Are We Being Gaslighted?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, June 20, 2022, and this is Episode #25 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “Are We Being Gaslighted?”

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What is gaslighting? And what does it mean to gaslight people? It means to manipulate them by psychological means into doubting their own sanity. 

Gaslighting is a malicious attempt to control people psychologically by giving them false information to make them think that what they believe is nonsense and that they are crazy for believing it. Gaslighting tries to get its victims to doubt what they know and believe is true about God, about the Bible, about others, and about themselves. Gaslighting attempts to thrust its victims into a confused state of doubting their perception, their memory, and even their mental health. Gaslighting even tries to make them think that they are going insane.

Gaslighting attacks a person at his very core, causing him to doubt his identity, his worth, his common sense, and his good judgment. If the gaslighting continues indefinitely, the victim will fall ever more deeply into the lie and become inescapably entrenched in it.

Gaslighting is another name for mind control or brainwashing. And this technique is being used by globalist leaders and politicians both in the United States and around the world. Sad to say, most people are oblivious to what is being done to them. 

Gaslighting presents and pushes false narratives as truth. And whoever does not accept these false narratives is criticized, ridiculed, and even ostracized as being an enemy. 

So, how, specifically, are we being gaslighted and by whom?

One of the chief–if not the chief–proponents of gaslighting is the World Economic Forum. This organization has been creating false narratives and presenting them as truth. 

Here are some examples of false narratives being promulgated as true by the gaslighters of the World Economic Forum, headed up by Klaus Schwab, and by other globalist leaders:

1–The false narrative of clean energy, such as solar power and wind power. While the sun and the wind are, indeed, sources of power, they are not reliable sources of power nor are they clean sources of power. We cannot tell the sun when to shine, nor can we make the wind blow at will.

As Lucas Toh writes in an article titled “Let’s Come Clean” and dated October 26, 2021, “Environmentalists have been telling us that wind and solar mean cheaper, cleaner energy. They herald a future of electric vehicles quietly zipping around on electricity that created thousands of green jobs. If all of this is true, why are we suffering from a global energy crisis just months after adding record amounts of new renewable capacity?” 
(https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2021/10/26/lets-come-clean-the-renewable-energy-transition-will-be-expensive/)

2–The false narrative that fossil fuels are destroying the planet with carbon emissions. That we need to get rid of gasoline-powered cars and, instead, drive electric cars that use lithium batteries which, truth be told, not only do not provide clean energy, but also destroy the environment in the process of obtaining the lithium to make the batteries.

The truth is that it is unethical to drive a lithium-powered car because entire mountains have to be destroyed to obtain a lithium supply. Check out a recent article by Ronald Stein titled “Is It Ethical to Purchase Lithium Battery-Powered EV” at the following link included in the print version of this post:
https://www.cfact.org/2022/06/07/is-it-ethical-to-purchase-a-lithium-battery-powered-ev/

3–The false narrative that only government can solve the gaslighters’ deliberately and intentionally-created global crises. And, not only government, but global government. In other words, individual nations cannot solve their own problems. They must all band together to solve the world’s global problems. This does away with individual national sovereignty, protective borders, and national laws, making all three subject to global control. 

4-The false narrative that digital currency–which will soon be in effect–is good for us because it is “inclusive” and will allow more people to participate in the economy–an economy in which, the globalists say, “we will own nothing and be happy”. What the World Economic Forum does not tell us, however, is that digital currency is the economic system by which the AntiChrist will soon control the world.

5-The false narrative that “upgrading” humans through Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is beneficial to the human race. After all, the human being that God created is not good enough. Talk about hubris! 

6-The false narrative that a man can give birth and that there are multiple genders. The fact that many now believe this absurd lie is proof that gaslighting is working in our midst. 

7-The false narrative that the state can do a better job of raising children than the child’s parents.That “it takes a village” to raise a child. No! It takes belief and trust in God and His Word to raise a child.

Notice that these false narratives eliminate nationalism, the bedrock of a nation’s individual identity. They cause conformity, rather than individuality, to reign supreme.  Since we Christians are the ones who most oppose the globalist agenda, we are now being called “White Christian Nationalists”, equivalent to terrorists in the globalist mind, because we are faithful to God and to His Holy Word.

