“Are You on the Level?”

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 20, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #29 in Series 2020 and is titled “Are You Living on the Level?”.

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During the 50 blessed years my husband and I have been married, he has become an expert at hanging pictures. But sometimes when he hangs a picture, I think it’s leaning to the right, and he thinks it’s leaning to the left. So, in order to avoid an argument, we get out our trusty level. My husband places the level under the picture, and the level tells both of us when the picture is straight.

The cool thing about the level is that it ALWAYS tells the truth.

So, when my husband and I trust the level, it settles the issue, because both of us believe and trust the level and set ourselves in agreement with it. As a result, we remain unified in our picture-hanging situations.

God has given us a level for life that always tells us the truth as well. That level is called the Bible, and it is Absolute Truth. If we use the Bible every day and in every situation we will ever face, the Bible will keep our lives straight—and on the level. If we use the Bible when facing conflicts in our relationships, believing, trusting, and acting on what the Bible commands will keep us unified and reconciled in our relationships.

But the sad thing is that most people use themselves as a level instead of the Bible. They measure the straightness or the crookedness of their lives by their own opinions and their own perceptions of what is true. This is called relativism. And relativism NEVER tells the truth. In fact, relativism ALWAYS leads to a messed-up life, broken relationships, and, eventually to destruction and death.

We live in a world that has become relativistic. It is a world in which each person has chosen to be his own level. Our world today is not only ignorant of the Bible, but it also despises and denigrates the Bible. All we have to do is look around us to see the results of not using the Bible as a level. Confusion. Hatred. Division. Lawlessness. Violence. Death. These are the tragic results of using the Satanic level of relativism instead of the God-ordained level of absolute truth.

Why? Because the level of relativism cannot be counted on since it changes from day to day and from person to person. We’ve all heard comments like, “Abortion may be right for you, but it’s not right for me.” This is relativism. This is each person formulating his own morality. Writing his own bible. When this happens, we have no level by which to measure whether something is straight or not. Whether it is true or not.

Imagine if I had one level for measuring whether or not a picture hung straight and my husband had another level—and each level said something different. How would we ever know if the picture hung straight? We wouldn’t know, because we were using different standards of straightness and crookedness.

The level my husband uses to hang pictures always tells the truth. We can count on it every single time. In all of our 50 years of marriage, that level has never been wrong.

The Bible also tells us the truth. It is the only standard that tells us the truth every single time.

And it will always tell us the truth because it is the Word of God, and God cannot lie and God never changes.

So, as we go about our daily lives, let us always bear witness to the Level of God, the Holy Bible. Let us always bear witness to the Truth, no matter what the cost.

And there will be a cost. Often a huge cost.

Bearing witness to the truth may one day cost you your job, your career, your reputation, your relationships, and, yes, perhaps even your very life. Will you be prepared to stay true to God’s Level? Only if you make a quality decision now to love and trust the Level—the Holy Bible—with every fiber of your being. For the Bible—the Word of God—is Jesus Christ Himself.

And Jesus Christ alone is Truth. He Himself said in John 14: 6, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Truth is a Person, and Jesus Christ is that Person!

Jesus is TRUTH!

 Let me tell you four things about Truth:

1) TRUTH NEVER CHANGES. (Malachi 3: 6 – “For I, the LORD, do not change.”)

 2) TRUTH APPLIES TO ALL PEOPLE IN ALL PLACES AND IN ALL GENERATIONS. (Acts 10: 34 – “God shows no  favoritism.”)

3) TRUTH OFFENDS. (1 Corinthians 1: 23 – “So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.”)

4) TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE. (John 8: 32 – “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”)

So Truth never changes; Truth applies to all people in all places and in all generations; Truth offends, and Truth will set you free.

But unless you make the quality decision once and for all to accept the Truth and always to bear witness to the Truth—unless you draw the red line in the sand to make the Truth your level for living—you will falter and compromise the Truth. You will bend it to fit your own agenda. And if you bend the truth, you will be deceived and destroyed.

So I urge you to accept truth today. Accept Jesus Christ Who is Truth. If you do, you will live a life that is always on the level, keeping you from destruction. Pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, my life has been crooked. I want it to be straight. I want to live on the level of Your Word. So I receive You now as my Savior and Lord. Straighten out my life and put me on the level. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

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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.

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You Are NOT What You Feel!

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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I recently had occasion to minister to a person struggling with a feeling of being abandoned by God. Due to some tragic circumstances that had occurred in his life, he felt that God did not love him. Despite the Scriptural proof that I gave this young man that God did, indeed, love him, the young man could not get past his feelings of being unloved.

This young man’s decision to make his feelings the final arbiter of truth represents a very dangerous phenomenon at work in our culture today. It is a lie that goes way back to the Greeks, and even before them. It is the lie at the root of secular humanism that denies the existence of absolute truth and makes relativism the final authority of one’s life.

