Bible Gems

Jan 20, 2007 at 17:55 o\clock

Gems for the Week

January 17 - 22

"I (Moses) am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me. . . . And the Lord said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people . . . that they may stand there with thee. . . . And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone." 
(Numbers 11:14-17)  
    God will not force people to abide in a place of honour if they cannot trust Him to sustain them there.  Thus it was with Moses.  He complained of the burden, and the burden was speedily removed, but with it the high honour of being allowed to carry it.
    The man who shrinks from responsibility on the ground of his own feebleness, is in great danger of calling in question the fullness and sufficiency of God's resources.
    Where the Holy Spirit is working, one instrument is as good and efficient as seventy; and where He is not working, seventy are of no more value than one.  It all depends upon the energy of the Holy Spirit.  With Him one man can do all, endure all, sustain all.  Without Him seventy men can do nothing.  (Selected)
N.J. Hiebert # 2860
"He giveth more grace."  (James 4:6)
    We need not be discouraged, so long as we see such a motto inscribed on the door of our Father's treasury, "He giveth more grace."  It has no limit.  It is bottomless and boundless.
    No doubt it is a very happy thing to realize, to feel, and to experience; but if we put these things in the place of Christ, we shall neither have them nor the Christ that yields them.
    A condition of doubt is a condition of torture.  (Food for the Desert)
N.J. Hiebert # 2861
". . . So that I cannot come down: . . ."  (Nehemiah 6:3)
We can't afford to win the gain that means another's loss;
We can't afford to miss the crown by stumbling at the cross.
We can't afford the heedless jest that robs us of a friend;
We can't afford the laugh that finds in bitter tears an end.
We can't afford the feast today that brings tomorrow's fast;
We can't afford the race that comes to tragedy at last.
We can't afford to play with fire, or tempt a serpent's bite;
We can't afford to think that sin brings any true delight.
We can't afford with serious heed to treat the cynic's sneer;
We can't afford to wise men's words to turn a careless ear.
We can't afford for hate to give like hatred in return;
We can't afford to feed a flame and make it fiercer burn.
We can't afford to lose the soul for this world's fleeting breath;
We can't afford to barter life in mad exchange for death. 
But blind to good are we apart from THEE, all-seeing Lord;
Oh, grant us light that we may know the things we can't afford!
                                                                            (Author Unknown)  
N.J. Hiebert # 2862
"Knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now
is our salvation nearer than when we believed."  (Romans 13:11)
We do a lot of funny things with timeWe watch it, guard it, keep it, take it, spend it, pass it, lose it, steal it, waste it, kill it, fill it, and beat it, when all the while the Bible says we should redeem the timeTime in turn drags on, passes by, slips away, moves fast, marches on, runs out, and flies - when you're having fun!  God, the Creator of time and eternity, works precisely.  Christ was born, moved, and died at just the right time.  Have you taken the time to thank Him?  Are you redeeming the time?  (Rex Trogdon)
N.J. Hiebert # 2863
"Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men . . ." 
(1 Corinthians 1:25)
"Buy the truth [for yourself] and sell it not . . ."  (Proverbs 23:23)
Having a hard time assimilating the things of God?  Making sense of and remembering the things of the Bible?  Kind of like having a car with a broken ignition that you have to jump-start every single time?  It can come from riding in the slipstream of someone else's enthusiasm or feeding on popular "ministry" that theologizes common sense rather than giving a better appetite for the Word of God.  (Provided by a reader of the Gems)
N.J. Hiebert # 2864
"I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up,
and His train filled the temple."  (Isaiah 6:1) 
"The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham."  (Acts 7:2)
Is this just another Sunday or is this the Lord's Day when we come with our hearts prepared to worship?  What caused Isaiah to worship?  What caused Abraham to worship?  They  both experienced the joy of seeing the Lord.  Throughout this past week, have you been taking time to "see the Lord" as He is revealed in His Word?  Have you been preparing your heart daily for this awesome and glorious privilege to worship?  May we see the Lord Jesus in all His glory as we worship today.  (James Comte) 
We worship Thee, all glorious Lord; Forever be Thy name adored.
N.J. Hiebert # 2865

