6-Week Series: Against All Odds

Sermon Illustrations

John Wesley writes of his time: "Almost as soon as I was gone, two or three began to take their imaginations for impressions from God. Meantime, a flood of reproach came upon me almost from every quarter. Be not alarmed that Satan sows tares among the wheat of Christ.

"It has ever been so, especially on any remarkable outpouring of the Spirit; and ever will be until the devil is chained for a thousand years. Till then he will always ape, and endeavor to counteract the work of the Spirit of Christ.

But John Wesley himself once prayed, after the revival had about died out for the time, "Oh, Lord, send us the old revival, without the defects; but if this cannot be, send it--with all its defects. We must have the revival."

It doesn’t have to be that way. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.