal.
 
It is NEVER God’s will for anyone to be sick. God is love, and love never wants to see a loved one sick. In the beautiful story of the leper who came to Jesus for healing, found in Matthew chapter 8, verse 3 NKJV, the Bible says this: “Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” The dear leper had asked the Lord if He was willing to heal him, and the Lord replied, “I am willing.” If the Lord was willing to heal the leper, He is willing to heal you.

God is full of compassion. Listen to Matthew 14: 14 NKJV: “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.”

Not only is God full of compassion, but He also does not use sickness to teach us. He uses His Word. In Ephesians 5: 25-26, we read this: “Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word.” So God uses His Word, the Bible, to teach us, not sickness.

3___God WANTS to heal YOU.  Yes, YOU! Most of us don’t have a problem believing that God CAN heal or that He WANTS to heal, in general, but we have a big problem believing that He wants to heal US. This truth is contrary to what many of us have been taught. Many of us were taught that God chooses whom He wants to heal, that He’s selective, or that healing stopped with the death of the Apostles, or, worst of all, that God inflicts sickness upon us to punish us. Consider this: God is our Father. What kind of father would punish his children by making them sick?

Consider the goodness of our Heavenly Father as revealed in Romans chapter 8, verse 32: “Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?”

4___God ALREADY paid the price for your healing. 1 Peter chapter 2, verse 24 NKJV verifies this. It says,“By His stripes, you were healed.”

But, you may be asking, “How do I receive our healing?” In the same way we receive everything else from God: By faith. In other words, simply by believing that we were healed by Jesus.

Just as there is nothing we need to do to receive forgiveness of sins except to receive that forgiveness, so it is with healing. All we have to do is receive what Jesus died to give us. How do we receive? By faith.  We receive by simply taking Jesus at His Word. He said we were healed, then we were healed. Simple as that.

We often make Christianity so difficult. But Jesus said we just need to be like little children to experience the Kingdom of Heaven. We read this in Matthew chapter 18, verse 3:“Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” Unless we are like little children and have the faith of little children, we will never experience the promise of healing and every other promise God made to us.

5___Healing is the Children’s Bread. When one is born again, one becomes a child of God. With that status, one receives all of God’s blessings, including healing, because one receives Jesus Himself. Romans chapter 8, verse 11 NLT is a powerful verse. It says this: ”The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.”

Sickness is an offshoot of sin. If there had been no sin, there would be no sickness. Each is one side of the same coin. But Jesus delivered us from both sin and sickness. Jesus defeated not only the power of sin over us, but He also defeated the power of sickness over us. He did His part. He died and paid the price for our sin and our sickness.

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Healing belongs to the born-again believer in Jesus Christ.
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Now we have to do our part. Our part is to BELIEVE and RECEIVE. It’s as simple as that. 

And now, for those of you who are listening and who are sick with any disease whatsoever, I want to pray for your healing. As I pray, I want you to believe that you will experience healing. Keep your eyes on Jesus as I pray:

Father God, I come to You in the mighty and matchless Name of Jesus on behalf of all of my listeners who are sick with any disease whatsoever. You healed them all. So, Lord Jesus, with the authority You have given me as Your child, and in Your might Name, I command every sickness to leave the body of every one of my listeners now. With the power You have given me as Your child, in the Name of Jesus I release Your healing power into the bodies of my listeners now. Thank You, Lord, that You are faithful to do what You said You would do, as we believe You and trust in You. Amen.

Now when you receive your healing, I want you to write to me and send me a praise report at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. Expect that Jesus has already done His healing work in you, and you will begin to see a change in your body.

If you have not yet received Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, I urge you to do so now. To receive Christ is to receive forgiveness and healing and everything else you will ever need. Just pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I need You to save me. I am a sinner in need of Your mercy and grace. I ask You now to come into my life. I receive You as my personal Savior and the Lord of my life. Thank You for forgiving me and healing me. Thank You for welcoming me into Your family. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer sincerely, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free e-booklet that will help you get started in your walk with Christ. I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He teaches you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers. It is critically important in these last days to fellowship with other believers who are mature in Christ and can guide you as you grow in Him.

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This podcast is funded by listeners like you. If you have been blessed by Winning with the Word, I invite you to become one of my special patrons on Patreon.com. For only $1.00, $3.00, or $5.00 a month, you can help me proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

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How Close Are We to the End?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is April 26, 2021, and this is Episode #12 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “How Close Are We to the End?”

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Any thinking person realizes that things are not what they used to be in this world. We not only sense that something isn’t right, but we wonder if things will ever return to normal.

Well, let me encourage you today. Not by promising you that things will return to normal, because I personally do not believe they will. But let me encourage you with the wonderful news that, no matter what happens in the world, if you follow Jesus Christ, you have a great future ahead of you!

You might be asking, “Dr. MaryAnn, how can you say such a thing? Is your head in the sand?”

No! Not at all. My head is very much above the sand. I’m continually looking around, observing current events, and comparing them with what the Bible says about our day. And, yes! The Bible has a lot to say about the day we’re living in. 

Yes, the Bible. That ancient book that most people have never read. That ancient book that God gave us as our life manual. That ancient book that provides the answer to every situation we will ever face in life.

So, what does the Bible say about the days we are living in? The Bible says that when certain things begin to happen in our world, we can know that the return of Jesus Christ is near.

For those of you who do not know, Jesus Christ came to earth the first time two thousand years ago as a man in order to die for our sins, to rise again from the dead, and to restore man to God’s original intent for man. After Jesus accomplished His amazing victory over sin and death, He returned to Heaven for a time, promising that He would one day return for those who follow Him.

That return will take place in a cataclysmic event called the Rapture, which means an instantaneous “catching away” or removal from the earth of all of His true disciples. At the Rapture, Jesus will appear in the sky and take from the earth all those who are born again and follow Him. Only those who know Him will see Him. All others will be left behind to endure the most horrific period in human history known as the Tribulation.

In the past year, since Covid came on the scene, the world has had a small taste of what it will be like during the Tribulation. Our freedoms will be increasingly taken from us as the New World Order takes over the world. Here are some signs predicted in the Bible of what we would witness in the earth shortly before the Rapture:

1. Talk of “peace and security.” Hardly a single day goes by that we don’t hear or read the phrase “peace and security” or “peace and safety.”  Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 5, verse 3, says this: “For when they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.” 

Pay particular attention to how many times you hear or read the phrase “peace and security” or “peace and safety” during your daily routine. You may be surprised.

2. Increasing lawlessness and violence. Matthew 24: 12 tells us that “because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” We are seeing that today. Division is increasing in society, families, and even churches. Everywhere we turn, there is discord, division, and destruction.

3. Talk of the Third Temple. In 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-4, the Bible says this: “Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to Him, we ask you, brothers, not to be easily disconcerted or alarmed by any sprit or message or letter seeing to be from us alleging that the Day of the Lord has already come. Let no one deceive you in any way for it will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness–the son of destruction–is revealed. He will oppose and exalt himself above every so-called god or object of worship. So he will seat himself in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.”

