Bible Gems

Jun 18, 2011 at 13:59 o\clock

Gems worth reading

June 15

"Whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in My name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward."
(Mark 9:41)

Frances Ridley Havergal, whose songs have been a benediction
to mankind wrote of the power of little things.

For the memory of a kindly word
For long gone by,
The fragrance of a fading flower
Sent lovingly.

The warm pressure of the hand,
The tone of cheer,
The note that only bears a verse
From God's own Word.
Such tiny things we hardly count
As ministry.
But when the heart is over-wrought
Oh, who can tell
The power of such tiny things
To make it well.

There is nothing small that ministers
to the happiness of a single soul.
(Traveling Toward Sunrise)

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June 16

"If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."
(1 John 2:1)

Weariness and weakness of body may hinder us from being a witness for Christ here; then the priestly grace of Christ is active to support us in our infirmities. Alas! we may break down and sin, and no longer be fit to witness for Christ; then the Advocate restores the soul. If however the affections have been chilled, though there may be nothing to disturb the conscience, there will be a grave hindrance to communion with Christ, and then the service of feet-washing comes in to remove the hindrance. There is, moreover, the further difference between advocacy and feet-washing, that, whereas advocacy restores our souls in the place where we are, feet-washing restores our spirits to communion with Christ in the place where He is. (The Last Words - Hamilton Smith)

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June 17

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
(1 Corinthians 15:58)

When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin a mother returned to her seat and discovered that her child was missing. Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage. To her horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy's ear, “Don't quit . . .Keep playing.” Then, leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child, and he added a running obligato. Together, the old master and the young novice transformed what could have been a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was so mesmerized that they couldn't recall what else the great master played. Only the classic, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

This is very much the way it is with our loving Saviour. What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. However, with the hand of the Master, our life's work can truly be beautiful and filled with grace.

But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”
(1 Corinthians 15:10)

I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
(Galatians 2:20)

The next time you set out to do something for the Lord, listen carefully and you just may hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear,
“Don't quit… keep playing.”

Remember, God doesn’t often call the equipped, rather, He equips the “called.”
(Submitted by a reader - S.L.)

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June 18

"How long wilt Thou forget me, O Lord? For ever? How long wilt Thou hide Thy face from me?"
(Psalm 13:1)

Perplexed by the continuing pressures of life, four times David cried, "How long?" The absence of an immediate answer from heaven added to the weight of his dilemmas. Undefeated, he counted his blessings and renewed his trust in the Lord. As a result he unconsciously broke into rejoicing and singing. He ends the psalm with this conclusion: "the Lord hath dealt bountifully with me." Are you asking "how long" today? Count your blessings, have faith in Him, and you too will find a song in your heart by day's end. (E. Fesche)

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June 19

"And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told Him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught."
(Mark 6:30)

Surely we could not do better than follow the example of the apostles in this respect. How much we should learn if we did so, and how gently He would remind us of many a failure to present the truth, or if we presented it correctly, how much we have failed to preach it in the power of the Spirit. But we have to do with One who loves us, and this gives us confidence in telling Him everything. It is even so in human relationships, for when we are assured of one another's love we do not hesitate to tell everything. Much more should it be so when we speak to the Lord. (Edward Dennett)

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