by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines 
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

“Matters of the Heart” is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to examine your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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Friends have been writing to me with the same recurring theme:  “No sooner do I get hit with one demonic attack than another one follows close on its heels. I get knocked down, barely get up, and am knocked down again!”

Does this sound like you? Are you growing weary with the fight and ready to give up?

If so, then read on.

Jesus warned us that trouble would increase as His return approaches. You see, Satan knows he doesn’t have much time left to do his dirty work, so he has grown vicious with anger and has intensified his efforts to destroy Christ-Followers (Revelation 12: 17). He has also loosed full-blown deception on the world-at-large to keep people from knowing truth and coming to a saving knowledge of Christ. 

So, don’t be discouraged. And whatever you do, DON’T QUIT!

Listen to what our LORD Himself said: “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16: 33 NLT).

One reason you may be feeling discouraged is that you are relying on your own strength to get you through. This is a big mistake. Our strength will never get us through anything. It is only the strength of Christ in us that will get us through.

When we rely on Christ’s strength within us, we enter a state of rest. Rest is that place where we let go and let God.

So, whatever you are facing today, let Jesus handle it for you. Give it over to Him and trust that He will get you through. Determine to keep running your race and to finish strong.

Finally, don’t give up; look up! Our Lord is coming soon to deliver us from this cesspool of corruption called the world. So, rejoice! Our deliverance is near!  Oh, so very near!

My Prayer for You Today: Lord Jesus, I ask that You would encourage my brother and sister today with the encouragement that only You can give. Help them to focus on You and to rest in You. In Your precious Name I pray. So be it!

Now, it’s YOUR turn: How do you encourage yourself in the Lord? Please share your insights in the Comments box below. Thank you!


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How to Defeat the Giants in Your Life

What giants are you facing in your life? Health issues? Money issues? Relationship issues? Whatever the case, you can not only face those giants, but you can overcome them.  How? By using these three weapons:

Attitude. The perspective you take regarding the giants in your life is critical to your success in defeating those giants. Consider the Psalmist David. When he visited the Israeli camp as a teenage boy to bring food to his soldier brothers, he found the Israelites cowering in the face of Goliath. Now the Israelites were grown men and expertly trained soldiers. David was a shepherd boy who had had no formal military training.

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But what did David do? He rebuked the Israelites for their faithless, cowardly attitude. He reminded them that they had God on their side, and he dared Goliath to defy the living God. Listen to David’s words to Goliath, words that reveal David’s attitude: “David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.‘”

David knew who he was in God. He knew that his power came from God. He knew that God was mightier than any enemy. And he knew that he could defeat any enemy with the power of God on his side.

So can you!

Methodology. Saul offered David his armor and sword. David refused them because they didn’t fit right. In overcoming the giants in our lives, we must know who we are and act based on that knowledge. We must listen to God’s directions for overcoming each giant in our life.  He may give us one strategy for one giant, and another strategy for another giant. The key is to hear the voice of God and to obey it. David heard God’s voice and obeyed it.

So can you!

Faith. David confronted Goliath head-on, and David did so in God’s strength, not his own. Having developed an intimate relationship with God, David knew Him well and trusted His character. He knew God would never fail him. Simply put, David believed God!

So can you!

Attitude. Methodology. Faith. Three tools that will help you overcome the giants in your life, every single time.

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