Bible Gems

Jul 24, 2011 at 22:08 o\clock

Gems worth reading

July 3

"This God is our God."
(Psalm 48:14)

"God is great in great things, but very great in little things."

A party stood on the Matterhorn admiring the sublimity of the scene, when a gentleman produced a pocket microscope, and having caught a fly placed it under the glass. He reminded us that the legs of the household fly in England are naked, then called attention to the legs of this little fly which were thickly covered with hair; thus showing that the same God who made the lofty Swiss mountain attended to the comfort of His tiniest creatures, even providing socks and mittens for the little fly whose home these mountains were. 

This God is OUR God!

A doubting soul beheld a robin's nest in a gigantic elm and heard a still small voice saying, "If God spent a hundred years in creating a tree like that for a bird, He will surely take care of you." God is so interested, that He takes us one by one and arranges for every detail of our life. 

To Him, there are no little things.

"The God of the infinite is the God of the infinitesimal." 
(Springs in the Valley)

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July 4

"They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them."
(Luke 16:29)

"And beginning at Moses and all the prophets He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself."
(Luke 24:27)

A child can understand the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make us wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. There is not one beneath the canopy of God's Heaven, who possesses a copy of the Holy Scriptures, who is not solemnly responsible before God for the use he makes of them.

If professing Christians were split up into ten thousand times as many sects as they are; if they were ten thousand times as inconsistent as they are; if schools and doctors of divinity were ten thousand times more conflicting than they are - still the word to each possessor of the Bible is, "You have Moses and the prophets, and the New Testament; hear them." 

Oh! that we could persuade the unconverted, the unawakened, the unbelieving to think of these things, to think of them now, to ponder them in the very hidden depths of his moral being, to give them his heart's undivided attention, ere it be too late. We contemplate, with ever-deepening horror, the condition of a lost soul in hell - of one opening his eyes, in that place of endless torment, to the tremendous fact that God is against him and against him for ever; that all hope is gone; that nothing can ever bridge the chasm that separates the region of the lost from the Heaven of the redeemed; that "there is a great gulf fixed." (C.H. Mackintosh - The All Sufficiency of Christ)

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July 5

"Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest ant any time we should let them slip." (lest we drift away from them).
(Hebrews 2:1)

Which will it be - earnest heed, or letting slip? The Spirit through the Word teaches us divine and changeless truth. We need to earnestly pay attention to it; to guard it, keep it, obey it. For it is all too easy to let it slip. We see many such today; seemingly bored with truth, indifferent about holding onto it, failing to value it. Truth does not drift away from them; they are drifters away from truth. Give earnest heed to do that which is right, or drifting will be your experience. (Doug Kazen)

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July 6

The LORD…saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee” (Jeremiah 31:3).

"The hand of God never deals but in concert with His heart of infinite love towards us." –John Darby

"… to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God" Ephesians 3:19
(Submitted by a reader - S.L.)

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July 7

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me . . . And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself."
(John 14:1-3)

The hearts of the disciples were troubled. How often we experience events in our lives that upset us? The Saviour offered to His disciples and to us the divine antidote for troubled hearts. "Believe also in Me." In the troubles and upsets of life, He longs for us to trust Him. He has promised us a glorious future, "I will come again, and receive you unto Myself." Very soon the shout will come and the troubles of this weary life will all be over. Trust in Him. He will carry through. (James Comte)

"Midst the darkness, storm and sorrow, one bright gleam I see; 
Well I know the blessed morrow Christ will come for me." 

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July 8

"A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps."
(Proverbs 16:9)

"In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths."
(Proverbs 3:6)

"All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose."
(Romans 8:28)

Providence is often alleged as a reason for not walking by faith. Never was there a more remarkable Providence than that which placed Moses in the court of Pharaoh, and it gained its object. It would not have done so if Moses had not later abandoned the position into which that Providence had brought him. But it was faith and not Providence as a rule and motive, which produced the effect for which Providence had preserved and prepared him. Providence (Thanks be to God!) governs circumstances; faith governs the heart and the conduct. (Christian Truth - Volume 21 - November 1968)

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July 9

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
(1 John 1:9)

He came to my desk with quivering lip;
The lesson was done.
"Have you a new leaf for me, dear teacher?
I have spoiled this one!"
I took his leaf, all soiled and blotted,
And gave him a new one, all unspotted,
Then into his tired heart I smiled:
"Do better now, my child."

