Who Are You Taking Advice From?

Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

Many of us with out fully realizing it have been taking counsel and advice from many sources, The news, economists,politicians,well meaning family members,and other people who are not saved.

Like the song says “whos report will you believe, I will believe in the report of the Lord”.

Than there are those who are taking advice from astrologers,fortune tellers,  false prophetic web site's,numerology, on and on, there is no end to ungodly counsel.

To be blessed that is happy as the Greek reads,
From H833; happiness; only in masculine plural construction as interjection, how happy!: - blessed, happy.
Happy and blessed simple enough, but the word that eh'-sher is taken from brings out the full meaning of the word blessed hear and you will see why who you get counsel from or advice is so important.

אשׁר אשׁר
'âshar 'âshêr
aw-shar', aw-share'
A primitive root; to be straight (used in the widest sense, especially to be level, right, happy); figuratively to go forward, be honest, prosper: - (call, be) bless (-ed, happy), go, guide, lead, relieve.
Notice the underlined portions, to be straight, level, right. The CR hear would naturally be.
Heb 12:13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

To have a Godly walk, to run the race according to Gods will, we must first have a straight course, level ground, unobstructed, by sin, self and others advice and counsel. Only than can we go on in the blessedness of going forward, in honesty and Godly prosperity of soul and service.
Guide, Lead, relieve, these are the things that Godly counsel and advice prepare and produce for us. Words of Guidance,leading,(direction) reveal, by proper application of the bible in knowledge and wisdom.

Now hear is a bit of a twist and something to think about.

In the text verse it said the counsel of the ungodly, in context this means those that are not saved or are wolves in sheep's clothing.
A back-slidden Christian in compromise, a minister, Pastor's living a unholy life, in pride, self will, his agenda, his program and his indoctrination and cubical of devised theology.
So, hears something to think about when listening to ANYONE'S counsel or advice. This is important as you can be lead astray easily if you are looking to say, your Pastor. You may put him on a pedestal, but you may not know what he does in secret, his heart, his sin, his compromise, prayerlessness and lack of study of Gods word.

Sadly I have heard hundreds over the years come for counsel, comfort from a bad experience they had while sitting under the ministry of one that was tyrannical or controlling. Many Ministers are both of these and it is sad.

I have seen many web sites devoted just to this one matter, helping wounded sheep bruised by tyrants and dictators. I have ministered side by side as an asst. Pastor only to see these men act in such an ungodly manner and trying to bruise me! I had to step down, all their counsel and advice had only bad effects, as I have said ,'what can you give away what you do not have'?

All ministers need head the advice the Apostle Peter gave.

1Pe 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
1Pe 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
Ministers are not to LORD over God's Heritage, but are to be examples to the flock.
Read the Greek for a fully pitcher of the word Lord over,
From G2596 and G2961; to lord against, that is, control, subjugate: - exercise dominion over (lordship), be lord over, overcome.
Sadly most ministers do not read, or refuse to head these words of God. No man of God, no Pastor, deacon, elder, teacher are to have a spirit of Control over you, or exercise dominion over you, overcome you with a harsh temperament. They are to preach the whole counsel of God in Mercy and truth, mercy and compassion are needed in these hard times.
From such ministers or denominations flee as you will not get any good Godly advice from such men.
So, just because you want good Godly counsel, many go to their pastors and this is normal, but if he is not a humble, Godly, loving example, simply know this is not the place to get your counsel for indeed they are living and ministering in ungodliness.

Christian counselors who have been schooled in Ungodly counseling text book's and Professors will give a light word with no substance. Professional so called Christian counselors are learning things that are not biblical.

  Some courses I had to take, called Pastoral counseling and conflict management, these were truly bible based.

But I know personally Christian counselors and have seen the curriculum they are required to study and much of it is far from Christian. It is new age and humanistic diagnostic's like the bible of intake counselors and counselors themselves the famed DSM 4, this system of diagnostics is rooted in 100% humanistic doctrine. So again you may have your ears tickled and hear them talk about your low self esteem, dear Lord, we are to have a biblical low self esteem and a Godly fear, we are to be associated with being Born again and co heirs with Christ ,our Identity is in Christ and not self.
Self esteem is all about you, and can cause you to be egotistical , self centered and finally proud the original sin. You will know a tree by its fruit.
In the tuition free Bible college, in the M.C.C. Degree, it is a must for the student to learn about the DSM, it is required, but in the college anyone that would make it to this level is told what is what on the DSM

Have discernment and the word of God richly in you or you will be getting bad counsel and advice over and over. You will find yourself not going forward but backward, not being blessed from a voice saying this is the way walk ye in it.
In context, did you know that verse speaks of Godly teachers? Divide the word properly.

Beware of Christians who's advice is based on emotions only and words they say God told them to tell you.

True N.T. Prophecy is to confirm something God has already told you and should not be something that is so big a revelation you never knew it or thought of it.
I have heard many in the church give advice to someone and say God has told you to divorce your spouse and marry so and so, or to someone single ,some say God told me you are to marry so and so, usually a single friend. LOL.

I kid you not and this is a classic in Charismatic churches. Again some one may say ,God told me you are to be a missionary in Istanbul, and you are so shocked you are dumbfounded, why, IT'S NOT FROM GOD. Wake up and put on the full Armour of God the Armour of God is needed when seeking out counsel and advice believe me.

I have seen countless Christians make ship wreck of their faith because they headed wrong, UN biblical and ungodly counsel.
Remember the Lord Jesus is our Great Physician and mighty counselor.
Many times people go from person to person until they hear what they want to hear, try going to God and his word, pray, fast and cry out to God, I am 100% sure you can never go wrong this way as the Holy spirit will lead you and guide you into all truth. Do you want truth in mercy or a fairy tail or a false prophetic word, that is what you must ask yourself, Do I really want God to lead and counsel me or do I really already have my mind made up.

Remember as proverbs says 'the plans of the heart belong to man, but the Lord directs his steps'.
Also beware even the most noble well meaning Christian may give bad advice, Remember when Jesus was talking about his crucifixion and Peter replied 'may it never be Lord' and Jesus turned around and said to Peter.
"Get thee behind me Satan".
So even a disciple of Christ can be speaking, not intentionally in behalf of Satan himself.

Lastly do not think for one minute that the best advice comes from Christians who are all set materialistically, they may be the farthest from God. Worldly success many times has nothing to do with Godly success.
So, who are you getting your advice from?
I hope this post gave you some guidance and food for thought.
One note, there are many Good, Godly pastors, ministers, elders, deacons that indeed can give you some good advice, this article is not intended to make you paranoid to ask and confide in a real, holy Christian that leads by example OK just avoid the iron fist.