Jesus Christ is The Way the Truth and The Life

HELLO EVERYONE.  Welcome to my website. This website proclaims that Jesus Christ is The  Way,  The  Truth and The Life; here you will hear testimonies of Him  and his wonderful FREE saving grace and healing life.  The scriptures teach us clearly that OUR SALVATION IS A FREE GIFT. 

Preaching the cross of Christ. It is a wonderful free gift that has been bought for us by Jesus precious blood.   The New Testament book of  Ephesians tells us that….
” For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.  Not of works that no one should boast
(Ephesians 2: 8, 9 – New Testament Recovery Version 
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A TRUSTED NEW TESTAMENT TRANSLATION

Unless otherwise stated, in this website I will be using The New Testament Recovery Version  for New Testament scripture references

In my opinion The Recovery Version is a highly doctrinally accurate translation that is conservative and reliable.  It is similar in its style and  to the translation principles to versions such as the NASB and the ESV.  The Recovery Version seeks to present a ” literal” translation of the original Greek text and  I highly recommend it and often use it myself!


A  Little About Me
The batism in the Holt Spirit empowersMy name is Marcus Philpott.   I live in Norwich UK with my wife Lesley.  I am an older man, 76 years old; however I praise God he has kept me strong and youthful and given me strength to travel and proclaim Christ in Europe, The UK and in missions to the Philippines .  I have sought to master the Italian and Spanish languages so that I can reach Italy with the gospel, as well as much of Latin America. 

My Call from God and Baptism In The Holy Spirit

However, my REAL CALLING in life is as a preacher of the wonderful gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ; proclaiming the loveliness and majesty of His captivating Person and all he has done for us!   His call on my life and the powerful baptism in the Holy Spirit I received from him as a young man  has given me the preaching and teaching gift.   As a Christian bible teacher I have travel to poor regions of the world where I teach without charge and also take love gifts to poor, sick and struggling people.

Sent To A Beautiful People

Preaching to a beautiful peopleOver the past 11 years the Lord Jesus has given me the opportunity to proclaim that Jesus Christ is The Way, The  Truth and The Life in the Philippine Islands.    God has sent  me to a beautiful people who cheerfully struggle against often great hardships and poverty.  One such very poverty stricken region was Payatas.  Also, not long ago I held evangelistic and healing meetings in Almagro Island which is of the West Coast of Samar.  A wonderful company of young people from “Faith Tabernacle”, Calbayog,  traveled  with me to the Island to share in the ministry. They all faithfully did the work of intercessory prayer each day and also performed  AWESOME  Christian dance and drama each night before I preached.  Click the LINKS BELOW to go and see some of their dancing and singing.

YOUNG PEOPLE DANCING AND SINGING IN ALMAGRO ISLAND

JESUS PICKS THE BROKEN UP

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Preaching The Cross of Christ In The Philippines

Preaching the cross of Christ.In the Philippines, I preached the Wonderful Jesus Christ and His cross. As I preached the cross of Christ and the rich full salvation Jesus has to offer, night after night men , women and children with arms outstretched to heaven prayed for salvation and healing from the Lord Jesus.  They also sought baptism in the Holy Spirit.

PROCLAIMING CHRIST IN ALMAGRO – HIS MIGHTY VICTORY OVER SIN, DISEASE, AND THE GRAVE

 

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Jesus Lamb of God

Our precious Lord and saviour is so many things to us.   Jesus, Lamb of God, Mighty victorious Lion.  In this audio message  we look at  His glorious conquest.   If actually no one in the whole universe was found worthy to open the scroll containing God’s counsels, we would surely need to weep, for the whole universe would be vanity, with none qualified to release God’s purposes contained in the scroll.  But praise God The Lamb of God is victorious!   

scroll_8The “scroll”  in Revelation chapter 5,  is surely the New Covenant, the grand title deed in the universe, enacted with the blood of the Lamb for God’s redemption of the church, Israel, the world, and the universe. This book is a record of God’s thought concerning the church, Israel, the world, and the universe.

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Since I returned on October 9th 2014 from 20 days preaching in The Agusan region of the Philippines, the gospel has been advancing in this region.

