Are you familiar with Dr.Jay Adams?

If not, I beg you to get to know him. His ministry has blessed my life greatly! One simple yet very powerful truth I have gleaned from his ministry is that, the Lord has given every Christian the ministry of counseling...

2 Timothy 4:2-5
Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away frim the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Colossians 3:16
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Galatians 6:1
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness.

Whether we intend to or not, we counsel everyday...either by what is said or not said and by what is done or not done. Everyday there is someone watching and\or listening to see how we (professing Christians) will deal with life's issues and it is our chief end to glorify God through them.

I pray that you will really consider honing your skills in the area of "edifying and building one another up". It will be a blessing to your soul and to those around you, but more importantly, it will be honoring to God.

You can find more information on the ministry of counseling through Dr.Adams at the
Institute For Nouthetic Studies.

3 comments:

Jenna said...

Mrs. Burnsed,

Thank you for the lovely and encouraging words.
What a blessing it is to be able to share and preach the Word of God to others! I am thankful to my Savior, Jesus, that He has given me a challenge to share His words with the world!
Thank you again for sharing. May the Lord bless you and your sweet family!

Many Blessings,
Jenna

Shannon said...

Thank you for sharing the reminder that we are representitives of Christ Jesus, and that what we say and do can really effect some one....

Blessings,
~Shannon~

Seasons of Life said...

Speaking the truth in love...edifying and encouraging one another...sharing the hope that is in us...being a Berean, so that we would be able to answer and guide according to His word and not our opinions...

Thanking Him for all the wonderful "truth-bearing counselors" He has put in my life through the years.

Blessings ~