Monday, January 10, 2011

WHO IS YOUR COUNSELLOR? Tuesday 11 January

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not whither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3).

READ: Psalm 1:1-3

According to Proverbs 13:20, a wise person is identified by the company he keeps. Similarly, the one who keeps bad company will become a victim of their folly. Who do you associate with? By your association, can you be termed wise? May the Lord make you wise in Jesus name.

According to today’s reading, a wise person is also indentified by his choice of counsellors. “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety” (Prov. 11:14). It is a big risk to embark on something you have little or no knowledge about. It is even a greater risk to seek advice from those who have no knowledge or experience about the issue at hand. One lesson here is that the strength or quality of your decisions is a function of the level of knowledge and experience your counsellors have. Receiving advice from good counsellor means reduced risks, eliminating errors, effective time management, prompt achievement of goals. To get the full benefit of councelling, ensure you choose the right counsellors. You are where you are today because of the counsel and counsellors you chose.

Who is your counsellor? Your counsellor would either be a catalyst or hindrance to your destination. A minister of God in his early forties regretted not having access to a good counsellor some 20 years earlier when he earned some good income as a salesman. He spent lavishly and believed that money would keep coming. The only thing to show for his years of abundance was a piece of land which his landlord compelled him to buy. All the rest was wasted! Yet, there was another brother who did not earn as much but because of wise counsel, started investing his little income in shares. Twenty years later he could afford to buy cars, build houses and live a decent life. While the former, well-endowed as he was, was cash trapped, the latter, who was less-endowed, was buoyant. What advice are you receiving? Another lesson from today’s passage is that there is a correlation between the advice you get and your destination. If you will flourish according to Psalm 1:3, then you must shun advice from the ungodly. Choose godly advisers; make the word of God and the Holy Spirit your advisers.

ACTION POINT:
If you have gotten into a messy situation by following certain advice, change your advisers.

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