Sin Did Not Win

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“Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain” (Genesis 4:1).

Disobedience. Shame. Banishment. It would seem the story of God had ended. His plan was thwarted, for He made Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply. They were designed to subdue and rule the earth as God’s stewards. But, they brought death with their sin, and God ejected them from paradise. Still, God’s story doesn’t end there.

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Wednesday Wallpaper: Place My Heart

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In God, there is fullness.

In a prayer from The Valley of Vision, God is seen as the only one who can fill the eternal soul. “This is the exchange of wonderful love — for me to have thee for myself, and for thee to have me, and togive me thyself.” Through Christ, we can have all satisfying fulfillment because God is fullness. Let this design remind you to turn to God for your lasting satisfaction.

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Mercy and the Garden of Eden

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“The Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden” (Genesis 3:22-24).

Misery. That is what sin causes. Endless misery. God said it would be so. He made an agreement with Adam to give him endless joy if he would only trust His Word and not eat from the forbidden tree. For if he did, eternal death would follow.

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Wednesday Wallpaper: Melt My Conscience

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Give me Jesus.

In this prayer from The Valley of Vision, we are reminded of our need for Jesus, not only as a Savior, but our everything. He is our light to see, our wisdom to understand. He leads us as a shepherd and quiets the gales of this world. He is our refuge and surety. “By thee all heaven is poured into my heart.” Let this design and prayer remind you that you need Jesus.

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Mercy and the Garments of Salvation

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“God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them” (Genesis 3:20-21).

Mercy marked this dreadful day. Sin was made real in the lives of Adam and Eve through the deception of the serpent. They deserved death. And, in a real sense, everything began to die. But God, who is rich in mercy, gave them lasting hope. He promised that their offspring would crush the serpent.

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The Curse on the Field

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“In pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life” (Genesis 3:17-19).

By God’s design, men are workers of the field. Not that they all must be farmers, but that their primary responsibility in life is to provide for and protect the family. In the garden, this was a joyful experience. It was a lush environment, a source of blessed purpose, until man sinned and frustrated God’s design.

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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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