2 Chronicles 18:4 Seeking Counsel

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But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the LORD.” 2 Chronicles 18:4 

Seeking counsel is common around the world. There are thousands of self-help books to give counseling on how to do anything and everything. Along with the books, there are thousands of counselors out there to give guidance and direction to a person in his life, no matter what the situation is.

There people who give counsel in sports, marriages, school, business, communication, music, and anything else that is out there. Some are free to get their counsel, others cost money.

People are very quick to go to psychics to learn what they are to do next and what will help them. They will seek out friends to get counsel in how to deal with something. Online groups are abundant with people to help counsel each other through bad situations in life.

King Ahab, of Israel, had went to king Jehoshaphat of Judah to get his help in defeating an enemy. Jehoshaphat agreed, but wanted to seek God’s counsel on the situation first.

While it is not a bad thing to seek the counsel and wisdom of other people, they will often fall short in giving the best counsel possible. Many do not have a relationship with God, so they cannot give the perfect counsel of God. What they can give may be good or completely bad, but it is not perfect.

God has always been around. He created everything and sustains everything. He is perfection. With knowing that God can give the perfect counsel in any and every situation that a person may go through.

The first thing that every believer should do when faced with a situation is to seek God’s counsel in it. Find out what God has to say about the situation and how to deal with it.

You, as with any other person on this earth, will have situations in life that you must make a choice as to how to deal with it. Some of these situations will be daily, others will be once in a lifetime, but they are there. While seeking counsel from friends and other believers may bring some good, seek God’s wisdom and counsel first.

Take time to find out what God has to say about your situation. He is there and is waiting for you to ask of Him. God’s love for you is perfect and He will always give the perfect counsel. Find out what it is.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God’s wisdom and counsel daily; that you will act upon God’s word to you; and that you will allow God to guide your every decision in life. 

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1 Samuel 23:1-2 Seek God’s Advice

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When David was told, “Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are looting the threshing floors,” he inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” The LORD answered him, “Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah.” 1 Samuel 23:1-2 

When people become very good at something or are very successful in an area, they become very confident of themselves. Until that point, most people are nervous and seek guidance and help. Once confident, however, they no longer seek advice or direction, they just go about doing things on their own as they think it should be done.

Pride rises up in self and prevents many people from seeking guidance or help. They are now ‘successful’ and no longer need anyone’s guidance or help.

David had become a great warrior, who was successful in every battle. He did not lose. Yet, when it came to fighting a battle, David would seek God’s advice as to what to do. He would not take the battle into his own hands, but left it up to God. God was allowed to make the decision of who to fight against and who to leave alone.

Believers can sometimes fall into this trap of thinking that they can do things on their own. God has given them success in an area of their life, so they now think that they can do it all on their own without God.

It is at this point that many will choose paths that God does not want them to choose. Opportunities will be passed up or deviation from God’s path will occur.

No matter how successful a person may be, he must realize that it is only because of God’s mercy, grace and direction. Without following God’s ways, one cannot please God. One might be successful for a short time, but in the end will fall short, because He is not really following God.

Every time that you have a decision to be made, stop and take the time to seek God’s direction in it. Do not be so self-confident that you do not include God in your decision making process.

God knows what the best action to do is better than you could ever possibly know. Let God make the choices for you in your life. There will be times when God says move forward, while other times He may change your direction or stop you altogether.

Seek and trust God’s advice in your life.

I pray today that you will seek God’s advice; that you will trust God’s directions; that you will not put all your confidence in yourself or others; and that you will see God’s hand at work in your life. 

Deuteronomy 13:4 What You Must Do

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It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. Deuteronomy 13:4

Going through life brings many different choices that must be made. Questions as often asked as to what a person should do. There are thousands of different paths that a person can take, and choosing the correct one is often a hard choice for many to make.

Each path as different points that are good and bad. Most people do not want to make the wrong choice. Yet, the majority of the people in this world do make the wrong choice.

