When Your Prayers Hit a Brass Ceiling

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, your Virtual Life Coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, February 24, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #8 in Series 2020 and is titled “When Your Prayers Hit a Brass Ceiling.”

Recently, I’ve had a couple of people tell me that they feel as though God does not hear them when they pray. Perhaps this describes you as well. If so, let me encourage you with some tips on how to break through that brass ceiling when you pray.

Here are a few things that may be keeping you from getting a response from God:

1. Know that God is listening, but you may not have connected to His wave length. Have you ever tried to tune in to a radio station while driving your car? Sometimes you have to keep turning the knob until the connection is made. The station is always transmitting, but you are not always connecting because you haven’t hit the station’s wave length.

2. Faith is the spiritual device that connects you to God (Hebrews 11: 1). Another way of putting it is to say that faith is the currency of Heaven, the medium of exchange. God has a storehouse of blessings for you in Heaven. To download them from Heaven to Earth, we need faith. Faith is the downloading device. The Bible says that without faith, it’s impossible to please God (Hebrews 11: 6).

3. Our prayers must align with God’s Word (1 John 5: 14-15). For instance, a single woman who prays that a certain married man will become her husband is not praying according to God’s Word. Instead, she is being deceived by Satan. God will never answer such a prayer–nor any prayer that violates His Word. 

4. We must ask with the right motives (James 4: 2-3). Right motives are not selfish motives. Right motives characterize a heart willing to accept God’s will, no matter what it is.

5. Gratitude must lace our prayers. God responds to a grateful heart because a grateful heart is a humble heart. Scripture tells us in James 4: 6 that “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 

6. Finally, we must wait for God’s timing. “There is a time for everything,” Solomon writes in the Book of Ecclesiastes. Although it may seem as though God has not heard our prayer, he sometimes delays His response for reasons of His own. Perhaps we need to learn to be patient. Perhaps He has to orchestrate other situations connected with our own situation. Whatever the case may, God is always on time in answering our prayers.

All of the above tips are meaningless unless one has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ–in other words, unless one has been born again. Scripture says this: “God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.” The only prayer God hears from those who do not know Him is the prayer for salvation. In John 6: 37b, God says, “Whoever comes to me I will never drive out.” 

If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, I urge you to do so now.

Pray this simple prayer with me:

Father God, I want and need a personal relationship with You. I recognize that I cannot save myself. For this reason, You sent Jesus to save me and to restore me to fellowship with You. I invite You into my life to be my Savior and my Lord. I choose to follow You, Jesus. I turn my back on the world and its wicked ways, and I choose to follow You and Your holy ways. Thank You for accepting me as Your own. In Your Name I pray, believe, and receive. Amen.

If you prayed this simple prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a little booklet that will help you get started in your relationship with Jesus Christ. I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every day, starting in the Gospel of John, which is in the second half of the Bible. Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and find fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers.

For those of you who may not know, I write fiction about some of the issues I deal with in this blog and podcast. I invite you to visit my website at https://www.maryanndiorio.com/book-table. There you will find a complete list of the novels, novellas, and short stories I have written about characters with problems like yours. This month, in honor of Black History month, I am offering a special discount on my latest novel titled In Black and White. It is the story of the love between a white woman and a black man and the power of God to restore all that is broken in our lives. To order your copy, click on one of the links below:

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And to all of you wonderful people out there, thank you so much for listening. This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, your virtual life coach, reminding you 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.

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The Coming Global Cataclysm

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, your Virtual Life Coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, February 17, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #7 in Series 2020 and is titled “The Coming Global Cataclysm.”

Most people are unaware that there is a global cataclysm coming upon the earth that will literally turn the world upside down. No one knows exactly when this event will occur, but all signs indicate that it will happen in the not-too-distant future. The cataclysmic event to which I am referring is called the Rapture

So, what is the Rapture? 

The Rapture is a momentous instant in time when Jesus Christ will suddenly appear in the sky, visible only to His followers, to remove them from the earth before the beginning of the most horrific period in human history called the Tribulation. The Bible warns of this momentous event in 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17:

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will be the first to rise. After that, we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.”

