Dear Friends, the following article is based on a sermon I preached at the Gurgaon Christian Fellowship Church (GCFC) in Gurgaon. It is an exhortation to believers in Jesus Christ and also an invitation to those who do not know Jesus as their Savior, to come to Jesus for true peace and encouragement that only He can give. GCFC is my local church and is where I am involved in the ministry of preaching and teaching the Word of God.
Your Brother In Christ
Eric A. Trott
Let me add this quote that a friend sent me just a few minutes ago. I don’t know why he keeps sending me such quotes but right now this one is so apt and perfectly timed:
True words of encouragement do not give false promises.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.” Hebrews 4:15.
The sad thing is that when faced with challenges or struggles we usually do not call on Him. Instead we try to figure it out on our own and in our strength and end up failing miserably. After coming to Christ I still struggled for a few years with drinking and smoking. I tried real hard to quit it but only failed repeatedly until one day I cried out to Jesus. I told Him that I could not kick the habits though I wanted so desparately to. I asked Him to do it for me. All of a sudden I experienced a deep peace in my heart. From that day till today which is about twenty years now, I have neithter tasted a drop of liquor nor smoked a cigarette. I still don't say I quit those habits. I say the habits quit me. Because the Holy Spirit drove them out. Hallelujah! I firmly believe that by the Power of the Holy Spirit we can be able to overcome every struggle and be God's witnesses: Witnesses of His Victory. All we need to do is to come to Jesus when we face trouble.
So if you have been trying hard to overcome something in your life in own strength and have been failing repeatedly and you feel you have been defeated, just give up trying and give it to Jesus. His Blood will cleanse you of all past sins and failures. the Bible says, “...if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1John 1:7-9. Just confess that you have failed and that you are unable to do it on your own. He will not only cleanse you of your past failures by His Blood but will also help you by the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome your struggle completely. And in the very area of your weakness His strength would be made perfect so that the glory that is due to Him goes to Him.