I went to the throne with trembling heart;
The year was done.
"Have you a new year for me, dear Master?"
I have spoiled this one!"
He took my year, all soiled and blotted,
And gave me a new one, all unspotted,
Then into my tired heart He smiled:
"Do better now, My child!" 
(Unknown)

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July 10

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
(Hebrews 4:16)

We need the help and sympathy of our great High Priest, firstly because of our infirmities, and secondly because of temptations we have to meet. Infirmities are the weaknesses that belong to us as being in the body. Infirmity is not sin, though it may lead to sin. The believer has to meet (1) trials without and the (2) temptations from sin within.

It is this first form of trial that comes before us in the passage in Hebrews - the temptation to turn - from the path of obedience to the Word of God - the path that leads to the rest of God. Further, the devil would seek to use the infirmities of the body to turn us aside by his temptations, even as he sought to use hunger to tempt the Lord from the path of obedience to God. In this form of temptation we have the Lord's sympathy, as He Himself has been "in all points tempted like as we are." Of the second form of temptation He knew nothing, for, while it is said that He was "in all points tempted like as we," it is added, "sin apart."

In the presence of these infirmities and temptations we have a resource. There is grace available to enable us to meet the trial. The throne of grace is open to us. We are exhorted therefore to draw near to the throne of grace. We can do so boldly because the High Priest represents us at the the throne of grace. Drawing near we obtain mercy in order that in the trial we may not fail. Here the time of need is not the time of failure, but the time when we are faced with trials and temptations which may lead to failure. (Hamilton Smith)

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July 11

"Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord."
(John 21:7)

The disciples assumed it was the Lord when He performed the miracle of showing them where they could net a multitude of fishes. Later when He took bread and gave it to them (12,13), they knew it was the Lord. Before His death the Lord instituted the Lord's supper by breaking bread and giving it to His disciples. He then said, "This is My body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of Me" (Luke 22:19). On this Lord's Day, as we take the bread and drink of the cup, let us know that it is the Lord seated amidst us. (K.C. Ung)

'Tis the Lord! O wondrous story!
'Tis the Lord, the King of Glory!
At His feet we humbly fall.
Crown Him! Crown Him, Lord of all!
(B. Handby)

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July 12

"Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
(Matthew 18:4) 

Cherish in your thoughts and incarnate in your life this wonderful admonition of Hudson Taylor:

"Be God's man;
In God's place;
Doing God's work;
In God's way."

In Caius College, Cambridge, there are three gateways in succession:

The first is called Humilitatis;
The second is Virtutis;
The third (which opens toward the Senate House), Honoris

Not in vain did our forefathers make these emblems of an undergraduate's progress;
And happy would it be if every Christian youth entered by the gate of humility
To pass through the gate of Christian Virtue
That he might come forth in the highest sense to that of Honour.
(R.F. Walker - Mountain Trailways for Youth)

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July 13

"And Benaiah . . . went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow."
(2 Samuel 23:20)

A lion fell into a pit. A man plunged in after him and slew him. And it was in time of snow. I have always felt sorry for that lion. Lions detest snow, and that lion did not have a sporting chance. But his troubles are over now, and the man has something to teach us.

Benaiah must have been one who had trained himself by many small and private disciplines to be ready for anything, even a lion in a pit in time of snow. The snow, of course, made it harder for him too, but he did not hesitate. He went down and slew the lion.

Quite suddenly in the midst of our ordinary occupations any of us may be face to face with a lion in a pit. It may be in time of snow - in circumstances which make it harder than usual to withstand. But we can. The moment we are conscious of the lion (Peter speaks of the the devil as a roaring lion in 1 Peter 5:8), the Spirit of God will put a sword into our hands. Some strong word of Scripture will be flashed across our minds. If we grasp that word, and thrust with all our might, there can only be one end to the fight. More that conquerors through Him that loved us will tell the end of that lion fight - even in time of snow. (Whispers of His Power - Amy Carmichael)

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July 14

"Thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not Thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living."
(Psalm 56:13)

It is one thing to be the advocate of Christianity, and another to be the disciple of it. And though it may sound strange at first, far easier is it to teach its lessons than to learn them

We need not so much to covet information about Him as power to use divinely what we know.
(J.G. Bellett)

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July 15

"I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung,
that I may win Christ
."
(Philippians 3:8)

Shining is always costly. Light comes only at the cost of that which produces it. An unlit candle does no shining. Burning must come before shining. We cannot be of great use to others without cost to ourselves. Burning suggests suffering. We shrink from pain. 

