Tuesday, August 21, 2018 4:36 AM

Seven Things About Confusion

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 4:36 AM
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 4:36 AM

#233 Seven Things About Confusion

I am Fred Myers the founder of For the Fathers Ministry, and this is Faith by the Numbers.

Count your way to wisdom in number two hundred thirty-three of this series, Seven Things About Confusion.

The Bible clearly states in 1 Corinthians 14.33 that God is not a God of confusion. But, God does return confusion on those that create chaos by their evil deeds. The Bible also states in Isaiah 19.14 that there is a spirit of confusion, and God sends that spirit wherever He wills. The Bible demonstrates many times that God will use the elements of evil to overthrow evil. Throughout the history of the world mankind has blamed unexpected confusion on God, but God clearly reveals that those who do evil create their own confusion.

Seven Things About Confusion:

  1. God is not a God of confusion but of peace.
  2. Confusion was over the face of the deep at creation.
  3. There was confusion in the beginning and there will be confusion before the day of judgment.
  4. God used confusion to divide the people at the Tower of Babel.
  5. God uses the spirit of confusion against those in sin.
  6. God sends terror, confusion, and frustration to destroy evil.
  7. In the final days there will be tumult, trampling, and confusion before the day of judgment.

It is in chaos that evil operates. When God sends the spirit of confusion, God is demonstrating that regardless of the power of evil, the spirit of their own confusion holds their own destruction. If you are living a life of confusion with trouble at every turn, then turn to the God of peace and find rest for your life.

I am Fred Myers, and this is Faith by the Numbers.

It is my prayer that many will count their way to wisdom through this series and find the peace that surpasses all understanding.

1 Co 14:33a For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.

Ge 1:2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Is 34:11 But the hawk and the porcupine shall possess it, the owl and the raven shall dwell in it. He shall stretch the line of confusion over it, and the plumb line of emptiness.

Ge 11:7 Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.”

Ex 23:27 I will send my terror before you and will throw into confusion all the people against whom you shall come, and I will make all your enemies turn their backs to you.

Dt 28:20 The Lord will send on you curses, confusion, and frustration in all that you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and perish quickly on account of the evil of your deeds, because you have forsaken me.

Is 19:14 The Lord has mingled within her a spirit of confusion, and they will make Egypt stagger in all its deeds, as a drunken man staggers in his vomit.

Is 22:5 For the Lord God of hosts has a day of tumult and trampling and confusion in the valley of vision, a battering down of walls and a shouting to the mountains.

 

 

Monday, August 20, 2018 4:44 AM

Seven Valleys in the Bible

Monday, August 20, 2018 4:44 AM
Monday, August 20, 2018 4:44 AM

#232 Seven Valleys in the Bible

I am Fred Myers the founder of For the Fathers Ministry, and this is Faith by the Numbers.

Count your way to wisdom in number two hundred thirty-two of this series, Seven Valleys in the Bible.

The Bible states many times God is watching. This life is a test and mankind must account to God for their life and their decision. The seven valleys in the Bible signify these decisions.

Seven Valleys in the Bible:

  1. The valley of the shadow of death signifies that regardless of the trials our trust is in the Lord.
  2. The valley of trouble signifies the loss of blessings in sin.
  3. The valley of hope signifies that after this life there is hope found in righteousness.
  4. The valley of blessing signifies that in our blessings God is to be praised.
  5. The valley of weeping signifies that in trials God is our strength.
  6. The valley of dry bones signifies resurrection.
  7. The valley of decision signifies that this life is a test and God requires a decision.

Yeah though I walk through the valley of death God is my strength, and Jesus Christ is my hope in this life and the next.

I am Fred Myers, and this is Faith by the Numbers.

It is my prayer that many will count their way to wisdom through this series and find the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Ps 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Jos 7:26 And they raised over him a great heap of stones that remains to this day. Then the Lord turned from his burning anger. Therefore, to this day the name of that place is called the Valley of Achor.

Ho 2:15 And there I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.

2 Ch 20:26 On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Beracah, for there they blessed the Lord. Therefore the name of that place has been called the Valley of Beracah to this day.

Ps 84:6 As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. Ps 84:7 They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.

Eze 37:1 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones.

Joe 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.

 

 

Sunday, August 19, 2018 4:15 AM

Seven Things About the "Good Fight"

Sunday, August 19, 2018 4:15 AM
Sunday, August 19, 2018 4:15 AM

#231 Seven Things About the "Good Fight"

I am Fred Myers the founder of For the Fathers Ministry, and this is Faith by the Numbers.

Count your way to wisdom in number two-hundred-thirty-one of this series, Seven Things About the Good Fight.

Every Christian wants to hear the words in:

Mt 25:21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’

Enter into the joy of your master will be the greatest words in all of eternity anyone could hear. Christians have read or heard these words recited from the Bible, but how many know what the “good fight” consist of? Paul was writing to his disciple Timothy who he had assigned to lead the church at Ephesus. Paul was charging Timothy to live a life beyond reproach and in doing so, Paul wrote the definition of the “good fight”.