The reality of the matter is that it is only one real choice of two paths to make. Every other choice falls under one of those two paths that a person chooses. There is the path of following self or the world, and the path of following God.

Moses tells the people that they must follow God. In the process of following God they must revere, obey, serve and hold fast to Him. There is to be no other gods in the life of a person.

The question is then often asked, how does following God answer every other choice to be made? If a person is following God, He will lead him in the right direction every time. The choice is no longer left up to the person, but up to God to be made.

Around the verse, the people are told to love God with everything in them and to obey Him in every way. This puts God first in the life of the person. God is the one who knows the choices to be made. Believers must trust His choices and directions. Every choice God makes is for the benefit of the believer and for His kingdom. It is a win-win situation.

Trusting that you are a believer and believe in God, you must also make a choice. How much are you willing to trust and obey God? Are you willing to serve God with everything that is in you?

Hold on to God with all that is within you. God is there for you and is not against you. He wants only what is best for you. However, it is up to you to follow, obey, serve, honor and hold fast to Him.

Now you know what you must do, so start doing it.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow God alone; that you will serve and obey God with your whole life; and that you will allow God to make the choices in your life. 

2 Thessalonians 3:5 Love & Perseverance

 

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May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. 2 Thessalonians 3:5

Every person’s heart is led somewhere. Where the heart is led, depends on who is leading it or guiding it. The world has a heart that is filled with self-love. It seeks to find what is best at the moment for self. It then has extreme perseverance to go after what seems to be best at that moment.

There are stories of people who had a dream to get out of extreme poverty and with years of hard work were able to become self-made millionaires. They had a love for something and aimed for it. They did not give up, but kept going after it. The only thing is that what they went after was of only temporary value, not eternal value.

Many people have a love for something and have the perseverance to go after it, but most of those things are of selfish desires and have no eternal value.

Paul prays that God directs the hearts of the people into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

God’s love is an eternal, undying, selfless love for every person, regardless of who one is or what one has done. His love was so great that He was willing to send His only Son to die on a cross to save that person who did not know Him or love Him.

Jesus, God’s Son, persevered under extreme persecution. He underwent dying on the cross in an extremely excruciating method so that one could be saved from his sins and death.

Every believer needs their heart to match after God’s heart in these areas. If one is filled with God’s perfect love and Christ’s perseverance, there is nothing that cannot be done. It will strengthen the believer to overcome sins done against him. It will give him the hope of eternal salvation and life during difficult times.

All of this starts in the heart with God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

Allow God to work in your heart to know the love He has for all people and gain that love for all people. Allow the perseverance that Jesus went through to strengthen you to continue on in the path God has laid out before you.

Let the desires of God become the desires of your heart. This can only be done by allowing God’s Holy Spirit to direct your heart.

I pray today that you will allow God to change your heart; that your heart will be filled with God’s love; that your life will be filled with God’s perseverance; and that you will live to do God’s will on this earth for your life. 

1 Thessalonians 5:19 Don’t Quench The Holy Spirit

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Do not quench the Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:19

All over the world people are seeking for wisdom, guidance and comfort. The variety of ways that they are searching for these things is endless. Some will seek others or books, while others search inside themselves, and yet others will seek for spirits to guide them.

The majority of people in the world like to follow their conscience in knowing how to deal with something. They listen to their conscience and choose a path or action that they feel is the best for themselves. People are constantly told to follow their heart.

Yet, to follow the heart has led this world to where it is today, fallen and in sin. Eve followed her heart and she and Adam were kicked out of the perfect place with eternal life to live in a fallen world of sin.

God did not leave the believer without guidance, He provided for the believer. As Jesus was getting ready to leave the earth, He stated that He would send His Holy Spirit to every believer. The Holy Spirit was sent to comfort and guide believers on their walk with God.

For the believer, the Holy Spirit is that small voice inside of a person telling him what to do, not do, say, and not say. He is guiding the believer in every step of His life, to live a holy, pure life for God.

