Faith Being Perfected

I’m at work, but I believe I’m to write this, so I’m stopping all I’m doing to write this now.
There are people right now, perhaps your one of them. You are going through a difficult trial and you don’t understand why. You might even been asking your friends, “why all this hardship?”

My friend, stop asking what no human can answer.

Job was a righteous man, yet he suffered through tragedy after tragedy. His “friends” tried to answer by their human wisdom. God and man are not on the same level. They were clueless as to what God was doing to make the man, Job. So it is with you.  No one can understand why you are going through or what you’re facing unless you are in a rebellious place where you want to do what you want to do causing your own misery. If that’s not the case, count it all joy when you are going through trials because you know God is going after perfecting your faith. Faith in absolutely surrendering what you want for what God wants, knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt, God’s way, is always the best, believing He is faithful to do what He promised.  That kind of intimate faith, fully assured God can be trusted no matter what, no matter what you’re faced with, He will come through for you, His beloved! Stay the course.  Keep your eyes on God, and keep the faith. You will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!

Remember no one walks exactly the same road. Each road is unique to the person and their God.
Take a moment and pray for someone you know who might be hurting. God, I pray for all those reading this status. I ask you bless them, give them strength in their trials to keep going, trusting you, believing you will help them and will use all things to work together for their good.   Amen.

Getting Real

 

Good & Bad Fruit

“A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit.  Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  So you’ll recognize them by their fruit.” Matthew 7:18-20

My son and I were having a very important conversation yesterday. He is going to attend seminary, and this means he better understand what a true follower of God looks like and acts like. I told him that if he wants to be a good shepherd to his flock, he himself must model the True Shepherd. I told him the anointed of God are obviously seen in the fruits they produce. You just can’t fake it forever.

I was reminded how King Saul had the anointing of God in his life, but his disobedience and hatred for David, a young shepherd boy, used by God to play his harp in order to bless him became a huge problem for King Saul. King Saul began to disobey God, way before David entered the scene.

God is not mocked.

The fruit we bear is either good or bad.

King Saul wanted things his way, ignoring the warnings of God. God eventually took the anointing off of King Saul. Samuel mourned so much over this, God told him, “How long will you mourn over King Saul, I have rejected him from serving as King?” God does have a “Stop, I had enough,” time limit. God brought down his reign and set another man to be King, and in this case, King Saul’s mortal enemy, David.

God is a God of justice.

David did nothing but good to King Saul, but his payback from King Saul was plotting and conniving to kill David. Guess what? The mighty hand of God was with David and not with King Saul. God’s anger was against King Saul, not David. King Saul removed himself from the protection and blessings of God because of his disobedience. In the end, God removed the anointing, and he died a terrible death.  King David is described by God as, “being a man after his own heart.”

I continued to explain he has a huge part in how the ministry will be for him. If he follows God and obeys him, the anointing will never depart his life, thus like King David, a man after the very heart of God. Ministry is not a joke. He, as all those who proclaim as being ministers, are called to be above reproach, clearly showing the fruit of the Spirit.

People, understand not all those who say they are ministers are men after the heart of God. Those who are will exhibit love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are the attributes of a godly life.

It’s not the “fruits” but “the fruit” implying each person exhibits them ALL as one. My son has chosen ministry, and this means he must understand clearly what he must do. Ministers will be held accountable before God how they treated, loved, and cared for the flock God brought to them. I get there are black sheep, bad sheep, whatever you want to call them. Unfortunately, it’s not just the sheep that are a problem. King Saul, in the beginning, knew God, and he even prophesied. The anointing of God was on him. His arrogance, jealousy, and disobedience destroyed him. The fruit he brought forth wasn’t good. Just like we cut down dead and unproductive trees, God does the same.

There is such a deception in today’s world regarding the mercy of God. He sure is merciful, but you and I don’t get to act however we want and believe the anointing rests in our lives. The anointing is on the godly, the righteousness, and the holy. It’s not on the disobedient, arrogant, and self-righteous. What kind of tree are you? Are you exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit of a Living, Righteous, and Holy God?  Test yourself and know for sure you’re on the narrow road.  You can’t serve two masters.

