For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
pele’ (peh’-leh); beyond understanding, too _______________ for words.
ya`ats (yaw-ats’); to advise; to consult, to ____________________.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16
JESUS—THE WONDERFUL COUNSELOR
COMES FOR THE ______________.
Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
WHERE ARE YOU SICK?
HEALING WITH THE WONDERFUL COUNSELOR
BE BRUTALLY ____________ WITH THE COUNSELOR.
(Jesus) told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17 “I have no husband,” she replied. John 4:16-17
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. Psalms 55:22
LISTEN TO THE COUNSELOR’S ________________.
…a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” Mark 9:7
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27
DO WHAT THE COUNSELOR ______________ YOU TO DO.
“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” Jesus looked at him and loved him. Mark 10:20-21a
“One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
With your Bible or Bible App….Read Luke 5:27-32.
Who did Jesus come for?
In what area of your life are you “sick?”
(Be honest. What is your deepest struggle, fear, hurt, or addiction?)
The second point, talked about listening to Jesus, the Wonderful Counselor. Explain how He has spoken to you in the past. What did He show you?
So many people don’t do what the doctors or counselors suggest. What is Jesus the Wonderful Counselor leading you to do? Be specific.
Ask other Christians to pray for you and hold you accountable to follow through on His direction.
Additional Scripture Reading…
Exodus 20:8-11, Psalms 62:1-2, Matthew 11:28-30, Mark 6:31
Devotional: Why We Need Rest at Christmas?
“Deck the halls with boughs of holly,” the well-known carol begins. And so we do. Some of us prepare for Christmas at the first hint of cold weather, while others postpone the inevitable as long as possible.
But at some point we all get caught in a vortex of activity—most of it fun and festive but exhausting nonetheless, leaving our souls feeling both stuffed and empty. Often, it’s in the midst of this hubbub of holiday cheer that we quietly wonder, “Is this all there is?” The good news is that beyond the cookie platters, shopping lists, and decorating is the Son of God made man for us.
God knows we’re prone to frenetic activity. This is one of the reasons He built in a day of rest for the Israelites every six days—that they might pause their doing and recognize the goodness of their God, their own desperate need for Him, and His gift of stillness.
In practicing rest, we acknowledge God’s trustworthiness: even when we cease working, God continues to hold our world together.
This year I invite you, as our Lord and Savior invited His disciples, to come away with Him and get some rest, to slow down and rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season in the midst of your favorite holiday traditions.
But what does that look like?
Will you accept His invitation this Christmas season?
Come away for a while, and rest.
Prayer: Oh Lord, You know me so well. You know that I long for a wonderful time with family and friends, but I overcommit, overreach, and overreact, and in the end, there’s just too much stress and hurt going around. I don’t want that this year. So I’m coming to You with open arms and an open heart. Here I am. Teach me to celebrate the birth of our Savior from a place of rest. Tune my heart to wonder at Your beauty and sing Your praise. Amen.