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You Will Guide Me With Your Counsel


Psalm 73:24 the psalmist confesses a great truth: “You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.”


This is to be our confidence for time and eternity. 


Throughout time God will guide us with His counsel, if we let Him, if we look to Him, and if we trust Him to do so. 


And afterward, what will He do? 


  • As we’re walking along that path of His counsel, He’ll just receive us right into glory. 
  • He’ll just continue it in heaven forever. 
  • The Lord is our Counselor.

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  • Hi Sarah, you are so right, we can be so easily deceived if we do not guard our hearts and examine what we see and hear through scripture. In light of this truth we must ensure that we study to shew ourselves approved unto God knowing how to rightly divide the word of truth. May we be committed to the sufficiency and authority of scripture.

    Thank you Rick for the feedback. Yes Indeed seeking God through prayer and the Word will enable us to provide the Biblical counsel that is needed. So grateful for the Holy Spirit who is alongside us yet within us to help us.

  • This is essential when deciding how one will counsel another. As Christians, we hope, desire and strive to counsel with God’s wisdom, direction, guidance and instruction. When comparing man’s way and God’s way, there is no question. Man fails. Unfortunately, man is corrupt and even his good moments and wisdom are corrupted by sin. It is first understanding this and second, it is receiving and sharing the counsel of God and His wisdom, salvation and power with others who need His truth in their lives.

  • The truth of the first chapter of “How to Counsel God’s Way” rang through and was reinforced by this episode. The understanding that we must be anchored, or grounded in christ, and only from Him will we find the answers we seek is largely what is missing from society in this day an age. In addition, it is a relief; as we are continuing through this training and certification, that we are not the ones with the answers. Only by submitting ourselves to God’s authority and power, will we receives counsel and direction.

    I find such peace in knowing that I am not expected to know every answer, because He already does. And as I continue to grow in Him, His direction becomes that much more clear.

    • Hi Timothy,
      I find the same peace knowing that I don’t desire and can’t counsel others on my own. I have nothing to offer outside of God’s Word, wisdom , direction and guidence. So we depend upon His Spirit to guide and direct us in speaking into the lives of others.

  • This was an amazing teaching and a reinforcement to the truths in the book Counseling Gods Way. My greatest take away is the need to being anchored in the truth that God is the Counsellor. When I am anchored I expect opposing teachings and those who will not agree with the Biblical approach to Counseling but with that anchor of God being my Wonderful Counsellor my ship won’t drift. Amen!. This is so liberating because I don’t have to rely on myself or be burdened with the weight of trying to bring about the change in those I counsel. It’s not about me, I am an instrument in the Redeemers hands and what an opportunity Jesus has given us to share in His ministry to the Church. God has provided Himself and His Word which is sufficient to help us in counseling.I’m amazed how much wisdom is in the Scriptures and how we can use them. One thing is guaranteed is that if God promises to instruct and teach us He will. Thank God that He has made us competent to counsel and we don’t need to borrow humanistic theories from the world to lead Gods people in error. I thoroughly benefited from this podcast. Great ministry Pastor Jeff.

    • Hi Jocelyn,
      I think we all are getting the same sense that we are unable in and of ourselves to help and counsel others. We need God and His Spirit to guide and direct us. No only that, but He has promised that He will do this as we seek Him through His Word and prayer. It is total trust and faith in Him and what He says He will do. But it is also what He has already dime through His Son Jesus who took our place and rose again, overcoming and destroying death and sin in eternity. But the battle is here for us as we live here on earth for this time.

  • As humankind today we try so much to push our own agenda on what we think should be our best interest for others. Deception can be easily overlooked if we do not guard our hearts or compare everything we hear to scripture. By seeking “a way that works for us”, will lead to failure; We need to seek His ultimate counsel in the way we should go and anchor ourselves in him rather than the things of the earth. Truly seeking His authority and not the deception this earth has. I loved Ps 73:24 and the imagery of God guiding us as we see his counsel knowing we will be received in His kingdom.

  • It is certainly a temptation for me to want to give my advice to anyone in need of a solution. When I hear people’s problems immediately want to fix it for them, so it is not a bad intention, yet it relies too heavily on myself coming up with answers. I do indeed need to do a better job of getting out of the way and letting God do the work.

