Temptation Sermon Illustrations

Temptation Sermon Illustrations

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Don't You Know Where the Snags Are?

A Yankee applied for the vacant position of pilot of a Mississippi steamer. The boat was a New Orleans, and the Yankee said he thought he could give satisfaction, providing they were lookin' for a man about his size and build. The owner looked at the lank form and rugged face of the applicant with some amusement, and then said, "Your size and build will do well enough, but do you know about the river—where the snags are, and so on?" "Well, I'm pretty well acquainted with the river," drawled the Yankee, with eyes fixed on the stick he was whittling, "but when you come in talking' about snags, I don't know exactly where they are." "You don't know where the snags are!" said the captain in a tone of disgust, "then how do you expect to get a position as pilot on this boat?" "Well, sir," said the Yankee, raising a pair of keen eyes from his whittling, and meeting his questioner's gaze with a grin, "I may not know just where the snags are, but you can depend on me knowin' where they ain't, and that's where I calculate to do, my sailin'."—Sunday School Times


Tried and True

When a founder has cast his bell he does not at once put it into the steeple, but tries it with the hammer, and beats it on every side, to see if there is a flaw. So when Christ converts a man, He does not at once convey him to heaven, but suffers him to be beaten upon by many temptations and afflictions, and then exalts him to his crown. As snow is of itself cold, yet warms and refreshes the earth, so afflictions, though in themselves grievous, keep the Christian's soul warm and make it fruitful.—Fellowship News.


"Massa, Yo' Property Am in Danger"

A Negro who had accepted the Lord Jesus as his Saviour, and realized the truth, "Ye are not your own, ye are bought with a price" (I Cor. 6:19, 20) used to exclaim in moments of trial or temptation, "Massa, yo' property am in danger." Trusting alone to Him "that is able to keep" (Jude 1:24), he felt secure.—Mason.


It Never Even Shook

Years ago a terrific storm was sweeping from the Northwest coast. The people of the city said to one another, "The lighthouse has gone down." But three days afterward the keeper of the lighthouse was seen upon the streets of the city and one of his friends said to him, "We heard the lighthouse had gone down in the storm." The old keeper looked on him in amazement and said: "Gone down! It is true the storm was the fiercest I have ever known, but in all the time she never shook." This is also true of our foundation. Storms of temptation and trial may beset us, but the foundation standeth sure.—J. Wilbur Chapman


Help for the Tempted

Frank W. Boreham passes on a story told by Handley Page, the airman. When Page landed at Kobar, in Arabia, a large rat managed to get into his airplane. When Page was in mid-air he discovered the rat's presence by the sound of gnawing behind him. Alarmed at the thought of the damage which those pitiless teeth might do, the aviator remembered that a rat is unable to survive in high altitudes. He determined to soar, and rose until he found difficulty in breathing. At length he ventured to descend to a lower level and upon landing he discovered that the rat was dead.

There is help for the tempted here. When we feel ourselves endangered by the pests that molest our souls, we need only to rise to a loftier level of Christian attainment.—The Y. C. Companion.


Garden Memories

In a garden Satan conquered, and in a garden he was conquered. Never walk in a garden without thinking of God our Saviour.—Graham Scroggie.


Not in the Direction of Home

Billy Bray, the Cornish miner and evangelist, says that one day when he was much discouraged, he found himself standing on the brink of a coal pit. Someone seemed to say to him, "Now, Billy, just throw yourself down there, and be rid of all your troubles." But he recognized the source of the temptation, and said, "Oh, no, Satan, you can just throw yourself down there. That is your way home. But I'm going to my Home in a different direction."—Sunday Companion.


How to Answer Satan

A famous preacher tells the story of a schoolboy who was brought to trust the Saviour through that wonderful verse, John 5:24. But when the boy got home and was sitting on a sofa in a room by himself, Satan began to tempt him to think it was all a mistake, and that Jesus had not really saved him at all. At length the temptation became so fierce that the boy said it seemed as though Satan was actually under the sofa talking to him. For a while the young Christian did not know how to answer Satan; but then he thought of or idea. Opening his pocket Bible, he placed his finger at John 5:24, and reached it under the sofa, and said, "There you are, Satan, read it for yourself!" The boy said it seemed as if at that moment the devil disappeared.—Selected.


Of Genesis 3 George Whitefield said, 'Moses unfolds more in that Chapter than all mankind would have been capable of finding out of themselves though they had studied it to all eternity.'

(Gen. 3. 1; 2 Cor. 11. 3)


Temptations divide the world into two classes; those who fail and go down under them and those who meet them successfully and gain strength of character through overcoming them. To the one class they are stumbling-blocks; to the other they are stepping-stones. To the one they are hindrances; to the other they are helps. It is not our temptations but the way we respond to them that counts.—H. O. Fanning

(Matt. 4. 1; Luke 22. 31, 32; 1 Cor. 10. 13; James 1. 12)


In your hearts enthrone Him,
There let Him subdue
All that is not holy,
All that is not true.
Look to Him, your Captain,
In temptation's hour,
Let His will enfold you
In its light and power.—Caroline M. Noel

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