Are You Worried about Your Financial Future?

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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, November 14, 2022, and this is Episode #34 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “Are You Worried about Your Financial Future?”

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If you’ve had your eyes open at all, you know about the predicted food shortages and famines, the projected stock market crash, and the move toward a digital world currency. All of these ominous events are causing great anxiety among the world population. Already I’ve read that some families here in America have reduced their daily meals to two a day instead of the usual three. Drought has ruined many crops throughout the world, and, if things don’t change, the world is heading to famine.

But today I’d like to encourage you not to be anxious nor to fear,  I’m going to share with you some promises from God for His children. (If you are not His child, then listen closely so you can become His child and receive these benefits as well.)

The world is fast heading into a time period that the Bible calls “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30: 7). This will be a seven-year time period, also known as the Tribulation, during which God will judge the Jews for rejecting the Messiah. The Book of Revelation speaks extensively of the time of Jacob’s trouble.

During this time, there will be widespread famine. The fact that we are witnessing the approach of global famine now means that the Tribulation is not far off, and the return of Jesus is even closer. The Bible tells us that Jesus will return to remove His children from the world before the Tribulation. He said that when we see all these things converging—wars, rumors of wars, increase in the number and intensity of earthquakes, violent storms, and food shortages—we can know that His return is imminent.

So, what can you do?

1. The most important thing you need to do is to get born again if you are not yet born again. What does the term “born again” mean? It means to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord so that you can experience the new birth He died to give you. You see, when we were born physically into this world, we received a fallen, corrupted spirit that separated us from God. Jesus wants to give us a new spirit that connects us back to God. Jesus died and paid the price for the sin that caused our corrupted spirits in the first place and, in exchange, He gives us eternal life. So, the first order of business is to get born again. Do it now!

How?

1. Acknowledge before God that you are a sinner.
2. Repent of your sin. This means turn away from it and go in the opposite direction. 
3. Receive Jesus into your heart by asking Him to come in.

Once you do these three things, you become a child of God (John 1: 12). And as His child, You become eligible for His blessings. One of His blessings includes financial provision. He promises in Philippians 4: 19 that He will supply all your need. This means that He will provide everything you need because you are His child. He will not allow you to go hungry or without clothing and shelter. He will make a way where they seems to be no way. 

He also promises never to leave you nor forsake you. This means that no matter what happens in your life, He will be right there with you, seeing you through and, if necessary, carrying you through.

2. The next step in preparing for the upcoming financial crisis and the famine is to pray. Prayer is a two-way conversation with God. Listen for His voice as you pray. He will give you specific instructions as to what steps to take to prepare for the difficult days ahead. He will give you ideas you’ve never thought of to provide for yourself and your family. Talking to God in prayer is man’s highest privilege. In prayer, we tell God about what’s troubling us, and we listen for His advice. Imagine! As children of God, we have the privilege of having a conversation with the God of the Universe, the God Who created us and knows us better than anyone else knows us.

3. The third step is to read the Bible every day. The Bible will give you instructions on how to live in peace and joy by obeying God’s commandments. The Bible is the manual that explains how life works, just as a car manual is a manual that explains how your car works. 

4. Stock up on some food, water, and other necessary provisions for the future while you can. We do not know how long it will be before Jesus returns, so it is wise to prepare ahead. Just as the Lord instructed Joseph in the Old Testament to store up wheat during the seven years of plenty before the seven years of famine, so should we store up some food for tough times ahead. 

5. Do not fear! Above all, do not be afraid. You can trust Your Heavenly Father with Your life. He will never fail you.

Before you leave, please check out my featured book of the week, The Italian Chronicles, listed below. All three novels are available for only $9.69 for a limited time only on Amazon. The trilogy would make a great and inexpensive Christmas gift for the reader in your life.

Finally, 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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The Italian Chronicles Trilogy

On sale at a HUGE 73% discount! Limited time only! Get your copy now!

