Bible Gems

Mar 24, 2007 at 16:08 o\clock

Gems for the Week

March 21 - 24

"God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble."  (1 Peter 5:5)
How one does long to know more of this!  "God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace unto the humble."  What a difference between the two attitudes!  God must resist the proud; but when man takes his true place, God has nothing to resist; every barrier is removed, and the full tide of divine goodness can flow into the lowly heart.  God can dwell with a lowly heart.  There may be great weakness, great poverty, nothing attractive; but God can dwell there, and that is enough.   It is a great point to be able to ascertain what God can go along with.  He cannot go on with pride, with assumption, with pretension, with bustling self-importance.  Whenever you see these things in a man, you may be quite sure that he is not enjoying the precious privilege of having God making His abode with him.  It is this which constitutes the moral security of a lowly path.  Oh! that we may know it in this day of pretension!  (Things New and Old - 1863)   
N.J. Hiebert # 2922
"My brethren count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 
But let patience have her perfect work,
that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."  (James 1:2-4) 
We often make this great mistake: we expect in the kingdom of patience what is only promised in the kingdom of glory, and we ask God rather for deliverance from the warfare than grace for it as long as He is pleased that it shall last.  Our impatience for victory often increases the heat of the battle.  (Robert Cleaver Chapman)
N.J. Hiebert # 2923

"And it shall come to pass, that before they call I will answer;
and while they are yet speaking I will hear."  (Isaiah 65:24)
The blessing is all prepared; He is not only willing but most anxious to give them what they ask; everlasting love burns with the longing desire to reveal itself fully to its beloved, and to satisfy their needs.  God will not delay one moment longer than is absolutely necessary.  He will do all in His power to hasten and speed the answer.  (Andrew Murray)
N.J. Hiebert # 2924
"Pray to thy Father."  (Matthew 6:6)
"So I prayed to the God of heaven."  (Nehemiah 2:4)
Much so-called prayer is not to God.  There is very little thought of God in it.  We think of the audience, we think it may be of our need, but there is not a clear, deep sense that we have come into the presence of the all-holy, almighty, all-loving One, and are laying hold upon Him for His help.  This is one of the most frequent causes of failure in prayer.  We do not really pray to God.  The first thing to do when we pray is to actually come into God's presence, to dismiss from our minds, as far as possible, all thought of our surroundings and look by the Spirit to present God to our minds and make Him real to us.  It is possible by the Holy Spirit's aid to have God so really present that it almost seems as if we could see and touch Him.  (R.A. Torrey)
How true it is that our need, our weakness, our surroundings, our thoughts are often more to us in the time of prayer than God is.  Let us seek a deeper consciousness of God in prayer. 
N.J. Hiebert # 2925


Mar 20, 2007 at 00:41 o\clock

Gems for the Week

March 18 - 20

"Think on these things."  (Philippians 4:8)
- While we are praying for sinners to come to Christ,
He is pleading for us to go to sinners.
- Prayer offers God an opportunity to speak to us,
to give to us, and to work through us.
- The Christian who has no appointed time for prayer
may soon have no time at all for prayer.
- Freedom does not give us the right to do as we please,
but liberty to do as we ought.
- The Christian who pulls on the oars has no time to rock the boat.
- God does not shield us from life's storms;
He shelters us in life's storms.
- Love adapts itself to the wants of those loved.  (T.C.N. March 1992)
N.J. Hiebert # 2919
"Beloved if God SO loved us, we ought also to love one another."
  (1 John 4:11)
I was meditating on the mighty love of God and drinking in a little of the measureless supply, while seated near a large tank of water.  A little wasp flew along and stopped to drink out of that tank - perhaps it was only the tenth part of a drop, but it flew away satisfied.  And I thought to myself, I am that wasp.  I cannot understand that "SO" of God's love (1 John 4:11); it cannot be measured; but like the little wasp, I can drink to my full.  And there, alone with Him, I drank and my soul was satisfied!  I went on my way, seeking to show the love of God to others.  (Selected)   
N.J. Hiebert # 2920
"And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil."  (Deuteronomy 33:24)
    An American oil executive went to Israel and explored for oil.  He found none and returned to America.  A friend of his pointed out to him that there was an Old Testament prophecy in the Book of Deuteronomy 33:24, where it is prophesied that the Tribe of Asher would have abundance of oil.  The American oil executive got curious, found a map of Israel showing where the 12 tribes of Israel would be located long ago and noticed Haifa was in the old land for Asher, the only spot in Israel he hadn't bothered to check for oil.
    He went back to Israel and checked the area around Haifa for oil.  To his shock, the tests indicate this is probably the largest single reservoir of oil in the entire Middle East.  Israel may have trillions of dollars in oil reserves in Haifa, Israel which would never have been spotted except an ancient prophecy given by Moses recorded in the Book of Deuteronomy 33:24 told exactly where it would be located.  Believe the prophecies of the Bible.  They are given from God and are true.  (The Midnight Cry)
N.J. Hiebert # 2921


