12 Ways the Holy Spirit Energizes Discipleship Counseling

September 19, 2011

Paul Tautges

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12 Ways the Holy Spirit Energizes Discipleship Counseling

True Christian counseling is impossible without the ministry of the Holy Spirit working inside and alongside those involved in the discipleship process. Without His work, counseling remains mere self-help talk. How does the third member of the Trinity energize the “counseling process?” Consider these 12 ways.

1. The Spirit prays for the counselor when he/she does not know how to pray or counsel (Rom. 8:26).

2. The Spirit convicts unbelievers of their sin, God’s righteousness, and warns them of the coming judgment (Jn. 16:7-11).

3. The Spirit regenerates and calls unbelievers to faith in Christ (Jn. 3:5-8; Titus 3:5).

4. The Spirit has baptized believers into the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:12).

5. The Spirit has sealed believers unto the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13, 4:30).

6. The Spirit indwells believers, thus making us God’s possession in Christ (Jn. 14:16-17; 1 Cor. 19-20).

7. The Spirit fills (controls) believers as we walk by the Word (Eph. 5:15-20; Col. 3:16).

8. The Spirit assures struggling believers of their sure standing as children of God (Rom. 8:12-16).

9. The Spirit teaches us God’s truth (Jn. 14:25-26; 15:26; 16:12-14).

10. The Spirit empowers the believer’s verbal witness (Jn. 15:26; 16:7; Acts 1:8).

11. The Spirit equips believers to comprehend the mind of Christ (Scripture), thus making us competent to counsel one another (1 Cor. 2:7-11; Rom. 12:3-8; 15:14).

12. The Spirit progressively transforms believers into the image of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18).

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How could these biblical principles increase your confidence in the Holy Spirit in the counseling/discipleship process and His power to transform our lives?

Note: This post first appeared at the Counseling One Another blog and is used by permission of Paul Tautges. To read the original post at CCC, visit 12 Ways.