How Close Are We to the End?

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 April 26, 2021, and this is Episode #12 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “How Close Are We to the End?”

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Any thinking person realizes that things are not what they used to be in this world. We not only sense that something isn’t right, but we wonder if things will ever return to normal.

Well, let me encourage you today. Not by promising you that things will return to normal, because I personally do not believe they will. But let me encourage you with the wonderful news that, no matter what happens in the world, if you follow Jesus Christ, you have a great future ahead of you!

You might be asking, “Dr. MaryAnn, how can you say such a thing? Is your head in the sand?”

No! Not at all. My head is very much above the sand. I’m continually looking around, observing current events, and comparing them with what the Bible says about our day. And, yes! The Bible has a lot to say about the day we’re living in. 

Yes, the Bible. That ancient book that most people have never read. That ancient book that God gave us as our life manual. That ancient book that provides the answer to every situation we will ever face in life.

So, what does the Bible say about the days we are living in? The Bible says that when certain things begin to happen in our world, we can know that the return of Jesus Christ is near.

For those of you who do not know, Jesus Christ came to earth the first time two thousand years ago as a man in order to die for our sins, to rise again from the dead, and to restore man to God’s original intent for man. After Jesus accomplished His amazing victory over sin and death, He returned to Heaven for a time, promising that He would one day return for those who follow Him.

That return will take place in a cataclysmic event called the Rapture, which means an instantaneous “catching away” or removal from the earth of all of His true disciples. At the Rapture, Jesus will appear in the sky and take from the earth all those who are born again and follow Him. Only those who know Him will see Him. All others will be left behind to endure the most horrific period in human history known as the Tribulation.

In the past year, since Covid came on the scene, the world has had a small taste of what it will be like during the Tribulation. Our freedoms will be increasingly taken from us as the New World Order takes over the world. Here are some signs predicted in the Bible of what we would witness in the earth shortly before the Rapture:

1. Talk of “peace and security.” Hardly a single day goes by that we don’t hear or read the phrase “peace and security” or “peace and safety.”  Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 5, verse 3, says this: “For when they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.” 

Pay particular attention to how many times you hear or read the phrase “peace and security” or “peace and safety” during your daily routine. You may be surprised.

2. Increasing lawlessness and violence. Matthew 24: 12 tells us that “because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” We are seeing that today. Division is increasing in society, families, and even churches. Everywhere we turn, there is discord, division, and destruction.

3. Talk of the Third Temple. In 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-4, the Bible says this: “Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to Him, we ask you, brothers, not to be easily disconcerted or alarmed by any sprit or message or letter seeing to be from us alleging that the Day of the Lord has already come. Let no one deceive you in any way for it will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness–the son of destruction–is revealed. He will oppose and exalt himself above every so-called god or object of worship. So he will seat himself in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.”

If you go to the website TempleInstitute.org, you will discover that everything is ready to build the Third Temple. All garments and all utensils have been crafted and are ready to be put to use. Even the required red heifer has been bred for the first time in 2000 years. It is being said that the Jews could rebuild the temple in 90 days once they get permission to do so. Part of the upcoming peace treaty may very well include permission to the Jews to rebuild the Temple in exchange for the dividing of Jerusalem. 

4. An exponential increase in strong delusion and deception. It is no secret that the world has gone crazy, and now even the Church seems to be going crazy. We have so-called pastors joining Planned Parenthood to support its agenda. We have so-called pastors supporting homosexuality and transgenderism. We have so-called Christians saying that right is wrong and wrong is right. Nearly every day we read of some so-called Christian blatantly and brazenly opposing God’s Word and calling it truth.

We are seeing the fulfillment of Romans 1: 28 KJV: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.”  The New Living Translation says it like this: “Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, He abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.”

“Reprobate” means depraved and foolish. A reprobate mind is a mind that can no longer think straight because it is separated from God Who is Truth. 

5. The regathering of the Jews. The Bible speaks of this in Isaiah 11: 10-12: “In that day the Lord will reach out His hand a second time to bring back the remnant of His people–those who remain in Assyria and northern Egypt; in southern Egypt, Ethiopia and Elam; in Babylonia, Hamath, and all the distant coastlands. He will raise a flag among the nations and assemble the exiles of Israel. He will gather the scattered people of Judah from the ends of the earth.”

