God Loves You!

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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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, September 13, 2021, and this is Episode #32 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “God Loves You!”

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Has anyone ever told you that God loves you? If not, I want to tell you now. God loves you!

But let’s take a closer look at what this means.

When I meditate on Scripture, I like to take a passage and emphasize one word at a time to extract its deeper meaning. So, let’s do that now with the sentence “God loves you!”

When we put the emphasis on the first word, the sentence reads like this: GOD loves you! Well, who is God, and why does it make a difference that it’s GOD Who loves you and not someone else? The reason it makes a difference–and a huge difference–is that God is the One Who created you. He is the One Who loves you more than anyone else. He is the One Who knows you from the inside out. In fact, this is how the Bible describes God’s knowledge of you in Psalm 139: 13-18 NLT:

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, You are still with me!”

So, we can see from this passage that when I say that it is God Who loves you, this is a big deal. Why? Because God loves you even though He knows everything about you. He knows both the good and the bad, yet He loves you anyway. God doesn’t love you based on your performance. God loves you based on your worth to Him. And He Himself gave you that worth. So, don’t look to anyone or anything for your sense of worth. You won’t find it anywhere except in God.

One of the biggest lies of all time is that your worth comes from another person or from what you do. Believing this lie results in things like one’s marrying the wrong person or becoming a workaholic at one’s job. When we believe the lie that our worth comes from another person or from our performance, we feel as though we are never enough. We feel as though we will never measure up. Why? Because no person and no job can measure our true worth. Only God can. And He already has. How do we know? Just look at the Cross.

God is saying to you now, “Stop measuring your worth by what you do. It’s not what you do that gives you worth; it’s the fact that I made you that gives you worth. Your worth is a given. You were born with it, and no one can ever take it away from you.”

Now let’s emphasize the second word in our sentence: God LOVES you!  What does it mean that God LOVES you? It means that He wants only your good and your well-being. When you love someone, you desire the best for that person. So it is with God. But not only does God desire your best here on earth; He desires your ultimate best. And what is that ultimate best? It is to spend forever with God. 

You see, God wants to be your Father. He wants a Father-Son or a Father-Daughter relationship with you. But relationships are two-way. So God won’t force you into a relationship with Him. He wants you to desire it on your own. 

Why should you desire a relationship with God? Because He is the only Person who will ever love you perfectly and unconditionally. Although your mother and your father may do their best to love you unconditionally, they will fail at one time or another. Although your spouse may try to love you unconditionally, your spouse will fail at some point. But God will never fail to love you unconditionally. In fact, God will never fail to love you. Period!

Finally, let’s emphasize the last word of our sentence: God loves YOU! Think about this for a moment. God loves YOU!  Yes, YOU!  YOU with all of your flaws and weaknesses. YOU with all of your hang-ups. YOU with all of your sin. God loves YOU! 

In fact, He loves YOU so much that He took the rap for your sin. That’s what the Cross is all about. We imperfect human beings could never pay the price for sin due to a perfect God. So Jesus, Who is God, became a man so that, as both God and man, He could fulfill both sides of the equation. As man, He took our sin. As God, He paid the perfect price for our sin. If you really think about this, it will blow your mind!

But in order to benefit from what Jesus did for you, you must personally receive His gift of eternal life. In other words, Jesus is offering you the gift of eternal life, but He will not force it on you. You have to receive it willingly.

Have you received this gift of eternal life that Jesus is offering you? If not, receive it now. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I need You.  I ask You to save me. I want this gift of eternal life that You died to give me, So I invite You into my life, and I receive You as my personal Savior and the Lord of my life. I receive eternal life. Thank You for forgiving me and bringing me into Your family. Thank You for saving me. I pray this in Your Name. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free PDF booklet that will help you get started in your walk with Christ. 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 are not yet a subscriber to the Winning with the Word blog and podcast, I urge you to click on the link below to subscribe now so that you will not miss a single weekly episode:

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Please tell your family and friends about “Winning with the Word,” and please pass this post and podcast on to them. Thank you!

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For those of you who may not know, I write fiction for both children and adults. Please check out my latest children’s book, Penelope Pumpernickel: Dynamic Detective, Book 2 in the popular Penelope Pumpernickel Series of Chapter Books for Children. This series, written for early and reluctant readers, is designed to build Christian character in the young children in your life. To order, just click on the book cover image below. You may also purchase your copy on my website at https://www.maryanndiorio.com/book-table.

My latest novel, Miracle in Milan, has been released in both print and ebook formats and deals with the issue of unforgiveness. It is the story of a young, female auditor who discovers convincing evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler. You will find Miracle in Milan to be a page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat. To order your copy, go to Amazon or to my website bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. You will also find Miracle in Milan on Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. 

This podcast is funded by listeners like you. If you have been blessed by Winning with the Word, please consider becoming one of my special patrons on Patreon.com. For only $1.00, $3.00, or $5.00 a month, you can help me proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world and share in the rewards of all those who come to Christ through this ministry.

Winning with the Word now reaches 60 countries on six continents, by God’s grace, because of the faithful support of my patrons. So please help me to keep Winning with the Word on the air by becoming one of my valued patrons. Your patronage helps to cover the costs of producing, hosting, and distributing Winning with the Word to the four corners of the earth. Patrons receive special benefits, including free books, short stories, podcasts, and videos. So, join my wonderful team of Patrons and become a part of something great!

To become a patron, go to https://www.patreon.com/winningwiththeword 

I would like to thank all of my patrons who are making this podcast possible. I could not do this without you!

Finally, be sure to check out my latest non-fiction book, The Iron Saint. This book, modeled after The Iron Man triathlon, talks about the coming persecution of the Church in America and how you can prepare for it. The Iron Saint is available on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other major book purchasing venues. You may also find it on my website at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. Get a copy for your pastor as well. 


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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To receive my monthly newsletter, click here.

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__Have You Lost Your Hope?

 

 Are you new to this blog? If so, what is the “Winning with the Word” blog and why will it bless you to read it?

“Winning with the Word” is a weekly blog that helps you to deal with the daily problems of life by using the Bible as your guide to solving them. The Word of God will make you a success in life!

AN INVITATION TO YOU: To subscribe to Winning with the Wordclick here.

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Copyright 2000-2021 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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New Release! Dr. MaryAnn’s latest children’s book: Penelope Pumpernickel: Dynamic Detective

Are you looking for character-building books for your elementary school children? Books that are written from a Biblical worldview and that honor God’s Word? Then get your children a copy of each of the two books in my Penelope Pumpernickel Series of Chapter Books for Children. Click on the book cover to order below:


In this delightful series, your child will follow the adventures of eight-year-old Penelope Pumpernickel as she faces and overcomes the crazy problems caused by her homeschooling classmate, Grandville Ungerleider. Together with her sidekick and BFF, Tilly Mendoza, Penelope unravels mystery after mystery through humorous situations that will keep your child laughing on the edge of her seat and wanting more.

