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Sermon Illustrations: Temptation

Baboons are inquisitive creatures. In order to catch one in the Kalahari Desert, the bushman digs a hole in solid rock large enough for a baboon's hand to pass through while extended. He does this while making sure the baboon is watching then drops in some nuts. The baboon is so curious that after the man has gone, he comes down to investigate and puts his hand in the hole to get the nuts. Once his hand is in, the bushman comes running to catch him, because as much as the baboon wants to escape he will not let go of what's in his hand and he cannot get his clenched fist back through the hole.

The good plants do not push out the bad plants, the bad plants choke out the good one. Malcolm MacGregor

A really bad man has a wife and children who go to church. He drinks, smokes, swears, watches pornography and abuses his family. One night, his family come home from a great church meeting. They come to the front door and remember the man will be waiting for them. The TV is on, but he's not watching it. His Scotch is in the glass, but he's not drinking. His cigarette is sitting on the corner of the ashtray, but he's not smoking. He's dead. "Sin has no more power over him. Sin has no more attraction for him. And sin produces no more reaction from him." Illustration by Derek Prince while commenting on Romans 6:6.


Every time Satan knocks at the door, I let Jesus answer. (Derek Prince relating what an old lady replied when asked the secret of her victorious life.)

My Collection of Jokes, Quotes & Anecdotes

Parable told by Reinhard Bonnke: A man had a 2-storey house. He heard a knocking, opened the door, and found Jesus there, so he invited Him to live in the house and gave Him a room in the top floor. Jesus will only take what you give Him. The man was sleeping and heard a pounding on the door, opened the door a crack and the devil barged in. He had a terrible fight, trying to resist the devil and his temptations, yelling out for help all the time. Eventually, he managed to throw the devil out. In the morning, he said, "Why didn't you help me last night? Couldn't you hear me calling for help?" Jesus: "The problem is, you've got this whole big house to yourself, and I've only got one room." Man: "Ah, I see your point. You can have the whole top floor, and I'll keep the bottom floor." The man was sleeping and heard a pounding on the door, opened the door a crack and the devil barged in again. He had another terrible fight, trying to resist the devil and his temptations, yelling out for help all the time. Eventually, he managed to throw the devil out. In the morning, he said, "Why didn't you help me last night? Couldn't you hear me calling for help?" Jesus: "The problem is, I have the top floor, but you still have the bottom floor to yourself." Man: "Ah, I see what you mean. From now on, the whole house is yours." That night, the man was asleep, and there was a pounding at the door again. This time Jesus went to the door, opened it wide, and stood in the doorway. The devil looked at Him, bowed very low and said, "I'm sorry, but I think I knocked on the wrong door."


A man was trying to lose weight and decided that it was best if he not drive past his favourite bakery on the way to work each day. So he took an alternative route. This worked well for some time. But one day he absentmindedly took his old route to work. When he realised what he was doing, he thought, "This must be a sign from the Lord." So he kept driving. But just to make sure he wasn't deceiving himself he said, "I'll drive past, and if there's a parking spot, I'll take it as a sign from the Lord that He wants me to buy something there." And the funny thing was, on the eighth time around...

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