AN APPEAL FOR STRUGGLING PHILIPPINO CHRISTIAN PASTORS AND THE WORK OF GOSPEL PROCLAMATION

In 2014 I formed strong bonds with pastors and even now that relational bond exists.  The pastors are full of love for Jesus and “ sold out” in the mission of preaching the gospel.
 While I was there  with them I became very aware of the need for prayer and practical financial help to be given to them.  The were (compared to western pastors) materially poor with meagre resources and the need continues to this day to help them!  Many of the pastors in the provinces are poor and in need of food (mainly rice). There is also the need to support feeding of malnourished children in poor “squatters” camps; this mission of mercy has started to bear much fruit in the salvation of families and the establishing of churches.

RADIO MINISTRY –  A VITAL TOOL WITH GREAT IMPACT AND IMPORTANCE

While in Butuan I had a “slot” on  two of Pastor Lubel Quitoriano’s Christian radio broadcasts; these vital transmissions by Pastor Lubel continue.  It is imperative that the gospel continues to go out on the airwaves in this region. Only a minority of the regions inhabitants are born again and truly saved!  Also, there are many false cults in this region. So the radio ministry needs to continue today, having a great impact and importance. All of this takes finance!

MY RECENT RETURN TO THE RADIO MINISTRY

Recently, Pastor Lubel  has expressed an eagerness that he and I work together in this radio ministry; I am presently sending mp3 sound files up for weekly radio transmission.

AN APPEAL FOR HELP
AND SO IF ANYONE FEELS ABLE AND LED OF THE LORD TO FINANCIALLY SUPPORT THE RADIO MINISTRY AND/OR THE PASTORS DAILY RICE, THAT WOULD BE SUCH A BLESSING TO THE PASTORS AND FAITHFUL IN THIS REGION!
(The standard cost for a months Christian radio transmission is 7000 pesos, ( approx £101) – a great burden for a pastor with very limited resources!
My beloved brothers and sisters I am aware that many of you are already giving till it “ hurts” to the Lord’s work. But unashamedly I’m making these needs known through the coming year and praying that God may direct some to help this cause. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT I AM NOT ASKING FOR NEEDS FOR MY OWN MINISTRY AND TRAVEL. My aim is simply to facilitate communication between any of you that wish to help, and the pastors and the leaders who tirelessly serve Christ.
I will leave with a prayer that each and every one of you continues to enjoy God’s grace in your spirits, soul and body
God bless you all and love from Marcus

Bless The Wonderful Name, Jesus

How we bless Jesus most wonderful  Name.  He is the Wonderful One!  We bless the wonderful Name, Jesus because He is magnificent in so many dimensions. 

The Wonderful One – In Many Dimensions

Jesus is the truly wonderful one

Wonderful Counselor

Glorious in His pre-existence.  Awesome in His Incarnation (coming to this earth).   Sweet in His childhood.  Beautiful in the life he lived among us.  Victorious in His mighty atoning death, and Magnificent in His resurrection and ascension.   How we praise Him.
Let’s all remember today, and meditating, think upon the WONDERFUL ONE!

The Wonderful One – Glorious In Eternity

The wonderful one is called Jesus and everything about him is wonderful.
THE WONDERFUL ONE JESUS was there in the beginning before time or space; before there was anything existing Jesus the wonderful one existed.  He was glorious in eternity past!
He was worshipped by all the heavenly angels before he came to this earth as a man.

The Wonderful One – Awesome In Incarnation

Jesus is wonderful in his incarnation….
That word ` incarnation` means that God look human form …and truly became a man!
The Almighty God, the CREATOR of the universe, the creator of the heaven and the Earth and of this world CAME as a little baby named Jesus. He is the Wonderful One.

The Wonderful One – Sweet In His Obedient Childhood

His childhood was so sweet and beautiful. Although he was The MIGHTY GOD, he humbled himself and submitted himself to his parents Joseph and Mary. He was a good boy. He was an obedient son.
Isn’t that wonderful? Wonderful, that the mighty God the creator of heaven and earth became obedient as a little child in a human family. How wonderful is that – leaving us as an example that we should follow in his steps.

