Maximizing the Value of Godly Counsel

Maximizing the Value of Godly Counsel

We must have an eternal perspective when giving/getting biblical advice.

All of the truly valuable counsel that we will give or  receive must come from the eternal paradigm. The  eternal paradigm places the higher value always on
things of eternal value.

Each of us holds a basic paradigm of life. We either  see ourselves primarily as human beings who have  occasional spiritual experiences or as spirit beings
who are having a temporary human experience.  Here is the basis for the eternal paradigm: Each of  us is a unique and intentional creation of God, here
temporarily as His Ambassador, to do things that  He has prepared for us to do before the making of  the Earth that are an important part of His universal
plan. As such, the greatest purpose and meaning to be  accomplished in and through our lives is to fulfill His  purpose and thus to find in doing so our own destiny.

The highest and best counsel that we can give or  receive is always going to reflect the eternal paradigm.  The great blessing we can give to one another is to
remind, encourage, or exhort each other to God’s  highest and best way and that will always be found  in the eternal paradigm. This is not to say that God’s
highest and best will be impractical or unhelpful but  that the practical and helpful must flow from His  Spirit and done in His way to be truly helpful.

5 OBSTACLES AND HINDRANCES TO  MAXIMIZING THE VALUE OF GETTING &  RECEIVING GODLY COUNSEL

1. Perhaps the greatest impediment to getting great  and truly godly counsel is our wanting it in the first  place.  So often we decide what we want to do regarding  an issue in our own minds and then simply look for  confirmation or congratulations rather than counsel  or advice. We really don’t want to hear any contrary  ideas or criticisms. The surest sign that this is the  case is the defensive reactions that we see when  questions, contrary ideas, or criticism are offered.  All of us are guilty of this to some degree and we  handicap ourselves and diminish our benefit form this  component to the degree that we are.

2. The second hindrance is the devil of course.  (He also has a part in the first don’t you think?) Can  you imagine that if something is important to God to  the extent that He puts it in His Word so extensively  that Satan doesn’t hate it and do all he can to  discourage it? Obviously if God is for it he is against  it. So the devil does all he can to oppose the process.  In God’s Word Satan is called the deceiver and the  father of lies. And one of his greatest lies is that we  don’t need counsel or to be accountable to it, that  we can just “go it alone.” The graveyard of spiritual  failures, where the potentials of those who have fallen  through trying to go it alone, is filled with the unmet  potential of the fallen, and the rewards that had been  set aside for those buried there are interred with them.  Every time a man or woman of God crashes in sin  or disgrace because of the lack of understanding and  application of the principle of seeking and receiving  godly counsel Satan gloats. The shame is not that the  tool is not available but that it is not used.

3. Another hindrance is the unwillingness of those  who possess it to share it. This is the case where one  member thinks that they may have a godly criticism,  warning, or question in response to the seeker or his  position, but withhold it out of fear or the desire to  be liked or popular or for some other reason. In the  Old Testament God held the failure to warn others as  a very serious offense. We don’t live under the Old  Testament law but the principle is still valid. If God  tells us to do something to help another in any form,  and we withhold it, we sin. This can be a tragic loss to  the seeking one and can lead to unnecessary heartache  or missed opportunity.

4. We do not feel or think that our fellow group members could possibly understand our issue or have anything to offer.  This could be rooted in pride.  We convince  ourselves that no one else could possibly really understand what we are going through.  We think our situation is so unique that no one else could ever have any fresh or new perspective or ideas.

5. And then there is the danger of counsel that is  given that is less than godly but still practical.  There is a wisdom of the world but it is earthly,  sensual, and demonic according to James.  (Ch.3: v.15) Worldly wisdom is always  appealing and can produce positive results  in this world. But the benefit of worldly wisdom  or counsel based on it is limited to this world  and can only cause eternal loss.

 

We are all so contaminated or influenced by worldly  thinking that we easily flow to it in our deliberations  and consequently in our counsel. Most of us have
been so well schooled in the ways of the world,  especially where business is involved, that our  minds just go there naturally when we don’t think  about it intentionally or take other steps to preclude  it. For most of us, most of the time, it is our default  position! We don’t stop and think, “I think I will give  advice based on my worldly education, training, or  experience.” We just do it! Naturally. Often we give  very good, practical, and pragmatic advice that is not  godly at all. It is easy to do. Without real effort we  will do it just about every time.

But in the final analysis we don’t need to be in a  [email protected] group to get worldly advice. Our  model is predicated on the concept of gathering  together God’s people to help one another through  mutual learning, accountability, and the engagement  of principle of godly counsel. We can all get all the  worldly counsel we want other places, but in [email protected] we implicitly and explicitly ask for godly  counsel.

Ray Hilbert

Ray is the Co-Founder of Truth At Work. Prior to this role, he served as CEO until January 2016. In his role of Co-Founder, Ray is responsible for building high level strategic relationships on behalf of Truth At Work, facilitates several Round Table Groups, helps establish new markets, develops new curriculum, as well as serving as host of Truth At Work’s “Bottom Line Faith” podcast series. Additionally, Ray is in the process of writing two new books that will be released in the coming months.

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.

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Ray is the Co-Founder of Truth At Work. Prior to this role, he served as CEO until January 2016. In his role of Co-Founder, Ray is responsible for building high level strategic relationships on behalf of Truth At Work, facilitates several Round Table Groups, helps establish new markets, develops new curriculum, as well as serving as host of Truth At Work’s “Bottom Line Faith” podcast series. Additionally, Ray is in the process of writing two new books that will be released in the coming months. 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.

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