Dearly Beloved

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Dearly Beloved

Good morning beloved of God.  God said that Jesus Christ was His beloved Son when John baptized him and the spirit descended and abode upon him; and God said it again on the mountain where he saw the vision of Moses and Elijah appearing to him in glory. This was his installation as Israel's permanent high priest.

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Dearly Beloved

If you are new to this page, you may wonder why I constantly address the readers as “dearly beloved”.

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Dearly Beloved 4/24/21 "That God"

That God
Dearly beloved of God, there are two ways in which we can live. We can live the way of the world, or we can live by believing what God says.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5 and 6
We can learn from the world, or we can study God’s Word and learn from the Creator of the heavens and the earth; the Creator of all living.
We could trust “that God” and acknowledge the understanding He gives us, trust Him with all our heart, and allow Him to direct our paths.
How could one say that he trusts God if he does not acknowledge what He says? Are we acknowledging Him if we do not trust Him? The answer is obvious; no.
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Dearly Beloved 4/23/21 "God Makes Good on His Word"

God Makes Good on His Word
Dearly beloved of God, everything that God says is possible is possible because He stands behind His promises.
He said, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?”
Nothing is too hard for Him. He is able to deliver and He says that He is willing to do it if we will believe what He says. He is not a respecter of persons but of believing.
God created the heavens and the earth. He raised Jesus Christ from the dead. He made eternal life available through Jesus Christ. There is nothing too hard for Him. When we believe what He says, we can be confident that He is able and willing to perform it.
God does not lie as men do. God does not make promises He is not willing to perform.
When God sent the angel Gabriel to Mary with the message that she would bring forth His only begotten Son by Divine conception, he said, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”
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Dearly Beloved 4/22/21 "Reality Check"

Reality Check
Dearly beloved of God, God’s Word is always a greater reality than the circumstantial reality we see by our five senses.
For example, God promised Abraham a son when he was about a hundred years old. His wife Sarah was barren, and she was about ninety.
“By believing [God’s promise to him], even though he was past age – and Sarah herself was barren – was enabled to become a father because he considered Him faithful who had made the promise.” Hebrews 11:11 NIV
“He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith [the right way of believing; believing what God said] giving glory to God; and BEING FULLY PERSUADED that what He [God] had promised, He [God] was able also to perform.” Romans 4:20 and 21
God our Father freely gives us all things with His Son. He is for us, and He will never leave us, or forsake us. His throne of grace is open to us and He encourages us to come boldly to Him with confidence.
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Dearly Beloved 4/21/21 "Two Natures in the Child of God"

Two Natures in the Child of God
Dearly beloved of God, we are born as human beings with a fleshly body and soul life nature. The moment we confess Jesus as Lord and believe that God raised him from the dead we are born again of the spirit from God which is a new spirit nature.
After we are born again we still have a fleshly body, and soul life, but in the new birth we received the gift of holy spirit, which is a new spirit nature. Now we have a body, soul, and spirit.
The child of God now has two natures in the one person: the old nature of the flesh, and the new nature of the spirit.
In the new birth God freely gives us all things with His Son. He has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm. He completely filled us with all in all of us.
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Dearly Beloved 4/20/21 "What is True Christianity?"

What is True Christianity?
Dearly beloved of God, God works in the heart of man while religion only works on the flesh. The work of God is by the spirit, while religion is only conformity to rules and regulations pertaining to the flesh.
When a person confesses Jesus as Lord and believes that God raised him from the dead, he is saved. At that moment he is born of the spirit from God, and becomes a child of God, and gains an entrance into the kingdom of God, and is assured of an inheritance of eternal life. This is true Christianity.
True Christianity is the work of God in Christ. It is not by our works, but by God’s work in Christ. We are saved by grace through believing in Jesus Christ as Lord, and that salvation is not of ourselves, it is the gift of God. We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus on the basis of his good works so that we can walk in his accomplishments.
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Dearly Beloved 4/18/21 "We Are Sufficient"

We Are Sufficient
Dearly beloved of God, Jesus Christ said on numerous occasions that he could do nothing of himself, but only as the Father directed him to do the good pleasure of His Will.
We have such trust through Christ to God-ward, not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything is of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God. Without Him we can do nothing. With Him we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
God our Father has made us able ministers of the new covenant of the spirit; not of the letter of the old covenant of the law for the law kills, but the spirit gives life. Now it is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Christ the Lord is that spirit, and where the spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. He is the spirit of the new covenant.
We with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord are changed into the same image from the glory of the new birth to the glory of the inheritance even as by the spirit of the Lord. Rejoice and give God thanks!
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Dearly Beloved 4/17/21 "True Worship"

