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The Philosophy of Spiritual Counsel

Part 3

 The Nature That God Would Produce In A Counselor

For now I want to lay out some of God’s preparation of the Counselor.

           Job 29:21 Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.

This passage is not Job boasting, but, stating the facts of his former experience with God. If we were to carefully study this passage, we would find some of the things that God led Job through, in order to bring him into such a place. Here are some of the things that are evident in this passage that are manifestations of why he had people
coming to him for counsel.

1. Character traits are shown concerning Job in this chapter. *
2. Fruit of the Spirit are evident. *
3. That Job had experiences with God is clear.
4. That he had achieved a measure of pure religion that was undefiled is manifest
in that He visited the fatherless and the widow in their affliction.

  You do not have to have everything in place to be a counselor. You can counsel, others in the areas that you have been dealt with by God, if God has called and anointed you as a counselor.

Let me illustrate for you from the life of David.

By the time David finished his training in the wilderness there were at least 600 men that had joined him and come under his leadership. All of those men had been through much, and some of them had been with him from the days of Adullam’s cave. This means that they had observed him over at least 11or 12 years. It is possible some had been with him almost the full 13 years. Yet, David only had three named counselors. Because Jonathan, David’s uncle was related, it is possible that he had been with David from the Cave of Adullam. If this was so, why was it that only he was a counselor and not some of the others. Is it possible that he gave himself to the dealings of God to learn the ways of God, while others just did as they were told?

David himself is said to be a counselor.

2 Samuel 14:17 Then thine handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and bad: therefore the LORD thy God will be with thee.

Please notice the reputation of David. When he spoke it was from a heart that discerned good and bad. This too is something God wants to give the counselor, a discerning heart..

Before we deal with the anointing for counsel I would like to refresh our memory  concerning the basic nature God wants in a counselor. I want to go back to Gen. 33:13-14

Genesis 33:13-14 And he said unto him, My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die. 14 Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come unto my lord unto Seir.

In this passage we have a basic attitude that God wants to work in all ministry. Jacob had just wrestled with God and had his nature changed. We know that his nature has been changed, not just because God touched his thigh, but because of the comparison we could make of his attitude before and after. Before, when he was working for Laban, he did all that he could to leave behind the weak sheep and keep the strong. After his experiencing of God, and the name change, then he manifests a level of care that does not seem evident before. Let us look carefully at this, looking for attitudes that will help us in the ministry of counsel. We need to see ways in which we can ask God to change us so that we can counsel effectively, without having any abrasive attitude that would be wounding to those we counsel.

1. A counselor must be able to discern the growth level of the one being counseled. Are they:

a. Babes
b. Children
c. Young men
d. Fathers  


 2. A counselor needs know how far a day or a session to lead the one being counseled. Remember that if one should overdrive them they will die.

3. When it says, I will lead on softly, the word used for softly, means gently. A counselor must learn to be gentle. This is not just a soft voice, it is an attitude the can be emitted.

 a. 2 Timothy 2:24-25 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the  acknowledging of the truth;

1 Thessalonians 2:7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:

i. It does not say only preachers or pastors. Counselors are servants of God and so this applies to them.

(1) When it says that the servant of God must not strive, it is referring to arguing. That is in the word used for strive from the original. He cannot be one who has to be right or have to prove his point. He is not allowed to argue, strive or debate.

(a) Important to our understanding is the application that the meanings of the original word brings to our counseling.

(i) One of the meanings says, “of those who engage in a war of words, to quarrel, wrangle, dispute”.
(ii) of those who contend at law for property and privileges.

(b) Another translation of the first portion of that scripture then would be, the one who serves God should not quarrel, dispute or argue, or engage in a war of words, he should not contend for his privileges, rights or position,  using the letter of the law to sustain his argument.

(2) Here the man of God is told to be gentle to all men, not just Christians. There are two words used in the following passages for gentle.

(a) 1 Thessalonians 2:7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:

2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient

(i) In these passages gentle is translated from the word that means affable, mild, gentle.

(b) Titus 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

(i) Here the word used for gentle is translated from the Greek word that means seemingly, suitable, equitable, fair, mild, gentle.

(3) What is scripture’s comment on the condition of gentleness.

(a) 2 Samuel 22:36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.

(i) Here the condition of gentleness is translated in a number of ways throughout the Old Testament. Most of them have to do with humility, and the humbling of oneself. We will apply this and other meanings to the ministry of counseling at the end of this extremely important portion of gentleness.

(b) Psalm 18:35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.