This Scripture began to be fulfilled when Israel became a nation in a single day on May 14, 1948. Isaiah 66: 8 NLT foretells this miraculous event: “Who has ever seen anything as strange as this? Who ever heard of such a thing? Has a nation ever been born in a single day? Has a country ever come forth in a mere moment?” Once Israel was established as a nation, Jews began returning to Israel since they now had a homeland to which to return. 

Matthew 24: 34 states this: “This generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” What generation? The generation that saw the birth of Israel in a single day. This generation will not pass away until all the prophecies in Matthew 24 are fulfilled. How long is a generation? Biblically, a generation is between 40 and 80 years. This generation in which we now live–the generation that witnessed the birth of Israel in a single day–will be 73 years old on May 14th of this year of 2021 and will soon reach its 80th birthday in 2028. Does this mean that the Tribulation is at hand? I believe so.

6. A world without borders. A world without borders is a move toward a one-world order. It is a move toward the elimination of nationalism–in other words, the elimination of individual countries–and toward the establishment of one global community, While this may sound like a wonderful plan, it blatantly violates God’s Word.

The Lord established the nations, He says in Psalm 2: 8, “Ask of Me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance.” Nations are God’s idea, and, as the Bible predicts, man’s attempt to abolish God’s idea will result in catastrophe.

7. The alignment of nations in the Middle East. Two significant events stand out here. First, we have the coalition forming among Russia, Turkey, and Iran. This coalition is preparing the way for the invasion of Israel by these three countries. The second significant event is the alignment of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain with Israel in the Abraham Accords. It looks very probable that Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries will also sign the agreement. Scripture predicts that the Arab nations which, heretofore, were against Israel, would, in the last days, side with Israel. 

8. A pope who, in some areas, defies the Word of God. In an attempt to promote a one-world religion, Pope Francis has repeatedly violated God’s Word by holding joint religious services with Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and leaders from other false world religions. The Bible makes very clear in 2 Corinthians 6: 14 that light and darkness have no fellowship with each other. From all appearances, Pope Francis could be the False Prophet predicted in Revelation 16 who establishes a one-world-religion in the last days.

9. The current technological explosion that is preparing the way for the Mark of the Beast.  Some Bible scholars believe that the image of the beast in the Temple will be a construct of artificial intelligence or AI. At the 2020 World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland, Professor Yuval Harari, Professor of History at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, gave a chilling talk on the advances of AI technology, some of them sinister from a Biblical point of view. You can listen for yourself on YouTube.

Revelation 13: 16-18 predicts this: “He [the AntiChrist] required everyone–small and great, rich and poor, free and slave–to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead, And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name. Wisdom is needed here, Let the one with understanding solve the meaning of the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666.” 

Already, we are seeing precursors of technology that could lead to the mark of the beast in Amazon’s recent introduction of Amazon One Palm, where one uses the palm of his hand to pay for a purchase. I went to Amazon’s website introducing the One Palm feature and read this (and I quote): “The first step is to insert your credit card. Next, hover your palm over the device and follow the prompts to associate that card with the unique palm signature being built for you by our computer vision technology in real time. You’ll have the option to enroll with just one palm or both. And that’s it–you’re now signed up.”

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Bottom line, the world is being programmed to submit to the New World Order.
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If we have eyes to see and ears to hear, we can discern that Amazon One Palm is programming the world to receive the mark of the beast. The mark of the beast will be required in order to buy or sell. We are already seeing glimpses of this future restriction in the so-called “vaccine passport” where people are prohibited from traveling unless they have been vaccinated.

The mark of the beast will eventually be something in the hand or forehead–possibly a computer chip–that will contain all of one’s identifying data, including medical and personal, and will mark one as as having given allegiance to the beast who, of course, is the AntiChrist or Satan personified. According to the Bible, those who give allegiance to the AntiChrist will be doomed to Hell forever. This truth is foretold in Revelation 20: 15 NLT: “And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.”

You may be thinking, “Dr. MaryAnn, aren’t you going a bit too far?” I would say to you, ‘Don’t take my word for it. Do your own homework. Study the Bible and compare what is predicted in the Bible with what you read in the daily newspaper headlines, with what you hear on the news, and with what you see before your very eyes.

