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 11/25/21 "Transformed Living"

Transformed Living
Dearly beloved of God, “God saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given unto us in Christ Jesus before the time of the ages.” II Timothy 1: 9 WT
How do we respond to God’s great grace shown us in Christ Jesus?
The law of the spirit, that is to say, life in Christ Jesus has made us free from the law of the sin and the death that Adam brought upon mankind.
In the new birth we received a new nature, that of spirit life in Christ Jesus.
In our natural birth as human beings we received a body and soul life; which is our old nature of the flesh.
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Dearly Beloved 11/23/21 "The God of All Comfort"

The God of All Comfort
Dearly beloved of God, God our Father is the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our trials and afflictions so that we are able to comfort them which are in any trouble by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
When you compare the trials and afflictions that Paul endured to make known the gospel of God concerning Jesus Christ these words are noteworthy and worth our consideration.
Paul was stoned and left for dead, beaten, jailed, and lied about by the adversary’s sycophants nearly everywhere he went, not to mention everything else he endured. You can read about what he endured in II Timothy 3:10-13.
I am certain that most, if not none of us have endured the tribulations he endured, and yet he wrote:
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Dearly Beloved 11/22/21 "Called According to His Purpose"

Called According to His Purpose
Dearly beloved of God, God called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before the time of the ages.
God called us to His kingdom and glory. He called us by the gospel of God concerning Jesus Christ. To what end did He call us? He called us to the obtaining of the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us that we should be called the children of God, (and so we are)! God is our Father and He calls us His beloved. We are the children of the Living God, and members of His household.
We are now the beloved of God, the called, holy ones in Christ Jesus.
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Dearly Beloved 11/20/21 "What Guarantee Do You Have?"

What Guarantee Do You Have?
Dearly beloved of God, what guarantee do you have concerning the future? What promise can the world make concerning your wellbeing, long life, prosperity, healing, peace of mind, deliverance from the things that make you afraid, much less your salvation and eternal life? You cannot trust a thing the world says.
As the children of God we have sure and certain promises that God stands behind. He is both able and willing to perform His Word!
God told Israel that He had told them about the end from the beginning. He told them that He created the heavens and the earth; what is too hard for Him? He said that He brought to pass the former things He told them, and He will bring the new things that He told them to pass.
He said, “Be not afraid; for I am with you. Be not dismayed: for I am your God: I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of My righteousness.”
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Dearly Beloved 11/19/21 "God's Plan of Redemption"

God’s Plan of Redemption
Dearly beloved of God, the justice of God is by the believing of Jesus Christ to all who believe on him.
Every one of us were previously dead in sin; we did not have spirit life, and we came short of the glory of God. We were all guilty before Him.
In spite of being dead in sin, ungodly, and enemies of God, God sent His Son to redeem us, to reconcile us to Himself, and to save us.
If we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son when we were enemies, then much more, having been reconciled, we shall be delivered from wrath by his life.
We were justified freely by God’s grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God set forth His Son as the place of reconciliation. God determined this; it was His idea, not ours.
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Dearly Beloved 11/18/21 "What Do We See?"

What Do We See?
Dearly beloved of God, sometimes in the struggles and sorrows of this life we are overwhelmed, and grow weary. In those times that we faint in our minds we need the encouragement of God’s Word, and the acknowledgement of our hope of glory in Christ if we are to endure unto the end.
Hebrews 2:5-9
5 Moreover, He did not put the coming world, about which we speak, in subjection to angels.
6 But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You visit him?
7 “You briefly made him lower than the angels; You crowned him with glory and honor,
8 “You put all things in subjection under his feet.” For in subjecting “all things” to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. At the present time, however, we do not yet see all things subjected to him.
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Dearly Beloved 11/14/21 "One Body in Christ"