When the Rapture occurs, the world will fall into utter chaos. Imagine the scenario. At the Rapture, all born-again followers of Christ will be removed from the earth. This means that all airplane pilots who are Christ-followers and who are flying planes at the time of the Rapture will suddenly disappear from their airplanes. All drivers of cars, trucks, trains, ships, and other forms of transportation will suddenly leave their vehicles driverless and unattended. All operators of machinery who are Christ-Followers will suddenly disappear from their workstations. The result will be catastrophic. Planes whose co-pilots are also Christ-Followers will fall from the sky. Trains will derail. Cars and trucks will veer off the highways. The result will be a nightmare the likes of which have never been seen, not even in a horror movie.

After the Rapture, the people left behind will be thrust into frenzied terror. Parents will be frantically looking for their missing infants, toddlers, and little children (who will also be raptured). Spouses who are not born again will be frantically looking for their spouses who were born again and were taken by the Lord. Cell phone lines will be jammed as people desperately try to reach their loved ones.

World leaders will likely attribute the disappearance to an alien abduction, stating that those who disappeared were of an inferior degree of spiritual consciousness than those who remained and, consequently, were abducted by aliens. Even now, the world is quite comfortable with the concept of aliens, having been programmed for the last few decades, especially through the film industry, to accept them as normal.

All of this chaos will lead to the rise of the AntiChrist, a world leader who will eventually emerge on the scene with a seeming solution to the chaos. Panic-stricken by the whole scenario, people will flock to him as their savior, as the one who will put their lives–and their world–back in order again.

But such hopes on the part of the people will be crushed a few years later when the AntiChrist reveals his true colors as the worst tyrant, the worst dictator, of all human history. For this AntiChrist will, in fact, be the personification of Satan himself. In the middle of the seven-year tribulation, he will enter the newly rebuilt Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and declare himself God. Instantly, the Jews, who had heretofore accepted him as their Messiah, will recognize that he is an imposter.

So, why am I telling you all this?  Because it relates directly to you. You have the opportunity now to escape this brutal period of history. You have the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord and be counted among those whom He will remove from the earth before all of the horror begins.

But let me warn you. You don’t have much time. Bible prophecy is being fulfilled at an amazing rate. Here are are some of the chief signs that the time is short before Jesus comes to remove His followers from the earth. These signs were all predicted in the Bible thousands of years ago, and most of them have already been fulfilled:

1__People will call good evil, and evil good. This is what is happening today. Those who stand up for what is right are criticized as being intolerant and bigoted, while those who brazenly support evil are applauded. Nearly 2800 years ago, the prophet Isaiah, who lived during the eighth century B.C., foretold that this would happen in our day. He wrote:  “What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter” (Isaiah 5: 20). Today we condemn the innocent and acquit the guilty, both practices our Lord hates. Indeed, He emphatically states this in Proverbs 17: 15: “Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent— both are detestable to the LORD.”

2__Natural disasters, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, will increase. Jesus predicted these natural disasters in the twenty-fourth chapter of the Book of Matthew, along with several other signs of the end times. Today we are witnessing a great increase both in the number and in the intensity of hurricanes, floods, fires, droughts, earthquakes, and famines. While there have always been such natural disasters, their occurrence today is more frequent and more dangerous. They are converging, meaning they are all happening at the same time. (Check out my blog post titled “Convergence: Clear Sign of the End Times”).

3__There will be widespread pestilence. We are all aware of the outbreak of the Corona virus that is now sweeping the world, causing many deaths and much fear. Jesus prophesied this as well. You see, my friend, what Jesus predicted 2000 years ago is coming true, and it is coming true at a rapid rate. Don’t you think it’s time to take Him seriously and get yourself ready for His return? 

4__There will be division among the nations. In Matthew 24: 7, Jesus prophesied that “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” Perhaps at no other time in history have the nations of the world been as divided as they are today, and the tension among them is only increasing. Virtually every country has some sort of war going on as I write. 

5__Lawlessness will increase. Jesus warned us about this, again in Matthew 24. All around us we see increasing disrespect for the law, mass rebellion against authority in our homes, our cities, our universities, and our government institutions. 

6__People will become heartless and rude. Timothy wrote that in the end days, people will “be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good” (2 Timothy 3: 3). Compassion for others is on the decline, as is kindness. Instead, rudeness is on the rise, as are selfishness and disrespect, especially disrespect for authority, both familial and civil.

