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Counseling Victims to Freedom - Lesson 5

by Dr. Ray Self



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Wisdom from God is a necessary element for anyone to be competent to counsel. Scripture refers to two primary types of learners, wise or foolish. The bible clearly defines the two types.

    1. Two Classifications of People
      1. The bible divides people into two groups and the divider that is uses is wise people and foolish people
      2. A lack of Godly wisdom has gotten all of us into trouble at one time or another
      3. God will impart wisdom if we are teachable and willing to listen and be correctable
      4. God’s favorite way to correct and guide us is through teaching
      5. Teaching is food for the wise and fodder for the fool. (Dr. Self not the bible)
    2. Foolish people
      1. Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes; But he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel.
        1. A fool is not teachable because he/she thinks they no more than the person that God is using to talk to them
        2. A fool never admits mistakes and constantly believes he is right
      2. Proverbs 18:2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
        1. Fools do more talking than listening
        2. They love the sound of their own voice
      3. Proverbs 28:26 He who trusts in his own mind is a fool; but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
        1. Since our ways are not His ways it is foolish to trust our own ways
        2. Wisdom from God will cause you to be delivered from any situation
        3. God will back up His wisdom with His power for accomplishing what must be done
      4. Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
        1. Fools do not want to hear what you have to say
        2. Fools do not want to be corrected
        3. Fools lack the maturity to receive humbly what is a different view than their own
        4. When a fool is corrected by instruction they respond with pride and take offense; Proverbs 12:16 The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent man ignores an insult.
        5. When a wise man is corrected he or she says thank you and listens and is richer as the result
      5. The bible tells us to be careful who we hang out with because they can affect us in our discernment Proverbs 14:7 Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge.
    3. Wise people
      1. Proverbs 19:8 He who gets wisdom loves himself; he who keeps understanding will prosper
        1. Prosperity comes when we get God’s wisdom
        2. Many times the keys to wealth are not hard work but smart work
      2. Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
        1. All wisdom begins with the Lord
        2. Intimate knowledge of the Lord will bring you the answers that you need- Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
      3. Proverbs 28:26 He who trusts in his own mind is a fool; but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered
        1. This is a serious warning for us to stop trusting our own ways
        2. God given wisdom will carry you to prosperity, health, freedom, success, peace etc
      4. Proverbs 14:33 Wisdom abides in the mind of a man of understanding, but it is not known in the heart of fools.
        1. Wisdom is a choice
        2. Wisdom is not about your intelligence
        3. Wisdom is about listening to God and humbling our self to His instruction
      5. Some people do not listen to other people’s thoughts that they have to get it straight form the Lord
        1. The Lord is speaking straight to us through other people !
        2. Throughout the bible God spoke through man
        3. The bible inspired by God was written by man
        4. People who do not listen to the people who God has sent into their lives are refusing to listen to God himself.
        5. Pride is usually the result of poor self-esteem. It is a cover up
        6. A wise person is one who will humble themselves to other people and receive
        7. A humble person is a wise person and is the only person who will carry a strong anointing in the long run

          IV. James 1:5
      If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him.

      1. We must have faith that God has spoken
      2. If we have no works to go with our faith then we have not truly believed
      3. Impartation is when God has put something inside of us
      4. Activation is when we use what has been placed inside
        1. Both of these come by asking the Lord in faith
        2. God gives us the power and authority
        3. Power wisdom and authority is useless without action
        4. When God gives us wisdom it is important to act on it
      5. John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
        1. Jesus’ voice is the walk of wisdom
        2. To follow Christ is the wisdom of God

Study Questions:

  1. What is the necessary element from God for a person to be competent to counsel? Discuss its importance.
  2. Explain the two classifications of people in the Book of Proverbs?
  3. Why is it important to be correctable and teachable?
  4. Define wisdom from God.

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