Friday, December 14, 2018 4:50 AM

Seven Things About a Fathers Duty

Friday, December 14, 2018 4:50 AM
Friday, December 14, 2018 4:50 AM

#348 Seven Things About a Fathers Duty

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-eight of this series, Seven Things About a Fathers Duty.

Throughout the Old Testament, God tells the story of glory using the metaphor of a husband and wife. Throughout the New Testament, Jesus Christ uses the metaphor of a bride and bridegroom to tell the story of salvation. The whole Bible is taught using the family structure. Fathers have responsibilities to God for their wife and children that far exceeds anything the world requires.

Seven Things About a Fathers Duty:

  1. Fathers need to be a father that children can honor. Children receive blessings for honoring fathers. Fathers make it easy to honor you.
  2. Fathers need to trust God. Abraham was a father to all and received blessings because he trusted God.
  3. Fathers, like Abraham, you are chosen to command your children and your household to keep the way of the Lord, so the Lord can bless you and your children.
  4. Fathers discipline your children such that they can still respect you.
  5. Fathers do not provoke your children to anger.
  6. Fathers do not let the sun go down on your anger for when you do you are giving the devil and opportunity to harm your family.
  7. Fathers love your wife as Christ loved the church in an understanding way showing honor to her so that your prayers for your family and yourself will not be hindered.

Fathers and children are so important to God that the last two verses in the Old Testament tell of a promise to send Elijah to turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers.

Fathers stand up, stand faithful, stand in truth, and stand with God, and God will stand with you and your children.

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 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

Eph 6:2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),

Ro 4:16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all

Ge 18:19 For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”

Heb 12:7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? Heb 12:8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Heb 12:9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? Heb 12:10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.

Eph 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Eph 4:26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, Eph 4:27 and give no opportunity to the devil.

1 Pe 3:7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018 4:48 AM

Three Types of Sin

Thursday, December 13, 2018 4:48 AM
Thursday, December 13, 2018 4:48 AM

#347 Three Types of Sin

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-seven of this series, Three Types of Sin.

The three words iniquity, transgression, and sin seem to be used interchangeably in the Bible. Each speak of a violation of God’s standard, but do they mean the same? When there is repetition in the Bible, there is something God is emphasizing.

Three Types of Sin:

  1. Iniquity means a state of guilt for committing an offense with an idea of deserving punishment.
  2. Transgression means evildoing by violating a moral law.
  3. Sin means the act or feeling that transgresses something forbidden or ignores something required by God’s law or holy character, in every thought, word, and deed.

God keeps an accounting, and all will answer to God and all can be forgiven if they seek forgiveness in the name of Jesus Christ.

I want you to notice this scene in the Old Testament which is taking place in heaven. In this scene, there is Satan, the High Priest, and the angel of the Lord, who is Jesus Christ. The reason Satan is there is to accuse, but the angel of the Lord rebuked Satan.

Zec 3:1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. Zec 3:2 And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, O Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?”

This trial is in the Bible to demonstrate the result for all of the righteous. The High Priest was certainly a sinner, like all mankind, but like every Christian who is chosen of God, Jesus Christ will rebuke Satan and claim you for His own. Today is a good day to seek salvation in the name of Jesus Christ that He may stand for you at your judgment.

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 34:7 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.”

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

 

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