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How to Find the Good Advice

People often get into serious trouble to hear the wrong voices. That's why it's important to hear the right voice.

So, when looking for good advice, you have to ask yourself: I'm looking for good advice or bad, what kind of advice do I want to hear?, do I want to talk to someone who tells me what I want to hear," or do I want to know the truth?.

A lot of people just want confirmation of what they think and what they want to do. Others, they want to know what God wants to do.

I assure you, if we wish to do the wrong thing, we will find someone who will agree with us.

Now, if we want to do what is right, what pleases God, in truth, you will find someone to tell you what God says in his Word because we have the promise of God's direction in your life, we do listen to Him.

Proverbs 3:5-6 " Trust the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own prudence. Recognize him in all your ways, and he will straighten your paths.

AS WE DETECTED THE BAD ADVICE OF THE GOOD

1. There is little or no mention of God or the Bible.

They tell him what they think he should do, but without any mention of God, nor of Jesus Christ.

2. Lack of prayer.

They talk a lot and don't pray.

3. Often that person defends himself with subtle excuses not to use the Bible.

"Well, you don't need it, because anyone who makes common sense should do this."

Sometimes they suggest actions that are not biblical, they do not come from God, but from their own ideas, rather than hearing from God. What's more, they suggest something that would be transgression against God, maybe it sounds good and looks right, but is it right in God's eyes?

4. Sometimes these people criticize Christian leaders, or people consecrated to God.

"That's what they think, but the truth is this, you have to listen to me."

If someone tells you that, you have a reason to doubt the advice they give you.

At some point, we want some advice from someone, and say, "Well, what do you think?" It's not that I have to do what they advise you to do, because sometimes it's good to vent, but you have to choose who you vent with. Who you trust in truth and whether counsel is pleasing to God. Harmonizes with the Word of God?. Or rather it benefits whoever gives it?.

Incredible, even if it may not seem, but they suggest readings that overlook the Word of God and have nothing to do with God's will. For example, they're looking for something on Google, rather than what the Bible says.

5. Often, that person advises doing what he thinks we want to hear.

They just say suggestions, but you have to be very careful with those kinds of suggestions. Wise advice doesn't consider that.

If you seek good advice, don't want to listen, but whatever God wants you to hear.

6. Sometimes someone advises you, because they want to be in control of your life.

He says, "This is what I think you should do." They want to control you somehow and say, "I think doing this is the wisest thing." "This is what I would do."

Careful, someone suggests something, it's because they want to control you, what you do, where you go, who and why you go.

7. There are counselors who want to create a dependency on them.

Instead of saying, "Let's pray and see what God says." Rather they say, "This is what I think you should do."

So we fall under his control and create a sense of dependence.

That is why God-fearing people must read the Word of God, listen and believe what God says, and act accordingly.

Proverbs 3:5-6 " Trust the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own prudence. Recognize him in all your ways, and he will straighten your paths.

Seek his guidance. Listen to what He says. It'll straighten your sidewalks. Either we believe it or we don't believe it.

It is not enough for someone to tell you that he is saved, because we must go from being saved to good counsel.

If we truly believe in God, we will go to the Word of God first and foremost. I'm sure many people would find very wise counsel in God's Word. If only they read it. They do know where to find it. If you don't know, look for someone consecrated to God and ask him where to read God's Word when looking for an answer or decision.

You must know that God knows you perfectly. He knows your situation well and no one knows her better than He does. So no one has the power to give you the best advice than God's.

Look, when God gives us an answer, it usually takes time. How long?

There are questions That God answers right away. There are principles in our lives that we already know: not to steal, not to lie, not to commit adultery, etc. You don't even have to ask God. We know the answer to that.

God has the answer to everything. There are situations where we need wise counsel, not just anyone, but a wise one. But you have to see who the person is. How he lives, what kind of life he leads, that Church attends, who is his Pastor and who believes in the Bible.

8. The counselor's lifestyle is not pleasing to God.

If someone who counsels you lives in a way that does not harmonize with what the Word of God tells us, we must leave that counsel. Get away from that.

I am referring not only to professional counselors, but to friends or whoever we ask for wise counsel.

If that person does not live in holiness, but lives as God pleases, I doubt he can give you pleasant counsel to God.

9. That counselor wants to give you a quick way out.

God doesn't always have a quick way out. Maybe He wants you to go through that, maybe He wants us to be misunderstood. You may be in the process of teaching you something, that you wouldn't have otherwise, except with wounds, pain, suffering, disappointment.

