How to Guard Your Heart

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.

NOTICE: This is the last post of Matters of the Heart. I wish to thank all of my readers for your faithful support over the years. While this is the last post, previous posts can be accessed through the archives in the right sidebar or through a search in the search box. Thank you again for. your support over the years! May our Lord bless you in ever increasing measure as you continue to seek His Glorious Face! ~ MaryAnn 

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For the past several years on this blog, we have been exploring the importance of guarding our hearts in obedience to God’s command in Proverbs 4: 23 so that we can grow in our relationship with Jesus. Guarding our hearts–aka protecting our hearts by locking out whatever would corrupt our hearts–is critical to walking closely with Christ.

In this last blog post, I’d like to look at some practical ways to guard our hearts in these perilous times in which we live: 

1–Focus on Jesus. Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, and everything in between.  What we focus on in life will grow. If we focus on Jesus, His character will grow in us.

2- Spend time daily lingering in Holy Spirit’s Presence.
Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity and the Spirit of Jesus. Holy Sprit’s main job is to point us to Jesus and to reveal Him to us. As you sit in Holy Spirit’s Presence, He will reveal Jesus to you. Nothing is more worth your time and your attention. 

3- Speak in tongues regularly. If you are not baptized in the Holy Spirit, get baptized in the Holy Spirit. Click here to learn how.

4 – Choose carefully what you look at and what you listen to. The physical eyes and the physical ears are the gateways to the heart. We must be discriminate in what we allow to pass through our eyes and our ears into our hearts. Let us allow only what is pleasing to God and in alignment with His holiness. While we cannot always control what comes before our eyes and ears, we can avoid as best as possible those movies, TV programs, and music that is displeasing to our Lord.

5 – Obey Philippians 4 8:  “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Throughout each day, we are presented with numerous choices regarding how we are going to think. Are we going to allow our minds to dwell on truth or on lies? On pure things or impure? On faith or fear?  By choosing those thoughts that align with God’s thoughts (as found in Philippians 4: 8), we will be aligning our thoughts with God’s thoughts and, in so doing, we will be guarding our hearts.

As my last post for Matters of the Heart comes to a close, I want to thank you for your faithfulness in supporting this blog. May our Lord continue to bless you in the days ahead and draw you ever closer to Himself by the power of His Most Holy Spirit.

With much love and many blessings,

MaryAnn

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“Convergence: Clear Sign of the End Times”

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“How to Recognize a Controlling Spirit”

“Sex and Soul Ties”

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Are You an Ostrich Christian?

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.

NOTICE: This is the penultimate post of Matters of the Heart. You will receive the last post on January 28th, after which Matters of the Heart will cease publication. I wish to thank all of my readers for their faithful support over the years. May our Lord continue to bless you.  While this is the penultimate post, previous posts can be accessed through the archives in the right sidebar or through a search in the search box. Thank you again for. your faithful support over the years! ~ MaryAnn 

 

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So, it’s not true! Ostriches do not bury their heads in the sand. If they did, they wouldn’t be able to breathe!

But ostriches do dig holes that they then use to hatch their eggs. Several times a day, ostriches put their heads in the hole to turn the eggs in preparation for hatching. This is where the expression “bury their heads in the sand” comes from.

That said, are you an Ostrich Christian?

As I go about my daily life, I meet three kinds of Christians: 

1) Those in the know:

2) Those who don’t know;

3) Those who don’t care to know.

Let’s take a quick look at each one.

1) Those in the know. These are Christians who are fully aware that we are in the end times. They have studied Bible prophecy and keep abreast of world news in relation to Bible prophecy. These Christians are actively looking for the Lord’s return and keeping busy as they wait, telling others to repent and be saved.

2) Those who don’t know. These are Christians who have no clue that we are in the end times. They are so busy with their own lives, their own personal agendas, that they don’t take time to “discern the times.”  Such Christians are too busy with the mundane to care about the divine.

3) Those who don’t care to know. These are Christians who have heard about the end times but figure that when those end times come, they will come. No need to bother oneself about them now because so many false warnings have been issued in the past that every new warning may be another false warning. So, just let things happen when they may.

Which kind of Christian are you? Does it matter? 

Yes, it matters a lot!

Why?

1) The Christian in the know is obeying Christ Who commands us in several passages of Scripture to discern the times. When Jesus came to earth the first time, He rebuked the Pharisees for being able to discern the coming of a storm but for failing to discern, based on Old Testament prophecies, that He was the Messiah. When they pretended that they didn’t have any signs of His coming, He called them hypocrites! The Christian in the know takes seriously Christ’s command to pay attention to Bible prophecy as it relates to current world events.

2) The Christian who doesn’t know we are in the end times needs to reorder his priorities and get with the program. He needs to put the things of God above his own agenda and focus on “the things that are unseen,” not on “the things that are seen” (2 Corinthians 4: 18). 

3) The Christian who doesn’t care to know needs to ask himself why. Why doesn’t he want to know that His Lord Jesus Christ will be returning soon to take His Church out of the earth? Why isn’t that truth important to this Christian? Indeed, why isn’t Christ’s return of paramount importance in this Christian’s life? Perhaps, like the Christian who doesn’t know, the Christian who doesn’t care to know has his priorities all wrong.

So, where do you fit in? Are you pleased with where you fit in? Most of all, is God pleased with where you fit in? 

