{Week 4: Journey to Financial Freedom- Counsel}


Hey ya’ll, I am so glad you stopped by today! We are {In Pursuit} of Financial Freedom and this is where it all begins… in God’s word. We’ve been going through the Crown Biblical Financial Study(usually on Mondays). I must say, there is so much in there, I’ve pretty much had to condense it. I recommend you get your own and take the time to go through each Week’s study. I guarantee you will get a whole new perspective on your finances.

{IF YOU WANT TO GO BACK AND REVIEW}

{WEEK 4: STUDY TIME}

We are now moving on to Week 4. There’s so much we can speak about when it comes to Week 3, Debt, but if I don’t move on, we’ll never finish. So, if you haven’t caught, up, it’s okay. Go back, review, catch up and join us.

Week 4 talks about {COUNSEL}: A wise person seeks advice.

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel”

Proverbs 12:15

(taken from pages 46- 48)

1. What are some of the benefits of seeking counsel?

Proverbs 12:15-

Proverbs 13:10-

Proverbs 15:22-

2. What are some of the benefits you have experienced from seeking counsel?

3. What hinders you from seeking counsel?

Read Psalm 16:7 and Psalm 32:8.

4. In what ways does God actively counsel His children?

Read Psalm 106: 13-15

5. What was the consequence of not seeking the Lord’s counsel in this passage?

6. Have you ever suffered for not seeking God’s counsel? If so, describe what happened.

Read Psalm 119:24; Psalm 119:105: 2 Timothy 3:16-17; and Hebrews 4:12

7. Give several reasons why the Bible should serve as your counselor.

These are just a few of the questions you’d find in the Crown Biblical Financial Study. Again, I recommend you get the study in order to go deeper than what I am able to share here on the blog.

Pride and stubbornness can get in the way when it comes to this step: Seeking Counsel. For many, including myself many times, asking for help can feel threatening. You’re exposing your concerns and your situation in hopes that the other person will provide insight while maintaining confidence in all you’ve disclosed and shared.

That can be quite scary! But God tells us to:

Seek counsel from Scripture:

“Your laws are both my light and my counselors” (Psalm 119:24).

It also tells us in Psalm 119:100, TLB,  “Your commands make me wiser than my enemies… I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statues. counsel. Psalms 37:30-31, TLB, tells us that “the godly man is a good counselor because he is just and fair and knows right from wrong”.

Seek godly counsel:

The godly man is a good counselor he is just and fair and knows right from wrong” (Psalm 37:30-31, TLB.

Counsel to Pursue:

  1. Spouse
  2. Parents (Proverbs 6:20-22)
  3. Christian Financial Advisors
  4. Experienced People
  5. A Multitude of Counselors ( Proverbs 15:22)

Counsel to Avoid:

  1. Fortune tellers, mediums and spiritualist ( Leviticus 19:31)
  2. Biased counsel (what’s in it for them?)

{THEN WHAT?}

“ During the process of analyzing the facts, searching the Bible, and obtaining the counsel of godly people, we need to seek direction from the Lord. This is the most important thing we can do,” (pg. 54).

One of God’s names is Wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9:6)

Fast and pray for major decisions and “be selective when choosing your counselors. Include those who are gifted with wisdom, (Proverbs 13:20).  Make sure they have the courage to give you advice that may be contrary to your wishes,” (pg. 55).

{NOW IT’S YOUR TURN}

Please note that the information provided today is directly from the Crown Biblical Financial Study. I believe in the principles of God used in this study and it has been quite helpful in my own journey. The purpose of this weeks’ post is to give you some information which has proven to be helpful in my own life. It took me a long time before I was able to open up and share with anyone about my finances.

To be honest with you, I can still be a bit reserved. However, God’s word leads us and guides us in how to get godly counsel and I believe that taking this week’s lesson to God in prayer will help as we allow Him to lead us to godly counsel for our own lives.

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I want to hear from you! How’s your financial journey going? Remember, We are on this journey together!

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Posted on January 11, 2012, in FINANCES, FINANCIAL FREEDOM, LIFE LESSONS and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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