We all deal with some of that and try to evade it, but most likely it's not possible.

We must be grounded in the Word, so that we do God's will, and not ourown.

Christian life is not easy, there are difficult times, arduous times, times of disappointment, people who betray us and as a result, we feel hurt. On many occasions you won't have a quick answer. But the only answer we'll have is on our knees.

We cannot listen to anyone else, because no one else is omnipotent, no one else knows the facets of our lives. And perhaps, God allow us to go through suffering and only He knows why.

I don't know who you've been listening to, or what you've been going through, but one thing I can tell you, that the wisest counselor is the Lord Himself, through the Holy Spirit, whose primary responsibility is to rebel God's nature and give us guidance, leadership, help , strength, power, and energy for whatever He wants us to do in life.

We have God with us. God who is willing to show us, to show us, to guide us and to protect us.

So don't run to someone else, without running to God first and walking the distance from half a meter, which is the approximate distance from your knees to the floor to ask God what to do.

10. They're looking for our approval.

That's the problem with friends, they want to advise us and what they're looking for is our approval.

As you might expect, they say what they want to hear and what we want to hear: "if you're right, if I were you," if someone starts saying that, it's not good advice, because they don't know what your circumstances are.

So you have to be careful who you seek to ask for good advice, because what you are really looking for is our approval.

11.  We feel a warning in our spirit.

A warning in the spirit means that we are going in certain directions, we are thinking of something that we face in life and suddenly, it is as if an alarm sounds in our hearts, in our minds, in our spirit.

When we walk in the Spirit, the Spirit of God is always willing to alert our spirit, whether we go our wrong direction or think something wrong, or make a wrong decision.

We all make mistakes and maybe you say, "I can't leave that." But you need God's counsel, not any counsel, but God's.

12. There are advice from someone who benefits the counselor.

If you go to a counselor who charges for inquiries, I assure you, they charge, they keep their time. They advise you because they love you, are you interested in you,, do you want the best for your life?.

Therefore, Parents and grandparents, they should be very careful to send their counsellor, or their children, to a counselor, without knowing what kind of life it leads, which Church it attends and everything else.

We must ask ourselves: Whom can I go to with my full confidence who would truly pray for me and give me good wise and biblical counsel?.

13. The counselor gets involved with the perona who he advises.

That happens all the time. It happens with all kinds of counselors.

A counselor must be a servant of God so that there is a barrier between the counselor and the person he counsels.

14. Sometimes it happens that a counselor projects his own wounds, his own disappointments.

They unload something they lament in life and at least we realize, they're venting.

We don't know if they're talking about one or them. They have unresolved issues in their lives.

Therefore, make sure that the counselor does not get involved in your life, because when you come to see him, you will be advising them, when you went to ask them for good advice.

This shows that the counselor is very weak

15. We must be careful not to turn to a person who is not a believer.

The world is full of counselors who are not believers. I am not against going to a counselor, but I object to going to one who is not a believer, who does not believe in the Word of God, who does not go to a Church, who does not plead the Word of God, who has a way of life that does not harmonize with the Word of God.

Be careful who you talk to, watch out for the listener. Think about this, a lot of people have died or lost the wrong advice.

Many marriages have been destroyed by bad advice, many young people have gone away for listening to bad advice, many homes have been completely destroyed by someone who heard bad advice, and many people today live in slavery because they have listened to someone who did not listened to God.

Listen to what the Word of God says:

Proverbs 3:5-6 " Trust the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own prudence. Recognize him in all your ways, and he will straighten your paths.

Listen to Him, pray to God, wait in Him, trust in Him, and He will straighten your sidewalks.

Bad advice is a crooked path, but good advice is upright. Remember this: the good advice is half a meter away.

Let us pray: Father, we praise you, we thank you, for sending the Holy Spirit, to give us direction to our lives. You said he came to comfort us, to strengthen us and guide us, to dwell in us. Thank you for your presence. I recognize the importance of having your hearing, attentive to you, to listen clearly, continuously, courageously, boldly and willing to obey what you say. I recognize that I have made bad decisions and I ask for forgiveness, I regret it. And today, I ask you to guide me to make the right decisions. We praise you and thank you good Lord, for loving us so much, that you listen to us. In the name of the Jesuristo Lord. Amen.

SOURCE: GRacias Pastor Charles Stanley for his teachings.

