Where Is the Fire?

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, July 12, 2021, and this is Episode #23 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “Where Is the Fire?”

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If you discovered the cure for cancer, what would you do? Would you not shout it from the rooftops? Proclaim it to everyone who crossed your path, especially those suffering from the disease? Would you not rush to doctors and hospitals to tell them what you’d discovered? And schedule interviews on major news channels to notify the entire world?

One thing I know you would not do, and that is keep the miraculous discovery to yourself.

Why not? Because, if you’re like me, you care about people. You don’t want to see them suffer. You want to do whatever you can to put an end to their suffering.

Yet, the truth is that we Christ-Followers do, indeed, have the cure for cancer. And for everything else that ails the human race. That cure is Jesus Christ!

Then why aren’t we shouting Jesus from the rooftops? Why aren’t we proclaiming Him to everyone who crosses our path, especially those who are sick and suffering? Why aren’t we telling the world the Good News that Jesus died to set them free?

Here are a few reasons I’ve observed in my 50-plus years of walking with Christ:

1. Christians are more focused on the things of this world than on the things of God. Eternity seems a faraway place at a faraway time. Yet, truth be told, eternity is merely a heartbeat away and a veil’s width away. Any one of us could be alive one moment and dead the next. 

2. Christians are more concerned about what people think about them than they are about what God thinks about them. This is called the fear of man, and God hates it! We live in an age of political correctness that has caused even the Church to fear man more than God.

3. Christians as a whole are not taking the Lord’s imminent return seriously. They think that the Lord’s return is far off, and that it will happen when it will happen. There’s no need to think about it. Yet, the Bible commands us in Luke 21: 28 to be intentional about looking for the Lord’s return: “So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!”

Do you find yourself in one or more of these reasons for not proclaiming Christ? If so, it’s time to repent and to start telling everyone you meet about Jesus. The time is short. If people do not come to Christ, they will go to hell when they die. And if we did not tell them when we had the opportunity to do so, their blood will be upon our heads.

If you are a Christian, you hold in your hands and in your heart what the world desperately needs. If you withhold it, you withhold it to your own peril and to the damnation of souls. But if you proclaim it boldly and passionately to everyone you meet, you will receive the crown of rejoicing, as promised in 1 Thessalonians 2: 19-20, the crown that goes to all those who are faithful soul-winners. 

It’s time to rekindle the fire of the Holy Spirit in you! It’s time to shout the Good News that Jesus saves! It’s time! It’s time! It’s time!

If you have not yet accepted the gift of eternal life that Jesus died to give you, I urge you to do so now. Pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I need You. I want to spend eternity with you. I need You to heal me, Lord, and to set me free. So, 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. Thank You for giving me eternal life. I pray this in Your Name. 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 who can guide you as you grow in Him.

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When a young, female auditor discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler, she must choose between ruining him or ruining herself.

Amy Torelli, Chief Auditor for New York City-based Enson Pharmaceuticals, is assigned to audit the books of Enson’s Italian branch in the enchanting city of Milan, Italy. Having made an inner vow never to trust a man again because of her father’s betrayal, Amy finds herself falling in love with Enson Italia’s American-born Vice-President, Ted Masters. Will Ted be the one to cause her to break her inner vow?

Ted McMasters is on the run. A run from rejection. From himself. From God. Having been wounded by a father who made him feel worthless, and having been dumped by the woman he wanted to marry, Ted is determined to keep all women at bay. But will Amy Torelli be the reason he changes his mind?
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THE IRON SAINT by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD

The Church in America is on the verge of a tremendous spiritual awakening, an awakening that will first be fueled by persecution unlike anything we have ever seen before in this land. Indeed, a prophetic word given in my home church during the month of November gave this warning to the Church: “Prepare for the fire of persecution!”

But the Church is not ready for this persecution. For the most part, the Church in America has been weak and lukewarm. Flabby and lazy. Consumed with the world and not with the things of God. As a result, the Church has been deceived and has subverted the divine order of things.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. MaryAnn Diorio seeks to help equip the saints for the work of true, integritous, and effective ministry. As a teacher in the Body of Christ, it is her burning desire to help correct this devastating error.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. Diorio has outlined a plan of action for strengthening the Church through uncompromising obedience to the Word of God. This plan of action is based on her own 50 years of walking with the Lord and being led by His Holy Spirit.

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How to Drive Out the Darkness from Your World

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Have you ever been in a totally dark room and lit a match? Amazing, isn’t it, how that tiny little match lights up the whole room!

Every day we go out into a world that is growing increasingly dark.  Your workplace may be dark. The school or university you attend may be dark. You may even find yourself living as the only Christ-Follower in a home that is dark. If so, what are you to do? Here are a few suggestions that have worked for me in various environments:

Handle  ignition matches1-Remember that we are the light of the world. Jesus said as much in Matthew 5: 14. We are that little match that will light up whatever environment we enter, no matter how dark. Because Christ lives in us, He goes with us. So, whenever we enter a room, Christ is entering with us, and His light in us will light up that room.

2-Remember that we must first strike the match. In order for Christ’s light in us to shine into the darkness, we have to strike the match. This means we have to yield to His light in us and allow it to flow out of us. In other words, we have to choose to shine His light. We cannot, as Scripture warns, hide the light under a basket (Matthew 5: 15). It does no good there.

3-Remember that we must hang our light on a lampstand. How do we hang our light on a lampstand? Through the words we speak and the things we do.

There is a dangerous quote going around in Christian circles and attributed to St. Francis that says this: Preach the gospel always and if necessary, use words.While I understand the intent of this quote, I think it has caused many Christ-Followers to feel they are off the hook when it comes to preaching the Gospel with words. Such an attitude is clearly contrary to Scripture.

Shortly before He ascended to Heaven, Jesus said this: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Preaching means opening our mouths and using words. If we do not use words to be a light, we may give the false impression that the good works we do are the result of our upbringing and not the result of Christ’s life within us.

Why must we hang our light on a lampstand by what we say and do? So that everyone who sees our light will praise our heavenly Father. The light we carry is not for our glory; it is for God’s glory. When those in darkness notice the light–and they will notice it–they will want to know where our light comes from. When we tell them it comes from Christ in us, they will want the light for themselves.

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN: What do you do to drive out darkness from your world?

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