ARE YOU PLAYING THE BLAME GAME?

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by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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”It’s all your fault!” How often have I heard my grandchildren utter those words to one another! Too many times to count. Yet, while such an accusation may be expected among children, I hear it among too many adults as well. 

So, what is the Blame Game?

The blame game is the act of refusing to take responsibility for one’s own actions and the attempt to place responsibility for one’s actions on someone else.

Let’s take a look at some players of the blame game. You will hear them say things like this:

“The devil made me do it.”

“It’s all my mother’s fault.”

“If only my father had not been an alcoholic, I wouldn’t be one either.”

“If I had not grown up in a dysfunctional family, my life wouldn’t be such a mess.”

“If only I didn’t like potato chips so much, I wouldn’t be overweight.”

All of these statements reveal a failure on the part of those who say such things to take responsibility for their lives.

You see, the truth is this: We alone are responsible for our choices and our actions. While we are not responsible for the choices and actions of those who have harmed us in any way, we ARE responsible for how we respond to the choices and actions of those who have harmed us.

Like many of you, I grew up in what would be described as a dysfunctional home. In fact, I think every home is dysfunctional in some way. As I approached my twenties, I stood in front of the mirror one day and said, “Girl, your past can either break you or make you. Which is it going to be?” Right then and there, I decided and declared aloud that my past was going to make me.

From BLAMER to TAMER

Because God has given you a free will, you can move from blaming others for your choices and actions to taming your choices and actions. How?  By taking responsibility for your choices and actions. By placing them under your control and, in turn, under the control of the Holy Spirit.

It is not what happens to us that matters.
What matters is how we respond to what happens to us.

And God has given you the power to make that right choice.

So use your power to choose. And use it wisely. Don’t let the past dictate your future. Don’t blame others for where you are today. Choose to take responsibility for your choices and your actions.

And remember this: It is not what happens to you that matters; what matters is how you respond to what happens to you. In other words, whether you have had an ideal childhood or you have come from the worst home situation possible doesn’t matter. What matters is that you have the God-given power to make wise choices to create a fulfilling future. Use that power from now on!

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The Abortion Abomination

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Since the abominable Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973, nearly 61 million abortions have been performed in the United States alone! If this figure doesn’t make you feel sick, I don’t know what does. 

Even a single abortion should evoke horror and disgust among us. Yet, over the last 45 years, most of America has become desensitized to the absolute horror of this crime against the unborn. 

What’s worse, Christians have become desensitized as well. Some have even compromised God’s Word and support abortion in certain instances.

But, hear this: Abortion is wrong in every instance. Abortion is murder, plain and simple. It is the taking of a human life. There is no other way to define it.

This desensitization toward abortion is itself an abomination. Scripture commands us in several places to protect the unborn:

___Proverbs 24: 11 – “Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.”

___Proverbs 31: 8-9 – “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

___Proverbs 3: 27 – “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.”

We who know the truth and do not practice it by defending the unborn will be judged by God. We have no excuse. God says this in Proverbs 24: 12:

“If you say, ‘Behold, we did not know this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?

Some proponents of abortion argue that the child in the womb is not a person. But God’s Word tells us differently:

Psalm 139: 13 – ” For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

Jeremiah 1: 5 – “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;”

Job 31: 15 – “Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers’ wombs?”

To argue with God is to invite destruction and damnation. He says what He means and means what He says.

Perhaps you who are reading this have had an abortion–or more than one. Perhaps you are the father of a child who has been aborted. Perhaps you yourself pressured the child’s mother to abort your baby. Whatever the case, God is ready to forgive you if you will only repent and ask for His forgiveness. Our Lord wants to deliver you from the consequences of your sin, including the torment you have been suffering.

And make no mistake about it: Those who have had abortions suffer.

Remember this: No sin is too great for God to forgive. He requires only sincere sorrow on your part for having rebelled against Him. His Word is for your protection. From now on, obey it. Tell others about the love of Christ. Fight for the unborn. This is our duty and our responsibility as Christ-Followers. Be faithful!