According to the Bible, God created the nations separate and distinct from one another. Although not the Christian’s highest priority–which, of course, is God Himself and His Kingdom–nationalism was God’s intent, as expressed in Isaiah 14: 1: “For the Lord will have compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel, and will set them in their own land.”  Israel had its own land, just as each of us has his own land. The concept of nationalism and the concept of private ownership of property are God’s ideas. In the Book of Revelation, chapter 8, verse 9, we learn that the concept of nations is an eternal one: “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.”

Those who perpetrate gaslighting by pushing for the extermination of nationalism seek global power and control. If allowed to continue with their gaslighting over time, they will totally brainwash people to the point that people will totally believe their false narratives and their lies.  

And that, tragically, is exactly what is happening not only here in America but also throughout the world. 

Furthermore, the globalists tell us that if we are not on board with their false narratives, there is something wrong with us.

So, what can we do to combat gaslighting?

1. We must return to God and to His Word. His Word is Truth. Only when we know the Truth and apply it to our lives will we be free (John 8:32). The converse is that if we don’t know the truth and apply it to our lives, we will not be free.

2. We must push back against the lie. What the gaslighters need is pushback from those of us who know and stand up for Truth. Pushback works. The World Economic Forum removed from its Twitter feed the lie that “You will own nothing and be happy.” People did not like that statement and said so. 

So, the World Economic Forum took note and took a step backward. But, don’t be fooled. They will now begin to deny that they ever made that comment in the first place. More gaslighting!

3. We must pray for the gaslighters, that they may come to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The gaslighters themselves are being deceived by Satan and they are unwittingly advancing his end-time agenda. 

The ultimate goal of gaslighting is to control and to enslave humanity. They are well on their way to doing just that. The Bible prophesied that they would temporarily succeed during the seven-year period known as the Tribulation. 

Bottom line, there is only one way to combat gaslighting and that is to be sure that we know and hold on to Truth. The Bible says that Jesus Christ is Truth (John 14: 6). Not only is He Truth, He is also the only Way to be saved, and the One Who alone can give us eternal life.

When you know Jesus, you know Truth. And when you know Truth, you will be able to detect the false narratives of those who would seek to rob us of our freedom by any means, including gaslighting.

Make no mistake. The ultimate goal of the globalists is to rob us of our freedom and dignity as creations of God to whom He has given the privilege of choice.

What is your choice today? The first choice I urge you to make is to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Please pray this simple prayer after me:

Lord Jesus, I desire to know Truth so that I will not be gaslighted, so that I will not be deceived. You alone are Truth. I repent of my sin, of believing the lie, and I ask You to forgive me. I receive You as my Savior and my Lord. Thank You for saving me. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, welcome to God’s family! Please write down today’s date. It is your spiritual birthday. And please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free PDF booklet, titled After You’re Born Again. This booklet will help you to get started in your walk with Jesus.

I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He teaches you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to a true Remnant Church where you can learn Truth and experience fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers. It is critically important in these last days to fellowship with other believers who are mature in Christ and who can guide you as you grow in Him.

If you need help to move forward in your relationship with Jesus, consider hiring me as your personal life coach. Contact me at drmaryann@celebrationlifecoaching.com to set up an appointment. Also, visit my coaching website at CelebrationLifeCoaching.com for answers to many of your questions about coaching and for testimonials from some of the clients I have already helped.

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Sources cited:
Stein, Ronald. “Is It Ethical to Purchase Lithium Battery-Powered EV” at the following link: https://www.cfact.org/2022/06/07/is-it-ethical-to-purchase-a-lithium-battery-powered-ev/

Toh, Lucas. “Let’s Come Clean: The Renewable Energy Transition Will Be Expensive.” October 26, 2021.
https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2021/10/26/lets-come-clean-the-renewable-energy-transition-will-be-expensive/

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Social Gospel or Salvation Gospel?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, June 13, 2022, and this is Episode #24 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “Social Gospel or Salvation Gospel?”

Are you wondering what has happened to the Church? It seems to have gone crazy, like the rest of the world. 