Bottom line, the world is being programmed to submit to the New World Order, and the globalists are using fear to further their agenda of subduing the entire world. When man fears, he allows what he fears to rob him of his freedom. In the case of our world now, man fears Covid 19, and he is allowing his fear of Covid to plunge him into tyranny.

Jesus said this in Matthew 11: 15: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” The New Living Translation translates Jesus’ words as follows: “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!”

Do you have ears to hear? If not, I urge you to sharpen your hearing by studying the Holy Bible.

What is happening in the United States today closely parallels what happened in Nazi Germany in the 1930s. The New World Order is taking over our nation under the guise of Covid fear and the Great Reset. If America does not repent and turn back to God, there is no hope for our nation to survive.

I say all of this not to spread doom and gloom but to alert the Church to be ready for persecution. Despite the evil around us, we can have hope because all of these signs of the times remind us that our redemption is drawing near. And that gives us great cause for rejoicing. It is very exciting to think that we may be the generation that sees the Lord’s Glorious Appearing in the sky to remove His followers from the earth.

But we must occupy until our Lord comes. We must tell others that only Jesus Christ saves, that only Jesus Christ heals, that only Jesus Christ sets people free.

If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, I urge you to do so now. He is coming back soon for those of us who follow Him. Those who do not follow Him will be left behind to go through the worst time in human history, a seven-year period of horror the Bible calls the Tribulation. Do not be one of those left behind. Accept Jesus Christ now!

Just pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I need You to save me. I am a sinner in need of Your mercy and grace. I ask You now to come into my life. I receive You as my personal Savior and the Lord of my life. Forgive me of my sin. Thank You for welcoming me into Your family. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer sincerely, 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 Thinking Straight?

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 1, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #22 in Series 2020 and is titled “Are You Thinking Straight?”

You might be wondering, What a strange question to ask? Am I thinking straight? Yet the truth is that my question is one of the most important questions you may ever be asked in your life. Your answer to that question will determine whether your life turns out well or turns out badly.

Okay, Dr. MaryAnn. Aren’t you getting a little melodramatic here? After all, how I think is how I think. What difference does it make how I think, if the thoughts are my own?

The fact that you made that statement and asked that question is proof that you are not thinking straight.

So, before we go any farther, let’s define what is meant by “thinking straight.” Thinking straight means thinking in line with Truth. But then we have to ask another question: What is Truth? You may remember that a Roman governor of Judea, named Pontius Pilate, asked that same question of Jesus just before Jesus was crucified (John 18: 38). 

The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is Truth. He Himself said of Himself in John 14: 6, “I am the Truth.” Jesus is the Word of God, and so is the Bible. This makes Jesus and the Bible one and the same. So, logically speaking then, if Jesus is Truth, and if Jesus and the Bible are one and the same, then the Bible is Truth.

So, if the Bible is Truth, and if thinking straight means thinking in line with Truth, then thinking straight means thinking in line with the Bible.

Let me ask you another question. Are you thinking in line with the Bible? Do you even know what’s in the Bible? If you don’t, then how can you think in line with Truth? 

We must know Truth in order to think in line with Truth.

Truth is a Person. Truth is Jesus Christ. If we don’t know Jesus Christ, Who is Truth, then we cannot live in line with Truth.

So, the first order of business is to get to know Jesus Christ. How? By accepting Him as your Savior and Lord. When you do, you will be born again, and you will begin to comprehend Truth.

We live in a world in which most of the information we receive is controlled by people who do not know Truth. People who do not know the Bible. People who do not know Jesus Christ. Indeed, people who are blatantly opposed to Jesus Christ and, therefore, to Truth.

The information we receive from such people is contrary to Truth, yet most of the public believes their lies. When we believe a lie, we will suffer the consequences of believing a lie.

To believe a lie is to put ourselves in bondage. To believe the Truth is to experience freedom. Jesus Himself said, “You shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free.”

We are fast losing many of our freedoms today. Have you asked yourself why? The reason is that, as a culture, we have chosen to embrace the lie instead of embracing the Truth.

We will be free to the degree that we embrace the Truth.

Do you want to be free? Then embrace the Truth. Embrace Jesus Christ. He is waiting to set you free.

Pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I come to You now, just as I am. I want to know Truth. I want to know You so that I can be free. I receive You now as my Savior and Lord. 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 and for He will help you to come to Him and to grow in Him and to become all that He created you to be. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He instructs you how to live.

