Summary: Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
LORD, OPEN MY EARS TO THE SPIRIT OF COUNSEL
"The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise."(Proverbs 15:31 )
To make vision work, it must be coupled with instruction. Jesus excelled not just because He had a vision, but because His ears were tuned to hear God.
"The Lord God has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakens my ear to hear as the learned. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back."(Isaiah 50:4-5)
Jesus was tuned in to hear the Father morning by morning. He was able to pick every instruction from heaven, so he was committed to His Father’s presence, and exploits became inevitable. That’s all we need to excel in life.
The Spirit of counsel open our ear to hear from heaven and guides us into improving on existing results.
"Where there is no vision, the people perish" (Proverbs 29:18)
God has an expectation of you (Jeremiah 29:11), that expectation is what we call vision. But He who imparts visions is the Spirit of Counsel. He is the One that says to you “This is the way, walk ye in it” (Isaiah 30:21). So you become unbeatable because you have located the path God has ordained for you.
The end time army is an army of visionaries: men who have found where they belong and have staked their lives on it. "They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk everyone in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. (Joel 2:8-9 )
When God sends you, no devil can stop you. When God raises you for a particular assignment, no enemy can withstand you. When God lifts you and places you on a particular job, no devil can frustrate you. You suffer frustrations because you lack vision. You need vision to be properly positioned. When God sends you, He commits His presence to go along with you. His presence makes all the difference! God’s presence makes a reality of whatever He sends you to do. Faithful is he that calls you, who also will do it.(1 Thessalonians 5:24)
BLIND AND DEAF?
It is a dangerous thing when you can't see vision from God nor hear the voice of the heavens. When you are blind and deaf, you are snared in holes. Your dignity and honor are locked up somewhere. Your beauty and glory are buried deep in dungeons, because you are hard of hearing. "Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see…"(Isaiah 42:18, 22)
There are Pastors, Ministers of God who just need one bit of instruction from heaven that will bring them to the realm of the explosion they have been waiting for. You don’t have to die doing little mediocre things, there’s something more in store for you. God wants to deliver it to you, but it will come by the Spirit of Counsel.
Overcomers are those who prevail over what their own thoughts, emotions, and desires are urging them to do, in order to allow God's Spirit to perform His will.
This is the preparation (the equipping, the cleansing) that each of us must choose to do daily. It's our own responsibility to put off the old and to put on the new. (Ephesians 4:22-24)
WARNING AGAINST WORDLY COUNSEL
"Woe to the rebellious children," says the LORD, "Who take counsel, but not of Me, and who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin. Who walk to go down to Egypt, and have not asked My advice." (Isaiah 30:1-2)
Everyone needs counsel consistently. We all need to find valid guidance and direction through the opportunities and challenges of life. The Lord is to be our constant resource for such counsel. "This also comes from the LORD of hosts, who is wonderful in counsel and excellent in guidance" (Isaiah 28:29). The counsel of the Lord is wonderful; it is excellent! This wonderful counsel of God comes to us through the word of God. "Your testimonies also are my delight and my counselors" (Psalm 119:24).
Consequently, those who turn elsewhere for counsel are rebelling (at least, inadvertently) against the Lord. "'Woe to the rebellious children,' says the LORD, 'Who take counsel, but not of Me.'" Our God of grace wants to counsel us down His path. He wants to teach us to live by His wisdom and His provision. When we are formulating our plans, He wants us to allow His Spirit to direct us through His word.