These are only a few of the signs that we are living in the last days. But the real question is, “What do these signs mean for you?” Are you going to take them seriously and allow them to spur you to get yourself right with God? Or are you going to dismiss them as nothing more than alarmist theories? The choice, of course, is yours. But I do wish to urge you, in the love of Christ, to take these signs to heart as signs that Jesus Christ will soon return to take His followers from the earth. You can be one of His followers if you so choose. You, too, can be rescued from the horrific nightmare that is soon to come upon the earth. All you need to do is to accept Jesus Christ as the only One Who can save you.

One last thing: You may be thinking that I am nothing more than an alarmist, and that everything I’ve said is nonsense. But let me ask you a question: What if I’m right and you’re wrong? Are you willing to take that chance when it could mean spending eternity separated from God in Hell? The 17th-century philosopher and mathematician, Blaise Pascal, in his famous work titled Pensées, said–and I paraphrase– that if a person believes in God but God does not exist, that person has lost nothing. But if a person does not believe in God, and God does exist, that person has lost everything.

What about you? Do you believe that God exists or not? Are you willing to take Pascal’s wager? I guarantee that if you sincerely seek God, He will reveal Himself to you. For you see, God is a personal God. He is not distant and dismissive. In fact, He created you because He loves you and because He wants a personal relationship with you. To establish that relationship, He sent Jesus Christ, His only-begotten Son, to pay the price for your sin, thereby making it possible for you to have that personal relationship with the Father.

But you must do your part. You must respond to His invitation to have a personal relationship with you. You do that by accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Why not do that now? 

Pray this simple prayer with me:

Father God, I want a personal relationship with You. I recognize that I cannot save myself. For this reason, You sent Jesus to save me and to restore me to fellowship with You. You sent Jesus to rescue me from the horrific times coming upon the earth. Lord Jesus, I believe that what You foretold in Your Word is coming to pass before my very eyes. I don’t want to be here during the Tribulation. I want You to take me from the earth to be safe with You at the Rapture. But in order to do that, I must become Your follower. So I do that now, Lord. I invite You into my life to be my Savior and my Lord. I choose to follow You, Jesus. I turn my back on the world and its wicked ways, and I choose to follow You and Your holy ways. Thank You for accepting me as Your own. I trust You to save me from the wrath to come. In Your Name I pray, believe, and receive. Amen.

If you prayed this simple prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a little booklet that will help you get started in your relationship with Jesus Christ. I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every day, starting in the Gospel of John, which is in the second half of the Bible. Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and find fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers.

For those of you who may not know, I write fiction about some of the issues I deal with in this podcast. I invite you to visit my website at maryanndiorio.com. There you will find a complete list of the novels, novellas, and short stories I have written about characters with problems like yours. This month, in honor of Black History month, I am offering a special discount on my latest novel titled In Black and White. It is the story of the love between a white woman and a black man and the power of God to restore all that is broken in our lives. To order your copy, click on one of the links below:

IN BLACK AND WHITE: A NOVEL

PRINT: Only $6.99 (Regular price $7.99)

E-BOOK: Only $0.99 (Regular price $2.99)

Note: The above are affiliate links.

On my website, you will also find additional resources, articles, books, and podcasts to help you grow in your walk with Christ,

This podcast is found on Apple Podcasts, Blubrry, iHeart Radio, Spotify, Spreaker, Soundcloud, Castbox, Podbean, Podchaser, and Deezer, so I encourage you to subscribe and have it delivered right to your mailbox.

If you have been blessed by these messages, I also invite you to become a Winning with the Word patron on Patreon. As a patron you will enjoy special benefits only for patrons. Just go to Patreon.com and search for Winning with the Word to join.

In closing, I would like to recognize, honor, and thank all of my patrons who have helped to make this podcast possible.

And to all of you wonderful people out there, thank you so much for listening. This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, your virtual life coach, reminding you 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.

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__Make Your Marriage Great Again!

__Sex and Soul Ties

__Is Your Tongue Ruining Your Life?

__A Parent’s Promise from God

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When the Heartache Is Unbearable . . .

