We encounter many challenges each day. We constantly search for the right answers to solve the simplest matters to the most complex issues. There are times that we just quickly make a decision without giving it some careful thought and get into a bind that will take us so much time, money and emotional turmoil to overcome.
Itís not easy to get great advice for our problems when they come our way. The fact is what do we do when we donít know what to do? Where can we go or who can we talk to? Some have the privilege of speaking to counselors, psychics, and professionals others have older and wiser friends and relatives, but what happens when all of these resources still donít provide the answer to your personal dilemma? Or what happens when you donít have anyone to turn to for advice? Hum!
Hi, Iím back to continue to share the Sevenfold Dimensions of the Holy Spirit. Iíve been instructed to thoroughly explain each area that the Prophet Isaiah gave us. Today we will speak about the Spirit of Counsel. Theologians may have a hard time trying to understand this teaching. A man or woman of God who is filled with the Spirit of God will receive this teaching and practically apply themselves and experience the Truth of Godís word in their lives.
Isaiah and Jesus said It!
No Iím not crazy nor am I a false teacher. Isaiah said these attributes that came along with the Spirit of the Lord are; (Isaiah 11:2 KJV)
1. Wisdom (The Spirit of Wisdom)-the Holy Spirit imparts to us.
2. Understanding (The Spirit of Understanding)-the H.S. grants us.
3. Counsel (The Spirit of Counsel) - that the H.S. advises us to practically do.
4. Might (The Spirit of Might) Ė the inner power that fortifies us to do Godís will.
5. Knowledge (The Spirit of Knowledge) - that the H.S. will reveal the Divine knowledge of God.
6. Fear of the Lord (The Holy Spirit will impart to us the fear [reverence or respect] toward God).
After Jesus spoke to His disciples in John chapters 13, 14, 15 and 16, He said, But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you (John 16:7 NIV). As I said before when I started this teaching the same Holy Spirit Jesus had-- we have TODAY. Jesus said it not me.
Just in case a theologian may argue about this and say well Jesus was speaking to His disciples not us today. Okay Mr. Theologian listen to what Jesus said in John 14:23-26 NIV; (This is for Theologians who are stuck);
Jesus replied, If ANYONE (SEE THAT) loves Me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him (v.23 NIV)
He who does not love me will not obey My teaching. These words you hear are not My own; they belong to the Father who sent Me (v.24 NIV)
All this I have spoken while still with you (v.25 NIV)
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will TEACH you ALL THINGS and will REMIND you of EVERYTHING I have said to you (v.26 NIV)
Jesus made this statement in response to Judas (not Iscariot) when Judas asked, Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world? (John 14:22 NKJV) Jesus said He will manifest or show Himself to whoever loves Himónot just the disciples.
The New International Version calls the Holy Spirit- Counselor.
The King James calls Him- Comforter.
The Amplified calls Him- Comforter (then Amplifies the Word)-Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby).
The point is that Jesus said ANYONE who loves Him NOT JUST THE DISCIPLES! This is where Theologians miss it. We cannot over look small words like ANYONE; because it revolutionizes the misconception thatís floating out there for centuries that the Power, Spiritual Gifts and the Holy Spiritís operation was just limited to the disciples. So I caution true believers to ignore the misconception --and believe that the same Holy Spirit and the 6 Dimensions Isaiah mentioned is the same Holy Spirit Jesus said is available to us today. Sorry, but I had to clarify this.
The Meaning of Counselor
The Holy Spirit is THE COUNSELOR. The Life Application Bible- says advice; policy, plan or action.
The American Heritage Dictionary says the same thing;
1. The act of exchanging opinions and ideas; consultations.
2. Advice or guidance.
3. A plan of action.
These definitions actually describes the operation of the Holy Spirit during the process of Him Counseling us to do the will of God. How?
1. The Holy Spirit will TEACH US ALL THINGS
2. And REMIND US of EVERYTHING Jesus said.
3. Our part would be to read everything that Jesus said. (Literally the entire Bible over time).
4. Then Pray and ask for WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING about our particular problem.
5. Then we will be COUNSELED by Him as to what to do when we meditate after we prayed the Holy Spirit will bring alive and parallel to our situation to some Biblical story or principle then Counsel us to do it Godís way.
Divine Counsel vs. Human Counsel
Solomon gave us some Proverbs or wise sayings as to the difference of receiving godly counsel oppose to human counsel. Solomon said, there are many devices in a manís heart; nevertheless the Counsel of the Lord, that shall stand (Proverbs 19:21 KJV).
Allow me to share a story about David, he wanted to build a huge temple for God so the children of Israel can go to and worship God. He spoke to the Prophet Nathan about it. Nathan said itís a great idea go ahead and do it. As soon as they left each other the Holy Spirit told Nathan that itís a great thing that David desires to do, but I donít want him to do it because he has too much blood on his hands. I plan to have Solomon build it, but David will gather everything needed (all the materials) to build the temple.
The next day, Nathan told David what was Godís plan (See 2 Samuel 7:1-29).
You see, Solomon (Davidís son) wrote this Proverb 19:21; maybe not realizing the practical truth and parallel to what his father David experienced. The devised plan in Davidís heart was to build the temple. He had the money, the resources, and the right intentions to glorify God. He even went to the right advisor a man of God (the Prophet Nathan). We can say that David made all the right moves to do it Godís way.
Yet, David didnít seek Godís Counsel first.
Sometimes we may have good intentions but we always have to seek Godís seal of approval to make sure that itís what He wants us to do. So we need God intentionsónot just good intentions. Solomon gave us another practical saying; commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established (Proverbs 16:3 KJV).
What are you working on? What are you doing that you seem to be stuck in and you donít see a way out? Are you working on being a better Christian? Do you want God to use you but you donít know how He is going too? Are you working on your marriage but it seems hopeless? Are you working on trying to develop your relationship to your children but itís going nowhere? Are you working on a project at work and you donít have a great idea or a solution to your plan? Why not seek God!?
The Practical Way of Seeking God
Seeking God means- simply praying about it and then meditating waiting for the Holy Spirit to Counsel you. The Holy Spirit will tell you to do it Godís way. He will point out Scripture that parallelís to your particular situation. He may give you a thought to write a letter. He may direct you to go and speak to a man or woman of God that will have the answer youíre looking for. He may give you a dream or vision about your problem like He did to Joseph to marry Mary. There are many manifestations in which are available to us to be Counseled to do it Godís way.
We need to be patient and quiet enough to hear from God. We canít be in a rush and we canít run to friends and relatives to give us Godís plan if theyíre not spiritually in-tune with God themselves. We must exercise wisdom in seeking God. Commit your ideas to Him and your thoughts about what to do will be established as to what to do. Amen.
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