If you go to the website TempleInstitute.org, you will discover that everything is ready to build the Third Temple. All garments and all utensils have been crafted and are ready to be put to use. Even the required red heifer has been bred for the first time in 2000 years. It is being said that the Jews could rebuild the temple in 90 days once they get permission to do so. Part of the upcoming peace treaty may very well include permission to the Jews to rebuild the Temple in exchange for the dividing of Jerusalem. 

4. An exponential increase in strong delusion and deception. It is no secret that the world has gone crazy, and now even the Church seems to be going crazy. We have so-called pastors joining Planned Parenthood to support its agenda. We have so-called pastors supporting homosexuality and transgenderism. We have so-called Christians saying that right is wrong and wrong is right. Nearly every day we read of some so-called Christian blatantly and brazenly opposing God’s Word and calling it truth.

We are seeing the fulfillment of Romans 1: 28 KJV: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.”  The New Living Translation says it like this: “Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, He abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.”

“Reprobate” means depraved and foolish. A reprobate mind is a mind that can no longer think straight because it is separated from God Who is Truth. 

5. The regathering of the Jews. The Bible speaks of this in Isaiah 11: 10-12: “In that day the Lord will reach out His hand a second time to bring back the remnant of His people–those who remain in Assyria and northern Egypt; in southern Egypt, Ethiopia and Elam; in Babylonia, Hamath, and all the distant coastlands. He will raise a flag among the nations and assemble the exiles of Israel. He will gather the scattered people of Judah from the ends of the earth.”

This Scripture began to be fulfilled when Israel became a nation in a single day on May 14, 1948. Isaiah 66: 8 NLT foretells this miraculous event: “Who has ever seen anything as strange as this? Who ever heard of such a thing? Has a nation ever been born in a single day? Has a country ever come forth in a mere moment?” Once Israel was established as a nation, Jews began returning to Israel since they now had a homeland to which to return. 

Matthew 24: 34 states this: “This generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” What generation? The generation that saw the birth of Israel in a single day. This generation will not pass away until all the prophecies in Matthew 24 are fulfilled. How long is a generation? Biblically, a generation is between 40 and 80 years. This generation in which we now live–the generation that witnessed the birth of Israel in a single day–will be 73 years old on May 14th of this year of 2021 and will soon reach its 80th birthday in 2028. Does this mean that the Tribulation is at hand? I believe so.

6. A world without borders. A world without borders is a move toward a one-world order. It is a move toward the elimination of nationalism–in other words, the elimination of individual countries–and toward the establishment of one global community, While this may sound like a wonderful plan, it blatantly violates God’s Word.

The Lord established the nations, He says in Psalm 2: 8, “Ask of Me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance.” Nations are God’s idea, and, as the Bible predicts, man’s attempt to abolish God’s idea will result in catastrophe.

7. The alignment of nations in the Middle East. Two significant events stand out here. First, we have the coalition forming among Russia, Turkey, and Iran. This coalition is preparing the way for the invasion of Israel by these three countries. The second significant event is the alignment of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain with Israel in the Abraham Accords. It looks very probable that Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries will also sign the agreement. Scripture predicts that the Arab nations which, heretofore, were against Israel, would, in the last days, side with Israel. 

8. A pope who, in some areas, defies the Word of God. In an attempt to promote a one-world religion, Pope Francis has repeatedly violated God’s Word by holding joint religious services with Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and leaders from other false world religions. The Bible makes very clear in 2 Corinthians 6: 14 that light and darkness have no fellowship with each other. From all appearances, Pope Francis could be the False Prophet predicted in Revelation 16 who establishes a one-world-religion in the last days.

9. The current technological explosion that is preparing the way for the Mark of the Beast.  Some Bible scholars believe that the image of the beast in the Temple will be a construct of artificial intelligence or AI. At the 2020 World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland, Professor Yuval Harari, Professor of History at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, gave a chilling talk on the advances of AI technology, some of them sinister from a Biblical point of view. You can listen for yourself on YouTube.

Revelation 13: 16-18 predicts this: “He [the AntiChrist] required everyone–small and great, rich and poor, free and slave–to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead, And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name. Wisdom is needed here, Let the one with understanding solve the meaning of the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666.” 

Already, we are seeing precursors of technology that could lead to the mark of the beast in Amazon’s recent introduction of Amazon One Palm, where one uses the palm of his hand to pay for a purchase. I went to Amazon’s website introducing the One Palm feature and read this (and I quote): “The first step is to insert your credit card. Next, hover your palm over the device and follow the prompts to associate that card with the unique palm signature being built for you by our computer vision technology in real time. You’ll have the option to enroll with just one palm or both. And that’s it–you’re now signed up.”

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Bottom line, the world is being programmed to submit to the New World Order.
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If we have eyes to see and ears to hear, we can discern that Amazon One Palm is programming the world to receive the mark of the beast. The mark of the beast will be required in order to buy or sell. We are already seeing glimpses of this future restriction in the so-called “vaccine passport” where people are prohibited from traveling unless they have been vaccinated.

The mark of the beast will eventually be something in the hand or forehead–possibly a computer chip–that will contain all of one’s identifying data, including medical and personal, and will mark one as as having given allegiance to the beast who, of course, is the AntiChrist or Satan personified. According to the Bible, those who give allegiance to the AntiChrist will be doomed to Hell forever. This truth is foretold in Revelation 20: 15 NLT: “And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.”

You may be thinking, “Dr. MaryAnn, aren’t you going a bit too far?” I would say to you, ‘Don’t take my word for it. Do your own homework. Study the Bible and compare what is predicted in the Bible with what you read in the daily newspaper headlines, with what you hear on the news, and with what you see before your very eyes.

Bottom line, the world is being programmed to submit to the New World Order, and the globalists are using fear to further their agenda of subduing the entire world. When man fears, he allows what he fears to rob him of his freedom. In the case of our world now, man fears Covid 19, and he is allowing his fear of Covid to plunge him into tyranny.

Jesus said this in Matthew 11: 15: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” The New Living Translation translates Jesus’ words as follows: “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!”

Do you have ears to hear? If not, I urge you to sharpen your hearing by studying the Holy Bible.

What is happening in the United States today closely parallels what happened in Nazi Germany in the 1930s. The New World Order is taking over our nation under the guise of Covid fear and the Great Reset. If America does not repent and turn back to God, there is no hope for our nation to survive.

I say all of this not to spread doom and gloom but to alert the Church to be ready for persecution. Despite the evil around us, we can have hope because all of these signs of the times remind us that our redemption is drawing near. And that gives us great cause for rejoicing. It is very exciting to think that we may be the generation that sees the Lord’s Glorious Appearing in the sky to remove His followers from the earth.

But we must occupy until our Lord comes. We must tell others that only Jesus Christ saves, that only Jesus Christ heals, that only Jesus Christ sets people free.

If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, I urge you to do so now. He is coming back soon for those of us who follow Him. Those who do not follow Him will be left behind to go through the worst time in human history, a seven-year period of horror the Bible calls the Tribulation. Do not be one of those left behind. Accept Jesus Christ now!

