Gem #1 - Communion with God
"All my fountains are in you," said David. If you have all your fountains
in God, your heart will be completely full. If you went to the foot of
Calvary, there will your heart be bathed in love and gratitude. If you
often go to your place of seclusion, and there talk with your God, it is
there that your heart will be full of calm determination. If you go out
with the Master to Mount Olivet, and looked down with Him on a wicked
Jerusalem, and weep over it with Him, then will your heart be full of love
for eternal souls. If you continually draw your stimulus, your life, the
whole of your being from the Holy Spirit, without whom you can do nothing,
and if you live in close communion with Christ, there will be no fear of
you having a cold heart.
He who lives without prayer--he who lives with little prayer--he who seldom
reads the Word--he who seldom looks up to heaven for a fresh influence from
on high--he will be the man whose heart will become cold and barren; but he
who calls in secret to his God--who spends much time in holy seclusion--who
delights to meditate on the words of the Most High--whose soul is given up
to Christ--who delights in his fullness, rejoices in his all-sufficiency,
prays for his second coming, and delights in the thought of his glorious
return--such a man, I say, must have an overflowing heart; and as his heart
is, so will be his life. It will be a full life; it will be a life that
will speak from the grave, and reverberate into the future. "Above all
else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life," and plead with
the Holy Spirit to keep it full; otherwise, the outcome of your life will
be feeble, shallow, and superficial; and you might as well not have lived
Gem #2 - Loving Your Neighbor
I am certain you need no exhortation to love yourself, you will take care
of your body, your comfort will be your primary concern. You would line
your own nest with downy feathers if you could. You will do these things
for yourself. Well, then, as much as you love yourself, love your
Gem #3 - Power in the Heart
A man's power in the world, other things being equal, is just the ratio of
the power and strength of his heart. A full-hearted is always a powerful
man: if he is wrong, then he is powerful for deception; if error is in his
heart, he is sure to make it notorious, even though it may be a downright
lie. May a man never be so ignorant as to be powerful for wrong. However,
if his heart is full of love for a good cause, he becomes a powerful man
for that issue, because he has heart-power, heart force.
A man may be lacking a good education and training in the proper manners of
our society; but give him a good strong heart, that beats hard, and there
is no mistake about his power. Let him have a heart that filled to the
brim with an cause, and that man will do thing, or else he will die
gloriously defeated, and will glory in his defeat. HEART IS POWER.
Gem #4 - Shadows of Mercy
When the sunlight of God's mercy rises upon our needs, it casts the shadow
of prayer far down upon the plain; or, to use another illustration, when
God piles up a hill of mercies, He Himself shines behind them, and He casts
on our spirits the shadow of prayer, so that we may rest certain, if we are
in prayer, our prayers are the shadows of mercy.
Gem #5 - Omnipotence
Omnipotence may build a thousand worlds, and fill them with treasures;
Omnipotence may crush mountains into dust, and cause all the seas to
evaporate, and destroy the stars, but Omnipotence cannot do one unloving
thing toward a believer. Oh! rest assured, Christian, a harsh act, an
unloving action from God toward one of His own people is quite impossible.
He is kind to you when he throws you into prison as when he takes you into
a palace; He is as good when He sends famine into your house as when He
fills your cupboards with plenty. The only question is, "Are you His
child?" If so, He has rebuked you in affection, and there is love in His
Gem #6 - Wings of Prayer
Prayer is the rustling of the wings of the angels that are on their way
bringing us the blessings of heaven. Have you heard prayer in your heart?
