Holy Spirit Sermon Illustrations

Holy Spirit Sermon Illustrations

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The Holy Spirit Knows

Dr. Walter L. Wilson in his book Miracles in a Doctor's Life, tells of an interesting answer which Mr. Samuel Levermore of London made. He had told his sister about the call of God to serve as a missionary in France, whereupon she replied, "Sammy, you will be wasting your time: to find a troubled soul in France would be like looking for a needle in a haystack." "Yes," answered Mr. Levermore, "that is quite true, but you must remember, sister, that the Holy Spirit knows where the needle is, and He will direct me to it."

Burning, But Not Burned

What a sermon there is in a wick! Sit down beside it, and ask how it dares hope that it can supply light for hours and hours to come. "Will you not soon burn to an end, you wick of a lamp?" "No, I do not fear it, since the light does not burn me, though it burns on me. I only bear to it the oil which saturates my texture. I am but the ladder up which it climbs. It is not I, but the oil that is in me, that furnishes the light."—The Daily Devotional Commentary.

The Fullness of the Spirit

Paul sets before all Christians both the privilege and the duty of being filled with the Spirit. It must please the Adversary if he can lure God's people into thinking that such a blessing is not for everyone. Those who knew Captain Reginald Wallis remember his cheerfulness, his winsomeness, and the loving insistence with which he proclaimed the glorious Gospel of salvation from the penalty and power of sin. Quoting Captain Wallis, the Keswick Calendar recently contained this message: "The Apostle Paul commands the Ephesian Christians to `be filled with the Spirit.' Yes, it is a command as well as a privilege. This is not some special blessing which God has reserved for certain of His children only. He has no favorites. I am so thankful that there is no such thing as a spiritual aristocracy, a number of believers for whom God reserves this peculiar blessing of fullness of life. Rather is this God's norm for every one of his children." As we yield ourselves unreservedly to God, and believe His Word, we may know "righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost" (Rom. 14:17), and the glorious nine-fold fruit of the Spirit which today is so sorely needed in the Church.—Sunday School Times.

"The Comforter"

A missionary in Africa is quoted in "The Bible in the World," the organ of the British and Foreign Bible Society, as seeking for three years for the proper word in which to translate the word "Comforter," using in the interim the word which embraced the filial comfort of the mother for the child. One day in the court of an African village he heard frequently during the proceedings the name of "Nsenga-Mukwashi." He asked the old chief, after court closed, if there were someone there by the name of "Nsenga-Mukwashi." The chief explained that it was the title of a man, whose duties were to interest himself "in all my people and stand by them when they are in trouble." On that particular day he had met and brought to court an old woman who had been ill-treated. He had "to spread the matter and to plead her cause. He is the comforting advocate," said the chief.

The light of a great truth flashed upon the missionary; the right word had come to him. Jesus said, "If I go not away, the Nsenga-Mukwashi will not come to you." "If any man sin, we have a Nsenga-Mukwashi with the Father." The translatability of the Bible into any tongue is one of its greatest miracles.—The Alliance Weekly.

Joined to the Main

Someone wrote congratulating that Rev. Archibald Brown upon his devoted and successful work for Christ, and asked the secret of it. "The answer is very simple," said he. "Fifty years ago Archibald Brown was joined up to the main, and the tap has been running ever since. Let us open the inner cells of our being to God's Holy Spirit.—This Is the Way, by an Unknown Christian.

We Need God

If we do not have the Spirit of God, it were better to shut the churches, to nail up the doors, to put a black cross on them and say, "God, have mercy on us."

If you ministers have not the Spirit of God, you had better not preach and you people had better stay at home.

I think I speak not too strongly when I say that a church in the land without the Spirit of God is rather a curse than a blessing. If you have not the Spirit of God, Christian worker, remember that you stand in somebody else's way; you are as a tree bearing no fruit standing where a fruitful tree might grow.—Charles H. Spurgeon.

When the Spirit came to Moses, the plagues came upon Egypt, and he had power to destroy men's lives; when the Spirit came upon Elijah, fire came down from Heaven; when the Spirit came upon Joshua, he moved around the city of Jericho, and the whole city fell into his hands. But when the Spirit came upon the Son of Man, He gave His life, He healed the broken-hearted.—D. L. Moody

When the Spirit comes into the believer, He makes Christ dearer, Heaven nearer and the Word of God clearer.

(Judg. 6. 34; Luke 4. 1, 18; John 16. 13-15)

"I have come a hundred miles," said a minister, "to get some of Moody's spirit." "You don't want any spirit," was Moody's reply. "What you want is the Spirit of God."—Selected

He to His own a Comforter will send
The promise of the Father, who shall dwell
His Spirit within them; and the law of faith
Working through love, upon their hearts shall write,
To guide them in all truth.—Milton

Several learned men tried to persuade a great scholar to believe in Christianity, but all their efforts were in vain. A plain, uneducated person referred not so much to logical reasoning as to the work of the Holy Spirit; and the scholar exclaimed, "When I heard no more than human reason, I opposed it with human reason; but when I heard the Spirit I was obliged to surrender." Thus it is that, trusting to their own wisdom, the wisest are lost; while those who are taught of the Spirit know the way of God in truth.—Buck

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