If not, I think it’s time to re-evaluate. It’s time to stop being an Ostrich Christian and start being a knowledgeable one. Even more, it’s time to be a “watchman on the wall,” discerning the times and warning others to repent that they might be saved.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Are you ready to meet Jesus when He returns? Have you been born again? 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” 

“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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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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Be Aware! The World Is Spinning toward the Return of Jesus Christ!

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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Whenever I tell someone that Jesus is returning soon for His Bride, I usually get snickers and brush-offs. I have even had people get angry with me and call me “wacky.” 

But their reactions, however nasty or clueless, do not change the fact that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will return one day for those of us who follow Him in an earth-shattering event called the Rapture. The Bible says so, and the Bible is true, no matter what we think.  

Even if Jesus were not returning soon for those who love and follow Him, we never know when it’s our time to die. So, all of us must be ready at all times to meet our Lord—whether it’s in the Rapture or in our own physical death.

Numerous signs point to our Lord’s imminent return. Here are some of them:
___The increase in lawlessness;
___Wars and rumors of wars (Matthew 24: 6);

___Famines and earthquakes in various places (Matthew 24: 7);

___Many false teachers and prophets, some claiming they are the Messiah (Matthew 24: 11);

___A mass turning away from the faith, known as apostasy (Matthew 24: 10);

___Increased wickedness, rudeness, hatred, and violence (Matthew 24: 12);

___Great deception. Evil will be considered good and good will be considered evil (Matthew 24: 5; Romans 1: 28).

___Increase in disease and pestilence (Luke 21: 11). My husband is a physician, and he has noted that diseases exist today that he never heard of while in medical school.

Well, you may protest, these things have been happening since the beginning of time. Yes, you are right. But there is something different now. What is different is that these things are happening at an increasing rate with increasing velocity and all at the same time. Notice the all at the same time. This simultaneous occurrence of calamities is called convergence and is, in my opinion, the single clearest sign of the imminent return of Christ.

Jesus said this about Himself in Matthew 24: 33: “…when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door.”  “All these things” are coming to pass at the same time (convergence). Therefore, we can only conclude that our Lord’s return is very near. Are you ready to meet him? If not, go to this link to learn how accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord. 

If you already have been born again and know Jesus, tell others about Him. Don’t delay! We may not have tomorrow!

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Are you ready to meet Jesus when He returns? Have you been born again? 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” 

“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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The War on Christmas

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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What happened to the expression “Merry Christmas”?

Worse yet, what happened to Christmas?

In case you aren’t aware of it, there is an all-out war against Christmas. And this war is being waged by none other than Satan and his demon cohorts.

Time was when everybody loved Christmas—both Christians and non-Christians alike. Did you know that some of our most famous Christmas songs were written by non-Christians? For example, “White Christmas” was written by Irving Berlin, a Jew.  One of the writers of “Winter Wonderland,” Felix Bernard, was also a Jew.  Two other Jews, Sammy Cahn and Jute Styne, wrote “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snow.” And there are more.

So, why did these people–who did not even believe in Christ—love and respect Christmas? Because the general social consensus in those days was a Christian consensus. People as a whole respected the Judeo-Christian principles on which our country was founded. Morality was still important, and those who did not obey the Ten Commandments were punished, if not outright ostracized. Peer pressure in those days was in favor of righteousness—exactly opposite of what peer pressure is today.

Make no mistake about it. The movement to eliminate “Merry Christmas” from our vocabulary is intentional and perverse. You see, Satan still wants to be God. So, as always, he has instituted counterfeits to lure people away from truth.

Take Santa Claus, for instance. Who would dare denigrate Santa Claus, that kindly old man who brings gifts to children? Yet, Santa Claus has been a deceptive means of drawing people away from the true focus of Jesus Christ, the true and rightful focus of Christmas.

From our children’s infancy, my husband and I taught them that Christmas is about Jesus, not Santa Claus. One day, when I was shopping at the local mall, a kind lady came up to me and to my daughter, who was then a toddler in a stroller. The lady asked her what Santa Claus was going to bring her for Christmas. Confused by the question, my little girl looked at the lady and then looked at me and said, “Mommy, doesn’t she know the truth about Santa Claus?” You can imagine the expression on the dear lady’s face!

Some will protest that Santa Claus has his origins in St. Nicholas, a monk born toward the end of the third century, A.D. This is true. But the St. Nicholas of history is a far cry from the Santa Claus of today who has replaced Jesus as the center of Christmas. 

Today, parents are criticized if they do not allow their children to go along with the Santa Claus myth. But what happens when children learn that parents did not tell them the truth about Santa Claus? Could this be a reason that, later on, children believe that their parents lied to them about Jesus, too?  A sobering thought!

You see, sometimes what we think is minor is really major.

The Holy Bible says that Satan presents himself as an “angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:14). This means that he uses things that look good to entice us into things that are evil. In 1 Peter 5: 8, Scripture commands us to be continually on the alert against his devices. 

As we approach Christmas this week, let us remember that it’s all about Jesus Christ Who died for our sins when we ourselves should have died for them. Christmas is all about remembering the One Who loved us so much that He gave His very life so that we could spend eternity with Him.

Merry Christmas!

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

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BUY NOW for ONLY $1.99

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THE ITALIAN CHRONICLES TRILOGY

 Book 1: The Madonna of Pisano    Book 2: A Sicilian Farewell    Book 3: Return to Bella Terra

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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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Do You Serve a “Quid pro Quo” God?

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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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.

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