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Rev. Carl H. Kemp, Pastor

Advice

September 23, 2007

Psalm 32

What should I do? A common asked question. Many search for wise counsel and that is why counselors are in great demand today. Who would like to talk to someone who knows everything that will happen today, and every day to come? 

            Wisdom is the recognition of our own inadequacies. Foolishness is thinking we have none. It is wise to recognize our limitations rather than to discover them at the wrong time. 

(Prov 12:15 NIV)  The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice. 

How valuable is wise advice? 

            Timely advice is not merely helpful, it is beautiful. It is not merely beautiful, it is valuable. 

(Prov 25:11 NIV)  A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. 

Where do I look for good advice? 

Seek advice from those who are faithful, godly, honest, and trustworthy. 

(Gen 6:9 NIV)  This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. 

(Titus 1:15 NIV)  To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 

(Titus 1:16 NIV)  They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

 

How do I evaluate the advice of others?

It is important to seek advice from those who love God and have a good knowledge of the bible. 

(Mat 7:15 NIV)  "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 

(Mat 7:16 NIV)  By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 

(Mat 7:17 NIV)  Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 

(Mat 7:18 NIV)  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 

(Mat 7:19 NIV)  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 

(Mat 7:20 NIV)  Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. 

(2 John 1:9 NIV)  Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 

(2 John 1:10 NIV)  If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. 

Some people always seen to have special advice because they have a special adviser. 

People listened to Samuel because Samuel had something to say. But Samuel had something important to say because he had a good adviser. The Lord God Himself. 

(1 Sam 3:19 NIV)  The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words fall to the ground. 

The ability to give wise counsel is a gift from the Holy Spirit, not the result of intelligence.

(1 Cor 12:8 NIV)  To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,

 

Promises from God: God will give you good advice. Psalm 32:8

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