Sunday, December 3, 2017

Meet The Messiah

“Wonderful Counselor”
Isaiah 9:6
When the prophet Isaiah spoke about the one who was coming to deliver the people of Israel, he listed four names that would be used to describe what He would do.  As we look at these names over the next few weeks it may help us to answer the question as to whether we still need a messiah.  Today we look at the first of those names.  Do we need a Wonderful Counselor?
I. The Need of a Counselor - Isaiah 8:19-22; 9:2-4
Life is bigger than any one person can handle alone.
It is dark in America.  The soul of America is deeply wounded.
The battleground of Satan is the mind of man.  Think wrong and you will be wrong.
Hope is to be found in a person and a personal relationship with that person.

II. The Nature of This Counselor is “Wonderful.”

The Hebrew word for wonderful is “pela” which means extraordinary or miraculous.
The “natural” man is blinded to the light of this counsel.  1 Corinthians 2:14
The world cannot understand the reasoning of the believer who considers things from a spiritual and not a selfish perspective.  Ephesians 4:17-18
No counselor can be more effective than the One who made you, knows you and also created the world you are living in.

III. The Characteristics of a Wonderful Counselor  Hebrews 4:15-16

Two words draw us close to the Wonderful Counselor…Jesus Understands!
A competent counselor does not tell you what to do but guides you into making the right decision.
A poor counselor gives advice or opinions and does not assist the person to understand themselves and how to apply the right decision to their life.
The Holy Spirit is our Wonderful Counselor and guide.  John 14:16-17

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