Originally published Monday, 11 August 2014.
Sometimes when you’re going through, you just need to talk to someone. Sure, there are times when you can get through with a prayer and a good Bible verse, but then there are other times when you need to either pick up the phone or meet someone whom you trust to have a heart to heart chat. Have you ever been there before?
I know that I have. I just recently had a moment like that. I didn’t really understand what God was doing in a particular situation, so I called my pastor. Granted, I’d prayed about it, but I still felt like God was either silent or maybe I was just missing Him. But after I prayed and asked the Lord to grant my pastor wisdom to show me what to do, I trusted the wise counsel that was given, and I’ve had peace in my spirit ever since. Praise God!
Again, sometimes you have to call someone. You just have to let go of the pride and do it! I have to admit, I was a little hesitant in calling my pastor initially. Actually, right before I dialed the number, the Lord whispered to me, “Don’t be afraid. Let go of the fear and call.” I’m so glad that I did. Otherwise, I believe I’d still be stuck in the same rut. But thank God I listened to that still small voice and to a wise counselor!
The Bible tells us in Proverbs 15:22, “Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many counselors bring success.” (NLT) Trust me. I sought the Lord, and I sought my pastor and I even talked to a couple of trusted friends, but this Scripture holds true for my breakthrough! The Holy Spirit is our counselor as well, and again, He quickened me to call someone. So there you have it.
I encourage you today that if you have hit a brick wall and don’t know what to do in your situation, start off with prayer and let the Lord lead and guide you to the wisdom that you need. He’s faithful to do it. Sometimes God is silent, and He just wants you to trust Him quietly, until He answers or acts directly to your circumstance. But then there are other times, when He prompts you to call someone or meet with someone whom you trust who will give you wise, biblical advice or counsel. Granted, it doesn’t have to be your pastor (though it could be), but you can talk to a good friend, mentor, older godly woman, or even your pastor’s wife. Just make sure that its godly advice. Because you need to…
Watch out for worldly wisdom! If your friends aren’t saved, and you’re asking them for advice, be mindful that they are only going to give you their opinion or worldly advice. And that’s not always enough to experience the breakthrough or the answer that you truly need. Sure they can listen with their heart, but remember, God knows what you need when you need it. Proverbs 19:20-21 says, “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. (ESV)
So when you ask for help from a friend or you just need to share some things on your heart, make sure that you’re talking to someone who has a solid relationship with Christ. And then feel free to just be open to hear from God through that person, and pray that they’ll be sensitive to the Spirit when they listen and talk to you. Just know that when you get wise, godly instruction, listen. Because that’s where the wisdom is (which is “knowledge applied”). Proverbs 19:20 says, “Get all the advice and instruction you can, and be wise the rest of your life.” (NLT)
Anyway, as I close this post, keep in mind, that you can always talk to God about where you. He is there to listen and to help you. Sometimes He answers right away and sometimes He takes more time. But in either case, remember that He answers in His perfect timing, and He’s always right. Also be open for when the Holy Spirit, your great counselor, prompts or quickens you to call someone. And when you do, again, pray before you talk to that individual. Pray that the Lord will give them what you need, and that they will give you wise biblical counsel. In return, that person may not only be the vessel that God is using to help you, but the answer that you’ve been praying for. Note: Use discernment (knowing right from wrong counsel), and believe that God will never steer you wrong…no matter what! Just talk…
Remember, Jesus is coming soon! And those who endure unto the end shall be saved. So let’s be ready from the Inside Out.
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