Just pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I need You to save me. I am a sinner in need of Your mercy and grace. I ask You now to come into my life. I receive You as my personal Savior and the Lord of my life. Forgive me of my sin. Thank You for welcoming me into Your family. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer sincerely, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free e-booklet that will help you get started in your walk with Christ. I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He teaches you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers. It is critically important in these last days to fellowship with other believers who are mature in Christ and can guide you as you grow in Him.

If you are not yet a subscriber to the Winning with the Word blog and podcast, I urge you to click on the link below to subscribe now so you will not miss a single weekly episode:

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Please tell your family and friends about “Winning with the Word,” and please pass this post and podcast on to them. Thank you!

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Now it’s your turn: Do you think we are nearing the Great Tribulation? If so, why? If not, why not? Please leave your comment in the Comment Box below. Thank you.

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For those of you who may not know, I write fiction about many of the issues I deal with in this blog and podcast. My latest novel, Miracle in Milan, will be released in June. But you can pre-order a copy now on Amazon.com for only $0.99. I also encourage you to visit my website bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table . 

This podcast is funded by listeners like you. If you have been blessed by Winning with the Word, I invite you to become one of my special patrons on Patreon.com. For only $1.00, $3.00, or $5.00 a month, you can help me proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

Winning with the Word now reaches 45 countries on six continents because of your faithful support. So please help me to keep Winning with the Word on the air by becoming one of my valued patrons. Your patronage helps to cover the costs of producing, hosting, and distributing Winning with the Word to the four corners of the earth. Patrons receive special benefits, including free books, short stories, podcasts, and videos. So, join my wonderful team of Patrons and be part of something great!

To become a patron, go to https://www.patreon.com/winningwiththeword 

This week’s podcast is being sponsored by patron Christine Strittmatter. Thank you, Christine, for being a valued patron and for choosing to become a part of something great! 

I would like to thank all of my patrons who are making this podcast possible. I could not do this without you!

Finally, be sure to check out my latest book, The Iron Saint. This book, modeled after The Iron Man triathlon, talks about the coming persecution of the Church in America and how you can prepare for it. The Iron Saint is available on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other major book purchasing venues. You may also find it on my website at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. Get a copy for your pastor as well. 

Until next time, remember that God loves you just as you are and just where you are and that He will help you to keep on Winning with the Word

To subscribe to “Winning with the Word”, click here.

To receive my monthly newsletter, click here.

To become a patron of Winning with the Wordclick here.

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Now Available for Pre-Order: Dr. MaryAnn’s latest novel, Miracle in Milan.

When a young, female auditor discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler, she must choose between ruining him or ruining herself.

Amy Torelli, Chief Auditor for New York City-based Enson Pharmaceuticals, is assigned to audit the books of Enson’s Italian branch in the enchanting city of Milan, Italy. Having made an inner vow never to trust a man again because of her father’s betrayal, Amy finds herself falling in love with Enson Italia’s American-born Vice-President, Ted Masters. Will Ted be the one to cause her to break her inner vow?

Ted Masters is on the run. A run from rejection. From himself. From God. Having been wounded by a father who made him feel worthless, and having been dumped by the woman he wanted to marry, Ted is determined to keep all women at bay. But will Amy be the reason he changes his mind?

Available now for pre-order at:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0929FZKDS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0929FZKDS&linkCode=as2&tag=mardio-20&linkId=a4b29acefb5e65c788815922c814b2f2

Featured Book of the Week:  THE IRON SAINT by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD

The Church in America is on the verge of a tremendous spiritual awakening, an awakening that will first be fueled by persecution unlike anything we have ever seen before in this land. Indeed, a prophetic word given in my home church during the month of November gave this warning to the Church: “Prepare for the fire of persecution!”

But the Church is not ready for this persecution. For the most part, the Church in America has been weak and lukewarm. Flabby and lazy. Consumed with the world and not with the things of God. As a result, the Church has been deceived and has subverted the divine order of things.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. MaryAnn Diorio seeks to help equip the saints for the work of true, integritous, and effective ministry. As a teacher in the Body of Christ, it is her burning desire to help correct this devastating error.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. Diorio has outlined a plan of action for strengthening the Church through uncompromising obedience to the Word of God. This plan of action is based on her own 50 years of walking with the Lord and being led by His Holy Spirit.

If you are a born-again believer and member of the Body of Christ, make this book a top reading priority.

PRINT FORMAT

E-BOOK FORMAT

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Check out these popular Winning with the Word podcasts below. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top of the sidebar on this page. 

__Have You Lost Your Hope?

__When Your Prayers Don’t Seem to Be Answered

__Are You Being Deceived?

__The Privilege of Persecution

__How to Think like a Winner

__7 Signs That the Tribulation Is at Hand

 Are you new to this blog? If so, what is the “Winning with the Word” blog and why will it bless you to read it?

“Winning with the Word” is a weekly blog that helps you to deal with the daily problems of life by using the Bible as your guide to solving them. The Word of God will make you a success in life!

AN INVITATION TO YOU: To subscribe to Winning with the Wordclick here.

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Your Authority and Power in Christ

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

 

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“Winning with the Word” is a weekly blog that will help you to be a winner in life by applying God’s principles for living the abundant life as found in the Bible, God’s manual for life.

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is April 19, 2021, and this is Episode #11 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “Your Authority and Power in Christ”

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Have you had trouble getting some of your prayers answered? If so, this week’s post and podcast may explain why.

One of the key reasons we do not get answers to our prayers is that we ask God to do something that He has told us to do. Something which He has already given us the power and the authority to do.

God is a God of law and order. He has established spiritual laws, and He will not violate those laws. Indeed, in cases relating to man’s dominion on the earth, God has chosen to limit Himself.

Brother Kenneth Hagin, who is now with the Lord, told of the time that Jesus appeared to him. While Jesus was speaking, a demon got between Him and Brother Hagin and started creating such a ruckus that Brother Hagin could not hear what Jesus was saying.

As you can imagine, Brother Hagin was getting quite frustrated because he needed to hear what the Lord was saying to him. Finally, Brother Hagin blurted out, “Lord Jesus, please send this demon away. I can’t hear a thing You’re saying!”

To Brother Hagin’s great surprise, Jesus said, “I can’t.”

Brother Hagin was astounded. “Lord, what do you mean You can’t. You’re GOD!”

“Yes,” Jesus replied. “But I have chosen to limit My power and authority on the earth because I have given it to man. You have to command the demon to leave.”

So, Brother Hagin commanded the demon to leave in the Name of Jesus, and the demon immediately left.

As born-again Christ-followers, we have that same authority and power residing in us. A simple illustration will explain how the authority and the power of Christ in us work.

Most of us have electricity in our homes. If you walk into a room in your house and it is dark, do you call the electric company to ask them to turn on the lights? No, of course not. You turn on the lights yourself. Why? Because the electric company has already supplied the electric power to your home, but it is up to you to flip on the light switch. If you don’t flip on the switch, all the power coming into your house from the electric company will do you no good.