True Worship
Dearly beloved of God, God is Spirit and can only truly be worshipped by spirit according to the Lord Jesus Christ. What does this mean?
According to the Scriptures God instructs us that we are to study to show ourselves approved unto Him by rightly dividing His Word. If we are to know the Will of God we must hear His Word because faith comes by hearing the Word of God.
Early in his ministry Jesus Christ taught his disciples that to see and enter the kingdom of God one must be born again.
He said that which is born of the flesh is flesh [this is the natural birth], and that which is born of the spirit is spirit [this is a birth of spirit]. To be born of the spirit is to be begotten from above.
He then said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
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Dearly Beloved 4/16/21 "You Are Worth It"

You Are Worth It
Dearly beloved of God, if you want to see your true worth, you will have to see it through God’s eyes. Only He can show you how important you are to Him, and He reveals it to us in His Word.
You are worth the price He paid for your redemption and salvation; you are worth the life of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Our Father sees us as a lost piece of silver that was found; as a lamb that was lost but now is found. The angels of heaven rejoiced over our salvation.
Our value comes from God our Father and what Jesus Christ accomplished for us. We are God’s masterpieces created in Christ Jesus on the basis of his accomplishments.
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Dearly Beloved 4/15/21 "Great and Little"

Great and Little
Dearly beloved of God, Matthew 8 gives us a record of what the Lord Jesus called great faith [believing] and little faith [believing]. It may surprise you to learn who demonstrated the great and who had “little.”
A centurion, a commander in the Roman legion, came to Jesus beseeching him to heal his servant who lay at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.”
The centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed, for I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
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Dearly Beloved 4/14/21 "Paid In Full"

Paid In Full
Dearly beloved of God, we have received in full the benefits of everything that Jesus Christ accomplished for us.
We were dead in trespasses and sin, but Jesus paid for them in full. He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was laid on him. With his stripes we were healed.
Jesus Christ bore our sin, our bondage, our sickness, and our pain. He blotted out the handwritten document that was against us, which was hostile to us; he even took it out of the way nailing it to his cross.
What was this document that was against us? In the lands and times when the Bible was written it was customary that a person’s name and his debts were posted on the gate leading into the city.
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Dearly Beloved 4/13/21 "Just Listen"

Just Listen
Dearly beloved of God, people are willing to do amazing things because they think it will enable them to hear from God.
Some people take pilgrimages to what they deem as holy lands thinking that they will be able to hear from God better in a certain location.
Others “fast” thinking that it will help them hear Gods voice, while others beat themselves thinking it will make them more spiritual so that God will speak to them.
People try things such as fire walking, seances, meditation, abstaining from meats, celibacy, and on and on, thinking that these things will help them hear God’s voice.
Dearly beloved, what do we have to do for God to speak to us? Listen.
“For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord . . ..”
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Dearly Beloved 4/12/21 "Eternity, Riches, and His Kindness"

Eternity, Riches, and His Kindness
Dearly beloved, God sent Jesus Christ to give his life in order to save and redeem us, and He will send him a second time on the day of redemption to claim those for whom he died.
"So the Christ, having also been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, without being offered to bear sin, to those who are awaiting him for salvation [deliverance]." Hebrews 9:28 Working Translation
As God raised Christ out from among the dead, He will raise us to life also when he sends the Lord Christ Jesus to gather us unto him. The certainty of Christ’s return for the Church is as certain as you are breathing as you read these words. He is coming!
“That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:7
There are three things in this verse that grab our attention: the exceeding riches of His grace, the extent of time that it will take Him to demonstrate them (the ages to come) to us, and the Father’s disposition of kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
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Dearly Beloved 4/11/21 "Follow Thou Me"

