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169: The Letter Kills, But The Spirit Gives Life

The Letter Kills, But The Spirit Gives Life


biblical counseling, calvary chapel, counseling, iabc, jeff christianson

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  • God confidence. A concept that is so important to own as a motto as a Christian and counselor. It is by Him alone that we have the ability to offer counsel. He is the one who provides purpose and is the only one who truly gives counsel for our lives as we strive toward holiness. If we try to do it apart from Him it will come to nothing. And that is the evidence that we are living/counseling apart from Him, “so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11.

  • It is relieving to know that I don’t have to strive or struggle in myself to bring success as I counsel. God has provided such a powerful and dynamic resource through His Spirit and the Word which can produce life changing results in our counselees. I truly want to do ministry that is shaped, led, and empowered by The Holy Spirit, ministry that gives life and not death.Pointing people to Jesus and to His Word must be my focus in ministry. No matter how successful we may think we are, let us continue to be confident in God and do not rely on self. Thanks Pastor Jeff for the podcast.

    • Amen! May it be all of our goal to feel the freedom that comes with recognizing that it is God who provides the life changing counsel that is needed.

  • What a beautiful reminder that we have all become living epistles and that our sanctification and our sufficiency comes from God! It is very tempting – however – to default towards the “yes but what do I have to do” mentality… And that is the challenge I think individually and as a Biblical counsellor to recognize that the Lord does it all, but I also have to renew my mind to his word and walk worthy. Knowing – however – that the strength to do any of those things comes from His all sufficient grace. Thank you again for constantly pointing out that we must point others to Christ. People do indeed need a saviour. And it is the Spirit who gives life.

    • Good point you mentioned that we must point people to Christ. It is He who is working in us both to will and do of his good pleasure. In counseling the temptation is to draw attention to us as successful counselors, the ones bringing change, the one who is gifted to counsel but as Pastor Jeff pointed out it is 100%God and none of us if we are to attribute who is responsible for the success we can achieve.

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