But, let me assure you, the true Church of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior is alive and strong. It still adheres to the true Gospel. It still proclaims the true Gospel. It is called the Remnant Church.

And it will never go away! As Scripture promises in Matthew 16: 18, “The gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.”

At the moment, you may not be able to see much of the true Church, but I assure you, it is active and moving and powerful and strong!

So, what’s going on? Isn’t what the world knows as the “Christian Church” the true Church of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?

Tragically, no. What the world sees as the Christian Church is, in reality, the Apostate Church. I call it the “Church of the Great Falling Away,” described as follows in the Book of Second Thessalonians, chapter 2, verses 1 through 3:

“Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had
come.
 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition . . . .”

This extensive “falling away ” is what we are witnessing now in the so-called Christian Church–the Apostate Church. I am specifically referring to the following teachings that the Apostate Church is promoting:

1__Abortion is a woman’s right and is okay. In fact, some apostate churches are even calling abortion “sacred.” Talk about perverse thinking! These so-called “justice-oriented people of faith” are calling murder sacred. 

One such organization is the Spiritual Alliance of Communities for Reproductive Dignity (or SACRed). This organization promotes abortion as sacred to human dignity. No mention of or thought given to the sacred dignity of the child in the womb. The innocent victim of murder. Such deceptive thinking is what the Bible means when it says that in the last days, people will call evil good and good evil. 

2__Homosexual marriage. Apostate churches are sanctioning and blessing marriages between two people of the same gender. This is an abomination in God’s sight and clear defiance of His Word. Listen to what God Himself says about it in Leviticus 18: 22 NCV:  “You must not have sexual relations with a man as you would a woman. That is a hateful sin.” 

In 1 Corinthians 6: 9, the Bible warns that those who practice homosexuality will not enter Heaven but will go to Hell: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,”

These are sobering words, but the Apostate Church takes them lightly, interpreting them to suit their own evil desires and agendas.

3- Social Justice. The concept of social justice has been grossly distorted by the Apostate Church. The term “social justice” as used by the Apostate Church presents an erroneous view of the God of the Bible. Yes, God is Love, but God is also Justice. We cannot consider one side of God without the other, or we will have a wrong understanding of the nature of God.

In promoting social justice, the Apostate Church misinterprets God’s love–as expressed through His grace–to mean God’s acceptance of sin. But this is a lie straight from the pit of Hell. God loves all people, but He never condones sin. For God to condone sin would be contrary to His nature, which is pure and holy and good. 

No sin can stand in the Presence of God. This is the reason we need our Savior Jesus Christ. He alone can cleanse us from sin and make us worthy to stand in the Father’s Presence. 

God’s grace is the expression of His love. God’s wrath is the expression of His justice. Both are facets of God’s nature. The Apostate Church emphasizes the love of God as expressed through His grace and disregards the justice of God as expressed through His wrath. What the Apostate Church fails to recognize is that, if we do not repent of our sin and turn away from. it, we will experience the wrath or judgment of God. Only if we repent of our sin will we experience His grace.

So, why has the Apostate Church become the so-called public standard for Christianity? Here are a few reasons:

!) Pastors have not preached the full counsel of God, meaning that they have not preached the entire Bible, and they have misinterpreted it. Instead, pastors have preached feeling over truth, relativism over absolute truth.

2) People have not taken responsibility for working out their own salvation by studying the Bible for themselves.

3) God has been removed from our educational system, to the point that even our seminaries are teaching lies. Seminary graduates are then assuming pastorates and promulgating those same lies to unwitting congregations.

4) People are being willingly sucked into a culture that is self-centered and rebellious. They are choosing the flesh over the spirit. They have chosen self over God. They have rebelled against God and His Word and have chosen to go their own way and do their own thing.

The Bible says that when people willfully and deliberately rebel against God and continue in their sin, He will turn them over to a “reprobate mind.” A reprobate mind is a depraved mind, a mind that can no longer think logically. It is a mind that embraces deception and calls it truth. It is the kind of delusional mind with which most people are trying to reason today. 

So, what can we do? If you, like me, are a true follower of Jesus Christ–a member of the Remnant Church–we must do the following:

1. Preach the true Gospel wherever we go and in spite of the consequences. Most will scoff and ridicule. Some will hear, believe, and be saved. 