 

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Jesus Christ: Our Substitute

"Be crucified!" (Mt 27.22). This is what Israel's religious leaders demanded the Romans do with Jesus Christ, for the crucifixion was the worst death imaginable.

It was a practice that originated with the barbarians centuries earlier and was passed on to the Persians, Greeks and, finally, to the Romans, who refined it to make the victim suffer more. Jewish leaders demanded that Christ be executed to get rid of Him once and for all. Which continues to be the desire of many, for they do not want to have anything to do with Christ. But those of us who know and love him want them to know that the Lord came to save sinners.

When Jesus Christ became known as a preacher proclaiming a new message, the religious leaders of his day hated him for disturbing his religious system. They didn't approve of what they were teaching and were afraid of losing their control over people. However, the cross on which they asked him to die came to be the means by which salvation would be offered to all who believed in Him.

1 Corinthians 1.18, 22-24 contrasts two different perspectives of the Cross: that of those who are lost and those who are saved. "For the word of the cross is madness to those who are lost; but to those who are saved, that is, to us, it is the power of God. For the Jews ask for signs, and the Greeks seek wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, for the Jews certainly stumbling, and for the Gentiles madness; more for the called, so Jews as Greeks, Christ the power of God, and wisdom of God."

Jesus Christ's message was different from that of Jewish leaders because he offered a new life.

He told Nicodemus, who was a Pharisee and teacher in Israel, that no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again in the Spirit (Jn 3:3). In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ described the lifestyle that pleases God, which differs from that taught by the Pharisees. It included loving enemies, forgiving offenses, and trusting that our heavenly Father will provide for our needs.

In addition, the Lord performed miracles that angered the religious. He healed the sick and revived dead. The crowd that followed him was growing; But, despite the evidence of his deity, religious leaders turned against Him and used the authority they had to bring him to his death. They were angry whoever claimed to be the Son of God and the only way to salvation.

Although we may wonder how someone might feel this kind of hostility toward Christ, many people today abhor hearing his name, for it represents the narrow path to salvation. They are willing to mention God, for every religion has any god; but the fact that Christ claimed that only He was the way to God offends them.

What we believe about Jesus Christ is vital.

The Bible declares that Christ is the only begotten Son of God. His coming was heralded by Old Testament prophets as the one who would deliver people from their sins and rebellions against God. However, this belief has become unpopular in our day, for it threatens a society that wishes to be free to do as it pleases. They are offended against anyone, especially when a believer tells them how to live. And the more the believer obeys, worships, and serves Christ, the more uncomfortable they feel at their side.

The vicarious death of Jesus Christ on the cross is the heart of Christianity.

Dying as our substitute was the main reason why the Son of God came into the world. Because he is God and led a perfect life, he was the only one who could pay for the sins of mankind. That's why he was born of a virgin, to be human and die on the cross for us. God—Father placed our sins upon his Son, who suffered the wrath we deserved. Without his atoning death there would be no salvation, and we would all die in our sins suffering god's wrath for all eternity.

Just as Jesus Christ is the only substitute, it is also the only way to salvation.

  • The Lord affirmed this by saying, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but for me" (Jn 14:6). There is no other way in which we can be forgiven and reconciled with God, but only through christ's atoning death on the cross. All who believe in Him as Lord and Savior are forgiven of their sins and are made worthy before God.
  • Paul also declared that Jesus Christ is the only way. Romans 5.8-10 describes it in a wonderful way: "But God shows his love for us, in that, being still sinners, Christ died for us. For much more, being already justified in his blood, for him we will be saved from anger. For if we are enemies, we were reconciled with God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we will be saved by his life."
  • Peter proclaimed Jesus Christ as the only way. In defending the gospel before the hostile leaders of the Jewish Sanhedrin, he said, "And in no other is there salvation; for there is no other name under heaven, given to men, in which we can be saved" (Acts 4:12).

Even if we as Christians are accused of having a narrow mind, we must stand firm and hold fast to the truth of the Bible, which tells us how to be saved. We will be criticized, but we should not be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

And besides, we must be courageous in proclaiming salvation through Christ. All people need to know that "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him may not perish, but have eternal life" (Jn 3:16). All who trust that the death of Jesus Christ paid off the debt of their sins and surrender their lives to Him can be convinced that their names have been written in the Book of the Lamb's Life and will spend eternity in Heaven.

SOURCE: Thank you Pastor Charles Stanley for your teachings.

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Choose the Right Way

God will punish you for that! Most of us have expressed those words for years. Somehow, we have believed that He likes to cause us pain and punish us every time we sin. But it's not true. It is true that the wages of sin are death; However, it is not God who causes it.

