Monday, October 9, 2017

"Horoscopes? Ouija Boards? Séances? Are They Really Harmless?" by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

With Halloween close on our heels, we are entering the yearly period of intense occult activity in our land. Not that the occult isn’t alive and active all year round. But at this time of year, it steps up its game. 
What is the occult, and why is it dangerous?

The occult is involvement with demonic supernatural agents. Notice that I said “demonic” supernatural agents. Good angels are also supernatural agents, but they are by no means occultic in nature or function. Instead, they are holy and in total submission to God.
Demons, on the contrary, are in rebellion to God. Demons represent the one-third of the angels who joined Lucifer in rebelling against God. The other two-thirds of the angels remained faithful to God.
Many people today are involved in the occult and don’t even know it. Perhaps you are one of them. If so, read on, because involvement in the occult is extremely dangerous to your spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical well-being.
How can you know if you are involved in the occult? Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
1–Do you start your day by reading your horoscope?
2–Do you call the psychic hotline when facing a problem?
3–Have you gone to a séance, consulted a fortune-teller, or spoken to someone you believed was a dead relative or friend? 
4–Have you played with a Ouija board or experimented with levitation?
5–Have you played with tarot cards, read tea leaves, or used crystal balls to determine the future?
6–Do you play occult games like Dungeons and Dragons or Tunnels and Trolls?
7–Have you had your body tattooed in private places?
8–Do you use occult symbols on your personal belongings–symbols like the pentagram, the number 666, or horned creatures?
9–Do you easily rebel against authority? 
10-Have you engaged in animal sacrifices?
11-Do you watch horror or occult movies or read horror or occult books, like Harry Potter?
12-Have you had out-of-body experiences that terrified you?
13-Are you addicted to drugs?
14-Do you deliberately cut yourself?
15-Are you inordinately depressed, to the point of wanting to commit suicide?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you need to take action!  Even if you’ve experimented with the occult “only one time,” you’ve opened the door to a demonic realm that is affecting your life at this very moment.
For example, do you experience panic attacks, nightmares, or inordinate fear? These symptoms could very well be due to your involvement–past or present–with the occult. 
Or perhaps you are tormented by voices continually talking in your head. You may be afraid to tell anyone about these voices for fear you would be considered insane. You may see horrible images in your mind that drive you to distraction, yet you are afraid or embarrassed to share this with anyone. You may have an inordinate fear of something but are unwilling to divulge it. This fear may be due to your involvement in the occult. In worst case scenarios, involvement with the occult could result in a complete takeover of your personality by demonic spirits–something called “demon possession.” 
If you are, indeed, involved in the occult, there is hope for you! That hope is in Jesus Christ!  Before I gave my life to Jesus, I used to read the daily horoscope, unaware of its grave dangers. After I was born again, Holy Spirit showed me in the Bible that what I was doing was sin. I immediately repented and stopped reading the horoscope.
Also, I learned that some of my ancestors had been involved in the occult and, as a result, had passed on to me a generational curse. So, I underwent deliverance ministry whereby I was set free from the generational curse of occult involvement. 
If you have been involved in the occult, you, too, can be set free by the power of Jesus Christ. Jesus is not only able to set you free; He wants to set you free. Go to Him now! Here is a prayer you can use as a model as you ask for His help:
Father God, in the Name of Jesus I confess my involvement with the occult. I also confess any involvement of my ancestors, on both sides of my family, all the way back to Adam and Eve. In the Name of Jesus, I repent of my personal involvement with the occult, and I repent of the involvement of any of my ancestors with the occult. I ask Your forgiveness for my personal sin and for the sin of my ancestors. In the Name of Jesus, I break the power of the generational curse of the occult from operating in my life or in the lives of my descendants. I thank You, Father, for Your cleansing power that sets me free from the curse. Amen!
I’ve listed below some further resources for you. Please take advantage of them as you so choose. If you need prayer or a referral to a deliverance minister, please contact me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I will be happy to help you.