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, your Virtual Life Coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, February 10, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #6 in Series 2020 and is titled “When the Heartache Is Unbearable”.

Years ago, I heard a speaker say something I have never forgotten. She said, “Treat everyone as though he has a broken heart, because he does.” Those poignant words were engraved upon my heart and totally transformed the way I looked at people. Those words, I believe, were what led me to become a Life Coach. And my experience as a coach during the past several years has proven over and over again the truth of the speaker’s words.

In one way or another, everyone has a broken heart. We can’t live long on this earth without experiencing something that will break our heart. A toddler’s heart might be broken because his mommy has to leave him for a few hours. Or, far more serious, a toddler’s heart might be broken by a mommy who has physically abused him or abandoned him. A teenager’s heart might be broken by unrequited love. A married man’s heart might be broken by a wife who leaves him. A middle-aged woman’s heart might be broken by the death of her mother or her father. Broken hearts are all too common and all too painful.

Heartache comes in many shapes and sizes, and no one is immune from it. Most of the time, we learn to cope with heartache. But sometimes, the heartache becomes unbearable. So, what do we do in such cases?

As always, the Bible, God’s manual for man, provides the answers. Let’s take a look at what this greatest book of all time has to say about heartache:

  • God knows our heartache. Not only does He know it; He wants to heal it. Acts 15: 8 tells us that “God knows people’s hearts.” God knows your heart, too, and He knows the depth of your suffering. He wants to take away the pain and replace it with His joy and peace.
  • God sent Jesus to comfort the broken-hearted. In Isaiah 61: 1, a verse quoted again by Jesus in Luke 4: 18, we read: “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, for the LORD has . . . sent me to comfort the broken-hearted.” Jesus came to earth to comfort the broken-hearted. He wants to comfort you, too. Why? Because He loves you!
  • God heals our broken hearts, thereby removing the heartache. Psalm 147: 3 NLT says, “He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.” Picture our loving Jesus, bandaging your broken heart as He restores it to wholeness. 
  • God is near to you at all times, especially during times of deep heartache. The Bible tells us in Psalm 34: 18-19 that “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD comes to the rescue each time.”  If you are broken-hearted, the LORD is close to You and wants to rescue you.  What an amazing promise!  Surely knowing this gives us hope to go on when we feel like giving up.

In order for Jesus to heal our broken heart, we must ask Him to. Jesus is a gentleman, and He will not force Himself upon you. But if you ask Him to heal your broken heart, He will jump at the opportunity to do so. That is the reason He came to earth, died for you, and rose from the dead for you–to heal not only your broken heart, but your broken body, and your broken spirit as well.  So, ask Him in faith to do what He came to do for you. He is not only able; He is also willing.

If you do not yet have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, I urge you to meet Him now. When you accept Him into your life, You will become a new creation. As such, you will begin to experience the abundant life which Jesus promised to give you. Just pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I have a broken heart, and none of my attempts to fix it has worked. Only You can fix it, Lord. So I come to You now in my need, and I ask You to mend my broken heart. I receive You as my Savior and Lord. Make of me what You created me to be. Amen.

If you prayed this simple prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a little booklet that will help you get started in your relationship with Jesus Christ. I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every day, starting in the Gospel of John, which is in the second half of the Bible. Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and find fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers.

For those of you who may not know, I write fiction for the broken-hearted. I invite you to visit my website at maryanndiorio.com. There you will find a complete list of the novels, novellas, and short stories I have written about characters with broken hearts. On my website, you will also find additional resources, articles, books, and podcasts to help you grow in your walk with Christ,

This podcast is found on Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, Spotify, Spreaker, Soundcloud, Castbox, Podbean, Podchaser, and Deezer, so I encourage you to subscribe and have it delivered right to your mailbox.

If you have been blessed by these messages, I also invite you to become a Winning with the Word patron on Patreon. As a patron you will enjoy special benefits only for patrons. Just go to Patreon.com and search for Winning with the Word to join.

In closing, I would like to recognize, honor, and thank this week’s sponsor of Winning with the Word, Karon Bekebrede. Thank you, Karon, for so generously supporting this ministry.

And to all of you wonderful people out there, thank you so much for listening. This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, your virtual life coach, reminding you 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.

