“The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.” (Proverbs 12:5)
These days we are overwhelmed with many venues giving us advice about our lives. Daytime talk shows, radio programs, and bloggers have thousands upon thousands of opinions. Many are sincere in what they share, even if they are sincerely wrong ….
Much of their advice is based on humanism and society’s attempt to reconcile guilty consciences along with the desire to continue with what our sinful nature wants to do. Actually, most of what they say makes sense to our minds, but it’s in direct conflict with what the Scriptures teach us. How do we filter wise advice from the unwise so that we aren’t being led astray? Let’s start with following some good godly A-D-V-I-C-E:
A – Ask ourselves if there is any part of the advice that convicts our conscience? The Holy Spirit will raise the red flag in our spirits if something doesn’t sound right. We need only pray for wisdom and discernment ….
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5).
D – Decide beforehand that we will table their advice until we’ve had time to pray. It’s essential to seek God in prayer first in order that the Holy Spirit can lead us in the right direction, and the right course of action ….
V – Visualize the end result of their advice. Does it lead to a place of godly or worldly wisdom? God’s wisdom leads to life; while worldly wisdom will lead to death of purpose, dreams, and destiny ….
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12).
I – Inquire from mature, godly Christians about the advice. Resist the temptation to keep it to ourselves, especially if it gives more opportunity to serve our sinful desires ….
C – Carefully examine the Scriptures to research their advice. It may not always be readily apparent until we take the time to study the topic more thoroughly in the Bible ….
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
(2 Timothy 2:15)
E – Expect that God will give us clarity if we ask Him. As we saw, according to (James 1:5), He will give us wisdom “if” we ask in faith, and not waver or doubt ….
“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:6-8)
Let us pray ~
Dear Lord, I pray for keen discernment to root out unwise advice. Infiltrate my heart and mind I pray, with Your truths so that I may never be deceived. Help me that I may accept the truth of Your Word, and that I turn my ear to listen intently to Your words of wisdom, that I open my heart to understand all that You say in Your word of truth, for I know that to treasure up Your word in my heart is indeed wisdom and to love and fear the Lord is the gateway to discernment.
Give me discernment in my heart I pray, and increase my knowledge and understanding so that I may come to know You more, love You deeper, and honor You better.
Guard my heart I pray, so that I may follow in Your truth all the days of my life for it is my heart’s desire to know You more intimately. All this I ask and pray in Jesus name, Amen ….