Listen to the Wonderful Counsellor

And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

— Ephesians 1:22-23 (NKJV)

God has made Jesus head over all things. How does this affect your personal life, your family, your church – and the Church?

Listen to the Wonderful Counsellor

In my previous message, I gave you a question to ponder: how much has God really initiated in your life?

Let me give you a thought from Psalm 1. Many of you are familiar with the beautiful words of this psalm:

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in season; his leaf will not wither; and whatever he does will prosper.”

That’s an unconditional promise of success. You’ve got to measure success by Bible standards, not contemporary Western culture. Success is not necessarily driving a Cadillac or a Mercedes. There’s a much higher level of success than that.

Rightly understood, God promises success to a person who meets certain conditions which are stated. There are three negative conditions and two positive. The negative conditions are: not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, not stand in the way of sinners, and not sit in the seat of the scornful. 

The positive ones are: delight in the law of the Lord, meditate in His law, day and night. And God says the person who does that will succeed. In the deepest and truest sense, when that person stands before Jesus in eternity, he will not have a lot of wood, hay and straw to be burned up.

This is the second question, as a practical application: where do you get your counsel from? Because you cannot get your counsel from the wrong source and still prosper. So, where do you get your counsel, your advice, your direction from? 

Do you realize that you have right of access to your Head who is called the Wonderful Counsellor? Are you availing yourself? You know, in the business world, people pay very large sums of money for letters from so-called experts telling you where to invest. Well, what about consulting the real expert? What about getting your counsel from the Wonderful Counsellor? It’s going to demand, for most of you, some pretty radical changes. Some of you will have to stop doing some of the things you’re doing. I don’t mean you’ve got to go out and stop tomorrow but I mean that there will be a process of adjustment. And if you do it faithfully, I want to tell you after about six months or a year, one day you’ll lean back and sigh, and you’ll say, “Oh, thank God I’m free from a lot of pressures that never did me any good.”


Dear Lord, I want to invest in Your Kingdom, which will give the richest reward by far. Thank You that You are my Wonderful Counsellor, and I have free access, always, to ask You for counsel. Thank You Lord that, through obedience to Your Word, I can prosper in every way and bear much fruit for Your glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

These messages are taken from Derek Prince's audio teaching series, The Headship of Jesus, available in our webshop here.