The Wonderful One – Beautiful In His Life Amongst Us

And then Jesus, The Wonderful One, grew up to be a man. And there is NO EARTHLY LANGUAGE that is able to describe the beauty of the life he lived amongst us! Every single human language is not able to describe the beauty, the majesty and wonder of our wonderful Jesus the wonderful one. All eathly languages fail!

The Attraction of Jesus Beauty

THE beauty and power of his life drew rugged strong fisherman to follow and love him.
They were rough and ready and muscular men. Very strong and masculine. But his love melted Their Hearts. AFTER HIS LOVE HAD CONQUERED THEM, they became obedient to him in every way even becoming bedient to die for this wonderful one that they loved so much. The power of his love is far greater than death.

The little children where attracted to this wonderful one. Jesus took them in his arms and blessed them. The disciples had no time for the children they said to Jesus ……” Get them away from us they are upsetting our preaching!” But Jesus took them in his arms and blessed them.

We must come as empty sinners to Christ.

We Must Come Empty To Jesus Feet

Prostitutes, Women Laden down with sin would change from sinfulness to purity and love as they looked into the eyes of this wonderful man who loved them with a pure love that drew them to God the heavenly father and gave them a sense of the destiny and dignity and worth in the eyes of God.

The Wonderful One – His Victorious Death

And we praise God that his mighty victorious death upon the cross FREED every man woman and child from SIN, from death, from hell, from the Grave from depression, from oppression, from all Darkness and caused them to enter into his glorious light.

Redemption Through Jesus Precious Blood

We have Redemption through the blood of this wonderful one. We have the forgiveness of sins should the pouring out of the blood of this wonderful one Jesus!

The Wonderful One – Magnificent In Exaltation

And now he is ascended at the right hand of God. And today if you will only just come to him and reach out to him and call upon him he will come into your heart and into your life and into your mind and into your spirit and put His Spirit within you! JUST.. just trust him today!

May God bless you all.   If you have been inspired,challenged,blessed or encouraged.  Please drop me a comment below, telling me something of what this ” Wonderful One”,Jesus means to you 

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The Book of Exodus

The Book of Exodus begins the story of the life of the great leader Moses whose life is  further documented in Exodus, Leviticus,  Numbers and Deuteronomy.  

Book Of  Exodus Relevance

the passover lambBetween the Book of Genesis and the book of Exodus there is a gap of nearly 300 years.   This is from the death of Joseph until the birth of Moses.


By the time of Exodus the Israelites had grown in number exceedingly and it was after the death of Joseph that a  change of dynasty cause them to be led into slavery.  At the time of the exodus there were around 600, 000 men who were above 20 years of age besides the women and children,   (numbers 1:46). This would bring the total of people to around three million.   No doubt the family records of Abraham Isaac and Jacob had been transported to Egypt and through the long years of slavery there was a steadfast and cherished promise that Canaan would one When I see the blood I will pass overday be there national home!

 

A Picture of Redemption

The Passover account is also an indication of the cross, giving us a clear and full  “picture” of Redemption through Christ that is a very beautiful.  This account the Passover (Ex chap. 12 ) gives us a portrait of redemption that is even more clear than in the New Testament.

I once read an account describing how the Passover lamb was slaughtered by the Jews.   In this account they took two wooden bars and formed a cross. Then they tied two of the lamb’s legs to the foot of the cross and fastened the other outstretched legs to the cross bar. Following this, the lamb was killed, shedding all its blood.  In the picture of the Passover we see the cross of oue Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

The Value of The Redeeming Blood

The-Blood-Of-Christ-is-preciousFurthermore, as we consider the portrait of the Passover, we receive a vivid impression of the powerfulness of the blood of the Lamb of God. Exodus 12:13 says, “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” Such a wonderful picture is in Exodus, but not in Genesis.

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The Book of Genesis

Who Wrote The Book of Genesis?

God created the heaven and the earth.The age-old Hebrew and Christian tradition is that Moses guided by God was the person who wrote the book of Genesis.  He composed Genesis out of ancient documents extend in his day.  The book closes something like 300 years before Moses Moses could have gotten his information only by direct revelation from God or through such historical records has had been handed down from his forefathers.