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WHEN GOD GOT PERSONAL

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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

MARYANN’S NOTE: At Holy Spirit’s direction, I wil be posting a few personal experience stories over the next few weeks. These experiences happened to me over the past several years and reveal God’s supernatural presence and power in our lives. I trust that these stories will bless you, encourage you, and reveal to you how much God loves you and is involved in your life as well.
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WHEN GOD GOT PERSONAL
by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA

“She looks pale,” the pediatrician said as he examined my two-month-old daughter. “I want to run some blood tests on her.”

The year was 1977. The month was November. My husband, our firstborn daughter Lia, and I had recently celebrated the joyous arrival of our second child. All seemed well in our world.

At the doctor’s words, my heart clutched. “What do you think is the problem?”

His eyes reflected concern. “I’m not sure just yet. Let’s wait to see what the blood tests show.”

I swallowed hard and nodded. I don’t know what’s happening, Lord, but whatever it is, I will trust You.

I had been a follower of Jesus Christ for seven years. During that time, I had gotten to know Jesus through reading His Word, through prayer, and through fellowship with other believers. But I didn’t want only to know Jesus vicariously through the experiences of others. I wanted to sense His pulse. To see Him in action.

To feel His heartbeat.

As I read the Gospels, I noticed that people experienced Jesus. They had life-changing encounters with Him that affected their lives in personal ways. Encounters that touched them physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Encounters that changed the course of their lives.

I wanted to be a character in the Gospels. I wanted to be able to say that Jesus was not only the Savior of the world but that He was the Savior of my world.

The pediatrician turned toward me. “I’m ordering a test at the children’s hospital in the city. You will not be able to feed Gina for twelve hours prior to the test since it requires that she be fasting.”

My heart sank. My baby nursed every two hours. To deprive her of food for an entire twelve hours seemed impossible.

I mumbled a thank you and left the doctor’s office with my baby cradled in my arms and with both of us cradled in the arms of Jesus.

On the drive home, I cried out to God in anguish. “Lord, I can’t bear the thought of my Gina screaming in hunger throughout the night. You have to do something!”

The test was scheduled for a couple of days later. The night before the test, Gina fell asleep at 7:00pm. For the first time in her young life, she slept all through the night! 

But not only did she sleep all through the night, she was also still asleep when my husband and I put her in the car to go to the hospital. She slept during the entire one-hour trip to the hospital. She went into the test asleep, and she awakened only after the test was over at 9:00am. Fourteen hours of straight sleep! And fourteen hours with no food. At that point, I had a hungry baby on my hands.

My heart overflowed with thanksgiving as I gave glory to God for this miracle.

My husband and I returned home with our baby to await the test results. When they arrived shortly thereafter, they revealed the presence of an incurable lymph gland disease with a prognosis of a life span that would most likely not exceed nine years.

Fear clamped its sharp claws around my mind and whispered its ugly lies. “Your daughter is going to die.”

Braced with the Word of God, I attacked that spirit of fear with the vengeance of an angry mama bear protecting her cub from danger. “Oh, no, Satan!” My words shot through the air. “You are a liar and the father of lies. My God says that my Gina was healed by the stripes of Jesus. And what He says is true. So I silence you, foul spirit of fear, in the Name of Jesus.”

As my circumstantial world spun in a violent downward spiral, my spirit resisted and soared to grab hold of God’s promise of healing. I could not let my baby die. I would not let my baby die. In His Word, God said she was redeemed from the curse. I could stake my child’s life on that truth.

In obedience to our Lord’s command in Mark 16 to lay hands on the sick, and in accordance with His promise in the same chapter that if I did so, the sick would recover, my husband and I laid hands on our precious baby daughter and commanded the sickness to leave her body.

A pole shift occurred in the spirit realm as my Gina’s life shifted to a new axis, the axis of Truth. I fully expected her to be healed. The thought of her not being healed had no permission to enter my mind.

A few days after laying hands on my baby, I sat in my family room worshipping the Lord while Gina slept in her cradle beside me. As I worshipped and thanked Jesus for healing my baby, I felt compelled to turn on the television. I recognized the Holy Spirit’s prompting and obeyed it.

