No Peace For The Wicked

Isaiah 48:22  

“There is no peace for the wicked,” says the Lord.

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Isaiah 57:20-21

20 But the wicked are like the storm-tossed sea,
for it cannot be still,  and its waters churn up mire and muck.
21 There is no peace for the wicked,” says my God.

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Ezekiel 7:25

Anguish is coming! They will seek peace, but there will be none.

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Proverbs 19:28

A worthless witness mocks justice, and a wicked mouth swallows iniquity.

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Isaiah 13:11

I will bring disaster on the world, and their own iniquity, on the wicked. I will put an end to the pride of the arrogant and humiliate the insolence of tyrants.

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Isaiah 26:21

For look, the Lord is coming from His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity. The earth will reveal the blood shed on it and will no longer conceal her slain.

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Isaiah 32:6

For a fool speaks foolishness and his mind plots iniquity. He lives in a godless way and speaks falsely about the Lord. He leaves the hungry empty and deprives the thirsty of drink.

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Ezekiel 3:18-21

18 If I say to the wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ but you do not warn him—you don’t speak out to warn him about his wicked way in order to save his life—that wicked person will die for his iniquity. Yet I will hold you responsible for his blood. 19 But if you warn a wicked person and he does not turn from his wickedness or his wicked way, he will die for his iniquity, but you will have saved your life. 20 Now if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and practices iniquity, and I put a stumbling block in front of him, he will die. If you did not warn him, he will die because of his sin and the righteous acts he did will not be remembered. Yet I will hold you responsible for his blood. 21 But if you warn the righteous person that he should not sin, and he does not sin, he will indeed live because he listened to your warning, and you will have saved your life.”

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Ezekiel 18:24

But when a righteous person turns from his righteousness and practices iniquity, committing the same detestable acts that the wicked do, will he live? None of the righteous acts he did will be remembered. He will die because of the treachery he has engaged in and the sin he has committed.


‘Til the Storm Passes By

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20 thoughts on “No Peace For The Wicked

    1. This is ridiculous how they mess with the lives of the citizen of the world. Flexing their muscles, leader to leader, country to country looking to see who will blink first.

      Father, forgive them, forgive us all; they know not what they do…In Jesus Name I pray, AMEN

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  1. A posting of great timing Jc! The worlds people are scrambling for peace to enter their surrounding. But true peace is internal stemming from Christ! We are like hooks in the water attached to the fisher in heaven.

    Still under surface being nibbled at by all kind of fish but from time to time we surface and the heavenly fisher brings his catch to him through us and only then can the fish(Humanity) see the light above surface when the gospel hook has been swallowed!

    The end is we don’t end up as food but we will be lifted to glory to one day be at home on the fisherman’s (Christ’s) person as his prime catching fly who brought many fish to light of heaven!

    I don’t know if this analogy is any good but if Jc don’t like it remove it!

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  2. Daily Devotional — 10/06/16

    DISCOVERING JESUS
    And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 2 Timothy 2:2

    Camping experiences for me were always positive experiences. There you must live and practice your Christian faith twenty-four hours a day. And that deeply impacts the other campers.

    Around the world, Open Doors sponsors camps—especially for discipleship training for young people. Twenty-three-year-old Roton is one of those youths who attended a camp in Bangladesh in early 2011 for young believers from Muslim background (MBB). He said, “To attend this camp, I traveled for seven hours. I walked thirteen kilometers before getting on the bus. It was exhausting, but I wanted to know more about Jesus.”

    In a brief encounter with Open Doors during the camp, Roton shared that he felt pressure when he was just a new follower of Christ. “Many times, my Muslim friends would ask me why my family and I became Christians. They wanted to know how much [money] we got for converting. They asked me if the people who converted me stepped on the Koran or ate pork. I lost all my Muslim friends; everyone hated me and my family.”

    Roton’s father was the first believer in the family, and boldly shared his faith with others. He read from the Koran, searching for portions that mentioned Jesus. Later on, however, his eye sight deteriorated to the point of blindness. So, he asked young Roton to read to him every day some passages from the Koran that specifically talked about Jesus.

