Saturday, September 22, 2018

Final Word-13

Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus from Bethany, of the village of Mary and her sister, Martha. It was that Mary who had anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother, Lazarus, was sick.
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
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Final Word- 12

Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 
(1 Corinthians 5:6-8) 

Are we glorying about the right things these days?
The Apostle Paul writing to the church in Corinth, tells them... "He who glories, let him glory in the LORD."
(1 Corinthians 1:31)
He actually quotes Jeremiah the prophet who had earlier
prophesied....The LORD says, “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom. Let not the mighty man glory in his might. Let not the rich man glory in his riches. But let him who glories glory in this, that he has understanding, and knows me, that I am the LORD who exercises loving kindness, justice, and righteousness, in the earth; for I delight in these things”. (Jeremiah 9:23,24)

Sometimes it's the worldly wisdom, might and riches that speak through believers rather than the new creation that they are to be in Christ.

Humbling oneself is a difficult process which even the 12 disciples that Jesus chose found hard to live by. They were with Jesus for more than three years, yet they failed to understand how their teacher wanted them to be.

This season, let us again look to our Savior and be more like him. Let's purge out the leaven of malice and wickedness from our lives and live with sincerity and truth. That would truly be pleasing to our Savior and Lord.

Dr. Johnson Cherian

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Final Word-11

So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, "Get up, get out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city!" But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking. (Genesis 19:14)

Despite seeing all the catastrophic happenings around, there are still many who think that the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is some kind of a joke.
When God was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, he sent his angels to warn Lot and his family. As we read above, Lot spoke to his sons-in-law of the coming calamity, but they thought that Lot was joking.

Preachers who preach that the end is near and the second coming of Jesus Christ is imminent are often ridiculed. Many Christians are still fed with the warm fuzzy gospel of health, wealth and materialism and most are content with it.

When Noah was building the ark, I guess many would have ridiculed him too. At age 500+, they must have thought that the old man had lost his marbles, but he knew exactly what he was doing and when the floods came, only he and his family of eight were saved.

Jesus, in his Olivet discourse said,
"As the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and they didn`t know until the flood came, and took them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and one will be left; two women grinding at the mill, one will be taken and one will be left. Watch therefore, for you don`t know in what hour your Lord comes." (Matthew 24:37-42)

A reminder for all of us dear friends....
..You also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. (Matthew 24:44)

Dr. Johnson Cherian

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Final Word-10

For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.” “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” (Hebrews 10:37, 38)

There is coming a time in the life of every believer in Jesus Christ when he/she will experience total freedom. There wouldn't be any deadlines to be met at work, no targets to be achieved at the job, no assignments to be completed. No plans needed to please the bosses at work. No waking up daily to cook three or four meals for the family. No waking up to yet another day of pain, weakness or sickness. They will be things of the past.

Jesus Christ is coming to take away his own to a place of peace and quiet and everlasting joy, 'Heaven' as it is named. The wily serpent will no longer be there to trouble.

Long back God promised his people deliverance from slavery in Egypt and life in a land flowing with milk and honey and despite myriad hindrances, he made sure that they reached there (though not the disobedient). If he kept his promise then, he will fulfil his promise now of taking us to a better rest, in fact the best.

But till that happens, each of us who have trusted in Jesus Christ as Savior must press on, taking up the challenges and overcoming temptations gaining victory over them by the power of the Holy Spirit. We must not shrink back, but walk by faith, till God says it's time for us to enter the heavenly rest.

Dr. Johnson Cherian

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Final Word-9

God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish. (Psalm 9:18)

David, who sang this psalm, went through innumerable troubles before he became king. Even after becoming king, he battled several enemies who plotted against him.
Many of the psalms are his testimonies of how God, in whom he put his trust, took care of his life.

If we look back on our own lives, we can see that the good hand of the Lord has been with us too. No doubt, we must have despaired on many occasions, but God saved us finally.

David realized that even as king and with all the power and authority that he had, he still needed to depend on God Almighty for matters small and great. Overconfidence brought him troubles on several occasions.

Often in need, often afflicted, and experiencing God's mighty deliverance, the shepherd king, acknowledged the goodness of God by singing...God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.

Let's then depend on our Savior Jesus Christ continually, for his mercies are unending and his faithfulness is everlasting.

Dr. Johnson Cherian

Monday, September 10, 2018

Final Word-8

Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, `So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I don`t make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time!` When he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day`s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, `It is enough. Now, O Yahweh, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.` (1 Kings 19:1-4)

Even the best of God's servants go through times of despair and desperation. Here, Elijah, one of the great prophets of God, through whom God had done great miracles, is running for his life, fearing the threat of the evil queen Jezebel.

Just recently he had prayed to God and God had sent fire from heaven to accept his sacrifice. He had destroyed 850 false prophets all by himself, but now he was depressed and cried out God to take away his life.

As believers and ministers, we need God's presence at all times. When he is with us, are souls can be at peace. His presence gives us the rest and comfort we need.

