Biblical Christian Counseling and Life Coaching is focused on the Lord fixing circumstances in life, and it is not based on people or man. The world teaches, a person can fix their own life, change his or her self on their own, and even be their own god. However, this philosophy is sadly mistaking. The Bible teaches our need for God. John 15:5 says "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in ME, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing".
Philippians 4:19-20 "And my God will fully supply your every need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus". God is the only true source for healing; Jeremiah 17:14 "Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; Save me and I shall be saved".
Faith and Spiritual counseling or life coaching applies the Biblical application, which supports our need for Christ.
There are several examples in the Bible where a man looked to his own self or others rather than God and it created a disaster in each situation. One story is the truth of David with Bathsheba in 2 Samuel. David sent his kings and servants into battle and he stayed in Jerusalem. The Bible says Kings went out to battle in the spring. Yet, David is a king and remains in Jerusalem.
Why did he not go to support his men? It seems appropriate to say; going with his men to support them would have been wise. So, how does David choose to spend his time?
Apparently not with God. Instead, he is at his palace on the roof top and sees a beautiful woman bathing. David inquires about the woman and wants to know more about her. (The seed of lust is planted). David learns she is the wife of Uriah, the Hittite, who is actually fighting for his country at war. Uriah was a good man faithful to his fellow men at battle.
Nonetheless, David summons and sends a message to bring Bathsheba to him, and he lays with her. David did not ask God, call out to God, seek God, as to the temptation, or ask God what he should do. Instead, he proceeds with his own will; without God, and sleeps with the woman. She ends up pregnant and with child.
David continues in the sin by sending for Uriah to come see him. David asks Uriah how the war is going and tells him to go home to his house. This was a set up by David to get Uriah to sleep with his wife so Uriah would not find out David had slept with her, and got her pregnant. (This whole story shows David acting without God).
However, Uriah did not go down to his house. (2 Samuel 11:9) David asks Uriah why he did not go to his house. Uriah answers in verse 11: "The ark and Israel and Judah are dwelling in tents, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord (boss) are encamped in the open fields. Shall I then go to my house to eat and drink and to lie with my wife"? Uriah said no he would not do such a thing.
This reveals the character of Uriah and his loyalty to the other men serving in war. Then David proceeds to tell him to stay two more days before he can depart and go back to fight for his country. If all this is not bad enough, David has Uriah come eat and drink with him, and gets Uriah drunk. David figured if Uriah was drunk surely he would go sleep with his wife. Through all this, Uriah does not go home to sleep with his wife. So, then David writes a letter to put Uriah on the front line when he returns to war in order for him to die at war. Uriah ends up being killed in the war just as David planned.
Then, David marries Bathsheba, Uriah's wife. The baby born of adultery dies, and David is told by God his house will never have peace, and adultery would continue in his own house. In this situation, David did not seek God and ask God how to handle the situation. He acted out of his own desires and will. This is an example for us to help us to learn our need for God in our lives. It also shows man left alone without correction, and truth, will only create disasters for himself or herself. We need God's word to grow and to understand the mistakes made in the Bible to learn from them.
A person cannot fix themselves without God. They may think they can and for a time it may look all good. Surely in the beginning of David's choices it looked all good, even exciting. But the end result and consequences were devastating. Christian Counseling and Life Coaching may be harder than worldly counseling, which may tell you what you want to hear, but it won't heal you, change you and give you life.
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