(i) The condition of gentleness here includes meekness, humility, condescension.
(ii) At this point our example for meekness is Moses, of whom it was said, he was the meekest man in all the earth. He was not defensive nor did he insist on his position of authority. He allowed God to be his defense.

(c) 2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you.

(i) The word used here for gentleness means: clemency, mildness, gentleness, fairness. 

(d) Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

(i) The Greek word here means, goodness, kindness, gentleness, integrity, benignity.

b. Before we sum up the teaching on gentleness and what it means, we need to define biblical humility. This is taken from John 13:3 

i. John 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and  went to God;

(1) True humility is.

(a) knowing what is yours, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands
(b) knowing where you come from or who you are sourced in for your motivations. that he was come from God
(c) knowing where you are going in God or your spiritual destination. Knowing that He went to God.
(d) knowing your maturity level along the journey
(e) Not walking above it and not walking below it.
(f) being unthreatened and secure in that position so that you are able to serve God’s people of any level without being threatened.

c. In summing up the teaching on gentleness let me make the following translation of the composite of what  gentleness means. If we were using biblical lives to illustrate this attitude, we would use David. The attitude and characteristic of Gentleness is:

One who does not argue, quarrel or engage in a war of words with anyone. He is one who is mild, approachable equitable or balanced, with meekness and humility and one who shows mercy or clemency in kindness, having integrity.

4. Another characteristic of one called to be a counselor is wisdom or to be wise already. This could be referred to as a nature of wisdom. This is something God wants to work into us, and is worked in over time.. There are an abundance of scriptures that would back up this line of thought I will give just a few.

a. THE NATURE OF WISDOM

In approaching the nature of wisdom, we are aware of the many scriptures involved in the study of that nature. There are two things we desire to set forth.

i. The nature of wisdom.
ii. The operation of wisdom.

In considering the nature of wisdom, there is something that has stood out to me for several years, although in the beginning I did not understand just why the scripture spoke of wisdom as it did.

Proverbs 9:1. Here we read one outstanding statement about the nature of wisdom.

"Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her 7 pillars."

To start with, it tells us that wisdom in the scriptures is feminine. Wisdom then shows forth the female characteristics of the nature of God. We have so often thought of God as only male, but in Gen. 1:27 we read:

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."

We have treated this briefly before in the course and will be coming back to it later, as the image of God gives us a pattern to help us begin to understand the human will, mind, emotions, and human spirit.

In coming back to our original statement on wisdom we read of the seven pillars she hews out in James.

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. Just for our own sakes, in order that it be easier for us, we will number them.

(1) Pure

(a) This is both morally and in the presentation of the Word.

(2) Peaceable

(a) I believe that one with the true ministry of a counsellor will have an air of peace about him/her that will bring peace enough into a troubled heart that they will be able to express themselves in a coherent manner.

(3) Gentle

(a) We have treated this before please refer back for the definition.

(4) Easy to be entreated

(a) Here we find the approachability. This also includes the quality of being able to listen attentively gleaning not only the words being said, but the spirit of the words.

(5) Full of mercy and good fruits

(a) One of the qualities that should shine from the counsellor is the quality of mercy. An example of this is Jesus, with the woman at the well, and with the woman taken in adultery.

(6) Without partiality

(a) The counsellor should not take sides. This is in any dispute. He or she, if they have the ear of both parties, should deal with the one they are talking with about maintaining a right attitude They should also not side with the one they are talking with against another.

(7) Without hypocrisy

(a) They must remain genuine at all times. Some think that being without hypocrisy means being gracious. That is not all it means, it also means, that although we walk carefully, we are as transparent as possible. There are times when to not be gracious and consider the other brother/sister first could do great damage.

If we were to take the time to list the scriptures under the characteristics of wisdom described here, I am sure we would find out the nature of each of these seven pillars and why they are called, by God, pillars. Each of these must be worked into the life of a counsellor, in some manner, by the Spirit of God. Not only that, but his/her counsel will have these qualities in it and will produce these qualities in those counselled, from one who has them.

A simple definition of wisdom is found in Job 28:28:

"And unto man he said, behold the fear of the Lord that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding."

Although the whole verse is powerful we want only to underline the first part of it. "...the fear of the Lord that is wisdom."

This is the starting point that the people of God must get back to. One of the outstanding lacks in the church of the living God today, is the fear of the Lord. That fear which commands, not just obedience, but loving obedience. There are many types of fear today that command obedience, but it is God's desire, as you and I grow in Him, to produce such a love for Himself in us, that we will obey, because we love. Our love for him will be such that we fear to disappoint him through disobedience.

