Progressive Christianity: The Hoax of the Century

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, May 9, 2022, and this is Episode #19 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “Progressive Christianity: The Hoax of the Century.”
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It has been said that the most dangerous place in the world is inside a church.

Why?

Because one would never expect to find Satan inside a church.

But, not only is he there; he is hidden and camouflaged to the point that we view him as a light when he is actually the same old, evil deceiver. 

So, how has Satan infiltrated the Church today? What am I talking about specifically?

I’m talking about Progressive Christianity.

You may have heard the term. It sounds so innocuous, doesn’t it? So cool, even. After all, progress is a good thing, right?

Not always. In fact, Progressive Christianity is not progress at all but, rather, a falling away from the essential truths of Christianity. It is the most dangerous heresy–or conglomeration of heresies–to have infiltrated the Church in this century.

Progressive Christianity now has a strong but sinister presence in our seminaries and pulpits. It has even found its way into the media that is unashamedly propagating its tenets in order to undermine the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

When the Apostle Paul was on earth, he warned of heresies that would enter the Church. He called these heresies “another Gospel”. He warned in Galatians 1: 9 that “if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”  Pretty strong words!

Progressive Christianity is “another Gospel” — not the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. Not the Gospel we received from the Word of God.

So, what is Progressive Christianity? In what ways is it a false Gospel?

Progressive Christianity grew out of the Emergent Church Movement of the late 1990s and early 2000s. As its name implies, Progressive Christianity considers it progress to re-examine, re-define, and, if necessary, reject the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. 

Here are some of the problems with the teachings of Progressing Christianity:

1__It denies that the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God and absolute Truth. 

2__It denies the doctrine of original sin, the Biblical teaching that every human being is born into this world spiritually separated from God by sin. 

3__It ignores the concept of sin altogether and does not teach about the need for repentance from sin and accepting Christ as Savior and Lord.

4__It denies the Blood of Christ, His substitutionary Atonement on the Cross, and the Resurrection. 

5__It denies the existence of Hell, a very real place where those who reject Christ will spend eternity.

6__It aligns itself with anti-Biblical, cultural trends like abortion, same-sex marriage, and gender identity.

7__It preaches a gospel of social justice and universal salvation instead of the true Gospel of repentance from personal sin, personal salvation, and personal redemption. 

8__It places undue emphasis on saving planet Earth, worshipping the earth more than the Creator of the earth.

So, what can we who are followers of the true Gospel do to stem the tide of Progressive Christianity:

1. Know the Truth. We must saturate ourselves with the Word of God so that we will instantly recognize any teaching contrary to the Word of God. Just as a bank teller-in-training never handles counterfeit money but gets to know real money so well in order instantly to be able to recognize counterfeit money, so must we study God’s Word, the real Truth, in order to be able to recognize a counterfeit.

2. Be bold. We must speak out against the lies of the enemy and replace those lies with the Truth as found in the Bible. We must resist the fear of man–worrying about what people think–and fear God instead. We will be persecuted for speaking the Truth, but we must speak it anyway. Jesus warned us that we would be hated by the world. He said this in John 15: 18: “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” It is a great honor and privilege to be hated for the cause of Christ.

3. Stand up for life from its beginning to its end. Speak out against abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. The sacredness of human life is the core issue of our day. Unless we hold life sacred in all its stages, nothing else matters.

4. Uphold Absolute Truth and speak out against relativism.  Progressive Christianity espouses the lie that truth cannot be known, so each person must create his own truth. Progressive Christianity teaches that your truth is your truth, and my truth is my truth. This is called Relativism.

Truth is not what we decide it is. Truth is what God decides it is, and He has already decided what Truth is and has declared it in the Bible, His Holy Word. 

If you have been attending a church that espouses Progressive Christianity, run away from it as fast as you can. Be sure that your pastor teaches the full counsel of God without compromise. That full counsel is found only in the Holy Bible. The Bible is the final authority and standard of living for the true Christ-Follower.

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 acknowledge my sin before You. I recognize that my sin put You on that Cross where You died for me. So, I repent of my sin, 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, O God. 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 world 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 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.

