Spurgeon once preached a sermon that he felt was his absolute worst.  He floundered and stammered through it, and felt that it ended a complete failure. In his great humiliation he prayed to God that night, “Lord, God, Thou canst do something with nothing.  Bless that poor sermon.”

He prayed this prayer repeatedly throughout the week day and night. But, he also determined in himself that the next Sunday he would preach a great sermon.

He did exactly that.  His next Sunday’s sermon went splendidly and the people praised him highly for it. He was pleased with himself and slept beautifully that night without a care.  But, the thought came to him, “I’ll watch the results of those two sermons.”

He was eventually able to trace forty-one souls saved through the effects of the poor, humiliating sermon while not one was saved through the highly praised one!

1 Corinthians 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

1 Corinthians 2:4-5 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

— Charles Spurgeon


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