One Body in Christ
Dearly beloved of God, every word in the Word of God is God-breathed. God gave us His Word as our reference for truth concerning spiritual matters. It is His responsibility to make His Will known to us, and it is our responsibility to believe what He has revealed.
One of the keys to understanding how the Word of God interprets itself is understanding to whom it is addressed. All scripture is addressed to one of three groups.
I Corinthians 10:32
Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God.
We understand this when it comes to our mail. We would not think of opening a letter addressed to someone else, so it should be easy to understand to whom a scripture is addressed.
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Dearly Beloved 11/13/21 "Commandments in the Age of Grace"

Commandments in the Age of Grace
Dearly beloved of God, as the children of God who live in the age of grace there are commandments we are to keep.
I John 3:21-24
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God;
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.
And this is His commandment, That we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment.
And he that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and he in him. And hereby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us.
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Dearly Beloved 11/12/21 "Good Hope Through Grace"

Good Hope through Grace
Dearly beloved of God, in Christ we have a living, true hope of glory that does not fade away that is reserved in heaven for us. It stings when a beloved one falls asleep, but the sting is nothing compared to the pain of those who have no hope. God our Father has given us good hope through His great grace.
My heart aches for the families of those who have lost loved ones, but there is nothing we can do but to love, pray, and help them as they mourn and cope with the emptiness of their loss.
We are all mortal, and we must face that reality. Those who do not have Christ in them, the hope of glory only have this life, but we will live again when God sends His Son for us on the Day of Redemption.
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Dearly Beloved 11/07/21 "Goliath or God?"

Goliath or God?
Dearly beloved of God, yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, (Why?) for Thou art with me.
If we do not need to fear death, what in life do we have to fear?
The adversary instills fear; God our Father delivers.
There were times in David’s life that there was only a step between him and death, but God was in that step.
He could have been defeated by fear when he challenged Goliath, but he walked with the Living God who was bigger and stronger than his opponent, and He trusted Him.
Dearly beloved, seek the LORD, He will hear you, and deliver you from everything that makes you afraid. He is the LORD God Almighty and He is able and willing to help you. He is unlimited in resources; look to Him. Those who seek the LORD will not lack any good thing.
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Dearly Beloved 11/06/21 "Our Times are in His Hands"

Our Times are in His Hands
Dearly beloved of God, our times are in His hands, therefore, we should have no fear; He is our Father.
“Fear not,” is His Word to us. God our Father is our sufficiency in all things. When we consider what God our Father has done for us in Christ, and who we are in him, what could we possibly fear?
Our standing before God is in Christ as members of his body. He has given us access to Him by the spirit from Him. He has completely filled us in Christ with what he accomplished; it is all of them in all of us who are members of his body.
Listen to the words that He Himself revealed to the Apostle Paul for us to know and believe.
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Dearly Beloved 11/04/21 "Our Overcoming Victory"

Our Overcoming Victory
Dearly beloved of God, Jesus is the only human being that arose from the dead, and who dies no more. His resurrection out from among the dead was the most historic event in human history, and it is the foundation of Christianity.
All of us are mortal, meaning we are subject to death. It is appointed unto man once to die, but unlike the common lot of people we have the hope of living again when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to gather us up to meet him in the air.
Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead is the blueprint for our resurrection. God our Father determined beforehand for us to be conformed to the image of His son, so that he might be the firstborn from the dead among many brethren.
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Dearly Beloved 11/01/21 "Our Victory is in His Victory"

Our Victory is in His Victory
Dearly beloved of God, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ into the world to declare Him; to make Him known. Jesus declared God by teaching His Word, and doing His Father’s Will. He said that “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
God instructed the apostle He sent to reveal the great mystery concerning Christ to write, “All scripture is God-breathed….”
From God’s point of view there is no question about the integrity of His Word. He is the Author of His Word, and He stands behind every word. He is both able and willing to perform every Word He has spoken, and He is faithful and reliable.
How long will God’s Word be in force? The Lord Jesus Christ said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away.” The words he spoke for God will never pass away. That’s rather emphatic, is it not?
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Dearly Beloved 10/30/21 "The Victory is Ours in Christ"

