Perseverance Sermon Illustrations

Perseverance Sermon Illustrations

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A way to ensure success is to press forward, and never look back. When the late Dr. F. B. Meyer was in his seventeenth year he decided that he would go into the ministry, and told his mother of his decision. She suggested that such a step would involve sacrifice in his prospects, but hinted also that if he regretted the step taken later, he would be able to leave the ministry. The boy, looking straight at his mother, said, "Never! That would be putting my hand to the plow and looking back." That lad never looked back, but, as you all know, did marvelous work for his Master in this and in other lands. Who knows but that probably his success in life can be traced back to that day when he said "Never," and meant it?—Intermediate Young People.

I Won't

I want to let go, but I won't let go,
There are battles to fight,
By day and by night
For God and the right,
And I'll never let go.

I want to let go, but I won't let go,
I'm sick 'tis true;
Worried and blue,
And worn through and through,
But I won't let go.

I want to let go, but I won't let go,
I will never yield;
What, lie down on the field
And surrender my shield?
No! I'll never let go.

I want to let go, but I won't let go,
May this be my song,
'Mid legions of wrong;
Oh, God, keep me strong,
That I may never let go.—Selected.

Hold On! Wait!

A young convert told of his experience in the first World War. He was in the "Lost Battalion." We were cut off from our main army and all around us were Germans. Our food and water gave out, and every once in a while a German would come to say "Surrender." Only one shell was left, and we decided to use it as a signal. At night we turned the cannon straight up, put in the shell, and prayed and pulled the trigger. How we hoped the Americans would see it. Next morning an airplane dropped us canteens of water and bread and a note saying, "Hold on! We are coming!" This continued for several days. Then we heard cannons roaring. Soon our army came and took us to our own lines. We Christians are being asked to surrender to the world in these last days, but God sends us this message, "Hold on! I am coming!"—In The Latter Rain Evangel, by N. C. Baskin, adapted.

"I Hanged On"

Mr. Addison Raws of Keswick, N. J., was crossing a crowded street in Philadelphia. He had hold of the hand of his little boy, and the latter lost his footing. Mr. Raws just held him up until they were across. "I hanged on, Daddy," he said, as they reached the far side of the street. Yes, he had. But his father had first "hanged" onto him.Christ Life.

Keep a Goin'

If you strike a thorn or rose,
If it hails or if it snows,
Keep a goin'.
'Tain't no use to sit and whine
When the fish ain't on your line;
Bait your hook and keep a tryin';
Keep a goin'.

When the weather kills your crop,
When the rain will never stop,
Keep a goin'.
S'pose you're out o' every dime,
Gettin' broke ain't any crime,
Tell the world you're feelin' fine—
Keep a goin'.

When it looks like all is up,
Drain the weariness from the cup,
Keep a goin'.
See the wild birds on the wing,
Hear the bells that sweetly ring,
When you feel like sighin', sing—
Keep a goin'.—F. L. S., in Evangelical Christian.

The Sticker

Oh, it's easy to be a starter, lad
But are you a sticker, too?
'Tis fun, sometimes, to begin a thing,
But harder to see it through.

If you failed sometimes when you did your best,
Don't take it too much to heart;
Just try it again in a different way,
For it all depends how you start.

And sometimes a failure is best, dear lad,
To keep you from being too sure;
Success that is built on defeat, you know,
Will oftentimes longest endure.

'Tis the sticker who wins in the battle of life,
While the quitter is laid on the shelf;
You are never defeated, remember this,
Until you lose faith in yourself.

Oh, it's easy to be a starter, lad,
But are you a sticker, too?
You may think it a game to begin a task:
Are you game to see it through?—Selected.

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