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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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Holding On to the End of Your Rope

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, April 4, 2022, and this is Episode #14 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “Holding On to the End of Your Rope.”

In my award-winning novel, In Black and White, my main character, white woman Tori Pendola, faces rejection, guilt, and racial injustice as she strives to remain true to the black man she loves. The question she faces at the beginning of the story is, Will their love survive the cruel and bitter attacks against them, or will hatred and prejudice gain the upper hand?

As Tori faces the demons of societal hatred, she reaches the end of her rope. Scorned by her parents and friends, she finds strength in her faith in God to hold on tightly to the end of her rope and to hang on even when things seem impossible.

Perhaps you, too, are hanging on to the end of your rope. Perhaps you, too, are facing a hopeless situation whose solution or resolution seems impossible. If so, I urge you to hang on to the end of your rope, for help is nearby.

So, what does it mean in practical terms to hang on to the end of your rope?  Here are a few thoughts from one who has had to hang on to the end of her rope many times during her 76 years here on this earth:

1) Focus on who is holding the rope. God Himself is holding your rope, and God won’t let go. You can trust that He has a firm grip on your life and that you will not fall as long as you trust Him.

2) Focus on what the rope is made of. God’s rope is unbreakable. It is made of faith. It will hold you as long as you hold it. It is only when we let go of God’s rope that we fall into danger and destruction.

3) Focus on one moment at a time. Don’t think about how much longer you will have to hang on to the end of your rope. Think about how long you have already hung on, and hung on successfully. With God’s help, you can hang on one more minute. Remember this: God will not allow you to hang on to your rope beyond the strength He gives you. And He will give you His strength until it’s His time to lift you off the rope.

The expression “at the end of one’s rope” is primarily an American expression. The British say “at the end of one’s tether.” The phrase can be traced back to the 1680s. Its meaning refers to someone who has been thrown a safety rope and has run out of length, strength, endurance, or patience.

Why does God allow ropes in our lives for us to hang on to? One of the chief reasons is to get our attention. To get us to turn to Him when we have nowhere else to turn. When we are at the end of our rope, we are in a very vulnerable position of helplessness. And, sad to say, most of the time we have to reach that position before we will turn to God.

In my novel, Tori was at the end of her rope. But as she hung there, she learned some powerful truths about herself and about God–truths you will find out when you read the book. Purchase details for In Black and White are at the end of this blog post or in the show notes if you’re listening to the podcast.

If you have reached the end of your rope and want to turn to Jesus Christ, pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I am at the end of my rope and don’t know where to turn. Dr. MaryAnn says I should turn to you. So I do. I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I repent of my sin, and I ask You to forgive me. I recognize that my sin put You on that Cross where You died for me. Forgive me, Lord! Cleanse me. I want to be born again. I want to escape Your wrath and receive Your mercy and grace. I want to get off this rope. So I receive You now as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for saving me. Lead me to a good church with a good pastor who preaches Your Word without compromise. Make me what You created me to be, O God. 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 need help to move forward in your relationship with Jesus, consider hiring me as your personal life coach. Contact me at drmaryann@celebrationlifecoaching.com to set up an appointment. Also, visit my website at CelebrationLifeCoaching.com for answers to many of your questions about coaching and for testimonials from some of the clients I have already helped.

For example, Tracy said this; “Personal coaching was like having a personal trainer for the mind.”
Just click here: CelebrationLifeCoaching.com/testimonials.

Also, visit my bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table for outstanding books that I have written that will bless you.

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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Where Is the World Headed?

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, March 14, 2022, and this is Episode #11 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “Where Is the World Headed?”

Wherever we turn, someone is giving an opinion of what is happening in our world. If you feel confused, you are not alone.

The purpose of my message this week is to enlighten you to the truth of what is really going on.

So, you may be asking, “How do you know what’s really going on, Dr. MaryAnn? What is your source of information?”

Great question! And one that should always be asked: What is the source of one’s information?

As an experienced scholar trained in in-depth, primary-source research techniques, I can personally vouch for the critical importance of not only knowing but, more importantly, trusting one’s sources. Unless the source is accurate, we cannot be sure that the information from that source is accurate.