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Sickness comes from Satan, not from God

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, November 7, 2022, and this is Episode #33 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “Sickness Is from Satan, Not from God”

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Last week’s message hit a nerve with many of you. I hear you. When I first learned that God did not make me sick, it hit a nerve with me, too. A big nerve!

So, today I’d like to dig a little more deeply into the topic of healing. Why? Because I know that many of you reading this post or listening to this podcast are dealing with sickness. Some of you, with serious sickness. And some of you have been dealing with sickness for a long, long time.

If you’re like me, you were taught that sickness comes from God and that, when it does, we simply have to lie down and take it. We have to accept it as His will. If that’s true, then something is wrong with this logic. Consider this: If sickness is God’s will, then going to a doctor violates God’s will and is sin. Yet, what’s the first thing we do when we feel sick? We go to a doctor.

In fact, you may have also been taught that God uses sickness to teach us a lesson. While I won’t deny that we learn some things when we’re sick, sickness is not God’s method of teaching us. His Word is.  In Ephesians 4: 26, we learn that God teaches us through His Word. He washes us and cleanses us through His Word. His Word is His pedogagical method.

What parent would make his child sick in order to teach him something? Not a single one I know. Then why would God, the perfect parent, make anyone sick? It just doesn’t make sense.

So the question remains: where does sickness come from? The answer is that sickness—and everything evil—comes from Satan. Satan is the source of all evil, not God. Yet God is the first one to be blamed in the face of evil. I often say that God is the most maligned person in the universe when, in truth, He is the most wonderful, loving person in the universe.

But Satan has deceived the world into thinking that God causes evil. How often have you heard someone say that God took his loved one? That God made him sick? That God caused a tragedy? All of these are blatant lies perpetrated by Satan to cause us to doubt God’s goodness.

So why then, do people get sick? Here are three reasons:

1. Sickness is a result of the fall of Adam and Eve. Their sin corrupted human genetics, making it vulnerable to the attacks of Satan. You see, sin always opens the door to Satan. Sin is the way Satan gains a foothold in our lives. When we sin, we invite Satan in.

2. Sickness often results from disobeying God. When we disobey God, we willfully remove ourselves from His protection. And when we move out of the realm of God’s protection, we move into the realm of Satan’s attacks. 

3. Sickness can result from the curses we speak upon ourselves. You’ve undoubtedly heard people say things like, “My father died of cancer. I guess I will, too.” Such kind of foolish talk opens the door to the Satanic realm by speaking words contrary to what God says about us. It is of utmost importance that we speak what God says about us in His Word. And God says that we were healed by the stripes of Jesus. 

The born again believer has been set free from sickness as well as sin. In Mark 7: 27, the Bible calls healing “the children’s bread.” There is a common misconception about who is God’s child. Only those who are born again—in other words, who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord—are considered God’s children. Everyone else is God’s creation. The Bible says John 1: 12 that “to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” If you have not been born again, God does not consider you His child. Therefore, you do not have a right to healing, although God many times is merciful and heals unbelievers.

But if you are born again, you do have a right to healing. Jesus gave you that right when you accepted Him. When Jesus died on the Cross, He did two main things: 1) He took away our sickness when he received 39 lashes on His back, and 2) He forgave our sins when He shed His Blood on the Cross. This sacrifice is called the Atonement. Jesus died both for our sin and for our sickness. When we receive Him as our Savior and Lord, we receive forgiveness of our sin and healing of our sickness. We receive both of these gifts—forgiveness and healing—by faith in Jesus Christ, not by any works we perform. 

I urge you to look to Jesus as your Healer. He is passionate about wanting you to be well in every area of your life. All you have to do is believe that He did what He said He did. He died to set you free from your sin. He died to set you free from sickness. Jesus is the source of health, not sickness. Jesus is the source of forgiveness, not condemnation. Jesus is the source of life, not death. 

