Romans Sermon Illustrations

Romans Sermon Illustrations

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No Accidents

Down in Georgia in a rural section of the country, a good man of God was holding a revival meeting. There was a Negro nurse who attended these meetings. She was very poor, but had one great ambition, and that was to own enough uniforms to have a clean one every day without having to wash several times a week. After a period of hard work and much saving, her ambition was realized. In her clothes closet hung a row of beautiful white uniforms. One day while at work, word came that her cabin was on fire. She was rushed to her home only to find what had been her home was now a pile of ashes. She walked to the pile of ashes and allowed her eyes to stray in the direction of what had been the clothes closet that held her precious uniforms. This Negro Christian woman lifted her eyes toward Heaven and remarked: "I is not only a Christian, I is a consecrated Christian, and nothing much can happen to a consecrated Christian." Praise the Lord!—Selected.

God's Purpose

A young man was trying to establish himself as a peach grower. He had worked for years, and invested his all in a peach orchard, which at last bloomed bounteously—and then came a frost. He didn't go to church the next Sunday, nor the next, nor the next. His minister went to hunt him up, and inquired the reason. The discouraged young fellow exclaimed: "No, and what is more, I'm not coming any more. Do you think I can worship a God who loves me so little that He will let a frost kill all my peaches?"

The old minister looked at him a moment in silence, and then replied kindly: "Young man, God loves you better than He does your peaches. He knows that, while peaches do better without frosts, it is impossible to grow the best men without frosts. His object is to grow men, not peaches."—Selected.

The Use of Affliction

God never permits affliction without a wise purpose. When Dr. Moon, of Brighton, England, was at the height of all his mental powers and acquisitions, he became blind. At first there was a constant rebellion against God. "What are all my acquisitions, what are all my powers worth now, when I am shut up here and the whole world shut out?"

But Dr. Moon began to ask himself if it were possible that he might help the blind to read the Word of God. While his own eyes were sightless, he invented the Moon system of alphabet. This has gone into twenty different countries, and has assimilated itself to the languages of those countries. From three to four million blind people all over the world are reading the Bible in their native tongue because Dr. Moon became blind. Trouble was sent in order that Dr. Moon might help other people out of trouble.—The Dawn.

All Things for Our Good

A sincere, pious old Southern Negro was asked to speak at the funeral of a little child. He was talking on the text, "All things work together for good to them that love God." He said in substance: "Brethren, we can't take one of God's dealings by itself. We got to put them all together. He don't say His dealings work by themselves. He says dey work together for good. You hear dat brass band? Take all dem horns sep'rate—be mighty poor music. De high tenor horn makes shrill music by itself. It takes all de horns togedder to make de music. Dis life is like de notes ob de big bass horn. Dere's no music here. But let us wait in faith till God brings in d^ odder instruments, and den dere will be music. Dis is de bass horn ob death, a solemn sound. We will wait for de horn ob de resurrection, for de horn ob de ascension, for de angelic horn. When all de horns in God's great band ob providence get togedder, den dere will be music in Heaven."The Elim Evangel.

Glad to Be a Leper

Peking missionaries were astounded when an old man once rose and said: "I am glad I am a leper! For if I had not been a leper, I would never have come to this mission hospital; if I had not come to this hospital, I never would have learned to know Jesus. And I had rather be a leper with Christ than to be free from leprosy without Him."—Christian Life.

Some Day

Sometimes such shadows overhang our path
We cry we cannot walk in light so dim.
O child of God, fear not, the way is safe
Through deepest darkness if we walk with Him.

Sometimes our spent and burdened souls have cried,
"Of what avail this anguish and this pain?"
Oh, sweet and tender mystery of God,
There is no travail of the soul in vain!

Someday,—"At evening time there shall be light."
Somewhere these aching hearts will understand:
Our pain was the refining of our gold,
Our darkness but the shadow of His hand!

When our sight
Is made perfect in His grace,
In the light
Of the glory of His face
All will be plain!—Martha Snell Nicholson, in Gospel Herald.

No Clouds, No Showers

"We know that all things work together for good to them that love God" (Rom. 8:28).

We are often comforted by the words of others who have experienced the loving-kindness of our God, but if we are able to bear witness to it we must experience it for ourselves.

And old saint was speaking of God's great goodness so joyously that it seemed as though she had never known a trial. "But have you never had any clouds?" she was asked, "Clouds?" she replied; "why of course, elsewhere would all the showers have come from that have refreshed and blessed me so?"

No clouds, no showers; no trials, no refuge; no labor, no "well done." But all is in His hands, who tempers all, balances all, and has nothing but our present and eternal good in view.—Scripture Truth.

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