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Oct 26, 2017

Who’s your Counselor

written by Karlon Cromwell
in category Articles

With all the legal cases in our world today finding a good lawyer can be a daunting task, the question of Who’s your counselor becomes extremely vital when faced with the death penalty. But what about when your facing life’s toughest battles — those decisions that can either break you or build you, who do you turn to? When it comes to being represented in court about 99.9 percent of people look for a good counselor (lawyer). There are over 18 different types of lawyers depending on your circumstance. Below is just a list of a few based on legal zoom:

  • Business Lawyer (also called corporate lawyer)
  • Employment & Labor Lawyer
  • Finance & Securities Lawyer
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer

While legal counsel is recommended there is a small percentage of individuals who would go as far as representing themselves. Those who choose to represent themselves particularly in a criminal case will need to be familiar with the law in order to present their case and have a successful trial. In court, it isn’t based on your innocence or guilt but rather what can be proved. This is quite clear when we hear of cases where individuals who were innocent convicted of crimes they didn’t commit, only to be released decades later. The idea of a guilty man being represented by someone else and that someone asking the judge to charge the one who represents the guilty is simply unheard of. When we examine the crucified Jesus we see a situation far deeper. Christ Jesus steps into our lives no matter who we are and says I’ll be your counselor. Not only does he represent us but he tells the judge we are guilty and that he will accept the punishment. The idea that anyone is too guilty just doesn’t exist. Christ waits for us to let go, He wants us to let go of trying to represent ourselves and trying to prove our innocence (Romans 5:8).

Who's your Counselor — Incarcerated
He says I know your guilty and yet I want to make you free; from guilt, from fear, from doubt and anything tied to our sin and wicked ways. The freedom He offers isn’t only from our wicked ways but all of the wickedness that seeks to devour us John 8:33-36.

Free from it all

In our physical world, we have heard of ex-convicts who are institutionalized and unable to ever be free. A similar process happens spiritually if we don’t allow Jesus to counsel us. When we do things with our own strength, with our own wicked plans we end up running in circles. It was Nelson Mandela who said — “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Getting released from prison, or avoiding a speeding ticket from a state trooper isn’t even a glimpse of freedom. Freedom is a spiritual attitude it’s a behavior that goes far beyond ourselves it helps set others free just by spending time with them.

No need of a Counselor

Life, if we aren’t careful can really enslave us into thinking we are free and have no need of a counselor. This is exactly what the Jews told Jesus in John 8:33 “We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man” yet they were ensnared with their petty mindsets and wicked desires. Romans 6:16 says — Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey — this is clear your not free if anything in your life has control over you. The invitation the counselor offers us is found here – Revelation 3:15-17 he says that because we think you don’t have a need that makes our situation far worse than we can imagine. It’s easy to help someone who knows they need help but when someone thinks they are well taken care of, rich, full of resources how can they ever think they’re in need? Recognize, that our Freedom begins on the inside. Until we are drawn by God’s love, we’ll never be free. My prayer, my hope is that you allow the God of the cosmos, to be your counselor, his invitation to us is: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” —Revelation 3:20

Who's your counselor — Freedom

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