To order your copies of Books 1 and 2, click on the images to the left. 

 

 

Now Available for Purchase: Dr. MaryAnn’s latest novel, Miracle in Milan.

When a young, female auditor discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler, she must choose between ruining him or ruining herself.

Amy Torelli, Chief Auditor for New York City-based Enson Pharmaceuticals, is assigned to audit the books of Enson’s Italian branch in the enchanting city of Milan, Italy. Having made an inner vow never to trust a man again because of her father’s betrayal, Amy finds herself falling in love with Enson Italia’s American-born Vice-President, Ted Masters. Will Ted be the one to cause her to break her inner vow?

Ted McMasters is on the run. A run from rejection. From himself. From God. Having been wounded by a father who made him feel worthless, and having been dumped by the woman he wanted to marry, Ted is determined to keep all women at bay. But will Amy Torelli be the reason he changes his mind?
Miracle in Milan
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THE IRON SAINT by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD

The Church in America is on the verge of a tremendous spiritual awakening, an awakening that will first be fueled by persecution unlike anything we have ever seen before in this land. Indeed, a prophetic word given in my home church during the month of November gave this warning to the Church: “Prepare for the fire of persecution!”

But the Church is not ready for this persecution. For the most part, the Church in America has been weak and lukewarm. Flabby and lazy. Consumed with the world and not with the things of God. As a result, the Church has been deceived and has subverted the divine order of things.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. MaryAnn Diorio seeks to help equip the saints for the work of true, integritous, and effective ministry. As a teacher in the Body of Christ, it is her burning desire to help correct this devastating error.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. Diorio has outlined a plan of action for strengthening the Church through uncompromising obedience to the Word of God. This plan of action is based on her own 50 years of walking with the Lord and being led by His Holy Spirit.

If you are a born-again believer and member of the Body of Christ, make this book a top reading priority.

PRINT FORMAT

E-BOOK FORMAT

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Check out these popular Winning with the Word podcasts below. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top of the sidebar on this page. 

__The Dangers of Distraction

__Breaking the Mind Barrier

__How Close Are We to the End?

__Have You Lost Your Hope?

__Are You Being Deceived?

__7 Signs That the Tribulation Is at Hand

 Are you new to this blog? If so, what is the “Winning with the Word” blog and why will it bless you to read it?

“Winning with the Word” is a weekly blog that helps you to deal with the daily problems of life by using the Bible as your guide to solving them. The Word of God will make you a success in life!

AN INVITATION TO YOU: To subscribe to Winning with the Wordclick here.

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Copyright 2000-2021 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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Truth and Love: Inseparable Twins

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 TO 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, August 9, 2021, and this is Episode #27 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “Truth and Love: Inseparable Twins.”

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Are you wondering why our culture has gone mad? If we are logical, thinking people–and there are a few of us left–we cannot deny that what we are seeing going on in our world defies logic and sanity. People are calling good, evil and evil, good. Our leaders are making decisions that make no sense when submitted to the scrutiny of logic and common sense, and the public is following along with nary a whimper. And, to add insult to injury, some medical schools are now teaching that gender is what you want it to be.

So much for science!

So what’s going on? What is the root cause of this insanity? And yes, it is insanity. 

In this week’s podcast, I’d like to discuss one reason that you may not have considered, but one which, I believe, lies at the root of the insanity we are facing. You will find the reason hidden in a pivotal verse in the New Testament Book of Ephesians 4: 15. The verse says this: ” . . . speak the truth in love.”

Before we can explore what this Biblical command means, we need to understand what truth means and what love means.

Now, we may think we already know the meaning of these words. But do we really?

Let’s take a close look.

Let’s first consider truth. What is Truth? Today, many people will say that truth is whatever they interpret it to mean. So, as we often hear, you have your truth and I have my truth.

Well, if that were the case, then your truth might be different from my truth. So, let’s say your truth is that there is no God, and my truth is that there is. Logically speaking, both of us cannot be right. Logic dictates that one of us be right and one of us be wrong. 

But the problem today is that logic has been thrown out the window. And in its place has come delusion. Strong delusion. Just as the Bible prophesied in 2 Thessalonians 2: 11: “And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie.”

Delusion says that both of us can be right at the same time. In other words, delusion says that there is a God and there is no God both at the same time, depending on what you believe. Delusion says that good is evil and evil, good. Delusion also says that a person can have male chromosomes yet be a woman, and vice versa. Again, depending on what you decide.

This kind of thinking is called relativism. It is based solely on the individual’s standard of measurement, not on an objective, external standard of measurement.

Imagine trying to build a house when one carpenter on the building team says that a foot is 12 inches long and another says that a foot is 18 inches long. This is what relativism looks like on a practical level.

In a world with such thinking–or should I call it “non-thinking”–the human mind falls prey to the lie. This is exactly what Jesus said would happen when people turn away from God. They would no longer be able to think straight. Romans 1: 28 points this out: “Furthermore, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, He gave them up to a depraved mind . . . .”

So, what has happened in our culture is that people have turned away from God. And because they have turned away from God, God has kept His promise to turn their minds over to delusion. This is the reason that people can no longer think straight. They have turned away from God.

So, why does turning away from God result in delusion? Because God is Truth, and when we turn away from Truth, there is nothing left but delusion.

Now, let’s move on to our second word in the verse: the word LOVE. Speak the Truth in Love.  Now that we’ve established that God is Truth and that the mind cannot think logically without God, we learn from our verse in Ephesians 4: 15 that Love must accompany Truth in order for Truth to be effective in a person’s life. In other words, we can tell people the truth, but if we don’t tell it in love, they will not receive it.

Truth without love is legalism; Love without truth is license.

So then, what is love? Love is considering a person’s highest good when relating to that person. So, when I tell people about Jesus, I am telling them because I desire their highest good. In other words, I am loving them.

Without love, people are suspicious of truth. This is the reason the Church has failed so miserably in regard to social sin. We have spoken the Truth, but we have not spoken it in love. We have spoken it in self-righteousness. 

On the other hand, there are other voices in the Church that are proclaiming love but are proclaiming it without truth. Such voices condone sin in the name of love. But love separated from truth leads only to deception.

The Church today has separated the concept of Truth from the concept of Love.  Yet, the Bible clearly teaches that Truth and Love go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other. They are inseparable.

If we speak Truth without Love, we end up in legalism. If we speak Love without Truth, we end up in license. This is what has happened to the Church today. Some of us are preaching a Gospel of truth that does not include love. We shove the Gospel down people’s throats. We grow angry, self-righteous, judgmental, and condemnatory toward the lost, without being motivated by the love that is required when speaking truth.  