As Job wrestled his way through the deep trial of God stripping him that he might prepare him for a greater revelation of God, we find God reasoning with Job, after Job had exhausted all his arguments. In 38:36:

"Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts?"

Another translation of this could read:

"Who hath put wisdom in the inner man?"

Only God can put that wisdom there. That is why in James 1:5 it says:

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering."

I want to underline, that wisdom is not mental, but spiritual and internal. Wisdom then, is quality of spirit, not necessarily an abundance of knowledge. The knowledge and the way to apply it will be a result of having that quality of spirit, or that anointing of the spirit of wisdom resting upon you.

It is interesting that in Psa. 51:6 David again emphasises that wisdom is something that God hides within the heart of a man or woman by saying:

"In the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom."

How am I going to learn wisdom, if I am to be prepared to walk in this spirit of wisdom and manifest the nature of a wise man? Proverbs 15:33 gives the beginning of the answer:

"The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom;..."

This tells me that the Lord will send the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord as an instructor, to give me instruction as how to obtain the wisdom necessary.

As wisdom is of a teachable spirit, she is also used of God then to teach.

In Proverbs 1:20:

"Wisdom crieth without..."

Many of the people of God are in the condition they are, because those who have been shepherds over them, have failed to let God dig deeply in their lives. Therefore, in their ministry, there has not been that sense of authority that has created a hunger for more of God. Many have grown, in spite of the shepherds they have been under, and not because of them. Although we know that it is God that creates hunger in a man or woman, there is also a sense in which the ministry of the word, given under the anointing of the spirit and at his direction, can cause hunger
to be created in God's people. Because of this, wisdom is crying without or outside of the church system. Listen to her cry:

"Turn you at my reproof;" if you do "behold I will pour out my spirit upon you, I will make known my words unto you."(Proverbs 1:23)

The spirit of wisdom will bring us into an ability to hear her words. If we will turn at the reproof of wisdom, then we will receive an anointing of wisdom. There will be a knowing of the depths of the wisdom of God.

In the same context and verse 25, we find that wisdom has the ability to counsel. I wonder if this is because of the pillar, that says that she is gentle. It is much easier for people to talk to someone who is gentle in their dealing. One of the biggest fears of man today is that someone will be harsh with them and will not understand them. This causes man to draw back from anyone that has the least bit of harshness in them.

As I was pondering Pr. 2:6,7,10, these thoughts came to me:

Proverbs 2:6-7 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding.   7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: [he is] a buckler to them  that walk uprightly. (KJV)

Proverbs 2:10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;   11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:  

1. It is the Lord alone who gives wisdom.

This tells me that wisdom, the only true wisdom, is divine in nature. Temporal wisdom is just that, it is temporal because its source is the natural mind. True wisdom has its source in the eternal mind of God. It is guaranteed to work and never fails. Man's wisdom will fail you. Let us begin to cry out to God for his wisdom in every situation that we are involved in.

2. One of the qualifications to receive divine wisdom is laid out in verse 7. "He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous."

God is calling a people to righteousness in these last days. It is to those people he is going to give his wisdom. The fact that "he layeth it up" tells me  that it is not given to them right away but is a treasure reserved for them, to be given to them, when he knows they can handle it and not pollute it.

3. When wisdom enters into a heart it produces results.

In verse 10, we find that the results of wisdom entering into the heart is, that it produces discretion (quickness of discernment or sagacity also soundness of judgment). Then it says of this discretion, that it produces a preservation.

(see verse 11) If God's people are going to be preserved in this last hour, then they are going to have to be anointed with the spirit of wisdom. God has promised that his children are not appointed unto wrath, but we must search the word to find out just how he would preserve us. I believe that in qualifying for the spirit of wisdom, we also qualify for being preserved in the days of trouble that are coming.

In the church today we have taught people to expect immediate results. In this instant age, they do not expect to have to work for anything in God. Too long we have gone to church been spoon-fed by pastor, preacher or special speaker. In Proverbs 3:13 we read:

"Happy is the man that findeth wisdom."

By this, we see that wisdom is not obvious but a hidden thing that must be sought. In the simple study on the words of Jesus. Ask and ye shall receive, Seek, and ye shall find, Knock and the door shall be opened unto you, we find wisdom in the second step of the stair. Those things found on that step require more work than the things found on the “ask” step. Realizing that these steps are progressive, I encourage you to diagram the truths contained in these simple words of Jesus.  ASK, SEEK, KNOW