Do You Serve a “Quid pro Quo” God?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Quid pro quo.  Tit for tat. Something for something.

Is this the kind of God you serve?

Legalism—and its twin sister religion—are alive and well in the Church today. But, just as in the days Jesus walked the earth, legalism kills.

What is legalism? Legalism is any doctrine that states we can earn our salvation. All religion is legalistic because religion, of its very nature, believes that one’s salvation depends on one’s performance. If I do good works, God will approve of me and allow me to enter Heaven.

Such was the belief of the Pharisees, whom Jesus soundly condemned. 

Interestingly, all belief systems today, except Christianity, promote some sort of legalism. All require that one “perform” in order to reach God and be saved.

The uniqueness of Christianity is that it teaches that all of our attempts to perform in order to be saved are futile. Why? Because we could never perform well enough to earn our salvation. We could never do enough good works or kind deeds to merit Heaven.

This is the reason we need a Savior. We need a perfect Person (Jesus) to pay the perfect price for our sin. The perfect price is the only price that will satisfy the wrath of a perfect God.

Jesus paid that price. As man, He alone could stand in our place because He was also God, and, as God, He alone could pay the price of sin required by our perfect God.

Jesus Christ has “performed” for us. In other words, Christ’s death and resurrection are all that were needed for us to be saved.

Yet, there is something in man that wants to pay his own way. We’ve all heard the phrase “There is no free lunch.” Well, salvation isn’t free, either. But the One Who paid the price for our salvation was Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He paid the ultimate price–the sacrifice of His life–so that we could be saved.

There is no other way to be saved except by believing in Jesus Christ and in what He has done for us. This is our salvation: to appropriate Christ’s death and resurrection to our personal lives. All we have to do is believe and receive His gift of eternal life. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God.”

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God,.”  
John 1: 12

The message of salvation is the message of grace. It is not based on the condition that we perform for God. It is based simply on our believing that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, performed for us. We must rest in that truth. We must rest in Christ’s performance, not our own, for our own could never meet God’s standards of holiness.

When we come to God to be saved, we come on the basis of Christ’s merit and His merit alone. When we do, we will discover that His grace is more than sufficient to save us from all sin.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Please share your questions and insights in the Comments box below. Thank you!

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“Don’t Let Satan Play Your Pipes!”

“How to Recognize a Controlling Spirit”

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Are You a Prisoner of Your Past?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Are you continually looking back on your life with regret over something you did or over a decision you made that changed the course of your life?

Do you find it difficult to move forward because you’re stuck in the past?

If so, take heart. I understand how you feel.

For a very long time, I struggled with a career decision I made before I came to Christ. Satan had me believing that that career decision put me out of God’s will for my life and, therefore, I was destined never to fulfill His purpose for me.

Along with the regret came emotional torment and self-condemnation. Now, had I been more spiritually astute, I would have recognized that torment and self-condemnation come from Satan, not from God. But I was in bondage to a mental and emotional stronghold, and I needed deliverance. Thank God, our Lord eventually delivered me from this lying, deceptive spirit.

Perhaps you, too, are in the grips of regret and remorse over something in your past, and you are having a very hard time letting go. You keep looking back, and each time you do, you are tormented and you beat yourself up. 

I say to you, STOP! 

Stop, and consider these steps that I myself took and that helped me to break free from the tyranny of the past:

1__PRAY. During my struggle, I continually cried out to God to help me break free. As much as I tried not to, I kept rehashing my career decision to the point that it became an obsession. This fact should have been a red flag to me. When a thought becomes an obsession, the thought has become a stronghold.

2__MAKE A QUALITY DECISION NOT TO LOOK BACK. When you are tempted to look back, resist the urge in the power of Christ. Only through His power and strength can you stop looking back. 

“I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead….”  Philippians 3: 13

The Apostle Paul had a lot to regret. Before he encountered Christ, he murdered Christians. He could have let that horrific sin destroy him if he had allowed it to torment him. But he didn’t.  In fact, it was the Apostle Paul who wrote theses famous words in Philippians 3: 13: “…one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.”

Paul discovered the secret to overcoming regret. The secret was to stop looking back and to start looking forward. If Paul could do this through the power of Christ, we can do it, too.

3__STAY FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE. Take captive every thought that tries to push you into the past and change its direction to the future. We cannot change the past, but we can shape the future by what we think. We can avoid future regrets by focusing on Jesus, our Lord Who holds the future.

