Condition of the Heart


“Love is displayed through a heart of compassion. Selfless love is showcased through the greatest acts of charity!”  No wonder God says it’s all about the condition of our heart (1 Samuel 16:7) although we might not fully comprehend how deceitful our heart truly is, God does for “the heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9).

Let’s ask Him to give us a heart of compassion for the hurting and those who are hurt.

Let’s determine we will produce good fruit – joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22).

A good crop brings in ALL of the above.

Nothing missing!

I believe the most important one from the list is self-control.

Let’s discuss this further.

Angry people have no self-control. They are like a wild fire, uncontainable, destroying all in their path. Self-gratification is the same; again they are unable to use self-control, unable to deny themselves of destructive desires, and since they are also unfaithful, they can’t be faithful to anyone or anything.  They are without self-control.  They are impatient and must control everything on their own timetable. No matter what they must have it now, unable to control themselves.  Do you see my point in just these few examples? These fruits are completely opposite of the fruit of the Spirit which we should be exhibiting. All this chaos is due to the inability to exercise self-control.

Let us not deceive ourselves in believing we possess anything without seeing any actions. Love comes forth from a heart of compassion. Love is an action word. Compassion is then put into action. Love and compassion are two verbs that together brings forth powerhouses.
What are powerhouses? They represent lives lived out as Jesus did. He had compassion and love for people. So He loved them, healed them, and most importantly saved them.

Self-control might be the last on the list but so very vital to exhibiting the rest, fully understanding the greatest of all is love. Self-centered people have no love and no self-control.

In what areas do you need to practice self-control? Take inventory of yourself. Determine to allow the Spirit in you to control your every thought, desire, and motivation. When you allow the Spirit of God to have His way in your life, you’re relinquishing your self-righteousness and allowing Him to control you. Get it?  Let go of self righteousness. I promise you it’s so much better.

Let’s love people regardless of color, religion, sex, or cultures. Christians are commanded to love. We don’t condone sin, but we love the sinner. We all sin and come short. We cannot judge anyone. We judge the fruit only. We can speak about sins, but we cannot condemn anyone. Only God has the right to condemn.

We judge fruit and only fruit.

We use self-control when we want to go where God says, “No,”  or like appointing ourselves as judges when God says we are not to judge people. Therefore, we relinquish authority we just gave ourselves, and we exercise self-control. We stop dead in our track with our negative thoughts, spoken words, and evil attitudes. We simply change them. It’s easy really.  Remember we can have and exercise self-control.  It’s part of the fruit of the Spirit.  Self-control is last mentioned but very powerful nevertheless.

As I started with this statement, I will end with it.  Let us remember always the following:   “Love is displayed through a heart of compassion. Selfless love is showcased through the greatest acts of charity!”

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

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Life In The Spirit

HOLINESS 8


Romans 8 – LIFE IN THE SPIRIT


1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.

But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) 10 And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. 11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.

 

Take Heart

“You’ve kept track of all my wandering and my weeping. You’ve stored my many tears in Your bottle–not one will be lost. You care about me every time I’ve cried. For it is all recorded in your book of remembrance.” -Psalm 56:8

I’m sad to read on Facebook so many are having a hard time. I couldn’t help but recall this verse that has become a tried and true gem of all gems to me. I’m sharing with you to please take heart and don’t lose hope.

The hardships of our lives cannot compare to the joy God is going to give you. Imagine God of all creation is so intimate connected to you, cares for, and loves you so much. He’s kept track of every hurt, every pain, and all your weeping. God went as far as bottling each tear you ever cried. Your shed tears were not in vain. God saw them. He counted them; He bottled them. They are that important and that precious to him. They were bottled, not one went unnoticed. There is a book of remembrance too. They have been noted and recorded meaning God knows all about your hurt. They serve a greater purpose, and someday it will be revealed. Most importantly, God does and will remember, and restoration is just around the corner.

Take heart, keep going, and know you’re loved.

Teresa Allissa Citro,
Founder  & President, Thread of Hope, Inc

Opportunity To Serve Others…

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Thread of Hope is truly making a huge impact worldwide. We are in need of a marketing director, editors for publishing, writers, graphic designers, media design developers as well as those who are gifted in audiovisual.

These abilities God has bestowed upon us are His gifts to us. Please be in prayer as to how God would want to use you in the creative abilities He has given you.

What we do for Him is eternal and has a lasting impact.

Please consider a sacrificial offering of your time and talent to help, bless, and rescue the hurting.

May God richly bless you and make you a blessing!

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

Please God

GALATIANS

Please God, not people. We are here with a purpose, and that is to serve God. Serving Him is done in countless ways, and everything we do is to glorify our God. We must realize as well that not everyone will like what we do, how we do it, and when we do it etc… We’re not to be concerned about the opinions others have of us. God knows our character and our hearts, and only He defines whom we are and to whom we belong.

Be bold, Children of God!  Be obedient to God. He is radical, and we must be too. Step up, trust Him, have faith and serve Him to the best of your ability, whatever it takes, no matter what!

Ruth Strait,
Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

POEM: Magnify

MAGNIFY

Written By Linda A. Knowles

Executive Director At Thread of Hope, Inc.

Let Thy Glory

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O Magnify the Lord with me-

Praise to Him, the King of kings!

And I shall lift my voice to sing of His everlasting goodness,

The goodness of The Mighty Sovereign King!

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Almighty God!

You reign supreme,

For You are the God Most High,

And none compares to You, My God,

The Holy, Righteous One.

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You are the Horn of My Salvation,

Exalted far above all the earth,

And You are strong and glorious,

Mighty to save,

Giver of Life,

Everlasting Father,

And You are One!

The Crossroad of Decision

road-signsSometimes in life, you come to a crossroad. Going right or left is your only choice.

The truth is only one path is the best, the will of God, and the other disastrous, the will of man.  Just like a road, there are people behind you beeping, yelling, and screaming for you to hurry up, to go right or left. So is the same with choices we make. The voices of people or your own voice tries to make you choose quickly, hurry up, asking what’s taking so long.

Listen, God says, “My word is a lamp unto your path!” This means when your read up, prayed up, and listening up, you will be led by God himself.

This means when you’re read up, prayed up, and listening up, you will be led by God himself.

Friends, sometimes the light is a delayed red.  As impatient you might be and with all those beeps you get, the law says stop and wait.  If you run the red light there are consequences to pay.  Your excuse “They were beeping.  I had to run the light,” isn’t going to stand up in a court of law.

hope-alwayI will leave you to meditate on this today.  King David said it best, “Wait with hope for the LORD.  Be strong, and let your heart be courageous.  Yes, wait with hope for the Lord.”

No one said doing the will of God would be easy!  There is something you must do in the wait. Be courageous.  Be strong.  Have faith.  Wait patiently in hope!  He who has promised is reliable, able, truthful, and enduringly faithful!  He’s going to help you get to where you’re supposed to be.  I find God often takes us the long way around.  It’s when God takes us the long way around that we learn about his character.  He is reliable, trustworthy, and loving.  The road is hard for sure, but He will take us to where we are meant to be- His way, no shortcuts. The new year is approaching and the future might be uncertain, but I promise you He who began a good work in you will accomplish it.

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Hang on because the new year will have

defining moments for you.

Don’t rush through.

Don’t make choices people are pushing you to make.

Be strong and courageous.

Stand strong in hope and faith.

God cannot fail you IF you’re seeking

His will and His way!

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Teresa Allissa Citro

Founder & President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

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