After The Fall Of Pride Comes Wisdom

“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.

Foundation of Self

“But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” -Galatians 6:14 (NKJV)

 

“Humility is not thinking less of ourselves,

but thinking of ourselves less.”

C.S. Lewis

 

Pride is built on a foundation of self.  It is one of Satan’s sure-fire ways to ultimately fail. If we puff ourselves up enough or even say we’re not good enough, we will fail; we will fall and remove all claims of success.  However…we can change that prideful attitude by looking to Jesus, building our foundation on Him alone.  He is our Cornerstone, our Victory.  We can succeed IF we truly humble ourselves before God, giving Him every little detail, ALL control to Him.

 

Ruth Strait
Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Our Will Vs. God’s Will

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Our will and God’s will are two very different wills.

God’s will always cost you something. That something is your own will. Doing things your way goes against His will. His will may not make sense to you or those around you, but to be in His perfect will means you obey what the Spirit is showing you to do. It’s okay if those around you will mock you, make fun of you, or even shun you.  Better for a person to be obedient to God than man. I have never seen the righteous abandoned or forsaken by the All-Knowing, All-Seeing God. Remember the only One who sees and knows the heart of any person is the One who created that person.

I encourage you this day to trust God who has a perfect, wonderful, and amazing plan for your life. It doesn’t matter what you have gone through because you’re still alive, breathing, and living in the land of the living. There’s an excitement in my heart I can’t contain because I know who God is and His power to heal, restore, and bless.

My prayer for all those reading this is you will ask God for yourself what His plan is for YOU, and then be brave to step up, and do what he shows you no matter who likes you or who believes you. God honors the lives of those who trust Him no matter their circumstances. What we think, feel, or believe is not always true. The Spirit of God will always reveal what is true, what you feel, or what you think. He’s faithful to the faithful. Trust him no matter what you are faced with today. I do not know a failing God. I know a God who is triumphant in all circumstances and in all things and never ever fails those who put their trust in their God.

There are those who trust in their careers, families, money, and other things. But those things and people might fail you. God never, never fails you. Bad things happen to the just and the unjust, but God delivers the righteous from ALL their troubles. Can you say with me:  “Thank you, God.  Because my life is yours, do whatever you like with it. I’m still going to trust and obey.”

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

Quote By C.S. Lewis

Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.

Proverbs 16:18

Re: VICES

Author: C.S. Lewis

“There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which every one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they are guilty themselves. I have heard people admit that they are bad-tempered, or that they cannot keep their heads about girls or drink, or even that they are cowards. I do not think I have ever heard anyone who was not a Christian accuse himself of this vice. And at the same time I have very seldom met anyone, who was not a Christian, who showed the slightest mercy to it in others. There is no fault which makes a man more unpopular, and no fault which we are more unconscious of in ourselves. And the more we have it ourselves, the more we dislike it in others.

The vice I am talking of is Pride or Self-Conceit: and the virtue opposite to it, in Christian morals, is called Humility. You may remember, when I was talking about sexual morality, I warned you that the centre of Christian morals did not lie there. Well, now, we have come to the centre. According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.”