Others of us are preaching Love without Truth. We elevate the warm fuzzies and the blind acceptance of sin while neglecting to anchor our teachings in the Bible, which is Truth. We talk about including everyone in God’s family, but we never mention the need for repentance, without which God will not include anyone in His family. The result of preaching love without truth is the acceptance of blatant sin by certain elements of the Church. 

We are preaching a Gospel of love that is not based on truth. it is a Gospel of hyper-grace where we emphasize the love of God without the judgment of God. 

We see this in the apostate Church that is now condoning aberrant lifestyles, saying that if we love, we will accept any behavior. This is a perversion of truth.  To love someone does not mean to accept his wrong behavior. His sin. Parents love their children, but good parents do not tolerate disrespect nor disobedience from them. As the saying goes, we must love the sinner, but hate the sin.

The Church has rejected this concept. It has embraced not only the sinner but also his sin. Abortion, homosexuality, and transgenderism are not only accepted but also promoted in so-called Christian churches. But this is an oxymoron. For a Church cannot call itself Christian unless it follows the teachings of Christ. Nor can a person call himself a Christian unless he obeys God’s commandments. And abortion, homosexuality, adultery, fornication, lying—indeed, all kinds of sin–are violations of God’s commandments.

So, Truth and Love go hand-in-hand. They are inseparable. To separate them is to court disaster.

Interestingly, the Bible defines Jesus as both Truth and Love. In John 14: 6, Jesus says, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” In 1 John 4: 8, the Apostle John tells us that “God is Love.” Truth and Love are equal aspects of the essence of God, the essence of Jesus. They comprise His very nature. 

To receive Jesus is to receive both Truth and Love. Let us remember this duality when sharing the Gospel with others.

In order to exhibit both truth and love, we must first know Truth and Love. Jesus Christ is Truth and Love. If you do not yet know Him, I invite you to receive Him now. Pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I want both Truth and Love in my life. I want You in my life. So I now receive You as my personal Savior and the Lord of my life. Thank You for forgiving me and bringing me into Your family. Thank You for saving me. Thank You for giving me eternal life. I pray this in Your Name. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free e-booklet that will help you get started in your walk with Christ. 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 are not yet a subscriber to the Winning with the Word blog and podcast, I urge you to click on the link below to subscribe now so that you will not miss a single weekly episode:

https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/w4q0z

Please tell your family and friends about “Winning with the Word,” and please pass this post and podcast on to them. Thank you!

PLEASE TWEET: “Truth and Love: Inseparable Twins (CLICK TO TWEET)

Now it’s your turn: Have you lost the fire for your First Love, Jesus Christ? If so, what are you going. to do to rekindle it? Please leave your comment in the Comment Box below. Thank you.

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For those of you who may not know, I write fiction about many of the issues I deal with in this blog and podcast. My latest novel, Miracle in Milan, has been released in both print and ebook formats and deals with the issue of unforgiveness. It is the story of a young, female auditor who discovers convincing evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler. You will find Miracle in Milan to be a page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat. To order your copy, go to Amazon or to my website bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. You will also find Miracle in Milan on Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. 

This podcast is funded by listeners like you. If you have been blessed by Winning with the Word, please consider becoming one of my special patrons on Patreon.com. For only $1.00, $3.00, or $5.00 a month, you can help me proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

Winning with the Word now reaches 55 countries on six continents, by God’s grace, because of the faithful support of my patrons. So please help me to keep Winning with the Word on the air by becoming one of my valued patrons. Your patronage helps to cover the costs of producing, hosting, and distributing Winning with the Word to the four corners of the earth. Patrons receive special benefits, including free books, short stories, podcasts, and videos. So, join my wonderful team of Patrons and become a part of something great!

To become a patron, go to https://www.patreon.com/winningwiththeword 

I would like to thank all of my patrons who are making this podcast possible. I could not do this without you!

Finally, be sure to check out my latest non-fiction book, The Iron Saint. This book, modeled after The Iron Man triathlon, talks about the coming persecution of the Church in America and how you can prepare for it. The Iron Saint is available on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other major book purchasing venues. You may also find it on my website at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. Get a copy for your pastor as well. 

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

To subscribe to Winning with the Word, click here.

To receive my monthly newsletter, click here.

To become a patron of Winning with the Wordclick here.

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Now Available for Purchase: Dr. MaryAnn’s latest novel, Miracle in Milan.

When a young, female auditor discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler, she must choose between ruining him or ruining herself.

Amy Torelli, Chief Auditor for New York City-based Enson Pharmaceuticals, is assigned to audit the books of Enson’s Italian branch in the enchanting city of Milan, Italy. Having made an inner vow never to trust a man again because of her father’s betrayal, Amy finds herself falling in love with Enson Italia’s American-born Vice-President, Ted Masters. Will Ted be the one to cause her to break her inner vow?

Ted McMasters is on the run. A run from rejection. From himself. From God. Having been wounded by a father who made him feel worthless, and having been dumped by the woman he wanted to marry, Ted is determined to keep all women at bay. But will Amy Torelli be the reason he changes his mind?
Miracle in Milan
PRINT FORMAT

EBOOK FORMAT

 

THE IRON SAINT by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD

The Church in America is on the verge of a tremendous spiritual awakening, an awakening that will first be fueled by persecution unlike anything we have ever seen before in this land. Indeed, a prophetic word given in my home church during the month of November gave this warning to the Church: “Prepare for the fire of persecution!”

But the Church is not ready for this persecution. For the most part, the Church in America has been weak and lukewarm. Flabby and lazy. Consumed with the world and not with the things of God. As a result, the Church has been deceived and has subverted the divine order of things.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. MaryAnn Diorio seeks to help equip the saints for the work of true, integritous, and effective ministry. As a teacher in the Body of Christ, it is her burning desire to help correct this devastating error.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. Diorio has outlined a plan of action for strengthening the Church through uncompromising obedience to the Word of God. This plan of action is based on her own 50 years of walking with the Lord and being led by His Holy Spirit.

If you are a born-again believer and member of the Body of Christ, make this book a top reading priority.

PRINT FORMAT

E-BOOK FORMAT

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Check out these popular Winning with the Word podcasts below. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top of the sidebar on this page. 

__The Dangers of Distraction

__Breaking the Mind Barrier

__How Close Are We to the End?

__Have You Lost Your Hope?

__Are You Being Deceived?

__7 Signs That the Tribulation Is at Hand

 Are you new to this blog? If so, what is the “Winning with the Word” blog and why will it bless you to read it?

“Winning with the Word” is a weekly blog that helps you to deal with the daily problems of life by using the Bible as your guide to solving them. The Word of God will make you a success in life!

