Wednesday, December 12, 2018 4:46 AM

Seven Things Paul Struggled For

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 4:46 AM
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 4:46 AM

#346 Seven Things Paul Struggled For

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 three hundred forty-six of this series, Seven Things Paul Struggled For.

Paul told the Christians in Colossians, “I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you”. Paul then went on to tell the seven things he struggled to achieve on their behalf. He also added that he struggled even for those that had not yet seen him face-to-face. Paul understood two things. First, not many would accept Jesus Christ as their savior. Secondly, once they did become Christians it would be a struggle to get them to achieve these seven things.

Seven Things Paul Struggled For:

  1. Paul struggled so Christian hearts would be encouraged.
  2. Paul struggled for Christian unity in love.
  3. Paul struggled so Christians could reach full assurance and knowledge of Christ.
  4. Paul struggled so Christians could not be deceived with plausible arguments.
  5. Paul struggled for Christian order.
  6. Paul struggled to keep Christians firm in faith.
  7. Paul struggled to keep Christians abounding in thanksgiving.

Paul’s struggles back then are the same struggles of Christian leaders today. God watched His people time after time turn away in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, Christ came and died that people would turn to God and again for two thousand years they have rebelled. Every Christian was warned of a struggle, but the struggle was to be in contending for the faith and we spend too much time struggling to be faithful. We must remember that God rewards the faithful.

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.

Col 2:1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, Col 2:2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, Col 2:3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Col 2:4 I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. Col 2:5 For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. Col 2:6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, Col 2:7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 4:44 AM

Seven Things of God’s Character

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 4:44 AM
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 4:44 AM

#345 Seven Things of God’s Character

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 three hundred forty-five of this series, Seven Things of God’s Character.

God chose a people for himself therefore, God needed to tell the Jewish people about himself. In the Book of Exodus God passed before Moses on Mount Sinai and proclaimed seven things about His character.

Seven Things of God’s Character:

  1. God is merciful.
  2. God is gracious.
  3. God is slow to anger.
  4. God is abounding in steadfast love.
  5. God is faithful.
  6. God keeps steadfast love.
  7. God is forgiving.

These seven things that makes up God’s character makes up God’s glory. Many people who stand in rebellion to God do so never knowing they are following Satan. There is no middle ground.

Eph 2:2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience

When the character traits of God and Satan are described, I wonder how many, using only the list of traits, would choose Satan? Choose God and you will have chosen all the good of God.

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.

Ex 34:6 The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, Ex 34:7 keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

 

Monday, December 10, 2018 4:42 AM

Seven Things Announced in Isaiah

Monday, December 10, 2018 4:42 AM
Monday, December 10, 2018 4:42 AM

#344 Seven Things Announced in Isaiah

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 three hundred forty-four of this series, Seven Things Announced in Isaiah.

Isaiah announced seven things in chapter 61 of his book. These seven could have only been about Jesus Christ for Christ came and accomplished these seven.

Seven Things Announced in Isaiah:

  1. To bring good news to the poor and afflicted.
  2. To bind up the brokenhearted.
  3. To proclaim liberty to the captives.
  4. The opening of the prison to those who are bound.
  5. To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
  6. To proclaim a day of vengeance of our God.
  7. To comfort all who mourn.

Notice that Jesus did not come with promises of prosperity, equality, social justice or any of a number of things that people want to claim for Christ. Jesus was interested in the Gospel of God. Jesus did not come to die so mankind could be healthy, wealthy, and worldly wise. The Bible is clear, Christ, the wisdom of God, came to proclaim his death upon the Cross for the forgiveness of sin. Christians are to proclaim this same Gospel of God that others might live.

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.

Is 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; Is 61:2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn

 

Sunday, December 9, 2018 4:20 AM

Seven Things of the Light

Sunday, December 9, 2018 4:20 AM
Sunday, December 9, 2018 4:20 AM

#343 Seven Things of the Light

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 three hundred forty-three of this series, Seven Things of the Light.

There are only seven times that the phrase “in the light” is used in the New Testament. God has made the Bible very easy and very clear on two subjects, salvation and obedience. Salvation and obedience are seen as either in the dark or in the light. In the Bible, there is only dark and light and there are no good examples of setting on the fence or standing in the shadows. The dark and the light cannot be straddled. Too often we think the sins of others are much worse than our sins therefore, God must surely see this distinction. God does not. God only sees things as in the dark or in the light.

Seven Things of the Light:

  1. Christians are to speak the Gospel in the light.
  2. Each word spoken in the dark shall be heard in the light.
  3. People in the light will be known in the world as those with Christ.
  4. People are to know Jesus is the light and to believe in the light.
  5. If Christians walk in the light, we have fellowship with one another and receive the forgiveness of sin.
  6. You cannot hate if you are in the light.
  7. Whoever loves abides in the light.

God and Christ are the examples of what heaven will be like. There will be no need of sun or moon for God will be our light. The good of God is found only in the light.

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.

Mt 10:27 What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.

Lk 12:3 Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.

Lk 22:56 Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.”

Jn 12:36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.

1 Jn 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

1 Jn 2:9 Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.

1 Jn 2:10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling.

 

Saturday, December 8, 2018 4:18 AM

Seven Things About Jesus and Heaven

Saturday, December 8, 2018 4:18 AM
Saturday, December 8, 2018 4:18 AM

#342 Seven Things About Jesus and 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 three hundred forty-two of this series, Seven Things About Jesus and Heaven.

Jesus Christ came from heaven to reveal the Kingdom of God through the Gospel of God. The Gospel that Jesus proclaimed to all mankind was the forgiveness of sin in His name to eternal life. With Jesus Christ’s resurrection, God put all eternal things into His hand. This resurrection is the foundation of Christianity.

1 Co 15:14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.

Seven Things About Jesus and Heaven:

  1. Jesus passed through the heavens.
  2. Jesus is exalted above the heavens.
  3. Jesus sets at the right hand of God in heaven.
  4. Jesus will be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels.
  5. Jesus came down from heaven.
  6. Jesus will come back on the clouds of heaven.
  7. Jesus has all authority in heaven.

Many speak of judgment day and know they will see God face-to-face on that day, but do you know that it is not God that will judge mankind, it is Jesus Christ.

Jn 5:22 For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son

Judgment for all mankind is certain.

Heb 12:25 See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven.

Do not refuse the good of God in the name of 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.

Heb 4:14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

Heb 7:26 For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.

Eph 1:20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places

2 Th 1:7 and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels

Jn 6:42 They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”

Mt 26:64 Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”  

Mt 28:18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Eph 1:21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. Eph 1:22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church…

 

 

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