Mar 17, 2007 at 13:11 o\clock

Gems for the Week

March 13 - 17

"And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoisted up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore."  (Acts 27:40)
Don't Give Up and Don't Give in
They had already thrown overboard the rest of the food (v.38) - they gave up their source of strength.  Now the anchors that secured them in the  storm are released - they gave up their stability.  Next the bands which held the rudder firm were released - they gave up their source of direction.  After that the sail is raised, allowing the stormy wind to drive then - they gave up all control.  While hoping that the ship would somehow gain the shore's safety, they gave up every means needed to assure them of a safe and successful arrival!  (The Journey of life)
N.J. Hiebert # 2915
"And ye will not come to Me, that ye might have life."  (John 5:40)
The battle is fought on that one word of the WILL; the door hangs on that one hinge of the WILL.  Will you obey?  That is the question!  Will you obey the voice of God and do as He commands you?  No man can obey for you any more than he can eat and drink for you.  You must eat and drink for yourself, and you must obey God for yourself.  (D.L. Moody - Daily Gems) 
N.J. Hiebert # 2916
"And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light
of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light."  (Revelation 22:5)
The LIGHT of heaven is the face of JESUS;
The JOY of heaven is the presence of JESUS;
The MELODY of heaven is the Name of JESUS;
The HARMONY  of heaven is the praise of JESUS;
The THEME of heaven is the work of JESUS;
The EMPLOYMENT of heaven is the service of JESUS;
The FULLNESS of heaven is the Person of JESUS HIMSELF.
(Author Unknown)
N.J. Hiebert # 2917
"Lord, teach us to pray!"  (Luke 11:1)
The Power of Prayer
There is an eye that never sleeps
Beneath the wing of night;
There is an ear that never shuts,
When sink the beams of light.
There is an arm that never tires,
When human strength gives way;
There is a love that never fails,
When earthly loves decay.
That eye is fixed on seraph throngs.
That arm upholds the sky.
That ear is filled with heavenly songs,
That love is throned on high.
But there's a power which faith can wield,
When mortal aid is vain,
That eye, that arm, that love to reach,
That listening ear to gain.
That power is prayer, which soars on high.
Through Jesus to the throne,
And moves the hand which moves the world
To bring deliverance down.
PRAYER : The earnest, sincere expression of a felt need.
N.J. Hiebert # 2918 

Mar 14, 2007 at 15:17 o\clock

Gems for the Week

March 8 - 12

"Come on, let us deal wisely with them."  (Exodus 1:10)
"For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God." 
(1 Corinthians 3:19)
Pharaoh thought he was "acting wisely" in trying to destroy the Israelites, but he was actually fulfilling the sovereign purposes of God.  He was feeding, housing, educating, and providing for Israel's future leader, Moses!  Nothing can stop the purposes of God.  His will must be accomplished.  His purposes are unchangeable.  His power is evident and working in spite of opposition.  We have nothing to fear in this world that is "acting wisely" without God.  Our God is still sovereign and still on the throne.  (James Comte) 
N.J. Hiebert # 2910
"We indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this
Man hath done nothing amiss."  (Luke 23:41)
The Lord Jesus was not charged with ordinary crimes.  He was accused of laying claim to deity, which amounted, in the eyes of the religious Jews, to blasphemy.  "He made Himself the Son of God," they said.  They were slightly in error when they accused Him of this, because He never made Himself the Son of God - He was the Son of God.  In this He did nothing amiss.  And on the cross He would do nothing amiss either.  In love, the Son of God promised paradise to this believing thief, a token of the mighty harvest of unjust ones, who by faith in Him, would be brought to God.  (D. Craig)
And when I reach the pearly gate, this still will be my plea:
My sins deserved eternal death, but Jesus died for me.
N.J. Hiebert # 2911
"Be not deceived: evil communications (bad company) corrupt good
manners (character)."  (1 Corinthians 15:33)
Be as careful of the books you read as of the company you keep: for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as by the latter.  (Paxton Hood - Being & Doing)
N.J. Hiebert # 2912
"Let all things be done decently and in order."  (1 Corinthians 14:40)
In your occupations try to possess your soul in peace.  It is not a good plan to be in haste to perform any action that it may be the sooner over.  On the contrary, you should accustom yourself to do whatever you have to do with tranquility, in order that you may retain the possession of yourself and of settled peace.  (Madam Guyon)  
N.J. Hiebert # 2913
"Watch that ye enter not into temptation."  (Matthew 26:41)
"Watch and pray," saith our Saviour, "that ye enter not into temptation."  They, not keeping this pass, gave the enemy, Satan, a fair occasion to come in upon them; and as they were led into temptation by neglect of prayer, so they were rescued and led out of it again by Christ's prayer, which He mercifully laid in beforehand for them: "I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not."  (Luke 22:32)  (William Gurnall - The Christian in Complete Armour - 1665)
N.J. Hiebert # 2914

