Dear Christian Sister,
We are all called to be Biblical Counselors.
What Do we as Biblical Counselors do?
We Help women apply the Word of God to their life situations.
Peter was very clear in 2 Peter 1:3: His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.
We have what we need to live godly lives and to help others in their walk with Jesus.
God is so good to give us the Holy Spirit to help us.
Holy Spirit’s Work in Biblical Counseling
We have hope from the Holy Spirit.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).
In John 14:16-17 Jesus says, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”
The Holy Spirit is our Counselor and He gives us the ability to speak into other’s lives with His power. Counseling is the work of the Holy Spirit. He chooses His own times, means, and occasions for His work, always in accordance with Scripture.
If Christian counseling is not carried out in the power of the Holy Spirit it is not Christian counseling.
The Holy Spirit is the source of all true change in a believer’s life. Sanctification doesn’t happen without Him.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from one degree of glory to another. For this come from the Lord who is the Spirit (2 Corinthians. 3:18).
The Holy Spirit expects Christians to counsel using the Word of God.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God maybe adequate, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
In 1 Corinthians 2:12-14, Paul tells us that we need the Spirit to understand the works and words of God.
The Word’s Work in Biblical Counseling
Hope from the Word.
For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope (Romans 15:4).
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God[a] may be complete, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
“Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law. 47 For it is no empty word for you, but your very life, and by this word you shall live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess” (Deuteronomy 32:46-47).
And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers (1 Thessalonians 2:13).
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2).
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth (John 17:17).
This is not an exhausted list of Scriptures that speak about the word’s work in our lives, but it is a marvelous sampling.
So, dear Sister, you are a Biblical Counselor. What are your tools? The Word of God, applied by the Spirit of God through your words to another.
Sharpen your tools. Make sure before you speak to another the Word of God and the Spirit of God have done their work in you. Which means time in the word and prayer.
Know that when you speak the Word of God through the Spirit of God you speak precious words, powerful words, life-saving words.
And really, Biblical counseling is discipleship. It is walking with one another through this life to the next becoming more like Jesus as we go together.
So go forth in faith. Jesus said He will go with you. What better company could you have?
You are loved!