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Are you ready to meet Jesus when He returns? Have you been born again? Please share your questions and insights in the Comments box below. Thank you!

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“Don’t Be Blindsided by the Devil!”

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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I’m not going to write the expected blog post about new year resolutions and goals. You’ve heard that message over and over and probably know it by heart.

Instead, in this last post of 2018, I want to share how God periodically reminds us that we are but flesh and desperately in need of a Savior.

Over the Christmas season, I was blindsided by an attack of the enemy that sent me reeling. Now, for one of his attacks to send me reeling after 48 years of walking with the Lord is a major thing for me. But, as I look back, I can see that the very reason the attack surprised me is that I had been emotionally troubled over a situation, and I had tried to take matters into my own hands instead of giving it to the Lord.

Now, I should have known better, but I didn’t. This was God’s way of reminding me that I must always be on my guard because Satan will attack when I least expect him to attack. And he usually attacks when things are going great! 

It was also God’s way of reminding me that I am totally and absolutely dependent on Him for everything. And I mean EVERYTHING! 

Without getting into boring detail, the attack was a relationship attack involving several people I love, an attack that brought with it misunderstanding, faulty perception, unrealistic expectations, and hurt feelings.

So, where did I go wrong? I opened my mouth when I should not have. I offered advice when it was not mine to offer. Even though my heart motive was to love, I did not use wisdom in expressing that love to the persons involved. The situation called for silence on my part, and I did not keep silent. Instead, I tried to fix the problem when it was not mine to fix.

So, what did I do? I ran boldly to God’s throne of mercy and grace and told Him I blew it!  God and I have the kind of intimate relationship where I am not afraid to tell Him everything I do wrong.  After all, He already knows what I’ve done. He just wants me to acknowledge my sin and receive His forgiveness and cleansing.

What happened when I confessed my sin? God forgave me and cleansed me, just as He promises He will do in 1 John 1:9. And just as He will do for you, too, when you blow it and sin.

Thank God for His mercy, grace, and forgiveness! And thank God for those who are always ready and quick to forgive me when I mess up! 

I especially thank God for reminding me that I must always stay alert, for when I least expect it, Satan will strike (1 Peter 5: 8). I encourage you, too, to stay alert. Don’t be blindsided by the devil—now or ever!

Now, it’s YOUR turn: What about you? Have you ever been blindsided by the enemy? Please share your questions and insights in the Comments box below. Thank you!

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The War on Christmas

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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What happened to the expression “Merry Christmas”?

Worse yet, what happened to Christmas?

In case you aren’t aware of it, there is an all-out war against Christmas. And this war is being waged by none other than Satan and his demon cohorts.

Time was when everybody loved Christmas—both Christians and non-Christians alike. Did you know that some of our most famous Christmas songs were written by non-Christians? For example, “White Christmas” was written by Irving Berlin, a Jew.  One of the writers of “Winter Wonderland,” Felix Bernard, was also a Jew.  Two other Jews, Sammy Cahn and Jute Styne, wrote “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snow.” And there are more.

So, why did these people–who did not even believe in Christ—love and respect Christmas? Because the general social consensus in those days was a Christian consensus. People as a whole respected the Judeo-Christian principles on which our country was founded. Morality was still important, and those who did not obey the Ten Commandments were punished, if not outright ostracized. Peer pressure in those days was in favor of righteousness—exactly opposite of what peer pressure is today.

Make no mistake about it. The movement to eliminate “Merry Christmas” from our vocabulary is intentional and perverse. You see, Satan still wants to be God. So, as always, he has instituted counterfeits to lure people away from truth.

Take Santa Claus, for instance. Who would dare denigrate Santa Claus, that kindly old man who brings gifts to children? Yet, Santa Claus has been a deceptive means of drawing people away from the true focus of Jesus Christ, the true and rightful focus of Christmas.

