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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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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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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On the Verge of the Mark of the Beast

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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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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Tammie Burke is expecting her second child. But when her husband is suddenly taken from her, Tammie faces the fear of having to raise their two children alone. Will her faith in God help her to put her life back together?

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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Is Your Church Apostate or Apostolic?

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.

AN INVITATION TO YOU: To follow this blog, click here 

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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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