Spiritual Discernment and Vocational Counseling

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Spiritual Discernment and Vocational Counseling
Phyllis Wilson
Liberty University

Abstract
This paper starts with a description of how to make godly decisions through prayer, the Holy Spirit and reading biblical scriptures. It will explore spiritual discernment using the bull’s-eye method. The literature will discuss my past and present experiences of discernment, a counselor and clients experiences and my comments on my personal position of this client’s supplication.
Spiritual Discernment and Vocational Counseling
Segment 1: Personal Position When making career decisions that are in harmony with one’s self and with the will of God (Christian, 208) one should be praying for wisdom to make godly decisions, sensing inner
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Approach to Spiritual Discernment The spiritual discernment approach that I would follow would be the bull’s-eye method (Horton, 2009). I believe that God has a personal living word for everyone (McMinn, 1996). Through prayer and when one taps into the power of God, he will reveal his plan to the seeker. Christians on the path to maturity should have a worldview centered on Jesus Christ and the best way to discern that is through the scriptures and praying (Horton, 2009). Prayer is the way one communicates with God. With sincerity, when one prays for guidance God will reveal to the seeker the right decision. Affirmation of one’s decision may show up instinctively by the Holy Spirit as a feeling of serenity, or come through a person confirming the decision. The affirmation may come by way of scripture, or any way that is unprovoked (Horton, 2009). This could be one step or a road map to praying to God in order for him to reveal his will for one’s life. Maturity is a part of growing and this growth births wisdom which will help one in making decisions (Horton, 2009). A study done by Hankle (2009) revealed that feelings are an important trait that is implied in discernment. Feelings can cause a blur in decision making. It necessitates that one distance himself from emotions in order to decipher of what is

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