AN INVITATION TO YOU: To subscribe to Winning with the Wordclick here.

_____________________________________________________________

Copyright 2000-2021 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. 

 

 

 
 

To receive Jesus Christ Who is Eternal Life, pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I need You. I want to spend eternity with you. I need You to heal me, Lord. I need You to set me free. So, I invite You into my life now.  I receive You as my personal Savior and the Lord of my life. Thank You for forgiving me and bringing me into Your family. Thank You for saving me. Thank You for giving me eternal life. I pray this in Your Name. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free e-booklet that will help you get started in your walk with Christ. 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 are not yet a subscriber to the Winning with the Word blog and podcast, I urge you to click on the link below to subscribe now so you will not miss a single weekly episode:

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For those of you who may not know, I write fiction about many of the issues I deal with in this blog and podcast. My latest novel, Miracle in Milan, has just been released in both print and ebook formats and deals with the issue of unforgiveness. It is the story of a young, female auditor who discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler. You will find Miracle in Milan to be a page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat. To order your copy, go to Amazon or to my website bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. You will also find Miracle in Milan on Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. 

This podcast is funded by listeners like you. If you have been blessed by Winning with the Word, please consider becoming one of my special patrons on Patreon.com. For only $1.00, $3.00, or $5.00 a month, you can help me proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

Winning with the Word now reaches 55 countries on six continents, by God’s grace, because of the faithful support of my patrons. So please help me to keep Winning with the Word on the air by becoming one of my valued patrons. Your patronage helps to cover the costs of producing, hosting, and distributing Winning with the Word to the four corners of the earth. Patrons receive special benefits, including free books, short stories, podcasts, and videos. So, join my wonderful team of Patrons and become a part of something great!

To become a patron, go to https://www.patreon.com/winningwiththeword 

I would like to thank all of my patrons who are making this podcast possible. I could not do this without you!

Finally, be sure to check out my latest non-fiction book, The Iron Saint. This book, modeled after The Iron Man triathlon, talks about the coming persecution of the Church in America and how you can prepare for it. The Iron Saint is available on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other major book purchasing venues. You may also find it on my website at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. Get a copy for your pastor as well. 

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

To subscribe to Winning with the Word, click here.

To receive my monthly newsletter, click here.

To become a patron of Winning with the Wordclick here.

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Now Available for Purchase: Dr. MaryAnn’s latest novel, Miracle in Milan.

When a young, female auditor discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler, she must choose between ruining him or ruining herself.

Amy Torelli, Chief Auditor for New York City-based Enson Pharmaceuticals, is assigned to audit the books of Enson’s Italian branch in the enchanting city of Milan, Italy. Having made an inner vow never to trust a man again because of her father’s betrayal, Amy finds herself falling in love with Enson Italia’s American-born Vice-President, Ted Masters. Will Ted be the one to cause her to break her inner vow?

Ted McMasters is on the run. A run from rejection. From himself. From God. Having been wounded by a father who made him feel worthless, and having been dumped by the woman he wanted to marry, Ted is determined to keep all women at bay. But will Amy Torelli be the reason he changes his mind?
Miracle in Milan
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THE IRON SAINT by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD

The Church in America is on the verge of a tremendous spiritual awakening, an awakening that will first be fueled by persecution unlike anything we have ever seen before in this land. Indeed, a prophetic word given in my home church during the month of November gave this warning to the Church: “Prepare for the fire of persecution!”

But the Church is not ready for this persecution. For the most part, the Church in America has been weak and lukewarm. Flabby and lazy. Consumed with the world and not with the things of God. As a result, the Church has been deceived and has subverted the divine order of things.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. MaryAnn Diorio seeks to help equip the saints for the work of true, integritous, and effective ministry. As a teacher in the Body of Christ, it is her burning desire to help correct this devastating error.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. Diorio has outlined a plan of action for strengthening the Church through uncompromising obedience to the Word of God. This plan of action is based on her own 50 years of walking with the Lord and being led by His Holy Spirit.

If you are a born-again believer and member of the Body of Christ, make this book a top reading priority.

PRINT FORMAT

E-BOOK FORMAT

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Check out these popular Winning with the Word podcasts below. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top of the sidebar on this page. 

__The Dangers of Distraction

__Breaking the Mind Barrier

__How Close Are We to the End?

__Have You Lost Your Hope?

__Are You Being Deceived?

__7 Signs That the Tribulation Is at Hand

 Are you new to this blog? If so, what is the “Winning with the Word” blog and why will it bless you to read it?

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The Dangers of Distraction

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 5, 2021, and this is Episode #22 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “The Dangers of Distraction”.

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Never in my 75 years of life have I seen people so distracted as they are today. Wherever I turn, people’s noses are in their cell phones, often to their own danger.

Recently, our town removed some tree limbs from a tree on the street behind our house. The limbs were hanging low and posing an obstacle to pedestrians.

As I watched the workmen cut down branches and throw them into a dumpster, a woman approached, staring at her cell phone. She was totally oblivious to what was going on a few feet ahead of her. Had one of the workmen not warned her of falling tree limbs, she could have been struck and seriously injured, if not killed. All because she wasn’t paying attention but had her focus on her cell phone, not on her surroundings.

Focusing on the wrong thing in the natural can harm us, even to the point of natural death. But focusing on the wrong thing in the supernatural can harm us even more for all eternity.

Satan uses many tactics to steer our focus away from the things of God. One of the most subtle is distraction.

What is distraction? The Online Dictionary defines distraction as “a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else.” The word “distraction” comes from two Latin words: dis, meaning apart or away from, and trahere, meaning to drag. In the Greek language, the word distraction means to drag all around, especially mentally.

And that is exactly what a distraction does: it drags us around mentally from thought to thought or activity to activity, leaving us feeling out of control and at the mercy of whatever is going on around us. 

So distraction signifies a dragging apart or a dragging away from one’s assigned task. In the case of a believer–of a Christ-Follower–a distraction is something that takes us away from God’s assigned task for us at that particular moment in time. 

One of the chief dangers of distraction, then, is that it drags us away from God’s will. And to be dragged away from God’s will can only end up in harm, whether spiritual, physical, or both.

When we are distracted from the important things of life–like our relationship with God and our relationship with others–we suffer loss. Moreover, we also open ourselves up to attacks from Satan that hinder us from our God-given purpose in life.

The word distraction appears only a few times in the Bible. Let’s take a look at those occurrences and the people who are involved in them.

A well-known example of the subject of distraction occurs in Luke 10: 40 NKJV, where Scripture describes Martha: “But Martha was distracted with much serving…” (Emphasis mine). We all know from this story that Martha was running around, trying to put a meal on the table for Jesus, her family, and the other people present. But Jesus told Martha that she was anxious for many things and that her sister Mary had chosen the better part, which was to sit at Jesus’ feet.