The Victory is Ours in Christ
Dearly beloved of God, if it was not for our hope in Christ I do not know how anyone could stand in this life.
If our hope in Christ is not true we are to be pitied more than all men because we would have based our lives on a meaningless lie.
On the other hand, if our hope in Christ is true we have something that far exceeds anything this world has to offer. We have an inheritance in Christ that does not fade away, which is eternal, and it is reserved for us in heaven.
By the grace of God we have the victory over sin and death in Christ Jesus our Lord. As God raised Jesus from the dead, so He will raise everyone who confesses Jesus as Lord, and believes that God raised him from the dead to life again.
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Dearly Beloved 10/29/21 "Privileged Membership"

Privileged Membership
Dearly beloved of God, privileges come with membership, and we are members of the Church of God. We have the privilege of having the One True and Living God as our God, and furthermore He is God our Father.
God our Father made Jesus both Lord and Christ, and He gave him to be the head over all things to the Church, which is his body the fulness of him that fills all the members of his body with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly realm! Membership does come with privileges do it not, beloved?
He Who did not even spare His own Son but delivered him up on behalf of all of us, how will He not also freely give us all things with him? That is great love for us is it not?
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Dearly Beloved 10/25/21 "Not Soon Enough"

Not Soon Enough
Dearly beloved of God, the Lord Jesus Christ is the only one that is going to fix this world; not some politician, not some religious zealot, nor some worldly philanthropist.
The Lord Jesus Christ accomplished the payment for our redemption from the sin and the death that Adam brought upon us. He is our Savior. He will return to redeem those who believe on him on the day of redemption.
The Lord will raise the dead in Christ and change those who yet living, and together we shall be gathered up to meet the Lord in the air, and from then on we shall ever be with the Lord. He is the Lord, the Savior, and the Redeemer; there is no other.
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Dearly Beloved 10/24/21 "World News or God's News?"

World News or God’s News?
Dearly beloved of God, fear not, God is our Father, and in Christ we are His dearly beloved, and highly favored children. God our Father is with us and for us; He cares for us, so cast your cares upon Him.
Thank God that we have been delivered from the power of darkness; in Christ we have gained an entrance into the kingdom of God. That is God news!
We have redemption through Jesus Christ’s blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace, which He has abounded to us,.
Furthermore, we are sealed with the holy spirit of promise for the day of redemption when God our Father will send His Son to redeem us from death and this present evil age. Oh rejoice!
If your thinking is wrapped up in this present evil age your head is in the wrong place. Do not be conformed to this age; be transformed by the renewing of your mind to who you are in Christ. Believe the measure that God has dealt for us to believe.
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Dearly Beloved 10/23/21 "Speak as the Children of the Light"

Speak as the Children of the Light
Dearly beloved of God, our God is light and there is no darkness in Him; in whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. He is God our Father, and He is the same for us today as He has always been for His people; He does not change.
God reveals that His Word is the Word of Truth. God is not a man that He should lie. We can count on God’s Word because He is faithful that promised.
God stands behind His Word with His almighty power to perform it. He is both able and willing to perform His Word, so we should have trust and confidence in what He says.
As His children we should get our thoughts and the words we speak in alignment with His.
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Dearly Beloved 10/22/21 "A Most Privileged Time to be Alive"

A Most Privileged Time to be Alive
Dearly beloved of God, we live in a most privileged time in history. God has revealed the gospel of God concerning the Lord Jesus Christ in the scriptures of truth, and we can read it for ourselves, and know His Will for a certainty.
God revealed His Word to holy men of God, and He had them write it down.
God is Spirit. Had He not revealed His Word to us how could we know Him? How would we have known how to be saved? How would we know His Will concerning us? His Word is of immense importance to us because now we can know the will of God for a certainty.
Even though God has revealed Himself and His Word to mankind, many think that their opinions about God are of greater value than His Word.
We do not determine the will of God by our opinions. We do not have the power to appropriate eternal life of ourselves, but the One True and Living God does have the power to give it unto us.
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Dearly Beloved 10/21/21 "God Has Not Changed"