Mar 14, 2007 at 15:14 o\clock

Gems for the Week

March 1 - 7

"The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.  I am the Good Shepherd, and know My sheep, and am known of Mine."  (John 10:13,14)
Nothing reaches the heart but what is from the heart, or pierces the conscience but what comes from a living conscience.  (William Penn)
In the morning I was more engaged in preparing the head than the heart.  This has been frequently my error, and I have always felt the evil of it, especially in prayer. Reform it, Oh Lord!  Enlarge my heart, and I shall preach.  (Robert Murray McCheyne) 
A sermon that has more head infused into it than heart will not come home with efficacy to hearers.  (Richard Cecil)
The heart makes the preacher.  Men of great hearts are great preachers.  Men of bad hearts may do a measure of good, but this is rare.  The hireling and the stranger may help the sheep at some points, but it is the good shepherd with the good shepherd's heart who will bless the sheep and answer the full measure of the shepherd's place.  (E.M. Bounds) 
N.J. Hiebert # 2902
"Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is:
for he shall be as a tree planted by the waters,
and that spreadeth out her roots by the river,
and shall not see when heat cometh,
but her leaf shall be green;
and shall not be careful in the year of drought,
neither shall cease from yielding fruit."  (Jeremiah 17:5-8)
    Let nothing shake your confidence in the unalterable love of your Lord.  Come what may - let the furnace be ever so hot; let the waters be ever so deep; let the shadows be ever so dark; let the path be ever so rough; let the pressure be ever so great - still hold fast your confidence in the perfect love and sympathy of the One who has proved His love by going down into the dust of death - down under the dark and heavy billows and waves of the wrath of God, in order to save your soul from everlasting burnings. 
    Be not afraid to trust Him fully - to commit yourself, without a shadow of reserve or misgiving, to Him.  Do not measure His love by your circumstances.  If you do, you must, of necessity, reach a false conclusion.  Judge not according to the outward appearance.  Never reason from your surroundings.  Get to the heart of Christ, and reason out from that blessed centre. 
    Never interpret Hs love by your circumstances; but always interpret your circumstances by His love .  Let the beams of His everlasting favor shine upon your darkest surroundings, and then you will be able to answer every infidel thought, no matter whence it comes.  (C.H. Mackintosh - Bethany - Misc. Writings - Vol. 6)
N.J. Hiebert # 2903
"It is finished "  (John 19:30)
What a wonderful resounding cry left the Saviour's lips at Calvary!  It is hard to imagine what was contained in those precious words.  The Father's work  was completed to His eternal satisfaction.  His sufferings on the cruel cross were finished.  The mighty battle with the enemy of souls was over in glorious victory.  All the ritual of religious ceremony came to an end.  The one sacrifice for sins was offered and God provided salvation, cleansing and forgiveness to all who will put their trust in Him.  Have you trusted this wonderful Saviour?  If not, why not do so today before it is too late!  (Jim Paul)
Here we rest in wonder viewing while upon the cross we gaze,
See our trespasses forgiven and our songs of triumph raise.
(Fanny J. Crosby)
N.J. Hiebert # 2904
We rejoice in hope of the glory of God;
and not only so, but we glory in tribulations also,
knowing that tribulation worketh patience, and
patience experience, and experience hope, and
hope maketh not ashamed,
because the love of God is shed abroad in out hearts
by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto us." 
(Romans 5:3-5)