You will see the angel in your house. When the chariots that bring us
blessings do rumble, their wheels do sound with prayer. We hear the prayer
in our own spirits, and that prayer becomes the sign of the coming
blessings. Even as the clouds appear before the rain, so prayer precedes
the blessing; even as the first green blade of a plant is the beginning of
the harvest, so is prayer the prophecy of the blessing that is about to
Gem #7 - Reservoir of the Heart
You have seen the great reservoirs provided by our water companies, in
which is kept the water which is to supply hundreds of streets and
thousands of homes. Now, the heart is the reservoir of man, and our life
is allowed to flow in its proper season. That life may flow through
different pipes--the mouth, the hand, the eye; but still all the actions of
the hand, the eyes, and the lips, derive their source from the great
fountain and central reservoir, the heart; and therefore, there is no
problem showing the great need that exists for keeping this reservoir, the
heart, in a proper state and condition, since otherwise that which flows
through the pipes must be foul and corrupt.
Gem #8 - God's Purpose for Us
There is not a spider hanging on the wall that doesn't have an errand;
there is not a weed growing in the corner of the church lot that doesn't
have a purpose; there is not a single insect fluttering in the breeze that
does not accomplish some divine decree; and I will never believe that God
created any man, especially any Christian man, to be a blank, and to be a
nothing. He made you for an end. Find out what that purpose is; find out
your niche, and fill it. Even if it be something small, if it is only to
be someone who picks up trash at the side of the road, or one who mows the
church lawn, do something in this great battle for God and truth.
Gem #9 - Undivided Purpose of Heart
Suppose you see a lake, and there are twenty or thirty streams running from
it: why, there won't be one strong river in the whole area; there will be a
number of little brooks which will be dried up in the summer, and will be
temporary torrents in the winter. Every one of them will be useless for
any great purpose, because there is not enough water in the lake to feed
more than one great stream.
Now a man's heart has only enough life in it to pursue on object fully.
You must not give half of your love to Christ, and the other half to the
world. No man can serve God and money, because there is not enough in the
heart to serve the two.
Gem #10 - Pride
How easy it is for you and I to boast in ourselves! How hard it is to be
humble! That demon of pride was born with us, and it will not die one hour
before us. It is so woven into our very natures, and until we are dressed
in our grave clothes and laying in the coffin, shall we ever hear the last
Gem #11 - Trusting Works
Any man who trusts in his works, even to the smallest amount, is a lost
soul. He who trusts in the smallest atom of his works, though it be so
small that he himself cannot discern it, will be lost.
Gem #12 - Full Surrender
Don't keep back any part of the price received. Make a full surrender of
every inclination of your heart; work to have but one purpose, and one aim.
And for this purpose give God complete control of your heart. Cry out for
more of the divine control of the Holy Spirit, so that as your soul is
preserved and protected by Him, that it may be directed into one river, and
one only, that your life may run deep and pure, and clear and peaceful; its
only banks being God's will, its only river the love of Christ and a desire
to please Him.
Gem #13 - Pride in the Saint
There never was a saint yet, that grew proud of his fine feathers, but what
the Lord plucked them out one by one. There never yet was an angel that
had pride in his heart, but he lost his wings, and fell into Hell, as Satan
and those fallen angels did; and there shall never be a saint who indulges
in self-conceit, pride, and self-confidence, but the Lord will spoil his
glories, and trample his honors in the mud, and make him cry out, "Lord
have mercy on me," the least of all saints, and the "very chief of
Gem #14 - Brains vs Pride
Men who have no brains are always great men; but those who think, must
think their pride down, if God is with them in their thinking.
Gem #15 - Word of God
Never, never neglect the Word of God. The Word will make your heart rich
with truth, rich with understanding, and then your conversation, when it
flows from your mouth, will be like your heart, rich, soothing, and sweet.
Make your heart full of rich, generous love, and then the stream that flows
from your hand will be just as rich and generous as your heart. Above all,
get Jesus to live in your heart, and then out of your heart shall flow
rivers of living water, more rich, more satisfying than the water of the
well of Sychar of which Jacob drank. Oh! go, Christian, to the great mine
of riches, and cry to the Holy Spirit to make your heart rich unto
salvation. So shall your life and conversations be a boon to your
fellow man; and when they see you, your face will be like an angel of God.
Wise men will stand up when they see you, and men will give you reverence.
