Why Do I Need to Repent?

by 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, May 24, 2021, and this is Episode #16 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “Why Do I Need to Repent?”

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According to the Blue Letter Bible (blueletterbible.org), the word “repent” appears 46 times in 43 verses in the King James version of the Bible. 

What does it mean to repent, and why does the Bible command us to do so?

First, let’s take a look at the meaning of the word repent. In common parlance, to repent means to feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrongdoing or sin; to view or think of (an action or omission) with deep regret or remorse.”

While these are good definitions for the word repent, the Biblical concept of the word repent goes even deeper. According to the Bible, to repent means to change one’s mind. To do a 180-degree turn in the opposite direction.

We find this meaning of the word repent in Acts 3: 19 where the Greek word metanoeō (met-an-o-eh’-o) is used for the word repent. Metanoeō is defined in Strong’s Concordance as “to change one’s mind; to change one’s mind for the better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins.” In his commentary on the verse, theologian F. F. Bruce writes: “Repentance (metanoia, ‘change of mind’) involves a turning with contrition from sin to God; the repentant sinner is in the proper condition to accept the divine forgiveness.” 

So, now that we’ve explored the definition of the word repent, why do we need to repent? Indeed, why does the Bible command us to repent?

Here are three basic reasons we all need to repent:

1. We are all sinners, and sin is an affront to God Who is perfectly holy. The Bible tells us in Romans 3: 23 that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Sin cannot stand in the Presence of a Holy God. When man fell in the Garden of Eden, his sin separated him from God. There was no way that man could atone for sin to a perfectly holy God because man was now hopelessly sinful and imperfect. Were it not for the mercy of God in sending Jesus to atone for our sin, mankind would have been doomed to spend eternity separated from God and in unspeakable torment. 

2. If we don’t repent of our sin, we will spend eternity separated from God in an indescribably horrific place called Hell. While Jesus paid the price for our sin by His death and resurrection, we must individually receive His gift of eternal life in order to go to Heaven. In John 3: 3, Jesus says, “Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” A gift is not a gift until one receives it. So, it is critically important that if a person wants to be saved, he accept Jesus Christ as his Savior.

3. Repentance reconnects us with God through Jesus Christ and allows us to go to Heaven when we die. Whereas sin separates us from God, repentance reconnects us with Him. When we repent, we are saying, in essence, that we choose God over sin and that we desire a relationship with Him above a relationship with sin.

If you have not yet repented and accepted Jesus as your Savior and Lord, I urge you to do so now, before it is too late. He is returning soon to remove His followers from this earth before the coming Great Tribulation that will bring untold horror on the earth. To receive Jesus Christ, pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I need You. I don’t want to live in sin any longer. 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. In Your Name, I pray. 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 can guide you as you grow in Him.

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Are You Walking the Narrow Road?

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, September 14, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #36 in Series 2020 and is titled “Are You Walking the Narrow Road?”

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In the seventh chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, verse 13, the Word of God gives a sobering command and warning: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.”

What is the narrow gate? One Biblical commentator calls the narrow gate “the gate of true conversion” (Benson).  Many pray the sinner’s prayer and

believe that is all they need to do to be saved. But to pray the sinner’s prayer without turning away from sin, without crucifying the flesh, without obey the Lord’s commands is pointless–and even dangerous.

True conversion means turning away from sin and living a life of holiness. This takes great effort, and few people are willing to put in the effort. It is not easy to say no to the flesh–to greed, to lust, to selfish ambition. Yet, that is precisely what we must do if we want to follow Jesus Christ.

There is a huge difference between accepting Christ as our Savior and accepting Him as our Lord. He Himself said that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments. Accepting Christ as Savior alone has a selfish aspect to it because it is an act of concern only for one’s personal salvation. While this is certainly a good thing, the act cannot stop there. It must go beyond the concern for deliverance from Hell to the love that inspires perfect obedience to the Lord Who saved us.

When Jesus called His twelve apostles, He commanded them to FOLLOW Him.  One definition of the word follow means to take orders from. When we choose to follow Jesus, we choose to take our orders from Him and to put aside our own will and desires in order to accomplish His.

Christians are often accused of being narrow-minded. Well, we are narrow-minded because our minds are continually focused on staying on the narrow road. It is far too easy to fall off the edge of the narrow road into the ditch of sin precisely because the road is narrow.  So our minds must continually focus on this truth—that the road is narrow and we must walk it carefully and not move off of it.

