Sunday, August 19, 2018 4:15 AM

Seven Things About the "Good Fight"

Sunday, August 19, 2018 4:15 AM
Sunday, August 19, 2018 4:15 AM

#231 Seven Things About the "Good Fight"

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 two-hundred-thirty-one of this series, Seven Things About the Good Fight.

Every Christian wants to hear the words in:

Mt 25:21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’

Enter into the joy of your master will be the greatest words in all of eternity anyone could hear. Christians have read or heard these words recited from the Bible, but how many know what the “good fight” consist of? Paul was writing to his disciple Timothy who he had assigned to lead the church at Ephesus. Paul was charging Timothy to live a life beyond reproach and in doing so, Paul wrote the definition of the “good fight”.

Seven Things About the Good Fight:

  1. Finish the race by enduring in courage.
  2. Take hold of the eternal life by fully believing and trusting Jesus Christ.
  3. Make the good confession by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
  4. Make the confession in the presence of many witnesses by being an evangelist.
  5. Keep the commandment unstained by living a life of obedience.
  6. Keep the commandment free from approach by doing all for God and not for gain.
  7. Stay faithful until you see Jesus Christ by being a witness above reproach to the very end.

Begin at this moment by imagining the voice that will speak well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your master. Now, go forward and fight the good fight doing all these things for the joy of your master and your soul.

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.

2 Ti 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Ti 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

1 Ti 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Ti 6:13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 1 Ti 6:14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ

Saturday, August 18, 2018 8:58 AM

Seven Things Not of Heaven

Saturday, August 18, 2018 8:58 AM
Saturday, August 18, 2018 8:58 AM

#230 Seven Things Not of 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 two-hundred and thirty of this series, Seven Things Not of Heaven.

There are three questions I ask everyone when presenting the Gospel. First, do you ever think of God? Second, do you ever think of heaven? Third, what would God want you to do to be in heaven with Him? I do so because everyone has thought of God and heaven, even the unbeliever. You must think about something to say you do not believe therefore, everyone thinks of God and of heaven. I do not know the full riches of heaven, but we do have some idea of what it will be like, and what it will not be like from what is written in the Bible. I think the two verses that states the seven stark differences between heaven and earth is in the Book of Revelation. The bible tells us the things that will not be of heaven that are now prevalent in life here on earth.

Seven Things Not of Heaven:

  1. There will be no more separation from God therefore, no more sin.
  2. There will be no more tears.
  3. There will be no more death.
  4. There will be no more mourning.
  5. There will be no more crying.
  6. There will be no more pain.
  7. There will be no more remorse, or sorrow about the past.

Everything that makes life hard is found in sin. Without sin, there is no pain or suffering. Life without death, pain, sorrow, and tears is a life we can only imagine, and it is the hope of every person. But, it is a life that can only be realized with God. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, that we may have life and have it more abundantly. 

In wisdom and knowledge, choose the abundance of salvation found in 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.

Re 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. Re 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

 

Friday, August 17, 2018 4:22 AM

Seven Things About Speaking in Tongues

Friday, August 17, 2018 4:22 AM
Friday, August 17, 2018 4:22 AM

#229 Seven Things About Speaking in Tongues

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 two hundred twenty-nine of this series, Seven Things About Speaking in Tongues.

Most Christians have not been troubled by the controversy of speaking in tongues, but many have wondered about the matter. Paul tells Christians that he spoke in tongues and wished that every Christian could also. From these insights from Paul, whole denominations have arisen to speak in tongues, and great controversy has ensued. It is as if Paul said nothing else about tongues, because his full teachings are ignored. I think you will be quite surprised when you hear Paul’s full teaching on this matter. You may even wonder how all this arose.

Seven Things About Speaking in Tongues:

  1. Speaking in tongues speaks to God and has no understanding for men.
  2. Speaking in tongues only builds up the one speaking, not others, or the church.
  3. Speaking in tongues is a lesser gift than prophecy.
  4. Speaking in tongues offers little in the way of revelation for the church.
  5. Speaking in tongues is a lesser way for the manifestation of the Spirit to build up the church.
  6. Speaking ten thousand words in tongues is of less value than five words of good biblical instructions.
  7. Speaking in tongues has no value as testimony for the unbeliever.

