God’s Counsel Is Different From Good Counsel
God’s counsel and good counsel are not the same things, if it is not of God, it can not be good for any believer in Christ. Sometimes ago, Joshua and other elders needs to make a decision, but they made the wrong one without enquiring from the Holy one. This scripture said, “So the men of Israel took some of their provisions, and did not ask for the counsel of the LORD.” Joshua 9:14 NASB.
What is God’s counsel?
The first thing we need to know is that the Plans of Men and the Plans of God are completely different. Psalm 33:10-11 says, The Lord nullifies the counsel of the nations; He frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation.
Why do we need to seek God’s counsel?
We need God’s counsel so that our conscience can be cleared, and be rest assured that we are on the right track, standing on God’s side. Apostle Paul said, “For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:10.
What is the role of our conscience or inner spirit while seeking God’s counsel?
It helps us to eliminate many selfish voices because God is a Spirit, and the communication from your inner spirit is more authentic than that of any papa, Bishop, General Overseer, mountain top experience, or any open heaven devotional Book of any special anointed man or woman of God if you are familiar with Him. The following scripture says, “For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except for the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so, the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:11 NASB.
CASE STUDY: JOSHUA 9:6-16 NASB
“They went to Joshua to the camp at Gilgal and said to him and to the men of Israel, “We have come from a far country; now, therefore, make a covenant with us.” The men of Israel said to the Hivites, “Perhaps you are living within our land; how then shall we make a covenant with you?”
But they said to Joshua, “We are your servants.” Then Joshua said to them, “Who are you and where do you come from?” They said to him, “Your servants have come from a very far country because of the fame of the LORD your God; for we have heard the report of Him and all that He did in Egypt, and all that He did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon and to Og king of Bashan who was at Ashtaroth. So our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spoke to us, saying, ‘Take provisions in your hand for the journey, and go to meet them and say to them, “We are your servants; now then, make a covenant with us.”‘ This our bread was warm when we took it for our provisions out of our houses on the day that we left to come to you; but now behold, it is dry and has become crumbled. These wineskins which we filled were new, and behold, they are torn; and these our clothes and our sandals are worn out because of the very long journey.” So the men of Israel took some of their provisions, and did not ask for the counsel of the LORD. Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them, to let them live; and the leaders of the congregation swore an oath to them. It came about at the end of three days after they had made a covenant with them, that they heard that they were neighbors and that they were living within their land.” Joshua 9:6-16 NASB.
There Are A Few Things To Always Put In Consideration Before You Agree On Anything With Anyone.
- Always look beyond the physical.
- Always remember that many people may have ulterior motives.
- Always make it your first choice to enquire from the LORD.
In conclusion, Always be careful of what you will be giving your consent to, especially when your spirit is in doubt.
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