Gem #16 - Man's Weakness
God has said it; men must serve Him--they must serve Him in His own way,
and they must serve Him in His own strength too, or He will never accept
their service. That which man does, unaided by divine strength, can never
be accepted by God. There must be a consciousness of weakness before there
can be any victory.
Gem #17 - Death
Life is nothing but death's hallway; and our pilgrimage on earth is but a
journey to the grave. The pulse that preserves our being beats our death
march, and the blood which circulates our life is floating it forward to
the deeps of death. Today we see our friends in health, tomorrow we hear
of their death. Only yesterday, we shook hands with the strong man, and
today we close his eyes. We rode in a chariot of comfort only an hour ago,
and in a few more hours the black hearse must carry us to the home of the
living. Oh, how closely allied is death to life! The little lamb that
plays in the field must soon feel the knife. The cow that lows in the
pasture is fattening itself for the slaughter.
Trees only grow to be cut down. Yes, and greater things than these feel
death. Empires rise and flourish; they flourish only to fall into decay,
they rise to fall. How often do we take up a history book, and read of the
rise and fall of empires. We hear of the coronation and the death of
kings. Death is the black servant who rides behind the chariot of life.
See life! and death is close behind it. Death reaches far throughout this
world, and has stamped all terrestrial things with an arrow pointing to the
grave. Stars die; it is said that large and destructive fires have been
seen in outer space, and astronomers have marked the funerals of
planets--the decay of those mighty spheres, that we had imagined set
forever in sockets of silver, to glisten as the lamps of eternity.
But blessed be God, there is one place where death is not life's
brother--where life reigns alone; "to live" is not the first syllable which
is to be followed by the next, "to die." There is a land where the death
bells are never tolled, where grave clothes are never put on, where graves
are never dug. Blessed land beyond the skies! To reach it, we must die.
Gem #18 - Nothingness of Man
My God! when I survey the boundless fields of space, and see those
magnificent spheres rolling through it all--when I consider how vast are
your dominions--so wide that an angel's wing might flap to all eternity and
never reach a boundary--I marvel that you should look on insects so obscure
as man. I have looked into my microscope and seen the short lived tiny
insect on a leaf, and I have called him small. I will not call him "tiny"
again: compared with me, he is great, if I put myself in comparison with
God. I am so little, that I shrink into nothingness when I behold the
almightiness of Jehovah--so little that the difference between the
microscopic animal and man dwindles into nothing, when compared with the
infinite chasm between God and man.
Gem #19 - Death of the Righteous
What a great sorrow that the good should die! That the righteous should
fall! Death, why don't you cut down the poisonous tree? Why don't you mow
down the poisonous plant? Why do you touch the tree that has provided
shade for the weary people? Why do you touch the flower whose perfume has
made the earth joyous? Death, why do you snatch away the excellent of the
earth, in whom is all of our delight? If you would use your axe, use it
on the trees that draw nourishment, but afford no fruit; then we would
thank you. But why will you cut down the cedars, why will you fell the
godly trees of Lebanon? O Death, why don't you spare the church? Why must
the pulpit be hung in black; why must the missionary outpost be filled with
weeping? Why must the godly family lose its priest, and the house its
head? O Death, where are you? Don't touch the earth's holy things; your
hands are not fit to pollute the Israel of God. Why do you put your hand
on the hearts of the elect? Oh, stop, stop; spare the righteous, Death,
and take the bad! But no, it must not be; death comes and smiles at the
godliest of us all; the most generous, the most prayerful, the most holy,
the most devoted must die. Weep, weep, weep, O church, for you have lost
your martyrs; weep, O church, for you have lost your preachers, your holy
men are fallen.
Howl fir tree, for the cedar has fallen, the godly fail, and the righteous
are cut off. But stay awhile; I hear another voice. Say to the daughter
of Judah, spare your weeping. Say to the Lord's flock, Cease, cease your
sorrow; your martyrs are dead, but they are glorified; your ministers are
gone, but they have ascended up to your Father and to their Father; your
brethren are buried in the grave, but the archangel's trumpet shall awaken
them, and their spirits are ever now with God.