Well, the same principle applies to us believers. God has given us the power and the authority to fulfill His Great Commission as He commanded us to do in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 16. That power is on the inside of us. God is the Electric Company. But we have to switch on the power inside us in order to heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out demons. In other words, we have to flip on the switch of that power to get it flowing. If we do not switch on the power switch, nothing will happen, even though all the power we need is inside us. 

How do we flip on the switch? By faith.

To expect God to flip on the switch is a wrong expectation. His job is to be the Electric Company, to supply the power of the Holy Spirit. He will not flip the switch for us.

Why not? Because in His wisdom He has chosen to limit Himself in this regard. He has made us co-laborers with Him. Therefore, we have a part to play in the grand scheme of things. Our part is to flip on the switch of the power that resides within us and to use that power to preach the Gospel, heal the sick, cast out demons, and raise the dead.

So, if we ask God to do something He has told us to do, we will not get answers to our prayers.

God is a God of order. He establishes a principle and He sticks to it. But many believers are ignorant of this truth. When they pray, they start from a position of powerlessness.

For example, we often hear the statement that God is sovereign. Yes, God is sovereign in that, in the end, all things will be under His rule and dominion. But God chose to limit His sovereignty by giving man dominion over the earth. 

If we do not understand this, we will develop the attitude that what happens must happen because God is sovereign. But this is not true. Man plays a big role in what happens and what doesn’t happen on the earth because God gave this authority and power to man.

In Matthew 10: 1 NKJV we read: And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. God not only gave us the power over demonic spirits, but He also gave us the authority to use that power. In Matthew 10: 7-8, the Word of God says this: “And as ye go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils; freely ye have received, freely give.'”

Who is supposed to heal the sick? We are, not God. Jesus said, “Heal the sick.” He already defeated sickness. Now He calls us to enforce His defeat in the earth. 

When we beg and plead with Jesus to heal someone, we are implying that He did not already do it. We are waiting for Him to do something He has already done, when all the while, He is waiting for us to enforce what He has already done.

Sometimes believers are afraid to use their authority because they feel doing so is making them out to be greater than God. But it is God Himself who commanded us to use His authority.

Jesus is now back in Heaven. But He left us the Holy Spirit—the Electric Company, as it were—to provide the power for us to do what God commanded us to do in Mark 16.

Jesus did not say pray and ask me to do it. He said YOU do it.

Of course, we are not preaching the Gospel in our own strength, or healing the sick in our own strength, or raising the dead in our own strength, or casting out demons in our own strength. It is the power of the Holy Spirit within us that is behind it all, that backs us up. We are simply instruments of that power. We are the light switch.

John 15: 5 NKJV says this (and it is Jesus speaking): “I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

So, without the power of the Holy Spirit, we can do nothing. But with the power of the Holy Spirit, we can do anything God calls us to do. It is our job to enforce the Word of God in the earth. It is our job to flip on the switch of God’s power that we already have inside us.

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The Church is called to enforce what Jesus Christ has already done.
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Not only did the Lord give us the authority to use His power, He also commanded us to use His power. A command is not an option.

But how many Christians do you see preaching the Gospel, casting out demons, raising the dead, laying hands on the sick to heal them? How many demons have we ourselves cast out? How many sick people have we healed with the power of Christ in us? How many dead people have we raised back to life? If we have not done any of this, we have been disobedient to the Lord’s Great Commission. 

God is not going to do for us what He has told us to do. Plain and simple.

Consider this: If we used God’s power as He commanded us, we would turn the world upside down as the early Christians did. We need to do the same. We need to stop asking God to do what He has called us to do. 

Imagine this: If churches stopped having bake sales in their parking lots and, instead, put up signs for healing services and invited the public to come in to be healed–and if those same churches would, in the power of God, heal the sick, those churches would grow instantaneously. The news of the miraculous healings and of the miraculous casting out of demons would spread like wildfire throughout their towns and cities, and people would flock to Jesus Christ. 

Remember: It is God’s power, but it is our responsibility to put it to use. It is the Electric Company’s power, but it is our responsibility to turn on the switch. God will not rescind the power He gave us. In Psalm 89: 34, He says this: “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.”

When the Church steps into the full authority and power we have in Christ, we will see miracles like never before in our lifetime. When we lift up Christ through our exercise of his authority and power, He will draw men to Himself, and we will witness great revival in the earth. 

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If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, I urge you to do so now. He is coming back soon for those of us who follow Him. Those who do not follow Him will be left behind to go through the worst time in human history, a seven-year period of horror the Bible calls the Tribulation. Do not be one of those left behind. Accept Jesus Christ now!

Just pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I need You to save me. I am a sinner in need of Your mercy and grace. I ask You now to come into my life. I receive You as my personal Savior and the Lord of my life. Forgive me of my sin. Thank You for welcoming me into Your family. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer sincerely, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free e-booklet that will help you get started in your walk with Christ. I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He teaches you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers. It is critically important in these last days to fellowship with other believers who are mature in Christ and can guide you as you grow in Him.

If you are not yet a subscriber to the Winning with the Word blog and podcast, I urge you to click on the link below to subscribe now so you will not miss a single weekly episode:

https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/w4q0z

Please tell your family and friends about “Winning with the Word,” and please pass this post and podcast on to them. Thank you!

PLEASE TWEET: “Your Authority and Power in Christ” (CLICK TO TWEET)

Now it’s your turn: Were you aware of the authority and power you have as a born-again believer? Please leave your comment in the Comment Box below. Thank you.

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Additional Resources: Andrew Wommack Ministries
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For those of you who may not know, I write fiction about many of the issues I deal with in this blog and podcast. My latest novel, Miracle in Milan, will be released in June. But you can pre-order a copy now on Amazon.com for only $0.99. I also encourage you to visit my website bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table . 

This podcast is funded by listeners like you. If you have been blessed by Winning with the Word, I invite you to become one of my special patrons on Patreon.com. For only $1.00, $3.00, or $5.00 a month, you can help me proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

Winning with the Word now reaches 44 countries on six continents because of your faithful support. So please help me to keep Winning with the Word on the air by becoming one of my valued patrons. Your patronage helps to cover the costs of producing, hosting, and distributing Winning with the Word to the four corners of the earth. Patrons receive special benefits, including free books, short stories, podcasts, and videos. So, join my wonderful team of Patrons and be part of something great!

To become a patron, go to https://www.patreon.com/winningwiththeword 

This week’s podcast is being sponsored by patron Sharon Lamson. Thank you, Sharon, for being a valued patron and for choosing to become a part of something great! 

I would like to thank all of my patrons who are making this podcast possible. I could not do this without you!

Finally, be sure to check out my latest book, The Iron Saint. This book talks about the coming persecution of the Church in America and how you can prepare for it. The Iron Saint is available on Amazon and on my website at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. Get a copy for your pastor as well. 

Until next time, remember that God loves you just as you are and just where you are and that He will help you to keep on Winning with the Word

To subscribe to “Winning with the Word”, click here.

To receive my monthly newsletter, click here.

To become a patron of Winning with the Wordclick here.

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Now Available for Pre-Order: Dr. MaryAnn’s latest novel, Miracle in Milan.

When a young, female auditor discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler, she must choose between ruining him or ruining herself.

