Why Faith-Based Counseling?

There are many issues in life in which the skill of the practitioner is not at all dependent on that person’s level of faith. Whether the field is auto mechanics, construction, machining, medicine, farming, cooking, banking, etc., as long as the individual operates ethically, we have no qualms about using the services.

Counseling is different. In this area, so much depends on the person’s thinking, and his/her world view. A listener who can point others to a God Who is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent has a huge advantage over one who has only a small or nonexistent view of God. If one’s reality stops at death, so much of life becomes meaningless.

In any area of life, one who has connection with an expert, or personal experience with many situations, has wisdom worth mining. How much more is this true if a Trained Listener regularly visits with the God of the Universe!

This does not mean the Christian can explain God. (Anybody who can do this would be God.) Nevertheless, if one has faith in the many, many promises in the Bible, one can weather the storms that will come in life. The reader is referred to a handy reference called The Jesus Person Pocket Promise Book, chosen by David Wilkerson (Regal Books, 1972) that has over 800 promises from the Word of God.

And the fact that there will be storms and tribulation is one of the promises, so we can and should give up the expectation of a trouble-free life. It is of great benefit to be familiar with these many promises of God, and the therapist who can skillfully use the Word of God and direct clients to these can be most encouraging to others.

There is tremendous value in just several of these promises in the Bible:

            “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37)

            “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Heb. 13:5)

            “In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col. 2:3)

            “Delight thyself also in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (Ps. 37:4)

Why would we rely on our own feeble resources, when God has so much to offer?? The Christian can rely on the words of Jesus, “Thy word is truth.” (John 17:17)

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