Listen to the podcast here:

 

Now it’s your turn: How do you handle a broken heart? Please leave your comment in the Comment Box below. Thank you!

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__Make Your Marriage Great Again!

__Sex and Soul Ties

__Is Your Tongue Ruining Your Life?

__A Parent’s Promise from God

 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?

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Make Your Marriage Great Again!

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, your Virtual Life Coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, February 3, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #5 in Series 2020 and is titled “Make Your Marriage Great Again!”

Recently, my husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. While this is quite a milestone to say the least, we didn’t get there by strolling hand in hand down the pathway of life without a few bumps and bruises along the way. Sometimes major ones! We reached that 50-year milestone because of a lot of patience, perseverance, and plain pluck!

Because my husband and I are somewhat of a marriage anomaly in this day and age, young people often approach us asking how we stayed married for so long. They also tell us that they are afraid to get married. When they have seen more marriage defeat than success, it’s no wonder they are leery of getting married.

What young people have seen in the marriages of their elders has only served to discourage, depress, and drive them away from marriage. Instead, many of today’s young people have opted for living together, a state called cohabitation.

To hear young people say that they are afraid to get married makes me very sad since marriage was instituted by God to bless and to be a blessing. Yet, I understand their reticence. Why risk all the pain and heartache of a divorce when they can simply avoid all that suffering by leaving themselves a way out? In other words, by simply living together without a legal commitment.

Before we examine the fallacies and dangers of cohabitation, however, let me be quick to explain that I do not by any means condone living together. Plain and simple, cohabitation is a violation of God’s Word, and any violation of God’s Word is sin. And, as the Bible warns us in Romans 6: 23, “the wages of sin is death.” Sin will always lead to death and destruction on some level. 

Yet, today more couples are living together outside of marriage than within marriage. In fact, a 2018 article published by the United States Census Bureau states that “cohabitation is now more prevalent than living with a spouse.” The article goes on to state that in 2018, nine percent of the US population lived with an unmarried partner compared to seven percent who lived with a spouse. This is a troubling state of affairs. 

While there are many articles out there giving supposedly good reasons for living together before marriage, I’m going to give you good reasons—God’s reasons–for NOT living together. And here’s a little hint: Choosing any of our own reasons to live together over God’s reasons not to live together will ultimately hurt us. 

The first thing we need to consider is that marriage was God’s idea! And so was sex! Because marriage is so special to God, He set up boundaries for protecting it as an institution and for protecting the husband, wife, and children in a marriage. The chief boundary God placed was that sex—the single act that differentiates marriage from every other human relationship—must be confined to marriage. Why did God set this boundary? Because to have sex outside of marriage is dangerous not only to the psychological and physical well-being of the partners involved but, more importantly, to their spiritual well-being. Sex outside of marriage also poses grave dangers to any children involved. (See my post and podcast titled Sex and Soul Ties.)

Now, those people who say that God doesn’t want us to enjoy sex are completely mistaken. They’ve made God into their own image instead of allowing Him to make them into His image, as He originally intended. And any image that man makes of God is a false image. You see, we can’t start with ourselves and then fit God into our picture. We always have to start with God and fit ourselves into His picture.

The same is true of marriage. When we choose to create our own ideas about marriage, we distort God’s plan for marriage, And distorting God’s plan for marriage is always dangerous. In order for a marriage to work, it must align with God’s plan for marriage. Otherwise, that marriage won’t work as it should. Plain and simple. Nor will any sexual relationship work outside of God’s plan for sex to be engaged in only in marriage.

So, what is God’s plan for marriage? Let’s take a look at it:

