Bible Gems

May 26, 2008 at 16:17 o\clock

Gems for the Week

May 24

"Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts."  (Zechariah 4:6)
 
    My way led up a hill, and right at the foot I saw a boy on a bicycle.  He was pedaling up hill against the wind, and evidently found it a tremendously hard work.  Just as he was working most strenuously and doing his best painfully, there came a trolley car going in the same direction - up the hill.
    It was not going too fast for the boy to get behind it, and with one hand to lay hold of the bar at the back.  Then you know what happened.  He went up that hill like a bird.  Then it flashed upon me:
    "Why, I am like that boy on the bicycle in my weariness and weakness.  I am pedaling up hill against all kinds of opposition, and am almost worn out with the task.  But here at hand is a great available power, the strength of the Lord Jesus.
    "I have only to get in touch with him and to maintain communication with Him, though it may be only one little finger of faith, and that will be enough to make His power mine for the doing of this bit of service that just now seems too much for me."  And I was helped to dismiss my weariness and to realize this truth.  (The life of Fuller Purpose)
 
N.J. Hiebert # 3349 

May 25

"The fiery darts of the wicked."  (Ephesians 6:16)
 
Be not surprised if doubts and fears assail you.  They are to be expected like evil thoughts or disease germs.  You cannot avoid being attacked and, if you are sore beset, remember that the Bible, the Word of God, has told you they will come.  It is not wrong to be the target of their onslaughts, but you need not be overcome by them.  It means that you are in real conflict and dangerous enough to the devil to bring in his hostility.  If you wonder why they seem to increase as you go on and grow older, it is because the fight gets hotter as you grow in grace and it never lets up.  But greater is He that is in you than all your adversaries.  You are pressed by many a foe so that you may be all the more helpful to others who are not shadow boxing but are in the thick of the fight."  (Vance Havner - All the Days)
 
N.J. Hiebert # 3350
 

May 26

"Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on Me, believeth not on Me, but on Him
that sent Me.  And he that seeth Me seeth Him that sent me
."  (John 12:44,45)
 
In these words our Lord Jesus Christ seeks to turn the attention of the people away from His mere humanity.  He would not have men and women simply occupied with that, blessed as it is.  If Jesus is only a man, it is impossible that He should be the Saviour of sinners.  He did become true Man; the title that He delighted to use was "The Son of Man," and as Son of Man He came to seek and to save that which was lost, but He could not have saved the lost if He had not been more than Son of Man.  He was true Man and true God.  In Psalms 146:3 it is written, "Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom is no help."  Even though He were the best of men, if Jesus were not more than man He would be powerless to save sinners.  (H.A. Ironside - Gospel of John)
 
N.J. Hiebert # 3351