We are apt to feel that we are doing the greatest good in the world when we are strong, and able for active duty, and when the heart and hands are full of kindly service.

When we are called aside and can only suffer; when we are sick; when we are consumed with pain; when all our activities have been dropped, we feel that we are no longer of use, that we are not doing anything.

But, if we are patient and submissive, it is almost certain that we are a greater blessing to the world in our time of suffering and pain than we were in the days when we thought we were doing the most of our work. We are burning now, and shining because we are burning. (Evening Thoughts)

"The glory of tomorrow is rooted in the drudgery of today."

Many want the glory without the cross, 
the shining without the burning, 
but crucifixion comes before coronation.
(Streams in the Desert)

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July 16

"Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God."
(Ephesians 5:21)

There is nothing so contrary and utterly repugnant to man's sinful nature as obedience. Love is not by far so adverse to his nature, i.e., natural love, because God implanted natural affections in his heart. But obedience, even in a human way, i.e., submission to his fellow-men, is a principle against which man's natural heart rebels more than against anything else. This, I think, is the reason, why the spirit of God heads the following exhortations with these words: "Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of (Christ)." (Light in our Dwellings - J.A. von Poseck)

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July 17

"These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full."
(John 15:11)

If I allow my work to get between my heart and the Master, it will be little worth. 
We can only effectually serve Christ as we are enjoying Him, nor is there any one who can minister Christ with unction, freshness, and power to others, if he be not feeding upon Christ in the secret of his own soul. 
(Food for the Desert)

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July 18

The battle is not yours, but God’s.” 
(2 Chronicles 20:15)

The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” 
(Exodus 14:14)

What this means is that we don’t have to defend ourselves or fight back. The Lord will vindicate us at the proper time.“…when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously” (1 Peter 2:23) The battle is the Lord’s. He will fight for us. We should hold our peace.

What a relief to know that when the world turns against us, which is always the case, we need not nor should we attempt to retaliate. It is the Lord’s battle, and He is more than capable to take the battle upon His shoulders. We need only to Stand Firm.

The attempts upon Christians have intensified many times over in recent years and I see no sign that they will lighten up. We need to adopt an attitude that I have recently come to be my so-called battle cry each and every time I leave my home and that is, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth . . .” (Romans 1:16). (With thanks, From a reader of the "Gems" - R.L)

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July 19

"Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's."
(Psalm 103:5)

The poets have attributed to the eagle, miraculous powers of becoming young again; but the reference in Psalm, 103 is in all probability to the molting time which characterizes all birds. During that time the king of the air basks quietly in the sun; his plumage slowly returns; and thus renewed he rises once again to the place where he is most at home. It is a parable of those renewings of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5) which, from time to time, come to us all.

Redemption, equipment, power, renewal: with these spiritual resources at our disposal let us take fresh heart as we face the days that lie ahead for us all. Slowly, alas, do we learn these great lessons; but the God who has taken such pains with us will not rest until He perfects that which concerneth us. "He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6). (In Pastures Green)

Though thy way be long and dreary,
Eagle strength He'll still renew,
Garments fresh and foot unweary,
Tell how God hath brought thee through.

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July 20

"Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever."
(1 Peter 1:23)

God does not cause to germinate some little seed already folded up in man, but he implants an altogether new principle of life. God cannot see in man what we can see in examining a seed through the microscope - the exact form of the future plant all folded up, which when the seed is put into the ground begins to spread forth. 

When God's eye examines a sinner, what does He see? What did He see in such an one as Saul, the persecutor? Did He see the divine life, afterwards manifested in him, all nicely folded and shut up within his soul? No; but the enmity which made Saul persecute to the death the followers of Jesus. He saw moral death, but no life in him. And how was all this changed? By the communication of a new life, an incorruptible seed. (G.V. Wigram)

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July 21

"As for God, His way is perfect . . ."
(2 Samuel 22:31)

I find waiting one of the hardest things to do. What does it mean to “wait on the Lord?”