  1. A marriage must be between one man and one woman (Genesis 2: 23-24).  Otherwise, according to God, it is not a marriage. It is an abomination. Jesus said in Mark 10: 6-8: “But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother [and be joined to his wife], and the two shall become one flesh.'”  This verse clearly indicates that marriage is to be between one man and one woman. To distort God’s plan through what is erroneously called “gay marriage” will eventually destroy the partners involved and will, if they do not repent, destroy them eternally.
  2. A marriage must be built on a firm foundation (1 Corinthians 3: 11). Just as a house needs a firm foundation or else it will collapse, so does a marriage need a firm foundation or else it will collapse. There is only one firm foundation on which to build a lasting marriage. That firm foundation is Jesus Christ. Indeed, in the Bible, Jesus calls Himself the ROCK (Psalm 89: 26). He also calls Himself the CORNERSTONE (Ephesians 2: 20). Unless a marriage is built on Christ, it will not be all it was meant to be.
  3. A marriage must reflect the love of Christ for His Church. In Ephesians 5: 32, the Apostle Paul calls marriage “a mystery” related to Christ and His relationship to the Church. Chapter 5 of Ephesians further instructs a man to love his wife and a wife to respect her husband. Love and Respect. These are the two foundational principles of a great marriage. When the husband loves his wife as Christ loves the Church, and when the wife respects her husband as she respects the Lord, the marriage will be great!

What does it mean to build a marriage on Christ? Simply put, it means to make Him the Lord of our marriage. But in order to make Christ Lord of our marriage, we need first to make Him Lord of our life. How do we do that?

First, we must be born again. This means that we must acknowledge that we cannot save ourselves and that we need Jesus to save us. Then we must personally receive Him as our Savior. And then we must submit to His instructions for making our marriage great.

Yes, you may be surprised to learn that God has given us instructions on how to have a great marriage. If we think things through, however, we should not be surprised that the God Who created us and who created marriage would give us a manual for marriage. That manual is called the Bible. In it, you will find advice for every situation you will ever face not only in your marriage, but also in your life.

For example, the Bible says in Malachi 2: 16 that God hates divorce. My husband and I have stayed married for 50 years because we entered marriage with the mindset that God hates divorce and that divorce was not an option. We would make our marriage work, no matter what forces of hell would come against us.

And the forces of hell did come against us, as they do in any marriage. You see, Satan hates marriage because it reflects Christ’s love for His Church and the Church’s love for Him. So Satan works continuously to destroy marriages, especially Christian marriages. Husbands and wives need to be aware of his deceptive tactics and resist them together.

Remember this: Your spouse is not your problem. Satan is your problem. You and your spouse are a team and need to join hands in driving Satan out of your marriage. You can do this only when Jesus rules and reigns in your hearts.

So, why do my husband and I have a great marriage?

1. We did marriage God’s way, and we still do marriage God’s way.
2. We put God first in our lives and in our marriage.
3. We put each other first.
4. We recognize that Satan is our real enemy, and we fight him together through daily prayer and through the reading of God’s Word.

You, too, can have a great marriage! It will take work and effort. But most of all, it will take Jesus Christ at the helm of your life and of your marriage. If Jesus is not yet in your life, I urge you to invite Him into your life and into your marriage right now. Pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, my marriage is not what it should be, but You can change it. I come to You now in my need. I invite You into my life. I receive You as my Savior. Be the Lord of my life and of my marriage. Make my marriage great again, Lord, as only You can. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.

If you prayed this simple prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a little booklet that will help you get started in your relationship with Jesus Christ. I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every day, starting in the Gospel of John, which is in the second half of the Bible. Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and find fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers.

For an outstanding resource on building a great marriage, I highly recommend the book titled Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs (Affiliate Link). It is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retail stores. You may also purchase it at the link in the show notes.I also recommend my own little booklet titled Making Your Marriage Work. It is available on my website and Amazon.

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Sex and Soul Ties

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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If you’ve had sex outside of marriage, this podcast is for you. So, listen up. It could give you insights into many of the problems you’re experiencing in your life—problems you’ve had trouble solving or resolving.

If you’ve had sex outside of marriage, you formed a soul tie—or more than one—with the person or persons with whom you had sex. Unbeknown to you, that soul tie may be the cause of the emotional, psychological, and physical problems that are now troubling you or maybe even tormenting you—problems like nightmares, panic attacks, anxiety, insomnia, unusual fear or phobias, addictive behaviors—or physical problems, like migraine headaches, infertility, heart palpitations, or digestive issues, among many others. You may have tried and tried to get rid of these problems, but they have been resistant to all kinds of treatment. But be encouraged! What you are about to hear may be the answer you’ve been looking for.

So, what is a soul tie? A soul tie is an emotional and psychological connection that forms in a relationship, especially a sexual relationship. For the purposes of this podcast, we will confine ourselves to discussing the soul tie that occurs in a sexual relationship.

