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God's provisions for the believer include far more than physical necessities. These are indicated by seven beautiful titles ascribed to Him in the New Testament:
The God of love: First of all, we need love, and "God is love" (1 John 4:8). Then "the fruit of the Spirit is love" in our lives (Galatians 5:22) because He Himself is "the God of love and peace" (2 Corinthians 13:11).
The God of all grace: God saves us by His grace, and then we need to "grow in grace" (2 Peter 3:18). This we can do because "the God of all grace . . . hath called us unto his eternal glory" (1 Peter 5:10).
The God of peace: He satisfies the need for peace of soul in the believer's life, and He is called "the God of peace" five times in the New Testament (Romans 15:33; 16:20; Philippians 4:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:20).
The God of all comfort: Our God is called "the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort," because He "comforteth us in all our tribulation," thus enabling us also to provide comfort to others "by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God" (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
The God of patience: We do "have need of patience" (Hebrews 10:36), and this need also is supplied by "the God of patience and consolation" (Romans 15:5).
The God of glory: It was "the God of glory" who first called Abraham (Acts 7:2), and through the Word, we also "are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 3:18).
The God of hope: By His Spirit He fills us with joy and peace, with power, and abundant hope--blessing us "with all spiritual blessings . . . in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3)"