“Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.” -Proverbs 13:10
Fools do not listen to counsel. They like to think their way is better, won’t listen to reason and will ultimately fail. Chaos ensues when the prideful behavior comes. Pride clutters our brains and hearts, leaving no room for discipline and correction. It clogs up our effectiveness to learn from others. It causes us to fail and will humble us when we fall from it. Pride closes down the ability to gain wisdom, and that, dear friends, is not a good place to be. So, how does one dismantle pride?
When we fall off of our high horse of pride, humility and humbleness follows up right after. How we choose to react after that fall shows what wisdom we have gained from that experience. Are we bitter or better after that fall? What do our actions show? Do we try to lash out to others or do we laugh at ourselves, dusting off the humility and be truly humble? Are we so humiliated that we hide or face in shame and slither away, never to be caught up in the pride factor again? Can we truly pick ourselves up, shake off the humility, look at what pride did to us and truly gain wisdom from that life lesson? It is a deliberate choice how we react. We’ll lick our wounds, put a bandage on our egos, then rise up with a new and refreshed sense of being and start again with a profound learning of our newfound faith of stepping out in humbleness.
God loves a humble heart. He honors obedience and gives us wisdom when we take His counsel and the counsel of those who are wiser in God’s ways. Read His holy Word, adhere to it and be wise.
“Everyone then who hears these words of Mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
We all know what happens when a sand castle is built it eventually gets washed away by the ocean or perhaps someone comes along and steps all over it, destroying the masterpiece created. Sand, by itself, is not a solid component to build anything on. If we were to build a house on the sand, rain would easily wash away the sand which in turn will make the ground shift thus making the house fall down, deeming it uninhabitable.
Obviously, we are to build our structures on something solid, like concrete. Sometimes, if we know we are in a flood zone, the house needs to be built on a solid, raised platform with concrete, a strong, durable wood or steel beams to hold it up. In order for the house to withstand winds and the storms that may come, the beams have to be deeply buried in solid ground. The house may rock and sway with the wind, but it won’t come crashing down because of its solid planting.
This foundation we are to stand upon, as Believers, is Jesus Christ, He is solid and cannot be crushed or knocked down at all! We build our wisdom from Him by studying Scripture, seeking it from God in prayer, learning from life’s experiences and applying it daily. When we listen to God’s Word and do what He says, we are like that wise person who builds his home on a solid foundation. We won’t be easily swayed and knocked down. We can stand firm knowing that God is truly sovereign over all and that His Word is Truth! We can go boldly into the world each day, proclaiming His goodness and mercy to everyone who will listen.
Child of God, in order to build and maintain our strong and solid foundation in life, it is imperative to not only just hear God’s Word, but to live it out loud. In order to know God’s Word, you got to read it and apply it. The more we seek Him, the more we listen and obey, the wiser we get. Wisdom is a priceless gem to have. It saves us from embarrassing moments, and it keeps us from looking the fool.
Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc.
“Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation…” -Exodus 19:5-6
Obedience is the key to Holiness. Jesus was humble; He obeyed all that His Father had commanded of Him, and thus, you should obey God also. When you may have trouble doing so, remember Jesus and the crucifixion.
See the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-16…
- Then God gave the people all these instructions: “I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery. You must not have any other god but me. You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands. You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name. Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy. Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you. You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.
Written By Princess ElliD, 11 Years Old
It’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.
Thread of Hope, Inc.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” -Philippians 4:8
If you are struggling with your thought life, here are several questions to consider: What are your influences? Who are you entertaining? What are you watching?
Like the old saying goes, “Garbage in, garbage out.”
Eventually, what you put in comes out.
Replace ungodly input with what is wholesome.
Know what God thinks and what He has to say. Read the Word of God and study His Word. It gives you what you need so you can fix your eyes on what is eternal. Know you are able to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ because the Lord helps you and your strength comes from Him alone.
Much love to you all,
Linda A. Knowles
Executive Director, Thread of Hope, Inc.
Be careful what you pray for. If you tell God “Thy will be done,” then be prepared for Him to move and be obedient to what He says to do. It may be a radical thing He needs you to do, but you must stand strong and follow through. If you ask God for change in your circumstances, then be prepared to change how He needs you to. He will do what needs to be done according to His will. However, you must do what needs to be done in order to make the necessary changes.
Telling God that you want change and that you’ll do whatever it takes no matter what requires great faith, trust, and stepping out boldly doing the radical He tells you to do. God honors our obedience.
Radical faith + Radical blessings = Radical blessings
Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc
“Jesus replied, ‘All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.'” -John 14:23
Remarkable men and women are those who remain faithful under many hardships and uncertainties! God works miracles in the lives of those who do not grow weary and faint under their trials!
Teresa Allissa Citro
Founder & President, Thread of Hope, Inc.