Our first question is this- Does the Bible tell us to get Godly counsel? What do you think? There are over 20 exhortations to seek godly counsel
in the Book of Proverbs alone.
Deuteronomy 32:30 SAYS “IF ONE CAN PUT 1,000 TO FLIGHT, TWO CAN PUT 10,000 TO FLIGHT”
By working together, giving and receiving godly counsel, we can help each other get to solutions much faster and more efficiently than we ever could on our
Our ability to receive godly counsel will be increased if we apply the following basics:
1. HAVE A PRAYERFUL ATTITUDE
As we began our preparation to give Godly counsel with prayer we can go no better place in preparing to receive it. Pray to have ears to hear as you present
your question, decision, or situation to the group.
2. CHECK YOUR EGO AT THE DOOR
3. BE OBJECTIVE- STATE YOUR QUESTION / ISSUE WITHOUT EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT
4. DON’T BE DEFENSIVE
Being defensive tends to do two negative things. First it shuts our ears to the possibility that God may be speaking to us through what is being said because we are not really listening because we are preparing to refute what we are hearing. Listening takes effort and we can’t really listen as well when we are preparing to defend our position at the same time. Second, our defensiveness discourages some others from speaking. They don’t want to argue but would be willing to offer a thought or opinion. Just take in what is said, take notes if they help, and let God sort it out.
5. DON’T BE TOO “PROPHETIC” IN THINKING YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO DO
Be very careful when you say “God told me to……” When we say that, we really preclude counsel regarding that topic. If God tells us something we may share it with others but not for the purpose of counsel. Nothing can stand against or change the counsel of God. What is normally much more helpful and accurate is to say, “I think, feel, or believe that God is telling me or leading me to do …….” If you are absolutely sure God has spoken to you, you don’t need to ask for further counsel but may perhaps need advice concerning how to proceed.
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Ray is also a highly sought after speaker at churches and retreats across America, where for years he has challenged followers of Christ to integrate their faith in and through the marketplace on a daily basis.He is also part of the speaking faculty for Orlando, Florida based “Man In the Mirror” ministry where he conducts seminars and retreats across the country.