Amy Torelli, Chief Auditor for New York City-based Enson Pharmaceuticals, is assigned to audit the books of Enson’s Italian branch in the enchanting city of Milan, Italy. Having made an inner vow never to trust a man again because of her father’s betrayal, Amy finds herself falling in love with Enson Italia’s American-born Vice-President, Ted Masters. Will Ted be the one to cause her to break her inner vow?

Ted Masters is on the run. A run from rejection. From himself. From God. Having been wounded by a father who made him feel worthless, and having been dumped by the woman he wanted to marry, Ted is determined to keep all women at bay. But will Amy be the reason he changes his mind?

Available now for pre-order at:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0929FZKDS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0929FZKDS&linkCode=as2&tag=mardio-20&linkId=a4b29acefb5e65c788815922c814b2f2

Featured Book of the Week:  THE IRON SAINT by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD

The Church in America is on the verge of a tremendous spiritual awakening, an awakening that will first be fueled by persecution unlike anything we have ever seen before in this land. Indeed, a prophetic word given in my home church during the month of November gave this warning to the Church: “Prepare for the fire of persecution!”

But the Church is not ready for this persecution. For the most part, the Church in America has been weak and lukewarm. Flabby and lazy. Consumed with the world and not with the things of God. As a result, the Church has been deceived and has subverted the divine order of things.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. MaryAnn Diorio seeks to help equip the saints for the work of true, integritous, and effective ministry. As a teacher in the Body of Christ, it is her burning desire to help correct this devastating error.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. Diorio has outlined a plan of action for strengthening the Church through uncompromising obedience to the Word of God. This plan of action is based on her own 50 years of walking with the Lord and being led by His Holy Spirit.

If you are a born-again believer and member of the Body of Christ, make this book a top reading priority.

PRINT FORMAT

E-BOOK FORMAT

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Check out these popular Winning with the Word podcasts below. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top of the sidebar on this page. 

__Have You Lost Your Hope?

__When Your Prayers Don’t Seem to Be Answered

__Are You Being Deceived?

__The Privilege of Persecution

__How to Think like a Winner

__7 Signs That the Tribulation Is at Hand

 Are you new to this blog? If so, what is the “Winning with the Word” blog and why will it bless you to read it?

“Winning with the Word” is a weekly blog that helps you to deal with the daily problems of life by using the Bible as your guide to solving them. The Word of God will make you a success in life!

AN INVITATION TO YOU: To subscribe to Winning with the Wordclick here.

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Copyright 2000-2021 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All Rights Reserved. This article may not be published or printed in any form whatsoever without the written permission of Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. You may contact her at info@maryanndiorio.com to request permission.

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When Your Prayers Don’t Seem to Get Answered

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

WINNING WITH THE WORD

“Winning with the Word” is a weekly blog that will help you to be a winner in life by applying God’s principles for living the abundant life as found in the Bible, God’s manual for life.

AN INVITATION TO YOU:

To subscribe to this blog, click here. 
To subscribe to this podcast, click here.

If this blog and podcast have blessed you, please encourage your family and friends to subscribe as well. Thank you!

Be sure to check out our Featured Book of the Week at the end of this post.

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Do you prefer listening instead of reading? Then click below to listen to today’s blog post on podcast

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is April 5, 2021, and this is Episode #9 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “When Your Prayers Don’t Seem to Get Answered”

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 The Bible is very logical and the Bible is very balanced. What we often fail to do, however, is to follow what the Bible says to its logical conclusions. We skim over verses as we read them. We make assumptions about the verses we read and fail to grasp what they truly mean.

One such verse is Mark 9: 24: “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.”

Let’s look at this passage in context in Mark 9:14-24.

Jesus had just come down from a high mountain with Peter, James, and John where they had seen Him transfigured before them and had heard the voice of the Father approving Jesus. We’ll start at verse 14:

“When they returned to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd surrounding them, and some teachers of religious law were arguing with them. When the crowd saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with awe, and they ran to greet him.

“What is all this arguing about?” Jesus asked.

One of the men in the crowd spoke up and said, “Teacher, I brought my son so you could heal him. He is possessed by an evil spirit that won’t let him talk. And whenever this spirit seizes him, it throws him violently to the ground. Then he foams at the mouth and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast out the evil spirit, but they couldn’t do it.”

Jesus said to them, “You faithless people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”

So they brought the boy. But when the evil spirit saw Jesus, it threw the child into a violent convulsion, and he fell to the ground, writhing and foaming at the mouth.

‘How long has this been happening?’ Jesus asked the boy’s father.

He replied, ‘Since he was a little boy. The spirit often throws him into the fire or into water, trying to kill him. Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.’

‘What do you mean, “If I can”?’ Jesus asked. ‘Anything is possible if a person believes.’

The father instantly cried out, ‘I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!'”

This passage focuses on the problem of unbelief. The father’s cry sets the theme of the passage: “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief!” The problem of unbelief has to do with the problem of seemingly unanswered prayer. It is a problem we have all faced as Christ-followers, and a problem to which we often offer pious platitudes as reasons for the problem. I don’t know about you, but I have been guilty of this and have had to repent.

Notice, I said “seemingly” unanswered prayer, because the truth is that God hears and answers every one of the prayers of His children. How do we know this? The Bible says so in Matthew 7: 7 KJV. Jesus is speaking here and says, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

Jesus cannot lie. He says what He means and He means what He says. The Bible says this in Numbers 23: 19 NLT: “God is not a man, so He does not lie. He is not human, so He does not change His mind. Has He ever spoken and failed to act? Has He ever promised and not carried it through?”

So, if Jesus said we would receive when we ask, then we will receive when we ask. 

Now, I’m sure that some of you reading this blog post or listening to this podcast have prayers that seem unanswered. I do as well. So, what is really going on when our prayers seem to be unanswered?

Let’s look again at Matthew 7: 7 NLT: “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

In this verse, Jesus is telling us that if we ask, we shall be given what we ask for; if we seek, we shall find what we are looking for; if we knock, the door will be opened to us.

So why then, since this verse is true, do we seem to have so many unanswered prayers?

Many Christians, when they don’t seem to get an answer to their prayers—and notice here that the word SEEM is the operative word—many Christians when they don’t seem to get an answer to their prayers have to find a reason for which they didn’t get an answer to their prayers.

So, what do we do? We concoct all kinds of reasons for not receiving answers to our prayers. We say things like, “Healing is not for today,” or “God doesn’t want to heal me,” or “I’m not healed because God is teaching me something,” or “I’ll never get out of debt,” or “God has forgotten about me,” or “God is angry with me”—and on and on and on.

But what about Romans 3: 4 NLT that says this: “Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true. As the Scriptures say about Him, ‘You will be proved right in what you say, and you will win your case in court.’”

So, we have to make a quality decision – a quality decision is one from which there is no retreat—we have to make a quality decision that what God says is true no matter what our circumstances look like, no matter what we are feeling, no matter anything contrary to God’s Word. God’s Word is true. PERIOD!

We must start from this truth if we are to receive from God. To start from any other place is to fall into error and to fail to receive the answer to our prayer.