    When the love of God is known, and the will broken, there is confidence in God.  We know that all comes from Him, and that He makes all work together for our greatest blessing.  Thus the trying of our faith works patience.  But patience must have her perfect work: otherwise the will revives, also confidence in self, instead of having it in God.  We act without God, and apart from His will, we do not wait upon Him, or in any case impatience and the flesh show themselves in us.
    Job was subject for a long time, but patience did not have her perfect work.  Saul waited long for Samuel, but he could not wait quietly till Samuel came, and he lost the kingdom.  He did not wait for the Lord, conscious that he could do nothing of his own will, and apart from God: Patience had not her perfect work.  (J.N. Darby - Brief Exposition of the Epistle of James)
N.J. Hiebert # 2905  
"I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever."  (Psalm 23:8)
FOR ALL ETERNITY.  In the clear light of the New Testament we can assert that every child of God will infallibly dwell in "the House of the Lord" for all eternity; "In My Father's House," said the Lord Jesus, "are many mansions. . . I go to prepare a place for you" (John 14:2).  And, after He accomplished redemption, we find Him linking us with Himself in the unspeakably blessed relationship which this verse sets forth: "I ascend unto My Father and your Father" (John 20:17; Galatians 3:26).  "And if I go," He continues, "I will come again and receive you unto Myself, that where I am there ye may be also" (John 14:3).  This is confirmed in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, where the apostle, describing the events which will take place at the second coming of our Lord, declares that we "shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord".  What a strong and sure hope; what a grand and glorious destiny!  The hope is strong and sure because the anchor will never drag (Hebrews 6:19); and the cable will never snap (John 10:35); and the destiny is grand and glorious because when He shall appear we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is (1 John 3:2) .  Then HE shall be satisfied, for He shall see of the travail of His soul (Isaiah 53:11); and then WE shall be satisfied, for we shall awake with His likeness (Psalm 17:15)  (George Henderson - The Pearl of Psalms)
He and I, in that bright glory,
One deep joy shall share,
Mine to be forever with Him,
His that I am there.
N.J. Hiebert # 2907
"Lying lips are abomination to the Lord:
but they that deal truly are His delight."  (Proverbs 12:22)
He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his soul.  As a good man said, one should think twice before speaking once.  If any offend not in word, he is a perfect man (of thorough integrity), able to bridle the whole body also.  How much of sorrow and shame he spares himself, and others who avenge a little folly by despising the wisdom they themselves lack!  On the other hand, he that goes about blatant, opening his lips wide to tell all he thinks, feels, or hears of others, shall have the destruction which his malicious folly deserves.  (William Kelly - The Proverbs)
N.J. Hiebert # 2908  
"For if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."  (2 Peter 1:10,11)
Is not that a glorious entrance?  That is the privilege of every Christian.  It is not a question of endowment, gift, or ability, but it is a question of the heart being occupied with the Christ of God - living in the enjoyment of what we have as God's people, bought with the precious blood of Christ.  I believe each one of us is privileged to have an abundant entrance.  It is put into our own hands.  We all know that the ability must come from Him.  We know it is a matter of grace from first to last, and none of us are going to take any credit in the matter; but may we not rather trust ourselves unreservedly to Him and claim the grace He so gladly gives that we may have the joy of an abundant  entrance "into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." (C.H. Brown)
N.J. Hiebert # 2909

