Father in Jesus Name I come to You and thank You so much for the warnings that You give us as Christians. Lord, help us to be aware and sensitive to the Holy Spirit who is helping us. Lord, keep our ears and heart clean and clear so we can hear You and learn to obey You. Speak to my heart about this and may these notes help me grow in my walk with You and avoid what I need to avoid and even sometimes who I need to avoid. I thank You and love You deeply in Jesus Name! AMEN!
“Ungodly Counsel; Where and What is it?
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.”
Interesting enough, of all of my 1575 Study Bibles; ungodly counsel was not a particular topic.
Where Can We Run Into and Find Ungodly Counsel?
Man-Kind receiving counsel from the ungodly has been around since the Garden of Eden.
Satan said to Eve; Verse 1: “Yea, hath God said, ye shall not ear of every tree of the garden.”
Eve replied; Verse 2-3: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”
Satan implies ungodly counsel; Verse 4-5: “Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then shall your eyes be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
The next thing that happens after the ungodly counsel is action; Verse 6; “And when the woman saw…”
The truth is if we are born again and we are doing our best to walk with God; whenever we hear ungodly counsel, we generally will know it’s not of God, but the more we hear it or the more we think of it the closer our chances to acting on it. The same thing is seen with Eve, she knew it was wrong, but she caved because it was appealing.
Let me break it Down in Our Terms;
§ “You should talk to her.”
§ “He likes you, why don’t you talk to him? He might be the one.”
§ “It’s ok if you drink a little bit.”
§ “One won’t hurt.”
§ “It’s ok to have sex; you’re going to marry the person anyways.”
§ “Masturbation is better than fornication, after-all the Bible is silent about it.”
§ “It’s ok to do that, just don’t overdo it.”
§ “Secular music is ok in Gods eyes.”
§ Will always appeal to the flesh
§ Is very self centered
§ Is very deceiving; it lays traps for us
§ It will always lead you away from God
Always compare the counsel you receive from someone to the Word of God; if it contradicts the Word of God and the teachings of God; you know to leave it alone.
“There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.” ~ Proverbs 19:21
Hebrew Word for Counsel; ‛êtsâh [ay-tsaw']
:advice; by implication plan; also prudence: - advice, advisement, counsel ([-lor]), purpose.
Greek Word for Counsel; sumbouleuō [soom-bool-yoo'-o]
:to give (or take) advice jointly, that is, recommend, deliberate or determine: - consult, (give, take) counsel (together).
It’s so Seductive and Deceptive; How Can I avoid it?
§ Stay in the Word of God & Apply it!
ü Looking to understand the ways of God;
ü What does He think?
ü How does He operate?
ü What is His promise?
ü What happens when you obey Him?
ü What happens when you don’t?
ü Why does He do this?
ü Why doesn’t He do this?
ü Learning the ways of God
§ Pray for wisdom, God desires to give it to you!
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” ~ James 1:5 (New International Version)
“I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment. All who fear the Lord will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech. Common sense and success belong to me. Insight and strength are mine.” ~ Proverbs 8:12-14 (New Living Translation)
§ “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.” ~ 1 Corinthians 2:12-14 (New American Standard Bible)
You will not be able to defeat the pull, urge and seduction of worldly philosophy and ungodly counsel until you are walking in the Spirit as seen in the above scriptures.
The truth is, regardless of how spiritual you are or how much you pray, fast and study the Word, we all can be persuaded by ungodly counsel. It’s a matter of praying over what you receive and hear. No-one is incapable of being deceived.
The Prayer that is 100% the Will of God for your life and others;
“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.” ~ Colossians 1:9-12 (New American Standard Bible)
1. “Be filled with the knowledge of His will”
2. “In all spiritual wisdom and understanding”
3. “Bearing fruit in every good work”
4. “Increasing in the knowledge of God”
5. “Strengthened with all power”
6. “Joyously giving thanks to the Father”
God My Father, I come before You and thank You for the wisdom that You have given me. I ask You Lord Jesus to supply me with more wisdom, so I can make godly decisions and make proper judgments in my life. Holy Spirit fill me and overflow in my life, lead me and guide me to Gods will and keep me in the Will of God by Your sustaining power. Holy Spirit help us to yield to the wisdom and will of God. Teach us how to hate evil and avoid ungodly counsel, alert us when we fall into or are being tempted with ungodly counsel. Show us the way to avoid temptation when we are tempted. Help us love others and love You first and foremost in the Name of Jesus Christ! AMEN!!!!