Great men of the Bible understood this. When Job was going through his horrendous trials, he trusted God enough to be able to cry out, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13: 15 NKJV).

The three Hebrew young men–Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego–demonstrated their absolute trust in God when they were thrown into the fiery furnace by King Nebuchadnezzar. Here’s what they said, as recorded in Daniel 3: 17-18 NLT: “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”                    

We have to be so secure in our trust of God that even if we do not see the fulfillment of the promise, we will still believe His Word is true. The prophets of old believed the promise that the Messiah would come even though they did not see this promise fulfilled during their lifetimes.

Now, these examples above do not mean that God doesn’t want to fulfill His promises in our lives. He does. But more than anything, He wants us to have a relationship with Him based on perfect trust in Him.

So, the foundational truth for experiencing the answers to our prayers is to establish in our heart that God’s Word is absolutely true and the final authority in our lives, and that our experiences are not. When our experiences differ from God’s Word, we must choose to believe God’s Word, not our experiences.

This is very difficult for us as humans, especially when our senses are screaming physical pain or the creditors are knocking at our door or our wayward child is falling deeper into sin or our marriage seems headed for divorce.

Why is it so difficult for us to trust in God and simply to take Him at His Word? Because we have been programmed—especially here in the West—to believe our five senses more than anything else and to make them the criteria for faith. In fact, the expression “Seeing is believing” perfectly describes this belief in the supremacy of the five senses.

Moreover, we have been taught—ever since the Renaissance and the Enlightenment—that human reason reigns and, indeed, in many cases, that there is nothing outside of or beyond human reason.

This philosophy of exalting the reason above all else evolved into our current exaltation of science as the god of the 21st century. Today science has become a god at whose altar our culture bows. If science says it, we believe it.

Yet, over the centuries, new scientific discoveries have altered previous ones. So, while true science—God’s science—has not changed, our understanding of science has changed and will continue to change. Our trust must not be in science, but in God Who created science.

The exaltation of reason is a phenomenon peculiar to the West. We do not find this same level of exalting the reason in the Middle Eastern and Eastern cultures where the people make room for the spiritual realm, even though that spiritual realm may be the demonic spiritual realm.

But in the West, until the latter part of the 20th century, we discounted the spiritual realm and relegated it to the domain of third world countries. To believe in a spiritual realm, here in America and in the West, was considered a sign of ignorance. Yet, look at us now. We believe in the spirit realm, but mostly the New Age spirit realm. Those very third world countries we criticized, we now emulate. In the last 60 years or so, the spiritual realm, meaning primarily the demonic realm, has come back into vogue.

Now, we know that God says what He means and means what He says. Yet, when we put the Word to the test through prayer, and we don’t see the results the Word promises, we begin to make excuses.

Instead of admitting that the problem is on our side, we find an excuse to shift the blame to God’s side. In other words, we refuse to admit that the reason we may not have received an answer to our prayer is that we failed to receive the answer to our prayer. We refuse to admit that we missed something in the receiving process. 

I once had a discussion about healing with a pastor. When I suggested that we pray for the sick in his church, he hesitated. When I asked him why his hesitation since God’s Word commands us to pray for the sick, he said that he didn’t want anyone in his church who did not get healed to feel condemned or to feel bad.

Frankly, his response stunned me. It was a prime example of the fear of man. Sadly, this pastor was more concerned about hurting the feelings of his congregation than about the truth of God’s Word that would set them free if he preached it.

So, what happens when we ask God for something in prayer?

What happens is that God answers us immediately. But He deposits the answer in our spirits. It then becomes our responsibility to bring that answer from our spirits into our bodies or into our checkbooks or into our relationships, or wherever we need that answer to do its job.

John 4: 24 tells us that God is a Spirit. He connects with us through our spirits. He always communicates with us through our spirits, not through our feelings. Now, we may experience certain feelings when God communicates with us, but those feelings are by-products of the communication. And the feelings do not always occur.

Once we receive God’s communication in our spirits—in other words, once we receive His answer to our prayer—then it is we who give physical substance to that answer through faith.

Hebrews 11: 1 NKJV says this: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.”

This verse tells us that faith puts flesh on the things we hope for, the things we do not yet see manifested in the physical realm. Faith also gives us a good testimony. In other words, when we use our faith to receive what God has placed in our spirit, our faith will give us cause to testify of God’s faithfulness toward us.

So, how do we give physical substance to God’s answer in our spirits? We do so by faith.

Our faith gives physical substance to God’s answer that resides in our spirits. Our faith takes the answer that is in our spirits and brings it into our bodies and into the physical world in which we live.

Perhaps this illustration of how radio waves work will help us to understand this process of bringing the spiritual into the physical by faith.

The human ear cannot hear radio signals unless those signals are first converted into frequencies that the human ear can pick up. When a radio station broadcasts, it uses a receiver to pick up the radio signals and then converts those signals into frequencies, or sound levels, that the human ear can detect. 

Just because we cannot hear the radio signals that a radio station is broadcasting or transmitting does not mean that those signals are not being transmitted. It simply means that we are not yet able to receive the signals until they are changed to lower frequencies that our human ears can hear.

For us to say that a radio station is not broadcasting signals just because we cannot hear those signals with our physical ears is not true. The signals are real and they are in the air, but they have not yet been converted into a form which our ears can hear. When, however, those signals are picked up by a receiver, the signals are then converted into sounds that the human ear can hear.

Now, let’s apply this analogy to God’s answers to our prayers. We could say that God’s answers to our prayers are like spiritual signals that He deposits in our spirits. Those spiritual signals are the answers to our prayers. They are the answers God has deposited into our spirits as the result of our having prayed. But, we need a receiver to convert those answers into something physical that we can experience, like healing or deliverance or financial blessing. That receiver is faith. 

For us to say that God has not answered our prayers just because we have not experienced those answers—in other words, for us to say that God has not placed His spiritual signals or answers to our prayers in our spirits—is not true. He has. He placed them there the instant we asked Him to in prayer.

But just as radio signals need to be picked up by a receiver and converted into sound before we can hear them, so do God’s answers to our prayers have to be picked up by our faith from our spirits and converted into physical answers.

In other words, the spiritual power residing in our spirits has to be converted into the physical power that brings our healing or our financial deliverance or our deliverance in any area of our lives.

This is how our prayers are answered. God gives us the answers to our prayers when we ask Him in faith, and He places those answers in our spirits because He is a Spirit and communicates with us Spirit-to-spirit.

Then we convert those answers in our spirit into a physical reality through faith. We set our faith in motion by declaring the Word, confessing the Word, standing on the Word—until we see the spiritual signal or answer to our prayer manifested as a physical reality.

So, God’s answers move from our spirits into our flesh, from the spiritual realm into our physical world, when we draw them out of the spirit realm by faith and bring them into the physical realm by declaring His Word.

You might ask, Why do I have to do this? Can’t God just drop His answers into my physical world? Well, here are two reasons God has chosen not to drop His answers directly into our physical world:

First, Scripture says that without faith, it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11: 6). Second, God needs our cooperation because He has made us co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8: 17).

