This is taken as a quote from

"THE PHILOSOPHY OF SPIRITUAL COUNSELING" 

The Ministry of The Counselor! 

PART 1

 The context for the ministry of counsel is different than any other. In the other ministries there is given room for, what we might call, initiative. The ministry of counsel is characterized by the one needing counsel, coming to the counselor. Further to that is a deeper thing shown by a passage in Proverbs.

PRO 20:5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

It would seem from this passage that the counselor is one who does not give all the counsel at once. He/she must allow the one seeking counsel to draw out of them that which years of listening and being instructed by God and others, has built in the spirit of the counselor.


Counsel has depths to it. A simple application of the scripture is this. "To the depth you let down the bucket, (of the one seeking counsel) to that depth will be the counsel you receive. So many who counsel God's people try to give the whole before they are stopped. A true counselor will discern the depth to which the one seeking counsel lets down the bucket of need into their well. They will also discern whether it is a big bucket or a small bucket and give counsel accordingly. Because of this it is imperative that discernment of spirits be operative in a counselor.

Many Christians today are too independent. God is not pleased with this. In the book  to the sons, Proverbs, He establishes the necessity and the wisdom of seeking counsel. Notice the weight of scripture.

 PRO 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:  

PRO 8:12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. ..... 14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.

PRO 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

PRO 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

PRO 12:20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counselors of peace is joy.

PRO 15:22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established.

PRO 19:20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

PRO 20:18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war

PRO 24:6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counselors there is safety.

PRO 24:6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counselors there is safety.

In all of these passages there are hidden principles and keys to both the attaining of  wisdom and the operation of counsel. It is imperative that, if we would achieve the purpose of God then we follow His instruction in the `Book to the Sons, Proverbs'.

  1.  In order to become a counselor we must learn to listen. We will listen for the spirit of the words being spoken. Another way of saying this is we need to hear the cry of the heart, behind the words that are being said.
  2.  By learning through listening we will increase learning and understanding.
  3. The understanding we attain will bring us into wise counsels.
  4. Counsel belongs to wisdom.
  5. Where no counsel is the people fall. It is important that God's people learn to avail themselves of the counsel that God places in the body.
  6. Notice that it is in the multitude of counselors that there is safety.
  7. It is one thing to hear counsel, it is another thing to hearken or obey the counsel that we have received from a man or woman of God. If we obey the counsel then we show our wisdom.
  8. It is important that those who have a ministry of counsel seek to counsel in such a way as to bring peace in each situation.
  9. Many want the purposes of God to be established in their lives, this cannot be done without a multitude of counselors. (15:22;20:18)
  10. We are commanded to hear counsel, and have a teachable spirit. It is these things that produce wisdom as we allow them to build or rebuild in us. By obeying the counsel and storing in our heart the outworking we will become wise.
  11. Many want to be spiritual warriors but do not avail themselves of the wise counsel of those who have walked in God for years. It is only by wise counsel in the multitude of counselors, that the warfare can be advanced.
  12. We could say that one of the ministries of spiritual counselors has to do with spiritual warfare.

TO BE CONTINUED