Breaking the Mind Barrier

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 21, 2021, and this is Episode #20 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “Breaking the Mind Barrier”.

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I’m working on another non-fiction book. You guessed it. It’s titled Breaking the Mind Barrier. Lord willing, it will be released by the end of summer 2021.

I started writing this book a few years back and wrote a good part of it, but I didn’t finish it because the time did not seem right. A few days ago, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “Now is the time.”

So, I thought I’d give you, my faithful readers and listeners, a private, advance preview into my forthcoming book, before the rest of the world learns about it. 

Breaking the Mind Barrier is about renewing the mind for success. It’s based on Romans 12: 2 NLT, where the Word of God says this: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

The Word of God has much to say about success. In fact, it is the greatest book on success ever written. Why, then, do most people never read it? The reason is that the Bible has been lied about, and the God of the Bible has been maligned. Instead of reading the Bible for themselves, people have listened to the lies of others about the Bible. In listening to those lies, they have short-changed themselves from taking advantage of the greatest book of all time.

Are you one of those people? If so, decide to change that today by breaking the mental barrier that is keeping you from knowing the truth.

That’s what the mind barrier is, you know. It’s a mental barrier–consisting of a lie–that keeps you from knowing and accepting truth. Consequently, it keeps you enslaved to defeat and despair. 

Most–if not all–of us have had mental barriers to truth. Most of the time, we develop them in childhood when well-meaning parents or guardians say things that are not in sync with our true identity–things like, “You’ll never amount to much” or “You never do anything right.”  These labels–as I call them–stick to us, most of the time for the rest of our lives. And these labels keep us from fulfilling our true destiny.

In my forthcoming book, Breaking the Mind Barrier, I discuss the three key points to breaking the mental strongholds that are keeping us from success. These three steps are: 1) Identifying the lies we believe;
2) Renouncing those lies; and 3) Replacing the lies with the truth that alone sets us free.

Let me give you a quick overview of each step:

1. Identifying the Lie. Unless we can identify the mental barrier that is keeping us from success, we will not be able to deal with that mental barrier. We will be ignorant of it and of the havoc it is wreaking in our lives. Breaking the Mind Barrier will help you to identify the lies you believe so that you can address them.

2. Renouncing the Lie. Once we identify the lies we believe, we must repent of them and renounce them. To renounce means to turn away from those lies, to stop believing them. In Breaking the Mind Barrier, I will show you how to do that.

3. Replacing the Lie with the Truth. Once we turn from the lie, we must replace it with the truth. Otherwise, we will create a vacuum, and we all know what happens with a vacuum. If we don’t fill the vacuum with truth, it will automatically fill up with more lies. Scripture describes this process in Matthew 12: 43-45: 

“When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none. Then it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before. That will be the experience of this evil generation.” ~ Matthew 12: 43-45 NLT:

All of us have mental barriers that need to be broken. The more mental barriers to truth that we break, the freer we will be. Why? Because Jesus said, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8: 32 BSB).

Do you want to be set free from mental barriers that are keeping you from success? Then read and study the Bible. It contains all the principles of success that you will ever need. Listen to the Lord’s words to Joshua: “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” (Joshua 1: 8 NLT). 

If you want to be successful, study the Bible. There you will learn about Truth Himself, Jesus Christ, the One Who died to save you.

If you do not yet have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, He is giving you an invitation now to receive Him. Won’t you accept Him as the Truth you need?  

Pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I need You. I need you to know truth because You are Truth. 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?

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You Are MORE Than a Conqueror!

Enforcing the Kingdom of God Right Where You Are

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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The greatest battle you will ever wage as a Christian is the battle in your mind. In fact, that is the only battle you will ever wage. All battles, whether physical or spiritual, are won or lost in the the mind. But the good news is that you enter that battle with the victory already in hand because of what Jesus Christ did for you through His death and resurrection.

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Your job as a follower of Jesus Christ is not to win the battle against Satan; Jesus Christ already did that. Your job is to enforce the victory that Christ has already won against Satan.

Your job is not to conquer Satan. Your job is to take back what he has stolen from you by enforcing Kingdom law.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, you are His ambassador in the earth realm.  As such, you possess all the power and authority you will ever need to rule in this earth.  Wasn’t that God’s mandate to Adam and Eve from the very beginning–to take dominion over the earth and to subdue it (Genesis 1:28)?  This does not mean that we are to take dominion over the people of the earth but over the demonic spirits that rule the earth. We are also to take dominion over the animals, fish, and natural resources of the earth and use them for God’s glory. In short, we are to bring God’s Kingdom into the earth.

Jesus Himself taught us to pray to the Father like this: “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is done in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10).  Well, God’s mandate still stands, but it can be obeyed only by the born-again believer.  Only followers of Christ have His power and authority dwelling within them to enforce the laws of His heavenly kingdom in our earthly one.

So, how do we enforce God’s Kingdom in the earth? By believing and speaking His Word into every situation that requires our doing so.

The Word of God is the instrument of enforcement.  Scripture calls it the “sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17).  We are commanded by God to wield that sword in our quest to rout the enemy from our earthly domain. And the way we wield the sword of the Spirit is by proclaiming it aloud.

So, the next time Satan tries to bully you in an attempt to make you think you are defeated, turn on him with the sword of the Spirit.  Speak it aloud to him, just as Jesus did when Satan tempted him in the desert.  Three times Jesus repeated, “It is written. It is written. It is written.”  Eventually, Satan fled at the speaking of the Word of God.

Your job as a follower of Jesus Christ is not to win the battle against Satan; Jesus Christ already did that. Your job is to enforce the victory that Christ has already won against Satan.