So, let me assure you that my source is absolutely accurate. In fact, it is the most accurate source that exists, that has ever existed, and that will ever exist. My source is God Himself, and the information I am using to support my message is from the Book God Himself wrote; namely, the Bible.

Now, before you hit the DELETE button or turn off this podcast, do yourself a big favor and get all the information, and only then draw your own conclusions.

So, how can I say that the Bible is absolutely true? Well, here are three of many reasons:

1. God cannot lie. In Numbers 23: 19, the Bible says this: “God is not a man, so He does not lie. He is not human, so He does not change his mind. Has He ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”  

2. God is Truth itself. In John 14: 6, the Bible records these words spoken by Jesus Christ: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.”

3. The Bible has never been wrong. All that the Bible has predicted up until our day has come to pass exactly as the Bible said it would. A few events remain to occur before the return of Christ. As I write, we are seeing those remaining events unfold before our very eyes, meaning that Christ’s return is imminent.

World events today are happening exactly as the Bible predicted thousands of years ago.

In case you’re wondering what world events I’m referring to, let me give you a few examples:

1. The Bible predicts in the Book of Ezekiel, chapter 38, that in the last days, Russia, Turkey, and Iran would form a coalition, together with some smaller countries, with the goal of invading Israel for its gas and oil reserves. Today, we see Russia,Turkey, and Iran in the process of forming that very coalition with the ultimate goal of invading Israel. 

On March 21, 2021, an article written by Seth Frantzman and titled “Iran, Russia, and Turkey Signal Growing Alliance,”  was published in The Jerusalem Post. In the article, Mr. Frantzman shows how the relationships among Russia, Turkey, and Iran have strengthened in recent months as all three countries keep their eyes on Israel: https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/iran-russia-and-turkey-signal-growing-alliance-662601

2. The Bible predicts that in the last days, lawlessness would cover the earth and that things would be as they were in the days of Noah. We can’t deny that lawlessness has increased and keeps on increasing. With the creation of the “Defund the Police” movement, for example, America has truly lost its senses.

3. The Bible also predicts that pandemics, crazy weather patterns, and food shortages, even famine, would occur in the last days. For example, in Revelation 6: 6 the Bible says this: “A loaf of wheat bread or three loaves of barley will cost a day’s pay.”  Have we not already seen these things happening? We have already experienced a major pandemic. We have already experienced unusual weather patterns throughout the world. We are already seeing food prices heading in that direction of Revelation 6: 6. During the Tribulation, after Christians are removed from the earth in the Rapture, the Bible prediction about the exorbitant price of bread will find its fulfillment.

Anyone who denies the truth of the Bible has his head in the sand.

Friends, God is calling us to repent. First, because we have rebelled against Him, and second, because He doesn’t want us to go to Hell.  Those who refuse to repent will as surely go to Hell as those who repent will go to Heaven. So be one who repents and turns to Jesus Christ.

Shortly before the flood that destroyed the entire earth, the Lord warned the people of Noah’s day to repent, but they refused and were destroyed in the flood. Today, those who refuse to obey God’s commands will eventually be destroyed in the horrors of the Tribulation which is on the horizon. 

Why does the Bible warn us about these events in advance? For two reasons:

1. God loves us and wants us to know what lies ahead so that we can prepare ourselves, not only physically, but, most important, spiritually.  God doesn’t want anyone to go to Hell. He wants every person to be saved. But there is only one way to be saved, and that is through receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior.

In 2 Peter 3: 9 the Bible says this about God’s heart toward people: “The Lord isn’t really being slow about His promise, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” 

But there’s coming a time when it will be too late. It could be too late for you today. We don’t know when we’re going to die. So don’t wait another moment to repent and to receive Jesus as your Savior. 

2. God wants us to know that He has our future under control. He has told us in advance what will happen so that we will not be surprised or afraid. Hear Christ’s words: “See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass” (Matthew 24:6). 