If you are in need of healing today, I want to pray for you:

Father God, in the Name of Jesus, I come to You on behalf of the person reading or listening to this message today, the one who needs healing. With the authority You have given me in Your Name, I command every spirit of infirmity to leave their bodies now. In the Name of Jesus,  In that mighty Name, I release the healing power of the Holy Spirit into every cell of their body. I call them whole and healed in the Name of Jesus. And, Lord, I ask that You would restore their souls just as You restore their bodies. Thank You for Your faithfulness to Your Word. Amen.

Now expect God to heal you. Expect Him to be faithful to His promises to you in His Word. Then write to me to tell me of the wonderful healing God has wrought in your life.

While healing of the body is a great gift, healing of the spirit is far greater. If you have not yet accepted this wonderful Jesus as your Savior and Lord, I urge you to do so now. He longs for a personal relationship with you. That is the reason He created you, so that He could have a deep relationship with you for all eternity. So pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I need You. I acknowledge that I am a sinner and that You alone can save me. There’s nothing I can do on my end to get into Heaven.  I repent of trying to earn my way to You. I ask You to forgive me and to cleanse me of all unrighteousness. I receive You now as my Savior and my Lord. Thank You for saving me and healing 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 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 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 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. 

Finally, check out my featured book of the week, The Italian Chronicles, listed below. All three novels are available for only $9.69 for a limited time only 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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Featured Book of the Week:

The Italian Chronicles Trilogy

On sale at a HUGE 73% discount! Limited time only! Get your copy now!

Are you looking for an entertaining, inspirational autumn read? Then check out The Italian Chronicles Trilogy by Yours Truly. All three novels in a convenient single volume.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0930037618

 

 

 

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God Does Not Make You Sick!

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, October 31, 2022, and this is Episode #32 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “God Does Not Make You Sick!”

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There is a common misconception among people that bad things come from God. I often say that God is the most maligned person in the universe! Imagine how you would feel if someone accused you of making him sick or of bringing some tragedy upon his life. Well, God is a person and He has feelings, too. So the next time you’re tempted to blame God for bad things, think twice.

When we think of bad things, sickness is at the top of the list. Just as God does not cause evil, so does He not cause sickness. Sickness comes from Satan, period! When Adam and Eve yielded to Satan’s temptation, sin and sickness entered the world. And they’ve been here ever since!

But the good news is that Jesus Christ freed us from sin and sickness when He died for us and rose from the dead. The Bible tells us that the Blood of Jesus shed on the Cross paid the penalty for our sin. The stripes He took on His back in the scourging at the pillar paid the price for our sickness. Jesus took 39 stripes–or lashes–on His back. Interestingly, there are 39 categories of disease as outlined by the medical profession. So Jesus took a lash for eve ry category of disease, which means that He covered every disease.

When we take Holy Communion, we take both bread and wine. The bread represents the lashes that Jesus took on His back in payment for our sickness. The wine represents the blood He shed in payment for our sin. Bread and Wine. Blood and Lashes. Healing and Forgiveness. Both are in the Atonement.

Have you ever wondered why it is easy for people to accept God’s forgiveness but difficult to accept His healing? The reason is that forgiveness has been taught more than healing. And the Bible says that faith comes by hearing. What we hear often enough we will eventually believe.

Healing has not been taught in our churches as a rule. In fact, there has been much preaching against healing. Some pastors have taught that healing is not for today, that it ended with the Apostles. But the Bible says that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The Bible also says that Jesus loves all people equally. So why would He heal people back then and not heal us now? Why would He not heal today if He never changes?

If we just used our heads, we’d see the fallacy in the teaching that healing is not for today.

Perhaps as you read or listen to this message, you are in need of healing. If so, I would like to pray for you now.