However, many believers do not listen to what the Holy Spirit is telling them. They ignore the Holy Spirit telling them to turn from a sin, to flee a temptation that is rising. They ignore the Holy Spirit nudging them to tell someone about Jesus. They ignore the Holy Spirit striving to give them wisdom and direction in choices to be made. In these ways, the believer is quenching the Holy Spirit.

This quenching is silencing the voice of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. It is putting out the Holy Spirit as water puts out a fire.

Keep your spiritual heart and ears open to what the Holy Spirit is telling you. Do not silence His voice in your life.

Through the Holy Spirit God will guide you in and through every situation in your life. He will steer you on the right path of righteousness for God, keeping you from sin.

Are you listening to what the Holy Spirit is telling you today?

I pray today that you will hear the Holy Spirit speaking to you; that you will allow God to guide your every step, word and action; that you will not silence God’s words to you; and that you will live by faith in what God tells you.

Proverbs 26:17 In The Wrong Business

Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own. Proverbs 26:17

Grabbing a dog, any dog, by the ears is not usually a good thing to do. Only an extremely well-trained dog will allow that to be done. Doing that to a wild stray dog, will most likely get a person bit very quickly. And that is understandable, because being grabbed by the ears is definitely annoying and can be painful. The dog is just protecting his own.

A lot of people like to do something that is just a dangerous as grabbing a stray dog by the ears. They like to jump into a quarrel that is not their own. People see a dispute between two others, and often will jump in to try to solve the issue, or defend one of the sides. This type of action is often done without the permission of either side.

When people jump in, they very seldom know all the details of either side of the issue. They only see a part and that from the outside of the issue. Doing this will get one or both sides angry with a person. As that occurs, a new fight will have begun.

Wars have begun between two different nations, because a third nation jumped into the battle without being asked to do so. Wars between two people can happen in the same way.

Some may want to say that they are just trying to stop a quarrel and are there to help out. While this may be true, it does not happen unless, at least one or both parties are willing to let it happen. Most people who are in a battle with someone do not want a third person involved. They want to be in control of their own lives and solve it themselves.

At the times that you see a quarrel between two people, the best thing you can do is pray for their peace and understanding of each other. Ask if you can get involved, but be willing to stay out of it. Seek God’s direction and wisdom in what to do. Don’t just jump in and try to be superman and save the world, it may backfire.

Don’t grab the dog by the ears.

I pray today that you will seek God’s wisdom and direction; that you will not be involved in third-party quarrels; and that you will show God’s love and wisdom to those you are around.

Psalm 37:5-6 How To Shine

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:5-6

Most people like to be seen as a good person. They strive to show how much they have done that is good, or show how bad someone else is compared to them.

Those in the world, show how they have physically or materially helped people in need. They get together with others to get support for some philanthropic task trying to help build other people up and meet their needs. They urge government changes in order to help others.

In the church, many speak grand words from the bible and talk about how much they read the Bible or pray. Others constantly talk about how much they do in and for the church, often bringing up tithes and offerings.

None of these things are necessarily bad, but they do not make a person truly shine. The shine they have is the dull shine of this world.

Focusing your eyes on God and His ways, and then trusting Him will bring about the desired results of shining.

When you have a heart that is sold out (committed) to Him and you are fully trusting that God will guide you in the best way possible, that is when you will begin to shine. You have to be willing to do what God wants and want what He wants in your life. As you do that while trusting Him, God will be able to do great things in and through you.

God will then be able to raise you up and make your righteousness shine like the sun. It will be clear to everyone that you have been forgiven of all sins and belong to Him.

The noonday sun is very bright and cannot be hidden. Your life will be the same as you commit yourself to God’s ways. Your life will stand out as different.

Have you committed all of your ways to God?

Are you trusting Him with all of your life?

Try Him and see what He can and will do in you and with you today.

I pray today that you will be committed to God’s ways; that God will reveal His ways to you; that you will trust God for everything; and that God will make you shine His light in this world.