In Ephesians 3: 20 NLT, we read this: “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” The power of God is in us. We must cooperate with God. If we don’t understand this, we will not receive or draw into the physical realm what God has already placed in our spirits.

We read this in Mark 11: 24 GNT: “For this reason I tell you: When you pray and ask for something, believe that you have received it, and you will be given whatever you ask for.”

Notice that this verse instructs us to believe when we pray. When do we believe? The instant we pray. Not when we see the answer to our prayer. 

We receive the answer to our prayer in our spirit by faith, and we receive the answer immediately in our spirit. But it stays there in our spirit until we draw it out into the physical realm, again by faith.

The world says “seeing is believing.” The Bible says, “Believing is seeing. Believing is seeing!” We need to believe we have received the answer to our prayer before we see the answer to our prayer.

Faith is the currency, the medium of exchange, between the spirit realm and the physical realm.

Now, sometimes it takes a while to draw out what is in the spirit realm and bring it into the physical realm. Why? There could be a number of obstacles that are standing in the way. Those obstacles could be demonic. They could be related to unbelief or idols in our heart, or demonic strongholds, or a host of other things.

Often, then, the answer to our prayer comes to pass in the physical realm some time after we pray. It could be a few days, a few months, a few years between the moment we pray and the moment we see the physical manifestation of the answer to our prayer.

During that interval between the moment we pray and the moment we see the manifestation of the answer in the physical realm—however long that interval is—we must not waiver in our belief that God has already answered our prayer. This interval is the time of the testing of our faith. It is the time during which we develop our faith muscles.

How long the interval lasts depends upon various factors—such as the words we speak and the actions we take–but we control many of those factors.     

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“Faith is the currency, the medium of exchange, between the spirit realm and the physical realm.” ~ Dr. MaryAnn Diorio
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Remember this: God answers our prayers immediately. Our job is to believe we receive WHEN we pray. The praying, believing and receiving are simultaneous. The manifestation usually comes later, although it can come immediately. But it usually comes later to allow for the testing of our faith, the strengthening of our faith muscles.

So, when we pray, we believe when we pray. We don’t believe when we see the answer manifested. No, we believe when we pray, and we receive the answer immediately in our spirit, then it manifests later in the physical.

We read in the Book of Daniel, chapters 9 and 10, of two instances when Daniel prayed. The first time, his prayer was answered in about three minutes. The second time, it took three weeks! Why? Because demonic spirits were trying to hinder the answer from getting to him. God answered both of Daniel’s prayers instantly. The Lord was not the variable. A demonic force was.

How do we know? Because God is not unpredictable. He is not the variable in the prayer equation. We read this about God in Psalm 102: 27 NLT: “But you are always the same.” Again in Malachi 3: 6, God says,I am the LORD, and I do not change.”

The Bible tells us in 1 John 5: 14-15 ESV that if we pray a prayer according to God’s Word and God’s will, He answers it immediately. Let’s read that verse: “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” 

You see, God cannot contradict Himself. If He said He wills something, then He cannot turn a deaf ear to our prayer re: the thing that He wills. Once we grasp this truth, we can release our faith to bring that answer into complete manifestation in the physical realm.

Prayer is communication with God the Father through Jesus Christ. If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, you have not yet established that communication, Hence, God does not recognize you as His child and will not answer most of your prayers. The only prayer He will answer is your prayer to become His child. Why not pray that prayer with me now?

Lord Jesus, I want to know You. I want a personal relationship with You. I want to be able to communicate with You and have You communicate with me. So, I ask You now to come into my life. I receive You as my personal Savior and the Lord of my life. Forgive me of my sin. Make me what You created me to be. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.

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Nearly every day someone says to me, “I’m so confused. I don’t know whom or what to believe any more.” Does this sound like you? If so, then listen up. Deception is rampant today and is destroying many people.

What is deception? Deception is believing that something false is true or that something true is false. The Greek word meaning deception is the same word used to mean roaming or wandering around. This Greek definition implies that a deceived person has gone off course from the truth and is wandering around.

Deception occurs through seduction. One is seduced–or drawn away from the truth–through deception. The dangerous thing about deception is that the deceived person does not know he is deceived. If he did know he was deceived, he would no longer be deceived.

In other words, deception hides itself from its victim.

Deception takes a truth and manipulates it by taking something away from it or by adding something to it. The result is a falsehood that sounds true or logical or even loving. But it is false, nonetheless.

When we believe that something false is true, we fall into bondage. Deception carries within it a hook that catches us when we believe the deception. This hook is one of the ways Satan draws us from truth.

The Bible warns us in several places not to be deceived. One such major warning given by Jesus Himself is found in Matthew 24: 3-13. In this passage, the disciples asked Jesus what would be the signs of the end times. Let’s listen in on this conversation. and hear how Jesus replied to the disciples’ questions:

“While Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said, ‘when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?’ Jesus answered, ‘See to it that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. These things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.”

I find it extremely significant that the first sign Jesus gave as to what would signal the last days was the sign of deception. Now, in order to be theologically balanced, what Jesus described in Matthew 24 are events that have happened throughout history. There have been wars and rumors of wars throughout history. There have been nations rising against nations throughout history. There have been famines and earthquakes throughout history. There has been deception throughout history.

But, what is different about our day is that all of these things that Jesus mentioned are converging. In other words, they are all happening with greater and greater intensity, and they are all happening at the same time, just as the birth pains and contractions of a woman in labor increase in intensity and begin to happen all at the same time until she gives birth.  

Jesus Himself spoke of the convergence of events in Matthew 24: 33 when He said, “When you see all these things, you can know My return is near. I’m right at the door.” Again in Luke 21: 28, Jesus said, “When all these things begin to happen, look up for your salvation is near!” In other words, when these things–famines, earthquakes, wars and rumors of wars–are all happening together, at the same time, then our Lord’s return is imminent.

So, the number one sign that Jesus’ return is imminent is that all of the signs He mentioned in Matthew 24 are now happening at the same time.

We are witnessing these signs occurring all at the same time right before our very eyes. In a single day we hear of many who are calling themselves Christ; in a single day we hear of wars and rumors of wars, of nation rising against nation; in a single day, we hear of famines and earthquakes and plagues in various places. All at the same time!

Deception is rampant today and is wreaking havoc not only in the world but, most importantly for us, in the Church. Some segments of the Church are siding with the world because they are deceived. Never have we needed discernment as much as we do now. 

So, how can we avoid deception? How can we sort out truth from error?

Before we look at how to avoid deception, let’s take a look at how we get deceived in the first place. Here are five ways:

1. Through disobeying the Word of God. In James 1: 22, the Bible gives us this command: “Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only. Otherwise you are deceiving yourselves.” When we hear God’s Word but do not obey it, we open ourselves up to deception.

2. Through elevating and following Christian leaders instead of following Christ. Many Christians today do not consult their Bible for answers to their problems. Instead, they follow the teachings of popular Christian celebrities. We must be like the Bereans who did not even trust Paul’s teaching even though he was Paul, the great Apostle. No. In Acts 17: 11, we read that the Bereans searched the Scriptures for themselves to determine if what Paul was teaching them was true. 

