Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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Since you have been precious and honoured in my sight,
and I have loved you, therefore I will give people in your place, and nations instead of your life. (Isaiah 43:4)
The love that God has for you is great if you are his child. In the title verse is a great promise that God gave his chosen people, the Israelites. They were precious and honoured in his sight. He would give people in their place; what's more, he would give nations instead of their life.
When the destroying angel went over the land of Egypt, it was the blood of the lamb applied to the door posts and lintels of the Israelite homes that gave them protection. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and are living a life in obedience to God's Word, the blood of Jesus Christ protects you from the destroying power of the devil.
The thief (the devil) only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. JESUS came so that we may have life, and may have it abundantly. He is the good shepherd who laid down his life for the sheep. Praise God.
Dr. Johnson Cherian
Thursday, October 18, 2018
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Thursday, October 11, 2018
Psalms 89:50-51 (WEB) Remember, Lord, the reproach of your servants, how I bear in my heart the taunts of all the mighty peoples, With which your enemies have mocked, Yahweh, with which they have mocked the footsteps of your anointed one.
Ethan the Ezrahite sings of how God's anointed king David bore in his heart the taunts of mighty people. They mocked him every step of the way. In many Psalms, David himself cries out in anguish because of the taunts of his enemies. Yet we see him repeatedly strengthening himself in God Almighty.
Christian ministry is tough. It's not a cakewalk. It's not for the faint-hearted. As Paul the Apostle writes...
Ephesians 6:13 (WEB) Therefore, put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand.
One must continually lean on the Lord and move in his strength to overcome frustrations and to avoid burn out.
Praise God that he doesn't let his anointed ones fall to the traps of the enemy and even if they fall, he restores them.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 (WEB) But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you, and guard you from the evil one.
Dr. Johnson Cherian
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Genesis 16:1-16 (WEB) Now Sarai, Abram's wife, bore him no children. She had a handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. Sarai said to Abram, “See now, Yahweh has restrained me from bearing. Please go in to my handmaid. It may be that I will obtain children by her.” Abram listened to the voice of Sarai. Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her handmaid, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to Abram her husband to be his wife. He went in to Hagar, and she conceived. When she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. Sarai said to Abram, “This wrong is your fault. I gave my handmaid into your bosom, and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes. Yahweh judge between me and you.” But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your maid is in your hand. Do to her whatever is good in your eyes.” Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her face. The angel of Yahweh found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. He said, “Hagar, Sarai's handmaid, where did you come from? Where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from the face of my mistress Sarai.” The angel of Yahweh said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hands.”
The angel of Yahweh said to her, “I will greatly multiply your seed, that they will not be numbered for multitude.”
The angel of Yahweh said to her, “Behold, you are with child, and will bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, because Yahweh has heard your affliction. He will be like a wild donkey among men. His hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him. He will live opposite all of his brothers.” She called the name of Yahweh who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees,” for she said, “Have I even stayed alive after seeing him?”
Therefore the well was called Beer Lahai Roi. Behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered. Hagar bore a son for Abram. Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.
The angel of God who dealt with Hagar, Sarai's maid had 4 messages for her....
1. Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hands....... Best for her as she was pregnant and the wilderness could soon turn in to a death trap. Yes, God knew what was best for her.
2. I will greatly multiply your seed, that they will not be numbered for multitude..... She must not have expected such a blessed future for she was just a maid. Yes, God would do the impossible for her.
3. Behold, you are with child, and will bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, because Yahweh has heard your affliction....A son named Ishmael would be born to her. Ishmael which meant "God listens." Yes, God listened when she called out to him.
4. He will be like a wild donkey among men. His hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him. He will live opposite all of his brothers.... A son who would be mighty and a warrior. Yes, God knew Ishmael's end from the beginning.
Facts for us to realize...
God knows what is best for us.
God can do the impossible for us.
God listens when we call out to him.
God knows our end from the beginning.
Angelic Interventions happen all the time for God's chosen ones. Praise God.
