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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“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”

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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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How to Destroy Mental Strongholds

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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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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“How to Recognize a Controlling Spirit”

“Sex and Soul Ties”

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Convergence: Clear Sign of the End Times

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“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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Convergence! What is it, and why is it a clear sign of the end times? Most of all, why should I care?
When Jesus walked the earth, He had much to say about the days we are living in today. One of His most significant statements occurs in Mark 13: 29 where He speaks of Himself and His return at the Rapture: “…when you see all these things taking place, you can know that His return is very near, right at the door.”
What things? 


In this passage, the things to which Jesus is referring are what we call the “signs of the end times.” These signs include earthquakes, horrific storms, pestilence, apostasy, depravity of mind, rebellion, and lawlessness, among others. Not only will these horrors increase in frequency, but they will also increase in intensity.

“Well,” you may protest, “there have always been earthquakes, storms, disease, rebellion, and lawlessness. What’s so different now?”

The difference is that all of these evils are now converging—or occurring and coming together–at the same time.

Until now, we would hear of an occasional earthquake, a hurricane once or twice a year, a few outbreaks of disease here and there, a modicum of crimes, etc.  But today we are witnessing these things happening one after another, with seeming no respite in between. If we are honest, we have to admit that the world has gone crazy, calling evil good and good evil.

So, what are some of the signs that are converging? Here are ten of the most significant ones:

1–The Jews have returned to Israel, their homeland. In the seventh century B.C., the prophet Jeremiah prophesied this: “’So then, the days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when people will no longer say, “As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,” but they will say, “As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.” Then they will live in their own land.’” Other Scriptural references of the return of the Jews to Israel are found in Isaiah 11: 12, Ezekiel 39: 28, and Psalm 107.3.

We have been witnessing this return of the Jews to Israel for at least the last 70 years. Thousands continue to return from all parts of the globe. 

2–The Jews have resumed control of Jerusalem. In 1967, during the “Six-Day War,” the Jews regained control of Jerusalem, and last year, they celebrated the 50th anniversary of their resumption of control. In Luke 21, Jesus prophesied that when the Jews regained control of Jerusalem, His return would soon follow (Luke 21: 24-28).

3–There has been and continues to be a great increase in world travel and growth of information.
In Daniel 12: 4, the prophet Daniel, who lived from 620-538 B.C., wrote this about the last days: “Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”  How could Daniel have known this except by the Spirit of God?

4–Israel will be surrounded by her enemies. This is happening before our very eyes. Russia, Turkey, and Iran have established military posts in close proximity to Israel. Enemy nations continue to call Israel the “occupier” and are claiming that the land of Israel does not belong to Israel. The goal of these enemies is Israel’s oil and gas. They will attack Israel for these spoils in the war prophesied in Psalm 83: “Come, let us wipe away the nation of Israel. Let’s destroy the memory of its existence” (Psalm 83:4) and “Let us take for ourselves these pasturelands of God” (Psalm 83:12).

5–Israel will have a mighty army. She does. The prophet Zechariah prophesied that in the end times, “even the weakest Israeli soldier will be like David” (Zechariah 12:8). 

6–Europe will be united. Daniel prophesied the formation of the European Union and the resurgence of the Roman Empire through that union. See Daniel 7. The Book of Revelation, chapter 17, also prophesies the establishment of the EU.

7–A military alliance called the “Gog-Magog Alliance” will be formed and will include Russia, Iran, Turkey, and a few other Muslim nations. This alliance is being formed as I write and will eventually attack Israel, as prophesied in Ezekiel 38 and 39.

8–Jerusalem will become a “stumbling block.” This was prophesied by the prophet Zechariah in Zechariah 12: 2 and is now coming to pass. Just watch the daily news and view some of the proceedings at the United Nations. Jerusalem is a major point of contention and confusion to the nations. 

9–The convergence of signs will increase in frequency and intensity, like the contractions of a woman in labor. How often are we hearing terms like “unprecedented” regarding storms, illnesses, etc.?  Are we not witnessing more frequent and more intense hurricanes and earthquakes?

10–The Gospel will be preached throughout the entire world. This is happening via the Internet and Social Media, among other venues. Modern technology has made the preaching of the Gospel to all four corners of the earth not only possible but actual.

Significantly, our generation is the generation that is witnessing this rapid convergence of signs. This tells us that the return of Christ is very, very near.

So, what does this convergence mean for you? For me? Why should we care?

“Convergence is the most significant prophetic sign of our day.” 

The reason we should care is that our eternal destiny depends on what we do with these signs of the times. Will we take them seriously and allow them to cause us to repent of our sins and turn to God? Or we will simply ignore them and go on our merry way, oblivious to the fact that, if we do not repent, we will spend eternity in hell, separated from God?

