The LORD gives His people counsel. If we incline our ear to Him, He will offer us guidance on the matters of our lives that confound us.
In the great Messianic chapter of Isaiah, our Lord is described as the "Wonderful Counselor". The verse says this:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9 verse 6.
The Lord will give wisdom to whomever asks as part of His portfolio under His Messianic title.
In Psalm 32 verse 8 it says, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you."
This discloses the fact that the Lord's customized counsel to us is formulated with close observation and keen understanding of each of us personally.
Let us always ask the Lord for His guidance and wait patiently for Him to issue it. There is no counsel like the counsel of Him who knows the end from the beginning.
And therefore will Jehovah wait, that he may be gracious unto you; and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for Jehovah is a God of justice; blessed are all they that wait for him. - Isaiah 30 verse 18.
This extraordinary verse describes the Lord our God waiting for us so that He would be able to give us grace and mercy.
In the same way that the Lord waits for us, we must wait for Him and we are blessed for doing so.
When we come to the point where we believe in the salvation provided by our Lord Jesus Christ, we receive the Holy Spirit and we are then given the power to walk in the spirit and participate in the spiritual things of the kingdom of God.
Our newly revived spirits are eager to plunge into the enterprise of following the will of God and immersing us in kingdom business. However, our earthly selves remain fallen and there is no part of our flesh that can be redeemed.
The scriptures plainly say that the flesh profiteth nothing in John 6 verse 63. This means that there is no undertaking that originates in our souls and bodies that will have any eternal merit.
The only part of us that is spiritually profitable is our spirit. Our spirits are connected with the Spirit of God and together, will work to train our fleshly selves to cooperate with the things of the Spirit.
The flesh will not want to do this. Spiritual activities like praying for other people, deferring to other people, serving other people and other pursuits of the kingdom of God are vigorously rebelled against by the flesh.
Sanctification is the process of bringing the soul and body into subjection of the Spirit and putting to death the works of the flesh.
Any success by our spirit in making the flesh follow the will of God is a step towards sanctification. This process is a long systematic procedure of narrowing down the options that the flesh has available. This restricts what our fallen selves can do so that our spirits can have greater and greater control over our flesh. This sometimes takes years of struggle, setbacks, stumbles and despair but in the end, our spirits run our lives and the result is that we more closely resemble the character and nature of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Peter explains it like this in the book of 2 Peter verse 5 - 8. "Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the beginning, when God initiated the human race, He made Adam out of the dust of the earth.
To bring His creation to life, God breathed the breath of life into him and Adam became a living soul.
Genesis 2 verse 7 says it like this: "Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being".
This mechanism was how God conferred life into a being in order for that physical being to be able to relate with God.
This narrative is wonderfully mirrored in the new testament in the book of John 20 verse 21 - 22 when Jesus was meeting with His disciples after His resurrection. In this part of the narrative, Jesus breathed on them to confer upon them the Breath of Life who is the Holy Spirit.
The scriptures put it like this : "So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit."
By having the Spirit of God, the disciples (and indeed all who receive Him), were able to relate to God and participate in the things of the kingdom of God.
In the same way that Adam was able to undertake the work that God gave Him to tend the garden, the disciples, having received the Spirit of God, were then charged with tending to the fields of the Lord by sowing seeds of the word of God and harvesting those who were being saved. They changed the world with the message of redemption through the death and ressurection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Spirit of God takes us in our deficient condition and becomes our sufficiency in the prosecution of the will of God on earth.
We can then fulfill the destiny on earth that our Lord set for us from the foundation of the world.
The Lord has each individual who trusts in Him in His direct care. He holds each one of us by the hand to comfort us and assure us and to keep us from falling.
Isaiah writes of God holding our hands to calm our fears. “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. - Isaiah 41 verse 13.
His strength holds us from falling as the Psalmist assures us. “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.” Psalm 37 verse 23 - 24.