July 31, 2016

In Psalm 32:8 the Psalmist records the words, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Theses are words reflecting the work of God in our lives. Instruction, teaching and counsel are valuable to people who don’t know what they don’t know and for those who know they don’t know what they need to know. When we are honest, that includes each one of us. As soon as we think we know it all, our teachablity index drops to zero and guess what? We just included our self in the group who doesn’t know what we don’t know.

It would be good to ask the question, “how teachable am I in reference to God’s instruction, teaching and counsel? For those who have been exposed to the information in reference to the power we have, being made in the image of God and the authority we have “in Christ,” wisdom calls to our attention to remember we are accountable stewards to the One who created us and opened the eyes of our hearts to what we know and how we ought to live as a result. To whom much is given much is also required.

In terms of instruction, teaching and counsel, it is our responsibility to first apply (instruct, teach and counsel) the principles of truth we know to ourselves, moving towards unconscious competence. This is for our own benefit, but not solely for our own benefit. The reason we have been given the opportunity to learn, understand and apply what we have been given is so we can then instruct, teach and counsel others along the path of life. In recognizing this gift you have been given and applying it to your daily life, you open yourself up to the possibility of truly living to your full potential.

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