Follow Thou Me
Dearly beloved, the day after his resurrection out from among the dead, Jesus appeared to eleven of his apostles and disciples behind closed doors.
Eight days later, he appeared to all twelve apostles and the disciples with them. Thomas was absent the first time he appeared to them. This time he was present and believed. Some of those present even doubted the second time Jesus appeared to them.
Then, later on, Jesus appeared a third time to seven disciples, five of which were apostles.
John 21 records this event. Peter and six others went fishing. They took the boat out about 100 yards from shore, but even though they fished all night, they did not catch a single fish. That’s a tough night for men who made their living fishing.
That morning Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not recognize that it was him.
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Dearly Beloved 4/10/21 "New Things Have Come"

New Things Have Come
Dearly beloved of God, we were united with Jesus Christ in the likeness of his death, and we will also be in the likeness of his resurrection.
Jesus Christ justified us by giving his life for ours; the just died for the unjust. By his own blood he entered in once into the holy place having obtained eternal redemption for us. There is therefore now no more condemnation, no more judicial judgment to those who are in Christ Jesus.
Jesus Christ is the mediator of the new covenant; the covenant of the spirit. His blood is the blood given to make the new covenant.
The old covenant of the law stood only in meats and drinks and various baptisms. These were standards of justice pertaining to the flesh, which were imposed on them until the time of the reformation of the covenants.
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Dearly Beloved 4/9/21 "Eight Days Later"

Eight Days Later
Dearly beloved, Jesus was raised from the dead late on the seventeenth of Nisan, the weekly Sabbath, our Saturday, towards dusk. We must remember that the Judean day began at sunset and ran to the following sunset. Their days were numbered, not named like ours are.
Nicodemus gave Jesus a traditional Judean burial using about one hundred pounds of strips of linen cloth wound around his body. The bandages were coated with a shellac like substance using a mixture of myrrh and aloes that formed a hardened shell in the shape of the dead body after drying. This is referred to as grave clothes in the scriptures. The Greek word, “othonion,” is used for grave clothes.
A great stone was placed to cover the entrance to the tomb, and it had the seal of the Roman government on it that said it was not to be disturbed. Guards were stationed so that no one could enter the grave for three days.
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Dearly Beloved 4/8/21 "The Importance of Jesus Christ's Ressurection"

The Importance of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection
Dearly beloved of God, how important is the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord?
His resurrection is the foundation for the gospel of God concerning Jesus Christ our Lord and what he accomplished.
Without Jesus Christ’s resurrection out from among all the dead people we would not be saved. See Romans 1:1-4; 10:9; I Peter 1:3-9
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the reason that the dead in Christ who are members of his body, the Church, will also be raised out from among the dead people as he was. See Romans 6:5-11;
I Corinthians 15: 1-23 and 35-49 and 50-58; I Thessalonians 4:15-18
Without Jesus Christ’s resurrection out from among the dead people there would be no Christianity; we would yet be dead in sin, without God, and without hope.
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Dearly Beloved 4/7/21 "The Lord Jesus Appears to His Disciples"

The Lord Jesus Appears to His Disciples
Dearly beloved of God, when the two disciples on the Road to Emmaus realized that the stranger eating with them was the Lord Jesus he vanished right before their eyes.
Luke 24:33 and 34
And they [Cleopas and the other disciple] rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
When the two disciples returned to Jerusalem they found the eleven gathered together (Thomas was absent), along with other disciples, hearing reports that the Lord was risen. Reports had been coming in throughout the day, but they did not believe them.
This is the only mention in the gospels that the Lord appeared to Peter; he appeared to him sometime after his second visit to the sepulchre. I Corinthians 15:5 verifies that the Lord was seen of Peter.
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Dearly Beloved 4/6/21 "On the Road to Emmaus"

On the Road to Emmaus
Dearly beloved of God, Peter and the disciple that Jesus loved had seen the empty grave clothes in the sepulcher. Mary had seen and talked with the Lord after his resurrection. Three different angels told the women that went to the sepulchre to embalm Jesus that he was not there; he had risen from the dead.
"After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country." Mark 16:12
The Lord appeared to them in another form, meaning a different one. His resurrected body could function in new dimensions that his natural body of flesh and blood could not. The gospel of Luke expands on this event.
"And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him." Luke 24: 13-16
“Their eyes were holden”, meaning they were prevented from recognizing him.
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Dearly Beloved 4/5/21 "Eyewitness Accounts"