If we are in Christ, He has redeemed every regret and has turned it into a blessing.  Romans 8: 28 tells us that “all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”

If you are in Christ, you have been called according to His purpose, no matter how many regrets you may have. Give all of those regrets to Him–every single one–and let Him bring beauty out of your ashes.

Remember this: God has a plan for your life, and it is a plan for good and not for evil (Jeremiah 29: 11). He also promises us in Philippians 1: 6 that He will complete the good work He began in us. So, expect Him to work out His plan for your life. 

Jesus is the Answer both to the regrets of the past and the hopes of the future. Turn to Him, and He will set you free from your past.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Please share your questions and insights in the Comments box below. Thank you!

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“Don’t Let Satan Play Your Pipes!”

“How to Recognize a Controlling Spirit”

“Sex and Soul Ties”

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On the Verge of the Mark of the Beast

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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

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In case you haven’t been paying attention, the world is on the verge of accepting the Mark of the Beast.

So, who is the Beast and what is his mark? If you don’t know, here is a simple explanation:

The Beast is the Antichrist, the man who will at first bring world peace but who will then reveal his true character as the most vicious, horrific dictator in all of human history. The Beast will be the embodiment of Satan himself and will rule with terror during the Tribulation period.

The Beast’s mark is an identifying mark that will be placed on or in the forehead or hand of all those who worship him. This mark will be required in order to buy and sell anything, to conduct all forms of business, and to function in society.

It is speculated that the mark will be either a computerized ID chip implanted in the forehead or hand or a tattoo of some sort. Whichever it is, the mark will contain all of one’s personal, medical, financial, political, and religious information. 

The mark will replace all other forms of identification. It will also replace the credit card for buying and selling. So, if one buys groceries, instead of handing the clerk at the checkout counter a credit card, those with the mark embedded in their forehead or hand will simply allow the clerk to scan the mark in order to pay the bill.

Lest you think the concept of the mark is far-fetched or far ahead in the future, be aware that a prototype of the mark is already being used by many people in Sweden. Read this article for more on how Swedes are already using the mark in daily business: 
https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/end-times-thousands-are-having-microchips-implanted-in-their-hands.html

While the mark is now received on a voluntary basis, during the Tribulation the Antichrist will demand that everyone take the mark as a sign of worshipping him. In other words, by taking the mark, a person will acknowledge that the Antichrist is God. Those who refuse to take the mark of the beast (aka the Antichrist) will be summarily executed.

He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” – Revelation 13: 16-17 NKJV

What about Christians? During the Tribulation, some people will become Christians. As a result, they will refuse to take the mark of the Beast because accepting the mark is tantamount to worshiping Satan. Because of their refusal to take the mark, these Christians will be martyred.

For many years now, our world has been programming people to receive the mark. Back in the 80s, my husband and I took our children to Disney World. I was greatly troubled when I noticed that workers at Disney World stamped the backs of people’s hands in order to admit them into a ride or an event. In my opinion, this is an example of programming people to be comfortable with receiving a mark on their hand. I refused to have my hand stamped and told the clerk I would show my ticket stub instead.

But today, a ticket stub may not be accepted in place of a hand stamp. Indeed, many places are already refusing to accept anything other than a stamp on the hand. Moreover, many places are no longer accepting cash in payment for an item. We are, indeed, on the verge of a cashless society and, therefore, the mark of the Beast.

While the current microchips being used as forms of identification are not necessarily the mark of the Beast, they are, without question, preparing the world to accept the mark of the Beast. The mark demanded by the Antichrist will be necessary in order to buy and sell. This means that a person without the mark will not be able to buy food and other necessities of life.

To accept the mark of the Beast is to accept certain damnation to Hell for all eternity. The Antichrist will be Satan incarnated in a man, and accepting his mark will mean accepting him as God. This is blasphemy! It is the complete rejection of Jesus Christ as one’s Savior and Lord and, rather, the acceptance of Satan as one’s savior and lord.

Please warn others about the grave dangers of accepting the mark of the Beast. The mark is not a tool of convenience. Rather, under the guise of convenience, it is a Satanic tool for causing those who take it to be eternally separated from God and suffer the unending torments of Hell.  

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Please share your questions and insights in the Comments box below. Thank you!

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If you found this post helpful, please forward it to a friend. Thank you! You may also be interested in reading the following popular posts:

“How to Destroy Mental Strongholds”

“Convergence: Clear Sign of the End Times”

“The Rise of Wicca, Witches, and Warlocks” 

“Don’t Let Satan Play Your Pipes!”

