Consulting and life coaching are growing trends in
our culture. Many people are making 6 figure salaries providing their
knowledge on various subjects and people are lining up to give their money
to someone to tell them what they need to do.
How would you like to have a personal consultant who knows everything.
He never gives you counsel that is wrong. He always has your best interest
at heart. He always leads you to do things that will land you right in the
middle of God’s favor. He loves to point people to Jesus. He knows the
Word of God inside out. He is surrounded by love, joy, peace, and did I
mention that He is available for you to consult with 24 hours a day, 7 days
a week. How much is His consulting fee? Why its free for the asking.
Acts 15: 24
from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying,
“You must be circumcised and keep the law”[f]—to whom we gave
no such commandment—
one accord, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and
26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ. 27 the same things by word of mouth.
Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary
things strangled, and from sexual immorality.
these, you will do well. Farewell.
you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever
He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
The two passages of Scripture above give us insight as to how the early
church went about making decisions and also what Jesus taught us the
Holy Spirit would do for us.
Since we have heard that some who went out
25 it seemed good to us, being assembled with
We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who will also report
28 For it seemed good to the Holy
that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from
If you keep yourselves from
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide
The early church leaders would get together, share their hearts, pray and
would reach a conclusion. They were able to say, “This seems good to the
Holy Spirit and us.” They relied upon the Holy Spirit to consult them. Of
course they used Scripture but they relied upon the Holy Spirit to help them
use it rightly.
Jesus clearly taught his apostles ( and through them, teaches us) that the
Holy Spirit would guide us into “all” truth and that He would tell us what
about the future. In other words, we are not left to make decisions about
our future or about what is true and right in a given situation. The Holy
Spirit is our consultant. He always acts in our best interest. Because it is
always in our best interest to know what God wants us to do and do it!