How would you like to be successful in everything you put your hands to? Success comes with wise council.
“And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would not prophesy good unto me, but evil” (2nd Chronicles 18:17)?
“They say to the seers, “See no more visions!” and to the prophets, “Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions” (Isaiah 30:10 NIV).
If you read the Chapter where I have given you the reference point, you would see that God had allowed a “lying spirit” to come upon the counselors of the evil king. Because the king of Israel had evil intentions and was rebellious against God, those prophets spoke seeking to be rewarded by the king without consideration of the true reward which comes from God.
Some prophets will tell you things that tickle your ears just to make you feel good especially if there be earthly rewards granted towards them as a result of their council. When you devise plans that are evil and not of the Lord and you take council with those who look for the blessings from man, your demise is imminent. Be careful that you don’t listen to just what you want to hear but inquire of the Lord and whatever He says to do, do it. Our success in life comes when we listen to the council of God and be doers of what we received from the Holy Spirit.
Your Guide: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17 NIV).
It takes a “quieting” of your spirit to be able to hear distinctly what the Holy Spirit is saying to you. When you do hear what “thus says the Lord” then you will have a knowing in your spirit, a conviction that what you were directed to do is right. And when you are obedient to do what you heard, you will have great success.