 

Teresa Allissa Citro

Founder & President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Joy

JOY

 

“For seven days they celebrated with joy the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because the Lord had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria, so that he assisted them in the work on the house of God, the God of Israel.” -Ezra 6:22


Child of God, it is time to celebrate with joy!  You might be asking, “What exactly am I celebrating?”  You’re celebrating that your miracle working God is a God who hears your cry and comes to raise you up at the proper time.  He is a God who does miracles beyond your comprehension.  He is a God that does everything with wonder and awe!  He is a God of the impossible!  This is the reason to celebrate with joy.

Now, I ask you what situation are you in?  What are you asking God to do for you?  Is it possible God desires you to pray that He would change the attitude of the person that you need help from?  God has many ways to answer prayer.  God stands with you.  He remains by your side.  He is present.  He is on location ready to help YOU!

One way God helps us is to change the mind and/or the heart of a person who is stopping God’s will in your life.  This verse clearly shows that.  Perhaps you’re dealing with a unsaved husband or a boss that is making your life miserable. Go before God, on your knees, and ask Him, with a heart of thanksgiving and celebrating whom He is and say, “God, grant to me the same as you did Ezra and your people.”  This was no easy task for Ezra or the people, but Ezra knew God was able to help them.

In the beginning of his journey, God had already touched the King’s heart to allow him to go.  Ezra was the King’s cupbearer.  This position was given to a highly trusted individual.  The job of Ezra was to take a sip of the drink the King was going to drink and to make sure no one was trying to poison him.  You could say this job was indispensable, but God allowed the King to let him go and with a letter of protection as he traveled.  He knew just how his God was so powerful! His word says, “The king’s heart is in his hands and he will turn it each way he pleases!”

As you bring your request before God, ask if the attitude change might be your heart He is looking to change, and then ask God to change the heart of the person who is causing the problem.  Lay everything at the altar.  Rejoice and celebrate as you bring your request to Him because He has made it possible through Jesus Christ for you to go in boldly.  Once you go into the Holy of Holies, God himself will meet you there.

Put Your Hope and Trust in God!

 

Teresa Allissa Citro

Founder & President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Listen To God

LISTEN

We should not be asking if God speaks because He does indeed speak to us. The questions we should be asking are, “Are you listening?” And “Is what you are hearing from God?” This is where discernment and wisdom come in. How do we get that?  It’s in the Word of God.  Read, pray, and dwell in God’s Truth!  Fill your mind and your heart with Biblical Truths. God gives spiritual discernment.  We have to do our part by being in His Word and questioning what we hear.

Ruth Strait
Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Does The Window Need Cleaning?

WINDOW

A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. -Luke 6:45

Your mouth is the window to your heart! What is being displayed for others to see? Is your “window” clean? Have you washed it lately? Check yourself, Children of God.  What you say and do bears witness to those around you.

Ruth Strait
Vice President,
Thread of Hope, Inc

Walk The Talk

WALK ITIt’s easy to say, “I accept Christ in my heart.”

What’s hard is to actually live out what you proclaim!

Walk your talk and live the Gospel out loud.

Ruth Strait
Vice President
Thread of Hope, Inc.

A Good Name

Perfume

“A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume.  And the day you die is better than the day you are born.”  -King Solomon, Ecclesiastes 7:1

The richest and wisest man on this entire earth left us this wise statement, “A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume…”  That wise man was King Solomon, and the quote is recorded in the book of Ecclesiastes Chapter 7, Verse 1.

It’s not man who gets this privilege of this statement, but God does.

A man or woman judges according to his/her own understanding, most importantly, his/her own walk with their Lord.  If the relationship is a solid one then they’ll see and understand what it means to have “A good name!”

Not everyone will say good about you because they’re not good themselves.

So, then, what does it mean?  God is the only one you should be concerned about having a good name with.  The next statement goes on to say, “And the day you die is better than the day you are born.” Why?  Because it’s at death, we see the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. Victor, Overcomer, Savior, and Redeemer!

Only He needs to see your good name.  People can’t judge this no matter how wonderful they are.  They cannot read the heart of man; only God can do that.  Live for God.  Live to be holy and righteous before the only One that decides where you’ll spend eternity.  You can choose to have a good name before a holy and righteous God or with man who cannot save you from anything.  Choose to have a good name with Almighty God.

Teresa Allissa Citro
Founder and President, Thread of Hope, Inc.