Before getting into the meat of our discussion, let me explain that we human beings are made up of three parts: spirit, soul, and body. This truth is found in the Bible, God’s manual for man, in 1 Thessalonians chapter 5: verse 23 where the Apostle Paul writes: “May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Italics mine).

Just as God is a triune—or three-part Being (Father, Son and Holy Spirit)—so we who are made in His image, are triune beings made up of a spirit, a soul, and a body. Your spirit is who you really are, the core of your being, the real you. Your soul is made up of your mind, your will, and your emotions. Your body is what houses your spirit and your soul. Your body is what I like to call your “earth suit”.

Whenever a man and a woman engage in the sexual act, a bond is formed. That bond is either godly or ungodly. If the sexual act occurs in marriage, then the bond is godly. It is a bond sanctioned and approved by God because He has ordained that sex should be engaged in only in marriage. If the sexual act occurs outside of marriage, then the bond is ungodly. In other words, God declares the sexual act outside of marriage to be illegal and illicit, and He does not approve of it.

When a person has engaged in sexual activity outside of marriage—whether through fornication or adultery—a soul tie is formed. While the expression “soul tie” does not appear in the Bible, the concept of a soul tie does. In 1 Corinthians chapter 6: verse 16, the Bible says this: “He who joins himself to a harlot, becomes one body with her. For as it is written, ‘the two shall become one flesh.’”

The word “joins” in the Greek language used in this passage means “glued to”. Think of it this way. If you glue two pieces of wood together and then pull them apart, there is damage to each piece. Not only that. Parts from one piece of wood remain stuck to the other piece of wood.

God is not out to keep you from pleasure. He is out to keep you from pain!

This is what happens in the sexual act. The two souls are joined or glued together. In the context of marriage, this is a good thing because the man and the woman have committed to be faithful to each other for the rest of their lives. But outside of marriage, this is not a good thing because the man and the woman have not committed to be faithful to each other for the rest of their lives. In fact, the contrary is true. They avoid marriage because they do not want the commitment of faithfulness that marriage requires.

Nonetheless, pieces of the souls of the man and the woman who have had sex outside of marriage remain glued to each other. And those pieces will remain glued to each other until the Lord Jesus supernaturally removes them.

When a man and a woman engage in sexual intercourse, their sexual encounter is not just biological, as so many people wrongly think. On the contrary, when a man and a woman have sex, they connect not only on a physical level but also on a soul level. This means that they also connect emotionally and psychologically, whether they realize it or not.

Interestingly, studies show that the connection that occurs in the sexual act has a physiological component to it as well. During the sexual act, chemical substances in the body—such as dopamine, oxytocin, and vasopressin– are released that create neurochemical changes in the brain. These neurochemical changes cause emotional bonding, also known as limbic bonding, between the man and the woman. This bonding occurs in a sexual relationship whether the man or woman want it to occur or not.

Another way of saying it is that the man and the woman who have sex are glued together emotionally and psychologically whether they want to be glued together or not. Both partners form an attachment whether they want to or not, and both partners are hurt when the sex act is over, whether they know it or not. It is usually the woman who is hurt more because the limbic system in the female brain is larger than the limbic system in the male brain.

So, when a man and a woman decide to have sex “just for the fun of it”, something major is happening on levels far beyond the physical level—something they are unaware of and that will end up hurting them and hurting them for life, if they do not deal with the soul tie.

Why will they be hurt? Because God set a specific boundary for engaging in sex, and that boundary is marriage. Anyone who violates that boundary will be hurt, no doubt about it.

Why did God set marriage as the boundary for having sex? For a number of reasons, one of the chief of which is this very bonding power of the sexual act. When God instituted marriage, He intended that the soul tie be established only between the husband and the wife for their mutual emotional and psychological protection and blessing and for the emotional and psychological protection and blessing of the children who would come from their union.

In short, since the act of sex binds a man and a woman to each other emotionally and psychologically, God wanted to protect both the man and the woman from hurt by permitting the sexual act only in marriage and only between the husband and the wife. Marriage was intended to serve as a protection for both the husband and the wife from outside ungodly soul ties that would hurt them, their marriage, and the children who would come from that marriage.