It’s not that what Martha was doing was not important. Cooking and preparing a meal for guests is certainly important. But the issue here is that what Mary was doing–sitting at the feet of Jesus–was more important.
Martha had her priorities wrong. She put serving Jesus above a relationship with Him. She needed first to pay attention to Jesus who, in reality, could have produced a meal for everyone out of nothing. 

Don’t we often do the same thing as Martha? We work, work, work for the Kingdom of God, all the while neglecting our relationship with the very Lord Whom we are serving. Above all, God does not want our service; He wants our heart.

Another instance of distraction in the Bible is King David. David allowed distraction to put him in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is one of the dangers of distraction. Because distraction drags us away from God’s will–which includes where God wants us and when–distraction opens us up to the consequences of being out of God’s will. In David’s case, his distraction ended up in adultery with Bathsheba.

In 2 Samuel 11: 1, we read this: “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.”

David remained in Jerusalem. David wasn’t supposed to remain in Jerusalem. He was the king and should have been out fighting with his men. But he got distracted. And the results were disastrous.

A third instance of distraction in the Bible is the case of Samson. We read about Samson in the Book of Judges. Samson allowed Delilah to distract him with her relentless challenges to his strength. Finally, in a moment of weakness–also known as a moment of distraction–he revealed to her the secret of his strength. Samson’s distraction resulted in the severe consequences of blindness and death.

What about you? Are you struggling with distraction? Before I get into a few ways to overcome distraction, let’s talk about three ways that Satan uses distraction to get us off course:

1. Challenging our identity in Christ. Satan will continually try to get us to doubt the authority and the power we have in Christ. This is a subtle distraction we must guard against with all of our might. When we doubt our authority and power in Christ, we open ourselves up to the devil’s lies. And when we open ourselves up to the devil’s lies, we fall out of faith into unbelief. When we are in unbelief, we cannot please God nor can we receive anything from Him.

2. The second way Satan uses distraction to get us off course is by tempting us to be impatient or to procrastinate. He does this by hiding a time trap on our path. What is a time trap? It is a trap, which, if we get caught in it, will either cause us to be impatient and run ahead of God’s will for us, or the trap will cause us to delay in obeying an instruction God has given us.

3. A third way Satan uses to distract us is by presenting us with a counterfeit. This distraction is particularly subtle. It occurs when Satan appears in disguise as an angel of light, as he is described in 2 Corinthians 11: 13. For example, you may be on the verge of a breakthrough when Satan presents you with what looks like the perfect job, or the perfect relationship, or the perfect solution to a problem. If we give in to this counterfeit, we will always end up compromising.

For example, let’s say that you have been praying for a spouse and what looks like the perfect person comes your way, but, that person is not a Christian. That fact alone should be a big red flag. But, instead of heeding the warning of the red flag, you plunge ahead, rationalizing that you will bring that person to Christ. In this case, you have fallen into Satan’s counterfeit trap. Counterfeit traps are related to timing traps because we often fall into them out of impatience. 

So, now that we’ve talked about ways Satan tries to distract us and get us off course from God’s plan for our lives, let’s look at some ways to overcome distraction.

The solutions to distraction are directly related to Satan’s methods of distraction. To review briefly, Satan uses three weapons–identity, timing, and counterfeit--to distract us. So, let’s look at the solution for each of Satan’s weapons.

First, we’ll consider identity. In order to resist Satan’s trap of distraction, we must know who we are in Christ and we must be firm and unwavering in standing in that position. When Satan tempts us with distraction, we must take up the shield of faith and wield the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, against him. But if we don’t know we have a shield of faith or a Sword of the Spirit, if we don’t know that we are more than conquerors over Satan through Christ, then we will not resist Satan. Instead, we will fall into his trap of distraction.

Second, we need to stay close to the Lord and listen to the voice of His Holy Spirit regarding His timing for our lives. We must not allow impatience to take over and push us into something that is not God’s right time nor right place. At the same time, we must not hold back when God is telling us to move. Knowing when to move and when to stay requires a listening heart and a listening ear. And a listening heart and a listening ear require a close relationship with Jesus.

Third, we must remember that old saying that “all that glitters isn’t gold.” Just because something looks perfect doesn’t mean that it is. It could just as easily be a trap of the enemy. The more we study the Word of God, the more we will recognize a counterfeit.

A friend of mine who worked as a bank teller once told me that when bank tellers are trained to recognize counterfeit money, they never handle counterfeit money. They handle only real money, and they handle it so often and so well that they will instantly recognize a counterfeit bill when it passes through their hands.

So it is with the Word of God. We must be intentional about studying the Word of God. We must make it a priority in our lives. When we study the Word of God–which is Truth–often enough, we will instantly recognize Satan’s lie when it crosses our path.

In his first letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul is instructing the Church as to how to live as much as possible without care. He wrote this in chapter 7, verse 35: “And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.”

Avoiding the trap of distraction results only from knowing Jesus Christ. Perhaps, as you’ve been listening to this podcast, you’ve been wondering about how you, too, can know Jesus. Let me show you. Just pray this simple prayer after me now:

Lord Jesus, I need You. I want my life to count for You. I want to be free from the distractions that keep me focused on the wrong things. I need Your help. So, I invite You into my life now.  I receive You as my personal Savior and the Lord of my life. Thank You for forgiving me and bringing me into Your family. Thank You for saving me. Thank You for giving me eternal life. I pray this in Your Name. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free e-booklet that will help you get started in your walk with Christ. 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 are not yet a subscriber to the Winning with the Word blog and podcast, I urge you to click on the link below to subscribe now so you will not miss a single weekly episode:

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Please tell your family and friends about “Winning with the Word,” and please pass this post and podcast on to them. Thank you!

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Now it’s your turn: How do you handle distraction? Please leave your comment in the Comment Box below. Thank you.

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For those of you who may not know, I write fiction about many of the issues I deal with in this blog and podcast. My latest novel, Miracle in Milan, has just been released in both print and ebook formats and deals with the issue of unforgiveness. It is the story of a young, female auditor who discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler. You will find Miracle in Milan to be a page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat. To order your copy, go to Amazon or to my website bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. You will also find Miracle in Milan on Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. 

This podcast is funded by listeners like you. If you have been blessed by Winning with the Word, please consider becoming one of my special patrons on Patreon.com. For only $1.00, $3.00, or $5.00 a month, you can help me proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

Winning with the Word now reaches 53 countries on six continents, by God’s grace, because of your faithful support. So please help me to keep Winning with the Word on the air by becoming one of my valued patrons. Your patronage helps to cover the costs of producing, hosting, and distributing Winning with the Word to the four corners of the earth. Patrons receive special benefits, including free books, short stories, podcasts, and videos. So, join my wonderful team of Patrons and become a part of something great!

