How do I know if I am ready?
Even if the counselee has little or no concept of a biblical relationship with God and a limited knowledge of what is meant by a sincere commitment to Christ, biblical counseling can be extremely effective. As the biblical counselor continually focuses the counselee’s attention on the authority and sufficiency of Scripture and explores the counselee’s problems from a biblical standpoint, the necessity for a wholehearted commitment to Christ will be repeatedly presented.
As the counselee begins to view his problems from a biblical standpoint, he will understand that the peace and joy promised by God does not depend on his financial situation, his work environment, the behavior of his spouse or children, or on any other external circumstance. A discouraged or despondent counselee can gain hope as he learns from Scripture that God’s peace and joy can be his as he depends solely on his relationship with the living God through Jesus Christ (John 14:27; 16:33).