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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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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Are You in Bondage to Legalism?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

WINNING WITH THE WORD

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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 24, 2022, and this is Episode #31 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “Are You in Bondage to Legalism?”

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I grew up in a very legalistic denomination where the concept of salvation by works was given equal importance as the concept of salvation by grace. This false teaching caused me great spiritual distress over the years and placed unnecessary burdens on me, resulting in bondage that took me a long time to get rid of.  

So what are some of the signs of a legalistic spirit?

1. Perfectionism. People under bondage to legalism tend to be perfectionists who are hard on others and even harder on themselves. This is also called “performance syndrome.” Such people think that if they just do a bit more—for example, read the Bible more, pray more, do more good works—they will earn God’s approval and His love.  They have trouble accepting a free gift, any gift for which they did not work, at least in part.

2. Lack of assurance of salvation. Those in bondage to legalism often doubt their salvation because they feel they have to do good works in order to be saved. They do not understand that their good works profit them nothing as far as getting into heaven is concerned. Good works determine our rewards only after we get into Heaven. But legalists have difficulty accepting that truth.

3. Difficulty overcoming sin. A person in bondage to legalism has trouble accepting God’s grace. The legalistic person has the attitude that there’s no free lunch, even when it comes to salvation. Well, he’s right that there’s no free lunch, but he fails to understand that Jesus paid for our salvation by dying on the Cross and rising from the dead.

4. A critical spirit. Legalists often criticize those with whom they don’t agree. This critical spirit stems out of a failure to receive God’s unconditional love. 

5. Bondage to religious tradition. Legalists believe that repeated practices and protocols win them favor with God and, hence, entrance into Heaven. They resist change because, as they say, “This is the way we’ve always done it.”  While God is unchangeable in His essence, He is not opposed to doing new things. 

There is a certain degree of pride in the person bound to legalism. That person believes that the Lord’s sacrifice was incomplete—not enough to save him—and that the person himself has to earn at least part of his salvation. This is heresy. 

Also, the legalistic person has not yet grasped that God loves him unconditionally, probably because his earthly father or mother did not love him unconditionally. The legalistic person, therefore, feels that he must continually strive to earn the grade.

If you are in bondage to legalism, the first thing you need to do is to experience God’s unconditional love for you. If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, I urge you to do so 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 acknowledge that You alone can save me and that there’s nothing I can do o my end to get into Heaven.  I repent of legalism. 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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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

 

 

 

To subscribe to Winning with the Word, click here.

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Relationship! Relationship! Relationship!

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

WINNING WITH THE WORD

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, May 23, 2022, and this is Episode #21 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “Relationship! Relationship! Relationship!”
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You have very likely heard the real estate term, “Location! Location! Location!” This term implies that location is everything in determining the value of a house.  A modest house in a prime location is usually worth more than a luxurious house in an undesirable location.

Taking our cue from the “Location! Location! Location!” slogan, let’s modify it a bit and talk about “Relationship! Relationship! Relationship”! 

When it comes to life, relationship is everything in determining the value of life. A loving, honest, and deep relationship between two people is worth far more than a superficial relationship that is such because of neglect.

Relationships are God’s idea. Starting with the primary and paramount relationship–that between God and man through Jesus Christ–relationships are, ultimately, the most important thing in life. But, too often, we don’t recognize that truth until it is too late.

Sadly, many people relegate relationship to a secondary position, after their job or career, sports or hobbies, or, nowadays, their cell phones. If you are one of these people, listen up.

In my many years of ministry, I’ve met countless people who reach the latter part of their lives carrying deep regret. They regret having spent too much time building a career and too little time building a marriage or a relationship with their children. Too much time chasing the dollar and too little time chasing the dream God had for them. Too much time focusing on the world and too little time focusing on the things of God. The result is a deep sense of regret, remorse, and grief. Yes, grief.

You see, my friend, time is life. It is the only thing that, once spent, can never be retrieved. When we are young, we thing we have a lot of time ahead of us. But, when we are older, we realize at how quickly time passes and how little we may have left.  While no one knows his last day on earth, the odds against our having a lot of time left grow greater the older we get. 

So, I ask you: What are you doing with your time? Your life? How are you spending it? Are you spending it in a way that will cause you great regret, remorse, and grief when you approach the end of it? If so, stop now and change direction. 

What are you doing with your relationships, especially your most important ones?  Are you cultivating them or neglecting them? 

Most of all, what are you doing with your relationship with God? Do you even have a relationship with God? If not, why not? 

Perhaps you feel it’s too late for you. Perhaps you’ve already messed up your relationships. Well, if so, let me encourage you. There is a wonderful Bible verse in Joel 2: 25 just for you. It is this: “The Lord says, ‘I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts.'”  Hallelujah! This is called Redemption.  

What the Lord is saying is that what Satan has stolen from you–whether it is your joy, your peace, or your hope– God will give it back to you. I can vouch to this from my own life.  Before I came to Christ, Satan stole my joy, my peace, and my hope. But after I accepted Jesus as my Savior and Lord, God restored them all.

And He will do the same for you. God will restore to you your joy, your peace, and your hope. But there is only one way for them to be restored. That way is for you to establish a relationship with Jesus Christ by receiving Him into your life.

