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.

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Wisdom: Our Solid Foundation

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“Everyone then who hears these words of Mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

-Matthew 7:24 


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.

Ruth Strait

Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Big Difference

 

There’s a big big difference in knowing about Jesus and truly knowing Jesus intimately.  Even Satan believes and knows Jesus exists (James 2:19), and he knows Scripture too, better than all of us (Luke 4:9).  That is why we are to always be in God’s Word, studying, learning, and gaining God’s Wisdom; so when such a time arises, we will know what to say and be well-versed and can share what God has taught us to others.

 

Ruth Strait
Vice 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.

What God Calls Evil Is Evil

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.   For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.  The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” -Galatians 5:16-24

 

The Word of God has ONE meaning with MANY applications. Don’t twist the Word of God to make it fit your interpretation and fit your personal lifestyle. The Word of God can be used to apply in many ways, but it cannot be made to mean what you think it means.

Let’s take for instance Jesus sitting, drinking, and eating with the sinners. Yes, he did. However, He spoke to them against their behavior and sin. He did not participate in it. Nowhere in scripture will you find Jesus getting drunk or sinning. No, it’s not a sin to have a glass of wine.  It’s getting drunk that’s the issue and the problem. It’s engaging in things that will get you into trouble while you’re drunk.

Let’s talk about some of those stories. Zacchaeus the tax collector was the worst of sinners. Yes, Jesus told Zacchaeus to come down from the tree Jesus would eat with him at his home. Immediately, Zacchaeus repented and gave half his money to the poor and gave back the money to all those he cheated. In fact, all those he cheated received back their money plus four times the amount to make up for his sin. To the prostitute, Jesus told her to go and sin no more. He didn’t use her. He saved her from the stoning. To the woman at the well, Jesus told her to stop living with her unmarried husband and showed her what real love was by sitting with her, not by using her. Jesus had compassion for her, not disgust. To the religious leaders he told them to stop their pretend living, and to those who were disrespectful to in the LORD’s house, Jesus overturned their tables. He had no pity for them. Their hearts were cold as stones; they did evil before God by their double lives as they believed one way but acted another way. They were pretenders and had no intentions of living right before God and then would persecute those who were doing what they were doing in secret.

He constantly spoke against injustice, prejudices, and hate. He showed us how to stand for truth, love, and respect others. He in no way showed us or taught us to accept sin, condone it, or hide it. We have never been given the right to judge anyone. We have been given the right to know right from wrong and act appropriately. We love people, but we don’t engage in their sins. Simple as that. Love, and don’t engage.

Let me bring it home clearly. I’m not going to hate those that go out drink, get drunk, and then engage in doing stupid and harmful things to themselves and others. At the same time, you will not find me anywhere near their presence. This does not mean I’m not going to help anyone who wants to change their behavior and turn their lives around. I’m in to help in any way I can. They will never hear me say I approve, condone, or will ever participate with them in that behavior nor will I allow myself to be manipulated by them. They will hear me say I will help them, but they must give up their drinking and get their lives straightened up. This means getting a whole new set of friends who are not engaging in sinful behaviors. They need to stop the negative behavior and change their mindsets.

Please understand clearly the difference between loving people and agreeing with behaviors God says are sinful. Jesus preached about love, but He never allowed those who came in contact with Him to continue in their sin. He told each one, “Go and sin no more!” I cannot and will not agree with sin, or those who willingly want to continue in their destructive ways. Imagine a judge allowing someone who drinks and drives to continue willfully driving while drinking. It’s nonsense! No judge, even a corrupt one, would ever allow it.

Please understand the meaning of scripture before posting and sharing things that promote lies, hate, and prejudices. We are all held responsible before God on what we say and what we do.

Stand strong in truth, love, and justice. We have the highest judge looking at us from Heaven. We love people, hate the sin, and pray for those who are caught up in false understanding, knowledge, and false teachings coming from pulpits and religious leaders as in Jesus’ days who manipulated and distorted truths for their personal gains.

Jesus was not understanding and kind to them. He overturned their tables and called them snakes. This is what He had to say to those evil religious leaders, “You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.”

Can you say, “Ouch?” Be very careful what you say and do. My personal rule. I love, respect, and do good to all who come in contact with me. However, I will not condone, hide, or accept sins in any way or form. This is my lifestyle. I choose better for myself and model right living for my children and those who watch me.

Be strong leaders by words and actions. Don’t be manipulated to do wrong and evil. So many people are hurting. Some at the hands of evil people, others by choice. Whoever comes in contact with you, lead by the word of God and by the power of His Spirit living in you. We are to bring hope and a desire with them to seek after the God who loves them and desires to fill them with real joy, love, and peace!

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

Choose Wisely

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Choosing destructive paths only hurts you in the end.

It’s sad to watch people make choices without thinking, and worse asking God, “Is this choice I’m making one that will not come back to hurt, embarrass, and bring me shame?”

Remember, perhaps, all things are permissible, but do they bring you and God honor?

People lose so many things they desire even God-destined will for their lives because they are foolish.

It’s a choice, Folks.

Which road will you take today? Honorable, or dishonorable?

One which brings you blessings or curses?

As for me, “I have hidden your word in my heart so that I will not sin against you!”

People, be more.

God didn’t make foolish people.

Choices made by us reveal the true us.

Choose wisely.

Those who choose wisely are triumphant in all they do.

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Teresa Allissa Citro,

Founder & President

Thread of Hope, Inc.

 

1 Corinthians 1:18-25


The Wisdom of God


(Verse 18)

The message of the cross is foolish to those

who are headed for destruction!

But we who are being saved know

it is the very power of God.


(Verse 19)

As the Scriptures say,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise

and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”

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(Verse 20)

So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars,

and the world’s brilliant debaters?

God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish.


(Verse 21)

Since God in his wisdom saw to it

that the world would never know him through human wisdom,

he has used our foolish preaching

to save those who believe.


(Verse 22)

It is foolish to the Jews,

who ask for signs from heaven.

And it is foolish to the Greeks,

who seek human wisdom.


(Verse 23)

So when we preach that Christ was crucified,

the Jews are offended

and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.


(Verse 24)

But to those called by God to salvation,

both Jews and Gentiles,

Christ is the power of God

and the wisdom of God.


(Verse 25)

This foolish plan of God is wiser

than the wisest of human plans,

and God’s weakness is stronger

than the greatest of human strength.

 

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