FURTHER RESOURCES FOR DELIVERANCE FROM OCCULT INVOLVEMENT:
1 – My short podcast on the occult: “The Dangers of the Occult”.
Disclaimer: I am an Amazon Associate Affiliate and receive a small commission on the sale of the above books.
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Why NOT to Follow the Crowd

Hey, Gabriel Girls!

Are you a crowd-follower? A people-pleaser? In short, an approval-seeker?

If so, this post is for you!

Why do so many teens follow the crowd? One reason is their need to belong. All of us have a need to belong. God made us this way because He wants us to belong to His family.

So, wanting to belong is not a bad thing. But the important question to ask ourselves is "To what do I want to belong?"

So many teens don't ask this question, yet answering it will make the difference between a good life and a horrible one.

As with other things in life, there is a right way to belong and a wrong way to belong. There is a right place to belong and a wrong place to belong. So, how can you know the difference?




Here are some questions to ask yourself when choosing where to belong:

1--Is this group of people a group that follows Jesus Christ and His ways?

2--Are the people in this group the kind of people I want to be like?

3--Do the people in this group live out the values that I consider most important in life?

4--Will hanging around these people make me a better person or not?

5--Do I want to be around these people because I think they will make me look good or make me more popular? Or do I want to be around them because they live according to God's Word? 

The Bible tells us that we will become like the people we hang around. Look at this verse in 1 Corinthians 15: 33: "Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good character."

Isn't it interesting that when you put one bad apple in a barrel of good apples  the good apples will eventually turn bad? But when you put one good apple in a barrel of bad apples, the bad apples will never turn good?

That's the way it is with us. If we hang around bad people all the time, we will eventually become like them. But if we hang around good people all the time, we will eventually become like them.

So, be careful whom you choose to be your friends. Choose those who love Jesus and follow Him. Choose those who are not afraid to stand up for what is right, no matter what the cost. 

Don't be a crowd-follower. Let the crowd follow you!
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

ARE YOU DRIFTING AWAY FROM THE LORD?

Hey, Gabriel Girls!

If you've been watching the news lately, you've seen the results of Hurricane Irma. As I viewed the very sad pictures on TV, I was struck by the way houses, cars, and personal belongings just drifted away, carried off by the rising waters. Those objects had lost all of their anchoring and could not resist the power of the water.

The scene made me think of many Christians who have lost their anchor and are being carried away by the destructive waters of sin.

Are you one of them?

If so, listen up so you don't get carried away altogether until you are totally destroyed. I'm going to give you three tips for keeping the flood waters of sin from drowning you.

1--Admit that you've turned from God and have followed the road of sin.

2--Repent. Right now! Yes, stop reading and repent. This means making a 180-degree turn in the opposite direction from your sin.

3--Run back to God. When we sin, we shouldn't run away from God but toward God. He loves us and is the only One Who can forgive us and restore us to fellowship with Him.

As you take these three simple steps, you will be re-establishing your anchor in the only place it will hold you safely: in the arms of your Heavenly Father. As long as you remain there, you will never have to fear that the rising waters of life will overtake you. 

Here's a Scripture verse for you to memorize:

"Surging waters cannot quench love; floodwaters cannot overflow it. If someone were to offer all his possessions to buy love, the offer would be utterly despised." --Song of Solomon 8: 7
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

WHAT'S AHEAD FOR GENERATION Z?

Hey, Gabriel Girls!

Most of you reading this blog were born after September 11, 2001. So, all that you know of that horrific day is what you've been told, read about, or viewed in a documentary on TV or YouTube.


But even though you were born after that ignominious day in American history, you are living the consequences of the 9/11 event in your daily lives today.

How so?

Well, for one thing, 9/11 marked a crucial turning point in our country's perspective. Up until 9/11, we considered ourselves pretty safe. But 9/11 proved to us that we aren't as safe as we think. Consequently, you've grown up living with anxiety not only about your safety but also about your future in a country filled with perils unlike any we've ever witnessed.

