Bible Gems

Jun 19, 2011 at 15:43 o\clock

Gems worth reading

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)

N.J. Hiebert - 4469

June 20

"The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
(1 Corinthians 2:14)

The natural life owes all to environment; so must the spiritual. Now, the environment of the spiritual life is God. As nature, therefore, forms the complement of the natural life, God is the complement of the spiritual. (A Thought for Every Day - Henry Drummond)

N.J. Hiebert - 4470

June 21

"But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself. . . ."
(Daniel 1:8)

Doubt sees the obstacles - faith sees the way.
Doubt sees the darkest night - Faith sees the day.
Doubt dreads to take a step - Faith soars on high.
Doubt questions, "Who believes?" - Faith answers, "I."

The book of Daniel is really a textbook of instruction and an example of how God's people can live in difficult conditions and come through victoriously. Even as the Jewish people were living in Babylonian captivity, so Christians today are pilgrims and sojourners in a foreign culture. We, like Daniel and his friends, must exercise our implicit faith in God's purposes and leading for our lives. We too must resolve in advance that we will not be defiled by the world. And whether our God delivers us or not from the fiery furnace, we will remain faithful to Him (Daniel 3:17-18).

Daniel and his friends also personify for us Christian courage at its best - not merely a desperate type of courage for some emergency situation, but a quiet steadfast courage that enables us to live in a Christlike manner each day. It takes courage to be an unpopular minority when truth and right are involved. It takes courage to defend God's name when everyone else is using it in blasphemy. It takes courage to be another Daniel in a godless society. (Amazing Grace - Kenneth W. Osbeck)

Standing by a purpose true, heading God's command,
honour them, the faithful few!
All hail to Daniel's band!

Many mighty men are lost, daring not to stand,
who for God had been a host
by joining Daniel's band!

Many giants, great and tall, stalking thru the land,
headlong to the earth would fall
if met by Daniel's band!

Hold the gospel banner high! On to vict'ry grand!
Satan and his host defy,
and shout for Daniel's band!

Chorus: Dare to be a Daniel, dare to stand alone!
Dare to have a purpose firm!
Dare to make it known!
(Philip P. Bliss)

N.J. Hiebert - 4471

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