At the very instant I turned on the TV, Dr. Pat Robertson of the 700 Club was praying. He looked up at the camera and said, “There is a baby in the TV viewing audience with a lymph gland disorder, and God is healing her now.” Instantly, a sensation of warm oil poured over me, covering the top of my head and flowing down over my entire body. I jumped out of my chair and shouted, “That’s my Gina! That’s my Gina!”

I called my husband. A physician himself, he wisely advised that we obtain medical confirmation of Gina’s healing. When I took her back to the pediatrician, he ran repeat tests and could find no sign whatsoever of disease. The word of knowledge Dr. Robertson had brought forth proved true. My Gina was healed!

And I had experienced Jesus in a tangible, personal way. He had shown me His heart.

And His heart was to heal.

Today, my Gina is a beautiful, healthy 39-year-old young woman serving the Lord with all of her heart. She is a living testimony to God’s healing power and to the truth of His Word.

Most of all, she is a living testimony to the God Who proved to me that He wants to bring salvation not only to the entire world, but especially to my personal world.
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How Free Do You Want to Be? – Week 4

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for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23

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Welcome to Week 4, the final week in our discussion on freedom!

During the past three weeks, we have explored the Keys of the Kingdom of God that belong to every born-again follower of Jesus Christ. Today we conclude our study on the Keys of the Kingdom by exploring some reasons that we Christ-Followers are not seeing more of the Kingdom’s promises being manifested in our lives. On the contrary, we are still experiencing many of Satan’s curses, such as sickness, lack, and strife.

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While I certainly don’t claim to have all the answers, I have learned a few things about the Kingdom during my 46 years of following the Lord. Here are a few insights about the Kingdom that I would like to share with you:

1–God’s Kingdom promises are true, no matter what. Scripture tells us that God is not a man who lies (Numbers 23: 19). He says what He means, and He means what He says. When God makes a promise to us, He cannot and will not renegue on that promise. To do so would violate His nature and His character, and He would then not be God. So, because of God’s perfect, flawless character, we can stake our lives on what He says every single time.

One of Satan’s chief strategies is to try to get us to doubt what God has said. This was the strategy he used with Eve, and this is the strategy Satan still uses today. Remember that Satan is a liar and the father of lies (John 8: 44).

2) The Keys of the Kingdom always work when we work them. In order for the Keys of the Kingdom to work, they have to be used–and used correctly. The Keys of the Kingdom work by faith. It is faith that pleases God, and it is faith that is required to use the Keys of the Kingdom correctly.

Contrary to popular belief among Christians, God does not respond to our pleading, our whining, or our tears. He responds to our faith–and only to our faith. Faith is the bridge between the Kingdom of God and the Earth. Like a magnet, our faith draws from the Kingdom of God whatever we need to fulfill our destiny here on Earth.  

3–Circumstances do not equal doctrine.  Far too often in the Church today, I come across believers who base their theology on their circumstances rather than on the Word of God. In other words, if their circumstances do not align with what God has said in His Word, then they question the Word, not themselves.

For example, God says He heals ALL of our diseases (Psalm 103: 3). So, if I pray for healing but it does not come, then I question God. I might even blame Him. Oh, I may not blame Him outrightly, but I say things like, “Healing is not for today,” or “God doesn’t want to heal everyone,” or “God is sovereign and can heal whomever He wants to heal.” These excuses–and that is exactly what they are: excuses–sound so good. Yet, they are all lies from the pit of hell. But worse than that, by believing these lies we are calling God a liar. This is blasphemy. 

For me to say that healing is not for today is to say that God lied when He said He heals all of our diseases (Psalm 103: 3)

For me to say that God made me sick is to say that God lied when He said, “I am the Lord Who heals you” (Exodus 15: 26).

For me to say that I don’t have enough money to pay my bills is to say that God lied when He promised to give me the ability to produce wealth so that He can establish His covenant (Deuteronomy 8: 18).

The truth is this: If I do not receive my healing or my provision–or any other of God’s promises–the problem is not with God nor with His Word; the problem is with me. It is my responsibility, therefore, to find out what my problem is. Usually, it is unbelief. Sometimes it is a lack of knowledge (Hosea 6: 2). Always, the problem is on my end.

I know this is a hard pill to swallow, but it is the truth. And only the truth will set us free (John 8: 32).

