• Andrea Hennessee

Why Biblical Counseling?

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says that all scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

So based on just that scripture alone, it is clear that the Bible is the Christian's instruction manual. God gave us His written word so His children would be able to have joy, happiness, and peace even during our trials and tribulations; even in the midst of the craziness and evil of the world around us. We have been called to be set apart; therefore, we should not appear the same as the unbelievers that are a part of this world.

If all of this is true, then why does it seem that so many Christians are trapped in the same things that the unbelievers of the world are, such as anxiety, fear, worry, depression, broken marriages, etc.? How can we as Christians find the answers to these questions? Do we consult the things of this world for the answers or do we search the word of God, our instruction manual, for the answer?

Did our heavenly Father give us instructions and rules to follow in our manual because he wants to withhold things from us and make us miserable or he is, like most parents, telling us what is best for us because he loves us and wants to protect us? It makes me think of the child who wants to touch the hot stove. The loving parent tells the child not to touch the hot stove. Why? Because they love the child and know better than the child or because they want to be mean to the child, withholding from them what they want to do? Of course, it is because they love the child. The child doesn't know the hot stove will burn him but the parent does, and they don't want their child to experience that pain. But being a child, and thinking they know better than their loving parent, they rebel and touch the stove and they get burnt. And then they cry because the consequences of their actions caused pain. Aren't we just like that? God says "don't," not because he wants to withhold or be mean to us, but because He loves us and He knows the consequences more than we do. But we are like that rebellious child. We want to test it out; see what happens. And then when the consequences are painful, we cry to God! But what if that child who touched the stove would have just trusted that his parent knew better than him and decided just not to touch the stove? He would not have been burnt; no pain. Oh, the consequences of disobedience.

And then there are the times when we just refuse to read the instruction manual. Who needs it anyway? We can figure out how to operate without it right? But what happens when things go wrong, and we find out we are not operating in joy, happiness, and peace? Will we go back and read the instruction manual?

At Life Focus Center, we want to work with you to find out what struggles you are facing in your own life. We want to work together to search the scriptures and see what the Word of God has to say about the areas of your life you may be struggling in. We believe the instruction manual that God provided us is more than sufficient to fix and repair the brokenness we, as His children, suffer.

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