In addition, you are facing situations that my generation did not face. Situations like:

  • Terrorism: You can no longer trust your daily environment. 
  • Political Correctness. You are being silenced because speaking truth now offends. 
  • Prayer Shaming. You are being ridiculed for praying, especially praying in public.
  • The Glorification of Immorality. You are mocked when you speak out against sin by those who brazenly and openly celebrate sin. 
  • A Godless Culture. You are living in a culture that has driven God out of its schools, its marketplace, its art, its music, and its entire social structure. 
So, what are you to do?
  • Keep standing firm in righteousness. This is what God says to you: "Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. See, all your angry enemies lie there, confused and humiliated. Anyone who opposes you will die and come to nothing" (Isaiah 41: 10-11 NLT). 
  • Keep speaking truth. Keep standing up for truth, no matter the opposition. Why? Because only the truth sets people free. Jesus said this: "And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8: 32).
  • Keep praying, especially praying in public. The Word of God gives us this command: "Never stop praying" (1 Thessalonians 5: 17 NLT).
  • Keep speaking out against sin. Why? "For the wages of sin is death...." (Romans 6: 23).  Most of all, do not sin. Why? Because "the wages of sin is death...." (Romans 6: 23).
  • Keep sharing the Gospel. The Gospel alone is the message of salvation. "For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes--the Jew first and also the Gentile." (Romans 1: 15 NLT).
The time is very short before the return of Jesus Christ to catch away His Church in the world-shaking event called the Rapture. If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as Your Savior and Lord, I urge you to do so now. Pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I come to You just as I am. I have made a mess of my life and I need You to save me. I believe that You are the Son of God, that You died on the Cross, and that You rose again on the third day. I accept You as my Savior and the Lord of my life. Forgive me of my sins and make of me what You created me to be. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I will send you a little booklet to help get your start in your walk with Christ.

Also, please leave a comment in the box below. I am happy to hear your opinion and to answer any questions you may have.

Meanwhile, keep looking up for our redemption draws near!  :) 

Dr. MaryAnn
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Monday, September 4, 2017

YOUR HELP NEEDED...

Hey, Gabriel Girls!

I need your help. 

I'm trying to figure out if my Comments section is working or not since I am not receiving comments from any of you.

Would you kindly post a comment, even if it simply says "test"?  This will assure me that everything is working fine.

While I'm on the topic, please feel free to leave comments and to ask questions about my posts.  I want this to be an interactive blog where we can discuss issues that matter to you most.


Thanks and Blessings!

Dr. MaryAnn

Saturday, August 19, 2017

SOLAR ECLIPSE: A WARNING FROM GOD

Hey, Gabriel Girls!
If you live in the good ol' USA, you know that on Monday, August 21, 2017, our country will be experiencing a total solar eclipse. The eclipse will traverse the entire United States from the Northwest to the Southeast. 
This is an event of major significance in that it is a warning from God calling us to repentance, both as individuals and as a nation. The eclipse will occur only over the United States and over its expanse, meaning this is a message specifically for America.  So, we must take special heed!

The  Bible tells us that God speaks to us through the signs in the sky (Genesis 1: 14).  The question is: Are we listening?

God issues these celestial warnings out of His infinite love for us. He is saying that if we don’t repent, we will bring judgment and great suffering on ourselves because we have disobeyed His commands. (See the Book of Revelation).

Please take this warning to heart and warn your family and friends.  This is not something to take lightly and to brush off.  Your eternal destiny and theirs are at stake.

Many Biblical scholars and other Christians believe that the Lord’s return for His Church in an event called the Rapture is at hand, and that this eclipse is meant to prepare us for the Lord’s return.  Only those who have been born again will be removed from the earth and will escape the great Tribulation which will soon come upon the entire world with the rise of the AntiChrist. Those who have not accepted Christ as Savior and Lord will be left behind and will endure the Tribulation. This will be a seven-year period of horrific suffering and oppression such as the world has never seen.