Jesus said, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 19: 23). The sign of true conversion is self-denial. The cross we are to carry daily is precisely this self-denial. It is saying no daily to all those desires that are contrary to God’s Word and choosing, instead, to obey the Lord’s commands as found in His Word.

If you have made Jesus your Savior but not your Lord, I urge you to repent and to complete a full conversion. Turn from your sins and begin to obey the Lord’s commands.

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and Lord, please do so now by praying this prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I want to make you both Savior and Lord of my life. I accept You now as my Savior and as my Lord. Forgive me of my sin. Cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Give me Your grace to follow you, to deny myself, and to obey you all the days of my life. I ask and receive in Your precious Name. Amen.

If you prayed this simple prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a little 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 instructs 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.

For those of you who may not know, I write fiction about many of the issues I deal with in this blog and podcast. I encourage you to visit my website bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table

If you have been blessed by this blog and podcast, I encourage you to share them with others. I also invite you to become a Winning with the Word patron on Patreon. As a patron you will enjoy special benefits only for my patrons. Just go to Patreon.com and search for Winning with the Word to join. I would like to thank all of my patrons who are making this podcast possible. We now reach 26 countries all over the world. I could not do this without your help.

Thank you so much for listening. This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, reminding you 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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Why You Need to Be Born Again

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 29, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #26 in Series 2020 and is titled “Why You Need to Be Born Again”.

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Sadly, the term “born again” has fallen into disrepute over recent years, despite the fact that it is the most important term that one must address regarding one’s eternal destiny. People who are born again have been ridiculed, criticized, and even ostracized. Have you ever wondered why?

Often, when there is great public outrage against something, it is due to the fact that that “something” is true. You see, the truth offends. It has offended from the fall of Adam and Eve. It offended when Jesus walked the earth. And it continues to offend today.

Why does the truth offend?  Because it challenges a person’s self-will, his desire to be his own god. 

Rebellion is at the heart of the human condition. It was rebellion that brought evil into the world, and today, it is still rebellion that perpetuates evil.

Because of our first parents, Adam and Eve, each of us is born into this world with a sin nature. This means that we enter this world with spirits disconnected from God. In other words, spirits that are dead, for there is no life unless we are connected to God.

When Adam and Eve rebelled against God, they died spiritually and, eventually, physically. God never intended for us to die physically. Sin caused physical death as well as spiritual death. 

After they sinned, Adam and Eve were helpless to regain what they had given up by obeying Satan instead of obeying God. There was nothing our first parents could ever do to be restored to their original condition. Consequently, since they had corrupted themselves by their sin, they could pass on to us only corruption–spiritual, mental, and physical. They could only give us what they had. 

But God loved Adam and Eve and all of us, their descendants, so very much that He took it upon Himself to rescue us, to reconnect us to Himself. There was only one way He could do so. God needed a scapegoat–someone who was not only God and capable of paying a perfect price to our perfect God, but who also would become a man in order to represent mankind and stand in our place as our substitute. That Someone was Jesus Christ, God’s only Son!

Ever since that day when Jesus rose from the dead, He has been offering His gift of salvation to all who would take it. Won’t you accept His gift of salvation today? Tomorrow may be too late.

You see, when a person is born again by accepting Christ’s gift of salvation, that person is reconnected to God the Father. This reconnection qualifies the person to spend eternity with his Father in Heaven because he has become a member of God’s family.

So why should being born again matter to you? It should matter because whether or not you are born again will determine your existence for all eternity after you die. Contrary to popular teachings, you will continue to exist after you die physically and leave this earth. Your spirit and your soul will continue to exist in one of two places: Heaven or Hell. The choice is up to you, but you must make that choice before you die physically. You will not be permitted to make that choice after you die physically.

But the only way to ensure that your spirit and soul go to Heaven after you die is for you to be born again. Only those who are born again are permitted entrance into Heaven. Those who are not born again will go to Hell and remain there forever and forever and forever in a state of eternal torment–with no hope of ever leaving that horrific place.  And yes. Heaven and Hell are real places.

So, I urge you, accept Jesus Christ as the only One Who can save you. The Bible says in Acts 4: 12 CEV that “only Jesus has the power to save! His name is the only one in all the world that can save anyone.”

Won’t you run to that Name now and be saved? Please pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I have been duped by many who say that I don’t need You, that I can save myself. But I see now that I was believing a lie. Forgive me! You are the only one who can save me. So I accept You now as my Savior and Lord. Come into my life. Make of me what You created me to be. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

If you prayed this simple prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a little 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 instructs 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.

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Thank you so much for listening. This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, reminding you 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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__Is the World Coming to an End?

__The Coming Global Cataclysm

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