Convergence is considered by many authoritative prophecy experts as “the number one prophetic sign” of our day.* More than any other sign, convergence points to the imminent return of Jesus Christ to remove His true followers from earth in the stunning event called the Rapture so that they will escape the “wrath to come”–the horrific seven-year time period called the “Great Tribulation.”

Will you be among those who will escape? 

How can you know?

You can know by making a decision right now to accept Jesus Christ as the Only One Who can save you. Will you do that now?

No person can save himself. We all need a Savior. Jesus Christ alone is that Savior. He is extending to you now, as you read this, His loving invitation to accept the gift of eternal life that He died to give you. Will you accept it? Or will you remain in your rebellion and sin and suffer the eternal consequences of your sin?

Yes, we are all sinners. Not one of us is without sin. All of us need a Savior. Jesus is that Savior. Receive Him now before it is too late.

How? 

Repent of your sins. Call on His Name to save you. Invite Him into your life. Embrace Him as Your Savior and Lord. Then follow in His ways. Obey His teachings as found in the Holy Bible. Find a good church where you can be taught the truth from God’s Word. Study the Bible for yourself. Talk to God regularly, and expect Him to lead you into all truth. Then, tell others about Jesus. 

Do not be among the many scoffers who continue to mock and make light of these signs. Be among those who recognize them as God’s loving warning to repent and be saved.

And remember the words of Jesus in Luke 21: 28: “So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!”

Prayer for Today: Lord God, I ask that You would touch the hearts of all those who read this post. If they do not know Jesus, move upon their hearts to receive Him now. If they already know Jesus, move upon their hearts with a renewed fire to tell others about Him. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

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

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*Source cited: “The Number One Prophetic Sign: Convergence” http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=1164

Additional information on Convergence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kleISPhwawY

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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:

“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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Are You Being Squeezed by the Python Spirit?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Are you being squeezed by the python spirit? How can you know?

What is the python spirit?

The python spirit is a demonic evil spirit that tries to squeeze the life of Christ out of His saints by distracting them from study of the Word, from prayer, and from worship. Like the python that coils itself around the body of its victim to destroy it, so the python spirit coils itself around the soul of the saint to choke out its connection to God. The python spirit seeks to stifle the breath of the Holy Spirit and to cut off our prayer life, which is our lifeline to God.

We first encounter the python spirit in Acts 16: 16. In this chapter, the Apostle Paul is being harassed by a young slave girl with a spirit of divination. She has the ability to foretell the future and is earning lots of money for her masters. When Paul finally commands the spirit of divination to come out of her, she loses her power to predict the future and makes her masters angry because she can no longer make them rich.

The word divination in this verse comes from the Greek word Πύθων, or puthon, which means python. Hence, the name of the spirit. The python spirit’s agenda is to make us ineffective in the Kingdom of God. The python spirit’s ultimate goal is to stop us from being and doing what God has purposed for us. 

Some Characteristics of the Python Spirit

Following are some possible indicators that one is being squeezed by the python spirit:

___A great desire to flatter others for approval. Those who are people-pleasers, who are starving for affirmation, are most susceptible to the python spirit. We must be so rooted in God’s acceptance of us that we do not look to others to affirm us.
 
___Wanting to be at the center of attention. The young girl in Acts 16: 16 followed Paul for “many days,” continually harassing him. A person with a python spirit continually tries to put himself or herself in the limelight.
 
___Wanting to prove one’s importance. The young girl directed her harassment to Paul and Silas who were leaders in the early Church. Those who try to gain status by seeking out people in high positions may be victims of the python spirit. 
 
___Selling spiritual gifts.  For example, a person with a python spirit may charge people to give them a word of prophecy. Ths is evil. 
 
How Does the Python Spirit Operate?
 
___The python spirit tries to squeeze the spiritual life out of us the way the natural python literally squeezes the life out of its victim.
 ___The python spirit tries to hinder our ability to worship God.
 ___The python spirit tries to mess up our finances and keep us in financial bondage.
 ___The python spirit tries to draw us into isolation and alienation from others.
 ___The python spirit tries to keep us from reading God’s Word by distracting us, making us feel tired, and even causing us to fall asleep while reading God’s Word. 
 ___The python spirit tries to keep us from praying.
 ___The python spirit tries to destroy our hope and thwart God’s destiny in our lives.
 
Signs of Victimization by the Python Spirit ___Continual fatigue or sluggishness
___Continual struggling without ever conquering or overcoming
___Lack of ambition
___Difficulty focusing
___Weariness
___Feeling powerless to overcome
___Apathy or depression; suicidal thoughts
___Difficulty praying and worshipping God
___Hopelessness

 

Now, just because one may be experiencing the symptoms listed above does not mean that one is a victim of the python spirit. We must be discerning and ask Holy Spirit to show us what is going on if and when we experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms.

Prayer for Today: Lord God, we thank You that through Christ, we have authority and power over every evil spirit. Grant us discernment to know what, if any, evil spirits are operating in our lives so that we may cast them out in Your Mighty Name. Amen.

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