Jan 20, 2007 at 17:50 o\clock

Gems for the Week

January 10 - 16

"But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind,
called Euroclydon."  (Acts 27:14)
    The tempestuous wind - no doubt what we would term a hurricane - hit the Centurion's ship suddenly and unexpectedly.  One moment all was calm and sunny with the south wind blowing gently.  No indication of impending doom.  Then, without warning the storm hit in all its fury.  There was no slow build up of raging waves and winds - it was calm, clear and gentle one moment, and raging storm was upon them the next.  There were no more warnings, for thy had refused to listen to the warnings of Paul.
    This is exactly what you will face in your life's journey, if you disregard the truth of God.  He has warned you through His chosen servants - the Word of God, the circumstances of life, or parents or Christian friends.  To disregard God's loving and solemn warnings is to, without fail, end up in a disastrous storm.  "He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy."  (Proverbs 29:1)  Consider well and soberly the awful consequences of having and doing your own will, in direct opposition and disobedience to the will and Word of God.  (The Journey of Life - Reflections on Acts 27) 
N.J. Hiebert # 2853
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable (intelligent) service."  (Romans 12:1) 
This morning my son and I read Romans 12.  It is a very good chapter for daily life.  Every verse is a lesson, and the apostle does not begin with "I command you" but rather "I BESEECH YOU"  It is the love of God and not the command of God that makes us want to do what pleases Him.  What a wonderful Saviour we have!  (Ruth Smith - Gems for the Singing Pilgrims)
N.J. Hiebert # 2854
"If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty. . . ."  (Job 8:5)
"I would if I could."  So said Moses and so said Jeremiah in a humility which God did not accept.  God was saying, "You could if you would."  Moses lamented that he was not eloquent, was slow of speech and of a slow tongue (Exodus 4:10).  Jeremiah said, "I cannot speak: for I am a child"  (Jeremiah 1:6)Humility is not thinking meanly of oneself, but rather it means not thinking of one's self at all.  Get our of the "woulds"!  We can do whatever God wants us to do as He works in us to will and to do of His good pleasure.  (Vance Havner - All the Days)  
N.J. Hiebert # 2855
"Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk."  (Psalm 143:8)
To ascertain the Lord's will we ought to use scriptural means.  Prayer, the Word of God, and His Spirit should be united together.  We should go to God repeatedly in prayer, and ask Him to teach us by His Spirit through His Word.  For if we should think that His Spirit led us to do so and so, because certain facts are said to be so and so, and yet His Word is opposed to the step which we are going to take, we should be deceiving ourselves. . . .  No situation, no business will be given me by God in which I have not time enough to care about my soul.  Therefore however outward circumstances may appear, it can only be considered as permitted of God, to prove the genuineness of my love, faith, and obedience, but by no means as the leading of the His providence to induce me to act contrary to His will.  (George Mueller) 
God's voice in His Word, and His voice in the leadings of His providence never contradict each other.  If the event points one way and the Word another we may be assured God is not speaking in the event. 
N.J. Hiebert # 2856
"God SO loved the world."  (John 3:16)
Standing on the top of a high hill with his little son's hand grasped in his, a father sought to teach the message of the measureless love of God.  He pointed northward, eastward, westward, and southward; and then sweeping his hand round the circling horizon, said: "Johnny, my boy, God's love is as big as all that."  "Why, father, "replied the lad with sparkling eyes, "then we must be in the middle of it."  Observe that word "so."  It is one of the smallest words in the Bible; in a very real sense it is the greatest.  It reaches from heaven to earth, and through time right into eternity.  It speaks of compassion that embraces the peasant among the hills, and the wise men of the schools; the fisherman by the seaside, and the soldier on the battle field; great and small, rich and poor, learned and illiterate.
The love of God is broader
Than the measure of man's mind,
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.
(George Henderson - In Pastures Green)
N.J. Hiebert # 2857
"But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature . . . for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." 
(1 Samuel 16:7) 
This world offers different types of beauty.  King Saul was "choice and comely; and there was not among the children of Israel a comelier person that he."  Eliab also had a handsome appearance that captivated Samuel's eyes, but such beauty alone is of no value except in men's eyes.  There is another kind of beauty that may be joined with outward beauty in men of faith, but that God esteems as being the refection (remake, refresh) of character: the beauty of a pure soul or of simple faith, the outshining of a heart from which evil and sin are excluded, of a guileless heart.  This is the beauty of the little child Moses of whom the Word says: He "was  exceedingly lovely," literally, "fair to God" (Acts 7:20)  This is the beauty of Joseph, "of a beautiful form and of a beautiful countenance," but a Nazarite among his brothers (Genesis 39:6); this is the beauty of Daniel (Daniel 1:4), humbly cleaving to his God in order to guard himself from the world's defilement; and lastly, this is the beauty of David developed in the wilderness by the pastures for the sheep where in secret he experienced the strength and the glory of His God.  (H.L. Rossier)
N.J. Hiebert # 2858
"Reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof."  (Romans 6:11, 12) 
It would be out of character to tell us not to let sin reign, if it were not actually dwelling in us.  There is a great difference between dwelling and reigning: it dwells in a believer, but it reigns in an unbeliever.  (Food for the Desert)  
N.J. Hiebert # 2859