The Books In Genesis

Opening with the creation  hymn, the book of Genesis then  given 10 books of Generations which constitute the framework of the book.  It seems that these books of generations were Incorporated bodily by Moses with such additions and explanations as he may have been guided by God to make.

These eleven documents are as follows

  • Creation hymn (1:1-2:3)
  • The generations of the heavens and the earth (2:4 – 4:26)
  • The book of the generations of Adam (5:1 – 6:8)
  • The generations of Noah (6:9 – 9:28)
  • The generations of the Sons of Noah (1:1 – 11:9)
  • The generations of Shem (11:10-26)
  • The generations of Terah (11:27 – 25:11)
  • The generations of Ishmael (25:12-18)
  • The generations of Isaac (25:19 – 35:29)
  • The generations of Isaac (25:19 – 35:29)
  • The generations of Esau (36:1-43)
  • The generations of Jacob (37:2 – 50:26)

These eleven documents originally family records of God’s chosen line and kindred families which composed the Book of Genesis cover the first two Thousand Years of men’s history from the creation of man to the settlement of God’s chosen people in Egypt.

Genesis Leads Us To Christ

Through a careful use of genealogies, Genesis traces a remarkable family line that begins with Adam and ends with the 12 sons of Jacob. While occasionally other siblings are introduced into the story, they are merely branches in the family tree. The main trunk is what matters, and it eventually leads us beyond Genesis to David and then to Jesus Christ because the Lord Jesus Christ is the bible’s glorious theme.

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Only Spirit Gives Life

Only Spirit gives life!   Your peace can not come from what your able to do for God by your human “fleshly” efforts,    Nor can you rely on how you are  feeling. 

Peace Can only Come From Being In Christ

Peace_peaceTrue peace can only come from being “in Christ”, and knowing that you are  SECURE in him.  It is very possible to work hard to get the victory over every secret sin and still be far from God.   You can get control over every habit, tame your temper or your bad thoughts, and throw away every way of speaking ungodly and still be lost. You can appear irreproachable. But you can still be building on the wrong foundation. Your peace, and your acceptance with God can only come from your being justified by Christ.

I lived that kind of life sometimes in the past. I knew in my heart that I was saved by grace through faith; I knew that my good works could not save me. Yet, like many others I expected God to bless me based on my behavior.

Don’t Try To Earn  God’s Acceptance and Love

I used to spend the week thinking I could be worthy of God’s peace only if I had not done anything wrong. I looked back and saw that I had been kind to my wife, that I persevered in prayer and in the Word of God … and I said: “Thank you, Lord, for your peace”. And I kept thanking Him – until the next day, when I was failing God ir sinning again! My peace came and went according to my goodness – or some of my “malice”. Any kind of mistake brought me despair and loss of that peace.

Maybe you too went through this struggle. You desire so much to please the Lord and wanted him to be pleased with you. But the problem was you looked too much at your righteousness instead of looking at what Jesus has already done for you. You were judging yourself, your salvation, and your peace, based on your ability to behave well.

You thought that only if you pray fervently, read the sacred Scriptures for hours, do everything that is possible for others, only then can God smile at you. You thought, “If I can only be fearful enough of God, or feed the poor and the hungry, or be diligent, or avoid all kinds of evil – only then can I have peace!”

But, beloved, you can not make yourself righteous and justified. You can not know the peace of God through Jesus Christ until you understand what he has accomplished for you. You can only know that you are right in God’s sight through the blood shed by Jesus. That shed blood is why you are accepted by Him.

God Invites Us to Approach Him Boldly

We must pursue our peace in a very different way. Peace only comes by entering into the truth of what Christ has done for us. The Word says: “And the peace of Christ, to which you have been called to be one body, reign in your hearts, and be grateful“, (Colossians 3:15). Jesus will always continue to justify us until we meet Him in eternity!

We Know We Are Accepted In Him Because He Invites Us to Come With Courage to His Throne.  The Word of God clearly tells us that God invites us with boldness to approach his throne so that we can find help and mercy!

