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…

 

 

Friday, December 7, 2018 4:16 AM

Seven Things About Teachers and Students

Friday, December 7, 2018 4:16 AM
Friday, December 7, 2018 4:16 AM

#341 Seven Things About Teachers and Students

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-one of this series, Seven Things About Teachers and Students.

James found from His leadership of the first Jewish Christian church that not everyone should be a teacher. In fact, Paul had trouble from teachers that came into his churches and claimed they were from James, but only stirred up his congregations and caused trouble with what they were teaching.

Jas 3:1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.

Seven Things About Teachers and Students:

  1. Every pastor and teacher are only the assistant teacher. The Holy Spirit is the teacher.
  2. The teacher must speak clearly and make sense of the Bible, so the people understand.
  3. The student is to study the Bible daily to make sure the teacher is teaching God’s truth.
  4. The teacher and student are to pray for wisdom before each lesson.
  5. Teachers are to be ready to teach at all times with complete patience.
  6. Teachers are to teach sound doctrine.
  7. Teachers are to teach with integrity and dignity and sound speech.

I find it beautiful how God created the mutual responsibility between teacher and student. We see Paul following the mutual fellowship between himself and those he taught.

Ro 1:11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— Ro 1:12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.

Like Paul, teachers should long to see their students, be prepared to share something in God’s word that strengthens. The interaction mutually encourages both the student and the teacher.

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 2:13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

Ne 8:8 They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.

Ac 17:11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Jas 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

2 Ti 4:2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

Tt 2:1 But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.

Tt 2:7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, Tt 2:8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.

Students please note that there is a final exam.

1 Co 3:13 each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.

 

Thursday, December 6, 2018 4:14 AM

Seven Things About Immature Christian Adults

Thursday, December 6, 2018 4:14 AM
Thursday, December 6, 2018 4:14 AM

 #340 Seven Things About Immature Christian Adults

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 of this series, Seven Things About Immature Christian Adults.

The Apostle Paul said that he toiled and struggled with all the energy Christ powerfully worked in him. Paul needed the mighty power of Christ to do three things, proclaim, warn, and teach Christian adults. Evidently Paul found this to be one of his hardest tasks. Paul wanted Christians to stop acting and thinking like toddlers. The word for children means toddler or infantile.

Col 1:28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. Col 1:29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

Seven Things About Immature Christian Adults:

  1. They are tossed to and fro in their thinking.
  2. They are carried away by every wind of doctrine.
  3. They are fooled by human cunning and craftiness.
  4. They are susceptible to lies.
  5. They are unskilled in the word of God.
  6. They are unready and unable to learn the word of God.
  7. They are infantile in their thinking.

Paul warns that immature adult Christians are at great risk. These warnings are still needed today. In an age when information is readily available, both truth and lies, Christian adults need scripture in their life. Not the confusion over the Bible we see today. God’s word protects you, but to be protected you need to study His word. Come and find the rest and security found in knowing 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.

Eph 4:14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

Heb 5:13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.

1 Co 3:1 But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 1 Co 3:2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready…

1 Co 14:20 Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.

 

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