Counseling

Whenever a person contemplates going to a counselor, he should realize one thing if he truly wants to be cured of whatever problem he is experiencing. That one thing is found in 2 Timothy 3:16, 17: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

We who know the Lord, who have His Word, and who are indwelt by His Spirit are entrusted with too many heavenly resources to be struggling in this life. We make a serious error if we ignore the Scriptures or the power of God. We sin grievously if we neglect divine truth in favor of the foolish wisdom of this world, which is known as psychology. God has warned us of this in 1 Corinthians 1:20: Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? Again, in 1 Corinthians 3:19, He tells us: For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight as it is written: "He catches the wise in their craftiness"

 

Even as I have studied the writings of influential “Christian” psychologists, I see an obvious problem - they are deficient in theological understanding. They don’t know the Word of God or its power.  As one studies the counseling concepts that are woven into psychoanalysis (and its secular psychotherapeutic offshoots) one sees that the concepts are inherently opposed to the Word of God! Clinical psychology comes to no consensus in its view of human beings - with one critical exception. It is unified in its belief that people are free from God. Aside from that exception, there are as many theories regarding human nature as there are counseling practitioners.

 

Paul tells believers in Romans 12:2: Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good; pleasing and perfect will. And the Bible teaches that no part of man is unreachable by God’s Word. Hebrews 4:12, 13: For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

 

We have this promise in James 1:23-25: Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it - he will be blessed in what he does.

 

Only in Jesus Christ do we have hope for living in this fallen world! Romans 5:5: And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. How ridiculous to look to ourselves or to man’s wisdom (psychology) hopefully! Our hope is in God alone, who bestows hope on us, in spite of who we are, through the giving of the Spirit. He, alone, can take our lives, even when they are at rock bottom, and make something glorifying to Himself.

 

The Bible teaches the necessity of change.  It also teaches the possibility of change.  The Bible urges believers to replace their sinful behavior with righteousness:

Ephesians 4:25: Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

Ephesians 4:28: He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

 

Ephesians 4:29-30: Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Ephesians 4:31-32: Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

There is no problem too big for God!  If you are going through a trial, we pray that you will call us for an appointment.

 

May you experience the peace of God that transcends all understanding and we pray for God’s richest blessings in your life!

 

If you have any questions regarding Biblical counseling or if you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with a Biblical counselor, please email Pastor Larry O'Brien at: larry.obrien@harbourshores.org or call the church office at: 317.984.5552.

 

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