There is an undeniable connection between the dwelling place of the LORD and the presence of holiness, between God’s reign and submission to His commandments. God forgives sin when its proper price is paid, by the shed of innocent blood as a sacrifice; by the death of Christ the Savior. Nonetheless, sin is never tolerated by our Holy LORD, regardless of what the world thinks. The reign of the LORD is a rule of holiness.
One of the major aspects of life: is to have a meaning, work and marriage are two ways of proving that our life has a meaning. Work and marriage are of a divine origin ( Gen. 2: 15- 18), before the fall God created both for man’s good, in order to give his life a meaning, a purpose, and even a motive, but after fall an enmity arose between man and God, and since then a curse disseminated to everything related to our life, including work and marriage; work turned out to be hard labor with less fruit, and pain, marriage , instead of being a part of paradise, became an issue of control, lust, and pain.The former paradise withdrew from our lives, and eventually life lost its meaning, and purpose.
Fortunately in Jesus Christ there is restoration; a restoration of relationship between God and man, between man and creation, and between man and woman, thus a restoration of the blessed meaningful marriage, and also a restoration of a meaningful fruitful work or job. In Jesus, life is restored, the curse is broken, and ‘ meaningness’ is again integrated into our lives, and into the lives of all who believe in Him. Although this restoration is not yet fully accomplished in our lives (Rom. 8: 23), and we are waiting for a perfect restoration in the coming kingdom when our king and Lord Jesus Christ will come to rule over the nations, yet still a portion of the restoration is there for all who really believe, and live by faith a meaningful life.
Visual teaching from Genesis 4 concerning Sin, by Hany N. Sadik
Still We Need Him (1 Jn. 1)
Devotion by Hany N. Sadik
We make God out to be a liar if we denied our sinful doings; if we claimed that we don’t need forgiveness of our sins. Or when we –like many today, are watering the effects and consequences of sin in both our lives, and the human affairs in general.
We are sinners simply because we are humans, the seed of Adam and Eve, Thus we need God’s grace and His forgiveness, also due to the fact that sin is a serious issue to God, and it is so to us if we claim to be His children. We should not let our pride led us astray from basic biblical truths; It is true that we are now more sophisticated and developed than our ancestors in many ways, yet we still need to confess our sinfulness, and unrighteousness, still we need His redemption or to be more precise his Son Jesus, denying is lying to ourselves, to others, and most importantly concerning God’s truthfulness.
Being Christians don’t mean we are righteousness, but sinners who are saved and living by His righteousness and grace, it is not about us it is about Him, and his magnificent Jesus
Devotion based on Genesis 3& Revelation 21
by Hany N. Sadik
“He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.” (Gen. 3: 24)ESV .
It was essential for man/woman, in order to remain in Eden, to obey what God had said (the divine instruction), but unfortunately man longed for the forbidden, as we all often do, he/she risked his/her Eden with God for the sake of more knowledge, power, authority, independence, and above all to be more like God, who ironically had created him/her in his own image already. But man/woman wanted to be more like God in the wrong way, or in other harsh words: the satanic way, the way of the serpent; in a separating, challenging way, not in submission to the creator and his Word. That is how you and me drifted downward and lost our Eden with God.
Fortunately this was not the final word written in the story, for God, who created us in his own likeness had had good plans for us, but in his own way, remember He is God not us; He knows better, sees better, He is the founder of the whole universe, that is why we got to be humble, we shouldn’t be listening, all the time, to the serpent uttering sweet but fatal words in our ears , through the news, the media, in politics, economy, and in all the world’s wisdom of pride and lust, words which ignite revolution against our good creator and savior. Rather I urge you to trust in a good God, a hope in a deceiving world, submit to God’s will, walk in his ways, and be satisfied with his plans for your life. Restore your lost Eden with him, and the heavenly family (true believers in him) by putting your faith in Jesus: the God- man who apparently manifests the love of God to you (man/ woman) to a degree of being willed to die for you so that you be restored not to Eden but to a better Eden to the coming new holy city of God.
“And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Rev. 21: 2) ESV.
“There are no perfect human beings! Persons can be found who are good, very good indeed, and even great. There do in fact exist creators, seers, sages, saints, shakers, and movers… even if they are uncommon and do not come by the dozen. And yet these very same people can at times be boring, irritating, petulant, selfish, angry, or depressed. To avoid disillusionment with human nature, we must first give up our illusions about it.”
Humans are not perfect indeed. that is why we are all sinners