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Mind the Gap

Dependence on God God's Holiness Salvation

Contributed By: Chris Horton | Date Posted: 2014-10-05

Scripture: Matthew 19:25

Author: Chris Horton
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ILLUSTRATION

If you ride the tube in London, the phrase "mind the gap" soon becomes ingrained in your memory. Whenever you get on or off the train you hear a recorded voice continually reminding you of the dangerous gap that awaits unsuspecting and distracted travelers.

This little phrase has become very popular and can be found on t-shirts, has been the title of soundtracks and individual songs, and is used in various video games in the UK.

APPLICATION

It is a good phrase to remember and to repeat as we travel in this world - we face an impossible gap between our sinful selves and a perfect Almighty God. Since Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden, there has been a gap.  We can't cross it on our own. It's only through the blood of Christ that we are able to "mind the gap" and safely begin our journey.

"When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, "Who then can be saved?" Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:25-26).

The Opiate of the Conscience

Devotional Thoughts God's Holiness False Hope

Source: various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-03-15

Scripture: Psalms 51:4

Author: A.W. Tozer/Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

“The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions.” 

The late Dr. A. W. Tozer (1897-1963) was well known in evangelical circles both for his long and fruitful editorship of the Alliance Witness as well as his pastorate of one of the largest Alliance churches in the Chicago area. He came to be known as the Prophet of Today because of his penetrating books on the deeper spiritual life.

APPLICATION

This approach appears to take the higher grounded by declaring God too kind to punish the guilty. Actually, the true depth of God's kindness is seen not in His hesitance to punish man but in His willingness to take man's punishment upon Himself. What Christ accomplished on the cross allowed God to be both kind and just.

"Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge" (Psalm 51:4).

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Beauty Is God's Signature

Beauty God's Holiness Apologetics

Source: As quoted in NELSON'S ANNUAL PREACHER'S SOURCEBOOK 2005, p. 114

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-03-17

Scripture: Psalms 96:9

Author: unknown
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ILLUSTRATION

Someone has suggested that one of the greatest evidences for the existence of God is His beauty.

Have you ever snorkeled off the coast of a tropical island? Or have you peered into the saltwater aquarium of your local pet store? Have you ever visited a botanical garden and soaked in the beauty of a thousand varieties of flowering shrubs and plants? Ever stood on the edge of a vast chasm, gazing into rugged rocks and hills and valleys and canyons?

APPLICATION

"The beauty of the cosmos," it has been said, "is God's signature. He could have made an ugly world and a loathsome universe. But He is a God of beauty, and we must worship Him in the beauty of His holiness."

"O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth" (Psalm 96:9, KJV).

Crash Helmets and Life Preservers

Awe Experiencing God God's Holiness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-10-19

Scripture: Hebrews 12:28

Author: Annie Dillard
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Frightening News for Everyone With a Conscience

God's Holiness Reverence

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2011-12-28

Scripture: Luke 2:

Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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God's Central Character

God's Holiness Witness Spirituality

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-10-20

Scripture: Revelation 4:8

Author: Editors, NELSON’S ANNUAL
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Dim Bulbs

Judging Humility God's Holiness

Contributed By: Leroy Larson | Date Posted: 2011-02-05

Scripture: Luke 18:9

Author: Mark McMinn
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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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Troubled

Trouble Sin Comfort

Contributed By: Corey Sawyers | Date Posted: 2019-07-29

Scripture: Psalms 6:1 ; Psalms 6:10

Author: Corey Sawyers
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George Wilson Must Die

Grace Condemnation Pardon

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2019-05-19

Scripture: John 3:16 ; Colossians 2:14

Author: Illustration Exchange
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