From our children’s infancy, my husband and I taught them that Christmas is about Jesus, not Santa Claus. One day, when I was shopping at the local mall, a kind lady came up to me and to my daughter, who was then a toddler in a stroller. The lady asked her what Santa Claus was going to bring her for Christmas. Confused by the question, my little girl looked at the lady and then looked at me and said, “Mommy, doesn’t she know the truth about Santa Claus?” You can imagine the expression on the dear lady’s face!

Some will protest that Santa Claus has his origins in St. Nicholas, a monk born toward the end of the third century, A.D. This is true. But the St. Nicholas of history is a far cry from the Santa Claus of today who has replaced Jesus as the center of Christmas. 

Today, parents are criticized if they do not allow their children to go along with the Santa Claus myth. But what happens when children learn that parents did not tell them the truth about Santa Claus? Could this be a reason that, later on, children believe that their parents lied to them about Jesus, too?  A sobering thought!

You see, sometimes what we think is minor is really major.

The Holy Bible says that Satan presents himself as an “angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:14). This means that he uses things that look good to entice us into things that are evil. In 1 Peter 5: 8, Scripture commands us to be continually on the alert against his devices. 

As we approach Christmas this week, let us remember that it’s all about Jesus Christ Who died for our sins when we ourselves should have died for them. Christmas is all about remembering the One Who loved us so much that He gave His very life so that we could spend eternity with Him.

Merry Christmas!

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Do You Serve a “Quid pro Quo” God?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Quid pro quo.  Tit for tat. Something for something.

Is this the kind of God you serve?

Legalism—and its twin sister religion—are alive and well in the Church today. But, just as in the days Jesus walked the earth, legalism kills.

What is legalism? Legalism is any doctrine that states we can earn our salvation. All religion is legalistic because religion, of its very nature, believes that one’s salvation depends on one’s performance. If I do good works, God will approve of me and allow me to enter Heaven.

Such was the belief of the Pharisees, whom Jesus soundly condemned. 

Interestingly, all belief systems today, except Christianity, promote some sort of legalism. All require that one “perform” in order to reach God and be saved.

The uniqueness of Christianity is that it teaches that all of our attempts to perform in order to be saved are futile. Why? Because we could never perform well enough to earn our salvation. We could never do enough good works or kind deeds to merit Heaven.

This is the reason we need a Savior. We need a perfect Person (Jesus) to pay the perfect price for our sin. The perfect price is the only price that will satisfy the wrath of a perfect God.

Jesus paid that price. As man, He alone could stand in our place because He was also God, and, as God, He alone could pay the price of sin required by our perfect God.

Jesus Christ has “performed” for us. In other words, Christ’s death and resurrection are all that were needed for us to be saved.

Yet, there is something in man that wants to pay his own way. We’ve all heard the phrase “There is no free lunch.” Well, salvation isn’t free, either. But the One Who paid the price for our salvation was Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He paid the ultimate price–the sacrifice of His life–so that we could be saved.

There is no other way to be saved except by believing in Jesus Christ and in what He has done for us. This is our salvation: to appropriate Christ’s death and resurrection to our personal lives. All we have to do is believe and receive His gift of eternal life. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God.”

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God,.”  
John 1: 12

The message of salvation is the message of grace. It is not based on the condition that we perform for God. It is based simply on our believing that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, performed for us. We must rest in that truth. We must rest in Christ’s performance, not our own, for our own could never meet God’s standards of holiness.

When we come to God to be saved, we come on the basis of Christ’s merit and His merit alone. When we do, we will discover that His grace is more than sufficient to save us from all sin.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Please share your questions and insights in the Comments box below. Thank you!

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“Convergence: Clear Sign of the End Times”

“The Rise of Wicca, Witches, and Warlocks” 

“Don’t Let Satan Play Your Pipes!”

“How to Recognize a Controlling Spirit”

“Sex and Soul Ties”

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