2. Walk in love toward all people. This means speaking the truth to them. Scripture commands us to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4: 15). Truth and love go hand-in-hand. Truth without love is legalism. Love without truth is license. The Apostate Church has chosen love without truth. Therefore, the Apostate Church is giving license to sin. 

3. Saturate yourself with the Word of God in order to be preserved from deception. When you know the Truth, you will instantly recognize the Lie.

4. Stay in close fellowship with other members of the Remnant Church. We will need one another more than ever as the days grow darker before the glorious return of our Lord in the Rapture.

If there is anyone reading this who has not yet accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord, I urge you to do so now.  Repent of your sin. This means turning away from your sin. Turn to Jesus Who loves you and who died and rose from the dead for you. Welcome Him into your life now. He is the only way you can be saved, no matter what anyone else tells you. He is your only ticket to Heaven. There is no other way. So, accept Him now. Pray this prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I need You to save me. I repent of my sin, and I ask You to forgive me. I receive You as my Savior and my Lord. Thank You for saving me. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, welcome to God’s family! Please write down today’s date. It is your spiritual birthday. And please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free PDF booklet, titled After You’re Born Again. This booklet will help you to get started in your walk with Jesus.

I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He teaches you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to a true Remnant Church where you can learn Truth and experience fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers. It is critically important in these last days to fellowship with other believers who are mature in Christ and who can guide you as you grow in Him.

If you need help to move forward in your relationship with Jesus, consider hiring me as your personal life coach. Contact me at drmaryann@celebrationlifecoaching.com to set up an appointment. Also, visit my website at CelebrationLifeCoaching.com for answers to many of your questions about coaching and for testimonials from some of the clients I have already helped.

For example, Tracy said this; “Personal coaching was like having a personal trainer for the mind.”
Just click here: CelebrationLifeCoaching.com/testimonials.

Also, visit my bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table for outstanding books that I have written that will bless you.

If this podcast has helped you in any way, please consider supporting it by becoming one of my valued patrons. Just go to patreon.com/winningwiththeword to join my wonderful Team. Patrons receive numerous benefits in appreciation for their support. 

Until next time, remember that God loves you just as you are and just where you are, and that He will help you to keep on Winning with the Word!
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Wrong Thinking Leads to Wrong Results

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, June 7, 2022, and this is Episode #23 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “Wrong Thinking Leads to Wrong Results”.
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Any logical person today can see that the world has gone mad and that we are rapidly spiraling toward self-destruction. I say “logical” because many people today are no longer logical. I say “self-destruction” because we have brought this dangerous situation on ourselves.

You may be asking, “How, Dr. MaryAnn?”

Let me give you a step-by-step explanation:

Today’s problems began way back in the Garden of Eden. The Bible teaches that God created Adam and Eve and gave them dominion over the earth. There were two trees planted in the Garden. One was the Tree of Life and the other was the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

God had commanded Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. But, Satan tempted them by telling them that the reason God did not want them to eat the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was that God was holding out on them. 

Sadly, Adam and Eve chose to believe Satan over believing God. As a result, they ate the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the whole human race fell as a result.

You see, God never intended for us to know evil, only good. But He also gave us a free will because He wants us to love Him out of our own free will, not because we are coerced to love Him. For coercion is not love.

Had Adam and Even chosen to obey God, they would have eaten only the fruit of the Tree of Life and would have experienced life forever. This was God’s original intent for them and for the entire human race. No sickness. No death. Only good. Only life. Adam and Eve would have lived on this earth forever, as would have the entire human race. But, because they disobeyed God, they received the consequences of their wrong thinking. Of their sin.

While the story of Adam and Eve may seem basic knowledge to most of you, many people don’t know the story or don’t believe it. They think the whole Bible is a myth. Because they don’t believe the Bible, they had to create another theory to explain how the world came into being. This theory is called evolution, and it has dominated our educational system for the last sixty-plus years and had influenced our culture for even longer than that.