Gem #20 - Satan the Defeated Enemy
Death was the devil's chief defense; Christ boldly opposed the lion in his
den, and fought him in his own territory; and when He took death from him,
and dismantled that once impregnable fortress, He took away from him, not
only that, but every other advantage that he had over the saint. And now
Satan is a conquered foe, not only in the hour of death, but in every other
hour and in every other place.
He is an enemy, both cruel and mighty; but he is a foe who shudders and
shrinks back when a Christian gets into battle with him; for he knows that
though the fight may waver for a little while in the scale, the balance of
victory must fall on the side of the saint, because Christ by his death
destroyed the devil's power.
Gem #21 - One Must Fear to Believe
See that man drowning over here--I also see another in the water too. The
one in the distance thinks he can swim: a plank is thrown to him; he
believes that he is in no danger of drowning. Well, he clutches the plank
very leisurely, and does not seem to grab it firmly. But this poor
creature over here, he knows he cannot swim, he feels that he will soon
drown. Now, put the means of escape near him and note how desperately he
clutches it; how he seems as if he would drive his fingers through the
plank! He clutches it for life or death; that is his all, for he must
perish if he is not saved by that. Now, in this case, he that fears the
most believes the most; and I do think it is sometimes the same with poor
hopeless and lost spirits.
Gem #22 - To Die is to Gain
Here we see through a glass that is dark and cloudy, but there we shall see
face to face. There, what "eye has not seen nor ear heard" shall be fully
revealed to us. There, paradoxes will be unraveled, mysteries made plain,
obscure texts enlightened, confusing and questionable verses will be
revealed as being amazingly simple and true. The least of all souls in
heaven knows more of God than the greatest saint on the earth. The
greatest saint on the earth may have it said of him, "Nevertheless he that
is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he." Not our greatest
preachers understand as much of theology as the lambs of the flock of
glory. Not even the greatest masterminds of the earth understand one-
millionth part of the mighty meanings which have been discovered by souls
liberated from these bodies made from clay.
Yes, "To die is gain." Take away, take away that hearse, remove the
covering of black, adorn it in white with bright shiny decorations. There,
take away the music of the death march, rather lend me the trumpet and the
drum. O hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah; why do we cry as the saints go
to heaven? They are not dead, they have simply gone to heaven before us.
Stop, stop that crying, hold back your tears, clap your hands, clap your
"They are supremely blessed,
Are done with care and sin and woe,
And with their Saviour they rest."
What! weep! weep! for heads that are crowned with crowns of heaven? Weep,
weep for hands that hold the harps of gold? What, weep for eyes that see
the Redeemer? What, weep for hearts that are washed from sin, and are
throbbing with eternal bliss? What, weep for men that are in the Savior's
arms? No; weep for yourselves, that you are here. Weep that the mandate
has not come which commands you to die. Weep that you must remain. But
not for them.
I see them turning back on you with loving wonder, and they exclaim, "Why
do you weep? What, weep for poverty that is clothed in riches? What, weep
for sickness, that has inherited eternal health? What, weep for shame,
that is glorified; and weep for sinful mortality, that has become
immaculate? Oh, do not weep, but rejoice. If you knew what it was that I
have said to you, and where I have gone, you would rejoice with a joy that
no man should take from you."
Gem #23 - Satan's Attempts to Kill the Christ
When the Lord Jesus came down to earth, Satan knew his mission. He knew
that the Lord Jesus was the Son of God, and when he saw Him an infant in
the manger, he thought if he could kill Him and get Him in the bonds of
death, what a fine thing it would be! So he stirred up the spirit of Herod
to kill Him; but Herod missed his mark. And many a time did Satan strive
to put the personal existence of Christ in danger, so that he might get
Christ to die. Poor fool as he was, he did not know that when Christ died
he would bruise the devil's head.