The Bible says that for thousands of years a curse has been in force, but the devil is the cause of it, not the Lord. God warns us about this in Deuteronomy 30:19. After describing in detail the blessings that will come to those who follow the Lord and the serious consequences that those who turn away from Him will suffer, he says, "… I have put you before life and death, blessing, and curse; Choose, then, life, that you and your offspring may live."

Analyze it as follows. There's a place called a curse. God warns us about that place and urges us not to take the path that leads us there. Now, He has given us free will so that we may choose the path we want to follow. If we choose the path that leads to the curse, and do not deviate; That's where we'll get there. Is it because God sent us? No! Well, he warned us not to go there.

It is vital to keep in mind that no matter if you are on the path to the curse or are living in that place, God can rescue you at any time. He'll get him out of there; and it will make him free of disease, vices and anything that has him enslaved.

If you are on the wrong path today and see the destruction coming, repent and take the right path. Entrust His way to Jesus so that He may deliver him from anything that holds him captive. To begin with, you can pray: Lord Jesus, I have taken the wrong path and right now I ask you to forgive me. I want to choose life and Your way. Please release me from this bond and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Thank you, sir!

Remember that no matter what you have done, God does not want to punish you, but to forgive you. He wants to save him and lift him up. Trust Him to put You on the path of life today.

 

Source: Thank you for your teachings Pastor Kenneth Copeland

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Because Recognition of God's Presence in Our Lives Is Important

If we have recognized that there is a God who is in our lives, dwelling in each of us, we have come to have a deep intimacy with Him, then we can say that we have delivered all our being and all the areas that concern us.

And if this is true, we have come to recognize that He is in charge and in control and everything goes the way He desires, and this is the case, as long as we are in His will.

What is interesting is that by trusting in God in this way, we have a godconsciousness that others do not. Because we want to live far from a loving and sovereign God, who knows everything, and is Almighty.

This was understood by King David of Israel:

Psalm 23: 1-4 "The Lord is my shepherd; i'll not miss anything. In places of delicate pastures will make me rest; Next to the waters of rest he will shepherd me. It will comfort my soul; He will lead me in the paths of righteousness for the sake of his name. Even if I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou shalt be with me;"

Here King David, manifests his true experience, denotes that God is his supplicant, has given him peace, comfort, guidance, justice, and above all that he recognizes his presence. We can intuit his presence as his most important treasure.

Let me tell you, the desire of God's heart is that we live in the recognition of his presence. Because this will change your life, that will make a difference, if you are aware of his presence.

That does not mean believing that God exists, it is not that, it is to be aware of His Presence in your life.

 EVIDENCEOf YOUR PRESENCE RECOGNITION

1. God is continually in our thoughts, conscious and inconnostoned.

He makes it possible that even when we're doing something. at the same time there is the Holy Spirit of God in our subconscious, which makes us sensitive to his presence. It's like a holy silence in us. But He's there.

2. We constantly seek God's guidance.

1 Samuel 30: 6-8 "And David was very distressed, for the people spake of stoning him, for all the people were in bitterness of soul, each for his sons and for his daughters; But David was strengthened in the Lord his God. And Abiatar brought the efod to David. And David consulted the Lord, saying, Shall I persecute these marauders? Can I catch up with them? And he said unto him, Follow them, for thou shalt surely reach them, and verily thou shalt deliver the captives."

This is a vivid example that describes King David as someone who always sought God's guidance, but only when he did not seek God did he get into serious trouble. Every day we make decisions, whether in the family, work, business, and in our relationships, therefore, if we recognize your presence, we will continually seek your guidance.

Remember this, God is interested in everything about your life

3. We see God as our constant companion.

If I see Him as my faithful partner, I will always be aware of Him, so I don't have to worry about anything. Think about this, the most powerful force in the world is in the person of Jesus. He is Almighty, He knows everything and is all love.

There is no better companion than Him.

4. We have peace in the midst of storms.

Psalm 23:4 "Even if I go through dark valleys, I fear no danger because you are by my side;"

We all go through difficulties and storms in life, but what keeps us, takes us and helps us survive is having God with me.

When we go through a storm, what we must remember is that we are in this with God, because then the Holy Ghost will guide us, comfort us, affirm us in whatis it takes. And the result will be that everything in life will change for the better.

Rest assured that He sees the storms before they arrive, and before they arrive, He is already operating to empower us to face anything.