Evolution, also called Darwinism, teaches that the universe was created from a big bang that happened all by itself. Nothing caused it. It just happened. This is tantamount to saying that if I were to put all the parts of a 747 Jumbo Jet in a huge field, the parts would put themselves together on their own. This is absolutely absurd thinking.

Evolution also teaches that you and I are here by chance, that we are simply accidents, that we happened at random. Well, with that perspective, our lives lose their meaning and purpose. Yet, the Bible teaches that each of us is uniquely created by God on purpose and for a purpose.

The sad thing is that most people have fallen for evolution’s absurd explanation of the universe and the creation of man.  As a result, we are witnessing aimlessness, depression, and increasing suicide. Why? Because a person without a purpose will die on the inside. The Bible says so in Proverbs 29: 18.

Moreover, if humans are here only by random chance, then they have no value. If humans have no value, then what does it matter that we kill babies both in the womb, through abortion and out of the womb, through infanticide? What does it matter that we kill the elderly through euthanasia?

So, the next question to ask is why have people fallen for this absurd thinking? 

There is one answer and one answer alone. Most people do not know God. Nor do they want to know Him.

You see, evil has its own sinister logic. If we deny God, then we have to replace Him with something because man was created to worship. If man does not worship the one, true and living God, he will by default worship a false god.

So, because our culture has denied the one, true and living God, we have defaulted to worshipping man himself and made him into our god. This is called Relativisim. One day in the near future, this worship of man will lead to the worship of a single man called the AntiChrist.

All this because of wrong thinking that started way back in the Garden of Eden. 

God has created us in such a way that what we think sets the course of our entire lives. The Bible reveals this truth in Proverbs 23: 7: “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” This means that the way you think is the way you will be.

When we look around us and see what people have become, we get a clue as to what they are thinking. And many are certainly not thinking thoughts that are true. Scripture describes these types of people in 2 Timothy 3: 2-5:

“For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, without love of good, traitorous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.”

You see, another thing that happened when Adam and Eve disobeyed God is that they exchanged the Truth for the Lie. They believed Satan, whom the Bible calls the father of lies (John 8: 44), over God, Whom the Bible calls Truth Itself (John 14: 6).  As a result of believing a lie, their whole lives were ruined.

And so were the lives of the entire human race.

Why? I had the same question once. I used to wonder why I had to suffer because Adam and Eve sinned. And then I read the Bible and learned why. 

You see, the entire human race was in Adam and Eve in seed form. In other words, Adam and Eve would have children who would then have children who would then have children, all the way down to you and me.  In a very real sense, you and I were in Adam and Eve when they were here on earth.

To give you another example, a husband and wife carry within their reproductive systems both sperm and egg which, when united, have the potential to create a child. Their child also has either a sperm on an egg which, later in life, when united with a spouse of the opposite gender, has the potential to create another human being–another generation. All the way down the line to you and me.

When Adam and Eve sinned, their human nature became corrupted. Since they could only pass on to the next generation what they were and what they had, they passed on a corrupt nature. This corrupt nature passed down from generation to generation and eventually reached us.

Adam and Eve’s wrong thinking–that they could disobey God and not suffer the consequences–had disastrous results. The entire human race became corrupt and could not save itself.

But the great news is that God loved us so much and had so much compassion on us that He sent Jesus, His only Son, to save us. When we accept Jesus, we choose right thinking over wrong thinking. We choose to believe the Truth rather than the Lie. We choose Life over Death.

What is your thinking these days? Are you thinking the Truth or are you thinking the Lie? You may be asking, “How can I know the difference?” The answer is simple, my friend. The Truth is found in the Bible. When you read the Bible, you discover Truth. When you discover Truth, you can change your thinking to align with Truth. When your thinking aligns with Truth, you will experience Life.

Truth is Jesus Christ. He Himself said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” When you align yourself with Jesus Christ, you will know Truth, and knowing the Truth will set you free from every bondage in your life, no matter how severe. It will set you free from addiction, from pornography, from fear and anxiety, from poverty. You name the negative issue, Jesus will set you free from it.

But, you need to invite Him to do so. You need to receive Him into your life as your Savior–the only One Who can truly set you free. Why not do that now?

