Concor (sp? conquer)Self greatest victory to be won” “Counsel them to buy of me gold”

The above quote was written on a list of Sermon Subjects.  What kind of sermon, scripture, advice do I think Grandad would have come up with?


I believe Grandad would have first thought of “Conquering self is the greatest victory to be won.”  He would have brought in his belief that Christians can be sanctified by Jesus’ blood.  The victorious life would consist of leaving sinful things behind and taking on the habits of a Christian.

Then he would have prayed and searched for a text.  He didn’t have google!  So he would have to rely on his memory and the Holy Spirit.  Aw-haw! “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”  A scripture with three points, each of which gave keys to “conquering self.”

1. Buy of me gold tried in the fire.  Expect to walk through some fire.  That’s the way to burn off the rubbish.  But know that is like the Hebrew children in the fiery furnace.  You will not be burned except for the rubbish (ropes and other things that bind).

2. White raiment, that thou might be clothed, and your shameful nakedness will be hidden.  If you are clothed in the blood of the Lamb your sins will become white as snow and your shame will be gone as far as the East is from the West.  And Grandad would have said the change in your life will be evident—both inside and out.  As God cleaned the inside of the cup, so the outside of the cup should also be clean. 

3. Anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou might see.  Surely he would have referred to the scripture in Jer. 8:22: “is there no balm in Gilead”   The balm you are looking for is Jesus.  Use your eyes to look to Him.  Read the Bible if you can read; if you can’t, seek advice.  Ask for help.  Pray.  Ask for blinders to fall from your eyes.  Behold Jesus on the cross. 

4. Then Grandad might have remembered these lines from the second verse of the hymn Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.*   “For us sin hath no more dominion; for more than conqu’rors we are.”  As he often did, perhaps he asked Mom and Aunt Dorothy to come lead the folks in singing the song.

Old fashioned preacher, old fashioned church, old fashioned people, old fashioned song.  And a short old-fashioned sermon to help folks along in the struggles and joys of living! Grandad didn’t preach long sermons. I liked that! His brother did preach long ones. I liked that, too! 😀

*Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, (1918) written and composed by Helen Howarth Lemmel (1863-1961)https://www.christianmusicandhymns.com/2019/09/turn-your-eyes-upon-jesus-hymn-lyrics.html

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. pranabaxom says:

    I think what one needs to follow these are just to be human without being aligned to one or the other faith. These are the basic lessons of all faith and may be for the ones of no faith.

    So be happy in yours and attain salvation.
    I will wait for you in hell merrily.😂

    • oneta hayes says:

      With that outlook and no fear of law enforcement, why not smash and grab! I’ve been missing you. If I were only building pie in the sky for our afterlife, I would certainly put us both in Heaven, not hell.

  2. pranabaxom says:

    What fear of law enforcement? What law did I break?😀

    The novel in FB is taking a lot of time from my daily writing. Never imagined writing 1000 words / day would take so much time.

  3. capost2k says:

    Old-fashioned, and handsome, to boot! 😉

    • oneta hayes says:

      You made me go back to look. Yes, he is; wonderful smiling eyes. Too often one’s grandad is just an old man. Looking now I see that he is probably twenty years younger than I when that picture was taken. He was a good man; probably the most influence in my life.

  4. Love this post 😊 there’s definitely treasure in what we think of as being old fashioned. I love that direct anointed preaching. No power points needed to get the message across. Bless you 🤣

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thank you. I think some of the “old fashioned” is because preachers only relied on the Bible and the Holy Spirit to direct them. No looking up a sermon topic with all the outlines which can be done easily online now. The only prop used for the sermon was the preacher himself. He was expected to walk his talk.

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