Have you ever just had to get your thoughts out on paper? When I am overwhelmed with thoughts, I talk to God about them, but I also write them out. Sometimes, I do a word study on them in God’s Word. Lately, I have had a lot of thoughts and thought (haha) that I would share them on this blog.
God has been working in me lately in many areas. There is a lot that needs improvement. I must constantly remind myself that I am still in need of instruction-desperately! I must also take Godly instruction. There are a lot of people out there today who are claiming to have Godly wisdom. Many times their words sound convincing, but they are not founded in God’s Word. But how do you know what is and isn’t Godly wisdom? There are people who read their Bibles and talk to God in prayer, yet do not have the wisdom that is needed to instruct others.
The principal way to discern what is and isn’t Godly wisdom is the Holy Spirit. He will never guide us into confusion. (I Cor. 14:33) He will never lead us astray from the Bible. He will always provoke us to move forward in our walks with the Lord. He will not cause us to question what the Lord has already done in us. (II Tim. 1:14)
How is the life of the person who is giving the advice? Are they faithful to God both corporately and privately? Is their growth evident? Are they spiritually mature, and not babes in Christ? (Heb. 5:13) Do they have experience in these areas? (Note: Experience isn’t always necessary, but can be helpful. For instance, I do not have to touch fire to know that it will burn someone.) Are there signs of rebellion or bitterness in their lives that have caused the Spirit of God to be quenched in them? Is the person equipped in God’s Word throughly? (I did not mistype thoroughly.)
The Word of God ought to be prominent in any counsel given. And make sure that the verses are not taken out of context. This is not to say that all counsel will come in the form of a black-and-white verse such as, “Thou shalt not kill.” It may be applying a principle, such as “Prove all things.” But honestly, if there is not a Biblical center to the advice, be cautious about taking it. Remember too that God’s Word never contradicts itself… knowing “the whole counsel of God” is crucial (II Tim. 2:15).
Be in God’s Word yourself, so you can identify what is and is not Bible wisdom. Listen, consider, and pray about the advice given… do not just react. Remember that the Bible addresses every area of our lives in some way, shape or form. (Hebrews 4:12)
This list is not exhaustive, but just what I have been thinking on lately. My prayer is that I personally will take only Godly advice, that I may pass it on to my girls.