LET’S EXPLORE A FEW NOTES HERE….
Dictionary.com defines counsel as:
advice; opinion or instruction given in directing the judgment or conduct of another.
interchange of opinions as to future procedure; consultation; deliberation.
3. Law . ( used with a singular or plural verb ) the advocate or advocates engaged in the direction of a cause in court; a legal adviser or counselor: Is counsel for the defense present?
deliberate purpose; plan; design.
Theology . one of the advisory declarations of Christ, considered by some Christians as not universally binding but as given for aid in attaining moral perfection.
Archaic . a private or secret opinion or purpose.
Obsolete . wisdom; prudence.
–verb (used with object)
to give advice to; advise.
to urge the adoption of, as a course of action; recommend (a plan, policy, etc.): He counseled patience during the crisis.
–verb (used without object)
to give counsel or advice.
to get or take counsel or advice. —Idioms
keep one’s own counsel, to conceal one’s ideas or opinions; keep silent.
take counsel, to for or exchange advice, ideas, or opinions; deliberate; consult.
Notice under NOUN the 1st definition: “to influence” then look at “directing the judgment of someone”
Now look at number 2. The interchange of opinions…basically meaning let me find out what you are thinking then interject my way of thinking so I can influence your future thought processes and the way about how you BEEN doing things. (FYI….this can snare your soul IF…(well keep reading).
The word DELIBERATION comes from the root word: DELIBERATE. Watch OUT…is there HIDDEN motive here?
Now look at definitions 4.…
Now we know the God’s plan for our life and the devils plan for our lives. Its is CLEARLY told in John 10:10 says: 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
So…we look at this definition even closer…work with me because I am going somewhere with this….
Number 6, a PRIVATE, SECRET, purpose….
Psalms 1:1-3 says: 1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
Proverbs 22: 24-25 says: 24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person,
do not associate with one easily angered,
25 or you may learn their ways
and get yourself ensnared.
This really goes back to what I wrote about last week. “Just because you don’t fit in, doesn’t mean you aren’t the perfect fit.” Don’t let someone come down on you and what you stand for, because you refuse to follow behind them.
Why would I as a believer want to follow behind someone who doesn’t have any fruit or who doesn’t serve God? Are you leading them or are they leading you? Many people would believe that they are the leaders…but if your mindset, actions, and beliefs are being challenged and you are doing things that you once saw as something you would not do, where do you think this mindset comes from?
What once was a snare to your soul, could VERY WELL end up a RIGHT in your mind where it once was a WRONG. We tend to look pass the RED FLAGS that GOD gives us or the RED FLAGS the Holy Spirit gives us so that we can satisfy our own agendas or the agendas of others.
1 Corinthians 13:11 says:
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
I honestly believe that we took the slogan phrase : “I don’t want to grow up, I’m a toy r us kid” literally. We are still playing games, and we act as if we don’t have anything checking our spirits and telling us, “watch out” this isn’t a good thing. We just throw caution to the wind of things we need to walk away from.
Question: What needs to happen for us to get our MINDSET on the right path? I certainly hope we don’t need a tragic event to get us in check.
We are STILL playing childhood games with our adult lives, and thinking that everything is STILL going to be okay. When we know right from wrong and choose to ignore the signs…then what?
Here are some childhood games that we SHOULDN’T play as adults:
Follow the leader
Doggy doggy where’s the bone
Red Light Green Light
Wolf’s Dinner Time
Piggy Wants a Signal
Think about these games and relate them as an adult. This might be funny but its not a joke, when you are out there and you have got in deeper than you thought you would.
We need to stop turning red lights (warning signs) into green lights and OPEN up our eyes and see things for what they are…and what damage they can cause.