Waiting on the Lord is an activity resulting from a command! In other words when we are commanded to wait we are taking action to submit and obey a directive from the Captain of our souls.

Waiting on the Lord in Scripture does not mean idly standing by twiddling ones thumbs. It is not a matter of resignation, but of consciously waiting with expectation, because you know, that you know, that God will act and or direct you so that in due time you can move forward in accordance with His will.

“When led of the Spirit, the child of God must be as ready to wait as to go, as prepared to be silent as to speak.” - Lewis Sperry Chafer

Waiting for God is not laziness. Waiting for God is not going to sleep. Waiting for God is not the abandonment of effort. Waiting for God means, first, activity under command; second, readiness for any new command that may come; third, the ability to do nothing until the command is given.” - G. Campbell Morgan

The person who truly waits on the Lord does so with a restful, happy confidence.

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself . . .” Psalm 37:7

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Psalm 27:14
(S.L. 15-Jul-11)

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July 22

"When His disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?"
(Matthew 19:25)

"God hath called you to Christ's side," wrote saintly Rutherford, "and the wind is now in Christ's face in this land; and seeing ye are with Him, ye cannot expect the lea-side or the sunny side of the brae (hillside)."

Nowhere in the teachings of Christ do we find anything visionary or overoptimistic. He told His hearers the whole truth and let them make up their minds. He might grieve over the retreating form of an inquirer who could not face up to the truth, but He never ran after him to try to win him with rosy promises.

All this is but to say that Christ is honest. We can trust Him. He knows that He will never be popular among the sons of Adam and He knows that His followers need not expect to be. The wind that blows in His face will be felt by all who travel with Him, and we are not intellectually honest when we try to hide that fact from them.

By offering our hearers a sweetness-and-light-gospel and promising every taker a place on the sunny side of the brae, we not only cruelly deceive them, we guarantee also a high casualty rate among the converts on such terms.

We tell them that if they will accept Christ he will give them peace of mind, solve their problems, protect their families and keep them happy all day long. They believe us and come, and the first cold wind sends them shivering to some counselor to find out what has gone wrong; and that is the last we hear of many of them! (Renewed Day by Day - A.W. Tozer)

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July 23

"Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."
(1 John 1:29)

Oh, who is this Jesus who doth so much, 
Who healeth the blight of the world with a touch?
He taketh; men's efforts have all been in vain,
To hide or to cover or wash out the stain;
They strive to ignore it, they boldly deny
Their needs of the cross, or a Saviour to die. 
But sin is still with them and evils remain,
Till He came to our succor, the Lamb who was slain -
Who taketh away the sin of the world.
(Annie Johnson Flint)

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July 24

"And not only so . . ." (Romans 5:11)
"Much more then . . ." (Romans 5:9)
"Moreover. . . " (Romans 5:20)

In this exposition on justification, Paul elucidates the many blessings we enjoy because God has justified us. As he relates them to us, Paul's enthusiasm bubbles over onto the page. He is like a young child opening a new gift. "We have a peace with God! We have access by faith into this grace! And not only so! There is much more!" And on he goes. Are we as thrilled with our blessings? Let us take a lesson from the apostle and joyfully praise our Father, ". . . who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings . . ." (Ephesians 1:3). (J. Jacob)

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July 25

"Then Jesus said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory?"
(Luke 24:25,26)

At Emmaus desire had been again quickened, but under different conditions. It was not the desire of a freshly-drawn soul (as in the case of the conversion of Zaccheus), but of restored saints. These two disciples had been unbelieving. They were returning home under a sorrow that Jesus had disappointed them. The Lord rebukes them shortly after he joined them on the road, but so orders His words as to kindle their hearts. When their walk together ends at the gate of their dwelling, the Lord makes as though He would go further. He would not invite Himself as He had done at Jericho. They were not in the moral state which suggested this, as Zaccheus had been; but, when invited, He goes in - goes in just to kindle further the desire which had here invited Him - to gratify it to the full. And so He does; and they are constrained by their joy to return to the city that night, late as it was, to communicate it to their fellows. (J.G. Bellett)

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