    “I just followed what I was told to do. In the beginning, I was reading for my father. But after few days, I realized that I was becoming more curious to find the truth myself. Because of the witness of the Koran, I found myself believing Jesus as the Holy one, the Messiah. I became a Christian soon after; I gave my life fully to Jesus,” Roton testified.

    Discrimination soon followed Roton’s new found faith. His religion teacher mistreated him. When the school principal learned of his conversion, he was watched and compelled to recite Muslim prayers. People questioned him about Jesus Christ, but all that Roton knew about Christ he learned from the Koranic passages he read for his father. It was time to learn more. Instead of succumbing to the religious pressure he experienced, Roton—with encouragement from his father—set out on a journey to learn more about his Lord and Savior.

    “I am so happy to be in this MBB youth camp. It’s my first. I saw that I am not alone! Many work together for Christ. In this camp, I discovered Jesus in the Old Testament. I will read the Old Testament more—together with the New Testament—so that I am prepared to answer questions people ask me. Someday, I want to study in a Bible school, so that I can help others who are on the same road as I am.”

    RESPONSE: Today I will pass on to others all that I have learned and experienced in my relationship with Jesus.

    PRAYER: Pray for young believers around the world who are in the process of developing their knowledge and discipleship in following Jesus. Pray too for camp leaders and trainers.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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    1. Good article — thanks for sharing Stig. Martial law was declared in the State of Florida — some have claimed that the storm was man-made and is being used as a practice drill for Martial Law on the East Coast of the United States.

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  3. Daily Devotional — 10/07/16

    CHOOSING NOT TO HATE
    And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:5

    Rami Ayyad was assassinated a few years ago on October 7th for his work as the head of the Bible Society in the Gaza Strip. His murder left his wife, Pauline, burdened with three young children and a heart full of hatred for his killers.

    While Rami was locking up the bookstore owned by the Palestinian Bible Society in Gaza, a vehicle pulled alongside him, and several men forced him in the back seat. Rami, remaining calm and trusting in the Lord, was allowed to call his wife. “I’m going with some young men somewhere, but I’ll be home soon,” he tried to reassure her. That was the last time Pauline would hear her husband’s voice.

    Hours later, his body was found. He had been brutally tortured and shot twice, a bullet in the chest, and one in the head. A spokesman for the Palestinian Bible Society said, “He’s a martyr for Christ.” Pauline recalls, “I was so broken after the death of my husband, and I hated the people who did it.”

    There has been no progress in the hunt for Rami’s killers. A local Christian commented, “Many of the Muslims believe that Rami was evangelizing people so it was OK to kill him.”

    In such an environment of hatred, Pauline’s resentment festered. However, the Holy Spirit in His gentle but insistent way kept whispering to her until she could carry the hatred no further. “It was then,” she recalls, “that the Lord poured over me forgiveness for those who killed Rami and those who I used to blame.” Her heart was set free and she heard the Lord say, “It’s not everybody who gets to be called a martyr’s wife.” Deep in thought, she reflected, “That’s a great honor.”

    Brother King from International Christian Concern (ICC) writes, “Pauline’s experience reflects that of the persecuted church in general. Abused, spat upon, beaten, tortured, raped, and killed, these believers suffer as Jesus did. Sometimes they respond in very human ways, but when they listen to and follow the Holy Spirit, a great power comes into them and they possess what they could not have imagined previously – peace, love for their enemies, and forgiveness for those who delivered only pure evil to their lives…This is the gift of the persecuted church. In the furnace of affliction, the Spirit of God is set ablaze in their hearts. In turn, their hearts become a beacon to all they come in contact with.”

    RESPONSE: Today I will thank God for the gift of His Holy Spirit. I will listen to Him and follow Him.

    PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for the example of Pauline. Strengthen her as she raises her children.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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    1. This is a great story of forgiveness that I needed to hear today. My husband and I had a very hurtful incident happen yesterday and as a result, have had a bad day. My how small and insignificant it all seems as I read about Paulines experience. We know what we must do, we know forgiveness is the only way, we know!

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      1. Vicki, some of those daily devotional stories truly amaze me. All of those people that have endured persecution and so much more. The Lord gives strength where needed. Anyone that has the ability to forgive someone that killed a family member, truly has the Characteristics of Christ. May all of us keep seeking those type of Characteristics. Sometimes we get hurt or angry at something someone has said or done, but when we take it to the Lord and place it in his hands for his will to be done — blessings are a result. Forgiveness isn’t easy, but it sure does bring peace. There are many things from my past that I would love to erase from my memory, but I do know that I have forgiven everyone from my past and some of them were very hard to do.

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  4. They Say History Repeats Itself. I guess those in charge forgot the “Cuban Missile Crisis” Russia reopening base that was closed after this crisis in
    Period: October 14, 1962 – October 28, 1962

    ALERT, ALERT, NOW Russia Setting Up Cuban Base

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  5. Of all people in our city i got an invite to participate in lokal politics in My hometown. I dont know what to do with this invite? I never been politically active but as im getting older a change from My bodily taxing work would be good.

    But politics is the domain of the devil and im reticient to say yes. What to do? Im gonna pray about IT later.

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    1. Praying with you Stiggy…for you and your family. It’s a hard business but when the Lord calls we hear Him and obey. He never said our assignments would be easy. Praying for discernment.
      BLESSINGS,
      Vicki

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  6. Daily Devotional — 10/09/16

    DOUBLE PORTION OF EVERLASTING JOY
    Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. Isaiah 61:7

    Yesterday we looked at some outcomes from Christian women’s conferences in Central Asia. When deep issues are discussed and prayed for, and when barriers of shame and dishonour are broken through, there are usually many tears. One participant said, “In fact enough tears have been shed to make many trees grow that we won’t have any desert places left!”

    As a result of God’s healing movement new initiatives are born to bring healing to abused and rejected women and children in society: ministry in orphanages, to street children and abused children; outreach projects to women in prostitution, safe havens for abused women; involvement in politics to stop legislation on polygamy; preventive health care; teaching on HIV/Aids and caring for patients; involvement in pastoral care, intercession and prayer ministries; ministry to people in prison, etc.

    There is a desire to not only participate in a conference, but also to use what has been learned and to develop more skills. Three young Uzbek women who had been to a conference before wanted to come back to be part of the prayer team, so that they can learn, and take back the skills to minister to their own women!

    Others shared that they want to minister to other women when they go back home. Some churches used to have women’s ministry but for some reasons it had stopped. After this training the women wanted to revitalise the women’s ministry in their churches.

    A speaker at one of the conferences says:

    “In other countries, we saw Priscilla’s—Christian wives who were standing beside their husbands in loving and serving the Lord. In Central Asia, we not only saw the Priscilla’s, we also saw Esther’s and Deborah’s—women who by themselves are standing strong in their faith and for God. Whether they are single or have an unbelieving husband does not stop them.

    “The women we have met in that training seem to have Esther’s character: ‘If I perish, I perish.’ They stand up despite the clear warnings of their husbands, neighbours or the authorities. They know the cost. One knew very well that her husband might lose his government job if a family member would be found witnessing for Jesus. She was warned by her husband to tone down her evangelistic zeal. But she could not keep herself from speaking of Jesus. Two others have marriages about to fail if it were not for their enduring stand as wives to keep the family intact. These participants are capable to lead other women even after just the first training.

    As the women penetrate the walls of shame and break the silence, God fulfils His promise of Isaiah 61:7. Instead of shame and dishonour you shall have a double portion of prosperity and everlasting joy!

    RESPONSE: Today I want to receive a double portion of prosperity and everlasting joy from the Lord.

    PRAYER: Thank You, Lord that You can turn shame and dishonor into everlasting joy!

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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