Bible Gems

May 28, 2008 at 19:52 o\clock

Gems for the Week

May 27

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power,
and of love, and of a sound mind."  (2 Timothy 1:7)
    Satan will use any approach to keep us from experiencing the full measure of God's riches.  Any error, no matter how small or great, will do.  He works through the current world philosophies, through Bible verses taken out of context, through charismatic personalities who "sound" so right and sincere.  No method is overlooked in Satan's attempt to mislead the chosen of God.
    - Satan says: Seek success at any price. God says: "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."  (Matthew 6:33) 
    - Satan says:  Seek riches at any cost.  God says: "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven."  (Matthew 6:19,20)
    - Satan says: Be popular; push ahead.  God says: "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me."  (Matthew 16:24)
    - Satan says:  If you don't look after yourself, no one else will.  God helps those who help themselves.  God says  "Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others."  (Philippians 2:3,4)
    - Satan says: I can't be happy unless I'm married (or: I can't be happy unless I'm single).  God says:  "I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."  (Philippians 4:11)
    - Satan says: Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.  God says: "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."  (Matthew 4:4)
    - Satan says: If it feels good, do it. The Lord said: "Not My will, but Thine be done."  (Luke 22:42)
    - Satan says: Everything is relative.  God says: "Thy word is truth."  (John 17:17)
    We must have a plumb line (perfect standard) of Scripture against which we can examine the philosophies, premises, and suggestions that we run into every day.  We must look at the Word of God as the plumb line by which everything is measured.  A lie is nothing but a lie against the truth.  Without the plumb line of Scripture, we have no way of knowing what is truth and what is error.  (Bob George)   
N.J. Hiebert # 3352

May 28

"Thou wilt show me the path of life: in Thy presence is fullness of joy;
at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." 
(Psalm 16:11)
In His hand for salvation -                    Isaiah 59:1-2
In His hand for security -                     John 10:29
In His hand for succor -                       Ezra 8:31
In His hand for submission -                1 Peter 5:6
In His hand for service -                       Isaiah 49:1-4
In His hand for sustenance -                Psalm 145:14-16
In His hand for severity -                      Hebrews 10:30-31
In His hand for supremacy -                  Acts 5:30-31
N.J. Hiebert # 3353 

May 29

"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in His presence."  (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)
    There is nothing in which the narrowness of the human heart is so manifested as in its apprehension of divine grace.  Legalism is that to which we are most prone, because it gives self a place, and makes it something.  Now this is the very thing which God will not allow.  "No flesh shall glory in His presence," is a decree which can never be reversed.  God must be all, fill all, and give all.
    When the psalmist inquired, "What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits?"  (Psalm 116:12) the answer is "I will take the cup of salvation." (Psalm 116:13)  The way to "render" to God is to "take" yet more largely from His bounteous hand.  To be a thankful, unquestioning recipient of grace glorifies God far more than all we could render unto Him.  (C.H. Mackintosh)
N.J. Hiebert # 3354

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