Seven Things About the Good Fight:

  1. Finish the race by enduring in courage.
  2. Take hold of the eternal life by fully believing and trusting Jesus Christ.
  3. Make the good confession by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
  4. Make the confession in the presence of many witnesses by being an evangelist.
  5. Keep the commandment unstained by living a life of obedience.
  6. Keep the commandment free from approach by doing all for God and not for gain.
  7. Stay faithful until you see Jesus Christ by being a witness above reproach to the very end.

Begin at this moment by imagining the voice that will speak well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your master. Now, go forward and fight the good fight doing all these things for the joy of your master and your soul.

I am Fred Myers, and this is Faith by the Numbers.

It is my prayer that many will count their way to wisdom through this series and find the peace that surpasses all understanding.

2 Ti 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Ti 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

1 Ti 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Ti 6:13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 1 Ti 6:14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ

Saturday, August 18, 2018 8:58 AM

Seven Things Not of Heaven

Saturday, August 18, 2018 8:58 AM
Saturday, August 18, 2018 8:58 AM

#230 Seven Things Not of Heaven

I am Fred Myers the founder of For the Fathers Ministry, and this is Faith by the Numbers.

Count your way to wisdom in number two-hundred and thirty of this series, Seven Things Not of Heaven.

There are three questions I ask everyone when presenting the Gospel. First, do you ever think of God? Second, do you ever think of heaven? Third, what would God want you to do to be in heaven with Him? I do so because everyone has thought of God and heaven, even the unbeliever. You must think about something to say you do not believe therefore, everyone thinks of God and of heaven. I do not know the full riches of heaven, but we do have some idea of what it will be like, and what it will not be like from what is written in the Bible. I think the two verses that states the seven stark differences between heaven and earth is in the Book of Revelation. The bible tells us the things that will not be of heaven that are now prevalent in life here on earth.

Seven Things Not of Heaven:

  1. There will be no more separation from God therefore, no more sin.
  2. There will be no more tears.
  3. There will be no more death.
  4. There will be no more mourning.
  5. There will be no more crying.
  6. There will be no more pain.
  7. There will be no more remorse, or sorrow about the past.

Everything that makes life hard is found in sin. Without sin, there is no pain or suffering. Life without death, pain, sorrow, and tears is a life we can only imagine, and it is the hope of every person. But, it is a life that can only be realized with God. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, that we may have life and have it more abundantly. 

In wisdom and knowledge, choose the abundance of salvation found in Jesus Christ.

I am Fred Myers, and this is Faith by the Numbers.

It is my prayer that many will count their way to wisdom through this series and find the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Re 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. Re 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

 

Friday, August 17, 2018 4:22 AM

Seven Things About Speaking in Tongues

Friday, August 17, 2018 4:22 AM
Friday, August 17, 2018 4:22 AM

#229 Seven Things About Speaking in Tongues

I am Fred Myers the founder of For the Fathers Ministry, and this is Faith by the Numbers.

Count your way to wisdom in number two hundred twenty-nine of this series, Seven Things About Speaking in Tongues.

Most Christians have not been troubled by the controversy of speaking in tongues, but many have wondered about the matter. Paul tells Christians that he spoke in tongues and wished that every Christian could also. From these insights from Paul, whole denominations have arisen to speak in tongues, and great controversy has ensued. It is as if Paul said nothing else about tongues, because his full teachings are ignored. I think you will be quite surprised when you hear Paul’s full teaching on this matter. You may even wonder how all this arose.

Seven Things About Speaking in Tongues:

  1. Speaking in tongues speaks to God and has no understanding for men.
  2. Speaking in tongues only builds up the one speaking, not others, or the church.
  3. Speaking in tongues is a lesser gift than prophecy.
  4. Speaking in tongues offers little in the way of revelation for the church.
  5. Speaking in tongues is a lesser way for the manifestation of the Spirit to build up the church.
  6. Speaking ten thousand words in tongues is of less value than five words of good biblical instructions.
  7. Speaking in tongues has no value as testimony for the unbeliever.

How did this controversy even arise? I want you to notice that Paul begins the teaching on tongues by telling everyone to pursue love, and then explains tongues. Paul is telling all Christians to let God be in charge of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit, and we as Christian be in charge of the fruits of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness.

I am Fred Myers, and this is Faith by the Numbers.

It is my prayer that many will count their way to wisdom through this series and find the peace that surpasses all understanding.

1 Co 14:1 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. 1 Co 14:2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. 1 Co 14:3 On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. 1 Co 14:4 The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. 1 Co 14:5 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up. 1 Co 14:6 Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching? 1 Co 14:7 If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played? 1 Co 14:8 And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle? 1 Co 14:9 So with yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air. 1 Co 14:10 There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning, 1 Co 14:11 but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me. 1 Co 14:12 So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church. 1 Co 14:13 Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret. 1 Co 14:14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. 1 Co 14:15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also. 1 Co 14:16 Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying? 1 Co 14:17 For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up. 1 Co 14:18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 1 Co 14:19 Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue. 1 Co 14:20 Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. 1 Co 14:21 In the Law it is written, “By people of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord.” 1 Co 14:22 Thus tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is a sign not for unbelievers but for believers. 1 Co 14:23 If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds? 1 Co 14:24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, 1 Co 14:25 the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.

 

 

 

 

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