Tuesday, February 19, 2019 4:59 AM

Four Verses for All of Christian Life

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 4:59 AM
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 4:59 AM

 

50 Four Verses for All of Christian Life

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 fifty of this series, Four Verses for All of Christian Life.

As a teacher of the Bible, I am often asked about two topics. What certain verses mean, and if something is permissible. Instead of answers about biblical meaning and biblical permission, it would be good to be asked more often about how to walk in faith. Should I be asked, I would say that four verses would suffice as a full foundation.

Four Verses for All of Christian Life:

  1. God first loved us before we loved Him.
  2. God loved us so much that He sent Jesus Christ to forgive our sins.
  3. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another.
  4. The greatest thing a Christian can do is imitate God and Christ in love.

God is the greatest communicator, and the greatest communicator made the Gospel, salvation, and the Christian walk simple. God said knowledge is easy for a man of understanding, and Jesus said my yoke is easy and my burden is 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.

 

 

Monday, February 18, 2019 4:44 AM

Seven Ways to be Blessed

Monday, February 18, 2019 4:44 AM
Monday, February 18, 2019 4:44 AM

 

49 Seven Ways to be Blessed

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 forty-nine of this series, Seven Ways to be Blessed.

The Bible tells every Christian how to receive a blessing, and it may not be as you thought. You must bless in order to be blessed. Peter writes in:

1 Pe 3:9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.

We are to bless that we may obtain a blessing just as God told Abraham. God said He blessed Abraham that Abraham might be a blessing to others.

Ge 12:2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.

Seven Ways to be Blessed:

  1. Do not repay evil for evil
  2. Do not revile for reviling
  3. Do not threaten back
  4. Bless those that curse you
  5. Pray for those that abuse you
  6. When persecuted, endure
  7. Suffer for doing good

The word “blessing” includes enablement. Therefore, be blessed so you can be enabled to be a blessing 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.

1 Pe 3:9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.

1 Pe 2:23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.

Lk 6:28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

1 Co 4:12 and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure

1 Pe 2:20 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.

 

 

 

Sunday, February 17, 2019 4:53 AM

Three Fateful Steps

Sunday, February 17, 2019 4:53 AM
Sunday, February 17, 2019 4:53 AM

 

48 Three Fateful Steps

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 forty-eight of this series, Three Fateful Steps.

How does someone go from an innocent child to an adult living a life defined by sin? I believe the Bible demonstrates that faith starts in the heart, but it does not end in the heart. Faith moves from the heart to the head, and from our thoughts into our words and actions. Therefore, the Bible tells Christians to take every thought captive. God is saying stop before you start. No one just quits believing. They begin by thinking that their favorite sins are acceptable, and then act on their thinking.

Paul states this exact route from faith to depravity in:

Eph 4:31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

Notice the last word in the verse, “malice”. The word “malice” is defined biblically as depravity and perversion.

Three Steps to Total Depravity:

  1. Heart, this is where bitterness starts.
  2. Mind, it is in the mind that we work ourselves into wrath and anger.
  3. Actions and speaking which causes us to live in clamor and slander leading to a life in malice.

Paul and James tell each Christian the way to escape this path of destruction. First, Paul writes in:

1 Co 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Now James writes in:

Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Thoughts of temptation are not new, and the escape route has been open for time immortal. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.

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, February 16, 2019 4:28 AM

Twenty-One Weights That Drag Us Down

Saturday, February 16, 2019 4:28 AM
Saturday, February 16, 2019 4:28 AM

 

47 Twenty-One Weights That Drag Us Down

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 forty-seven of this series, Twenty-One Weights That Drag Us Down.

It is interesting to take some of the verses in which individual sins are listed. It gives believers and unbelievers a chance to weigh the list against their life. Paul encourages everyone to lay aside the weight of sin. Christians must remember that God only blesses us in wisdom and sin is not wisdom. There are no blessings in any of these twenty-one weights that drag us down. The Bible tells us in:

Ro 13:12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.

The list has may weights, but a reading of the list will reinforce the words of scripture that tells us sin is the greatest burden of life.

Twenty-One Weights That Drag Us Down:

  1. Covetousness
  2. Malice
  3. Envy
  4. Murder
  5. Strife
  6. Deceit
  7. Gossip
  8. Slander
  9. Insolent
  10. Haughty
  11. Boastful
  12. Disobedient to Parents
  13. Foolish
  14. Faithless
  15. Heartless
  16. Ruthless
  17. Obscene Talk
  18. Hatred
  19. Hypocrisy
  20. Anger
  21. Wrath

This list leaves us grasping for air. It also highlights the great work of Christ on the Cross. These are the sins His death paid for. If a person were to spend a year casting off each weight one at a time, the years remaining would be years lived in peace and love.

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.

Ro 1:29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, Ro 1:30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, Ro 1:31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.

Col 3:8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

Tt 3:3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.

1 Pe 2:1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.

 

 

Friday, February 15, 2019 4:15 AM

Six Traits of the Bonds of Iniquity

Friday, February 15, 2019 4:15 AM
Friday, February 15, 2019 4:15 AM

 

46 Six Traits of the Bonds of Iniquity

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 forty-six of this series, Six Traits of the Bonds of Iniquity.

The Bible speaks of a “bond of peace” and a “bond of iniquity”. The phrase the bonds of iniquity can be translated as the confinement of unrighteousness. This phrase speaks of a life imprisoned or trapped by sin and bitterness. How many times have you heard someone say they are going to turn their life around and just never seem to be able to do so? The only escape is in Christ. It is in faith and forgiveness that a life of sin is set free. The Bible says in:

Ro 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

What are the six traits of those that are caught in the “bonds of iniquity”? The number six in the Bible is used as the number for man.

Six Traits of the Bonds of Iniquity:

  1. Bitterness
  2. Wrath
  3. Anger
  4. Clamor
  5. Slander
  6. Malice

The Bible tells you that to be set free and live a life in freedom is done so only as a new man in Christ. Man cannot free himself, because there is no one that does good but God. Trying to be good is a futile endeavor but striving to be a mature Christian translates as a life lived well in freedom.

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.

Ac 8:23 For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.”

Eph 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Eph 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Eph 4:31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

 

 

 

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