Spiritual Discernment and Vocational Counseling

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Spiritual Discernment and Vocational Counseling
Phyllis Wilson
Liberty University

Abstract
This paper starts with a description of how to make godly decisions through prayer, the Holy Spirit and reading biblical scriptures. It will explore spiritual discernment using the bull’s-eye method. The literature will discuss my past and present experiences of discernment, a counselor and clients experiences and my comments on my personal position of this client’s supplication. Spiritual Discernment and Vocational Counseling

Segment 1: Personal Position
When making career decisions that are in harmony with one’s self and with the will of God (Christian, 208) one should be praying for wisdom to make godly decisions, sensing inner peace from the Holy Spirit and referring to bible scriptures (Horton, 2010). Prayer is being in the presence of God. It is being in the position where the ego is put aside, hope is elevated and requests are made. One admits his needs, accepts humility, and asks God for help. Prayer is having the opportunity to be in touch with God being able to confess sins and touching the heart of God via his son, Jesus Christ our savior (Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry, 2011). When one prays, prayer is love, devotion, and a walk that allows one to participate daily to keep their thoughts positive (McMinn, 1996). Prayer is like a foundation, one need to pray for strength, understanding, help, peace, love, guidance and gratitude. When one prays, he is conversing with God, walking closer to him, talking and listening to him. One who believes can pray from his or her heart on anything that they want to talk to God about. Another reason to pray is because God told us to pray. Being obedient is a result of discipleship. In Luke 18:1 it states “then he spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart” (New King James Version). Ephesians 6:18 states “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests with this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints” (New International Version). Praying for guidance is trusting in God for him to direct or lead one in the right direction. Some people will not pray and make their own decisions in the power of their own will for the things that they want; for example, their own goals or anything they wish to happen for them. God is a supreme being; he loves us and knows what is best for us. Proverbs 3:5-6 states “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding: In all your ways acknowledge him. And he shall direct your paths” (NKJV). Praying for specific guidance and hearing from God can be confirmation of a correct choice. It may come instinctively by way of peace bequeathed by the Holy Spirit (Horton, 2010). The Holy Spirit is one’s inner connection to God. It is part of one’s mind, and one’s sprit that is connected to the mind of God (Kaiser, 2010). Its job is to act as the voice for God to let one know the truth of who he is. Its function is to guide and direct one in the way to go and to re-establish one’s thinking to Gods way of thinking to enable him to triumph over the world. The Holy Spirit will bless or judge everyone by the criteria of God’s promise and his will (Kaiser, 2010). The Holy Spirit is powerful and it is one spirit that can give gifts at the same time to different people. In 1 Corinthians 12:7-8 it states “But the manifestation of the spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same spirit” (NKJV). The dogma of Jesus was not created by humans and the Holy Spirit can not be bought. A person can not produce what the Holy Spirit can with its awesome resources. The incentive is to offer people a chance to see how the Holy Spirit is used to spread the love of Jesus (Kaiser, 2010). The bible is instigated by...
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