Please pray this simple prayer after me:

Lord Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner. I admit that I have been going the wrong way, my way and not your way. I admit that I have been thinking the wrong way . I have been putting my focus on earthly things rather than heavenly things. I repent of my sin, I turn away from it, and I ask You to forgive me. I invite You into my life. Be my Savior and my Lord. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, welcome to God’s family! Please write down today’s date. It is your spiritual birthday. And please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free PDF booklet titled After You’re Born Again. This booklet will help you to get started in your walk with Jesus.

I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He teaches you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers. It is critically important in these last days to fellowship with other believers who are mature in Christ and who can guide you as you grow in Him.

If you did not pray this prayer with me, please reconsider. Jesus Christ is coming back soon to remove from the earth all those who follow Him. The rest of the world’s population will be left behind and will face the most horrific time in human history under the dictatorship of the AntiChrist. If you do not believe me, do your own research. 

Thousands of years ago, the Bible predicted exactly what is happening in our world today. Everything is coming to pass exactly as the Bible prophesied. The Bible has never been wrong. I have been following Jesus for 52 amazing years, and He has never failed me. Nor will he ever fail you if you choose to follow Him. 

I urge you: Accept Jesus Christ now! He is the only way to be saved.

If this podcast has helped you in any way, please consider supporting it by becoming one of my valued patrons. Just go to patreon.com/winningwiththeword to join my wonderful Team. Winning with the Word now reaches 71 countries throughout the world because of the help of patrons like you. Patrons receive numerous benefits in appreciation for their support. 

Also, if you are interested in reading any of my novels, please go to my website bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. My books are also available on Amazon.

Until next time, remember that God loves you just as you are and just where you are, and that He will help you to keep on Winning with the Word!
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Check out my Bookstore at https://www.maryanndiorio.com/book-table for books that will help you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ.

Join my wonderful Team of Readers by subscribing to my Author Newsletter at
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Are You Looking Up or Looking Down?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

WINNING WITH THE WORD

“Winning with the Word” is a weekly blog that will help you to be a winner in life by applying God’s principles for living the abundant life as found in the Bible, God’s manual for life.

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If this blog and podcast have blessed you, please encourage your family and friends to subscribe as well. Thank you!

Be sure to check out our Featured Book of the Week at the end of this post.

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, May 30, 2022, and this is Episode #22 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “Are You Looking Up or Looking Down?”
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When I was growing up, there was a saying that went like this: “Don’t be so heavenly-minded that you’re no earthly good.” The saying meant that one could get off balance by thinking too much of spiritual matters while neglecting important daily matters, like eating or taking a shower. The expression was used to speak of people who always had their head in the clouds. Absent-minded people. Daydreamer types who repeatedly missed the forest for the trees.

On another level, the phrase also referred to people who constantly talked about God and the things of God. So-called religious fanatics.

But were these people really off base? Or had they grabbed onto something vitally important that the rest of us missed?

Scripture gives us a clear answer. In 2 Corinthians 4: 18, the Bible tells us to “fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

This verse tells us that there are two realms: the spiritual realm and the earthly realm. One of these realms–the earthly realm where we now live–is temporary. It will one day pass away. The other realm–the heavenly realm–is eternal. It will last forever. Doesn’t it make sense, then, to focus on what will last forever instead of on what one day will end?

I think so.

So, what about us? Are we fixing our eyes on what is seen, or on what is not seen? Are we focusing more on making a living, building a career, paying our bills, and having a great weekend with our friends? Or are we focusing more on obeying God, reading the Bible, and doing good to others?

In other words, are we so earthly minded that we are no heavenly good?

It is time, my friend, for us to be heavenly-minded. Jesus is coming back soon, and He will remove from the earth only those who follow Him and are focused on the things of God. If our focus is on the wrong thing, we will miss our destiny.

What about you? Are you focused more on the things of God than on the things of earth? Are you focused on the things of God at all? If not, please take to heart this week’s message. 

The things of God are the only things that ultimately matter. They alone are the things that will last forever. To spend our time focusing only on what will pass away is foolishness.

