Wednesday Wallpaper: Mercy Follow Me

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God is merciful.

In “Convenant,” a prayer from The Valley of Vision, we are reminded of God’s promise to save those who fall upon His mercy and grace. “To thy grace and the care of thy covenant I commit myself, in sickness, and in health, for thou hast overcome the world, fulfilled the law, finished justifying righteousness, swallowed up death in victory, and taken all power everywhere.” God constantly and consistency cares for His people. He is steadfast and strong, faithful and loving. Be reminded of God’s mercy.

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The Curse on the Family

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“I will surely multiply your pain” (Genesis 3:16).

Women are bound with their husbands and children in a way that no man can understand. This is by God’s design. He made it so that marriage and motherhood would be paradise. And it was, until Eve and her husband sinned and God’s design was broken.

Turning to the woman, God cursed her in the very sphere that defines her joy. It would serve as a constant reminder that a woman gave birth to sin in the human race. She would pass it on to all her sons and daughters.

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Snake Bite and Crushed Head

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“He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:14-15).

So much has happened in just a short time. God wonderfully made the world and all things in it. Then, He blessed it and gave it purpose. Adam and Eve bore His image and were meant to glorify Him in the way they ruled His creation. The serpent interfered with this design and tempted the couple. They fell into sin, and the entire world felt the effects. But make no mistake: This was not a war waged against Adam. It was against God. The serpent attacked God by tempting His image-bearers.

After speaking with Adam and Eve, God directs His attention to the serpent. He gives it no opportunity for repentance. He immediately judges: “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.” It was the most humiliating curse of all.

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Wednesday Wallpaper: Safely to Thy Kingdom

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The one who diligently seeks after God recognizes his own frailty.

Desperation toward God characterizes the Christian who knows himself in light of God. In “Weaknesses,” a prayer from The Valley of Vision, the author draws out those innermost feelings of crying out to God for forgiveness and grace: “When I am pressed down with a load of sorrow, perplexed and knowing not what to do, help me, I pray thee.” We are in constant need of God’s grace to lead us to heaven. Let this design remind you that you are desperate for God to bring you home.

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Knowledge of Good and Evil

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“Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” (Genesis 3:7-13)

Adam’s instructions were simple. He was to maintain the garden, rule the animals, and enjoy God’s creation. He had only one prohibition: to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God told him that if he did, he would surely die.

Of all the tasty trees in the garden, this seemed like an easy charge. And yet, Adam failed. He didn’t rule the animals or protect his wife. She was deceived by the serpent and ate from the forbidden tree. Adam also ate.

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God’s Design is Broken

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“Then the eyes of both were opened.” (Genesis 3:1-7)

It was bliss. Adam and Eve worked the garden free of the challenges we now experience. They enjoyed each other. They fellowshipped with God. It was picture perfect, a dream come true. But, this is not the world we now know, is it? Certainly not. Moses explains why in the next part of the story.

Cue the sinister theme music. Open the scene. In the garden, “the serpent” crawls up to Eve. He is described as “more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.” It is Satan in animal form.

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Wednesday Wallpaper: Deeper Power in Private Prayer

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Deeper prayer for more understanding and faith.

“The Deeps,” from The Valley of Vision, is full of memorable quotes. All of which express the desire for God to go deep into our lives to uncover and transform our deepest desires and characteristics — deeper repentance, deeper trust, deeper knowledge, deeper holiness. Let this design remind you of your need for God’s deeper power in private prayer.

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Don’t Miss the Ultimate Rest

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It was ultimate rest.

In a masterful display of power, God created all things by the work of His word. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Each day of His work, God spoke and His Spirit created. He made the time, space, matter, and introduced the laws of continuum. He made light, water, and land. He formed vegetation, plants, seed, and fruit. He brought about seasons and stars. He fashioned animals and sea creatures. He molded man and gave him life. God did all these things in six days, then He rested.

Interestingly enough, God is a being of unending energy. He is completely self-sustaining and never requires outside help. He doesn’t run out of vigor. And yet, He rested on the seventh day (Gen. 2:2). It wasn’t because He was tired. It was because He was satisfied. “The heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them” (Gen. 2:1). God was finished, and He was satisfied.

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God’s Design for Marriage

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“They shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24-25)

After Adam and Eve were both made, and made for each other, the Bible says they were united in marriage. There is no mention of a celebration or ceremony. The emphasis is on God’s design, particularly five basic elements of marriage.

First, the marriage is between one man and one woman. There were no animals or plants involved in this marriage, nor were there any other people. God made Adam and Eve for marriage and called it good.

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Wallpaper Rollup: Easter

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Easter is two days away.

Help keep yourself in the resurrection state-of-mind (as well as your friends and family) with these resurrection designed wallpapers. They are free to download for your personal computer, tablet, and smartphone. And, they can be a useful tool for you to spread the word of Jesus, the light of the world, who came to save the lost.

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