Consider what havoc this lie has wrought in our society. It has led to abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism, and euthaniasia. It is the new expression of Cartesian philosophy. Descartes is famous for saying, “I think; therefore, I am.” Today’s culture says, “I feel; therefore, I am.”

So, if I am a woman but “feel” like a man, then I can simply change my gender.  Or vice versa. 

Carried to its logical conclusion, this deception becomes ridiculous. As my husband wisely asked, “What would happen if I were to put on a black robe, walk into the Supreme Court, and announce that I am a Supreme Court Justice just because I feel like one?” We all know what would happen! 

Yet, that is exactly what is going on when a man decides he is a woman simply because he feels like one, or a woman decides she is a man simply because she feels like one. As a culture, we have denied the existence of absolute truth, and we are now seeing the fruit of unrestrained relativism which makes personal feelings the final determinant of one’s actions and the final determinant of what is true.

We are NOT what we feel. Feelings lie. They fluctuate, sometimes moment by moment. They change from day to day. Yet, our society has elevated feelings above reason. In so doing, we have built our lives on sinking sand. 

Feelings are NOT the arbiter of truth. God’s Word alone is the arbiter of truth. Unless and until we return to God’s Word and make it the foundation of our lives, we will fall farther and farther into the abyss of absurdity and what the Bible calls “the depraved mind” (Romans 1: 28). 

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Beware the Lies of the One-World Religion

The Dangers of Religious Unity

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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A movement is afoot throughout the world to unify all religions. While this concept sounds good, it is dangerous and deceptive. Why? Because such a unification is a politically correct attempt to discredit the truth that salvation comes through Jesus Christ alone. There is no other way to be saved.

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Some mainline churches are falling into deception by inviting those of other belief systems into their worship services. By other belief systems, I do not mean other Christian denominations. I mean belief systems that do not worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Islam, for example, worships Allah. Many Christians believe that Allah and the Christian God are one and the same. They are not. Contrary to what even some Muslims say, Allah has its roots in paganism and is a false god.

Any belief system that denies that Jesus Christ is the Son of God is false, whether that belief system is Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, or any other -ism. Scripture describes such a belief system as being the spirit of AntiChrist:  “This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world” (I John 4: 2-3).

Another dangerous belief system you may have heard of or will hear about in the near future is Chrislam.  Chrislam is the attempt to combine Christianity and Islam. This is spiritually impossible to do.  Scripture says this in 2 Corinthians 6:14: “What fellowship can light have with darkness?”  The answer is none.

God has declared in His Word the truth about salvation. Jesus made this truth clear when He said: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14: 6). There is only one way to be saved, and that way is through Jesus Christ. Only by accepting Him as our Savior and Lord can we go to Heaven. There is no other way.

Truth is true because it is backed by the character of God.  Man does not establish truth; God does. Therefore, if one does not believe the Bible, it is no less true. 

I may say that I don’t believe in the law of gravity or the law of thermodynamics. But those laws are true whether I believe in them or not. I do not determine the truth of a physical or mathematical law. God does.

The problem with the soon-coming one world religion is that man has taken it upon himself to determine what is true religion and what is not. But just because man says that all religions lead to God, that does not mean they do. Making such a statement is nothing more than relativism. And relativism is nothing more than assuming the role of God.

Beware lest you be deceived. Dark times lie ahead, but only the true followers of Jesus Christ will remain standing in the Light when the rest of the world falls into darkness.

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Are You Paying Attention to the Signs of the Times?

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Signs serve as signals. They tell us where something is located, or they alert us to an event that is about to take place. 

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Jesus spoke of signs that would signal His second coming. Those signs are all around us today and include an increasing number of earthquakes, simultaneous wars all over the globe, and disease epidemics that are becoming more and more resistant to medication. He also predicted that there would be those who kill Christians while claiming that to do so is to serve God.  Isn’t that what ISIS is doing today? 

Two of the most significant signs of Christ’s return would be an increase in lawlessness, persecution, and deception that would lead to global catastrophe. We are certainly seeing that now. The world has gone crazy, with senseless killings, violent riots, and the persecution of Christians and Jews. If that were not bad enough, most of humanity is being deceived into believing lies, such as universalism, atheism, relativism, homosexuality, transgenderism, abortion, and a host of other -isms that are in direct conflict with the Truth as found in the Sacred Scriptures.

So, what does this all mean for you? It means that if you have not been paying attention to the signs of the times, you need to start doing so. Recognize that the enemy behind ISIS and all the evil in the world is Satan himself and all of his cohorts.  Satan hates Jesus Christ and any person who follows Christ.  

Yet, only by following Jesus Christ can you escape the even worse horrors that are coming upon the world when the AntiChrist assumes power.  If you have not been born again, don’t wait another moment.  Click here to read my article on how to live forever.  

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