Jan 20, 2007 at 17:44 o\clock

Gems for the Week

January 3 - 9

"Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon His name. 
(Malachi 3:16) 
Whenever we speak to one another of Christ He will always be one of the company.  Do our hearts long for His presence?  Then let us speak together of Him more.  (Edward Dennett)
N.J. Hiebert # 2846
"The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the
Son of man hath not where to lay His head."  (Matthew 8:20)
The Lord Jesus began in a manger and ended on the cross, and along the way He had not where to lay His head.  (J.N. Darby)
N.J. Hiebert # 2847
"Their sins and iniquities will I remember no more."  (Hebrews 10:17)
No sin the believer brings to God but when it comes to be weighed is not outweighed by the blood.  (G.V. Wigram)
N.J. Hiebert # 2848 
"Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him."  (Proverbs 26:12)
Of all fools the conceited fool is the worst.  Pride makes a man incapable of receiving counsel.
(William Gurnall - The Christian in Complete Armour) (1616-1679)
N.J. Hiebert # 2849
"I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live:  I will sing praise to my God while I have my being."  (Psalms 104:33)
    A little boy was watching the birds in a field.  At length a little songster perched itself on the limb of a tree.  As the boy prepared to throw a stone, the little bird began to sing.
    Slowly the boy dropped the stone.  He listened till the song had ceased, and watched the bird fly away.
    "Why did you not stone him?" asked a gentleman.   
    "Couldn't," was the brief reply.  "couldn't, cos he sung so."
    Thus the enemy of our soul is on the lookout to fire some poisonous dart of doubt or fear.  Sing, sing in the warfare.  The trial may be fiery, the march may seem long; let the glory in your soul sing His praise.  The devil will flee.  He does not like songs of praise.  The joy of the Lord is excellent equipment for the conflict.
    Uncertainty is unfavourable to song.  (Travelling Toward Sunrise)
N.J. Hiebert # 2850
"As far as the east is from the west,
so far hath He removed our transgressions from us." 
(Psalms 103:12)  
Not some of them;  He takes them all away.  You may pile up your sins till they rise like a dark mountain, and then multiply them by ten thousand for those you cannot think of; and after you have tried to enumerate all the sins you have ever committed, just let me bring one verse in, and that mountain will melt away:  "The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin." (1 John 1:7)  (D.L. Moody)
N.J. Hiebert # 2851
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!" 
(Romans 11:33)
I thank God there is a height in the Bible I do not know anything about, a depth I have never been able to fathom, and it makes the Book all the more fascinating.  If I could take that Book up and read it as I can any other book and understand it at one reading, I should have lost faith in it years ago.  it is one of the strongest proofs that it must have come from God, that the acutest men who have dug for fifty years have laid down their pens and said, "There is a depth we know nothing of."  "No Scripture," said Spurgeon, "is exhausted by a single explanation.  The flowers of God's garden bloom, not only double, but sevenfold: they are continually pouring forth fresh fragrance."  (Selected)    
N.J. Hiebert # 2852