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The Lifetime Pass That Was Never Used

God's Promises Faith Blessings/Blessedness

Source: Toronto Ward Museum

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Contributed By: Howard Harden | Date Posted: 2019-10-11

Scripture: Proverbs 16:20 ; Matthew 7:24

Author: Howard Harden
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ILLUSTRATION

The Toronto Ward Museum tells us the story of a nineteenth-century man named Isapo Muxika. He is more commonly known as Crowfoot. He was the chief of the Siksika Indian tribe. He was known for his peaceful relations with Canada during a time of great violence.

When the Canadian Pacific Railroad was being built and they needed to build part of it on his land, the Canadian government approached Crowfoot with an offer. They said, “If you will give us the land we need for the railroad, you can ride it whenever and wherever you want.” 

So they made a deal. They finished the Canadian Pacific Railroad and Crowfoot received a lifetime pass. It was put in a beautiful case. Crowfoot is said to have carried that case around his neck for the rest of his life. It entitled him to go wherever he wanted where the railroad could take him.

There was just one problem. As far as we know, Crowfoot never stepped foot on that train. He had the right to travel anywhere he wanted, but he never availed himself of that right.

APPLICATION

There are a lot of Christians like Crowfoot; they possess God’s promises; they quote them; they frame them; they hang them on their walls; they even post them on social media, but they never actually make use of them.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon once said, “God never gives us a promise he does not intend for us to use.” So what should you and I do? Read them, get to know them, and then apply those promises which speak to your current condition, whatever that condition might be.

"Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord" (Proverbs 16:20). 

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock" (Matthew 7:24). 

The Generous Thief

God's Promises Death Resurrection

Source: The Defiance Crescent News, Feb. 19, 1985

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Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2019-05-01

Scripture: John 11:25 ; Job 1:21

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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ILLUSTRATION

Back in the 80s, I worked for a kind-hearted man who owned a small sign shop. He was far from the most successful businessman I'd ever met, but he treated his customers with respect and fairness. I remember how downhearted he was when he told me his pickup had been stolen. A couple of months later, the truck was returned but in a very unusual way. The story, which made national news, was featured by Paul Harvey.

Here's how it appeared in the local paper:

DEWITT, Mich. (UPI) -- Kelly Terrell says the person who stole his 1975 Chevrolet pickup truck can take it again "any time he wants to." That's because Terrell, whose truck was taken from a shopping mall in December, got the vehicle back Sunday --with a fresh coat of paint and a number of other repairs. Terrell told police Monday he had received a call from a stranger who lectured him about his truck's poor condition. The stranger then told Terrelll he could find the pickup in the parking lot where it had been stolen.

When Terrel arrived at the lot, he found his truck and a three-page list of repairs made by the thief. In addition to sanding and painting the pickup, the thief performed bodywork and made a number of mechanical repairs. 'It is not a practical joke,' Terrell said. 'I have no idea who the man is. It is all very strange, but that man can steal my vehicle any time he wants to.'

APPLICATION

The Bible tells us that God gives but He also takes away (Job 1:21).  Our health, our earthly treasures, and even our life will all one day be taken. But there's nothing that God takes away that He will not return to us, only in much better than it was before!

"Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live" (John 11:25, ESV). 

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The Shadow Of Things To Come

Prophecy Feasts of Israel God's Promises

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-08-23

Scripture: Colossians 2:17

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

A shadow can give us an indication of who is coming toward us, but it is still just a shadow. The reality is found, not in the shadow but in the person casting the shadow. 

Likewise, the Feasts of Isreal provided a foreshadowing of an approaching person, the Messiah of Israel. Each one anticipates some aspect of His arrival and redemptive work.  

APPLICATION

"Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ" (Colossians 2:16-17). 

Life Can Change In a Feline Flash

God's Promises Eternal Security Circumstances

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-01-30

Scripture: Matthew 6:20 ; 2 Timothy 1:12

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Heaven Series--Surprise #4: A Room Prepared Just For You!

Heaven Series God's Provision God's Promises

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-24

Scripture: Psalms 23:6 ; Luke 24:39

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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One Strange Looking Carrot

God's Promises Heaven Reward

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-17

Scripture: Matthew 19:29 ; Revelation 21:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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God Does Give Us More Than We Can Handle

Trials God's Promises Grace

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-03-24

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:13 ; 2 Corinthians 12:10

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Our Predetermined Destiny

God's Sovereignty Prophecy God's Promises

Contributed By: Louis Harrison | Date Posted: 2016-12-12

Scripture: Revelation 21:5

Author: Louis Harrison
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Giving God's Promises Testing God

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-10-29

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4

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The Perpetual Mouse Trap

Gospel God's Promises Eternal Life

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-04-28

Scripture: Matthew 28:20

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