Notice that the Bereans searched the Bible. They didn’t just casually read it. They dug into it. The examined it daily. Every day. Not just once in a while. Why did they search the Scriptures? To find out if what Paul was teaching them was true. The Bereans were open to learning the truth, but they wanted to be sure it was the truth they were learning.

We need to be like the Bereans. We must always scrutinize what we are being taught and measure it by the Word of God.
 
3. Through exalting the self. This is another way we are deceived. In 1 Timothy 4: 1, the Word says this: “In the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.”  It sounds so good to talk about human potential, motivational training, etc. After all, these concepts and their tools simply help us to become better people. And what’s wrong with that?

What’s wrong with it is that exalting the self–which is called, Selfism–contracts the Word. Jesus says that we must die to the self, not exalt it. We must live in Him and for Him, not for ourselves. 

Many of these types of self-help programs are being used in corporate America and in our educational system to train employees and students. We hear of sensitivity training, anti-harassment training, diversity training, and other types of training programs that are, in truth, subtle venues for promoting agendas contrary to God’s Word.

Another deception that has infiltrated our culture, and even the Church, is ancient mysticism. This deception has entered surreptitiously via psychology, mysticism, and self-improvement programs. One of the latest is the popularity of the Enneagram, a tool for determining one’s personality. Sadly, this tool is now being widely used in the Church. The Enneagram purports to help a person achieve spiritual liberation through its use. This concept blatantly contradicts God’s Word that says we achieve spiritual liberation only through being born again in Christ.

Yoga is another deception in the Church. It is called Christian Yoga. This is an oxymoron because Scripture teaches that light cannot have fellowship with darkness (See 2 Corinthians 6: 14). Some churches even hold yoga classes in their buildings.

Satan simply takes old lies and puts them in new packages to fit our contemporary culture. So, beware!

4. Through conflating truth and error. Confusion is paramount today. The message of the Church and the message of the world are conflating, resulting in the sad truth that the Church is becoming indistinguishable from the world. Books by so-called Christian authors can now be found in both Christian bookstores and New Age/Occult bookstores at the same time. Such books teach that humans evolutionary lies of achieving godhood through Eastern mysticism and meditation are the truth. Mysticism and the Contemplative Movement are being touted as viable avenues to God. The New Apostolic Reformation, known as the NAR, is promoting the lie that Christ will not return until the Church has ushered in HIs Kingdom through the Seven-Mountain Mandate.This Seven-Mountain Mandate involves taking dominion over the seven key areas of culture: Government & the Military, Education, Economics, Religion, Business, Arts & Entertainment, and the Media. 

5. Through being unequally yoked. Another way we become deceived is through forming connections with people or organizations whose tenets are contrary to Christianity but who share certain values with Christianity. As an example, some Christian organizations have joined with non-Christian organizations that share traditional family values. Another example would be the Pope. He has called together the various heads of world religions to join with him in bringing peace to the world. All of these mergers, so to speak, are ushering in the one-world religion which is part of the New World Order.

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“What fellowship has light with darkness?” ~ 2 Corinthians 6: 14
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So, how can we avoid deception?

1. Know God’s Word. If we do not thoroughly know God’s Word, we will be susceptible to deception. The Word of God is our plumb line. It keeps us facing True North. The Word is our daily bread. Jesus said this in Matthew 4: 4:”Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

We need to feed on God’s Word every day. We need not only to read it, but also to study it, to meditate on it, to hear it, to speak it. 

2. Obey God’s Word. In James 1: 22, we read “But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Hearing the Word is not enough. We must also obey it.

3. Guard your heart. Deception begins in the heart. When we follow our own will instead of God’s will, we open the door for deception to enter our hearts. Proverbs 4: 23 warns us to guard our hearts above all else for what is in our hearts will determine the entire course of our lives.

Any one of else can be deceived in our hearts. James 1: 26 speaks to this: “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not bridle his tongue, he deceives his heart and his religion is worthless.”

Our hearts can be deceived by many things, including pride, greed, unforgiveness, and offense. All of these sins open the door to deception.

Another reason for guarding our hearts is that, if we don’t, others can deceive us. And we can deceive ourselves. So guard your heart above everything else.

4. Stay in right relationship with God and man. In order to avoid deception, we must stay in right relationship with the right people. God created us for relationship. First, relationship with Himself and then relationship with others, especially those in the Body of Christ. One vital purpose of the Body of Christ is to protect us from deception. In Proverbs 27: 17, we learn this: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

If we stay in constant communion with the Lord and with His Body, we will not be deceived. We will remain sensitive to His voice and to the leading of His Holy Spirit. Fellowship with the Body of Christ keeps us accountable. It keeps us alert to error. To stray from the Body of Christ is to court the danger of deception and many other dangers. Being alone makes us an easy target for the enemy. Soldiers in training are always taught never to go it alone.

5. Stay humble. In the days ahead, deception will increase. It is a sign of the end of the age. We will also see an increase in signs, wonders, and miracles rooted in deception. For this reason, we must pray for discernment. And we must stay humble.

We must never think that we are too wise or too smart or too sophisticated to be deceived. The instant we think we cannot fall into deception is the instant that we are in the gravest danger of falling into deception. Jesus commanded us to be wise as serpents, but harmless as doves.

Bottomline, the starting point for avoiding deception is to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. When we do, we will be born again and receive a new spirit capable of discerning between truth and falsehood. 

If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, I urge you to do so now. He will guard you from deception and preserve you until the day of His return, which, my friend, is very, very soon. Pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I want to be free of all deception. I want to be free of every lie that has kept me in bondage. But You are the only One Who can set me free. So, I ask You now to come into my life. I receive You as my personal Savior and the Lord of my life. Rescue me from myself and from my sin. Forgive me. Make me what You created me to be. In Your Precious Name, I pray. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer sincerely, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free e-booklet that will help you get started in your walk with Christ. I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He teaches you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers. It is critically important in these last days to fellowship with other believers who are mature in Christ and can guide you as you grow in Him.

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Now it’s your turn: How do you avoid the evil heart conditions the Bible describes? Please leave your comment in the Comment Box below. Thank you.

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Sources and Resources on Deception:
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https://procinwarn.com/four-ways-christians-are-being-deceived/
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Featured Book of the Week:  THE IRON SAINT by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD

The Church in America is on the verge of a tremendous spiritual awakening, an awakening that will first be fueled by persecution unlike anything we have ever seen before in this land. Indeed, a prophetic word given in my home church during the month of November gave this warning to the Church: “Prepare for the fire of persecution!”

But the Church is not ready for this persecution. For the most part, the Church in America has been weak and lukewarm. Flabby and lazy. Consumed with the world and not with the things of God. As a result, the Church has been deceived and has subverted the divine order of things.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. MaryAnn Diorio seeks to help equip the saints for the work of true, integritous, and effective ministry. As a teacher in the Body of Christ, it is her burning desire to help correct this devastating error.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. Diorio has outlined a plan of action for strengthening the Church through uncompromising obedience to the Word of God. This plan of action is based on her own 50 years of walking with the Lord and being led by His Holy Spirit.

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