You see, when God created man and woman, He called them to rule and reign over the earth. The Earth is our domain, and our domain is under our dominion. God made us stewards of the Earth, so the Earth is in our charge (Genesis 1: 28). Through the death and resurrection of Christ, God has given us everything we need to rule and reign in the Earth. In other words, He has given us the Keys to the Kingdom, and it is our job and our responsibility to enforce the laws of the Kingdom of God in the Earth. We do this by using the Keys of the Kingdom in faith. We do this by resisting and thwarting every attempt of Satan to remain an illegal squatter in the domain God has entrusted to our care and management.

By giving us the Keys of the Kingdom, our Lord has provided us with everything we will ever need to live out our destinies here in the earth. So, take the Keys of the Kingdom that Jesus has given you, and use them with all of the authority and power that backs you up as a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Have you been using your circumstances to determine your theology? If so, are you willing to take God at His Word? Please leave your response in the Comment Box below. Thank you!

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How Free Do You Want to Be? – Week 3

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Welcome to Week 3 in our discussion on freedom!

Last week we learned that all of us who are born again have been given the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. We learned that the keys represent authority and power. This week we will explore how to use our keys to enforce God’s rule in the earth.

The Kingdom of God has a King. His name is Jesus Christ.  As King, Jesus rules over the entire universe and everything in it. Psalm 103: 19 says this: The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.  Moreover, God’s Kingdom is eternal, which means it will last forever. Daniel 4: 3 says this: His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion endures from generation to generation.

Many of us live in countries that are ruled by forms of government that do not have a king. Consequently, the concept of “kingdom” may be difficult for us to grasp, especially for those of us who live in a republic or a democracy, where the people have a large say in their governance. Not so in the Kingdom of God.

In the Kingdom of God, Jesus is the King, and those who are part of His Kingdom willingly and gladly obey Him. From this perspective, we see that the Kingdom of God has not only an external aspect (the entire universe), but also an internal one (the hearts of those who are born again). The Kingdom of God reigns in the hearts of those who love and follow Jesus. Jesus told us in John 18: 36 that His Kingdom is not of this world. By this He meant that His Kingdom is a spiritual kingdom that rules in the hearts of those who choose to be its citizens. We saw that one enters the Kingdom of God by being born again–that is, by repenting of one’s sins and accepting Christ as one’s Savior and Lord.

Because we are citizens of the Kingdom of God, we have been given an assignment to bring others into the Kingdom. Why? Because God loves everyone and does not want a single person to perish. This assignment is called the Great Commission and is described in Mark 16: 15-18:  “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

ornate vintage metal key on a white backgroundSince this assignment requires supernatural authority and power to over-rule the natural realm, Jesus gave us this supernatural authority and power so we could complete our assignments. This supernatural authority and supernatural power reside in the keys of the Kingdom.

So, how do we use those keys? To use the keys of the Kingdom effectively as born-again Christ-followers, we must first remember the following:

1-We do not fight FOR victory; we fight FROM victory. By His death and resurrection, Jesus earned the victory over Satan once and for all. The Word tells us in Ephesians 2: 6 that we are seated with Christ in heavenly realms and, therefore, share with Him His victory over Satan.

2-Satan is a DEFEATED foe. He has no power over us unless we give him power by believing his lies.

3-The keys of the Kingdom are designed to establish on earth what is ALREADY established in Heaven. This is the meaning of the words in the Lord’s Prayer: Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. By using the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, we bring this Kingdom and God’s will into the earth.

Once we understand the above truths, we will use the keys of the Kingdom with confidence. How? We will boldly do what Jesus commanded us to do in the Great Commission.

  • We will preach the Gospel.
  • We will cast out demons.
  • We will be baptized in the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues.
  • We will not be harmed if we are attacked by a snake. (See Acts 28: 3-5 where Paul escaped harm after being bitten by a snake.)
  • We will not be hurt if we accidentally drink something poisonous.
  • We will lay hands on the sick, and they will be healed.

As we obey these commands of Christ, we will be enforcing His Kingdom in our sphere of influence; in other words, we will rule with Christ in our domain.

Next week, we will conclude our study on the Keys of the Kingdom by exploring some reasons that we Christ-Followers are not seeing more of Heaven’s blessings manifested in our lives but are still experiencing many of Satan’s curses, such as sickness, lack, and strife.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Are you using the keys of the Kingdom that Jesus has given you? Are you enforcing the laws of the Kingdom in your assigned domain? If not, what is keeping you from doing so?

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