To become a patron, go to https://www.patreon.com/winningwiththeword 

I would like to thank all of my patrons who are making this podcast possible. I could not do this without you!

Finally, be sure to check out my latest non-fiction book, The Iron Saint. This book, modeled after The Iron Man triathlon, talks about the coming persecution of the Church in America and how you can prepare for it. The Iron Saint is available on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other major book purchasing venues. You may also find it on my website at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. Get a copy for your pastor as well. 

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

To subscribe to Winning with the Word, click here.

To receive my monthly newsletter, click here.

To become a patron of Winning with the Wordclick here.

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Now Available for Purchase: Dr. MaryAnn’s latest novel, Miracle in Milan.

When a young, female auditor discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler, she must choose between ruining him or ruining herself.

Amy Torelli, Chief Auditor for New York City-based Enson Pharmaceuticals, is assigned to audit the books of Enson’s Italian branch in the enchanting city of Milan, Italy. Having made an inner vow never to trust a man again because of her father’s betrayal, Amy finds herself falling in love with Enson Italia’s American-born Vice-President, Ted Masters. Will Ted be the one to cause her to break her inner vow?

Ted McMasters is on the run. A run from rejection. From himself. From God. Having been wounded by a father who made him feel worthless, and having been dumped by the woman he wanted to marry, Ted is determined to keep all women at bay. But will Amy Torelli be the reason he changes his mind?
Miracle in Milan
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EBOOK FORMAT

 

THE IRON SAINT by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD

The Church in America is on the verge of a tremendous spiritual awakening, an awakening that will first be fueled by persecution unlike anything we have ever seen before in this land. Indeed, a prophetic word given in my home church during the month of November gave this warning to the Church: “Prepare for the fire of persecution!”

But the Church is not ready for this persecution. For the most part, the Church in America has been weak and lukewarm. Flabby and lazy. Consumed with the world and not with the things of God. As a result, the Church has been deceived and has subverted the divine order of things.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. MaryAnn Diorio seeks to help equip the saints for the work of true, integritous, and effective ministry. As a teacher in the Body of Christ, it is her burning desire to help correct this devastating error.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. Diorio has outlined a plan of action for strengthening the Church through uncompromising obedience to the Word of God. This plan of action is based on her own 50 years of walking with the Lord and being led by His Holy Spirit.

If you are a born-again believer and member of the Body of Christ, make this book a top reading priority.

PRINT FORMAT

E-BOOK FORMAT

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Check out these popular Winning with the Word podcasts below. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top of the sidebar on this page. 

__How to Be Healed

__How Close Are We to the End?

__Have You Lost Your Hope?

__When Your Prayers Don’t Seem to Be Answered

__Are You Being Deceived?

__The Privilege of Persecution

__7 Signs That the Tribulation Is at Hand

 Are you new to this blog? If so, what is the “Winning with the Word” blog and why will it bless you to read it?

“Winning with the Word” is a weekly blog that helps you to deal with the daily problems of life by using the Bible as your guide to solving them. The Word of God will make you a success in life!

AN INVITATION TO YOU: To subscribe to Winning with the Wordclick here.

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Copyright 2000-2021 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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Whose Report Will You Believe?

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 TO YOU:

To subscribe to this blog, click here. 
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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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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, June 28, 2021, and this is Episode #21 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “Whose Report Will You Believe?”

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Choices. We face them every day. And which choice we make can have a major impact on our life not only while we are here on earth, but also for all eternity.

One of the most important choices we can make is that between truth and falsehood. If we make the wrong choice there, we will head down a path that leads to destruction. The Bible says so in Proverbs 14: 12 NLT: “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.”

So how can we know which path is really the right path? The path that will lead to life?

The answer to that question is, at the same time, both simple and complex. Simple, because the answer is readily found. Complex because the answer requires a major change in our thinking.

This change in thinking is called “the renewing of the mind.” In Romans 12: 1-2, the Bible says this: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

So, the Bible is telling us that when we change the way we think to agree with the way God thinks, we will become a new person and experience God’s good and perfect will for our lives. WOW!  What a promise!

But the promise is contingent on our changing the way we think.

So how do we do this? How do we change our thinking? 

I’ll give you a simple illustration. Let’s say that you lose your job and have a family to support. You know that in the Bible, God says that He will supply everything you need. You also hear Satan shouting at you that you’re going to go under, lose your car, your house, and everything you own,  You now have two opposite reports staring you in the face. One is God’s truth that says that He will provide for you, and the other is Satan’s lie that says you’re going to lose everything. Whose report will you believe? God’s or Satan’s?

It seems as though this is a no-brainer, but, sadly, more people believe Satan’s report than God’s. When we believe something, we agree with it. And the Bible says in Matthew 18: 19-20 that when two or more people agree on something, it will come to pass.

So, here’s the picture. On the one hand, God is giving you a good report that says He will provide for you. On the other hand, Satan is giving you an evil report that says you will go under. You are the referee who will determine which report wins out. If you agree with God, what God says will come to pass. If you agree with Satan, what Satan says will come to pass. 

Each day we face similar choices between Truth (what God says) and Deception (what Satan says). For example, God says you were healed by the stripes of Jesus. But you get a bad medical diagnosis that says you have only six months to live. Whose report will you believe? What the doctor says or what God says?

Now, I’m not implying that doctors represent Satan. (My husband is a physician and I highly respect him and the medical profession). No. What I’m saying is that if any report–whether medical, financial, or otherwise–says something that is opposite from what God says, then we must believe what God says because God cannot lie.

What God says is TRUTH. What Satan says is FACT. Most of the time, TRUTH and FACT do not agree. For example, the doctor may say you have a terminal illness. That is FACT. But God says you are healed. That is TRUTH. Whose report will you believe?

We do not deny FACT, but when TRUTH and FACT disagree, we must choose TRUTH if we want to experience our healing or our financial provision or whatever it is we need from God.

Believing TRUTH will often require downplaying FACT.  Scripture tells us that Abraham was a very old man when God told him he would have a son. Abraham was very likely impotent in the natural, but the Bible says he did not consider his body. In other words, he paid no attention to the fact that his body was incapable of producing a child. He simply believed God. And what happened?Abraham had Isaac, the child of promise. Why was Isaac called “the child of promise?” Because God had promised Abraham that he would give him a son, and God cannot lie.  

When TRUTH and FACT do not agree–as in the case of Abraham–if we want to see God’s promises to us fulfilled in our lives, we have to believe God in spite of the circumstances. For example, if we want to experience healing, we will need to believe God’s promise that we were healed instead of believing the doctor’s report that we are sick. In order to experience God’s promises fulfilled in our lives, we must side with TRUTH and not FACT.  FACT is temporal and, therefore, subject to change. TRUTH is eternal and, therefore, not subject to change. If we believe FACT over TRUTH, FACT will win out. If we believe TRUTH over FACT, TRUTH will win out.