Once, you remember, when Christ was in the synagogue, the devil stirred up
the people, and made them angry; and he thought, "Oh! what a glorious thing
it would be if I could kill this man; then there would be an end of Him,
and I should reign supreme forever." So he got the people to take Him to
the edge of the cliff, and he gloated over the thought that now surely He
would be thrown down headfirst. But Christ escaped.
He tried to starve Him, he tried to drown Him; He was in the desert without
food, and He was on the sea in a storm; but there was no starving or
drowning Him, and Satan no doubt panted for His blood, and longed that He
should die. At last the day arrived; it was transmitted to the court of
hell that at last Christ would die. They rung their bells with hellish
elation and joy. "He will die now," said he; "Judas has taken the thirty
pieces of silver. Let those Scribes and Pharisees get Him, they will no
more let Him go than the spider will let go of a poor unfortunate fly. He
is as good as dead."
And the devil laughed with excitement, when he saw the Savior stand before
Pilate's bar. And when it was said, "Let Him be crucified," then his joy
knew no limits, except the limit set by his own misery. As far as he
could, he revelled in what was to him a delightful thought, that the Lord
of glory was about to die. In death, as Christ was being observed by
angels, so also He was seen by the devils too; and that dreary march from
Pilate's palace to the cross, was one which devils watched with
extraordinary interest. And when they saw Him on the cross, there stood
the exulting fiend, smiling to himself. "Ah! I have the King of Glory now
in my dominions; I have the power of death, and I have the power over the
He exerted that power, until the Lord Jesus had to cry out in bitter
anguish, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" But ah! how short
lived was hellish victory. How brief was the Satanic triumph! He died;
and "It is finished!" shook the gates of hell. Down from the cross the
conqueror leaped, pursued the fiend with thunderbolts of wrath; swift to
the darkness of hell the fiend did fly, and swift descending went the
conqueror after him; and we may conceive him exclaiming--
"Traitor! this thunderbolt shall find and pierce you through,
Though under hell's deepest, darkest wave you seek to go,
To find a sheltering grave."
And seize him He did--chained him to his chariot wheel; dragged him up the
steeps of glory; angels shouting all the while, "He ascended on high, He
led captives in his train and gave gifts to men." Now, devil, you said
that you would overcome me, when I came to die. Satan, I defy you, and
laugh you to scorn! My master overcame you, and I shall overcome you yet.
You say you will overcome the saint, do you? You could not overcome the
saint's Master, and you will not overcome him.
You once thought you had conquered Jesus: you were bitterly deceived. Ah!
Satan, you may think you shall overcome the little faith and the faint
heart; but you are wondrously mistaken--for we shall assuredly tread Satan
under our feet shortly; and even in our last extremity, with fearful odds
against us, we shall be "more than conquerors through Him that loved us."
Gem #24 - River of God
The river of God is full of water; but there is not one drop of it that
comes from earthly springs. God will have no strength used in His own
battles but the strength which He himself imparts; and I would not have you
that are now distressed in the least discouraged by it. Your emptiness is
but the preparation for your being filled; and your casting down is but the
making ready for your lifting up.
Gem #25 - Kindness
Deal gently, deal kindly, deal lovingly, and there is not a wolf in human
shape that won't be melted by kindness; and there is not a tiger in woman's
form that won't break down and beg for forgiveness, if God should bless the
love that is brought to bear on her by her friend.
Gem #26 - The Devil in Sheep's Clothing
If the devil comes to my door with his horns visible, I will never let him
in; but if he comes with his hat on as a respectable gentleman, he is at
once admitted. The metaphor may be very strange, but it is quite true.
many a man has taken in an evil thing, because it has been varnished and
glossed over, and not apparently an evil; and he has thought in his heart,
there is not much harm in it; so he has let in the little thing, and it has
been like the breaking forth of water--the first drop has brought after it
a torrent. The beginning has been but the beginning of a fearful end.