“How to Recognize a Controlling Spirit”

“Sex and Soul Ties”

Please check our archives in the right sidebar for older posts on a variety of topics. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top right. 

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

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Is Your Church Apostate or Apostolic?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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

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In case you haven’t noticed, there’s been a major shift in the direction of the Church in recent years. The Body of Christ as a whole has moved from the original church founded by Christ to a “seeker-sensitive” church founded by man. The result is a spiritual and cultural phenomenon known as the “Emergent Church” — a phenomenon fraught with deception and heresy and jeopardizing the spiritual destiny of Christians throughout the world. 

So, what is all the ruckus about, and why should we be concerned?

We should be concerned for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that the emergent church is fast turning into the Apostate Church that will lead to the one-world religion of the end days. We are already witnessing the formation of this one-world religion. 

How can we know, then, if our church is an apostate church and not an apostolic one? First of all, let’s define our terms. An apostolic church is a church that adheres to the doctrines of the early, first-century Church as founded by the Apostles. These doctrines are explained in the New Testament, and their application is found primarily in the Book of Acts.

The Apostate Church, on the other hand, has moved away from these foundational doctrines to an experience-based theology that deifies feelings. This new way of “doing church” promotes experience over truth by shifting the focus of its members from the Cross of Christ to personal experience. 

“What fellowship has light with darkness?” ~ 2 Corinthians 6: 14 NASB

So, what questions should you ask to determine if you are in an apostate church or an apostolic church? (By the way, it is critically important to ask these questions).  Here are some extremely important ones:

1__Does your church teach that Absolute Truth exists, or does your church teach that everyone has his own truth? The Apostate Church teaches relativism: what’s true for you doesn’t necessarily have to be true for me, and vice versa. The true Church teaches that there is such a thing as Absolute Truth and that relativism is a doctrine of devils.

2__Does your Church teach that the Bible is the final authority in life, or does it teach that Scripture evolves with the times? The Apostate Church teaches that the Church must adapt to today’s culture. It attempts to build the Church according to the world’s ways, hiring consultants from corporate America to build the Church like a corporation. We now have offices like Executive Pastor, Pastor of Communications, Pastor of Church Growth, etc. Moreover, we now see churches employing worldly methods of growth that utilize marketing gimmicks instead of teaching its members how to receive the power available through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit–the power that ignited the stunning growth of the early Church. 

3__Does your church minimize sin, repentance, and hell and talk instead of love and peace? Does it teach that a good God would not send people to Hell?

4__Does your church use the methods of the world to draw people? For example, does your church use gimmicks like strobe lights, darkened sanctuaries, artificial smoke, and other worldly means to attract the younger generation? To my utter surprise, churches are now offering ear plugs to older folks who complain about the loud music. In my opinion, this is ridiculous and a terrible waste of God’s money when all they would have to do is turn down the volume button. My physician husband mentioned to me that many young people have partial hearing loss because of their frequent attendance at blaring rock concerts. So now church music must blare to accommodate their hearing loss.

5__Does your church approve of yoga, contemplative prayer, and walking the labyrinth as methods of drawing closer to God? Does your church teach goddess worship and adoration of the Queen of Heaven? These are practices associated with Eastern Mysticism, a philosophy that has infiltrated the Apostate Church.  

6__Does your church teach “dominionism,” the false doctrine that man can make the world a better place through promoting a social Gospel? Does your church place more emphasis on social injustice than on issues like the imminent return of Christ in the Rapture, the Great Tribulation, and the final judgment of Christ?

7__Does your church teach that people are born homosexual and that homosexuality is an acceptable lifestyle? That transgenderism is acceptable? These teachings are in direct contradiction to God’s Word.

8__Does your church teach that there are many ways to Heaven besides Jesus? That all religions lead to God? Yes, all people will eventually face God, but only Christians will face His mercy. The rest will face His wrath. 

9__Does your church teach that abortion is all right in some cases, like rape or incest? Or does it teach that abortion is murder in every case? Shockingly, some churches today are calling abortion “sacred!”

10__Does your church teach that the Church has replaced Israel? This false teaching is called “replacement theology” and has also infiltrated the Church. Beware of teachers who say that Israel has now been replaced by the Church.   

