The illustration of The King Has One More Move! highlights the devil’s deceptive nature in spiritual warfare. The devil may cry “Checkmate”, but do not believe him because he is a liar. When it comes to spiritual warfare the devil has no capability to do us direct harm. He can only do us harm by trickery. We must resist these lies and seek God’s truth. Victory in spiritual warfare comes from us submitting to God. By us putting on the whole armor of God, we can persevere through any lie, temptation, and deceit that the devil may throw at us. Please enjoy the sermon illustration of “The King Has One More Move!” below.
Have you heard this story? It’s been told by Christian speakers as far back as 1955 when Billy Graham told a variation of it early in his ministry.
Two men are standing in front of a painting called Checkmate in an art gallery. In the painting, a man is playing chess with the devil. The devil is grinning ear-to-ear because he has the man cornered. The title of the painting, “Checkmate,” indicates that the game is over. The devil has won. His opponent has no more moves.
The first man looking at the painting wants to move on to other paintings in the gallery. But the second man, an international chess champion, wants to look at the painting longer, so he waves his friend on and tells him he will catch up later. The chess champion stares and stares at the chess board, then suddenly he steps back, flabbergasted.
“It’s wrong!” he exclaims. “There’s one more move.”
He runs to his friend and together they look at the painting.
“We have to contact the painter,” the chess champion says. “It’s not checkmate. The King has one more move!”