Gem #27 - Few are Blessed
If we could see things as they are--if we were not deceived by the
masquerade of this poor life--if we were not so easily taken in by the
masks and dresses of those who act in this great drama, be it comedy or
tragedy--if we could but see what the men are behind the scenes, penetrate
their hearts, watch the inner motions, and discern their secret feelings,
we should find but a few who could bear the name of "blessed."
Gem #28 - Destroy Sin
Do not touch the persons of men; but destroy their sin with a stout heart
and with a strong arm. Kill both the little sins and the great ones; let
nothing be spared that is against God and his truth; but we have no war
with the persons of poor mistaken men.
Gem #29 - Prayer Before Blessings
If we had the blessings without asking for them, we would think them mere
common things; but prayer makes the common pebbles of God's worldly
provisions more precious than diamonds; and our spiritual prayer cuts the
diamond, and makes it glisten more.
After a long chase, the hunter prizes the animal, because he has set his
heart upon it, and is determined to have it; and yet more true, after a
long hunger, he who then eats finds his food much more tasty. So prayer
does sweeten the mercy.
Prayer teaches us its preciousness. It is the reading over of the bill of
sale, the account, the property lists, before the estate and the properties
are themselves transferred. We know the value of the purchase by reading
over the will of it in prayer, and when we have groaned out our own
expression of its matchless price, then it is that God bestows the
benediction on us. Prayer goes before the blessing, because it shows us
the value of it.
Gem #30 - Little Faith
We hear, sometimes, a great deal said about possessing a full assurance of
being a child of God; and then, every now and then, we hear of a doubt, a
hope. As good Joseph Irons used to say, "They keep hope, hope,
hoping--hop, hop, hopping--all their lives, because they can't walk."
Little faith is always lame.
Gem #31 - National Salvation
If there were such a thing as national salvation; if it could be possible
that we could be saved in the whole and in the mass, that so, like the
sheaves of corn, the few weeds that may grow with the stubble, would be
gathered in for the sake of the wheat, then, indeed, it might not be so
foolish for us to neglect our own personal interests; but if the sheep
must, every one of them, pass under the hand of him that tells them, if
every man must stand in his own person before God, to be tried for his own
acts--by everything that is rational, by everything that conscience would
dictate, and self-interest would command, let each of us look to our own
selves, that we be not deceived, and that we find not ourselves, at last,
miserably cast away.
Gem #32 - The Great Worker of Salvation
The great King, immortal, invisible, the Divine person, called the Holy
Spirit: it is He that stimulates the soul, or else it would lie dead for
ever; it is He that makes it tender, or else it would never feel; it is He
that imparts power to the Word preached, or else it could never reach
further than the ear; it is He who breaks the heart, it is He who makes it
whole; He, from first to last, is the great worker of Salvation in us, just
as Jesus Christ was the author of Salvation for us.
Gem #33 - God's Salvation for Sinners
As sure as God is God, if you this day are seeking Him correctly, through
Christ, the day shall come when the kiss of full assurance shall be on your
lip, when the arms of sovereign love shall embrace you, and you shall know
it to be so. You may have despised Him, but you shall know Him yet to be
your Father and your friend. You may have scoffed His name; you shall one
day come to rejoice in it as better than pure gold. You may have broken
His Sabbaths and despised His Word; the day is coming when the Sabbath
shall be your delight, and His Word your treasure. Yes, marvel not; you
may have plunged into the wretched house of sin and made your clothes black
with sin; but you shall one day stand before His throne white as the angels
are; and that tongue that once cursed Him shall yet sing His praise. If
you are a real seeker, the hands that have been stained with lust shall one
day grasp the harp of gold, and the head that has plotted against the Most
High shall yet be encircled with gold. Does it not seem a strange thing
that God should do so much for sinners? But strange though it seem, it
shall be strangely true.
Gem #34 - God's Word vs Man's
We do not care about 50,000 cliches, or syllogisms, or anything else.
God's word against man's any day.