Focusing on the things of God begins with a relationship with God. To begin that relationship, we need to invite Jesus Christ into our lives. If you have not yet done so, let’s do that now. Please pray this simple prayer after me:

Lord Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner. I admit that I have been going the wrong way, my own way and not your way. I have been putting my focus on earthly things rather than heavenly things. I recognize that my sin put You on that Cross where You died for me. So, I repent of my sin, I turn away from it, and I ask You to forgive me. I invite You into my life. Be my Savior and my Lord. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, welcome to God’s family! Please write down today’s date. It is your spiritual birthday. And please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free PDF booklet titled After You’re Born Again. This booklet will help you to get started in your walk with Jesus.

I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He teaches you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers. It is critically important in these last days to fellowship with other believers who are mature in Christ and who can guide you as you grow in Him.

If you did not pray this prayer with me, please reconsider. Jesus Christ is coming back soon to remove from the earth all those who follow Him. The rest of the world’s population will be left behind and will face the most horrific time in human history under the dictatorship of the AntiChrist. If you do not believe me, do your own research. 

Thousands of years ago, the Bible predicted exactly what is happening in our world today. Everything is coming to pass exactly as the Bible prophesied. The Bible has never been wrong. I have been following Jesus for 52 amazing years, and He has never failed me. Nor will he ever fail you if you choose to follow Him. 

I urge you: Accept Jesus Christ now! He is the only way to be saved.

If this podcast has helped you in any way, please consider supporting it by becoming one of my valued patrons. Just go to patreon.com/winningwiththeword to join my wonderful Team. Winning with the Word now reaches 71 countries throughout the world because of the help of patrons like you. Patrons receive numerous benefits in appreciation for their support. 

Also, if you are interested in reading any of my novels, please go to my website bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. My books are also available on Amazon.

Until next time, remember that God loves you just as you are and just where you are, and that He will help you to keep on Winning with the Word!
_____________________________________________________________
Check out my Bookstore at https://www.maryanndiorio.com/book-table for books that will help you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ.

Join my wonderful Team of Readers by subscribing to my Author Newsletter at
https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/x5i2r2

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Copyright 2000-2022 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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The Subtle Lure of Cultural Pressure

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

WINNING WITH THE WORD

“Winning with the Word” is a weekly blog that will help you to be a winner in life by applying God’s principles for living the abundant life as found in the Bible, God’s manual for life.

An invitation for you:

To subscribe to this blog, click here. 
To subscribe to this podcast, click here.

If this blog and podcast have blessed you, please encourage your family and friends to subscribe as well. Thank you!

Be sure to check out our Featured Book of the Week at the end of this post.

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Do you prefer listening instead of reading? Then click below to listen to today’s blog post on podcast.

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, May 16, 2022, and this is Episode #20 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “The Subtle Lure of Cultural Pressure”.
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We’ve all heard of peer pressure. Our parents warned us against it. If we heeded our parents’ warnings, we avoided a lot of suffering. If we did not heed our parents’ warnings, we paid dire consequences, many of which may still be operative in our lives today. 

Well, peer pressure isn’t just something young people need to guard against. Peer pressure is a tactic that Satan uses throughout our lives. And, if we are not aware of it, we will end up in some serious trouble.

Peer pressure has a lot of different names. One of the most common today is “political correctness.”  To be politically correct is to go along with a culture’s political and social agenda. Just look around. So many people–even so-called Christians–have caved in to the anti-Biblical, political and social agenda that is being blatantly and brazenly proclaimed throughout our country and throughout the world. We are witnessing active and arrogant rebellion against God and His Word. Opposition to God’s commandments has run wild, with the result that lawlessness prevails and deception runs rampant. 

The Bible calls peer pressure and political correctness “the fear of man.” Take a look at Proverbs 29: 25: “The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.”  A snare is a trap. So, the Bible is saying that when we fear man –in other words, when we worry about what people think–we fall into a trap.

What kind of trap?

A trap that leads to death and destruction.

Isn’t that what we’re seeing around us?  Death in the form of abortion, infanticide, increase in homicides and suicides? And destruction in the form of drug addiction, alcoholism, domestic abuse, and child abuse? Are we not seeing looting, shoplifting, vandalism, attacks against our law enforcement officers?

