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ILLUSTRATION… Discipleship Journal, 11-12/92
A recent survey of Discipleship Journal readers ranked areas of greatest spiritual challenge to them:
5. (Tie) Anger/Bitterness
5. (Tie) Sexual lust
Survey respondents noted temptations were more potent when…
they had neglected their time with God (81 percent)
and when they were physically tired (57 percent).
Resisting temptation was accomplished by prayer (84 percent), avoiding compromising
situations (76 percent), Bible study (66 percent), and being accountable to someone (52 percent).
Can it be that the average person spends one-fifth of his or her life talking? That’s what the statistics say. If all of our words were put into print, the result would be this: a single day’s words would fill a 50-page book, while in a year’s time the average person’s words would fill 132 books of 200 pages each! Among all those words there are bound to be some spoken in anger, carelessness, or haste. Today in the Word, June 15, 1992.
Numbers of the Bible”
The number one is for God. We must begin with number one or we cannot have number two or any other number. Mathematically speaking we cannot get anywhere without the number one. We must begin with God.
The number two is for man. Man as an individual. God made man and Christ is “called the second man.”
Three is the number for the Trinity. God is a triune God; Father, Son and Spirit. The atmosphere, which we live in, is a trinity of oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen. The tabernacle was a trinity with its court, holy place, and Holiest of Holies.
The first chapter of Revelation is full of trinities of Truth.
V. 2 – The Word of God, The testimony of Jesus, All things that He saw.
V. 3 – Read, Hear and Keep.
V. 4 – Which is, Which was, and Which is to come.
V. 5 – The Faithful Witness, The First begotten of the dead, The Prince of the kings of the earth.
V.5, 6 – Loved us, Washed us, Made us kings and priests.
V. 7 – Every eye shall see him, They also which pierced him, All kindreds of the earth.
V. 9 – Tribulation, Kingdom, Patience
V. 18 – I am He that liveth, Was dead, Alive for evermore.
V. 19 – Things seen (Past), Things which are (Present), Things which shall be (Future).
Who would dare to contradict the trinity as these Ten appear in one chapter alone, chapter one of Revelation. Certainly no Spirit filled believer or student of scripture would not affirm its validity.
Four is the number of humanity as a whole. There were four men in the Ark, four men in the fiery furnace, four on the mount of Transfiguration. The four points of the compass comprise the whole of humanity in all the earth.
Five is the number for grace – grace accepted or grace rejected. There are five wise and foolish virgins.
The number six is the number for evil. A man with six toes and six fingers is called a wicked man in the Bible. Nebuchadnezzra’s image was sixty feet high and six feet in circumference and six musical instruments called the people to worship. The number for the Anti-Christ is six hundred sixty-six. This is set forth the trinity of evil, the climax of wickedness, and the culmination of iniquity. There can not be anything worse than 666.
Seven is the number for perfection. This number is frequently mentioned in scripture: seven churches, seven stars, seven heads, seven horns, seven eyes, seven Spirits of god, the seven branches of the candlestick.
In Judges, the seventh book of the Bible, there are seven departures from God; seven times the people repented and seven times Jehovah delivered his people from their enemies.
Eight is the number for that which is New. There are eight beatitudes which set forth something entirely new. Everything good in this sinful world owes its presence and existence to the Word of God. The resurrection of Christ and of many of the saints took place on the eighth day. Here indeed and in truth was something new.
Ten is the number of completeness. Jacob’s wages were changed ten times, which sets forth complete disappointment outside the will of God and his Promised Land. Eliezer, the servant, took ten camels with him when he started from home in order to obtain a bride for Isaac. God gave his people Ten Commandments. Daniel and his three friends were proved ten days and at the end of the test were ten times better than the others. Christ gave the parable of the ten pounds and ten talents. Christ healed ten lepers. The dragon of Daniel and Revelation had ten horns, which represent ten kings. The tenth or the tithe is the Lord’s.
After three years of research, Indiana University sociologist Donna Eder has identified an important dynamic involved in gossip. Eder discovered that the initial negative statement was not the starting point for gossip. The critical turning point was found in the response to the initial negative statement. "She’s a real snob" is not the start of gossip. It’s when someone else agrees that the gossip...
Want Calls Returned Faster? Experts suggest leaving more effective voice mail messages. Keep your message between 40 and 50 seconds. Too short and the message may seem insignificant. Too long and you may rile the other party. (Communication Solutions, ‘00)
Research shows that we spend about 40% of our time listening, yet most of the time we only listen with 25% efficiency, and that creates many of our problems. (Foster Letter 3/10/04)
Patience: A Lost Virtue An AP poll finds the U.S. is an impatient nation. We get antsy after 5 minutes on hold on the phone and refuse to stay on more than 15 minutes. 23% lose their patience if they have to wait in line at a store or office 5 minutes or less. 50% refuse to return to a business that makes them wait too long. (AP 5/29/06)
The Christian Leader Profile™ categorizes leaders into one of four types: Directing, Strategic, Team-Building or Operational. Directing leaders, tend to be the “big picture,” motivational leaders focus people’s attention on vision for the future, are most likely to exhibit biblical values. However, they are more likely than others to struggle with servanthood and exhibiting a loving heart. They sometimes lose sight of the fact that their aggressiveness and zeal for the vision may hurt some of the very people they wish to help. Strategic leaders analyze information, evaluate options, and recommend the most effective courses of action. They are the strongest types of leaders when it comes to faith maturity and exhibiting biblical wisdom. However, they are most prone to difficulties with their temper and speech. They become so passionate that they may lose patience with folks who hold different opinions. Team-Building leaders focus on mobilizing people around the vision, using people’s gifts and abilities to maximize productivity. While they don’t outshine their fellow leaders in any particular character quality, they are most likely to have trouble teaching effectively. They are highly relational and able to get people excited about their role in pursuing the vision, but they are often ineffective communicators of transfor...
UN ESTUDIO DE LA IMPACIENCIA en 2006 encontrĂł:
â€˘ se necesita un promedio de 17 minutos para la mayorĂa de las personas para perder la paciencia en una cola o lĂnea de espera.
â€˘ En el telĂ©fono, se tarda alrededor de 9 minutos para la mayorĂa de las personas en perder la paciencia.
â€˘ Las mujeres perdieron la paciencia despuĂ©s de esperar en fila durante unos 18 minutos. Para los hombres, que era un promedio de 15 minutos.
â€˘ Las personas con menores ingresos y menor nivel educativo son mĂˇs pacientes que los que tienen una educaciĂłn universitaria e ingreso alto.
A STUDY OF IMPATIENCE in 2006 found:
**An average of 17 minutes for the majority of people to lose patience in a queue or waiting line.
**On the phone, it takes about 9 minutes for the majority of people to lose patience.
**Women lost patience after waiting in line for about 18 minutes. For men, it was an average of 15 minutes.
**People with lower incomes and less education are more patient than those who have a university's Education and high income.
Have you notice how much people like to talk... Here are some statistics on the average American. If you are the average American you 30 conversations a day and you’ll spend 1/5 of your life talking. In one year your conversations will fill 66 books of 800 pages each. If you’re a man, you speak an average of 20,000 words a day. If you a woman, you speak 30,000 words a day. [like the guy who...