5. Recognition of his presence makes us hungry for the Word of God in our hearts.

Psalm 42: 1 " As the deer bellows by the currents of the waters, so he cries for you, O God, my soul.

That is why we must begin each day with the Word of God, it can be a verse, a chapter, or whatever, because reading the Word of God impels us to think of God, and to be aware that He will be with us that day.

6. We also have joy in our hearts.

Jeremias 15:16 "Your words were found, and I ate them; And your word went to me out of joy and joy of my heart; for your name was invoked upon me, O Lord God of hosts."

If we have an Almighty God in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost dwelling within us, that should give you joy.

He is at his side, wherever you go, so our gaze must be on God. He's there with you. No one can follow him as He can. There will be times when your friends or family aren't there and you're alone, but you're never alone.

God wants us to live in a way that recognizes that we are not alone. God is with us.

Maybe you have a grudge to someone or you have all kinds of problems, maybe it's time to ask the Lord: what are you trying to tell me? Maybe there's something that needs to be corrected.

We must all be alert because recognizing his presence changes everything, and there will no doubt be joy in your heart.

7. We are more aware of the blessings That God sends us.

Many people are blessed every day and never give any credit to God.

James 1:17 "Every good gift and every perfect gift descends from above, from the Father of Lights, in which there is no movement, no shadow of variation. 

 But if I'm not aware of your presence, I'll give credit to someone else. Believers don't talk about luck, we talk about being blessed.

God's presence in our lives will make a difference. We can see that God is good, he is here and he will be wherever we are.

8. If we are aware of God, prayer will be a priority in our lives.

It is NOT that we will say a little ordeal when we are in trouble, but that we speak to God at all times, because sometimes we need to listen to God.

What happens is that God is interested in every aspect of our lives.

9. We examine every decision according to your will.

Lord, what is your will in this, or in that?. We all face things, or suddenly someone comes to ask you for advice, so we should say inside, "Help me Lord, give me the wisdom to give you the right answer."

Because if we live aware of his presence, we want to pass that decision to God.

10. We see our needs in light of his presence.

If you have a need, look at that need in the light of his presence.

Philippians 4:19 "My God will therefore fill all that you lack according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

If a need arises, I do not have to worry because He knows my needs well. Moreover, He knows them first than we do, and that is why He is ready to meet that need whatever.

11. Our worship is more real and rewarding as we are aware of his presence.

When we worship God, and we truly do it from the heart, one feels like we are before Him because we are sensitive to His presence.

He wants us to live like this, aware of his presence.

12. We walk in obedience to God as a way of life.

This is what God asks of us, and if we are, God keeps his hand on us, caring for us, protecting us, supplanting our needs.

But if we are disobedient, we give the enemy the right to retrace what God has intended for us.

And if that's happening, I asked Him, what am I failing you about. Repent, ask for forgiveness, and move on.

13. We have a stronger relationship with Jesus Christ.

Our communion is more sensitive and that is why it makes it a wonderful and joyful relationship.

He desires the best for us and wants us to appreciate Him more, to love Him, and He responds to us in the same way.

That is the kind of relationship He wants us to have, intensely in love with Him, aware of His presence, no matter what.

If someone says: God is not in my life. What will be lost will be the gift of eternal life, what will be lost will be heaven, what will be lost will be all the joy and the wonderfulness that God provides.

But what I want you to see is that by recognizing the presence of Jesus, your life changes perspective and makes sense of it, because you begin to see things in the light of his presence. 

If you have not accepted Christ as your Savior, you live the life of a fool, I know you do not like that, but it is the truth. If you lead a worldly and wicked life, which completely denies Jesus and sows a life without God, a life that completely denies Jesus and you will reap a worldly and wicked life, with all kinds of immorality, you will obtain what that entails.

But if you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior or restore your life to Jesus, you will receive the fruit that this brings and is wonderful.

ORWE: "Heavenly Father, we are grateful to you, for your kindness for us, we know that there is much to learn, yet it is all a matter of our relationship with you. I ask you that the Holy Spirit sow in my heart this message and that we have not had an intimate relationship with you, from this day on, we turn to you. I ask forgiveness for all my sins, I regret sinning against you. I need you Lord, come and dwell in my heart, make me a new creature according to the desires of your heart. Today I make a new covenant with you, to serve you, to obey you, to follow your commandments and precepts, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

SOURCE: Thank you Pastor Charles Stanley for your teachings.

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