Faith Sermon Illustrations

Faith Sermon Illustrations

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The Jewish and Gentile Trains

The Jewish train came to a dead stop. A faulty engine rendered it useless, and it was to be shunted to a siding. God then requisitioned the Gentile train to fulfill His purposes. It had been in course of preparation since 606 B. C. After twenty-five hundred years the same engine trouble has developed. The times of the Gentiles are fulfilled, and the Jewish express, to which God is fitting new engines, will be on the main line once again. What is wrong with the Gentile engine? The same old Jewish fault—unbelief. "Have any of the rulers . . . believed on him?" (John 7:48). Do not many of our leaders, professors, popular preachers, bishops, and scientists deny the Christ who bought them? "The utterances of Jesus are unreliable," we are told; but the utterances of a German professor are evidently reliable! The same engine trouble. —The Jewish Era.

Ice in the Tropics?

A poor heathen woman became a Christian, and was remarkable for her simple faith. In accepting Christ, she took Him literally at His word. Some months after her conversion her little child fell sick. Its recovery was doubtful. Ice was needed for the little one, but in that tropical country, away from the great cities, it was not to be had. "I'm going to ask God to send ice," the mother said to the missionary. "Oh," but you can't expect that He will do that," was the quick reply. "Why not?" asked the simple-hearted believer. "He has all the power, and He loves us. You told us so. I shall ask Him, and I believe He will send it." She did ask Him, and God answered. Soon there came up a heavy thunder storm, accompanied by hail. The woman was able to gather a large bowlful of hailstones. The cold application was just what was needed, and the child recovered.—The Illustrator.

The One Essential

When the impotent man and the healing pool and the Master came together, there was health and hope. When the little lad and the few loaves and fishes and the Master came together, there was sufficiency and even abundance. A thirsty woman, an ancient well, and the Master, and there were streams of living water flowing into human hearts. A rugged fisherman, a broken net, and the Master, and there was discipleship, and a story to tell. Wherever a human need and a sincere faith and the Master meet, there is transformation and consecration. If we bring our lives, weak and insufficient, to the Master, He will remake us.The Upper Room.

Oh, blissful lack of wisdom,
'Tis blessed not to know;
He holds me with his own right hand,
And will not let me go;
And lulls my troubled soul to rest,
In Him who loves me so.

So on I go—not knowing,
I would not if I might;
I'd rather walk in the dark with God
Than go alone in the light;
I'd rather walk by faith with Him
Than go alone by sight.—Selected.

What Does the Creator Need?

In looking to God for deliverance of any kind we are prone to try to discover what material he has on hand to work on in coming to our relief. It is so human to look for something in sight that will help the Lord out. Just think a moment, it is not at all necessary for God to have any relief on hand. He does not need anything to begin on. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. What did He make them out of? Nothing, absolutely nothing. When the earth was made what did He hang it on? Nothing. Pretty satisfactory earth to be made of nothing, eh? Remember not a scrap of anything was used to make it. "He . . . hangeth the earth upon nothing." It hangs all right, doesn't it? Very well, then. A God who can make an earth, a sun, a moon, and stars out of nothing, and keep them hanging on nothing, can supply all your needs whether He has anything to work with or not. Wonderful, isn't it? Trust Him and He will see you through, though He has to make your supplies out of nothing.—From the tract, He Can.

The Word of an Emperor

One day Emperor Napoleon's horse reared and pitched and charged, and he was about to lose control of his steed, when a big burly private, seeing his danger, dashed up and grabbed the horses reins near his mouth and settled him down. The Emperor showed his hearty appreciation by saluting and saying, "Thank you, Captain."

The private in quick response returned the salute, and enquired simply, "Of what company?"

The Emperor, highly pleased with this full faith in his sincerity, resaluted and said, "Of my bodyguard."

The captain wheeled on his horse, and riding back to the bodyguard, said, as he saluted, "Your captain!"

Returning the salute the officer in charge asked, "By whose authority?"

The captain answered, as he pointed to the Emperor, "By his," and the event was closed. The whole transaction hinged upon faith in a man's word. Behold what a change resulted. Yet not nearly so great as the change which takes place in our lives as we simply, sweetly trust our Crown Prince, our Captain General, our divine and omnipotent Leader, Christ Jesus.—Canadian Baptist.

He That Believeth

He that believeth shall not make haste
In useless hurry his strength to waste;
Who walks with God can afford to wait,
For He can never arrive too late.

He that believeth shall not delay;
Who carries the Word of the King on its way
Keeps pace with the Pleiades' marching tune,
And he can never arrive too soon.

He that believeth shall walk serene,
With ordered steps and leisured mien;
He dwells in the midst of eternities,
And the timeless ages of God are his.—Annie J. Flint, in The Church of God Evangel.

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