Victory Sermon Illustrations

Victory Sermon Illustrations

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It's Worse in a Believer

A Christian woman who had found the secret of victory over sin through constant faith in Christ was waited on by a friend to persuade her that anything else than daily and hourly trespass was impossible in our present condition. As he left, he said, "Now, my friend, always remember that sin in a believer is a very different thing from sin in an unconverted person." "Yes," was the memorable reply, "it is a great deal worse."—Times of Refreshing.

Weighted Wings

Once when I was in Switzerland I saw an eagle, a splendid bird, but it was chained to a rock. It had some twenty or thirty feet of chain attached to its legs, and to an iron bolt in the rock. There was the king of birds, meant to soar into Heaven, chained to earth. That is the life of multitudes of believers. Are you allowing business, are you allowing the cares of the world, are you allowing the flesh to chain you down, so that you cannot rise?—Selected.

This Too Is Victory

To love Him more than all beside,
E'en more than life,
To serve Him on whate'er betide,
Through sin and strife;
To sing when shadows round you fall,
And know no grief;
To pray when dangers thick enthrall,
In all belief;
To faithful be where others stray,
And never fail;
To carry on when dark the way,
And never quail;
To stand aloof from ev'ry stain,
Keep pure and white;
To walk in solitude or pain,
Yet in the light;
To never swerve from all His will,
Whoe'er may call;
To onward press, all patient, still,
Whate'er befall;
This, too, is victory.—R. E. Neighbour, D.D.

Not by Subtraction

"Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof" (Romans 13:14).

A student, vile of mind, once filled the walls of his "den" at college with evil pictures. And one day when he did not expect her, his mother paid him a visit. She sat in his room and he knew she saw these evil things. Not a word of comment did she offer, but she went to a picture shop and bought the finest likeness she could get of Jesus Christ, and sent it to her son. When next she visited his room, there was not an evil picture in it, but on the wall in solitary grandeur was the big, fine picture of the Saviour. "You know, mother," he said in a shamefaced way, "I found the old, bad pictures would not go with this one, and so they had to come down and go out." She had solved his problem not by subtraction, but by addition. And so Augustine found it fifteen hundred years ago. "Thou didst cast out my sins," he said, "by coming in Thyselt, Thou greater sweetness."—R. H. W. Shepherd.

A Living Hope

The saintly A. J. Gordon, as he lay in the chamber in West Brookline Street, Boston, looked up and with one radiant burst of joy, cried, "Victory! Victory!" and so he went Home.—Gospel Herald.

"Not I"

During the Welsh revival a man was converted who had been a notorious drunkard. His conversion made him a sober and respectable man. The publican was angry to lose such a good customer, and called out to him one day as he passed the public house: "What's gone wrong, Charlie? Why do you keep going past instead of coming in?" Charlie halted for a moment, then with a skyward glance and a grateful tear glistening in his eye, replied: "Sir, it is not just that I keep going past; We go past! Ah, yes, that is the secret! We go past—Jesus and I." Faith unites me to the living Christ, so that His life flows to me, and I can sing—

Moment by moment, I'm kept in His love;
Moment by moment, I've life from above.Sunday School Times.

The news of the result of the Battle of Waterloo was eagerly awaited by the people of Great Britain, for so much depended on it. Somehow or other the message came with one word short, and only two words got across—'Wellington defeated'. The country was plunged into mourning, and great was the lamentation until the mistake was discovered, and the omitted third word arrived—`Napoleon —so that it read 'Wellington defeated Napoleon'. Their sorrow was turned into joy, and great rejoicings followed the mourning. Christ was the glorious Victor at the Cross, where so much for the whole world depended on the issues of the conflict with Satan.

In what might seem defeat
He won the meed and crown,
Trod all our foes beneath His feet
By being trodden down.

(Col. 2. 15)

It is told of Hannibal that when he came, in utter amazement and grief, into the presence of his father who had been crucified by the Romans, he lifted up his hand before that Roman cross and swore by all his gods that he would fight to the death the power that had crucified his father.

The Christian's conflict is with sin and Satan in light of the Cross, and in all these things `we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us'.

(Rom. 8. 37; 1 Cor. 15. 57; Heb. 12. 2-4)

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