Monday, May 21, 2018 4:16 AM

Two Promises for Parents and Two for Children

Monday, May 21, 2018 4:16 AM
Monday, May 21, 2018 4:16 AM

#141 Two Promises for Parents and Two for Children

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 one-hundred and forty-one of this series, Two Promises for Parents and Two for Children.

There are 23,145 verses in the Old Testament, and each is filled with something for the Christian life. Yet, it is telling that in the last two verses of the Old Testament there is a promise that Elijah will return to heal the hearts of families.

Mal 4:5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. Mal 4:6a And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers,

This demonstrates the importance that God puts on parents and children. You may not have thought about this, but the Old Testament uses the metaphor of God as the husband and Israel as the wife to tell God’s story. The New Testament uses the metaphor of Jesus as the bridegroom and Christians as the bride to tell Christ’s story. The whole story of God’s glory is taught throughout the Bible using the family structure. Now you can understand why the Old Testament closes with such an important promise for families.

Outside of the promises of salvation, these promises are some of the most loving in the Bible.

Two Promises for Parents and Two for Children:

Two Commands for Children

  1. Obey your Parents
  2. Honor your father and mother

Two Promises for Children

  1. It will go well in life
  2. You will have a long life

Four Commands for Parents

  1. Nurture your children and do not provoke them to anger
  2. Teach your children God’s requirements
  3. Discipline your children
  4. Train your children in the Lord

Two Promise for Parents

  1. Children will delight the hearts of their parents
  2. When Children grow up, they will not depart from God’s word.

Families are precious in God’s eyes, and some of His most precious promises are reserved for the family structure.

 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 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Eph 6:2 Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), Eph 6:3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Eph 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Pr 29:17 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.

Pr 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

 

Sunday, May 20, 2018 4:02 AM

Two Reasons for Wisdom

Sunday, May 20, 2018 4:02 AM
Sunday, May 20, 2018 4:02 AM

#140 Two Reasons for Wisdom

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 one-hundred and forty of this series, Two Reasons for Wisdom.

The Bible is wisdom, and there are also certain scriptures which speak specifically of the precepts of wisdom. Wisdom is important in the Bible and wisdom is important in the world. The great misunderstanding about wisdom is not its importance, but what it is important for. The world defines wisdom as necessary in order to have the ability to think and act correctly, for wise and skillful living. The Bible defines wisdom not as a need, but as a requirement in order to think and act biblically for wise and skillful living, but the Bible then goes on to add another profound reason.

Two Reasons for Wisdom:

  1. A future, when a future is spoken of in the Bible it means God’s blessings and protection in life.
  2. Hope, when hope is spoken of in the Bible it means that your soul will not be cut off, and when your hope is not cut off it means that your soul is returned to heaven for eternal life.

Pr 24:14 Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.

This second reason is very profound, because wisdom is of God and eternity is found in wisdom.

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, May 19, 2018 4:38 AM

Three Things of Self-Made Religion

Saturday, May 19, 2018 4:38 AM
Saturday, May 19, 2018 4:38 AM

#139 Three Things of Self-Made Religion

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 one-hundred and thirty-nine of this series, Three Things of Self-Made Religion.

Paul warns against certain types of self-made rules for the sake of righteousness. Paul spoke directly against religious restrictions. If you are a Christian and insist on certain restrictions such as being a vegetarian, being of a certain denomination, or alcohol abstinence and feel like this makes you a better person, think again and think biblically. Paul warns that when you trust your restrictions, you have turned from the things of Christ, and you have become enslaved to the things of demonic spirits. If you are doing these things because you want to, that is fine, but if you think that it makes you more righteous or a better person, the Bible states that it does not.

Three Things of Self-Made Religion:

  1. Rituals: Which include rules about food, drink, festivals, new moon, and the Sabbath.
  2. Sensual Experiences: Which include denial, worship of Angels, visions, and pride.
  3. Human precepts: Which include the appearance of wisdom, that promote self-made religion, which includes a life of abstinence, and severe bodily regulations.

Paul said these three have no value against the sins of the flesh, and they surely do not draw you closer to God. I have met people that trust in all kinds of experiences. These people claim to know what God would require by what they feel, and they are certain God agrees with them. The Bible tells us that we must agree with God.

Job 22:21 “Agree with God, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you.

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 2:16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. Col 2:17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. Col 2:18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, Col 2:19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God. Col 2:20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— Col 2:21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” Col 2:22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? Col 2:23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.

 

Friday, May 18, 2018 4:58 AM

Seven Things God Will Do Before the Great and Awesome Day of the Lord

Friday, May 18, 2018 4:58 AM
Friday, May 18, 2018 4:58 AM

#138 Seven Things God Will Do Before the Great and Awesome Day of the Lord

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 one-hundred and thirty-eight of this series, Seven Things God Will Do Before the Great and Awesome Day of the Lord.

Joel 2.28-32 speak of “the Great and Awesome Day of the Lord”. This phrase, “Day of the Lord”, refers to the “end times’. These verses were also requoted in the New Testament in Acts 2.17-21 to describe the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Seven Things God Will Do Before the Great and Awesome Day of the Lord:

The first three are poured out on all flesh.

  1. Sons and daughters will prophesy
  2. Old men will dream dreams
  3. Young men will see visions

The next four are poured out on the all the heavens and all the earth.

  1. Blood, fire, and smoke
  2. The sun will go dark
  3. The moon will turn to blood
  4. There will be salvation for many

Both the coming of the Holy Spirit, and the great and awesome Day of the Lord are certain. The only thing that is not certain is what that day will be like for each person. Will that day be a great and awesome day in fear because the Holy Spirit was rejected, or will that day be a great and awesome day of joy for you? If you have called on the name of the Lord, your day will be in joy.

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.

Joe 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Joe 2:29 Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. Joe 2:30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. Joe 2:31 The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. Joe 2:32a And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

Thursday, May 17, 2018 4:18 AM

Six Things Jesus Said, “I Must Do”

Thursday, May 17, 2018 4:18 AM
Thursday, May 17, 2018 4:18 AM

#137 Six Things Jesus Said, “I Must Do”

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 one-hundred and thirty-seven of this series, Six Things Jesus Said, “I Must Do”.

The number six is used symbolically for man, and Jesus did each of these six for mankind. These verses are the only six times that Jesus said, “I must do”.

Six Things Jesus Said, “I Must Do”:

  1. I must be in my Father’s house
  2. I must preach the good news of the Gospel of God
  3. I must go on my way today, tomorrow, and the day following
  4. I must bring all that listen
  5. I must stay at your house
  6. I must go to Jerusalem to suffer, be killed, and raised on the third day

Jesus Christ spoke God’s word, heralded salvation to all, preached steadfastly, will save all that receive Him, dwell with Christians, and laid down His life as a ransom for sin and was raised on the third day as an example of every Christian’s resurrection. The story is told, God’s rescue plan is complete, and your sins can be forgiven. The only thing that you need to do is believe and trust in the name of Jesus Christ. Would you do that today? If so, you can say these words, “God the Father I am a sinner and I accept Jesus Christ’s completed work upon the Cross for the forgiveness of my sin, and I receive Him as my Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ name, amen.” If you have chosen in faith to speak this prayer, I will see you in heaven.

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.

Lk 2:49 And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”

Lk 4:43 but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.”

Lk 13:33 Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.’

Jn 10:16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.

Lk 19:5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.”

Mt 16:21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.

 

 

 

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