Heb 4: 14 to end – Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

God Is NOT Angry With You

God is NOT angry wit you! Why would God invite you to His throne if He were angry with you? You can condemn yourself because you had a bad day, you stumbled or you did something that grieved the Holy Spirit? What do you have to do in those moments? You must run to the Lord! You must say to him: “Jesus, I am repentant in my heart, and I know that You can erase all my iniquities”.

The Father has not turned his back on you. Yet too many Christians live as if they believed that He did. They live on the limit all the time, believing they are saved one day and lost the following day.

Many Christians live in highs and lows, first hot and then cold. You can never tell where they are because they do not know either. They do not have this foundation: “I am justified in the eyes of God, for the blood of the Lamb, and not only have I been made righteous to His eyes, I am also accepted as a saint in the eyes of the Father, I have a right to enter His presence! “

This is what the parable of the prodigal son consists of. In Luke’s gospel chapter 15 we read the parable of the prodigal son. The son returned homw in a terrible condition after spending all his money on prostitutes and alcohol. However when he arrived home, not only was he forgiven,hugged and kissed by his father. He was also given the finest gown and ring and invited to come into the house and sit at his father’s table to eat and party. This is a truthful image of justification – one in which we are not left to strive to please God with our abilities, to try to enter His grace.

Satan is also now accusing you before God of sins of all kinds. Infidelity, lies, dishonesty, failings. He has made a long list of every single mistake you’ve made recently.

Rev 12:10 the accuser of our brethren – which accused them before our God day and night.

Satan says to God: “How can this person be saved, if I have just seen him do what he has done? I want justice! You can not be a just God if you let him go free like that!” Satan is correct in many of his accusations! Sometimes you were wrong. Some of your actions were not for the glory of God. You did things that are not of Christ. You are not up to your testimony.

But our judge does not let himself be impressed by Satan’s slnder!. I can imagine my Heavenly Father in Heaven saying to Satan: “I do not need your accusations, father of lies! You are wasting your time, there will be no trial, you are accusing someone whom I have already acquitted. Now leave! “

God Is ” For Us”

peacyWe must not be afraid of our Judge. He is for us! Furthemore, he has erased all our transgressions:

Isaiah 38:17Behold, it was for my peace that I had great bitterness: But thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption; For thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.

Micah 7:19He will again have compassion upon us; he will tread our iniquities under foot; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake; and I will not remember thy sins.

I see the King of Glory before all the accusers, proclaiming: “Who will accuse the elect of God? God is the one who justifies them” (Romans 8:33).

Many of you believers who are reading this message are living beneath your privileges. You are carrying loads of guilt and worry that you have no need to bear. God wants you to know that you are ready for heaven – you are ready for glory. And He wants you to appropriate His peace right now!

In 2 Peter 3, we read a terrible warning concerning the final destruction of the world, probably a nuclear holocaust. In it, everything will be dissolved. Yet in the midst of the most troubled times in this world, we are called to live in the peace of the Lord:

2 Peter 3:11, 12 to 14 – “All these things must dissolve … the inflamed elements will melt ..Therefore, dear ones, waiting for these things, make sure to be found by him immaculate and irreproachable, in peace.

The Wounds of Jesus Speak Of Peace

On the day we stand before Him, we will see the scars on His hands – and we will understand that the Source of our justification has done more for us than we could during a lifetime of penance. God wants us to take possession of that blessing now. He wants us to live in peace – looking at Jesus’ wounds to be able to say: “He paid for my sins, devil! You can not point to what I’ve done.” Look at the signs of the nails – look, it is He who defends the my cause, I am justified in the eyes of God! “

If you are still feeling condemned please pray, “Lord, I want to have Your peace at all costs. I do not want to hear the devil’s lies anymore, I know that my salvation does not depend on my efforts. Even if I cried a river of tears, or if I tried to be perfect according to Your law I would still be lost. I would not have gained anything! No, Jesus – you defend my cause, I rest in what You have done for me “. AMEN.

Can you say this by faith right now? “Lord, I do not want to try to earn Your grace through my works. I come to you through Christ because He is righteous, sinless – and I come to You through Jesus, my Lord.”

