Tuesday, 29 April 2014
THE COUNSEL FROM A PROPHET AND THAT FROM A PASTOR(2)
"CERTAINLY THE LORD WILL DO NOTHING WITHOUT MAKING CLEAR HIS SECRET TO HIS SERVANTS, THE PROPHETS Amos 3:7
Like I said in the PART 1 of this article,click here to read it.The counsel of a prophet is quite different from the one of a pastor. Don't get me wrong here,both of them are God's servants but operate under different graces.
Prophets have the ability to see easily into the supernatural realm,hear or receive instructions from The Holy Spirit and counsel base on that without violating the Word of God although may be a little bit to the extreme atimes . A pastor on the other hand tend to counsel strictly base on the Word of God and past experiences and may sometimes hear specifically from God as per the situation,although this also depends on the spiritual maturity of the pastor.
Let me give you an example of an awkward counseling of a prophet which may be totally against your belief or conviction if you are not a prophet or operate in the prophetic.
A young lady came for counseling sometime ago. According to her she just married a guy of a different faith from hers(she is a Christian*). She has a boy of about a year plus.
Trouble started after marriage when her mother in-law told her point blank to leave her son for her that she can't marry her son due to her family background.The trouble became much that her husband pitched tent with his mum and started beating her up occasionally when they have argument.
She has gone for prayers,counseling and she has been praying also,nothing changed.As she was narrating her ordeals I was caught up in the spirit and I saw her going on a long journey that has no end.She was looking tattered,confused and worn out.
I looked at her with much pity.She was just in her early twenties.I told her she had two options in this marriage.Which are;
1. Keep praying and be very patient until God delivers the man
2. Break the marriage and move on with her life
Prophets are fond of speaking in parables.If you are the wise type you will beg them to be plain with you. Normally,I should have stopped there,pray with her and give her prayer points to go and pray but I felt a heavy sorrow within me for her.
I just told her if she wanted to hear the truth.I told her there was no hope for her marriage,she had married someone who was not her husband and the said person has concubines and he is still going to marry someone else.You could have seen the look on her face.She was dazed because no one has ever told her that.
I ask her a question if she truly loved the man and she said no.It was the pregnancy she had for him that tied them together.What a life!I told her she has an option to keep praying until God answers but as a prophet seeing into the future,there was no hope.
Oh Doctor!! Why should you counsel that way?The Bible said,
"WHAT GOD HAS PUT TOGETHER LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER "
This is what many usually quote to justify their stand.But have you ever read that verse carefully to see the words?,
"WHAT GOD HAS...."
What happens if God has not put together? This is what many shy away from that has ruined many lives, caused untimely death and sent many to hell fire.God have mercy.
The lady left with the first option with the hope to keep praying until God intervenes.Don't get me wrong.I believe God can change any man if He wants to according to His will.
I was surprised seeing the lady few days later at my place.She told me that same night when the man came back home,they had an argument and she did what I told her to do(DON'T ARGUE,ANSWER WITH WISDOM). But she was shocked when the man told her to pack her belongings and get out of his house.Initially she thought it was a joke as usual until the ..........You know what I mean?
I simply asked her what do you want to do now?
She said she wants to move ahead with her life.I said fine.I told her she has to renew her fellowship with God,serve Him seriously and trust Him to perfect His plans for her.She should never be afraid as a single mother that God will give her own husband if she is faithful.
What a marriage!!This story may look weird but the truth is she better for it than enslave her over 60 remaining years in life in hell called her marital home.Pastors would have encouraged her to hold on and keep praying.Many have been told that and for the past 10,20,30 years are still holding on.
That was how a pastor told a Christian sister to keep praying for her husband who was fond of beating her,atimes into coma.Many times she had been hospitalized via such brutality.
"GOD WILL TOUCH HIM.KEEP PRAYING AND TRUSTING GOD FOR YOUR HUSBAND.REMEMBER ABRAHAM WAS PATIENT BEFORE HE RECEIVED HIS MIRACLE.BE PATIENT SISTER.THE HEART OF A KING IS IN HIS HAND.HE WILL CHANGE HIM"
These were some of the words her pastor might have been telling her.Unfortunately,one day the man beat her as usual.She was rushed to the hospital where she eventually died.End of story.Her death is not even my concern,let's analyze some things from this marriage,
It is not certain that that sister will make heaven for the following reasons.
1. Someone who has been experiencing such a dehumanizing situation will have anger,bitterness and hatred in her.
2. Serving God in spirit and in truth will be very difficult in such a home.
3. Who knows the state of her heart at her last moment on earth?
4. It is common thing for serious exchange of words before the beating always commence in many homes.
5.There would have been a lot of murmurings,complains and even annoyance against God for His slow response and her plight.
6.satan if possible must have formed a negative stronghold in her heart
Had she met a prophet or someone who can hear clearly from God,she would have been told to either SEPARATE from the man or BREAK the marriage.I wonder what that pastor would have said at her burial.
I have counseled some people in a very strange way as a prophet which they refused to accept thinking it is not Biblical.They are regretting their decisions heavily.
This is why I emphasize personal relationship with God. You should build up yourself to hear from God also so that you will not make costly mistakes.Even if you have made one,God can still deliver you from such.
In seeking a prophet's counsel always make sure there counsels don't violate the Word of God and resonates with what God is saying to you even though you might not fully understand.
Mind you prophet's can make mistakes to that is why you yourself must seek the face of God seriously to.If you are a genuine child of God what prophets do often IS TO CONFIRM WHAT GOD HAS LAID UPON YOUR HEART EVEN THOUGH IT MIGHT NOT BE CLEAR.
This doesn't mean pastors don't counsel right also. They are good shepherds to guide you in the perfect will of God and make sure you live according to God's purpose.You need them most times time than prophets.But when it comes to some critic situations,you will do well with a genuine prophet of God.
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