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Experience God's Power

Power Experiencing God Salvation

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2022-04-07

Scripture: Jeremiah 31:34 ; Proverbs 2:5

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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ILLUSTRATION

My dream car is a burnt orange 1968 Chevy Camero (insert your own favorite). I remember pulling up behind one at a car wash when I was in High School. My dad was with me and I told him how I wished I had the money to buy one just like it. He said, "Wait till you're older. Someday it won't seem so far out of reach."

I've talked to my wife about this long-lost dream and she said, "Even if you had such a car you wouldn't likely drive it because it doesn't fit who you are or how you've lived your life." How does one argue with such wisdom?

But, let's Image for a moment that, at last, I bought the car anyway and had it sitting in my garage, and that every day I went out and sat in the car and daily took a chamois cloth and wiped all the dust off its shiny surface. Imagine also that I studied the owner's manual and could quote sections of it from memory. And, that I went so far as to order the blueprints and schematics so I could study every detail of my Camero. And, that I joined a Camero club and attended conventions, and even once traveled to the place the factory once stood. And, imagine that I so loved the car that I talked about it all the time.

I'm sure you would think it quite odd if I had a car I loved that much but never actually took out for a drive.

APPLICATION

In many ways, that is what we've done with our modern expressions of Christianity. 

We've been saved. We have Christ in our hearts. We are his and he is ours. We love and adore him. We enjoy sitting in his presence. We sing songs about him and in praise of him, as we should. 

We love the Bible and love to listen to experts who know the Book so well that they can quote portions of it and tell stories of what the Lord has done in the past. Some of us have even traveled to the Holy Land.

But while we do all that, like someone with a 68 Camero that never experiences its roar as it cruises down the highway, we often fail to so pray and believe Christ that we actually experience the power of God's saving grace.

"And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness."  (Acts 4:31)

Jesus Is Our Path

Obedience Jesus Christ Salvation

Source: Homiletics, Aug 2006

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-01-10

Scripture: John 14:6

Author: E. Stanley Jones / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

E. Stanley Jones tells of a missionary who got lost in an African jungle surrounded by nothing but bush and patchy clearings. He came upon a native and asked if he could guide him out. The native said he could. 

"All right," said the missionary, "show me the way."

The native said, "Walk," so they walked and hacked their way through unmarked jungle for more than an hour. 

The missionary grew concerned.  "Are you quite sure this is the way?  Where is the path?"

The native said, "Bwana, in this place, there is no path. I am the path."

APPLICATION

In this crazy jungle of a world, there is no path. Jesus is our path.

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life" (John 14:6).

Grace Is Just Too Easy

Grace Salvation Skepticism

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2021-04-22

Scripture: Romans 6:23 ; John 3:3

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Those who work hard to earn their salvation often respond to the message of grace with, “If that were true, if it really were a free gift with no strings attached, I’d accept it and then do whatever I wanted.”

What such a response reveals is that serving God isn't what they don't really want to be doing; they're only doing it to appease God.  

Of course, such a reaction fails to comprehend the nature of the gift itself.  The gift isn't a license to do whatever we want but a deposit of love that brings with it a whole new set of desires.  Those who receive this gift are energized by the presence of the Holy Spirit to love God as freely as they have been loved by God.  The gift of eternal life isn't replacing legalism with license, it's replacing legalism with love. 

APPLICATION

The lack of self-awareness among those who feel this way is truly astounding.  Without realizing it, they are freely admitting that without the threat of God’s judgment, they would lack the motivation to please God.  They are of the opinion that they need fear in order to keep them from going off the rails.  What they don't realize is that God doesn't want their fear, He wants their love.  

Just doing what we want isn’t love.  Serving God after receiving salvation as a gift is love. 

"Jesus replied, 'Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again'" (John 3:3). 

Bad Passwords

Salvation Trust (In God) Jesus, Savior

Contributed By: Lawrence Dake | Date Posted: 2020-09-18

Scripture: Acts 4:12 ; John 1:12

Author: Michael Dudui
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Spiritual Quarantine

Cleansing Sin Salvation

Contributed By: Shane Waldron | Date Posted: 2020-03-20

Scripture: Romans 10:9 ; Leviticus 13:

Author: Shane Waldron
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Getting Through The Security Gate

Salvation Confession Sin

Contributed By: Corey Sawyers | Date Posted: 2019-08-11

Scripture: Revelation 21:27 ; 1 John 1:9

Author: Corey Sawyers
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"I'll Love You Forever"

Salvation Love (Divine) Parenting

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2019-02-16

Scripture: Jeremiah 31:3 ; John 3:16

Author: Neal Pollard
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Garage Sale Redemption

Redemption Sanctification Salvation

Contributed By: William Blosch | Date Posted: 2018-12-29

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:20 ; Romans 6:23

Author: William Blosch
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A Day In The Life Of A Pastor

Jesus, Savior Salvation False Hope

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2018-05-15

Scripture: John 14:6

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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The Hidden Door

Witness Salvation Jesus, Savior

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-04-21

Scripture: John 10:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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