God Has Not Changed
Dearly beloved of God, our God has not changed. He is the same God today as He has always been. He is the God of Deliverance.
Our God delivers spiritually, mentally, physically, financially; He delivers in every way. He is the God of Deliverance. He wants all people to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Why don’t we see more deliverance in Christianity today? God’s people do not believe what He has said. They reject His Word, and look for deliverance somewhere else.
Dearly beloved, the Word of God is reliable because God is reliable. He is both able and willing to deliver those who trust in Him.
When the tempter came to Jesus Christ in the wilderness, Jesus said, “It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” The Lord must not have been as learned as some today who say we no longer need the Word of God.
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Dearly Beloved 10/20/21 "His Delight"

His Delight
Dearly beloved of God, have confidence toward God when you pray. God our Father is trustworthy, and He is faithful. Go to Him with your whole heart; the prayer of the upright is His delight.
The eyes of the LORD are upon them that reverence Him, upon them that hope in His mercy. Wait upon the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto our cries.
If you have any question if you are righteous, pay attention to what God reveals to us in II Corinthians 5:21.
“For He [God] hath made him [Jesus Christ] to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; [why?] that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him [Jesus Christ].
In Christ we stand before God clothed in his righteousness without any sense of sin, guilt, or condemnation. We did not appropriate this standing before God by our works, it was the gift of God to us in Christ.
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Dearly Beloved 10/18/21 "Our God, God Our Father"

Our God, God our Father
Dearly beloved of God, those who know God’s name will put their trust in Him. A name is that by which one is known. God’s names and titles reveal who He is.
God reveals Himself to us by a number of names so that we understand His nature, His character, His persona, His willingness to bless us, His heart, so that we can put our trust in Him.
Under the new covenant, the One True and Living God reveals that He is our God, and furthermore, that He is God our Father. I know of no greater revelation of who He is than that.
Some people make a religion of using God's name from the Hebrew or Aramaic as though that will give them a better standing with God. The Lord Jesus Christ is who provided us with a better standing with the One True and Living God, not an archaic using of His name.
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Dearly Beloved 10/11/21 "The Church of God"

The Church of God
Dearly beloved of God, the Church is not a group of people organized by men, and legislated by their dogmas and dictates.
Ephesians 1:22 and 23
And hath put all things under His [Christ] feet, and gave Him [Christ] to be the Head over all things to the church, which is His [Christ’s] body, the fulness of Him That filleth all in all.
According to God’s revelation, the Church is the body of Christ, and the Lord Jesus Christ is the head of this body.
God speaks of the Church as being His.
I Corinthians 10:32
Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God.
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Dearly Beloved 10/10/21 "Everlasting Hope"

Everlasting Hope
Dearly beloved of God, without the hope of the Lord Jesus Christ’s return I could not make it through this life. Death stings, but thank God that the Lord Jesus Christ has delivered us from sin and death!
I can’t imagine how those that have no hope can cope with this life or the loss of loved ones.
What a day it will be when God sends His Son to save and redeem us! We have the Word of the Lord that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not precede those which are asleep.
The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive, and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
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Dearly Beloved 10/09/21 "The Loyalty of Love"

The Loyalty of Love
Dearly beloved of God, as God’s beloved children we ought to love Him with all our heart. We ought to make every effort do those things that are well pleasing in His sight. We should humbly obey Him, and do His Will. He is God our Father, and as His children, we should show Him the loyalty of love.
God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him that called us. He has given us great and precious promises that by these we might be partakers of the divine nature by being born again of His spirit.
We should hold the knowledge of His Will in high regard. Once we are born of the spirit from God we should walk in that reality.
God made a covenant with Israel to be their God. God made a new covenant which applies to those who confess Jesus as Lord, and believe that God raised him from the dead. That new covenant is that of the spirit. God is our Father now, and we are members of His household.
Under the Old Covenant God would put His spirit on a person to communicate His Will to them. There were few people out of the nation of Israel that had God’s spirit upon them.
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Dearly Beloved 10/08/21 "Tattooed on the Palms of His Hands"

