Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)
Khosrow was suffering from depression since young. He was desperately seeking God but to no avail. His emptiness was still not filled. He always pass by a church but this time he decided to enter the church as he felt a voice from within the church was calling to him. He went into the church and the preacher passed him the New Testament.
Khosrow read the New Testament many times but he felt his life did not change. He was still feeling depressed. He threw the book to the corner of his room and shouted in disappointment and despair, “If you’re for real, come and speak to me. If not, then get out of my life and let Khosrow be Khosrow!”
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV)
After his cry out for God, Jesus appeared to him in a vision and said, “Give me your hand and your life will change.” Khosrow did not know who he was. But he felt he was not a stranger, as if he had been with him since childhood. His voice was a familiar voice. Khosrow gave Jesus his hand without fear or hesitation and he had a strange sensation as if a jolt of electricity entered through his fingertips and engulfed in his entire body. He felt that his old self has been broken down and transformed into a new being.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26 NIV)
He started weeping for the first time in many years. All the pain, sadness, anger and hopelessness left him and an everlasting joy entered his heart.
“.. the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”(Galatians 5:22-23a NIV)
After his encounter with Jesus, Khosrow decided to quit his job even though he was offered a promotion and followed his heart’s desire to do the work of God. Although his brother was against his decision, his father defended him and even gave him his blessings! (Praise the Lord!)
For preaching the gospel, Khosrow was persecuted and had to leave the country and seek asylum in Austria. As they were on the way to Austria, they had to cross a powerful river via a tree log. Unfortunately, Khosrow and his toddler son, Joseph fell into the rapid rivers. His mind was frantic and his hands were searching for his beloved son in the dark rapid flowing rivers. Death came to Khosrow and said, “I’ve come to take you with me.. Where is this God you talk about?” Still in the rapids, Khosrow turned towards heaven and said, “Lord, did you bring us to this forsaken place so we would die?” Where did I disobey you? Where did I go wrong?”
After his prayer, he felt that somebody put his son miraculously into his hands. Their smugglers quickly helped them up but were puzzled and could not believe their eyes that he could find his fallen son in the rapids.
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. (Isaiah 43:1b-2 NKJV)
Amazing testimony and watch to see the manifestation of the Word of God in Khosrow’s life!
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