Listen to the right people
Living a lifestyle of breakthrough includes knowing who to listen to and who not to listen to. If you want to lose weight don’t ask somebody who weighs 400lbs and has never successfully lost any weight. If you want to quit smoking don’t ask someone who has never successfully quit smoking. You need to listen to people who have both knowledge and personal experience. You need to listen to people who know what it’s like to struggle with the very thing that you are struggling with but have found a way to overcome.
Consider the motives
Everybody has their own agenda. Most people either want to make more money, more friends, enlarge and expand their organization, spread their particular message, gain more fame, recognition, respect etc. It is rare to find someone who will gave completely unfiltered, pure, wise advice that is truly in regards of your own best interest. That is why the following 2 tips are very important
- Only take advice from godly people. People who read their Bible and spend time with God on a regular basis
- Don’t take advice from just one person. The Bible says that by the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses let everything be established (II Corinthians 13:1). The Bible also says that in the multitude of counselors there is safety (Proverbs 11:14).
Get on the right bus
If you want to take a bus to Miami, Florida and you are in New York City, then you need to take a bus whose destination says “Miami, Florida.” Don’t get on somebody’s bus that isn’t going to take you where you need to go! It doesn’t matter how big and wonderful and luxurious that bus is, if it’s not going to take you where you are supposed to go, then it is the wrong bus! Anything and anybody who interferes with you reaching and fulfilling God’s purpose and destiny for your life is in fact a distraction. Even more so, they are in fact helping to fulfill Satan’s will for your life because Satan’s will is that you do not fulfill God’s will for your life.
Learn to discern
The Holy Spirit speaks directly to us and then often times he speaks through someone else. An important skill in life is learning to discern when the Holy Spirit is or is not speaking to us through someone else. There have been people who have given me very bad advice but because a) I know who I am in Christ and b) I was able to discern it was not the voice of the Holy Spirit – because of those two things I was able to avoid making a major mistake. Unfortunately, I have not always been so wise and sometimes I have made the wrong decision based on someone’s bad advice.