Tattooed on the Palms of His Hands
Dearly beloved of God, in the lands and times that the Bible was written, people would tattoo the names of their loved ones on different parts of their bodies to remember them.
They would never have tattooed their name on the palms of their hands because their palms were too sensitive to tattoo them.
Isaiah 49: 18 and 19
Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of My hands: thy walls are continually before Me.
God says that He has engraved His people on His palms and His palms are like walls before His eyes. We are always in His love and care. How could He express His love and concern for us any more than this?
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Dearly Beloved 10/07/21 "Think Like a Citizen of Heaven"

Think Like a Citizen of Heaven
Dearly beloved of God, we are not of this world; we are the children of God, and He has given us an entrance into the kingdom of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. In Christ we are citizens of heaven. The Father has made us competent for a share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. Rejoice!
Jesus Christ presented us to the Father as holy, and unblameable, and unimpeachable in His sight. He looks on us as His dearly beloved children.
Did we attain this privileged standing in the household of God by our works or worthiness? No, we received it by Jesus Christ’s accomplishments; he did everything necessary for our salvation.
We are saved by the grace of God. That salvation is the gift of God; it is not of works so that no one may boast. We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus on the basis of his good works.
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Dearly Beloved 10/06/21 "Peace or Worry?"

Peace or Worry?
Dearly beloved of God, worry is to be mentally distressed. It is an emotional state of being troubled, disturbed, harassed, full of cares, anxiety, and strife. Peace is the end of strife; it is undisturbed believing.
Some people are overwhelmed by worry and they seek professional help. Others deal with their worries by drinking, taking drugs, or prescription medications. A noted Dr. said, “More than half our hospital beds are occupied by people with nervous and emotional troubles.”
There are plenty of things to worry about if your thoughts are consumed with the course of this evil age; the adversary sets that course.
Satan tempts us to worry about our finances, worry about our job, or our retirement; worry about our health, worry about Covid or some other disease; worry about our spouse, worry about our family; worry about the past, worry about our future, worry about what other people think of us, worry about failing, worry about the country, worry about dying; worry, worry, worry!
A mind full of anxiety and cares is full of distractions; it is an unsound mind.
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Dearly Beloved 10/05/21 "We Were Healed by His Stripes"

We Were Healed by His Stripes
Dearly beloved of God, healing is the will of God for His people; He says so in His Word.
All scripture is God-breathed, and it is profitable. His Word reveals His Will concerning life and godliness.
The right way of believing comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of God. The gospel of God concerning Christ is the power of God unto deliverance.
God sent His Son to bear our sins and heal our sicknesses. Looking forward to his coming Isaiah said:
Isaiah 53:5
But he [Jesus Christ] was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.
While Jesus was on earth we read:
Matthew 8:16 and 17
When the even was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils: and He cast out the spirits with His word, and healed all that were sick:
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Dearly Beloved 10/04/21 "The True Fight"

The True Fight
Dearly beloved of God, mankind has been in a spiritual fight ever since the beginning. Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his exerted strength for you.
We do not wrestle with flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against authorities, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the heavenly realm.
Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you are able to stand against the strategies of the devil. That armor consists of Christ’s accomplishments, and it is described in Ephesians 6.
Take up the full armor of God so that you are able to resist those things in the day of the wicked, and when you have accomplished everything, to stand.
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Dearly Beloved 10/02/21 "Reality and Perception"

Reality and Perception
Dearly beloved of God, is your perception based on reality? Do look at things as God sees them, or as circumstances dictate? Do you look at situations by your five senses, or according to the reality God reveals in His Word?
Whether we are facing affliction, tragedy, persecution, famine, lack of resources, danger, or death itself, nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
We are not sheep for the slaughter. In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Nothing can separate us from God’s love for us that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Would you desert those you love? God’s love for us vastly exceeds ours, dearly beloved. He will never leave us, or forsake us.