Gem #35 - The God Who Hears
Our God is no god who sits in one perpetual dream; nor does He clothe
Himself in such thick darkness that He cannot see; He is not like Baal who
does not hear. True, He may not be concerned about battles; He does not
care for the pomp and pageantry of kings; He does not listen to the rise of
martial music; He does not regard the triumph and the pride of man; but
whenever there is a heart big with sorrow, wherever there is an eye filled
with tears, wherever there is a lip quivering with agony, wherever there is
a deep groan, or a sorrowful sigh, the ear of Jehovah is wide open; He
marks it down in the registry of his memory; He puts our prayers, like rose
leaves, between the pages of His book of remembrance, and when the volume
is finally opened, there shall be a precious fragrance springing up from
Gem #36 - A New World Coming
God's good pleasure is, that this world shall one day be totally redeemed
from sin; God's good pleasure is, that this poor planet, so long covered in
darkness, shall soon shine out in brightness, like a new-born sun.
Christ's death has done it. The stream that flowed from His side on
Calvary shall cleanse the world from all its blackness. That hour of mid-
day darkness was the rising of a new sun of righteousness, which shall
never cease to shine upon the earth. Yes, the hour is coming, when guns
and cannons shall be forgotten things, when the harness of war and the
pageantry of pomp shall all be laid aside for the food of the worm or the
contemplation of the curious. The hour approaches when old Rome shall
shake upon Her seven hills, when Mohammed's crescent shall no longer
increase on the earth, when all the gods of the heathens shall lose their
thrones and be cast out to the moles and to the bats; and then, from the
equator to the poles Christ shall be honored, the Lord paramount on earth,
when from land to land, from the river even to the ends of the earth, one
King, shall reign, one shout shall be heard, "Hallelujah, hallelujah, the
Lord God Omnipotent reigns."
Gem #37 - Christ Our Food
Without bread, I become thin like a skeleton; and, at last, I die. Without
thought, my mind becomes dwarfed, yes, and it deteriorates until I become
the idiot, with a soul that just has life, but little more. And without
Christ, my newborn spirit must become a vague, shadowy emptiness. It
cannot live unless it feeds on that heavenly manna which came down from
heaven. Now the Christian can say, "The life that I live is Christ;"
because Christ is the food on which he feeds, and the sustenance of his
Gem #38 - The Joy of a Newborn
Sinner, let this be your comfort, that God sees you when you begin to
repent. He does not see you with His usual gaze, with which He looks on
all men, but he sees you with an eye of intense interest. He has been
looking on you in all your sin, and in all your sorrow, hoping that you
would repent; and now He sees the first gleam of grace, and He beholds it
with joy. Never a soldier on the lonely castle top saw the first gray
light of morning with more joy than that with which God beholds the first
desire in your heart. Never a physician rejoiced more when he saw the
first heaving of the lungs in one that was supposed to be dead, than God
does rejoice over you, now that He sees the first symptom of good.
Gem #39 - Christian, Do Not Worry
I have seen the Christian man in the depths of poverty, when he lived from
hand to mouth, and scarcely knew where he should find the next meal, still
with his mind unruffled, calm, and quiet. If he had been as rich as an
prince, he could not have had less care; if he had been told that his bread
should always be delivered to his door, and the stream which ran fast by
should never run dry--if he had been quite sure that ravens would bring him
bread and meat in the morning, and again in the evening, he would not have
been one, bit more calm.
Gem #40 - Our Friends in Heaven
Oh, I reckon on the day of death if it were for the mere hope of seeing the
bright spirits that are now before the throne; to clasp the hand of
Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, to look into the face of Paul the apostle,
and clasp the hand of Peter; to sit in flowery fields with Moses and David,
to bask in the sunlight of bliss with John and Magdalene. Oh, how blessed!
The company of poor imperfect saints on earth is good; but how much better
the society of the redeemed. Death is no loss to us by way of friends. We
leave a few, a little band below, and say to them, "Fear not, little
flock," and we ascend and meet the armies of the living God--the hosts of
His redeemed. "To die is gain."
