Posted on 09 Jul 2015 06:41

Thursday, April 30, 2015


Jeremiah 23:17 - 18(NIV)

17. They keep saying to those who despise Me, ‘The Lord says: You will have peace.’ And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, ‘No harm will come to you.’

18. But which of them has stood in the council of the Lord to see or to hear His word? Who has listened and heard His word?

Beloved, every one of us today should take heed to these verses, especially when we speak on behalf of the Lord. We must be sure that our counsel or encouragement to others has been prayerfully taken before the Lord. We must seek the face of God and hear from Him before we offer counsel or advice to anyone else. All of us, who love God, truly desire to help others. However, we must realize that we have a responsibility before the Lord.

When someone is hurting while going through difficult trials, our human response is to comfort and encourage them. But we also must be in prayer for them and ask the Lord to give us His wisdom in how to help. If we are not standing before the Lord, then our words may give false hopes or assurances that are not of the Lord. They could end up placing their hope on our words instead of God's Word.

Regardless of how little or often you counsel others, make sure you heed the words of these verses and take everything to the Lord first. Our hearts desire as Christians is to help others, but we must always recognize our inadequacies. Only God knows what He is doing with people. So we must walk with God daily to know how He wants to use us to help them. If we are not careful and prayerful, just as in Jeremiah's day, we can do far greater harm by offering hope and assurances that are not of God.

Take everything to God in prayer and ask Him to give you Scriptures for any counsel you may give. Always stand on the Word of God. And when in doubt, pray for the self-control to listen instead of speaking.

God bless you is my prayer!!!

Dr. J. M. Wooten

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