When you have that kind of faith God no longer sees you. He sees Christ in you. He no longer sees the “old sinful man”, the one who died when you became a new creature in Christ, (2 Cor 5:17). No, God sees only one man: man in Christ. And as Jesus is in glory, so are we also in this world – redeemed, justified and freed.

Are you worried? tired out? scared? Are you condemning yourself? If so, you do not have to live in guilt anymore. If you have confessed your sins and believe in the sacrifice of the blood of Jesus Christ, your sins have disappeared – erased. You are justified

“There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8: 1). God tells you: “I do not give you fear or condemnation. It is the devil that has given them to you. Release them by faith and say,” Lord, I come to you through the blood of the Lamb. I am washed, purified, and I know that you love me “.

If you have done this, then Jesus rejoices in you, and God is satisfied with you. Here is what He says: “Come boldly in My presence  and  make me know your requests,  Ask widely, that your joy may be complete”.

This is true peace!

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Jesus Is True Peace

 

It is impossible to have true peace without our Saviour, because only Jesus IS TRUE PEACE.   If Christ does not live inside you,  you will have no true rest!  .  It is HE LORD JESUS HIMSELF , who is our peace! Ephesians 2:14 tells us ……..

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Ephesians 2:14For he is our peace, he who has made only one of the two peoples and has broken down the wall of separation”

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THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF TRUE PEACE WITHOUT CHRIST

HeIsOurPeaceThere are many non-Christian sinners who say that they have peace, yet they live in sin. These people say: “I have peace, I am not afraid, I am at peace”. But their peace is not a real peace. It is not a true rest. It is an illusion, the result of a lie of Satan. It is a false peace that will damn them and destroy them!

No Rest For Those Who Forsake The Lord

In the book of Deuteronomy 29: 18-19, we read of people whose hearts had turned away from the Lord their God, to go and serve the gods of the surrounding nations. A poisonous root was growing in these people – and the Holy Spirit warned them. They were warned that they would be cursed because they had forsaken the Lord and returned to their sinful ways. This was the message:

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Deuteronomy 28: 65-67You will not find rest and there will be no place of rest for the soles of your feet.  There the LORD will give you a trembling heart, eyes that are tormented and anguish of soul. Your life will stand before you as if suspended in uncertainty; you will tremble night and day and you will have no certainty of your existence. In the morning you will say: “Be it evening!”, and in the evening you will say: “Be it morning!”, because of the TERROR that will fill your heart and because of the THINGS that your eyes will see
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In addition to this curse, other words were addressed to the idolaters…..

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Deuteronomy 29:19 –  No one, after hearing the words of this oath, deludes himself in his heart saying:” I will have peace, even if I walk according to the stubbornness of my heart.
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Deuteronomy 29:21 And the Lord would separate him from all the tribes of Israel for adversity, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this Book of the Law,
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God declares that such people can not have true peace – and that the peace they claim to have is an illusion. The Bible tells us in Isaiah chapter 57 ………

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Isaiah 57: 20 to 21But the wicked are like the rough sea, which can not be calmed … There is no peace for the wicked.
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Isaiah 59:8 The way of peace they have not known, And there is no justice in their ways; They have made themselves crooked paths; Whoever takes that way shall not know peace.
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Philosophies That Fail To Give Peace

OverwhelmedThe world of non-Christians can not handle TROUBLE AND DIFFICULTY.  The ‘Cults’ can not handle it in any other way than by denying it by DISAPPEARING  into a world of make believe. They do not face troubles and difficulty head-on. Their advice is: close in a room, meditate and abandoned to non-existence and nothingness. But such a “peace” does not last more than a couple of days, before the anxiety and worries of this world come back to submerge you.

In contrast, Jesus is most glorified in His church during the days of adversity. Those are the moments when Christianity clearly triumphs over every other religion or sect – because it is the Lord himself who faces every crisis of ours! And He grants us abundant peace in the midst of every tribulation.

Some of the most deceived people on this earth are those who proclaim peace without Christ. Theirs is a false security. If you ask a man on the street: “Do you have peace with God? Your heart is at peace?”, He will most likely answer: “Yes. I am not a Christian, but I am at peace.

