by James Merritt

"Faith Is The Victory"
By James Merritt
John 4:46-54


1. If you have ever been to a circus, you have seen elephants tethered to a chain that is connected to a stake in the ground. Now that stake is only eighteen inches long, and that elephant can easily pull that stake up, because a grown man has to pull the stake up to free the elephant. Then why doesn't the elephant pull that stake out of the ground and free himself?

2. It's very simple. When that elephant was a baby he did not have the strength to pull that stake out of the ground. After years of trying, this elephant concludes that he can never pull it out of the ground. So in circuses all over the world, there are massive elements capable of lifting entire trees out of the ground by their roots, held captive by puny stakes.

3. There are so many people in this world who are chained to the stakes of sin, self, sorrow, and Satan himself, who could be free in an instant and have victory if they only believed in the Lord Jesus Christ.

4. We need a faith that can conceive the invisible. We need a faith that can believe the incredible. We need a faith that can receive the impossible.

5. This is a story about a man who discovered that faith is the victory that overcomes the world. This man was steeped in sorrow, stained with sin, and starved with self. But then he met the Lord Jesus Christ, and with just three words, "Lord, I believe," he went from sobbing to singing, from weeping to worshipping.

6. Just by faith he went from darkness to light, from blindness to sight, from wrong to right, from weakness to might.

I. A Concerned Father

1. No one can appreciate this story more than a parent. For only if you have been a father can you understand the love that a father has for his children.

A. The Father's Dilemma

1. "So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain n ...

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