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~Your God Inspired Answer~

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

The “counsel” that Proverbs is talking about is the counsel of God that resides in the believer. Now just think about that for a minute. Any time you needed to ask God for His counsel, His opinion, His take or His will on a matter, you have that available ALL THE TIME, resident in your very being.

So with this realization, knowing that you can get the RIGHT answer when you need it, why don’t more Christians use this priceless resource? What keeps a man from getting counsel when He is seeking it? I have some thoughts.

First we must be humble enough to realize that even when every bit of information, conventional wisdom and all of your life’s accumulated experience points one way, He may have a different plan. His ways truly ARE higher than our ways.

I think that sometimes we get so involved in OUR desires, OUR goals and OUR personal interests that we ignore our responsibility to seek Gods input. We neglect our responsibility to get Him involved in the decision-making process. The problem is that we become so invested with our time, resources and energy that it becomes harder and harder to admit that we may have missed it. We don’t like to admit that we did all this in vain.

The key to the passage in Proverbs is not the availability of Gods counsel, but that only a man of understanding can draw on it.

Look at this verse in Job. I believe it holds the key to “understanding” by Gods definition.

Job 32:8 8But there is a spirit in man: and the
inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

        The understanding that we must seek is God inspired, God breathed. This understanding cannot be attained through worldly knowledge and human reason. This understanding is not available from a drive through window
or a lottery ticket. It will only come when you have chosen to seek Him until
HE inspires you to make a decision. Until God inspires you, you don’t have the
counsel of God.

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Counsel is in the Heart or spirit of man because God lives there. Lets seek those things that inspire the heart like The Word of God, prayer, fellowship with
other believers, the counsel of your leadership and praying in the spirit.
These are all things that inspire you in your heart. They feed your spirit and
give life to the inner man. These are the safe avenues to seek Gods counsel and
you will find that most of the answers you seek can be attained through one or
more of these.

God is not hiding His council from you. He is not hiding answers from you. He does however desire you to pursue Him to get the right answers. The thing is to seek the inspired counsel of God and understand that you are to keep seeking that inspiration until you get it.

Defining Grace and Graces

111grc          The gospel of grace is a core message of the New Testament. In fact, grace is a thread that can be traced through the entire Bible. But what exactly is grace? How would you define it? The New Testament has much to say about the topic so it’s important to know exactly what is being said when grace is mentioned.

          From my own observation and experience, I see that Christians, for the most part, don’t really understand what grace is. They define it as “unmerited favor” or “God’s love and compassion.” While those are certainly true, they are just a few aspects of grace.

Grace, by definition is Divine Influence. Specifically, the Divine Influence upon the heart of man and the expression, or reflection of that influence through the life of man.

          In simple terms, grace is God’s way of influencing your heart, mind and soul so that the decisions you make in life will enable you to become more like Him and accomplish His purposes through you life.

 divine in        Grace is God’s influence. That influence varies, and is unique to each individual. God tailors His grace according to your gifting, your place in society, your influence over other people, etc. Look at what Paul writes in Romans;

Romans 12:6-8 ~ Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

          The understood topic here is GRACES not gifts. What Paul is talking about here is the differences in our gifts are produced by the graces that are on our life. In other words, our giftings look different because the divine influence (grace) in our heart is unique to the individual. Look again at the above text, and pay close attention to the underlined wording. Then look at Ephesians 4 where it lists the 5-fold ministry gifts. When introducing the idea of ministry gifts, Paul begins with this statement:

Ephesians 4:7  But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

          Compare that to the Statement in Romans 12:6.

Romans 12:6  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 

          In both passages the language is virtually the same, yet the order is changed. Ephesians says “grace according to the gift,” and Romans says “gifts, according to the grace.” If Ephesians is clearly talking about gifts, then Romans is clearly talking about graces. When you put the two together you see this:

          The measure of grace differs according to the measure of the gift, and those gifts will look different because of the grace, or graces in operation in your life. There are 7 GRACES mentioned Romans 12: 6-8

1) Prophecy

2) Servant (ministry)

3) Teacher

4) Exhorter

5) Giver

6) Leader

7) Mercy giver

          To understand what a GRACE is and how it affects us, let us view them as glasses with colored lenses. When you are looking at life through those glasses, everything you see will be tinted with that color, and your actions and responses will be influenced by it. Your GRACE affects how you see things, how you deal with problems, and how you express yourself in your gifting.

          For instance, if you have the grace of SERVANT (ministry), you see the world through that “colored lens” (GRACE). Maybe your gifting is an Evangelist. So it would be natural for you to engage in “Servant Evangelism.”

          Your Grace determines how you think about things, how you approach things. For example: If your grace is a GIVER, and you are ministering to someone who needs healing, you automatically think of what you can GIVE to help them. Like buying them some books on divine healing, or sending them to a healing crusade and paying for the whole thing.

          If your grace is EXHORTER, you may encourage them in faith, read some healing promises from the bible, tell them “this is nothing for God, you can beat this thing easy.” You see the answer as just needing to be encouraged in the Lord.

          If your GRACE is TEACHER, you think that all they need is to understand and learn more about divine healing and faith principles so you try to teach them anything and everything you know on divine healing.

Look at the rest of that passage in Romans and notice how Paul starts the dialogue.

Romans 12:3-8 ~ For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as
we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same
function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry (servant), let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

          When Paul says that he speaks “through the GRACE that is given him,” he is talking about the divine influence upon his heart as a leader and exhorter. When he teaches, that influence is reflected in his life.

          Pay attention when you see the word GRACE used from now on. I think you will see that this may be a key to understanding why we do what we do.

          I don’t expect everyone to grasp this right off. It is something to be contemplated, and meditated on. I pray this helps in understanding who you are and how God is influencing your life.

JC