Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Realities of life series- Dr. Johnson Cherian

10 years back, when I had to endure a severe trial in my life, I questioned or perhaps satan made me question my faith in Jesus Christ. That was because I prayed and prayed but saw no deliverance. Evil people were troubling me no end and we as a family were in distress. For a while, I prayed and worshipped mechanically, going through the motions day in and day out. 

John the Baptist, the one who initially proclaimed to all that Jesus was the lamb of God who took away the sins of the world later had doubts regarding Jesus being the Savior because he had been put in prison by King Herod and Jesus was doing nothing about it.

Perhaps you are going through something similar...nothing seems to be working.....many doubts have crept in to your mind regarding your Christian faith....satan is having a gala time pestering you with troubling thoughts.......but consider this....

The fact that you are still holding on to your faith in Jesus Christ, despite the struggles, failures and disappointments in your life points to your genuine love for your Savior and your hope and belief in eternal life in heaven at the end of your life or when the Lord returns.

The Apostle Paul writes,
Who/What shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:35,38,39)

Hang in there brother/sister.....Things will work out.... because He lives....Yes Jesus lives and all authority in heaven and on earth is with him.

10 years back, after a season of passing through the bad trial, one fine day, the Lord wrought deliverance for me and my family. 

You then dear Christian....stay true to him till deliverance comes.

Realities of life series- Dr. Johnson Cherian

While travelling by taxi or autorickshaw in India, I rarely tell the guy who is driving that I am a Physician, because then (going by the trend for the last 25 years), they would usually give me details of all the sicknesses they have suffered in their lives and also get a free consultation and prescription for their present illnesses. Moreover some would overcharge me thinking that the Physician's pockets are overflowing. Anonymity is good to a certain extent...

Sitting by Jacob's well in Sychar (John Ch.4), Jesus, the anonymous stranger started some small talk with a woman who had multiple life partners. When she came to a realization that the man could possibly do miracles because he claimed he could give her water that would be the ultimate thirst quencher, she pleaded...“Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” (John 4:15)

She must have thought that this would be the answer (a quick fix) to the troubling whispers that she had to endure each day as she went to draw water, (being part of the SIC-Sychar Immoral Club). But as she dreamed of a miracle, the stranger nonchalantly told her to go call her husband. She had an answer ready to the stranger's question, perhaps one that she had told many in the past....“I have no husband”. What Jesus said next must have pierced her innards, a statement delivered with surgical precision......“You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband." The spiritual dialogue contined till the stranger revealed himself to her as the Messiah and she believed in him. Not only her, many others in the town believed. 

Jesus may not be the anonymous stranger to us anymore, but he knows precisely where we are erring and speaks to us repeatedly to get rid of our moral filth, whatever it be.

James, the Lord's brother states it aptly,
Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. (James 1:21)

Are you looking for a quick fix for your sin?
By the way, the definition of Quick Fix is...an easy remedy or solution, especially a temporary one which fails to address underlying problems.