Here is some sound counsel that can help you.
- Don’t make decisions out of emotions such as anger, fear, rage, confusion, pain, revenge, or rebellion.
- When warfare comes against you, don’t break rank and backslide into your old familiar world. The tribe of Ephraim turned back in the day of battle because they didn’t believe God or trust in his salvation (Psalm 78:9-11). The Christian life is a life of faith. I have seen many destroy God’s plan for them by quitting on God and running back into their old lifestyles or the devil they are familiar with.
- Let the Word of God govern your life (Hebrews 4:12).
- Renew your mind with the Word (Romans 12:1-3)
- Ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom. What is wisdom? Wisdom is the ability to make right decisions, to know what to do, and to rightly discern times and seasons.
- Spend time alone with the Holy Spirit every morning in your secret place. The secret place is your private prayer closet. (It’s 2017. I challenge you to give God the first 17 minutes of devotion every day this year.) When you enter the presence of the Holy Spirit, you enter the presence of wisdom. Wisdom is the principle thing (Proverbs 4:7).
- Seek counsel from your pastor. Your pastor has an anointing (grace) from the Holy Spirit to help you. Don’t tell him what you are going to do and call that a counseling session. No, ask him for godly wisdom and counsel. Your pastor is not on the same level as your prayer partner, fishing buddy, or co-worker.
- Find counsel from successful Christian people. Successful people are achievers. Achievers have fought many lions, bears, and Goliaths.
- Never leave a great church for a job, cheaper house, or better weather. Make sure you hear from the Holy Spirit and his counselors agree. Scripture says there is safety in a multitude of counselors (Proverbs 24:6).
- God can turn around your bad decisions if you will repent, submit, and surrender.
James gave you valuable instruction. He said, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him” (James 1:5). Seek Christ’s counsel and obey his instruction. The instruction you obey determines the benefits you receive.
© Apostle Jonas Clark
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