Are You Thinking Straight?

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 1, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #22 in Series 2020 and is titled “Are You Thinking Straight?”

You might be wondering, What a strange question to ask? Am I thinking straight? Yet the truth is that my question is one of the most important questions you may ever be asked in your life. Your answer to that question will determine whether your life turns out well or turns out badly.

Okay, Dr. MaryAnn. Aren’t you getting a little melodramatic here? After all, how I think is how I think. What difference does it make how I think, if the thoughts are my own?

The fact that you made that statement and asked that question is proof that you are not thinking straight.

So, before we go any farther, let’s define what is meant by “thinking straight.” Thinking straight means thinking in line with Truth. But then we have to ask another question: What is Truth? You may remember that a Roman governor of Judea, named Pontius Pilate, asked that same question of Jesus just before Jesus was crucified (John 18: 38). 

The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is Truth. He Himself said of Himself in John 14: 6, “I am the Truth.” Jesus is the Word of God, and so is the Bible. This makes Jesus and the Bible one and the same. So, logically speaking then, if Jesus is Truth, and if Jesus and the Bible are one and the same, then the Bible is Truth.

So, if the Bible is Truth, and if thinking straight means thinking in line with Truth, then thinking straight means thinking in line with the Bible.

Let me ask you another question. Are you thinking in line with the Bible? Do you even know what’s in the Bible? If you don’t, then how can you think in line with Truth? 

We must know Truth in order to think in line with Truth.

Truth is a Person. Truth is Jesus Christ. If we don’t know Jesus Christ, Who is Truth, then we cannot live in line with Truth.

So, the first order of business is to get to know Jesus Christ. How? By accepting Him as your Savior and Lord. When you do, you will be born again, and you will begin to comprehend Truth.

We live in a world in which most of the information we receive is controlled by people who do not know Truth. People who do not know the Bible. People who do not know Jesus Christ. Indeed, people who are blatantly opposed to Jesus Christ and, therefore, to Truth.

The information we receive from such people is contrary to Truth, yet most of the public believes their lies. When we believe a lie, we will suffer the consequences of believing a lie.

To believe a lie is to put ourselves in bondage. To believe the Truth is to experience freedom. Jesus Himself said, “You shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free.”

We are fast losing many of our freedoms today. Have you asked yourself why? The reason is that, as a culture, we have chosen to embrace the lie instead of embracing the Truth.

We will be free to the degree that we embrace the Truth.

Do you want to be free? Then embrace the Truth. Embrace Jesus Christ. He is waiting to set you free.

Pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I come to You now, just as I am. I want to know Truth. I want to know You so that I can be free. I receive You now as my Savior and Lord. Make of me what You created me to be. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

If you prayed this simple prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a little 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 and for He will help you to come to Him and to grow in Him and to become all that He created you to be. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He instructs 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.

For those of you who may not know, I write fiction about many of the issues I deal with in this blog and podcast. My latest novel, In Black and White, recently won First Place in Historical Fiction in the 2020 Christian Indie Book Awards Contest. It is the page-turning, compelling love story between a white woman and a black man as they face the wrath of family and society in order to preserve their love. Get your copy at Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, or other vendors of your choice.

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Thank you so much for listening. This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, reminding you that God loves you just as you are and just where you are, and that He will help you to keep on Winning with the Word.

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5 Habits Every Christian Should Develop

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

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“The habits you make will eventually make you.”  – Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

This quote by yours truly packs a lot of punch. Let’s take a look at five habits every Christian should develop to draw closer to Jesus:

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1-Study the Word of God. Don’t just read it. Study it. Study means digging into the Word, delving into its deeper meanings, applying it to your life.

2-Memorize the Word of God. Hiding God’s Word in your heart will make it readily available to you when you need it. There may be times coming when we will not be permitted to carry our Bibles with us wherever we go. Memorizing Scripture will enable you to carry it with you all the tine.  Remember: What you plant in your heart can never be taken away from you.

3-Fellowship with other believers. Jesus made it clear that as the times grow darker, the more should we believers gather together in prayer, worship, and fellowship. The members of the Body of Christ need one another to stay strong, to grow, and to fulfill Christ’s purpose for His Church.

4-Pray without ceasing. This means that we are to carry on a running conversation with the Lord all day long. Prayer is both a privilege and a responsibility. Through prayer we communicate with God and He communicates with us. When we pray, we should do more listening than talking because God is way smarter than we are.

5-Be sensitive to Holy Spirit’s leading. Each morning, ask Him where He is working today in your circle of influence then follow Him there.

If you practice these five habits until they become a part of you, you will have gone far in your journey of becoming more and more like Jesus.

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How to Meditate the Right Way

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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There is a type of meditation that exalts the self, and there is a type of meditation that exalts God.

The New Ager engages in the former.  The follower of Jesus Christ engages in the latter.

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Self-centered meditation leads to deception and death.  God-centered meditation leads to truth and life.

To meditate means to “chew upon.”  What you chew upon, you digest.  What you digest, you become.

The New Ager chews upon doctrines of demons. The follower of jesus Christ chews upon the Word of God. 

Choose your spiritual food wisely.  Your entire well-being and eternal destiny depend upon it.

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(Business) Increasing Your Writing Power

Scripture tells us that “knowledge increases power” (Proverbs 24:5).  The more knowledge we have about writing, the more power our writing will have.

How do we acquire knowledge about writing? There are many ways, and I encourage you to explore as many of them as you can.

  • Read the kinds of books you want to write. This is one of the best ways to gain knowledge about writing. As you read, you will be absorbing successful writing modalities–as long as, of course, the books you are reading are well-written.  Be sure to read the best books.
  • Read books about writing. Many outstanding books exist on the craft of writing. Read as many as you can. If you are a newbie, read books that give you a general overview of the writing caft and the writing profession. As you grow, read books on specific aspects of writing, like plotting, chraracterization, or dialogue.
  • Attend writers’ conferences. I recommend attending at least one major writers’ conference per year. If the cost of a major conference is prohibitive, attend one-day seminars. Most parts of the country offer these shorter versions of conferences. When choosing a conference, be sure to choose one that invites agents and editors if you are at the stage of submitting your work. Until then, a general conference will give you the basics you need to get started. For your convenience, I’ve listed a few websites where you can learn about writers’ conferences around the world.
  • Feed on the Word of God. The Word of God is the only source of true power. As we feed on the Word, the Word will enter our spirits and flow through our writing, infusing it with the only power that sets captives free.

Some Major Writers’ Conferences:

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