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One important point ought to be made concerning the use of I Corinthians 10:13 in counseling.  The passage is particularly useful to set the tone of counseling from the very beginning.  Sometimes these principles must be asserted frequently in the first few sessions.  When a client has begun to solve his problems, when he has turned the corner and has begun to establish new biblical life patterns, and is ready for debriefing, it is also good to remind him of I Corinthians 10:13.  At this point, his reluctance is gone and he wholeheartedly concurs.  Then he may be asked to turn to I Corinthians 10:12, which adds the other half of the picture.  While it is true that in Christ he can solve every problem, he must be careful to solve them in Christ.  Paul says, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me”:  he does not say, “I can do all things in my own strength.”  So in the debriefing session, the client is warned, “Let him who thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (Corinthians 10:12).  Clients who begin to establish Christian habit patterns to their present difficulties, may get an early flush of joy and confidence which can turn easily into cocksureness.  This must be discouraged.

Competent to Counsel, Jay E. Adams, page 135, 136

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