Ever heard the story about a king with a corrupted advisor? Of course you have, there’s tons of them. Why is such a story told so often? Perhaps it’s because it’s an adrenalin filled story, easy for the writer to hit a high in. Perhaps because it’s one of the most simple plot twists that even the less insane writers can cope with. Or perhaps it’s because it’s our life story. Our mind tells our body what to do. We listen to our Spirit, if we’ve accepted it, His Spirit, our own flesh, and outside sources. We have to depend on something to filter this mass information in order to make decisions, so we must appoint an advisor over all this information. Though the best one to pick is the Spirit, we most commonly pick the flesh by default. The flesh has been our trusty advisor long before the Spirit came along, right?
But our flesh was condemned. Our flesh brought on the fall. Our flesh is a corrupt advisor.
In most of these stories, and the one I just heard/watched, the advisor isn’t necessarily on the “bad” side, simply power hungry. Their goal isn’t your demise, if it so happens, minor setback. Their goal is power. Our flesh desires power over our body. When it comes down to crisis, the flesh will seemingly fight on the Spirit’s side, your own flesh isn’t out to destroy you. But when the natural battle is over, your flesh is always looking out for itself and no longer has interest in helping the spirit.
How to test a corrupt advisor (on the inside)
- Run by the 4:8 filter
Philippians 4:8-9 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
- If it doesn’t pass these standards, drain the information and dismiss the thought
The enemy can’t hurt you, but can bring you into causing yourself pain via fear and tricks. The enemy can’t read your thoughts but can practice inception. When a friend says “Look, can I be honest with you?” They’re not asking permission to speak their mind, they’re asking if you can handle the truth and not take it the wrong way. What they’re about to tell you is most likely a delicate situation that can easily cause or prevent chaos in both of your lives and likely those around you. Your flesh’s first instinct reaction to such a thing would be to automatically assume they’re lying. If a ruler allows the corrupt advisor to remain in the palace, they may very well gain enough power and favor with the ruler’s own military to eventually overthrow them. Completely get rid of the false advisors.
- Trust God
Ask your Father and Creator what to believe.
- Test your own motivation
If this is a situation that could bring temporary personal gain, your emotions will try to take over if they already haven’t. “The future’s out of focus when you’re blinded by the light” The light of your current situation and how great it could be will cause you to second guess what really is happening. Same works for darkness, when you’re in complete darkness, all time lows of depression, you can’t see the real world, all you can see is that things don’t seem to be getting any better, “So what could go wrong?”. Do what’s best for someone else instead of yourself. Fear can be a motivation to do something, or to keep you from doing it. Fear not, up root fear from your life. God has taken your fear. Also, guilt is deadly motivation. Guilt can keep you in the gutter your whole entire life if you let it. Jesus died to take away our sins, and the guilt that comes with it. By keeping on our guilt, we are cheating Him of what He died for.
- Ask God for a purpose
If you have no dreams, you’re not going to get anywhere. Dream big, God can accomplish things beyond what you can imagine, you’re never dreaming big enough, so you can always dream bigger. If you already have a purpose, run your thoughts by what God wants you to do, does it fit?
- Have a learning attitude
Practical information can come from many places. Don’t discredit an information source completely simply because it seemed to wrong you before. Make the source earn your trust back, and press everything you get from it against the Word, you can still learn from secular sources if you let God be your teacher.
- Do it
If this information passes all the tests, I suppose you stop sitting on the critical information you have and do something. Whether in action or in words, do it. If the enemy can’t keep you down with lies, you can keep yourself down by inactivity.
Earlier while I was moving stuff around in my room, I came across an old letter from a friend. The letter was full of encouragement and advice for a rough spot I was in, at the time of receiving the letter I was touched that the letter was written and sent, it had indeed made me smile and keep my head up. But as I re-read it, I realized that most of the information in the letter was lost by my own selfish desire. The situation was falling through without hope, the advice was what to do when it fell through, but nay, I kept trying to cling to the situation in hopes it wouldn’t. I twisted what I read the first time hoping it would allow me to stay where I was, when I should’ve been preparing to hit the ground, hard.
Live long and prosper, Tori Lynn.