Indeed, we are. Our country has gone crazy because we have allowed ourselves to be taken captive by social and cultural pressure. We have caved in as a nation to putting more stock in what others think than in what God thinks.

Are you giving in to the peer pressure of societal lies? Are you sliding down the slippery slope that leads to death and destruction? Are you opposing God and exalting yourself?

Yes, that’s what peer pressure ultimately does. It exalts the Self over God. And, bottom line, that’s what’s wrong with our culture today. We have become a society of mini-gods, each one doing his own thing, each one deciding for himself what’s true and not true. Each one establishing his own rule of moral conduct.

Relativism is the name of the game these days. My truth is my truth, and your truth is your truth.  Well, how far has that gotten us? It has led only to mass confusion, societal and family division, and a people who can no longer think straight.

I urge you to take a hard look at yourself.  Are you supporting a social agenda that violates God’s commandments? Yes, I’m talking about abortion, homosexuality, gay marriage, euthanasia, greed, vandalism, looting and shoplifting, theft, homicide, crime, rebellion against authority, and hatred among people?  All of these things are contrary to God’s design for our lives. God will bring severe judgment on those who do not forsake their sin and repent.

What about you? Do you love the praise of men more than the praise of God? If so, you will never see the Kingdom of God. Are you willing to take such an eternal risk? Do you want to spend eternity–that’s forever–separated from God and tormented in Hell? Is the approval of others more important to you than the approval of God? If so, you are in grave spiritual danger.

My friend, I pray that you take this message seriously. 

Years ago, I heard a quote that has stuck with me. It is this: “Observe the masses and do the opposite.”  The crowd is heading in the wrong direction. If you want to be safe, don’t follow the crowd. Go in the opposite direction. 

Jesus said this in Matthew 7: 14: “Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

Do you want to be one of those few who find the way to life? If so, you must do things God’s way. For only His way leads to life.

The first step on the road to life is to accept Jesus Christ into your life as your Savior and Lord. He desires a personal relationship with you. Won’t you accept his invitation?

If you do not yet have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, I urge you to establish one now. All you need to do is to repent of your sin, ask Jesus to forgive you, and invite him into your life. Please pray this simple prayer after me:

Lord Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner. I admit that I have been going the wrong way, my own way and not your way. I recognize that my sin put You on that Cross where You died for me. So, I repent of my sin, I turn away from it, and I ask You to forgive me. I invite You into my life now. I receive You now as my Savior and my Lord. Thank You for saving me. Make me what You created me to be. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, welcome to God’s family! Please write down today’s date. It is your spiritual birthday. And please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free PDF booklet titled After You’re Born Again. This booklet will help you to get started in your walk with Jesus.

I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He teaches you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers. It is critically important in these last days to fellowship with other believers who are mature in Christ and who can guide you as you grow in Him.

If you did not pray this prayer with me, please reconsider. Jesus Christ is coming back soon to remove from the earth all those who follow Him. The rest of the world’s population will be left behind and will face the most horrific time in human history under the dictatorship of the AntiChrist. If you do not believe me, do your own research. 

Thousands of years ago, the Bible predicted exactly what is happening in our world today. Everything is coming to pass exactly as the Bible predicted. The Bible has never been wrong. I have been following Jesus for 52 wonderful years, and He has never failed me. Nor will he ever fail you if you choose to follow Him. 

I urge you: Follow Jesus Christ. Accept Him into your life. He is the only way to be saved.

If this podcast has helped you in any way, please consider supporting it by becoming one of my valued patrons. Just go to patreon.com/winningwiththeword to join my wonderful Team. Winning with the Word now reaches 70 countries throughout the world because of the help of patrons like you. Patrons receive numerous benefits in appreciation for their support. 

Until next time, remember that God loves you just as you are and just where you are, and that He will help you to keep on Winning with the Word!
_____________________________________________________________
Check out my Bookstore at https://www.maryanndiorio.com/book-table for books that will help you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ.

Join my wonderful Team of Readers by subscribing to my Author Newsletter at
https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/x5i2r2

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Copyright 2000-2022 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.

Amazon.com Required Disclosure: MaryAnn Diorio is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.Disclaimer: This site uses cookies. Your continued use of this site constitutes your consent to our use of cookies. 

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