As you go about your life, we will continually face the choice between believing God’s report and believing Satan’s report, between believing TRUTH and believing FACT. The more we believe God’s report, the better life we will have. The converse is also true. The more we believe Satan’s report, the worse life we will have.

Decide now that you are always going to believe God’s report, no matter how much it looks impossible, irrational, or ridiculous. Why? Because God is Truth, and Truth will always prevail in the end.

If you do not yet have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, He is giving you an invitation now to receive Him. Won’t you accept Him as the Truth you need?  

Pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I need You. I need you to know truth because You are Truth. I invite You into my life now.  I receive You as my personal Savior and the Lord of my life. Thank You for forgiving me and bringing me into Your family. Thank You for saving me. Thank You for giving me eternal life. I pray this in Your Name. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free e-booklet that will help you get started in your walk with Christ. 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 are not yet a subscriber to the Winning with the Word blog and podcast, I urge you to click on the link below to subscribe now so you will not miss a single weekly episode:

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Please tell your family and friends about “Winning with the Word,” and please pass this post and podcast on to them. Thank you!

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For those of you who may not know, I write fiction about many of the issues I deal with in this blog and podcast. My latest novel, Miracle in Milan, has just been released in both print and ebook formats and deals with the issue of unforgiveness. It is the story of a young, female auditor who discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler. You will find Miracle in Milan to be a page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat. To order your copy, go to Amazon or to my website bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. You will also find Miracle in Milan on Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. 

This podcast is funded by listeners like you. If you have been blessed by Winning with the Word, please consider becoming one of my special patrons on Patreon.com. For only $1.00, $3.00, or $5.00 a month, you can help me proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

Winning with the Word now reaches 51 countries on six continents, by God’s grace, because of your faithful support. So please help me to keep Winning with the Word on the air by becoming one of my valued patrons. Your patronage helps to cover the costs of producing, hosting, and distributing Winning with the Word to the four corners of the earth. Patrons receive special benefits, including free books, short stories, podcasts, and videos. So, join my wonderful team of Patrons and become a part of something great!

To become a patron, go to https://www.patreon.com/winningwiththeword 

I would like to thank all of my patrons who are making this podcast possible. I could not do this without you!

Finally, be sure to check out my latest non-fiction book, The Iron Saint. This book, modeled after The Iron Man triathlon, talks about the coming persecution of the Church in America and how you can prepare for it. The Iron Saint is available on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other major book purchasing venues. You may also find it on my website at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. Get a copy for your pastor as well. 

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

To subscribe to Winning with the Word, click here.

To receive my monthly newsletter, click here.

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Now Available for Purchase: Dr. MaryAnn’s latest novel, Miracle in Milan.

When a young, female auditor discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler, she must choose between ruining him or ruining herself.

Amy Torelli, Chief Auditor for New York City-based Enson Pharmaceuticals, is assigned to audit the books of Enson’s Italian branch in the enchanting city of Milan, Italy. Having made an inner vow never to trust a man again because of her father’s betrayal, Amy finds herself falling in love with Enson Italia’s American-born Vice-President, Ted Masters. Will Ted be the one to cause her to break her inner vow?

Ted Masters is on the run. A run from rejection. From himself. From God. Having been wounded by a father who made him feel worthless, and having been dumped by the woman he wanted to marry, Ted is determined to keep all women at bay. But will Amy Torelli be the reason he changes his mind?
Miracle in Milan
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THE IRON SAINT by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD

The Church in America is on the verge of a tremendous spiritual awakening, an awakening that will first be fueled by persecution unlike anything we have ever seen before in this land. Indeed, a prophetic word given in my home church during the month of November gave this warning to the Church: “Prepare for the fire of persecution!”

But the Church is not ready for this persecution. For the most part, the Church in America has been weak and lukewarm. Flabby and lazy. Consumed with the world and not with the things of God. As a result, the Church has been deceived and has subverted the divine order of things.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. MaryAnn Diorio seeks to help equip the saints for the work of true, integritous, and effective ministry. As a teacher in the Body of Christ, it is her burning desire to help correct this devastating error.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. Diorio has outlined a plan of action for strengthening the Church through uncompromising obedience to the Word of God. This plan of action is based on her own 50 years of walking with the Lord and being led by His Holy Spirit.

If you are a born-again believer and member of the Body of Christ, make this book a top reading priority.

PRINT FORMAT

E-BOOK FORMAT

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Check out these popular Winning with the Word podcasts below. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top of the sidebar on this page. 

__How to Be Healed

__How Close Are We to the End?

__Have You Lost Your Hope?

__When Your Prayers Don’t Seem to Be Answered

__Are You Being Deceived?

__The Privilege of Persecution

__7 Signs That the Tribulation Is at Hand

 Are you new to this blog? If so, what is the “Winning with the Word” blog and why will it bless you to read it?

“Winning with the Word” is a weekly blog that helps you to deal with the daily problems of life by using the Bible as your guide to solving them. The Word of God will make you a success in life!

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Breaking the Mind Barrier

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 21, 2021, and this is Episode #20 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “Breaking the Mind Barrier”.

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I’m working on another non-fiction book. You guessed it. It’s titled Breaking the Mind Barrier. Lord willing, it will be released by the end of summer 2021.

I started writing this book a few years back and wrote a good part of it, but I didn’t finish it because the time did not seem right. A few days ago, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “Now is the time.”

So, I thought I’d give you, my faithful readers and listeners, a private, advance preview into my forthcoming book, before the rest of the world learns about it. 

Breaking the Mind Barrier is about renewing the mind for success. It’s based on Romans 12: 2 NLT, where the Word of God says this: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

The Word of God has much to say about success. In fact, it is the greatest book on success ever written. Why, then, do most people never read it? The reason is that the Bible has been lied about, and the God of the Bible has been maligned. Instead of reading the Bible for themselves, people have listened to the lies of others about the Bible. In listening to those lies, they have short-changed themselves from taking advantage of the greatest book of all time.

Are you one of those people? If so, decide to change that today by breaking the mental barrier that is keeping you from knowing the truth.

That’s what the mind barrier is, you know. It’s a mental barrier–consisting of a lie–that keeps you from knowing and accepting truth. Consequently, it keeps you enslaved to defeat and despair. 

Most–if not all–of us have had mental barriers to truth. Most of the time, we develop them in childhood when well-meaning parents or guardians say things that are not in sync with our true identity–things like, “You’ll never amount to much” or “You never do anything right.”  These labels–as I call them–stick to us, most of the time for the rest of our lives. And these labels keep us from fulfilling our true destiny.