Mar 12, 2007 at 20:47 o\clock

Gems for the Week

February 22 - 28

"Fret not thyself."  (Psalm 37:1)
    Do not get into a perilous heat about things.  If ever heat were justified, it was surely justified in the circumstances outlined in the Psalm.  Evil-doers were moving about clothed in purple and fine linen, and faring sumptuously every day.  "Workers of iniquity" were climbing into the supreme places of power, and were tyrannizing their less fortunate brethren.  Sinful men and women were stalking through the land in the pride of life and basking in the light and comfort of great prosperity, and good men were becoming heated and fretful.
    "Fret not thyself."  Do not get unduly heated! Keep cool!  Even in a good cause, fretfulness is not a wise help-meet. Freting only heats the bearings; it does not generate the steam.  It is no help to a train for the axles to get hot; their heat is only a hindrance.  When the axles get heated, it is because of unnecessary friction; dry surfaces are grinding together, which ought to be kept in smooth co-operation by a delicate cushion of oil.
    And is it not a suggestive fact that this word "fret" is closely akin to the word "friction," and is an indication of absence of the anointing oil of the grace of God?  
    In fretfulness, a little bit of grit gets into the bearings - some slight disappointment, some ingratitude, some discourtesy - and the smooth working of the life is checked.  Friction begets heat; and with the heat, most dangerous conditions are created.
    Do not let thy bearings get hot.  Let the oil of the Lord keep thee cool, lest by reason of an unholy heat thou be reckoned among the evil-doers.  (The Silver Lining)
N.J. Hiebert # 2895
"Unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us . . ." (Ephesians 3:20)
The danger with us who have learnt something of our standing, is to overlook our state.  We are anxious till we know our standing; "I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish."  - John 10:28,  there is a legality about us, which makes us anxious until we do know it: when you first come to know it, it is like the sun rising after a dark night; but if you stop there you are sure to go down.  Many a saint has felt the wonderful joy and delight of discovering his standing, which he had been reaching after, and then failed utterly as to keeping this joy through not maintaining the state corresponding to it.  The standing is yours without any effort, yet it is always in the standing that you acquire the state; but then there is another thing.  It is, that not only I have a state Godward, but I must have a state Satanward.  You must have a state which is fitted to meet the character of the evil of this present scene, and according as you have that, you are able to do "according to the power that worketh in us."  (Food for the Desert)
Our standing is like the numbers on a thermometer.  The numbers remain constant.  Our state tends to be like the mercury in a thermometer. 
It goes up or down depending on the temperature. 
N.J. Hiebert # 2896
"That ye . . . may be able to comprehend . . . what is the breadth,
and length, and depth, and height, and to know the love of
Christ, which passeth knowledge."  (Ephesians 3:19) 
A scientist might argue for only three dimensions of space, saying that depth and height are two names for the same measurement.  But a little child upheld in his father's arms knows better.  For him, the room not only has length and breadth, but depth and height - because he's in the middle of it!  (J.B.N., Jr.)
O to delight in it, keep within sight of it,
Warm in the strength of it, in its control;
Feeling the might of it, depth of it, height of it,
Breadth of it, length of it flooding the soul.
(I.Y. Ewan) 
N.J. Hiebert # 2897
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help
in trouble."  (Psalm 46:1)
    Our loving Lord is not just present, but nearer than thought can imagine, so near that a whisper can reach Him.  You know the story of the man who had a quick temper and had not time to go away and pray for help.  His habit was to send up a little telegraph prayer, "Thy sweetness, Lord!", and sweetness came.
- Do you need courage?  "Thy courage, Lord!" 
- Patience?  "Thy patience, Lord!" 
- Love?  "Thy love, Lord!" 
- A quiet mind?  "Thy quietness, Lord!" 
    Shall we all practice this swift and simple way of prayer more and more?  If we do, our Very Present Help will not disappoint us.  For Thou, Lord, hast never failed them that seek Thee.  (Amy Carmichael - Candles in the Dark) 
N.J. Hiebert # 2898
"It is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth."
(1 John 5:6)
The heart is constantly looking for God to give it a testimony about itself; but God is giving a testimony about His Son, and not about what we are.  If God were to give a testimony about us, it must be about our sin and unbelief of heart.  It is of great importance in this day of infidelity to see that, if God gives a testimony, it is about His Son, and what He is to the sinner.  If you believe that, you will get peace.  (J.N. Darby) 
N.J. Hiebert # 2899
"Marvel not , my brethren, if the world hate you.  We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.  He that
loveth not his brother abideth in death."  (1 John 3:13,14)
    The story is told of Nelson, when, as his ships were drawn up in battle-array facing the Dutch fleet, he saw two English officers quarreling.  He threw himself in between and pushed them apart, and he said, pointing to the ships of Holland, "Gentlemen, there are your enemies!"  Would God that Christians would indeed love one another, then it would not trouble us if the world hated us.
    Do we know that we have passed from death unto life:
- Because we are so sound in the faith?
- Because we are fundamentalist?
- Because we are such earnest Christian workers?
- Because we give so liberally to missions and to sustain the Lord's work?
    Oh, no.  What, then?  "We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren."  We love them in this divine sense.  Oh, my brethren, my sisters, if you have not that testimony you had better begin to investigate the foundations of the house of your Christian profession.  (H.A. Ironside - The Epistles of 1 John) 
N.J. Hiebert # 2900
"What manner of man is this, that even the winds and
the sea obey Him!"  (Matthew 8:27)
    We do not usually visualize our Lord in commonplace experiences, but He was human and sometimes tired, as when He slept in a boat on the Sea of Galilee after a long day of ministering.  The wind can stir up plenty of trouble on the Sea of Galilee, and this tempest was quite a blast. The disciples had seen our Lord do many miracles, but how easily do we forget yesterday's deliverances when disaster threatens us today!
    I remember hearing Clyde Francisco telling us that the First Adam had dominion over the birds of the air, the beasts of the field, and the fish of the sea; but he could not control wind or water.  Sometimes we can bridle and use them, but they can turn on us and blow us away or drown us.  But on the Sea of Galilee that day the Last Adam was in the boat, and what the First Adam could not master, the Last Adam could control!
    The story ends with a glowing testimony: "What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him!"  If wind and water put you into a panic, and God seems to be taking a nap, don't ask, "Carest Thou not that we perish?" Just make sure He is a passenger in your boat!  (Vance Havener - Don't Miss Your Miracle)  
N.J Hiebert # 2901

