Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 12/9/2019

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by Jim Hughes

crossIs. 9:6-7 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. And the government will rest on his shoulders. These will be his royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor. We discover many wonderful things about our Lord’s ability to counsel us as we face life’s uncertainties. In Matthew 9 there was a paralytic brought to Jesus for his healing. In verse four, Matthew tells us that Jesus knows the thoughts of man. No one can hide his thoughts from the Lord. He is able to give us good advice because He knows our thoughts whether we can express them or not. He doesn’t need anyone to interpret our thoughts for Him.

In John 2:25 we learn that Jesus also knows the heart of man. He knows what is behind our thoughts. He knows what our hearts need, even better than we do. He listen to our hearts and not just our words. Thus, He is able to give us much better counsel than any human ever could.

In Hebrews 4:15 we learn that Jesus was tempted in all points just as we tempted. What this says to me is that He understands how we feel. He has been confronted by the same things that confront us and understands their affect on us. In other words, He us the ultimate emphasize. He is able to help us from a position of personal experience. What He offers us by way of counsel is trustworthy because He has lived it.

In Psalm 139 we discover knows what we are made of, because He made us. We were formed in our mother’s womb with His full knowledge. He knew right from the beginning of our lives our past, present and future. He is able to counsel us best because there is nothing lacking in His knowledge of us. He knows all the details we leave out when we seek the counsel of others.

Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor. We can flee to Him with full confidence that He will not steer us wrong. He loves us and desires only what is good for us. When we listen to Him and follow His advice, He works all things out in our lives for our good and it brings Him glory and honor when we do (Romans 8:28,29). And yes, the Lord does use others to give us sound advice that helps us and if their advice is Biblically-based we should follow it.

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About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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