by Pastor Mark Fisher
January 26, 2017
Here I go again! I thought I had it under control, and guess what? I was wrong. My dad had challenged me regarding my struggle with alcohol and my vow to stop drinking had lasted only a few days.
During my high school years, like others my age I began experimenting with alcohol. It apparently was the cool thing to do and got me in the “in” crowd. After high school, my dependency became worse and the majority of my evenings were spent drinking. My dad’s concern was obvious; he told me that I reminded him of his alcoholic brother who was killed in a drunk-driving accident in the prime of his life. Yes, his words hit home! I decided to quit at that moment, but it was not to last.
It did not take long before my friends harassed me, and within a few days I was right back to where I was before. I realized my vow had no strength in it. It would be someone else’s vow that would cause something quite marvelous to happen. It was something amazing I never expected.
What was amazing? It was Jesus Christ! My dependency on alcohol was supposedly a way to happiness but it only caused more issues. It was Jesus Christ who entered my life and changed it dramatically! 2 Corinthians 5:17 came true for me, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” What joy and happiness entered my soul! I no longer needed vows for life change, I simply needed Christ! It is now 28 years later and He has never failed me yet. “For He Himself has said, 'I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,'” Hebrews 13:5.
So instead of trusting myself to my vows, I entrust myself to Jesus Christ and His vows. He is the One who loves me and gave His life for me. It is His promises to me that can never fail! “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, 'I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life'" John 8:12.