A relationship with Jesus is the primary relationship, the foundational relationship on which all other relationships are built. If we do not have a relationship with Jesus, we cannot have an ultimately successful relationship with anyone else. 

As many of you know, I write fiction. All of my novels deal with relationship. My latest novel, Miracle in Milan, is the story of a young female auditor who discovers that the man she loves is an embezzler. As you can imagine, there are a lot of relationship challenges in that story. 

Relationships involve time, commitment, and cultivation. Relationships are more important than anything else in life. That is the reason Satan fights relationships so relentlessly. He especially fights our relationship with Jesus Christ. Satan will do anything, first of all to keep us from establishing a relationship with Jesus, and then, after we do accept Christ, Satan will fight to draw us away from Him.

But the good news is that once we have a relationship with Jesus, we have the grace, the authority, and the power to overcome the challenges of every other relationship in our lives.

So, the first step in having healthful relationships is to accept Jesus Christ into your life as your Savior and Lord. He desires a personal relationship with you. Won’t you accept his invitation? All you need to do is to repent of your sin, which means to turn away from it, ask Jesus to forgive you, and invite him into your life. Please pray this simple prayer after me:

Lord Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner. I admit that I have been going the wrong way, my own way and not your way. I desire a relationship with You. I recognize that my sin put You on that Cross where You died for me. So, I repent of my sin, I turn away from it, and I ask You to forgive me. I invite You into my life now. I receive You now as my Savior and my Lord. Thank You for saving me. 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 wonderful years, and He has never failed me. Nor will he ever fail you if you choose to follow Him. 

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

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

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

Until next time, remember that God loves you just as you are and just where you are, and that He will help you to keep on Winning with the Word!
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The Subtle Lure of Cultural Pressure

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

WINNING WITH THE WORD

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

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

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

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

What kind of trap?

A trap that leads to death and destruction.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join my wonderful Team of Readers by subscribing to my Author Newsletter at
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Copyright 2000-2022 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All Rights Reserved. This article may not be published or printed in any form whatsoever without the written permission of Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. You may contact her at info@maryanndiorio.com to request permission.

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The Sting of Betrayal

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, January 3, 2022, and this is Episode #1 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “The Sting of Betrayal.”

There is, perhaps, no emotional pain more piercing than the sting of betrayal. We can usually push through the pain of losing a loved one, losing a job, or meeting with failure. But when it comes to betrayal, it is a pill very hard to swallow.

Why is this so? 

The main reason is that betrayal is the violation of a sacred trust. And the violation of a sacred trust produces shock, anger, and a deep sense of loss and grief. But, unlike other losses in life, betrayal carries with it the knowledge that it did not have to happen. It most often happens because of one’s deliberate, hurtful decision, usually resulting from selfishness. 

Betrayal produces great conflict in a relationship. The person one trusted implicitly is now the person one seemingly cannot trust at all. When the betrayal occurs in marriage, its effects can be devastating. 

Betrayal is a form of emotional abuse that can cause all kinds of physical and emotional symptoms. Some of these include sleeplessness, nightmares, anxiety, and self-doubt. 

The Bible has a lot to say about betrayal. Indeed, Jesus experienced the ultimate betrayal when Judas Iscariot sold him to the enemy for thirty pieces of silver.

So, how should we respond when we have been betrayed?

Scripture assures us that one who betrays will not go unpunished unless he repents. There are both spiritual and natural consequences to betrayal. At the same time, the Bible commands us to forgive the person who betrayed us.

Forgiveness is essential not only because God commands it, but also because forgiveness sets us free from the harmful effects of betrayal on our own minds and bodies. In Matthew 6: 14-15, the Word of God warns us that if we do not forgive, we will not be forgiven. This is a very serious matter.

If you have been betrayed, God is calling you today to forgive the person who betrayed you. As ludicrous as it sounds, you may even need to forgive God for allowing the betrayal. Remember this; Whatever God allows in our lives, He allows for our ultimate good.

Perhaps you have been the one who has betrayed. If so, you need to ask forgiveness of the person you betrayed. And then you need to do everything in your power to restore trust in your relationship. 

While betrayal is a very serious matter, it does not have to mean the end of a relationship. Trust can be restored if both parties are willing to make a commitment to complete reconciliation. Consider, for example, Jesus and Peter. After Peter’s betrayal, our Lord forgive him completely and entrusted him with a leadership position in the Church. 

 
There are three important steps we can take when we’ve been betrayed:

1. Call the betrayal for what it is: a violation of your trust.
2. Forgive the person who betrayed you and, if possible, be reconciled.

3. Learn from the betrayal and move on.

Finally, we must remember that all of us are broken people with the propensity to commit every sin. Just as we want to receive grace when we sin, so must we give grace when others sin against us. In doing so, we will be following the example of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Forgiving betrayal can come only through His power. If you have not yet received Christ, I urge you to do so now. Pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I am deeply hurting because I have been betrayed. Yet, no one understands the sting of betrayal better than You. I need Your power to forgive the person who betrayed me. I need Your power to be set free from the pain of betrayal. So, I invite You now into my life now to be my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving me of betraying You by my sin. Thank You for restoring me to fellowship with You. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

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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.

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