Father God, in the Name of Jesus, I come to You on behalf of the person reading or listening who needs healing. With the authority You have given me in Your Name, I command every spirit of infirmity to leave their bodies now. In the Name of Jesus, I release the healing power of the Holy Spirit into every cell of their body. I call them whole and healed in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Expect God to heal you. Expect Him to be faithful to His promise in His Word. Then write to me to tell me of the wonderful healing He has wrought in your life.

While healing of the body is a great gift, healing of the spirit is far greater. If you have not yet been born again, I urge you to pray this prayer with. me now:

Lord Jesus, I repent of my sin. I want to make You the Lord of my life. I acknowledge that You alone can save me and that there’s nothing I can do on my end to get into Heaven.  I repent of trying to earn my way to You. I ask You to forgive me and to cleanse me of all unrighteousness. I receive You now 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 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 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 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. 

Finally, check out my featured book of the week, The Italian Chronicles, listed below. All three novels are available for only $9.69 for a limited time only. 

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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Featured Book of the Week:

The Italian Chronicles Trilogy

On sale at a HUGE 73% discount! Limited time only! Get your copy now!

Are you looking for an entertaining, inspirational autumn read? Then check out The Italian Chronicles Trilogy by Yours Truly. All three novels in a convenient single volume.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0930037618

 

 

 

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The Four C’s of a Great Marriage

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, July 25, 2022, and this is Episode #30 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “The Four C’s of a Great Marriage.”

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My younger daughter was married two weeks ago to a wonderful, Godly man in a beautiful ceremony. The officiating pastor gave a wonderful message on the three C’s of marriage: Companionship, Commitment, and Covenant. I would like to expound on that message here and add another C: Communication.

Let’s explore each of these four C’s of a great marriage one by one.

1. COVENANT. The most important point about a marriage is that it is a covenant. A covenant is more than a contract. According to Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, the precursor of today’s Webster’s Dictionary, a covenant is “a binding agreement.” In other words, a covenant imposes an obligation on the part of each party to keep the agreement until the death of one of the parties.

Whereas a contract involves two people, a covenant involves three: the man, the woman, and God. Because God is involved in a covenant, it is deemed by Him to be unbreakable. Hence, His warning in Mark 10: 9 NASB: “Therefore, what God has joined together, no person is to separate.” A covenant, therefore, is sealed with a vow before God to honor the covenant until death. 

2. COMMITMENT. The strength of a marriage depends on the integrity of the husband and the wife to remain committed to the marriage no matter what the cost of that commitment. Every marriage will have its trying times. Trials are part of God’s plan to conform us to the image of Christ. Just as making a muscle strong requires repeated resistance, so does making a marriage strong require repeated trials. 

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned about marriage and about life, in general, is that God’s goal for us is not our happiness but our holiness. Trials help to make us holy if we maintain the Biblical perspective toward trials. Trials are for our spiritual growth. But whether we grow or not through our trials depends on our attitude toward them. 

Something amazing happens when we resist and overcome trials. We not only become holy; we also become happy.

3. COMMUNICATION. Good communication is key in cultivating a good marriage. The Bible is full of principles for good communication. Here are a few of them:

__James 1: 19 – “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” 
__Proverbs 10: 19 – “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.”
__Proverbs 12: 18 – “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

4. COMPANIONSHIP. When the three elements above–Covenant, Commitment, and Communication–are put into practice, then beautiful, intimate companionship follows. Companionship is oneness of soul. The Word says that in a marriage, the two become one flesh (Mark 10: 8). The flesh is comprised of both the body and the soul. Therefore, “one flesh” does not mean only physical oneness. It also means oneness of soul. 

My husband and I have been married for 52 years. We continually implement these four C’s of marriage, and we can tell you that they work. A good marriage is built by keeping Christ at the center of your life and at the center of your marriage.

If Jesus is not yet the center of your life, make Him so right now. Pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I repent of my sin. I want to make You the Center of my life. I ask You to forgive me and to cleanse me of all unrighteousness. I receive You now 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 the church of His choice for you 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 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.

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