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The Word of God is living and
active. Like seed, it contains the life and power of God, ready to
germinate, once it is sown in the human heart. Planted there, it
releases its life and power, transforming the human soul.
As Biblical counselors, we know that God's word really
does change lives. The word of the cross is the power of God unto those
who are being saved. So we minister God's word in order to release God's
But for the word to accomplish its work, it must be
received. James 1:21 (NASV) says:
"Receive with meekness the engrafted word,
which is able to save your souls."
Another translation (KJV) puts it:
humility receive the word implanted...."
Meekness or humility is the heart attitude which
receives the Word of God for what it really is. It lets the word in to
do its work.
But many times, Christians resist the word, rather
than receive it. Subtle inner attitudes, like unbelief, fear,
independence, or rebellion, surface when God's word comes to them. Their
heart raises an objection as to why the word can't or doesn't apply to
them. To the promises of God's word, they say "yes, but...."
The Word Based Counselor works with their client to
identify and to remove the resistance in their heart and life to God's
word and to prepare them to receive the word in humility, that it may
transform their life.
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