It's one thing to say we trust God's Word. It's another to obey God's Word when it's unpopular, difficult or misunderstood by our culture.
There's no shortage of authorities who will tell us to take the easy way.
Elisabeth Elliot gives some good counsel for seeking counsel: "Here is a good test to apply to any of whom we seek counsel. Has this person stood in the council of the Lord? Seen Him? Heard His Word? Listened and obeyed? Note the few who have actually paid a price for their obedience ... these are the ones to follow ... Be cautious when the advice given makes you feel comfortable when you know you're really wrong."
It's wise to seek counsel when making decisions or going through difficulties, but it's extremely important that we seek the right counselors.
E. Elliot Quote: Keep a Quiet Heart, (Ann Arbor, Michigan, Servant Publications, 1995, pp 159,160.)
The passages below give us wise advice about worldly versus godly philosophies. Why not read through each passage, copy down the main principles, and write down practical ways to implement the principles in your life. And I'd love to have you share these insights with me in a comment.
Acts 17:11: Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
1 Corinthians 1:20: Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
Colossians 2:2-4,8: My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. 5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is. 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
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All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted
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