Eyewitness Accounts
Dearly beloved of God, the Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection appearances provide us with divine assurance that God did indeed raise His Son out from among the dead. The scriptures supply us with firsthand accounts of chosen eyewitnesses to the most momentous event in history.
The first record occurred, “The first day of the week…when it was yet dark….” Mary saw that the stone was removed from the entrance of the sepulchre.
John 20 records the first witnesses to view the open sepulchre containing the empty mummy lying there in the shape of Jesus’ body.
Mary ran and came to Peter and to the disciple whom Jesus loved. The two men ran to the sepulchre and saw the undeniable proof along with Mary. Three times we are told what they saw.
The grave clothes [othonion] were still intact; they were undisturbed, but there was no longer a body in them.
After the men left, two angels inside the sepulchre told Mary that Jesus was not there; then she turned around and Jesus spoke to Mary in the garden.
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Dearly Beloved 4/4/21 "The Victor Over Death"

The Victor Over Death
Dearly beloved of God, Jesus’ first resurrection appearance occurred the first day of the week, our Sunday.
The Judeans numbered their days, first, second, third, etc., and the seventh was our Saturday, which was their Sabbath. Since Jesus was buried before sunset, the fourteenth, our Wednesday, he arose before sunset on the eighteenth, the weekly Sabbath, our Saturday.
John 20 tells us about his first appearance after his resurrection from the dead. Mary Magdalene came the first of the week, early, when it was yet dark, and saw that the stone taken away from the sepulcher. It was the eighteenth, so the moon was almost full. Each new month started with the full moon.
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Dearly Beloved 4/4/21 "Up From the Grave He Arose"

Up From the Grave He Arose
Dearly beloved, Jesus said, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
Joseph of Arimathea went to Pilate and asked him for Jesus’ body after he died. He and his servants took his body down from the tree and buried him in a nearby sepulcher. They only wrapped his body in a linen sheet [Greek: sindon], and laid him in the sepulchre.
Joseph and his servants left after they closed the sepulchre. The women disciples observed that Jesus had not been given a traditional burial, so they left the grave site to gather proper burial wrappings, herbs, and spices necessary to embalm Jesus.
why did Joseph not embalm Jesus dead body? He believed what Jesus had told them; God would raise him from the dead. The others did not.
Shortly after Joseph and his servants left, Nicodemus came to the sepulcher with his servants and performed the traditional burial. They wound Jesus' body in strips of linen cloth [Greek: othonion], known as grave clothes.
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Dearly Beloved 4/3/21 "He Is Risen"

He Is Risen
Dearly beloved of God, Jesus Christ was sent to Israel at one of the darkest times in their history. There had not been a prophet in Israel since Malachi, some 400 years earlier.
John the Baptist’s ministry was brief; about six months. Jesus followed John, and as the Lamb of God he ministered to the people of Israel for about one year.
Jesus said of John, “Among them that are born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
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Dearly Beloved 4/2/21 "The Mediator of the New Covenant"

The Mediator of the New Covenant
Dearly beloved of God, Christ our Passover was slain for us. He was willing to give his life for us to accomplish the good pleasure of his Father’s Will concerning redemption and salvation. He accomplished eternal redemption for us as the mediator of the new covenant.
Isaiah 42:5-9 NASB
Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it,
“I am the LORD, I have called you [Christ] in righteousness, I will also hold you by the hand and watch over you, and I will appoint you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the nations,
To open blind eyes, to bring the prisoners from the dungeon and those who dwell in dark ness from the prison.
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Dearly Beloved 4/1/21 "The Loyalty of Love"

The Loyalty of Love
Dearly beloved of God, we have so much to be thankful for and rejoice about.
Where would we be without the love of God and His great grace toward us in Christ? Nowhere. In Christ we are dearly beloved and highly favored in the Father’s sight. Christ made it possible for us to be born again of the spirit from God and be the children of God.
What do we have that we did not receive? Nothing. The Father freely gives us all things with His beloved Son. Everything we have is in Christ, by his work, and by God’s grace to us. None of it is by our works, or by our worth.
What hope would we have had He not provided us good hope through grace? He called us to obtain the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. Without the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together up to meet him in the air we would be hopeless.
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Dearly Beloved 3/31/21 "The Lamb of God"

The Lamb of God
Dearly beloved of God, our Lord Jesus Christ paid for our sins and our sicknesses when he gave his life as our Passover Lamb. I stand in awe of his great love for us.
Jesus Christ offered one sacrifice for sins forever – he offered his own life in our stead. By one offering he perfected forever them that are sanctified. We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
In Christ we are justified, and we will never again come unto condemnation.
Now we have redemption through his blood, the remission of sins according to the riches of His grace which He abounded toward us. Beloved, he obtained eternal redemption for us!
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Dearly Beloved 3/16/21 "Get In Shape"