    • Hey Dean, I know exactly how you feel. I find myself in situations of providing “my answer” to friends and family’s issues all too often. I have to ask myself, “Have I even asked God if this is the advice that He would give this person?” I do not think that it is wrong to want to jump in and help, but this podcast did put it into perspective, for meat least; that it is God who gives the counsel, even if I am the mouthpiece.

  • It is easy to get caught up in the Me-isms of today’s culture. Having God’s word to anchor Christ Followers is essential to overcoming this.

  • Especially with younger generations, the world is all about finding power within yourself. There are so many self-help books out there today and articles with tips for self improvement. But the answers to the heartache or challenges we face aren’t found within ourselves. The broken soul can’t be fixed by the broken soul. We need the Lord.

    When I first started in youth ministry, I shared a concern I had was that I wouldn’t have the answer or know what to say to someone. My leader’s response was that I’m not there to share my advice or my take on the situation, my insight wasn’t ever going to be enough. The wisdom and truth that are sufficient come always from the Lord. My prayer is always that I can serve not in the flesh, but the Spirit.

  • Several years ago, my friend who brought me to Jesus, asked me to think about, or even write down, how often I said “I” or “Me” in one day. It was eye opening! We are self centered by nature, however, need to focus on the One who created us.

  • Wow. Where to start! That was awesome, Pastor Jeff. I agree with so much of what you said, Jeff. I don’t know where to start. If we are not anchored, grounded, in the Lord and His Word, we are in big trouble. I think so many of us make everything about ourselves. As you said, people want something that works for them. But we know, from God’s Word, that it is not what works for us, it’s what does God want? When we turn to God, we will not be lead in the wrong direction. And again, as you said, He will guide us. But the most important thing that I got from this Podcast, was stay in the Word, stay close to God. Know the scripture so that we can give people hope, and Biblical answers. God is the Counselor.

  • Donald, I went back a reread Psalm 32:8-9 after reading your comment. Going into this course, my one hesitation was “are we just going to get man’s instructions for how to gloss over problems?” I came into this course with the intent of learning how to direct the hurt and broken to the Healer, to God Himself. My nature is to not do this in a graceful way, but if I allow the Holy Spirit to use me, then whatever He guides is the right way. Even if it’s with a bridle.

  • I appreciated the imagery of being anchor and not being able to drift far with a good, solid anchor. I feeling like so much of christian counsel these days are Bible washed. Just enough to sound right but at the heart of it, it’s a self-help, man filled philosophy. Psalm 32:8 really brought home that only God should be doing the counseling and instructing. This also made me ponder if I really believe in the sufficiency of scripture. I do but am I turning to God’s word before I seek man’s advice. This is definitely an area I need to grow in.

  • We live in such a world, especially now where we tend to seek after self. I remember one time my Pastor speaking about this very topic, he said “If I were to take a picture of the congregation, and posted it, who are you going to look for first?” Yourself!
    This shows that it is ingrained in us as humans, to seek self. Gods word says to seek HIM.
    I love the verse Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is older he will not depart from it. Much like us in our walk with with The Lord, being trained up in HIS Word and guided by His Spirit.
    Angela, After I read your comment, this is exactly what I thought about, How we as humans like to have our own way, but our way is so much harder. God tells us, the way we should go and how to get through it.
    Ilene, I agree as well and do feel that many times, we feel that we just can do it all on our own. This is why I feel so many that do not know the Lord believe this. I know I once did. I felt that my life was to helpless for God (silly I know, but really I felt like I was too messy for him) the sad part about that is, many many people feel this way. I am praying for all of us on this journey in 2022 to continue our education and be certified to go out, share the Gospel and make disciples, leaning on our Lord and Savior, and Wonderful Counselor.

    • Serena- I felt that way once as well. It’s amazing to see how God gets a hold in your life and completely changes everything. I can’t speak for everyone but I think many of us have experienced that, and want to be able to see others who are feeling the same way we did before Christ changed us, to come to have that life change.