Satan must flee at the Word of God. Satan is powerless before the Word of God. As we keep our eyes focused on the Word and not on the circumstances of our lives, and as we believe that what God says in His Word is true, the Word will produce the fruit of its promise.

Every single time!
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Are You Afraid of the Future?

ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE FUTURE?

 “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Terrified woman. Terrified young woman in formalwear looking at camera and biting nails while standing isolated on whiteFEAR. It’s all around us. It penetrates and saturates our culture as water does a sponge. We read it in the headlines every morning. We hear it on the news every night.

We feel it in our bones, in our muscles, and in our hearts.

Yes. In our hearts.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way.  Throughout the Scriptures, God continually commands us not to fear.  Interesting, isn’t it, that He gives us a command?  A command from God implies that we are able to obey it.

So, why are we afraid? I would propose that we are afraid because we do not know God.

You see, God is love, and in Him there is never anything to fear.  Scripture tells us that “perfect love drives out fear” (I John 4:18).  God, Who is Perfect Love, will drive out fear every time.  But here is the clincher:  We must trust Him and believe Him when He says that there is nothing to fear for those of us who know Him.

Bottom line, we get rid of fear by getting to know God intimately.  Here is His promise to us found in Isaiah 26:3: ” You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”  This is the antidote to fear: Keeping our minds fixed on God.  And why do we keep our minds fixed on God? Because we trust in Him. And why do we trust Him? Because He is God and perfectly trustworthy!

Are you struggling with fear today? Then turn your eyes toward Jesus and keep looking into His beautiful face. Keep your thoughts fixed on Him. As you do, His peace will drive out every fear.

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Taking Thoughts Captive

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Are you feeling defeated and beaten down? Do you often wonder if things will ever change in your life—if you’ll ever climb out of debt, or ever recover your health, or ever have a happy marriage? If you identify with any of these situations—or a similar one—take heart. You can turn your situation around by changing your way of thinking.

Consider this. The Word of God says that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7). This means that our thoughts will determine the outcome of our lives. Look at your present situation in life. Is it what you would like it to be? Now look at your thoughts. What have you been thinking about your situation?

Let’s take, for example, your financial situation. Perhaps you’re struggling to make ends meet. If so, what are you thinking about your finances? Are you thinking thoughts like the following: “We’re headed toward bankruptcy,” or “We can’t afford to send our children to college,” or “We’ll never get out of debt”? If this is what you’re thinking, then your bad situation will never change. Why? Because your thoughts are seeds from which your destiny grows. It follows, therefore, that if you’re planting failure thought seeds into your life, you’ll reap a life of failure. The converse is also true. If you plant success thought seeds into your life, you’ll reap a life of success.

“All well and good,” you may be saying. But let’s get practical. How do I plant success thought seeds?

The first step is to learn the difference between a success thought and a failure thought. Simply put, a success thought is a thought that lines up with God’s Word and a failure thought is one that does not. That makes knowing God’s Word pretty important, doesn’t it? How else can we know what lines up with His Word and what doesn’t if we don’t know His Word? God’s Word is the standard—the plumb line—against which we measure the “straightness” of our thinking.

The next step in planting success thought seeds is to become aware of what you’re thinking. At first, this may seem difficult to do because our minds are so accustomed to going their own way. But in order for us to lead successful, overcoming lives, we must pay attention to what we’re thinking, and we must do this all of the time. Only in this way will we be able to recognize whether or not our thoughts agree with God’s thoughts as found in His Word.

The third step in planting success thought seeds is to capture every thought and bring it to Jesus. In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, chapter 10, verse 5, we find our Lord’s command to bring “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” This means that every thought we think must be captured and presented to Christ to be examined in the light of His Word. If it does not agree with God’s Word—in other words, if it is a failure thought seed—then it must not be planted in the soil of our mind. If it does agree with God’s Word—in other words, if it is a success thought seed–then it can and should be planted in the soil of our mind.

Remember: Your thoughts are the seeds that determine the course of your life. If you want a good life, plant good thoughts, because as you think in your heart, so you will be.

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The Worried Heart

Do you have a worried heart? I used to struggle with worry, but I’ve learned a few things along the way that may help you, too.

What is worry?  The word “worry” comes from the Greek word merimnao which is actually a combination of two other Greek words, merizo and nous. Merizo means “to divide” while nous means “mind.” So, to worry means to divide the mind. When the mind is divided, so is the heart.

The Book of James tells us that a divided mind is an unstable mind (James 1:8). So, when we worry, our minds are actually unstable. And an unstable mind is incapable of making a wise decision–or any decision at all, for that matter. Moreover, worry adversely affects our physical bodies, which are the temples of the Holy Spirit.

Not only does worry split the mind and hurt the body, but, more significantly, worry is also a sin.  We rarely look on worry as a sin, but if we did, we might be more intentional in overcoming it.  

One insight that greatly helped me in overcoming worry was to realize that worry is simply using my imagination in a negative way.  Each of us has an imagination. We can choose to use it to picture positive outcomes for our lives, or we can choose it to picture negative outcomes for our lives. The good news is that we have a choice. Choose to use your imagination to picture positive outcomes for your life and worry will no longer plague you.

Overcoming worry involves creating a picture in your imagination that corresponds with God’s picture of you as found in His Word.  When your picture and God’s picture agree, you set in motion the power of agreement as described in Matthew 18:19.  When the power of agreement is in effect, faith is ignited to receive what God has for you.

Corrie Ten Boom who survived the concentration camps said this: “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its troubles; it empties today of its strength.”  

The Word of God is our antidote to worry. When you are tempted to worry, meditate on these words of Jesus:

Hebrews 13:5 – “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”

Matthew 6:34 – ““So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.”

Finally, remember this: what we worry about rarely comes to pass. So why waste precious time worrying when we can spend that same time trusting God and resting in His love for us?

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