Friday, May 16, 2014

May 16, 2014 … Wise Counsel

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 136

Devotional Song: Go to this link …  Please go to this video link to hear an anonymous acapella singing a powerful and beautiful arrangement of the old hymn , Be Thou My Vision, … helping us to remember that God is the first source of all wisdom … though as scripture leads us (below) to seek Godly counsel of others with reputable Christian experience

Highlight Passage – NKJV: Proverbs 15: 22 [NKJV] …  
22.. Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established.
Highlight Passage [Context] #1 – NKJV: Proverbs 15: 16-21[NKJV] … Go to this link 

Reference Passages #1 Exodus 18: 13-27 [NKJV] … Go to this link Jesus, the Good Shepherd prays for His flock …

Reference Passages #2 Proverbs 3: 5-6 [NKJV] …  
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; … 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Reference Passages #3 Philippians 4: 6-7 [NKJV] …  
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Reference Passages #4 James 1: 5-6 [NKJV] …  
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

My Journal for Today: Any time we have a significant problem or question, it is not wise to tackle the challenge with a Lone Ranger attitude. Therefore, I’ve learned from some painful episodes in my life, to throw up a red flag of warning anytime my spirit feels like “I can do this!” And another emotion I try to be wary of is the “No sweat; this is easy!” syndrome.

The highlight scriptures from Proverbs, mostly written by Solomon at a time in his life when he was humbly receiving and sharing God’s wisdom with his sons and other believers, clearly says (see highlight passages and other proverbs), that it is truly wise to seek out the advice of other Godly-wise counselors before taking action, especially when the circumstances are confusing (see photo).

Obviously we need to see God’s wisdom as James wrote about from God’s inspiration (see James 1: 5-6); but getting informed input from other trusted, Godly sources can be used by God to bring His wisdom and direction to bear in any prickly situation.

And in the process of seeking out God’s wisdom and direction, besides seeking Godly counsel, I’ve learned to use the direction of Phil. 4: 6-7, seeking God’s peace as a sign-post of direction to know if my choices are clearly from God. And anyone reading here who would like for me to send them a “how-to” use this process, just email me @; and I’ll be glad to send you instructions on how to use the Phil. 4: 6-7 protocol to make difficult decisions.

But for now, let’s just lean on God (see Prov. 3: 5-6), avoiding prideful self-indulgence and seek the counsel of wiser, more mature, Christians when we’re trying to find our ways through the morass and minefields we encounter in this life.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, as the song sings today, “Be Thou My Vision!” … Amen

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