Monday, March 25, 2019 4:48 AM

Seven Rules for Giving Advice

Monday, March 25, 2019 4:48 AM
Monday, March 25, 2019 4:48 AM

 

#84 Seven Rules for Giving Advice

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 eighty-four of this series, Seven Rules for Giving Advice.

There are biblical principles found in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes for giving advice. Give it only to those who ask or are under your care and supervision. Advice is almost always given to those that want no part of it. Therefore, advice, if possible, should only be given if it is asked for, or for those that are under your care and supervision.

Seven Rules for Giving Advice:

  1. People that do not ask for advice will hate you and the advice. People that ask for advice will love you.
  2. Unwanted advice incurs abuse and injury.
  3. Unwanted advice is never heeded.
  4. Unwanted advice will sometimes help a man of understanding who is listening while you give advice to another.
  5. Advice is an insult to the person who feels that they are already wise.
  6. Unwanted advice cures nothing, and only causes strife…therefore the frustration.
  7. The old and the young need advice, but unfortunately, there does come a time when those that once prospered with advice now refuse to accept advice to their own harm.

Christians are given wisdom as to giving unwanted advice, but Christians are also given a command to share the Gospel. The Gospel may be unwanted, but it is not the same as advice. Advice is a help in life, but the Gospel is eternal life therefore, speak the grace and mercy found in Jesus Christ to others.

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.

Pr 9:8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Pr 9:7 Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.

Pr 15:12 A scoffer does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise.

Pr 19:25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will gain knowledge.

Pr 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

Pr 13:10 By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom.

Ec 4:13 Better was a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knew how to take advice.

Sunday, March 24, 2019 4:02 AM

Christian Walk vs Christian Discernment

Sunday, March 24, 2019 4:02 AM
Sunday, March 24, 2019 4:02 AM

 

#83 Six Things About Walk vs Discernment

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 eighty-three of this series, Six Things About the Christian Walk vs Christian Discernment.

Many people do not believe in the sufficiency of the Bible for everyday life. Not only is it sufficient, it is written surprisingly simple. The foundational commands for the Christian walk calls for good, right, and true, while Christian discernment calls for good, acceptable, and perfect.

Six Things About the Walk vs Christian Discernment:

First the Christian Walk as found in:  Eph 5:9 for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true.

  1. Good is defined as, the quality of moral excellence; especially as a quality that is not stagnant, but actively working itself out.
  2. Right is defined as, a life or lifestyle in conformity to justice, law, and morality as given by God.
  3. True is defined as, conformity to reality or actuality; often with the implication of dependability.

Now Christian Discernment as told in: Ro 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.  

Again, in Christian discernment we see some of the same qualities as called for in the Christian walk.

  1. Good is defined as moral excellence.
  2. Acceptable is defined as, well pleasing in a greater degree than usual to only God.
  3. Perfect is defined as, being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish.

A life lived in good, right, and true, as well as good, and acceptable, while striving to be perfect is a life lived in peace and blessings.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019 4:31 AM

Seven Rules for Christian Dress

Saturday, March 23, 2019 4:31 AM
Saturday, March 23, 2019 4:31 AM

 

#82 Seven Rules for Christian Dress

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 eighty-two of this series, Seven Rules for Christian Dress.

God calls Christians to set themselves apart from the world in how we live our life in five areas as taught in 1 Timothy 4.12.

  1. Speech
  2. Conduct
  3. Love
  4. Faith
  5. Purity

There is one thought that Christians should have in mind when choosing appropriate adornment and dress. Nakedness in the Bible is considered a sign of shame, therefore if Christians need to expose their outer-self, it is because they are ashamed of their inner-self.

Seven Rules for Christian Dress

  1. Respectable: Your clothes must reflect respect for yourself and the image of God.
  2. Modest: Biblical modesty is rooted in the inner character of the person.
  3. Moderation: Your adornment and dress reflect control over inner passions.
  4. Cost: Not to the highest limit, for a biblical price reflects inner pride or humility.
  5. Proper: Suitability, rightness, and appropriateness for gender, age, and occasion.
  6. Magnificence: Not to be used to set oneself aside and above.
  7. Wisdom: The final and foundation rule is that adornment and dress should reflect a fear and awe of God.

