Be Careful What You Advise!

Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to advice. Pr 12:15

When someone comes to you with a personal problem, ask them the following questions: What do you think caused the problem? What have you done about it? What scriptures are you standing on? What do you think I might be able to do, that you haven’t already done? These questions will help weed out those who genuinely want help from those who only want attention. Some people see prayer as a magic wand; they think you can wave it over them and their problem will just go away, then they can go back to living their lives the way they please. 

doctors adviceHere’s another situation. Someone may say, “The doctor has suggested surgery. What should I do?” Unless you’re a doctor, be very careful what you advise. If God has spoken to someone and they have faith that He will heal them, don’t throw cold water on them. So what should you do? Jesus said, “…if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” (Mt 18:19) The real question is, are they standing on their faith or yours? You can teach people God’s Word, but you can’t force them to come up to your level of faith unless they are ready. Sometimes people may be ready and all they are seeking is confirmation. The Bible says,  “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.” (1Jn 2:20) But unless God has let you know, be careful what you advise!

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