Safety In A Multitude Of Counselors

23 Feb

“I should never assume that my journaling gives me the complete revelation of God on an issue.” – Mark Virkler

Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety. (Proverbs 11:14)

What counselors do you have in your life?
In what areas of your life are you in need of a counselor?

Thank you to the 3 people who took the time to write comments on “Your Daily Blessing” blog in response to my devotional on Feb 19 titled “What Does Obedience To God Look Like?”

Those excellent comments led me to reflect more about obedience. Deuteronomy 28 is one of my favorite chapters explaining the blessings of obedience and the curses of disobedience. Even though God is merciful, there are consequences to our choices, both good and bad. As a culture in America, we are experiencing some of the devastating effects of choosing to go our own ways instead of God’s.

Fortunately, you and I have the freedom to make many choices each day that honor God. I personally take great delight in obeying the voice of my heavenly Father as the Holy Spirit guides me in my daily walk with Him. I do this out of love and gratitude rather than fear of being punished.

Yesterday, I sent a follow up email to Mark Virkler, the leader in the world at teaching how to hear God’s voice. I was surprised and delighted to see Mark reply within hours. Mark’s email and questions led me to read about 50 more pages of his book “How To Hear God’s Voice” this morning. This passage by Mark especially jumped out at me.

“Journaling Does Not Replace My Need for the Body of Christ

When I journal and ask God questions, I normally am only open to receiving answers within the very limited perspective through which I am viewing God’s provision and responses. Any additional insights God desires to give me that are outside my particular outlook are easily missed (not that God is unable to give me them, but I may not hear or understand them.) By receiving input from several counselors there is safety. (Proverbs 11:14). I should never assume that my journaling gives me the complete revelation of God on an issue.

The failure to do this is one of the most limiting things I see in people’s lives. Too many people live too much as an island, rather than seeking other’s input on an ongoing basis.”

Prayer Power
Heavenly Father, thank you for Mark Virkler’s outstanding book “How To Hear God’s Voice.” Thank You for the counselors you have in my life to offer perspectives I am blind to. Bring into my life other counselors that I need. May you keep my heart teachable throughout my life. Thank You Jesus. Amen.

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Blessings to make your major decisions in a multitude of counselors!

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2 Responses to “Safety In A Multitude Of Counselors”

  1. jp5281 February 24, 2009 at 2:34 am #

    Dr Peck
    Connected to the body of Christ perhaps means not just getting council from your own kind. I just read Mark Virkler’s ebook “Dialogue with God”. Good read. I recommend it. If I remember from your seminar you are Episcopal and Jerry Graham (the counseling pair) is Baptist and Mark Virkler is Pentecostal or some such combination. I am Catholic. I think God’s voice is distorted when you only pick councilors from the same religious sect as you are steeped in. If you are liberal talk also to a conservative.If you are Catholic talk to a one of those Martin Luther protesters (smile). We have had some troubling times in our leadership because of the cloistering of the clergy. Jesus prayer was that we might “all be one” who are true followers of Him. Perhaps that does not just mean the Bible thumpers or the Pius priests, that could mean “all believers”.

  2. Randy Peck March 2, 2009 at 8:37 am #

    Hi John,

    Thank you for your comment. I don’t go to an Episocopal church, nor do I consider myself as belonging to one Christian denomination. When people ask me what denomination I am, I reply by saying “I’m a follower of Jesus.” Many of my good friends are devout Catholics. I personally enjoy going to the Catholic masses and find them very rich. I agree with Jesus’ prayer to be one with “all believers.”