But like everything else that God created for good and for His good purposes, Satan tries to pervert the sexual relationship for evil and for his evil purposes. This perversion occurs every time a person engages in sex outside of God’s boundaries for sex.

You see, God created the sex act in such a way that it will form a bond between the man and the woman having sex with each other whether the man or the woman want that bond to form or not. This bonding was God’s design and still is God’s design. The fact that people pervert God’s design by engaging in sex outside of marriage—outside of His boundaries for sex–does not negate the law of bonding that God created for the sexual act in the first place.

Moreover, having sex outside of marriage—outside of God’s boundaries for sex—results in opening the door to demonic activity in one’s life. When a person engages in sex outside of God’s boundaries, that person invites demons to enter his or her life during the illicit sexual act and any time afterward. Those demons remain until they are cast out through a process called deliverance ministry or exorcism.

We have seen that a soul tie created by sex outside of marriage is the unlawful tying together of two souls. This unlawful tying together causes spiritual bondage between the two souls for the rest of their lives unless the soul tie is broken through the power of Jesus Christ. Because of this spiritual bondage, the demonic spirits found in one person can transfer to the other person, and vice versa.

Every time you have sex with another person, your soul is tied to that other person’s soul.

So, if a girl has sex with five guys, her soul has been tied to at least five other souls. In most cases, the number of soul ties is even greater since each of the guys may have had multiple sex partners.

Do the math. This means that a girl who engages in premarital sex with one guy can be tied to hundreds of other souls without even knowing it. Yet, all of those other souls are affecting her every single day.

No wonder so many people are suffering so much emotional, psychological, and physical torment! They are in bondage to hundreds of other souls all of whom have demonic forces operating against them. And all of these demonic forces combined are operating against that one person who chose to have sex outside of marriage.

Consider this example. Let’s say a guy sleeps with a girl who is involved in the occult. Afterwards, he begins having nightmares and develops unreasonable fears. This guy, who, before sleeping with the girl was never afraid of anything, is now terrified of everything. Why? The reason is that the demons of the occult in the girl’s soul transferred to the guy’s soul when he slept with her.

Not a pretty picture, is it? Does it make you think twice about having sex outside of marriage?

Soul ties can also be caused by sexual abuse or unhealthful emotional relationships. In such cases, the same Jesus Christ who wants to deliver you from the sin of premarital or extramarital sex will deliver you from the soul ties created through sexual abuse.

Remember this: Sex outside of marriage will destroy your soul. This is the reason that God forbids it. He is not out to keep you from pleasure. He is out to keep you from pain!

In Psalm 23, Jesus promises to restore your soul. Why not let Him do so now?

If you have engaged in sex outside of marriage, there is hope for you. That hope is in Jesus Christ. Only He can free you from the bondage that occurred through your sin. And, do you know what? He wants to free you. You have only to ask Him. Just pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I am guilty of sexual sin and of having formed ungodly soul ties. I confess my sin to You and ask You to forgive me and to cleanse me. Loose me from these ungodly soul ties as I renounce each one in the power of Your Name. From now on, I yield my life and my body totally to You. Make me what You created me to be. In Your Name I pray and receive by faith. Amen.

If you prayed this simple prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a little booklet that will help you get started in your relationship with Jesus Christ. I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every day, starting in the Gospel of John, which is in the second half of the Bible. Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and find fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers.

I would also encourage you to seek out a mature Christ-Follower experienced in exorcism, also known as deliverance ministry, to pray for you. I have listed in the notes below a few resources that may be of help to you.

For additional resources, articles, books, and podcasts to help you grow in your walk with Christ, I invite you to visit my website at maryanndiorio.com. This podcast is found on Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, Spotify, Spreaker, Soundcloud, Castbox, Podbean, and Deezer, so I encourage you to subscribe.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR DEALING WITH SOUL TIES:

Books:
Breaking Unhealthy Soul-Ties by Bill and Sue Banks  (Affiliate Link)
Healing through Deliverance
by Peter Horrobin (Affiliate Link)

Ministries:
HealingRooms.com
Ellel Ministries (USA) 
Ellel Ministries (International)

If you think you have ungodly soul ties, consult a pastor at a Bible-believing church.  

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