Gem #41 - Prayer
If anyone should ask me for a summation of the Christian religion, I would
say, it is in that one word--"prayer." If I should be asked, "What will
take in the whole of the Christian experience?" I would answer, "prayer."
A man must have been convinced of sin before he could pray; he must have
had some hope that there was mercy for him before he could pray. In fact,
all the Christian virtues are locked up in that word, prayer. If you tell
me, that you are a man of prayer, then I will reply at once, "Sir, I have
no doubt of the reality, as well as the sincerity, of your religion."
Gem #42 - The Chosen Ones
In the very beginning, when this great universe was in the mind of God,
like unborn forests in a cup of acorns; long before the echoes walked in
the quiet solitudes; before the mountains were brought forth; and long
before the light flashed through the sky, God loved His chosen men and
women. Before there were men and women--when the heavens were not yet
fanned by an angel's wing; when space itself did not an exist; when there
was nothing but God alone; even then, in that loneliness of Deity, and in
that deep quiet and depth, His heart moved for His chosen ones. Their
names were written on His heart, and they became dear to His soul.
Gem #43 - The Elect of the Elect
There are elect out of the elect, I will acknowledge, as to gifts and
standing, and as to the works they may accomplish in this world; but there
is no election out of the elect on the basis of a deeper extent of the love
of God. They are all loved the same; they are all written in the same book
of eternal love and life.
Gem #44 - The Rich Church
When I hear of a church where they all are the wealthy and the upper class
of our society, then I always say farewell to them, for where there are no
poor people, the ship will soon sink. If there are no poor, then, Christ
will soon give them some, if they are a real Gospel church.
Gem #45 - Our Tears
Oh! it is a glorious fact, that prayers are noticed in heaven. The poor
broken hearted sinner, going into his bedroom, bends his knee, but can only
utter his mournful cry in the language of sighs and tears. Look! that
groan has made all the harps of heaven thrill with music; that tear has,
been caught by God, and put into a vase made especially for tears, to be
perpetually preserved. The tearful praying Christian, whose distress
prevent his words, will be clearly understood by the Most High.
Gem #46 - Slow Moving Christians
You crippled! I don't fear; you will not be thrown out. Two snails entered
the ark; how they got there, I cannot tell. It must have taken them a long
time. They must have started rather early, unless it is that Noah took
them part of the way. So, some of you are snails; you are on the right
road, but it will take a long while, unless some blessed Noah helps you
into the ark.
Gem #47 - God Knows His Children
Jesus recognizes His family when their sins make them as black as the tents
of Kedar, and He knows they shall be as bright as the curtains of Solomon.
He knows His children when they do not know themselves; when they believe
they are lost beyond recovery, or when they foolishly conceive that they
can save themselves.
Gem #48 - Living in the Light of God
Give me the support of God, and I can easily bear the insults of men. Let
me lay my head on the chest of Jesus, and I will not fear the interruptions
of care and trouble. If my God will forever give me the light of His
smile, and a glimpse of His blessing--it is enough. Come on enemies,
persecutors, demons, yes, the Devil himself, for "the Lord God is my sun
and shield." Gather, you clouds, and surround me, I carry a Sun within me;
blow, wind of the frozen north, I have a fire of living coal within me;
yes, death, kill me, but I have another life--a life in the light of God's
Gem #49 - Backsliders
Backsliders! fallen ones! God will have mercy on you if you are repentant.
Glorious fact! the sorrowing backslider shall not be left behind.
Backsliders shall sing above, as God's restored children, He has forever
loved. Blind and crippled ones! believe in the Lord, and you shall be
found among the children of the Lamb at last.
Gem #50 - God's Throne
You may erect little thrones for those whom you love; but God's throne must
be the glorious high throne; you may set your loved ones upon the steps
leading up to His throne, but God must sit on the very seat itself. He is
to be enthroned, the royal One within your heart, the king of your affections.
Transcribed by: Tony Capoccia