You do NOT want to be left behind! If you are not a follower of Jesus Christ, accept Him now as your Savior and Lord and spend eternity in His Presence. Here is a simple prayer to be born again:
“Lord Jesus, I come to You now just as I am—broken, bruised, and empty inside. I’ve made a mess of my life, and I need You to fix it. Please forgive me of all of my sins. I accept You now as my personal Savior and as the Lord of my life. Thank You for dying for me so that I might live. As I give you my life, I trust that You will make of me all that You’ve created me to be. Amen.”
If you sincerely prayed this prayer, you are now a child of God and a follower of Jesus Christ. Please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorioministries.com. I would like to send you a booklet to help you get started in your walk with Jesus. 
Now, it’s YOUR turn: Are you listening for God’s voice as He speaks through His signs in the sky? Are you looking up for the imminent return of Jesus Christ for His Bride? How are you preparing for His return? 
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

5 Ways to Grow in Christ

Hey, Gabriel Girls!

I trust you’re having a great summer! No matter what you do this summer, don’t forget to spend time with Jesus.

Of all your relationships, your relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important relationship you will ever have. It will last forever, into eternity. So don’t you agree it’s vital that you keep working on that relationship?


If you don’t yet have a relationship with Jesus Christ, I urge you to establish one. Click here to learn how to do so. 


Okay, now let’s talk about five ways to grow your relationship in Christ:


1) Dig deep into God’s Word. God’s Word is the Bible. The Bible and Jesus are actually one and the same, so if you dig deep into the Bible, you will be digging deep into Jesus. Why is this important? Because the better you get to know Jesus, the more you will be like Him, and the more like Him you are, the better your life will be.

Check out Psalm 119: 1-3: Happy are all who perfectly follow the laws of God. Happy are all who search for God and always do his will, rejecting compromise with evil and walking only in his paths. 

If you want to be truly happy, follow Jesus! 

2) Pray.  Prayer is a two-way conversation with God. He talks to you, and you talk to Him. Be sure to do twice as much listening as you do talking, however, because God is far smarter than you are. :)

I keep a Prayer Journal of my conversations with God. It’s really cool to go back and read over the things God has spoken to me over the years. Most of all, keeping a Prayer Journal will remind you of how much God cares, especially when you’re going through tough times.



3) Obey what God tells you to do. How do you know what God tells you to do? The best place to find that answer is in the Bible. God has written down all that He wants you to do. It can be summed up in two commands found in Luke 10: 27: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.’”  Obey these two commands and you’ll be just fine. :)  

4) Meet with other Christ-Followers. We all need the support of others on our journey with Jesus. Fellow believers lift us up when we are down, and vice versa. The Bible says this about meeting with fellow believers: Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near (Hebrews 10: 25). We do not necessarily have to meet in church buildings, because we are the Church. But we should meet regularly with other Christ-Followers, especially during these dangerous times right before Christ’s return.

5) Tell others about Jesus. I am so thankful for the young woman who told me about Jesus and about my need to be born again. Even though I thought she was crazy at first, I eventually realized that she was telling me the truth. Were it not for her courage, I would not be writing this blog post today. 

So, be bold in your witness for Jesus Christ. You have the truth, and by sharing the truth with others, you will prevent many from spending eternity in Hell.

There you have it: 5 Ways to Grow in Christ. Now all you have to do is put these 5 ways into practice. You will be amazed at how much your life will change for the better!

Now, it's YOUR TURN: What ways do you practice to grow in Christ? Please share with our fellow Gabriel Girls!

You can post your comments in the box below. Thanks! We're eagerly waiting to hear from you. Your opinion matters!

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To Become a Gabriel Girl, you need to qualify as follows:
  • You need to be born again. This means that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and the Lord of your life.If you don't know how to do this, click here.
  • You need to have a desire to tell others about Jesus wherever you go and whenever you can.
  • You need to commit to following Jesus by reading the Bible and praying every day and by obeying Jesus' command to love Him and to love your neighbor.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

How to Deal with Bullying by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

Hey, Gabriel Girls!

Bullying is a major problem among teens today. Did you know that the Bible has a lot to say about bullying and about how to handle bullies?

Let's take a look:

1-Be wise in choosing your friends.  The Bible says says about choosing friends: "The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray." (Proverbs 12: 26).  How do you choose your friends? Do you choose them based on popularity, looks, smarts? 