Mar 12, 2007 at 20:42 o\clock

Gems for the Week

February 17 - 21

"Then cometh Jesus. . .unto a place called Gethsemane." (Matthew 26:36)
"He brought Jesus forth. . .in a place called. . .Gabbatha." (John 19:13)
"And they bring Him unto the place Golgotha." (Mark 15:22)
This is the path that only One could have walked.  Behold three significant stops.  The first, Gethsemane, was a place of fervent anguish, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death."  The second, Gabbatha, was a place of false accusation.  The expedient sentence was passed and He was delivered to the people to be crucified.  The third, Golgotha, was a place of fierce agony.   "They pierced My hands and My feet."  He took this path willingly, and so we willingly gather in His name and worship Him today.  (Kong Fui Lee)
Man of sorrows! what a name for the Son of God who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim! Hallelujah! What a Saviour!
(P.P. Bliss)
N.J. Hiebert # 2890
I will sing of mercy and judgment, unto Thee, Oh LORD, will I sing." 
(Psalm 101:1)
Those two words stood out.  How could I have mercy, if Jesus did not take my judgment?  We need to have this settled before we reach the Father's house.  He will not have us concerned that mercy will not last; that sometime (in the timeless eternity) the question may arise about my sins.  NEVER!  The debt has been paid in full.  When Jesus rose from the dead we get the receipt, as it were. . . . He "was raised again for our justification." (Romans 4:25).  When we see the awful judgment of the cross, we realize how great our debt was.  We will be constantly learning more when Ephesians 2:7 is fulfilled.  "That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus."  (Submitted by a reader of the "Gems")
N.J. Hiebert # 2891
"Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath
great recompence of reward."  (Hebrews 10:35) 
Hold fast your confidence and it will be the secret of strength to you.  Where do we see victory over the world?  In those who are happiest in Christ.  Why are you and I so miserably down in the traffic of the world?  Because we are not as happy in Christ as we ought to be.  Give me a soul that has boldness and joy in God's presence and I will show you one that has victory over the world. (J.G. Bellett - Musings on the Epistle to the Hebrews) 
N.J. Hiebert # 2892
". . . the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the
Holy Ghost which is given unto us."  (Romans 5:5)
Harm and wounds inflicted by others can be so deep, the scars so painful, that humanly speaking it is impossible to forgive.  But Jesus gave us God's love, and this love is always abundantDid you, did I, really accept this love from Him?   (Corrie Ten Boom - This Day is the Lord's)
N.J. Hiebert # 2893
"It is a good thing that the heart be established with grace;
not with meats, which have not profited them that have
been occupied therein."  (Hebrews 13:9)
    Where are our hearts?  Are they occupied with this world, or are we quietly passing on to heaven, taken up with that which love cannot lose sight of - a living Christ in heaven?   
    What wealth have you if you have not got Christ?  If Christ is the object before you, will all the things that fret you take Christ from you?   All the things you long for, will they give you more of Christ?
    Our springs, all the way from beginning to end, are in Christ; you cannot find anything apart from Christ.  It won't do to stand on any ground apart from an ascended Christ.  He who spake as never man spake, is the One whose word is to stand throughout eternity.  (G.V. Wigram - Gleanings) 
N.J. Hiebert # 2894