by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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

“Matters of the Heart” is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to discover what is in your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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Currency is defined as a medium of exchange for goods and services. In some places throughout history, people paid for goods and services with their own goods and services. This was called “bartering.” Mostly, however, currency in the form of coins or paper money has been used throughout history as payment for goods and services.
As a medium of exchange, currency means that in exchange for something I want (a product), I give you something you want (money). Significantly, this principle of exchange applies to the Kingdom of God as well. The currency of the Kingdom of God is called “faith.” In order to receive from God, we need to use the currency of faith.


Lest there be any misunderstanding, however, let me make clear upfront that we cannot “purchase” anything from God. All that He gives us is a free gift that flows from His heart of love and mercy. Indeed, He Himself as Christ purchased every blessing for us by sacrificing His very life for us. Christ did all the “purchasing” that was necessary for us to experience salvation and all the blessings that come with it.
At the same time, experiencing those blessings requires faith.

Here is how it works: I go to God in need of a particular blessing, be it financial, health-related, job-related, or whatever. I see in His Word that God has provided that blessing for me.

God then says to me, “Do You believe what I say in My Word about the blessing you need? Do you believe 1 Peter 2: 24 where I tell you that you were healed by the stripes of Jesus? Do you believe Philippians 4: 19 where I tell you that I will supply all of Your need? Do you believe James 1: 5 where I promise you that I will give you all the wisdom you need to make wise decisions.”

God then tosses the ball to my court. If I believe what God says in His Word, I will have what God says in His Word. If I don’t believe what God says in His Word, I won’t have what God says in His Word. It’s as simple as that.

All that God requires of us is that we believe Him! Nothing more, nothing less. Amazing, no?
Actually, what is amazing is that we don’t believe Him!  But why don’t we believe Him? Because we don’t know Him. We don’t understand His character. We don’t comprehend His love. That, in my opinion, is the real reason we do not believe God. 
Ask yourself this question: How would you feel if your spouse, your children, or your boss did not trust you? Not very good, right? Well, God is grieved when we do not trust Him.  Faith is simply trusting that God says what He means and means what He says and that He will do what He says He will do.
Faith is the key to receiving from God. Without faith, it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11: 6). 
But what if you don’t have faith? Or not enough faith?
Actually, God has given each person “the measure of faith” (Romans 12: 3).  The Bible tells us He shows no partiality (Acts 10: 34). Just as all of us have been given the same number of muscles, so have all of us been given the same amount of faith. But just as muscles grow stronger only through exercise, so does faith grow stronger only through exercise. This is the reason for the many trials we face.  Trials exercise our faith and make it stronger.
Scripture also teaches that “faith comes by hearing” (Romans 10: 17). Whatever we hear often enough and long enough, we will end up believing. For this reason, it is critically important that we continually hear truth. And truth is found in the Word of God!
Decide today that you will be a person of faith–not because of what you will get out of it, but because of the joy you will give to your Heavenly Father simply by believing what He says.
Now, it’s YOUR turn:  Do you struggle to trust God? If so, what can you do about it? Please leave a comment in the box below.


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Matters of the Heart is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to discover what is in your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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(Attitude) A Surefire Way to Fail at Writing

If you want to avoid failing at writing, then this could be the most important blog post you will ever read. You see, I’ve failed at writing, so I’m highly qualified to tell you what caused me to fail. I’m also highly qualified to tell you how I turned my failure into success.

First, let’s look at the problem. Failure at writing is due to a number of things, but I’ve boiled them down into one single thing:  a lack of belief in oneself.  Bottom line, writers who fail don’t believe they can succeed.

So, let’s say you’re one of those writers who don’t believe you can succeed at writing. Truth is, you’ve got a problem. A big problem. It’s called unbelief, and God isn’t too thrilled about unbelief.  Just check out Hebrews 11:6.  If you don’t solve your problem of unbelief, not only will you fail at writing, but, horror of horrors, you won’t please God.  As far as I’m concerned, nothing could be worse.

Not all that long ago (okay, 30-some years doesn’t seem so long ago), I was in your shoes. I doubted my ability to succeed as a writer. In fact, I couldn’t even call myself a writer. Right there was the single problem I talked about earlier: I didn’t believe in myself. 

So what did I do to change things? What did I do to start believing in myself?  I read a Scripture verse that said “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21).  An aha moment!  So, I grabbed hold of my tongue and commanded it to call me a writer. 

When people started to ask me what I did for a living, I said “I’m a writer.”  Of course, I nearly choked on the words at first. Calling myself something I wasn’t yet felt like lying, and I abhor lying. 

But I had also read Romans 4:17: “God calls those things that are not as though they were.”   Now, I knew for sure that God can’t lie, so I asked Him what He meant by that verse.  He said this verse contains the spiritual principle He used when He created the universe. When God created the universe, He first spoke words and then the words He spoke turned into the substance of the universe.

Another aha moment!  Since I’m made in God’s image, I, too, have to speak words before they turn into the substance of what I want.

So, I wasn’t lying at all. I was simply speaking the truth in advance. I figured if speaking the truth in advance is good enough for God, it’s certainly good enough for me. 

So I started speaking words to bring into being what I wanted.  I started calling myself a writer. I started saying that editors were asking me to write for them.  At that point in my career, editors were sending me volumes of rejection letters. 

But I kept speaking and speaking and speaking that I was a writer and that editors were asking me to write for them. 

A few years went by. I grew more comfortable with calling myself a writer. I started receiving a few acceptance letters. And then, lo and behold, the day came when an editor actually asked me to write for her.

Talk about being excited!  Yes, I was excited about the request to write. But I was more excited at the truth that God’s Word always works if we work it.

What worked for me can work for you, too. To help you, I’ve written a short booklet called Self-Image & the Writer.  It deals in about 10 pages with what I’ve discussed in this short blog post. You can purchase your copy through me for the very low price of only $0.49.  Yes, you read that right.  Less than half a dollar. Plus, it’s a quick read packed with punch. 

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