The right way to choose friends is to choose them based on their character. Consider your friends. Do they love Jesus and obey God? Or are they rebellious and want to do whatever they feel like doing?


2-Return good for evil. When someone tries to bully you via a hurtful comment on Facebook, or an insult at school, or an act of rejection, do something to bless that person. Say something kind. Tell that person you are praying for her. Help her in some way.

Jesus said this: I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:39-40)


3-Stand up to the bully. There will be times when you will need to stand up to the bully. You will need to establish your boundaries and not allow the bully beyond them.  

Remember your authority in Christ and use it against the enemy. In reality, you are not fighting the bully; you are fighting Satan and his demons:  

"For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places." (Ephesians 6:12). 

"And all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you" ( Deuteronomy 28: 10). 

4-Forgive the bully. Behind the mask a bully wears is a frightened person who does not feel she is worth much. So she uses bullying to make herself feel important.  As you forgive the bully and pray for her, God will begin to change her life.

NOW IT'S YOUR TURN: Have you ever been bullied? How did you handle the bully? Did you handle her God's way or your way?

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Copyright 2017 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All Rights Reserved.

To Become a Gabriel Girl, you need to qualify as follows:
  • You need to be born again. This means that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and the Lord of your life.If you don't know how to do this, click here.
  • You need to have a desire to tell others about Jesus wherever you go and whenever you can.
  • You need to commit to following Jesus by reading the Bible and praying every day and by obeying Jesus' command to love Him and to love your neighbor.
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

We're Back!

Hey, Gabriel Girls,

I'm excited to say, "We're back!"  

Back with more great advice for you as you navigate the sometimes rough waters of being a teen girl who follows Jesus!

We have lots of great information ahead for you to help you face the unique issues of your life as a teen:

--Getting along with your parents;

--Getting along with your friends;

--Getting along with guys;

--Getting along with yourself;

--Getting along with God.

So, stay tuned!

And please send your questions to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com.


I'm looking forward to some special times together on this blog!


Love and Blessings in Jesus!

Dr. MaryAnn

To Follow or Not to Follow the Crowd

Hey, Gabriel Girls!

Have you ever heard of the expression "the blind leading the blind"? Do you know exactly what it means?

It describes a situation in which the person leading the way knows as much as or even less than the one she is leading.  In other words, the leader won't be able to take the follower any farther than the follower already can get by herself.

Obviously, this doesn't make for a good situation, does it? If we want to get somewhere but don't know how to get there, we need to follow someone who does know how to get there.


So, what does all of this have to do with crowds?

Well, a lot!

People like to follow crowds, especially at school. There's something about following a crowd that makes us feel secure and special. 

But what if we are following the wrong crowd? 

You see, crowds are usually going in the wrong direction. If everybody is doing something, then very likely what the crowd is doing is wrong. 

For example, today we see crowds of teens rebelling against one's parents or having sex or cheating on tests. All of these things are wrong, but the crowd will try to tell us these things are not wrong.

Years ago, I heard a quote that said this: "Observe the masses and do the opposite." In other words, watch what everyone else is doing and do the opposite. This is a wise formula for success.

It is also a wise formula for living as Jesus wants you to live.

Remember: the people you choose to imitate today will determine what kind of person you will be tomorrow. 

Do you want to be like the people you are imitating today? If not, do the opposite.

Now, it's your turn: Do you struggle with following the crowd? Do you need to belong in order to feel special and important?

Please share your comments in the box below. The words "No Comments" simply mean that no one has yet posted a comment. So, be the first one! :)

TWEETABLE: Are You Afraid of the Future? by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio (CLICK TO TWEET)
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To Become a Gabriel Girl, you need to qualify as follows:
  • You need to be born again. This means that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and the Lord of your life.If you don't know how to do this, click here.
  • You need to have a desire to tell others about Jesus wherever you go and whenever you can.
  • You need to commit to following Jesus by reading the Bible and praying every day and by obeying Jesus' command to love Him and to love your neighbor.
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