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Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Eve was in the garden of Eden when the serpent approached her, and began a conversation that questioned God's word and His love for Eve. It didn't take long before Eve was convinced that God was withholding something good from her, and without any conversation with Adam took the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and ate it. Everywhere you look you can see the effects of her decision. Death, sorrow, sickness, floods, famines, she placed the entire creation under a curse. Eve acted alone, I would like to believe if she had told Adam about the conversation she had with the serpent that he would have been able to convince her to not disobey God.

The Bible tells us there is safety in a multitude of counselors. In the big decisions of life lets stop, pray, and seek wise counsel before reacting. Let a friend, spouse or pastor help you examine how your decision may effect your present and future condition. A good friend will ask the right questions, What are the consequences of your decision? Will it effect others? Do you action align with God's word? After 57 years of life I have come to the conclusion that I don't have all the answers so I have tried to surround myself with spiritual people that can help me with wise counsel. One person said, if I'm the smartest person in the room, we don't have enough people in the room. Pray about it, take your time, hurried decisions become worried decisions.

I believe Eve's desire for the fruit was so strong she didn't want to know what Adam thought about eating it. Let's agree to never refuse counsel because it is not in agreement with what we want to do. When we make decisions together we become accountable to each other. Accountability is transparency and an act of humility. It sure eases a mothers heart when a child informs the parents of their schedule, and honors their word by being at home on time. I know from pastoring, I worry less when my friends at church let me know when they are going to miss church. Being accountable puts us in a safe place. No man lives unto himself or dies unto himself. Let's check in so we can check up.

Pastor Ken Smith

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