I called out “Jesus, come into my life, please help me.”

 

 

I am Haresh, born and brought up in a Hindu family. My father was a government employee and my mother a housewife. I have one sister and one brother. We lived a normal life. My parents were God-fearing and they brought us up in such a way that we were regularly going to temples and ashrams. We were strong devotees of Mata Amritanandha Mayi. I used to spend my school holidays in the ashram.

My college days was a negative turning point in my life. I was so lost in the world that I started getting involved in all the filthy things such as boozing, smoking, drugs and even joined a group who would do anything for money. For me, it was not the money but the power and the position that I got from it which made me feel proud. I became a nuisance for my family.

At this time, the true God started working in our family through one of our Christian neighbours. This lady always used to talk to my mother about Jesus. Because of His great plans, the wonder-working power of the Lord started working in my mother. That time I was their biggest problem and my mother was convinced that if they sent me to the ‘Divine Retreat Centre’, I would come back from the world. So everyday, as I normally returned home after midnight at 1 or 2 AM, my mother would wait for me and tell me about Jesus. I felt very irritated and shouted at her. But she never gave up. In the meantime, I lost my happiness that I tried to get from the world. Something, some power started working in me. The more I tried to get rid of it, the more it clung to me as a magnet attracts iron. After a month of heavy struggle in my mind, I finally gave up. I went back to my mother and told her that I wanted to go to the retreat centre. She was so happy thinking that she would get back her old son. Immediately, all arrangements were made and I attended the retreat in November 24th 1994.

It was shocking for me at first when I reached there. I was amazed at the huge auditorium, big statue of Jesus Christ with his arms wide open, both sides of the auditorium filled with patients with different kinds of diseases, paralyzed ones and so on. As the retreat began, I just wanted to know one thing - Is there someone who can help me come out of all my troubles? Even as I waited patiently, I could not bear it when people started praising. I didn’t understand a bit of it because we never prayed that way and have never seen such a thing. But in my heart there was only one prayer. If there is any person or power out there as God, I still prayed - “Please help me.” My heart was crying for something. Then the love of the Lord started piercing into my heart and into every cell of my body. I was crying throughout the sessions. I came to know that JESUS has died for me and has already paid the price for my sins. He rose from the dead and he is going to come back. I believed that he is a LIVING God. I confessed all that I had done in my previous life. With great love and a broken heart, I called out “Jesus, come into my life, please help me.” Immediately, I felt as if my body is being nailed as though something was piercing into each & every cells in my body. For the first time in my life, I felt a great peace of mind. It was as though a great burden had been taken away from my shoulders and the great love of God started flowing into my heart.

Then the lord spoke to me through the scripture Act of Apostles 16:31 "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved---you and your family."
The power that came into me gave me the grace to believe this and from the depths of my heart I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and saviour. There at the feet of our Lord, I promised I will no more worship idols even if my parents didn’t allow me to stay at home. I asked Jesus how I could convince my family that He was a true and living God. On one side my heart was filled with joy, on the other it was troubled, thinking about my parents. Then the Lord showed me the answer. Before the retreat got over, I saw a paralyzed young man, who had been bed-ridden right from the first day of the retreat, get up from his bed and walk for the very first time. Then I understood why there were a lot of patients on both sides of the auditorium. They were waiting for God’s healing touch to get healed. I got the answer Luke 18:27 Jesus answered, "What is humanly impossible is possible for God." I returned home as a new creation. Ephesians 4:21-24. “You certainly heard about him, and as his followers you were taught the truth that is in Jesus. So get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to---the old self that was being destroyed by its deceitful desires. Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, and you must put on the new self, which is created in God's likeness and reveals itself in the true life that is upright and holy”.

My parents realized that I had changed a lot and they were happy. But they were shocked to understand that I stopped going to temples and ashrams. They thought that they are in another danger now. I started going to church and during mass, I started crying to the Lord for my family. “Lord, you told me to believe you and that you will save my family too.” I waited patiently and within a short time, the power of the Holy Spirit that came to me started working through me and spoke to my parents. Gradually, at first my sister, then my mother, my father and my brother attended retreats and they accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord & Saviour. The promise of Acts 16-31 came true for my family. They were filled with love, peace and joy of the Lord. They received the peace that they had been searching for a very long time in their life. They started serving the Lord in DRC and we all got baptized.

I came to Qatar in 1999 and I am working as a sales representative. Problems started flowing into my life and my family after coming to Christ. But the love of Christ was imparted so deeply in us as scripture says Romans 8:36-39 "For your sake we are in danger of death at all times; we are treated like sheep that are going to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us! For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below---there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord.
After one year of continuous prayer for God’s chosen spouse for me in my life, in 2003 God blessed me and gave me Asha. The following year he blessed us with a son, Simon.

Now, along with my job, God is using me in many ways for the kingdom of God. The reason that I live today is because of Christ as the scripture says in Galatians 2:20 “so that it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. This life that I live now, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave his life for me”.

Recently, God saved me miraculously from an accident. We were doing our intercessory prayers and on my way back home, my car overturned and it was destroyed completely. But Jesus brought me out of the accident without even a single scratch. Psalm 91:7 “A thousand may fall dead beside you, ten thousand all around you, but you will not be harmed”. I give glory to Jesus because he has already promised me eternal life and I will fight again by God’s grace as scripture says in Ephesians 6:12 “For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age”.

Today I pray …………Luke 1/78-79:- Our God is merciful and tender. He will cause the bright dawn of salvation to rise on us and to shine from heaven on all those who live in the dark shadow of death, to guide our steps into the path of peace."

Praise God..

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