The five qualities in 1Timothy 4.12 make up the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit that is spoken of in 1 Peter 3.4. It is the inner-self that is precious in the sight of God. God counts the inner beauty more important than what Christians wear, but God does have requirements for dress and adornment that reflect faith.

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 Ti 4:12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

1 Pe 3:4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.

Is 3:18 In that day the Lord will take away the finery of the anklets, the headbands, and the crescents…

Re 21:19a The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel.

1 Ti 2:9 likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire…

Pr 4:9 She will place on your head a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”

Eze 16:11 And I adorned you with ornaments and put bracelets on your wrists and a chain on your neck. Eze 16:13 Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was of fine linen and silk and embroidered cloth.

Eze 16:15 But you trusted in your beauty and played the whore because of your renown and lavished your whorings on any passerby; your beauty became his.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, March 22, 2019 4:36 AM

Seven Steps for Discernment

Friday, March 22, 2019 4:36 AM
Friday, March 22, 2019 4:36 AM

 

#81 Seven Steps for Discernment

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 eighty-one of this series, Seven Steps for Discernment.

The lack of discernment, comes from a lack of knowledge of God’s word, and this is the reason we see Christianity, Christians, and the church in such a struggle. The Book of Daniel tells us that knowledge will increase, but, unfortunately no such thing is said about discernment.

Christians are required to test what is pleasing to the Lord, and there is a spirit of truth and a spirit of error. It is a matter of which spirit you are more in favor with. Some love the truth, and some love the world. Deception is possible when people refuse to love the truth.

Seven Steps for Discernment:

  1. Christians must use discernment to please the Lord.
  2. Christians must test the spirit.
  3. There is a spirit of truth and a spirit of error.
  4. Refusal to love the truth, which is the Bible, guarantees deception.
  5. Bible study is a serious requirement for every Christian to be able to test the spirits.
  6. The Gospel is the truth, and the only name under heaven which mankind can be saved is Jesus Christ, therefore there are no other world religions. Believe it and you will stop being deceived.
  7. Discernment is not choosing what you like but choosing by God’s requirements as written in scripture.

The greatest loss to the world is the deception in the world. Discernment takes constant practice of Bible study.

Heb 5:14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

Come and study God’s word daily and be blessed daily.

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.

Eph 5:10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.

1 Jn 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

1 Jn 4:6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

2 Th 2:10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

2 Ti 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Col 1:5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel

Ps 119:160 The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.

Thursday, March 21, 2019 4:27 AM

Seven Things of Genuine Faith

Thursday, March 21, 2019 4:27 AM
Thursday, March 21, 2019 4:27 AM

#80 Seven Things of Genuine Faith

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 eighty of this series, Seven Things of Genuine Faith.

The Bible is simple in all aspects of salvation and obedience. The simplest person can understand God’s requirements. In fact, faith is defined in Hebrews in one sentence.

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Seven Things of Genuine Faith:

  1. By faith, Abel offered a more acceptable sacrifice.
  2. By faith, Enoch pleased God.
  3. By faith, Noah, in reverent fear, obeyed God.
  4. By faith, Noah, condemned the world.
  5. By faith, Abraham, answered God’s call.
  6. By faith, Sarah, received supernatural power.
  7. By faith, they all lived the conviction of things not seen.

Let’s look at the things that make up genuine faith. It is in faith that we believe in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sin. In the newness of this faith, we please God, obey God, condemn the world, answer God’s call, receive supernaturally the Holy Spirit, and though it is all unseen, we live knowing God is the truth for our 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.

Heb 11:4 By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.

Heb 11:5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.

Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

Heb 11:8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.

Heb 11:11 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.

Heb 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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