Get In Shape
Dearly beloved of God, what is the shape of your thinking? God, our Father, wants us to think in the same manner as His Son Jesus Christ thought. The adversary wants us to be conformed to his way of thinking.
God gives His people His words to believe. Satan gives people his ideas to believe. God’s words have proven to be true ever since the beginning. The adversary’s words have proven to be lies. His words deceive people and lead them away from the One True and Living God.
God’s Word is always, “Fear not!” The adversary’s words always inspire fear.
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Dearly Beloved 3/15/21 "An Offer of Salvation"

An Offer of Salvation
Dearly beloved of God, in Christ we have the hope of receiving the glory of God, but the scoffers who walk after their own lusts say, “Where is the promise of his coming?”
I thank God for the mercy and grace He has shown us in Christ. Without it we would be hopeless, but with it we are full of hope.
“For this they [the ungodly] willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: but the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”
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Dearly Beloved 3/14/21 "Nothing Can Stop Him"

Nothing Can Stop Him
Dearly beloved of God, what does God have in store for His people? We rejoice in hope of the glory of God. God has determined that we will acquire the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ when he returns to gather us up to him.
The Lord Jesus Christ will transform our humiliated body so that it has the same form as his glorious body according to the energizing by which he is able to subordinate all things to himself. Just think, this will only the opening event of the coming ages!
Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man what God has prepared for those who love Him. Our Father says that it will take Him the coming ages to display the exceeding riches of His grace in kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
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Dearly Beloved 3/13/21 "Peace from Strife"

Peace from Strife
Dearly beloved of God, Jesus Christ made peace between God and us. It is an accomplished reality. There is no more strife between us, only peace.
There will always be strife in the world, but we don’t have to be full of cares, and anxiety; we have the peace of God which passes understanding.
We have peace with God because the Lord Jesus Christ redeemed us from the reign of sin and death over us. He made the complete ransom payment to redeem us by giving his life for us.
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Dearly Beloved 3/12/21 "Know, Believe and Receive"

Know, Believe and Receive
Dearly beloved of God, whenever we choose to believe the Word of God it will come to pass. The Word of God is true, and God is faithful to His Word. We receive what God promises by believing what He says. He performs His Word as we believe it.
Believing is to have trust and confidence in information we receive. If we are to receive the promises of God we must believe what God says.
Jesus Christ taught his disciples that believing was the key to receiving the things of God. He said, “What things soever you desire when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.” Mark 11:24
God tells us what is available to us in His Word. When we ask according to His will we will receive what He promises; we shall have whatsoever we ask.
“This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask any thing according to His will, He hears us, and if we know that He hear us whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.” I John 5:14 and 15
God is the Almighty God; He is all powerful, and He is able and willing to perform whatsoever He says He will do. The one thing He asks us to do is to believe Him.
God is the One that performs His Word; we simply take Him at His Word, and He brings it to pass. He instructs us as to what we are to believe.
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Dearly Beloved 3/11/21 "God Loves You"

God Loves You
Dearly beloved of God, God is with you and for you. He cares for you, so cast your cares upon Him. He will never leave you, or ever forsake you so go to Him in your time of need. You are His dearly beloved child; do not doubt it. He will not withhold anything that is good from you.
Jesus Christ said that the angels in heaven rejoiced when you were born again. You are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus.
The Father’s love for you is past finding out. You are worth all the wealth of the world to Him. You are His dearly beloved child, His pearl of great price; His lost coin that was found.
God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son for you. The price we pay for something usually reflects its value to us. That makes you pretty valuable to Him, doesn’t it?
God loved you before you ever did anything for Him. His love for you is unconditional; God is love. He loves you so much He justified you and glorified you in Christ and by his accomplishments. He saved and redeemed you, and forgave your sins by the riches of His grace which He abounded to you.
He provided an inheritance for you. In fact, He sealed you with the promised holy spirit against the day of redemption.
It will take God our Father the ages to come to display the exceeding riches of His grace in kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
Everything He did in Christ was for you, dearly beloved. You are the apple of His eye. Never doubt His great love for you. It will be there for you throughout eternity.