If you have not yet repented of your sin, do so now. Turn to Jesus Who loves you and who died and rose from the dead for you. Welcome Him into your life now. He is the only way you can be saved, no matter what anyone else tells you. He is your only ticket to Heaven. There is no other way, no matter what anyone tells you. So, accept Him now. Pray this prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I need You to save me. I repent of my sin, and I ask You to forgive me. I receive You 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 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 need help to move forward in your relationship with Jesus, consider hiring me as your personal life coach. Contact me at drmaryann@celebrationlifecoaching.com to set up an appointment. Also, visit my website at CelebrationLifeCoaching.com for answers to many of your questions about coaching and for testimonials from some of the clients I have already helped.

For example, Tracy said this; “Personal coaching was like having a personal trainer for the mind.”
Just click here: CelebrationLifeCoaching.com/testimonials.

Also, visit my bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table for outstanding books that I have written that will bless you.

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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Source cited: “The Death Rattle of Consumer Christianity” by Matt Reynold
https://firebrandmag.com/articles/the-death-rattle-of-consumer-christianity

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Distraction: Satan’s Static

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, February 28, 2022, and this is Episode #9 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “Distraction: Satan’s Static.”

A common complaint I’ve heard from fellow believers recently is that they are fighting more temptations to distraction than ever before. Perhaps you can relate.

You might be wondering if the complaint is real or imagined. I would suggest that it is real. Very real.

So, why is this happening? Why is Satan tempting believers with so much distraction?

The answer is as close as the Word of God. In fact, as close as Revelation 12: 12: “But terror will come on the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing that he has little time.”

You see, my friend, the devil knows that he doesn’t have much time left to attempt to thwart God’s plan before the Lord Jesus Christ Himself returns to cast him into the lake of fire forever. 

So, Satan is trying to make the most of the short time he has left.

And one of his chief tools is distraction.

Distraction is the attempt to derail one from one’s purpose, one’s primary goal, one’s top priority. The top priority of the Christ-Follower is to preach the Gospel and to fulfill the Great Commission found in Mark chapter 16. If we are not spending the majority of our time doing these things, we are being distracted.

Distraction is like static. It interrupts God’s broadcasting system. You see, God is continually speaking to us. His Holy Spirit is continually directing us. Yet, if we allow ourselves to be distracted, we will not hear the Holy Spirit and, as a result, we will not fulfill God’s call on our lives.

Satan’s Strategy

So, how does Satan distract us?  

Here are a few of his tactics:
1. By luring us to fritter away our time on social media, cell phones, video games, and email. 
2. By annoying us with irritating problems, like computer issues, broken appliances, car problems, especially while we are trying to study the Bible or pray.
3. By troubling us with relationship problems, like misunderstandings, offenses, miscommunications, especially when we are doing our best to obey God’s Word.

These are only a few of the many ways Satan attempts to distract us from our primary purpose of preaching the Gospel and making disciples of all nations.

What about you? Are you being distracted? If so, step back and re-evaluate your priorities. Are you putting God first, or have you slipped into relegating Him to second place? Are you spending the bulk of your time on things that don’t ultimately matter, or are you spending most of your time deepening your relationship with Jesus Christ? Are you more focused on the things of this world than on the things of Heaven? 

It’s time we stop allowing ourselves to be distracted and start becoming single-minded on the things of God. Like Jesus, we must not look to the right or to the left. We must remain focused on being about the Father’s business in these last days. His business is to bring the lost into His family. And He is depending on us to do our part.

If you are among those who have not yet accepted Jesus Christ into your life, I urge you to do so now. Just pray this simple prayer of repentance with me:

Lord Jesus, I come to You, confessing my sin, repenting of it, and asking You to forgive me. I need You in my life. So I now receive You as my Savior and my Lord. Thank You for saving me, healing me, and restoring 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 or at drmaryann@celebrationlifecoaching.com. I would like to send you a free PDF booklet, titled After You’re Born Again. This booklet will help you 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 need help to move forward in your relationship with Jesus, consider hiring me as your personal life coach. Contact me at drmaryann@celebrationlifecoaching.com to set up an appointment. Also, visit my website at CelebrationLifeCoaching.com for answers to many of your questions about coaching and for testimonials from some of the clients I have already helped.