If you feel restless and desperate this day, pray for God's divine presence to be with you as Moses prayed once...
God answered him and said, "My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." (Exodus 33:14)

Dr. Johnson Cherian

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Final Word- 7

Not one of all the Lord's good promises to you Israel failed; every one was fulfilled. (Joshua 21:45)

You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not even one has failed. (Joshua 23:14)

Praise be to the Lord, who has given peace to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses. (1 Kings 8:56)

All three verses make it clear that God does not fail in keeping his promises. Every promise that God gives his people, he fulfills in his time.
There's nothing impossible with God.
He who didn`t spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how would he not also with him freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32)

Also...Will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? (Luke 18:7)

God loves us. God is for us. Let's wait expectantly for him to fulfill his promises to us.

Dr. Johnson Cherian

Final Word- 6

Now I will break their yoke from your neck and tear your shackles away. (Nahum 1:13)

Nahum chapter 1 speaks of how God let the Assyrians torment his people, the Israelites, for several years, that is, until they cried out to him, repenting of their sins and rebellion. When they did so, God gave them the promise that we read in the title verse here. God promised to break the yoke from their neck and tear their shackles away, meaning destroying their enemies who were tormenting them.

The Psalmist sings...
Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron, because they rebelled against the words of God, and condemned the counsel of the Most High. Therefore he brought down their heart with labor. They fell down, and there was none to help. Then they cried to God in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their bonds in sunder. Let them praise God for his loving kindness, for his wonderful works to the children of men! (Psalms 107:10-15)

Sin and rebellion against God and his Word can delay our deliverance. Confession and repentance can make God look on us with favor again.

Dr. Johnson Cherian

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Final Word- 5

`One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter`s brother, said to Jesus,`There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these among so many?` (John 6:8,9)

What we think of as little, can be multiplied quickly by God Almighty!
Jesus wanted his disciples to feed a large multitude but all they could find was five loaves of bread and two fish and Andrew believed it was totally insufficient.
Faith is believing in the supernatural and Andrew was not yet there. So also the other disciples.
Philip, another disciple said, `Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that everyone of them may receive a little.`

Jesus was testing his disciples to see whether they really believed in the supernatural power of God when he asked them to feed a large multitude in a remote place, but they failed miserably, even after seeing Jesus do many great miracles. All they had to say was..."You can do it Master", but they did not.

Then Jesus did the impossible. He fed the 5000+ multitude with the five loaves and two fish. When he had given thanks to the Father for the food available at hand, it multiplied to such an extent that everyone ate to their hearts content and the disciples could pick up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. Praise God!

Whatever difficult situation you are in today, believe in the supernatural power of God to give you deliverance and victory.

Dr. Johnson Cherian

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Final Word- 4

The Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17)

If there was a trial run of Rapture, we as believers could have known how many of us are really ready for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the clouds. Sadly, there is not going to be a rehearsal.

As Paul the Apostle writes to the church at Corinth, it will all happen in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye....at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:52)

Thus, we need to be ready at all times, saying “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and living self-controlled, upright and godly lives. Easier said than done, some may say... But it has to be done, for being raptured to join Jesus in the clouds and life in Heaven doesn't come cheap.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Final Word-3

Since the Lord had closed Hannah's womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. (1 Samuel 1:6)

Why God had closed Hannah's womb will remain a mystery until the Almighty reveals it to us. Perhaps he did it to bring glory to himself after opening it later and Hannah finally gave birth to six children; perhaps it was to make Hannah a woman of prayer or perhaps he was checking whether her husband Elkanah would love her even though she was barren. The reasons could be many..

No amount of rebuking the devil can open something that God has closed. Sometimes it's difficult to pinpoint the cause of suffering in a believer's life. But prayers and tears work miracles as we see in Hannah's case. Never give up praying or crying out to God. As a father has compassion on his children, so God has compassion on those who fear him.

Dr. Johnson Cherian

Monday, September 3, 2018

Final Word -1

Yet I destroyed the Amorites before them, though they were tall as the cedars and strong as the oaks. I destroyed their fruit above and their roots below. (Amos 2:9)

Though your enemies (principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness in high places) be powerful, Jesus your Savior is Almighty and he has already disarmed these satanic powers and made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. As God destroyed the fruit and roots of the Amorites and set his people free from their oppression, he will certainly grant you victory over your enemies. Trust in Jesus, your loving Savior.

Dr. Johnson Cherian
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Final Word-2

In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling. (Exodus 15:13)

God redeems...God leads....God guides...in his unfailing love and in his strength.
How very blessed is every person who has been redeemed by God through his precious son Jesus Christ.
The final destination for such is God's holy dwelling....Heaven...where earthly woes and fears no longer trouble and are replaced with everlasting peace and joy.
No more disappointments or worries or death or sorrow or sickness or pain. The old order of things would have passed away.
Let's look forward to that glorious day.

Dr. Johnson Cherian
www.johnsoncherian.com

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