How did this controversy even arise? I want you to notice that Paul begins the teaching on tongues by telling everyone to pursue love, and then explains tongues. Paul is telling all Christians to let God be in charge of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit, and we as Christian be in charge of the fruits of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness.

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 14:1 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. 1 Co 14:2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. 1 Co 14:3 On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. 1 Co 14:4 The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. 1 Co 14:5 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up. 1 Co 14:6 Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching? 1 Co 14:7 If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played? 1 Co 14:8 And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle? 1 Co 14:9 So with yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air. 1 Co 14:10 There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning, 1 Co 14:11 but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me. 1 Co 14:12 So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church. 1 Co 14:13 Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret. 1 Co 14:14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. 1 Co 14:15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also. 1 Co 14:16 Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying? 1 Co 14:17 For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up. 1 Co 14:18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 1 Co 14:19 Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue. 1 Co 14:20 Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. 1 Co 14:21 In the Law it is written, “By people of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord.” 1 Co 14:22 Thus tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is a sign not for unbelievers but for believers. 1 Co 14:23 If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds? 1 Co 14:24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, 1 Co 14:25 the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, August 16, 2018 4:46 AM

Seven Times "Equal with God"

Thursday, August 16, 2018 4:46 AM
Thursday, August 16, 2018 4:46 AM

#228 Seven Times “Equal with God”

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 two hundred twenty-eight of this series, Seven Times “Equal with God”.

The Bible demonstrates that Jesus is equal, in essence, in nature, and in character, but God is greater, in function, in office, and in position. Jesus said that He and the Father are one and, Jesus said that He was of the same essence, nature, and character of the great “I am” in the burning bush of the Old Testament.

Seven Times “Equal with God”:

  1. Jesus said, “I and the Father are one”.
  2. Jesus said, “I am the Son of God”.
  3. Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am”.
  4. John said, “Jesus was in the beginning with God”.
  5. Thomas said to Jesus, “My Lord and my God”.
  6. The Jewish leaders said to Jesus, “we are going to stone you because you make yourself God”.
  7. John said that the Jewish leaders wanted to kill Jesus because He was making himself equal with God.

This is the testimony of God about Jesus:

1 Jn 5:9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. 1 Jn 5:10 Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. 1 Jn 5:11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 1 Jn 5:12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

Jesus Christ is the light of life. Today choose life and 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.

Jn 10:29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. Jn 10:30 I and the Father are one.”

Jn 10:36 do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?

Jn 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”

Jn 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Jn 1:2 He was in the beginning with God. Jn 1:3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Jn 20:28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

Jn 10:33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.”

Jn 5:18 This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 4:40 AM

Seven Things About Aliens in the Bible

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 4:40 AM
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 4:40 AM

#227 Seven Things About Aliens in the Bible

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 two-hundred-twenty-seven of this series, Seven Things About Aliens in the Bible.

Today the subject of aliens and the mysteries of their existence is a popular subject, but the Bible was the first to speak of and define an alien. The Biblical definition of an alien is described as a stranger in this land. Christ said that Christians are not of this world just as He was not of this world. The Bible counts every Christian as a citizen of heaven and an alien to this world.

Seven Things About Aliens in the Bible:

  1. The definition of a sojourners in Genesis was a stranger that lived in a land that was not their own.
  2. An alien is also used as someone estranged from a family, group, or nation.
  3. Christ said that Christians are aliens to this world, but no longer aliens to heaven. They are members of the family of God.
  4. A person becomes an alien in this world the moment they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
  5. Given that Christians are alien to this world, the world no longer listen to Christians. Christ said that the world only understands the language of people from this world, and they are the only ones the world listens to.
  6. Since the world does not understand aliens, the world hates aliens.
  7. This world was destroyed once, long ago, and will be again. Only those that are not of this world will escape.

Your salvation is your citizenship. One day your soul will arrive to a land that knows no sorrow and you will at last be home. No longer an alien, but a citizen in a land of 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.

Ge 15:13 Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years.

Ps 69:8 I have become a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my mother’s sons.

Eph 2:19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God

Jn 17:14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

1 Jn 4:5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them.

1 Jn 3:13 Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you.

2 Pe 2:5 if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly…

Re 6:14 The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

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