God’s Plan for Change in the Believer’s Life


untitled16: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works (II Timothy 3:16-17).

Doctrine involves lovingly showing a believer from the Scriptures God’s holy, righteous, and perfect character, and His standards for the believer’s life in Christ.

Reproof involves helping the believer realize his personal sinfulness and disobedience to God by sinful thoughts, actions, and attitudes that break fellowship between the believer and God.

Correction involves lovingly instructing a believer in the importance of the confession of his sin to God, righting his sin, and being restored from life dominating sins to fellowship with Christ and to right relationships with others.

Instruction in righteousness involves a transformation of the mind to a biblical philosophy of life marked by a growing and mature relationship to Christ by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God (Romans 12:1-2).

The Word of God is the counsel, the Holy Spirit is the Counselor, and the goal of biblical counseling is spiritual growth.

Helping a believer involves gathering information on the problem, making a Biblical analysis of the problem with the believer, finding the Biblical solutions, implementing a Biblical plan of change with the believer, and then watching over the believer with encouragement for the change.

The Spirit of God cultivates the spiritual growth of a believer as the Word of God is ministered. The believer is taught how to search the Scriptures to find his or her sufficiency in Christ. Over the course of a few weeks the changes can be completed by the Holy Spirit using the Word of God to help the believer make the change.

The Word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12) and has the answer to any problem, sin, decision, or difficulty that believer experiences in life (II Timothy 3:16-17).

The ultimate cause of a believer’s problems and difficulties in life is usually sin. There is help available for believers who are ready and willing to submit to the authority of God’s will as revealed in His Word.

Instruction in righteousness involves a transformation of the mind to a biblical philosophy of life marked by a growing and mature relationship to Christ by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God (Romans 12:1-2).

The Word of God is the counsel, the Holy Spirit is the Counselor, and the goal of biblical counseling is spiritual growth.

There is also hope because of the resurrection power of Christ who died on the cross to save men from sin and to declare man justified. The believer is sinless before God in Christ no matter what situations or circumstances may dictate.

 

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