For example, Tracy said this; “Personal coaching was like having a personal trainer for the mind.”
Just click here: CelebrationLifeCoaching.com/testimonials.

Also, visit my bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table for outstanding books that I have written that will bless you.

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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Is Your Package Still Unwrapped?

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 24, 2022, and this is Episode #4 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “Is Your Package Still Unwrapped?”

Recently, I heard a wonderful gentleman by the name of Wallace Johnson make the following statement: “Don’t die with your package still unwrapped!”

His statement deeply resonated with me because it closely resembled a statement I often make, and that is, “Don’t die without singing your song.”

While Mr. Johnson used the symbol of a package and I used the symbol of a song, we both meant the same thing: Don’t leave this earth without fulfilling your God-given purpose!

God created you ON purpose and FOR a purpose. But it is up to you to discover what that purpose is and, then, to fulfill it. If you don’t intentionally look for your purpose, you run the risk of never discovering it. You run the risk of dying without unwrapping your package or without singing your song.

What is the song God gave you to sing? Are you singing it? If not, why not?

There are many reasons why people don’t sing their songs. Here are a few of them:

1) Not knowing what their song is. How can you know what song you were created to sing? There is only one way I know to find out, and that is through Jesus Christ. He is the One Who created you, so He alone knows the song He created you to sing. When you establish a relationship with Jesus Christ, He will reveal to you the song He created you to sing. 

2. Fear. You may know what song you were created to sing, but, for whatever reason, you’re afraid of singing it. Maybe you’re afraid of messing up. Maybe you’re afraid of what people may think. Maybe you’re afraid of being considered an imposter. Whatever the reason, fear is keeping you from singing your song. So, ask yourself this question: What do you fear more: taking the risk of singing your song while you are still on this earth, or leaving this earth without singing your song?

3. Unbelief: Maybe you doubt that you have a song to sing at all. Or maybe you don’t think you’re good enough to sing your song. One of my favorite quotes in life is, “Every master was once a disaster,” first quoted by T. Harv Eker. No expert ever starts out an expert. Every expert had to learn how to be an expert. 

The Bible warns us in Zephaniah 4: 10 not to despise small beginnings. So start small. Believe that if God has called you to a certain purpose, He has equipped you to accomplish that purpose. And He will make good on His Word as long as you cooperate with Him by believing His Word.

           “Don’t die with your package still unwrapped!”

4. Lack of knowledge to fulfill your purpose. Is lack of knowledge keeping you from fulfilling your life purpose? If so, don’t let it. With today’s technology, you can find the knowledge you need to accomplish God’s purpose for your life. Pray, and God will send people your way to help you fulfill the destiny He gave you to fulfill. 

One of my great joys as a Certified Life Coach is helping people to find and fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. If you are interested in hiring me, you can learn more about my coaching services at CelebrationLifeCoaching.com.

5. Self-doubt. Perhaps you know your life purpose, but you doubt your ability to accomplish it. You lack the confidence you need. If this is the case, remember this: God will never give you a purpose to fulfill without giving you the ability to fulfill it.

So rest in that truth. Trust that God has given you everything you need to accomplish His purpose for your life. Then step out in faith and begin to accomplish it.

Next to losing your soul, the greatest tragedy in life is to die without singing your song, without unwrapping your package. Don’t let that happen to you. Decide now that you will not leave this earth until you have finished the work God has given you to do. 

But, in order to do that work and to complete it, you need the help of Jesus Christ. If you do not yet have a personal relationship with Jesus, why not establish one now? Pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I don’t want to die without singing my song, without unwrapping the package You gave me. Yet, Dr. MaryAnn tells me that my song is linked to knowing You, to having a personal relationship with You. I want that, Lord. So, I invite you now into my life to be my Savior and my Lord. Show me the purpose for which You created me, and help me to fulfill that purpose before I leave this earth. Thank You, Lord. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, 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, 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.

In my latest novel, Miracle in Milan, my hero, Ted McMasters, struggles to discover his God-given purpose. Check out this powerful story to help you discover your own purpose for your life.

You can purchase a copy for yourself or as a gift for someone else by visiting my website at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. Here is the direct link:
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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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