Restored

08 copy copy bbBroken & separated,  2 main results which are deeply ingrained in our fallen nature as an inevitable consequence to the sin of Adam & Eve when they’ve decided to disobey God. Adam chose to blindly follow his wife rather than God’s commandment; thinking that what God didn’t really mean what He said to him & his wife; therefore once Adam chose to eat from the forbidden fruit; separation & death permeated the human nature instantaneously.

* God is the source of peace; therefore separation caused anxiety.
* God is the source of identity; where thru Him we can understand ourselves; therefore       separation caused inner conflict & disturbance.
* God is the source of light; therefore separation caused darkness.
* God is the source of satisfaction; therefore separation caused drought & hunger
* God is the source of Love; therefore separation caused hatred.
* God is the source of life; therefore separation caused death.

Some people may think :
⇒ But that was their faults, what that has to do with me?
⇒ Why should I bear this painful inheritance in my nature?”

Well, the bible says:
12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned … 17 For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many…… 18 Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone
( Roman 5 / NLT )

Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me
( Psalm 51 : 5 / NKJV )

Death as the result of sin went into the human nature & got spread like cancer, & as we’re all are formed from the same nature of Adam; therefore we’re all got infected with “sin”, we all inherit this sinful nature from our ancestors; therefore we’re all born with
a corrupted nature which has the will & tendency to sin, we’re all born sinners & love
to do sin!! Man has lost his own free will to choose what is good & right, all have become self-centered instead of God-centered:

11 There is no one who understands; no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away; they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one?
( Romans 3 : 12 )

15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate….. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. 18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t . 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway .” ( Romans 7 / NLT )

See, We’ve inherited this fallen & corrupted nature; thru which we’ve has lost our relationship with: God, ourselves, & with others!! We’re no longer able to love God, others, nor ourselves because we’re continuously carrying this burden of guilt & this feel of unworthy.

Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord
( Romans 7: 24-25 / NLT )

God did not stand still when He saw us groaning from the bondage of death & separation; instead He sent His only begotten son “Jesus” to our world, taking flesh like ours; yet without sin; in order to heal our brokenness & corruption.

** Only Thru Jesus Christ: you & I could be restored once again by receiving a new nature which loves sin no more & longs for what is good & righteous thru baptism:
17  For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. 18 Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. 19 Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous” . ( Romans 5 / NLY )

** Only Thru Jesus Christ: you & I could be reconciled with God, with ourselves & with our brothers & sisters in humanity, bringing us to the presence of God as holy & blameless:
20 And through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. 21 This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. ”  ( Colossians 1/ NLT )

** Only Thru Jesus Christ: you & I became the children of God by adoption, you & I regaining our free will to conquer sin & refuse to obey our old sinful nature, & if we sin due to our weakness; our sins are forgiven by repentance:
24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” ( 1 Peter 2 )

I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus” ( 1 John 2: 12 / NLT )

** Only Thru Jesus Christ: our thirst could be quenched & our hunger could be filled:
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst ” ( John 6: 35 / NKJV )

And many other privileges we’ve gained thru Jesus Christ; yet we continue doing as what Adam has did once:

  • We chose death over life by getting away from the word of God, choosing our own lust.
  • We try buying & gathering things in our own account to help us feel secured; however we end up void & in sever anguish when we find out that these things are like vapor in the wind.
  • We chose to put trust in people instead of putting trust in God, we keep running after the creatures by entering so many relationships in an attempt to fill our hunger & quench our thirst  instead of returning to the creator to fill  us.

We become oblivious so many times to the fact that our hearts were formed on the shape of God; that filling it with worldly things will cause no satisfaction, only more pain, no other shape could enter to fill this vacuum made in our hear.. it is as if you’re trying to fit a circle inside a triangle .. there’ll always  be spaces not filled within the triangle !!

And we go thru these vicious circles over & over because we tend to think that God is like people, our greatest struggle is in not believing in God’s complete, unconditional
& unwavering love,we think that cannot accept us as people have refused us many times !!

In his secret journal “Henri Nouwen” writes the following:
I kept running around it in large or small circles, always looking for someone or something able to convince me of my Belovedness. Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the “Beloved”. Being the Beloved expresses the core truth of our existence. ”   

You have to trust the place that is solid, the place where you can say yes to God’s love even when you do not feel it. Right now you feel nothing except emptiness and the lack of strength to choose. But keep saying, “God loves me, and God’s love is enough.” You have to choose the solid place over and over again and return to it after every failure. (p 8)

…. The world tells you many lies about who you are, and you simply have to be realistic enough to remind yourself of this. Every time you feel hurt, offended, or rejected, you have to dare to say to yourself: ‘These feelings, strong as they may be, are not telling me the truth about myself. The truth, even though I cannot feel it right now, is that I am the chosen child of God, precious in God’s eyes, called the Beloved from all eternity, and held safe in an everlasting belief.” ~ Henri J.M. Nouwen, Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World ~

And when we believe our own belovedness, filled with this kind of divine love; only then we can pour out love to others, & only then we can open our hands to receive true love from others, only when we return to the centre, to our centre:

 Our true challenge is to return to the center, to the heart, and to find there the gentle voice that speaks to us and affirms us in a way no human voice ever could. The basis of all ministry is the experience of God’s unlimited and unlimiting acceptance of us as beloved children, an acceptance so full, so total, and all-embracing, that it sets us free from our compulsion to be seen, praised, and admired and frees us for Christ, who leads on the road of service.”

This experience of God’s acceptance frees us from our needy self and thus creates new space where we can pay selfless attention to others. This new freedom in Christ allows us to move in the world uninhibited by our compulsions and to act creatively even when we are laughed at and rejected, even when our words and actions lead us to death.
~Henri Nouwen, The Selfless Way of Christ ~

Jesus came to proclaim good news to the poor, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, release from darkness for the prisoners, to comfort all who mourn, provide for those who grieve, to bestow on us a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, & a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.

Will you chose to put your trust in someone who would never fail you, someone worthy of your trust? Will you chose Jesus to dwell in your heart to heal its brokenness, binding up your wounds?

The choice is only yours

You can listen to this Hymn & sing it as a prayer :
Hear Me ( Tears into Wine ) – Jim Brickman : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB0tvJSM0lo


To read part (1) from this article; please click here: Broken


Resources:

1. The Gospel – https://books.google.com.eg/books?id=VeiaBAAAQBAJ&pg=PA4&lpg=PA4&dq=Jesus+came+to+heal+our+pain&source=bl&ots=7PhrABKDiY&sig=GkR7tscgtS3_Jtlfnv7c7Z5Vnhs&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiA9pyuk4rRAhWXHsAKHervCnUQ6AEIIzAC#v=onepage&q=Jesus%20came%20to%20heal%20our%20pain&f=false

2. https://books.google.com.eg/books?id=8jgHmnbexzMC&pg=PA50&lpg=PA50&dq=Jesus+came+to+heal+our+pain&source=bl&ots=TmuJQcT63C&sig=mU2OCDbeS0N5A0g2NGLZjvN2Pa8&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiA9pyuk4rRAhWXHsAKHervCnUQ6AEILDAE#v=onepage&q=Jesus%20came%20to%20heal%20our%20pain&f=false

3. https://www.gotquestions.org/inherit-sin.html

4. https://www.compellingtruth.org/inherited-sin.html

5. http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/what-is-the-biblical-evidence-for-original-sin