Another man will tell you: “Oh, I’m fifteen years old, I have peace”. If you ask him how he has had the peace of which he speaks, he will answer: “Years ago I was in all sorts of anguishes, and someone taught me meditation.” I entered a room, and began to repeat my mantra. I have withdrawn from this world, and a spirit has descended on me as fresh and invigorating water. “

You ask him: “But what is the origin, the source of your peace? How can you know that it is authentic?”

He will answer: “I can not say where it comes from or how I receive it.What I know is that I have a calm heart, and in peace I feel happy and happy, and if I have worries, I go back to my room and repeat my mantra I close everything out “.

America today is full of Eastern doctrines, which all claim to be able to give peace in the heart. These eastern Mystics and New Age teachers call the empty mental state they seek to achieve, “NIRVANA”. But it has nothing to do with peace. On the contrary, it is a self-surrender to emptiness. God DOESN’T offer emptiness. On the contrary, he offers fullness. He gives peace like a river – which always flows, pure, and is continually renewed!

The Danger of “Reformation Conversion”

A person sometimes testifies: “I was taking a bad road.   I was hurting myself and my family.” I knew it was time for me to change – so I decided for a fresh start. I put my own bad habits aside and I started doing what is right; I now give money to the poor.   I started going to church regularly, I’m not the same person I used to be. I worked hard to make this peace I now feel and now I think God is pleased with me. “

But such a person is the victim of religious pride and self-righteousness!  The Bible states in Romans chapter 3 ……..

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Romans 3:20By the works of the law no one will be justified before Him.
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The next time this person falls into some sin, he will realize that his peace has vanished.   All his peace through self-righteousness was all an illusory dream.

The peace that comes from purley moral  striving to reform oneself  is not true peace,  It is numbness!  It is spiritual blindness. Only RIGHTEOUSNESS can produce peace, and nothing else:

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Isaiah 32:17The effect of RIGHTEOUSNESS will be peace, the result of righteousness, tranquility and security forever.
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I’m Doing My Best

You can say, “I am not a wicked man, I do not do the things that the wicked do.” But in the eyes of God wickedness is more than just unclean sexual lusts,  heavy drinking, or drug abuse. In the eyes of God, the wicked is who knows that Christ is the source of all peace – but He rejects it and refuses Christ’s gift of free salvation. Evil is to resist Christ’s call to accept Him as the Prince of Peace.

It does not matter if you seem to be perfect. You may not drink heavily, smoke or cheat. It can even  seem to you to have almost all the good qualities that a good person should have. But if you turn your back on Christ, you are wicked in the sight of God, because you have rejected the only way of salvation. God clearly declares that there will be no peace for that kind of person.

True Peace  – The Result of Being Justified by Faith.

There must be a foundation on which our peace is based – and Scripture says that that foundation is our justification. We have peace because Jesus Christ has justified us before the Father.

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Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ
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Too many Christian believers have never entered into this great peace that the Lord has promised. Beloved, we who believe we are justified – and it is important for us to understand what this important words mean, because it is the secret of our peace!

Justification by faith in the sacrifice of Christ implies two principles: first, the affirmation that my sins are erased. I was absolved of them by the blood of the Lamb. I am no longer charged because Jesus went to the cross for me and paid for them, all of them.

This justification by faith is the rock, the foundation of all peace with God. “To justify” means to declare someone innocent. It means to proclaim that his debt has been entirely paid by Christ and that God is satisfied.

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Rom 4:25 (Jesus) was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.
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Jesus has been resurrected to declare us free from all guilt!

More Than Forgiven

But being justified means much more than just being forgiven. Jesus not only washed me from all my sins – He also made me acceptable to the Father through His sacrifice. We actually become the righteousness of God in Him! This is the second big part of the justification. I have been declared innocent and without guilt – and I have also been declared a saint in the eyes of God.

Your peace can not come from what you do or how you feel. It can only come from being “in Christ”. It is very possible yo work hard to get the victory over every secret sin and still be far from God. You can get control over every habit, tame your temper or your bad thoughts, and throw away every way of speaking ungodly and still be lost. You can appear irreproachable. But you can still be building on the wrong foundation. Your peace, and your acceptance with God can only come from your being justified by Christ.

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