      • Angela, absolutely. New life in Christ is so refreshing, HIS plans are far greater than our own. Thanking HIM for saving. us, redeeming us and using us for HIS Glory and Kingdom.

  • Pastor Jeff, mentioned Psalm 32:8 which spoke volumes to me but if you read verse 9, David describes the repercussions if we don’t allow God to counsel us. Those that don’t seek God as their counselor are like horses and mules. They have no understanding and need to be corrected with a bit or a bridle. If you know horses the bit and bridle are instrument of discomfort and pain to get the animal to do what they should do. When we don’t remember that God is our counselor and we seek counsel from men we will experience unnecessary pain and hardship as we try to discover the way we should go. I have talked to many people who went to secular counselors and have not found an answer to their issues. Even have suffered more hardship as they followed the instructions of man. I have heard those same people talk about the difference in their lives when they listened to God’s counsel found in His Word.

    • Donald, I love that depiction. It is so true!en man counsels man, they cannot seem to get to the pain, hurt, trauma, etc There is no word, exercise or tool that can get to the inner most parts of a person. The only one that can is The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit knows where and how to get into the areas and truly heal and give a hope and an assurance that He is there and will guide and lead.

  • Ilene I loved your comments. It seems so obvious that of course God is our counselor He is the Creator of the universe, He is omnipotent, He is omnipresent who wouldn’t take counsel from someone who is everywhere and knows everything. But it is so easy to drift into man’s way of thinking. So often we know what God’s Word says and what his counsel is but we don’t take His counsel because it may disagree with what our culture says or the main stream current thoughts. We will fight that throughout our Biblical Counseling ministry. I have seen Christian men and women make decisions knowing that their decision is in direct opposition to God’s counsel from His Word. Thanks for your comments and the reminder of who made this world.

  • “In the beginning, God created…”. It is through God, by God, and for God that we exist. Through faith, we believe this to be true. So why would we doubt that the God who created all things is not sufficient to counsel us? Or is that the wrong question? Do we believe that God is sufficient to counsel, but not follow through? These are the thoughts I have as I consider the truth of God’s word spoken in Isaiah 9:6, that “His name will be called Wonderful Counselor.” If we believe that He is the Wonderful Counselor, the “One who will instruct us and teach us in the way we should go, and counsel us with His eye upon us” as David proclaimed in Psalm 32:8, why would we ever consider humanistic counsel? As Pastor Jeff stated in the podcast, the Lord is the Counselor, and that is the anchor to biblical counsel, which ultimately is sufficient.

    • I love what you both (Ilene and Donald) have to say. Too many times as Christians we get caught up in the world and want too much of what it has to offer. We say we want God’s counsel, but what we really mean is that we want Him to agree with the way that we want to go, because we want to stay comfortable–we want to be able to keep living in a way that we know God will ask us to let go. As Ilene stated, we were created by God for Him. Psalm 100:3- “Know that the Lord, He is God; not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” I know I fought that myself many years ago, and it wasn’t until I came to truly understand that my life was not my own, and that I needed to follow God’s direction (counsel) that I came to truly be free as a Christian. Amen, God alone is our Counselor!

      • We live in such a world, especially now where we tend to seek after self. I remember one time my Pastor speaking about this very topic, he said “If I were to take a picture of the congregation, and posted it, who are you going to look for first?” Yourself!
        This shows that it is ingrained in us as humans, to seek self. Gods word says to seek HIM.
        I love the verse Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is older he will not depart from it. Much like us in our walk with with The Lord, being trained up in HIS Word and guided by His Spirit.
        Angela, After I read your comment, this is exactly what I thought about, How we as humans like to have our own way, but our way is so much harder. God tells us, the way we should go and how to get through it.
        Ilene, I agree as well and do feel that many times, we feel that we just can do it all on our own. This is why I feel so many that do not know the Lord believe this. I know I once did. I felt that my life was to helpless for God (silly I know, but really I felt like I was too messy for him) the sad part about that is, many many people feel this way. I am praying for all of us on this journey in 2022 to continue our education and be certified to go out, share the Gospel and make disciples, leaning on our Lord and Savior, and Wonderful Counselor.

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