Dr. Johnson Cherian
Saturday, October 6, 2018
"A sower went out to sow his seed and as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.Some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold." (Luke 8:5-8)
Explaining the parable that he had just spoken of, Jesus started by saying...."The seed is the word of God."
The Apostle Peter writes that this seed is imperishable.
Every believer in Jesus Christ should be a sower of this imperishabe seed in this generation that Jesus called 'wicked and adulterous'. At least that is what God expects from each of us.
While sowing, some seed may fall along the wayside, some on rocks and some among thorns giving no harvest at all. Only the seed that falls on good ground will yield a good harvest.
The fear of failure hinders many from sowing. Some sowers look at other sowers who have reaped a hundredfold and soon have an inferiority complex and they stop sowing. Some are always in search of the right time and right place to sow and seasons pass by with them doing nothing. Other sowers have been waylaid by sowers who have made sowing a business and are building their own kingdoms rather than the kingdom of God.
As a believer in Jesus Christ, as a sower, what is your status? Think about it for a moment. Have you been faithful to your Savior in this matter?
God is in search of faithful selfless sowers in these end days. Will you take a decision regarding this matter today? A rich harvest of souls will eventually come to you.
Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying precious seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.
(Psalm 126:5, 6)
Dr. Johnson Cherian
Monday, October 1, 2018
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God gave Solomon wisdom and great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore. Thus Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt. He spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five. (1 Kings 4:29,30,32)
It's sad that a man this blessed by God should fall in disfavor with God later on in life. And this was the reason...
"Now king Solomon loved many foreign women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites; of the nations concerning which God said to the children of Israel, “You shall not go among them, neither shall they come among you; for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon joined to these in love.
He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart.
For it happened, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods; and his heart was not perfect with his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. Solomon did that which was evil in the sight of God, and didn't go fully after God, as did David his father.
Then did Solomon build a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, on the mountain that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech the abomination of the children of Ammon. So did he for all his foreign wives, who burnt incense and sacrificed to their gods. God was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned away from the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he didn't keep that which God commanded. Therefore God said to Solomon, “Because this is done by you, and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you, and will give it to your servant. (1 Kings 11:1-11)
We must never take for granted, the blessings that God has given us because he is rich in love and mercy. It is only God's grace that keeps us from falling and we must always be grateful to him for that.
The Apostle Paul writes to the believers at Corinth,
"Therefore let him who thinks he stands be careful that he doesn't fall."
Good advice for all believers in Jesus Christ.
Dr. Johnson Cherian
Saturday, September 22, 2018
The sisters therefore sent to him, saying, “Lord, behold, he for whom you have great affection is sick.” But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This sickness is not to death, but for the glory of God, that God's Son may be glorified by it.” (John 11:1-4)
Mary and Martha must have heaved a sigh of relief when they heard Jesus say, “This sickness is not to death, but for the glory of God, that God's Son may be glorified by it.”
But then very soon they were disappointed, dejected and dismayed because their brother died contrary to Jesus' prophecy. Was Jesus really their friend? must have been a thought that troubled the sisters those days. The same thought troubles believers when they pass through problems of many kinds. If he is truly a friend who cares, why does he seem aloof sometimes? If he is indeed Savior, where is he when I need him desperately?
The thoughts can range from sorrow to anger depending on the severity of the trial.
When Jesus finally came to Bethany where Mary and Martha lived, Lazarus had already died and been kept in the tomb for 4 days. Everyone around was mourning.
Martha and Mary expressed their deep anguish by telling Jesus that if he had been there at the appropriate time, their brother would not have died.
John the Apostle writes,
When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews weeping who came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, and said, “Where have you laid him?” They told him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept. (John 11:33-35)
Yes... Jesus is very compassionate. He weeps with you when you weep. He is troubled when you are troubled.
He is always interceding for you in the presence of our heavenly Father.
Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. He turned the mourning of Mary and Martha in to dancing. They were clothed with joy from on high. This day and every day that we live on earth, we have hope because Jesus lives to intercede for us.
He will turn your mourning in to dancing. He will remove your sackcloth and clothe you with joy. Praise God.
Dr. Johnson Cherian