We must ask these hard questions if we do not want to be sucked in by the Apostate Church. Pastors, in particular, must carefully examine the messages they are preaching to be certain they align with God’s Word. Also, pastors must review the videos they show to their congregations. Many of these videos are taught by prominent pastors and teachers who call themselves “evangelicals” but who are preaching a false doctrine to congregations all over the country. In reality, they are promoting apostate teachings that are undermining the Church. 

The Bible teaches that each person must work out his own salvation in fear and trembling. This means that each of us is responsible for the teaching we listen to and the teaching we make our own. Measure everything—and I mean EVERYTHING–you hear and read by the standard of the Word of God. If it agrees with God’s Word, it is truth. If it does not agree with God’s Word, then reject it.

Jesus warned us that deception would run rampant in the last days. It is now upon us, so we must guard our hearts against it. It will only get worse until the return of our Lord at the Rapture. If you are in an apostate church, get out of it as fast as you can. To remain is to open yourself up to the possibility of losing your salvation.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Please share your questions and insights in the Comments box below. Thank you!

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THE ITALIAN CHRONICLES TRILOGY

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If you found this post helpful, please forward it to a friend. Thank you! You may also be interested in reading the following popular posts:

“How to Destroy Mental Strongholds”

“Convergence: Clear Sign of the End Times”

“The Rise of Wicca, Witches, and Warlocks” 

“Don’t Let Satan Play Your Pipes!”

“How to Recognize a Controlling Spirit”

“Sex and Soul Ties”

Please check our archives in the right sidebar for older posts on a variety of topics. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top right. 

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

A Moment with MaryAnn – Podcasts on Living the Good Life

Winning with the Word Podcast Series

Write Your Heart Out! – Podcasts for Writers

Please tell your family and friends about this blog and my other resources, and please pass this post on to them. Thank you!

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Copyright 2018 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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How to Destroy Mental Strongholds

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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

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

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Are you struggling with negative emotions that control you and keep you from experiencing joy and peace? Are you bogged down in negative behaviors that you can’t seem to overcome? Are you feeling hopeless, powerless, and stuck? If so, you may be in bondage to mental strongholds.

What are mental strongholds?

In his well-known book, Freedom from Fear, Dr. Neil Anderson describes mental strongholds as follows: “Strongholds are habit patterns of thought that have been burned into our minds over time or by the intensity of traumatic experiences. They are revealed in our personalities and greatly influence how we live and respond to life.” *

The more negative events you have experienced in life, the more you may be suffering from mental strongholds. Those negative experiences shaped your perception and your thinking and carved pathways of response in you that may have become unhealthful.  In other words, your experiences from the instant you were conceived have programmed you to perceive and respond to life based on those experiences.

For example, an infant or child who was repeatedly abused by his father will develop a stronghold of fear and mistrust that will, if not dealt with and healed by the power of God, last his entire lifetime. A child who was abandoned by a parent will develop a fear of abandonment and rejection that will, if not healed by the power of God, last an entire lifetime.

Mental strongholds manifest in a variety of ways, but usually as some form of fear. In psychological parlance, these are called “phobias” and are of many kinds and varieties.

Mental strongholds always result from believing a lie. When we identify the lie, renounce the lie, and replace it with the truth, the stronghold will be destroyed. 

So, what should you do if you suspect you have a mental stronghold? Here are some. proven tips:

1__Pray and believe God’s promise in Psalm 23: 3 that the Lord restores your soul.  The mind is part of the soul, so when God restores your soul, He restores your mind as well.

2__Saturate yourself with the Word of God and learn who you are in Christ. Strongholds are always based on lies about our true identity. Studying the Word will give you a clear picture of your identity in Christ as a born-again believer.

3__Seek the wise counsel of a mature and trusted Christ-Follower. Such believers have themselves often been through the process of dealing with and destroying mental strongholds and can be of great help to you.

4__Seek the help of a professional Christian counselor. Avoid secular counselors who have no clue as to the primarily spiritual aspect of mental strongholds.

Bottom line, destroying a mental stronghold means changing our mindset from the world’s way of thinking to God’s way of thinking.

Remember this: Mental strongholds enter the soul when we believe a lie. The solution to tearing down a mental stronghold is to identify the lie, to repent of believing the lie, and to replace the lie with the truth. This is the reason the Word of God commands us in Romans 12: 2 to renew our minds.

Renewing our minds simply means replacing our thinking with God’s thinking. Then, and only then, will we experience the perfect will of God for our lives, which is love, joy, and peace.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Please share your questions and insights in the Comments box below. Thank you!

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Source citedFreedom from Fear by Dr. Neil Anderson, p.35.

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