All the Counsel of God!
Acts 20:25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.
26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.
27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. 28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
All the counsel of God?
No light task!
Job thought he knew God, yet we read:
Job 38:2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
4 ¶ Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
After God Himself showed up, and questioned him, Job humbly stated:
Job 42:3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
One persecutor to a well known, word based ministry left a meeting exclaiming: “I’m outta here! This preacher doesn’t preach the whole counsel of God!” After the meeting, the minister asked one of his ushers, why the man left.
The usher repeated the man’s comment, whereby the minister exclaimed with passion:’He’s right! Of course I don’t preach the whole counsel of God! I don’t know the whole counsel of God, but what I do know, works!”
We are living under a new and better covenant with God than Job had, and we do have wisdom, the mind of Christ, and mighty Holy Spirit abiding in and through us, that we might know all things, yet, even for those of us who have been walking with the Lord in His Word for a long time, as leaders, we still study daily, humbly seeking Him, as the challenges we face each day, become increasingly more complex, as we determine to lovingly walk people out of the incredibly tangled messes their lives become from years of sin.
“Neglecting to ask God’s counsel, neglecting to seek God’s timing, you step in to *handle* things. And by and by, you’ve got a mess on your hands.”
― Charles R. Swindoll, Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication
Do I know the full counsel of God? By faith, yes!
Only because I know the Counsellor, in whom I live and move and have my being.
God’s Word is forever established in the heavens, and I am not alone down here: precious Holy Spirit still speaks, works, and guides me through each day.
It is a daily dependance, a humble walk, a consecrated and obedient live. Holiness, without compromise.
Welcome to leadership in the kingdom of God…
‘Father, I need you. I know that in you, I have been made to sit together with Christ, in heavenly places, far above your creation, demons, and the machinations of men: and so I take oversight. Longing for your sight from above to illuminate my eyes, my mind, my heart, that I can provide the leadership your people deserve, and need. Teach me today, strengthen me, keep me pure, that I might be found faithful, top teach Your whole counsel, without compromise, in all of your house. In your name I pray, Lord Jesus, Amen’