Christ-based Counseling (CBC)
Process of Being Made Whole
Dr. Steven B. DavidSson
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The core of Christ-based Counseling (CBC) is the Process of Being Made Whole. This Process includes six constituents and strategic prayer for forty-five days. This tract is provided for counselees to help them understand the steps, and why forty-five days of prayer is so important.
The Process of Being Made Whole
The six constituents of the Christ-based Counseling process are as follows:
The Counselee Must Be Born-Again (John 3:3-8): The foundation of Christ-based Counseling�s effectiveness is in the faith dimension. Therefore, only persons who are believers can avail themselves to the therapeutic or healing process in Christ-based Counseling. Persons who do not know the Lord, but desire CBC must be evangelized first. Nevertheless, Jesus discussion with Nicodemus in the referenced text makes the point clear. The counselee must be born again.
The Counselee Must Be Presented Balanced Biblical Insights (Matt. 4:5-7): God�s Word, rightly divided is the therapy for right thinking. However as shown in the referenced text, God�s word must be balanced, and not some half-concocted, or perverted presentation of God�s Word. This can be seen in the Devil�s inappropriate use of Psalms 91. Christ-based Counseling relies on the appropriate use of God�s Word, and understands the overarching principles of God�s Word.
The Counselee Must Possess the Degree of Faith Needed (Mark 4:24): Beyond possessing faith unto salvation, counselee�s must believe that God will intervene in their personal circumstances. The referenced verse is preceded by verses 13-20 where Jesus explains the different types of hearers of God�s word: Wayside, Stony, Thorns & Thistles, and Good Ground. Each of these persons represent how "hearers" embrace God�s Word. Regardless of the circumstances, Good Ground hearers believe. They believe that God "is" operating in their personal situation.
The Counselee Must Be Committed (Luke 21:1-4): Counselee�s must be thoroughly invested in the Process. The woman in the example gave "all" that she had. It is not unusual that our culture desires a significant lifestyle change, but often people do not desire to make the investment of time and personal sacrifice. This Process requires complete commitment by the counselee as the woman shown in the referenced text.
The Counselee Must Do The Practical (Mark 8:1-3): Depending on the issue,
counselees must do the practical or physical things. As shown in referenced
text, Jesus recognizes the need to feed the multitude, or they would faint. The
practical matters must be satisfied, and these are usually understood. As an
example, a person seeking a job must seek employment opportunities, and submit
applications where applicable.
The Counselee Must Stay In The Process (John 15:3-9): Persons who encounter any issue must be willing to invest time in counseling, prayer, study, and application of God�s Word. It is popular to look for the immediate answer and quick solution. However, what makes a matter or issue problematical is that typically, there is no immediate answer or solution. Therefore, counselees must stay in the counseling process as scheduled. Also, they must be engaged in the greater fellowship of believers, and on-going development in Christ.
Forty-five Days of Prayer
Important to the counseling process is the additional therapeutic dimension of strategic prayer. As opposed to generalized prayer, the term strategic is used to denote the specific focus of prayer. Remember, Christ-based counseling works with both dimensions (i.e., the natural and spiritual). The Lord has empowered believers to impact the spiritual dimension.
Why Forty-five Days? As mentioned in the sixth constituent of the Process of Being Made Whole, issues faced by most counselees represent problems that will not be resolved in a short timeframe. Additionally, many believers do not have a daily and concentrated prayer regimen.
Most important life changes require a transition, which usually involves the combination of an established timeframe and a different behavioral pattern, focus, or practice.
Biblically, the number forty is used so often it is more than a mere coincident. Other significant numbers, which most of us hear about are three and seven. There are others not mentioned as significantly.
One must be cautious about the use of numbers. There is always the danger that one may be overcome by superstition and mysticism involving numbers. Praying for forty-five days has nothing to do with any kind of superstition.
Biblically, [after sin] it appears that it requires a timeframe of about forty earth days or years for the operation of angels to complete an assignment. I refer to earth days for our (i.e., human) benefit. Angels are the purveyors of God�s will. That is, they are the workers at God�s command who cause results in the material universe. God uses the angels to create, change, or allow our circumstances. They work in the angelic dimension, but their results are manifested in the physical dimension. Clearly, God has connected our prayers to their operation as shown later in this tract. There are more than 250 references to angels in the Bible.
Since angels are not limited by time or space, they merely refer to days for our benefit (e.g., Dan. 10:13). Therefore, the events in Scripture involving "forty" often refer to the completion of a phase, process, or administration. If this is true, the principle should be witnessed at least three times in Scripture (Deu 17:6; Matt. 18:16). Examples are provided as follows:
Genesis 7:12: It rained forty days and forty nights (i.e. the Flood) before the renewal of the earth.
