Just because we are Christians, we are not insulated from life’s problems—if anything we may have more of them! That’s why it’s important we know how to counsel ourselves biblically to persevere and to work through them. Last time we talked about how to specifically use Scripture. Today we’ll look at ways that Bible-based, but not the Bible itself.
We can think of today’s episode as the flip side to last week’s episode, 6 Ways to Biblically Counsel Yourself.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “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.”
6 Ways to Biblically Counsel Yourself Outside of Scripture
Read the Puritans
A Divine Cordial by Thomas Watson
The Mission of Sorrow by Gardiner Spring
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs (a summary here)
Read Charles Spurgeon
Read “Dead Guys”
Their works have had a chance to stand the test of time. Probably hundreds of examples could be given, but three I discovered last year are: Thomas Fuller, Adolphe Monod, and FB Meyer
Read Jay E. Adams
Jay Adams has written over 100 books and countless articles. Even if you don’t think you will ever “counsel” someone in your life I recommend his book Competent to Counsel because a) it will help you understand the history of modern psychiatry/psychology and b) at some point you will counsel yourself c) you may “disciple” someone, and much of what is in here can be helpful to disciple another believer.
Read Christian Biographies
Read “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan
A Few Quick Caveats
- Be discerning. If you don’t know if someone is a trusted resource, Ask your pastor. Ask the Lord give you discernment if there’s anything you’re reading that isn’t a good person to be reading.
- Don’t be put off if a book has older language and is harder to read. Be willing to take up the challenge. Ask the Lord to help you. One of the best things you can do for yourself—and others—as you grow in Christ is be able to read something written a hundred or more years ago. And, if it just isn’t working, look for a version of it in updated modern English.
- I’m a bookworm, but I know that’s not for everyone. Visit sites like SermonAudio.com or illbehonest.com to find good audio or video resources.
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