In my forthcoming book, Breaking the Mind Barrier, I discuss the three key points to breaking the mental strongholds that are keeping us from success. These three steps are: 1) Identifying the lies we believe;
2) Renouncing those lies; and 3) Replacing the lies with the truth that alone sets us free.

Let me give you a quick overview of each step:

1. Identifying the Lie. Unless we can identify the mental barrier that is keeping us from success, we will not be able to deal with that mental barrier. We will be ignorant of it and of the havoc it is wreaking in our lives. Breaking the Mind Barrier will help you to identify the lies you believe so that you can address them.

2. Renouncing the Lie. Once we identify the lies we believe, we must repent of them and renounce them. To renounce means to turn away from those lies, to stop believing them. In Breaking the Mind Barrier, I will show you how to do that.

3. Replacing the Lie with the Truth. Once we turn from the lie, we must replace it with the truth. Otherwise, we will create a vacuum, and we all know what happens with a vacuum. If we don’t fill the vacuum with truth, it will automatically fill up with more lies. Scripture describes this process in Matthew 12: 43-45: 

“When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none. Then it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before. That will be the experience of this evil generation.” ~ Matthew 12: 43-45 NLT:

All of us have mental barriers that need to be broken. The more mental barriers to truth that we break, the freer we will be. Why? Because Jesus said, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8: 32 BSB).

Do you want to be set free from mental barriers that are keeping you from success? Then read and study the Bible. It contains all the principles of success that you will ever need. Listen to the Lord’s words to Joshua: “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” (Joshua 1: 8 NLT). 

If you want to be successful, study the Bible. There you will learn about Truth Himself, Jesus Christ, the One Who died to save you.

If you do not yet have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, He is giving you an invitation now to receive Him. Won’t you accept Him as the Truth you need?  

Pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I need You. I need you to know truth because You are Truth. I invite You into my life now.  I receive You as my personal Savior and the Lord of my life. Thank You for forgiving me and bringing me into Your family. Thank You for saving me. Thank You for giving me eternal life. I pray this in Your Name. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free e-booklet that will help you get started in your walk with Christ. 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 are not yet a subscriber to the Winning with the Word blog and podcast, I urge you to click on the link below to subscribe now so you will not miss a single weekly episode:

https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/w4q0z

Please tell your family and friends about “Winning with the Word,” and please pass this post and podcast on to them. Thank you!

PLEASE TWEET: “Breaking the Mind Barrier” (CLICK TO TWEET)

Now it’s your turn: Do you struggle with thinking negative thoughts? What have you done to overcome your struggle?  Please leave your comment in the Comment Box below. Thank you.

Photo Source: David Marks (Pixabay)
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For those of you who may not know, I write fiction about many of the issues I deal with in this blog and podcast. My latest novel, Miracle in Milan, has just been released in both print and ebook formats and deals with the issue of unforgiveness. It is the story of a young, female auditor who discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler. You will find Miracle in Milan to be a page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat. To order your copy, go to Amazon or to my website bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. You will also find Miracle in Milan on Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. 

This podcast is funded by listeners like you. If you have been blessed by Winning with the Word, please consider becoming one of my special patrons on Patreon.com. For only $1.00, $3.00, or $5.00 a month, you can help me proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

Winning with the Word now reaches 51 countries on six continents, by God’s grace, because of your faithful support. So please help me to keep Winning with the Word on the air by becoming one of my valued patrons. Your patronage helps to cover the costs of producing, hosting, and distributing Winning with the Word to the four corners of the earth. Patrons receive special benefits, including free books, short stories, podcasts, and videos. So, join my wonderful team of Patrons and become a part of something great!

To become a patron, go to https://www.patreon.com/winningwiththeword 

I would like to thank all of my patrons who are making this podcast possible. I could not do this without you!

Finally, be sure to check out my latest non-fiction book, The Iron Saint. This book, modeled after The Iron Man triathlon, talks about the coming persecution of the Church in America and how you can prepare for it. The Iron Saint is available on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other major book purchasing venues. You may also find it on my website at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. Get a copy for your pastor as well. 

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

To subscribe to Winning with the Word, click here.

To receive my monthly newsletter, click here.

To become a patron of Winning with the Wordclick here.

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Now Available for Purchase: Dr. MaryAnn’s latest novel, Miracle in Milan.

When a young, female auditor discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler, she must choose between ruining him or ruining herself.

Amy Torelli, Chief Auditor for New York City-based Enson Pharmaceuticals, is assigned to audit the books of Enson’s Italian branch in the enchanting city of Milan, Italy. Having made an inner vow never to trust a man again because of her father’s betrayal, Amy finds herself falling in love with Enson Italia’s American-born Vice-President, Ted Masters. Will Ted be the one to cause her to break her inner vow?

Ted Masters is on the run. A run from rejection. From himself. From God. Having been wounded by a father who made him feel worthless, and having been dumped by the woman he wanted to marry, Ted is determined to keep all women at bay. But will Amy Torelli be the reason he changes his mind?
Miracle in Milan
PRINT FORMAT

EBOOK FORMAT

 

THE IRON SAINT by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD

The Church in America is on the verge of a tremendous spiritual awakening, an awakening that will first be fueled by persecution unlike anything we have ever seen before in this land. Indeed, a prophetic word given in my home church during the month of November gave this warning to the Church: “Prepare for the fire of persecution!”

But the Church is not ready for this persecution. For the most part, the Church in America has been weak and lukewarm. Flabby and lazy. Consumed with the world and not with the things of God. As a result, the Church has been deceived and has subverted the divine order of things.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. MaryAnn Diorio seeks to help equip the saints for the work of true, integritous, and effective ministry. As a teacher in the Body of Christ, it is her burning desire to help correct this devastating error.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. Diorio has outlined a plan of action for strengthening the Church through uncompromising obedience to the Word of God. This plan of action is based on her own 50 years of walking with the Lord and being led by His Holy Spirit.

If you are a born-again believer and member of the Body of Christ, make this book a top reading priority.

PRINT FORMAT

E-BOOK FORMAT

_________________________________
Check out these popular Winning with the Word podcasts below. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top of the sidebar on this page. 

__How to Be Healed

__How Close Are We to the End?

__Have You Lost Your Hope?

__When Your Prayers Don’t Seem to Be Answered

__Are You Being Deceived?

__The Privilege of Persecution

__7 Signs That the Tribulation Is at Hand

 Are you new to this blog? If so, what is the “Winning with the Word” blog and why will it bless you to read it?

“Winning with the Word” is a weekly blog that helps you to deal with the daily problems of life by using the Bible as your guide to solving them. The Word of God will make you a success in life!

AN INVITATION TO YOU: To subscribe to Winning with the Wordclick here.

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Copyright 2000-2021 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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