Numbers 13:25: Spies assess the land for forty days and return before making their final decision concerning the Promised Land. When they were found to be unfaithful, they wandered for forty years.
Deuteronomy 10:10: Both times the tablets of the Ten Commandments required forty days to complete before being presented to the Hebrews.
I Kings 19:5-8: Prompted by two angels to eat, afterwards, Elijah fasts for forty days and nights before journeying to Mt. Horeb. There, he received transition instructions.
Ezekiel 4:6: The prophet was instructed to lie on his side for forty days as an object lesson to Judah representing the years of Judah�s iniquity.
Daniel 10:13,20: Daniel bewildered about a vision, prays for understanding. The angel reveals that it took him twenty-one days to arrive, but the angel�s mission was not concluded. He had to return and continue his battle with the prince of Persia--at least another 21 days.
Jonah 3:4: The prophet warned Nineveh that it had forty days before being overthrown. They repented and averted their doom.
The Old Testament is where the precedent is found for the significance of a timeframe covering at least forty days. More importantly, there are two extraordinary events in the life of Jesus involving forty-day periods. First, the gospels (Matthew 4:2; Mark 1:3; Luke 4:2) record Jesus� wilderness journey before initiating His earthly ministry. This period launching His earthly ministry was forty days and forty nights. Angels were on the scene ministering to Him (Matt. 4:11; Mark 1:13). Secondly, as an irrefutable demonstration of His resurrection, Jesus appeared and ministered for a period of forty days (Acts 1:3). Again, angels were on the scene as He departed earth (Acts 1:10-11).
It is noteworthy here that one of the important characteristics Jesus taught about prayer was persistency (Luke 11:5-8; Luke 18:1-8). Luke 18:1 provides the specific purpose for the instructions on prayer. Pointedly, He instructed that we must not loose heart (KJV) or give up (NIV). The Apostle Paul used terms such as "pray without ceasing" and "always praying" (Eph. 6:18; Col. 1:3; I Th. 5:17).
Recall, the case where a boy was psychotic (Matt. 17:14-21), and the disciples could not cure him. Jesus rebuked the demon in the boy, and he was cured. The disciples wanted to know why they could not cure the boy. Jesus identified the problem: Their lack of faith demonstrated by the absence of prayer and fasting. Persistency in prayer is the evidence of faithfulness. Therefore, Jesus did not mean they did not pray at the moment of need. He meant, "This could only be done by persons with a discipline of prayer and fasting." The most challenging issues in life require a process of faith demonstrated by persistent prayer disciplines (i.e., prayer and fasting). Disciples/persons with these virtues need only to strategically focus on a specific need. Like Jesus, their angels are "on-the-ready" awaiting marching orders from the Lord (Matt. 18:10; 26:51-53). NOTE: Believers must not worship, or pray to angels.
Clearly, Jesus knew the reality of what happens in the angelic dimension when believers pray. The angels are on the move, but they are opposed. God has connected their success to our faith or persistence. Jesus says, "don�t loose heart." We must keep praying on a specific issue.
Finally, Ephesians 6:10-20 discusses the opposition to believers� walk in Christ. Paul makes it clear that the overwhelming objective must be to defeat demonic operations in the angelic dimension. Once this is accomplished, the way is cleared for "results" in the physical or material dimension. Please notice that the weaponry is spiritual. The Christ-based Counseling focus is verses 16-18. These verses highlight faith, the Spirit or Word of God, and prayer as the primary weapons. Paul adds, "? and watching with all perseverance ?" No doubt, God can resolve a matter in a day. However, the Biblical evidence is convincing that a process is required for matters requiring spiritual intervention.
Finally, the term, "forty years" is also noteworthy. "Forty years" is used more often than "forty days." Consider that with God and the angels, there is no difference between forty-days, and forty-years (Psa. 90:4; 2 Pe. 3:8). When believers pray in a range of forty days--in God�s will, they will see a discernable change. Remember, this affirms a process or practice in the angelic dimension. The issue may not be resolved, but there will be change. And a person will be closer to the Lord�s answer. Obviously, some matters of prayer will be with us a lifetime. Others are not long at all.
Test it! If you have an issue, follow the six-steps, and pray forty-five days. See if there is an affirmative "change." Remember, the number, "forty" is not magical. One is to keep praying until the mission is complete.
What about the additional five days? As Paul would say, "this is not the Lord�s command, but mine and I believe it is worthy. An additional five days cannot hurt." sbd